Restored Barn to let in Normandy Calvados - NC003452

7km from Vire, Calvados, Normandy Reference: NC003452 Advertiser since: 9 December 2013
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms Additional info
Lakeside Haven Self Catering Saturday 3 6 2 Cot available

About this property

Lakeside Haven is a Beautifully Restored Barn . This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Lakeside Haven is nestled in beautiful countryside on the shores of Lake Dathee and an 18 hole championship golf course. The property has been elegantly and extensively renovated, offering superb, flexible accommodation, to include open plan living and dining area with working Normandy fireplace, large kitchen with all modern facilities, 3 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Open the frenchdoors to the decking area and relax and dine with uninterrupted, captivating views over the lake, 50 yards away. There is so much for you to enjoy at Lakeside Haven, whether you are looking for a relaxing break or something a little more adventurous. You can go for an enchanting walk/cycle around the lake and explore the hidden marvels of the countryside. The bustling town of Vire is only 5 minutes drive away, where you will find lots of authentic French shops, bars and restaurants. Hunt for bargains at the weekly open market.

The lake has wonderful picnic areas to relax and enjoy throughout the day or night, enjoy a nice walk, which is 5km around the perimeter. The lake in parts is bordered by forest and has a magnificent waterfall. The beautiful and historic town of Vire is 5 kilometres drive away. Enjoy the weekly open markets, stroll the many French shops, including delicious pastry and cheese outlets. There are many bars and restaurants for you to sample the local delights. The surrounding areas of Normandy are right at hand and present other great days out, making Lakeside Haven the ideal base to tour Normandy/Calvados. The 18 hole Championship golf course is a 3 minute walk away and can be booked in advance. There is boating on the lake, you can sail or learn how to under the strict guidance of a professional team. If your passion is angling, this can also be arranged. There is horse riding nearby with English speaking instructors.
If you require anything further please call or email me, I will be delighted to assist you.



Kitchen and dining

A fantastically well-fitted kitchen, including the very best fittings and equipment. Why not light the large log burning fire to create a cosy comfortable atmosphere. There is also satellite tv, video and a sound system.

Living rooms

Downstairs you have a large living and dining area, seating up to 8 people comfortably, french doors leading to your private deck with uninterrupted panoramic views of the lake and golf course.


There are 3 double bedrooms, 2 with double beds and one with twin beds. Each has fitted wardrobes and self regulation oil fired central heating. There are 2 balconies to view the stunning views of the lake.


Two full bathrooms with power showers.


Oil fired central heating.


English Sky tv, dvd player golf and fishing.

Garden and outside

Private decking area. Large extensive garden with stunning views of the lake.

Parking and garages

Plenty of space to park more than one vehicle.

Information about any additional facilities

Cots for small children can be supplied.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen



Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Many
Name of nearest fishing location: Lake Dathee

Fishing on-site


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf De Vire
Distance: 1 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Les Gallops La Graviere
Distance: 6 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Too many


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8 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.8
  • Comfort: 9.6
  • Condition: 9.9
  • Facilities: 9.5
  • Local Amenities: 9.1
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.5
10 / 10 Stuart G 18 August, 2019

Lakeside Haven was comfortable and well equipped.

The peaceful location near Lake Dathee was ideal and it was lovely to have somewhere to walk and cycle on our doorstep.

Albert, the owner, was very welcoming and helpful.

We really enjoyed our stay and would love to return in the future.

Owner response

Thank you to Stuart and family I am really happy that you enjoyed your stay
with me at Lakeside Haven, and thank you so much for your kind comments.
Best Wishes Albert.

9.7 / 10 Karen Hall 5 August, 2019

Lakeside Haven truly lived up to its name. The location of the house by the lake is fabulous, very peaceful and the view is outstanding, especially the sunsets. Albert is a good host, most helpful with information and a really nice guy. The house has everything you require and the outside space is great. Access to the lake is perfect for walking or cycling or just enjoying the view.
The house is well positioned for travel in all directions, Vire is a good sized town with a Friday market. The shops are short drive and close around 7-8pm so remember to get your supplies.
We had a wonderful week and will certainly return - truly a haven!

Owner response

Thank you to my guests I really appreciate that you took the time to wright a review
it was my pleasure having you spend time with me ,Its a Big thank you from me, To
Karen, Jim , and Son James ,You all have a nice Day and hope to see you again,.
Best Wishes Albert

10 / 10 Pauline & Terry 17 July, 2017

Lakeside Haven met all our expectations and more. Albert is such a friendly, helpful host - on hand to show us round the gite & give advice on the locality. What few and very minor queries occurred were quickly resolved to our complete satisfaction.

The position of the gite is fabulous - overlooking the huge lake, allowing us to fish, walk some of the way round (there is a 6 km made-up cycle/pedestrian pathway) & cycle on Albert's bikes.

It is so tranquil, with only the birds to hear, oh, and yes, the far-off cries of laughter from the children learning to sail.

The gite is extremely comfortable, clean, well presented & has every amenity - we could not ask for more.

We marked an 8 for Local Amenities, only to let everyone know that this means a 10 minute car ride into Vire, - the town has everything that you need. We did not find this inconvenient, it just requires a bit of planning. We selected Lakeside Haven for its rural location and we got it! Perfect.

The weather was so good, we often barbecued. When we ate out it was at lunchtimes, at the local bar in St Manvieu or in St Cecile - Menus of the Day, approx 13 euros for 3 courses and a drink - excellent value.

We had a great holiday - thank you Albert. Hopefully, we shall return next year.

Pauline & Terry.

Owner response

Ah Thanks so much for your very kind review ,It was an absolute pleasure having you all,
And I really do hope to see you again ,
My very best wishes to Pauline Terry and the Gang Albert ,Have a nice Day .

10 / 10 Joss 3 April, 2017

Total relaxation ideal location close to gird which everything one could need . Ideally situated for visits to coast and into Brittany . Caen market on Sundays worth a visit . Owner Albert makes you feel very welcome would definitely return again.