Restored Barn by a Lake in Normandy Calvados

9.4/10
Vire, Calvados, Normandy Reference: NC003452 Advertiser since: 9 December 2013
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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.

Type

Cottage/Gite

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.

Bedrooms

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.

Bathrooms

Two full bathrooms with power showers.

Heating

Oil fired central heating.

Entertainment

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.

Facilities

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

Activities

Cycling

Fishing nearby

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

Fishing on-site

Golf

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

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Too many

Watersports

The Owner Recommends

Normandy Beaches

You can spend many wonderful hours on the beaches of Normandy, there is just so much to see.

4 Reviews
9.4/10
  • Cleanliness: 9.8
  • Comfort: 9.5
  • Condition: 9.8
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9
10 / 10 Goldenboy 22 August, 2016

After struggling to get to the house as our Sat Nav couldn't find the address (I would suggest a sign be put up at the beginning of the lane to help people find the house) we arrived later than expected and Albert, the owner had gone out but left us a note and a very welcome couple of bottles of wine.
Whilst the house was very clean the decking area together with the outside furniture needed a good brush down to get rid of lots of cobwebs and dust. My only other complaint was there are no towels provided and that wasn't made clear in correspondence. Saying that Albert was very helpful the next day lending us some of his until we managed to buy some.
The house is in an idyllic setting with the garden running down to the lakeside which has a 6.5km path all the way around and is perfect for walking or cycling. There is a beach area about 15mins walk away which also has canoes and pedallos for hire (great fun). You can also fish on the lake.
Albert went out of his way to sort out any issues and was most helpful with getting Wi Fi for us as the recent storms had messed it up.
The Golf de Vire course is 5 mins drive away and is a great course for golfers of all abilities and both the management and members were very friendly. You can also get food in the clubhouse but it is a limited menu.
Local restaurants seem to be in the minority (the Pizzeria/Bar in the village was closed for holidays!) but there are plenty of supermarkets within 15mins to get lots of great food and wine.

Owner response

I thank you very much for your comments Mark and Will take note ,
I will arrange for a sign to be placed at the top of the lane ,
and I will also make it clear that I do not supply Towels .
Thank you and I hope to see you and your party again .

Best wishes Albert

10 / 10 JeanMaya 17 May, 2016

this was our 3rd time at lakeside Haven loved it each time, we have been lucky on each occasion with good weather but you have a lovely view of the lake to take in if the weather is not good,there is plenty of things to do on the Lake canoeing pedoling or just a lovely walk around the lake also it is good for fishing or cycling,the house has a lovely kitchen with dishwasher and washing Machine 3 bedrooms 2 shower rooms with WC, TV and a lovely Patio area where you can just sit and read or take in the lovely Views,it is also not far from some of the touring sites we have been to Normandy Beach and to see some of the lovely( but sad) kept war graves only an hour away,we usually catch the ferry to Caan and the property is approx an hours drive away,we will be back either next year or the following year but we will go back cos we like it very much love the peace and tranquility.

9 / 10 Williams clan 1 September, 2015

The lakeside heaven was very impressive, we were wowed by the setting and the layout of the house. Albert the owner was very welcoming and gave us lots of advice and help. The whole holiday was very relaxing and enjoyable. We will be returning very soon .

8.7 / 10 Hiljoh 6 July, 2014

Albert the owner was very helpful and always available ,the property is in a very beautiful location with spectacular views and very peaceful .The town of Vire is very near with good shops and restaurants and a good market on Friday.The only slight problem was that one of the shower rooms was downstairs with the three bedrooms upstairs.A lovely place to stay and relax but close enough to visit other attractions we would recommend it to other people .

Owner response

Thank you very much for your kind review ,and I really enjoyed your company.
As for one of the Showers being downstairs ,I thought it would be a good idea for anyone coming in from out of the gardens full of dirt
ect,
kind Regards Albert