Restored Barn to let in Normandy Calvados - NC003452

7km from 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.



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


The Owner Recommends

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6 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.8
  • Comfort: 9.7
  • Condition: 9.8
  • Facilities: 9.3
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.3
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.

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.