Beautiful gite to let in Calvados, Normandy - NC003520

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Saint-Martin-des-Besaces (15km from Torigni-sur-Vire), Calvados, Normandy Reference: NC003520 Advertiser since: 31 January 2012
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
La Blancapierre Self Catering Flexible 4 8 1

About this property

A Large 4 Bed House with Free Wi-Fi. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

La Blancapierre is a large family home in Calvados, Normandy and is centrally located for nearly all of Normandy's principle tourist attractions - not least of which all the D-day landing beaches, Bayeux, Mont St Michel and Caen. It has 4 large bedrooms sleeping up to 8, and comes with free wi-fi and English tv, plus a games room with pool table and table tennis, and its own private, small and above ground pool.

You enter the house via the hallway which leads into a large lounge with plenty of armchairs and sofas. In the lounge we have a English satellite tv system, and free wi-fi internet connection. There is a log burner in the lounge. To the other side of the hallway is the dining room with a table to sit up to 8. This also has a log burner. Off the dining room is a very large kitchen with lots of cupboard space, a large fridge/freezer, dishwasher, 6 burner gas hob, microwave, toaster, coffee maker and built-in electric oven. There is a washing machine in a separate barn for communal use. We hope to offer you everything you may need whilst on holiday.

On the first floor:
We have 3 bedrooms and a bathroom, with a separate toilet. The first bedroom is a large double room, with 2 windows to the front. The other double room also facing to the front, and to one side, over looking the garden is the third bedroom with twin beds. The bathroom has a shower unit with a multi jet system, and a bath. The toilet is separate in its own room alongside the bathroom.

On the second floor:
There is just one very large bedroom which currently has just 2 single beds, but can have extra beds if required, making sleeping for up to 10.

Outside to the side of the house:
Is a large and very private garden, surrounded by high hedges. At the back of the garden is a wooden terrace covered with a roof, making it ideal for outside dining. The views from the garden and the terrace are stunning, as you can see from the photos. In the garden is the small above ground pool.

In the basement of the building alongside the gite:
A games room with a full size American pool table, plus table tennis and table/bar football.

La Blancapierre is a large family house ideal for family holidays. The house sits in 8 acres of farmland and you can exit the garden into a field of more than 3 acres which you are welcome to walk and play in. We look forward to welcoming you to France. The property is one mile from the village of St Martin des Bescaes that hosts a range of small shops, 2 bar and a market on Saturday morning. The larger town of Torigni sur Vire is 10 minutes away, with 3 supermarkets, plus excellent restaurants.  
 
We have a full range of Tourist Information in the gite for you.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Large dining room with seating for 8, fully equipped kitchen, including a dishwasher.

Living rooms

Plenty of armchairs and sofas, English tv, and free wi-fi.

Bedrooms

2 Double rooms, and 2 twin rooms.

Bathrooms

The bathroom has a bath and a separate shower. The toilet is separate to the bathroom.

Heating

There is a log burner in the lounge and a log burner in the dining room.

Entertainment

Free wi-fi english tv, and a gamesroom with pool table and table tennis.

Garden and outside

Large and very private garden to the side and rear of the house, with a covered terrace for outside dining, and its own small above ground pool. The garden leads out onto open fields, which you are welcome to explore. The land extends to 8 acres in total.

We have 4 sheep, a pygmy goat and 8 chickens and guests are welcome to help us collect eggs and feed the animals.

Parking and garages

Plenty of parking in the courtyard outside the gite.

Visitor suitability

With the games room ideal to keep the kids entertained after the day out, and the central location of this Gite, this location is great for families to explore all of Normandy. Most tourist attractions, including many Non D-Day related sites (Zoo's, parks and theme parks), are located within 45mins. All of the D-Day beaches are also within a 30minute drive and other superb expanses of sand and sea ideal for those kids and kids of heart.

Information about any additional facilities

This year we have taken advantage of the 8 acres the property is set in and introduced some livestock. We now have two sheep who had a lamb each in the Spring, 5 chickens and a very handsome cockerel. Families (and adults!) are welcome to meet the animals and help with feeding, watering and collecting eggs.

The property was once a farm and it is steeped in world war 2 history as it is situated on hill 309 on the edge of the old railway line where the allies fought the Germans in their bid to capture the village of St Martin des Besaces. There is a really interesting museum in the village detailing the activity in the area.

Facilities

  • Internet

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Splash pool

* Vet details: There is a Vet we recommend in the village 1 mile from the gite.

Activities

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp and white fish
Name of nearest fishing location: Torigni Sur Vire
Distance: 12 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Vire
Distance: 25 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Benny Bocage
Distance: 8 km

Sports

Watersports

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Ian Brand

Having hit the grand old age of 50! we decided it was time to 'escape the rat race'' at the end of 2014 and came over to Normandy to search for our ideal home giving us the potential to become semi self sufficient and maintain an income. We fell in love with La Blancapierre on our first visit as we hope you will and the rest is history.

Year property purchased 2015
Why this location? La Blancapierre provides a restful retreat with spectacular views across the Vire Valley. Set in the heart of the tourist area of Normandy and located just off the A84 it gives easy access to the beaches, Bayeux, Caen, Mont Saint Michel etc.
Unique benefits of property La Blancapierre is the original farmhouse for the estate and as such it provides a traditional French farmhouse accommodation with tiled floors and generous rooms. The property was involved in the battle of hill 309 during the D- Day landings and was bombed though I am pleased to say there is no evidence of that now!

The Owner Recommends

Canoe Trips

On the river Vire we would recommend a day trip down river by canoe. A family day out in stunning countryside- from Conde Sur Vire.

D-day Sites

Normandy is of course famous as the site for the D-day landings. The hill on which the house stands is hill 309 site of a battle on 30th July 1944. In the village is a museum telling the story of what happened. We are a short drive from the D-day beaches, and you could spend a whole week just visiting the historic sites.

Fishing

We can advise on all fresh water fishing, with places to fish, and baits etc. A guide is possible to get the most out of your stay.

The Bayeux Tapestry and Mont-St-Michel

The Bayeaux Tapestry is unmissable, as is a trip to Mont-St-Michel, less than an hour to the west.There is plenty for all the family in Normandy.

Torigni Lake

A large public lake is in Torigni, which has very good fishing, and in the summer has boats for hire. Next to the lake is a children’s playground, and an activity centre with thrills for older children.

Zoo

The zoo at Jurques is only 5 miles away, and well worth a visit.

9 Reviews
9/10
  • Cleanliness: 8.6
  • Comfort: 9.4
  • Condition: 8.2
  • Facilities: 8.8
  • Local Amenities: 8.9
  • Setting: 9.6
  • Value for Money: 9.2
9.3 / 10 BevFP 7 August, 2019

"We had a great week at the La Blanca Pierre. It is set in a lovely position, with wonderful, peaceful views. We loved the garden and the field, especially at night when the stars are spectacular. The house is really big, plenty of space for everyone, if you are expecting 5* chic then this isn't for you, its very rustic and French, but comfortable and provides all the necessary facilities. The owners, Ian and Cecilia are lovely, very helpful and always around if you need them. They gave us great help with directions from the airport and where to stop for shopping etc. We have teenagers and they enjoyed it, especially playing pool in the games room! I can imagine that smaller children would love the freedom and the animals.. the owner's kittens are adorable!

The village contains enough to get you started, bakers, butchers etc and there are plenty of supermarkets within easy reach. There is so much to do and see in Normandy and its all on your doorstep at La Blanca Pierre."

8.5 / 10 bradhart 2 June, 2019

This was a great stay in a lovely part of the country. The hosts, Ian and Cecilia, couldn't have been more helpful and accommodating, which went a long way to making this holiday special.
The gite is well situated about 1/2 mile from the village of St-Martin-des-Bersaces, which has a small shop, bakery, pharmacy, bank, butchers etc, which is perfect for most day-to-day needs, with larger shops about 15 minutes away.
The kids loved being able to feed and interact with the various farm animals, and made good use of the games room, particularly the table tennis table.
We spent a lot of time out and about at various attractions in the area, which were easy to reach, as the gite is about 10 minutes from the main motorway from Caen to Rennes.
All in all a great holiday and we would love to return.

9 / 10 stokesfamily 7 September, 2018

Had a lovely time in Calvados and the house was exactly as we expected. Very clean and the closed in garden was a bonus having a dog. The owners were really helpful and polite. I would definitely recommend staying here. The area itself has a small village with a shop that sells most things. You need a car to get to the sites but there are a some very good ones about. Again, th eowners can help you by pointing you to the best spots for a visit.

10 / 10 M Blandford 14 August, 2017

La Blancapierre is the perfect holiday if you want peace and quiet with a spacious home. The rooms are all a good size the facilities include a dishwasher and having a private garden is a bonus with 2 properties. If you have children they will enjoy the pool which is big enough for at least 4 children to play in. The animals are also great for the kids. The owners have lots of local knowledge and can point you in the right direction for activities and shopping. The owners are very friendly which adds to the holiday experience.
I would recommend this holiday to all ages as it can be relaxing or active depending on what you want.
I can't recommend la blancapierre highly enough.