Beautiful self catering gite in Calvados - NC003528

Villers-Canivet (6km from Falaise), Calvados, Normandy Reference: NC003528 Advertiser since: 6 February 2014
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Manoir de La Pataudiere - Le Relais Self Catering Flexible 3 6 1 Travel cots

About this property

A Family-Friendly Haven to Relax, a Home From Home. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Nestled at the foot of a Cistercian Abbey, the Manoir de La Pataudiere is one of these rare mansions that turns a simple holiday into a special stay.

"Le Relais" is a self-catering gite settled in this small manor from the 17th and 18th century, erected in a pastoral setting of nearly one hectare. 

Part of a former coaching inn restored to maintain its authenticity, "Le Relais" is a charming guest apartment with walls in typical Caen stones, visible beams, beautiful decorative fireplaces. It offers a large, light and comfortable living room, an open plan kitchen and a dining area, 2 large bedrooms and one small bedroom.

The gite is fully furnished with authenticity and a special attention to detail with all the modern amenities to create a true atmosphere of a cosy and charming French home!

There is a large shared garden with outside furniture, picnic tables, barbecue, to unwind and appreciate this peaceful yet not isolated place so close to Falaise, the city of William the Conqueror.

The property is also toddler and child friendly. There are 2 play areas: a huge play barn and a big outdoor area. All the necessary baby and child equipment can be brought to your gite, from pushchair, highchair and change table to sterilizer, baby monitors or bibs.

The owners are very proud of their property and live on site and they are more than happy to assist in any needs you may have.

Included services: Wi-fi access everywhere in the property (new in 2014), bed linen and towels, library of books and dvds, information pack on what to see and do, and end of stay cleaning.

Optional services (detailed list and prices on request): pre-arrival shopping, meals, picnic baskets, well-being services (massages and beauty treatments) to meet the needs of parents and children alike. If you are interested in having some of the above additional facilities, simply enquire when booking.



Kitchen and dining

Fully equipped with all modern amenities and facilities (microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine). Baby and toddler equipment provided if required.

Living rooms

Comfortable living room with 2 sofas, English or French satellite tv, dvd player and free wi-fi access.


One double bedroom, one twin bedroom with an additional single bed and one single bedroom. Additional cots on request. Bed linen included.


Bathroom with bath, shower and sink. Separate toilet. Towels included.


Central heating.


Play barn equipped with soft-play, slides, ride-ons and a trampoline.
Large library of books and dvds for parents and children.

Garden and outside

Large shared garden with garden furniture, picnic tables, barbecue, enclosed play area with sandpit, and swing set.

Parking and garages

Free parking space. Property secured by remote-controlled gates.

Information about any additional facilities

Gift shop with local products.
Tasting sessions in a restored former apple store.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Falaise
Distance: 7 km

Beauty treatments


Distance: 20 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout, eel and pike
Name of nearest fishing location: Etang de l'Abbaye
Distance: 1 km

Fishing on-site


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de Garcelles
Distance: 20 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: L'Etape at Saint-Germain-Le-Vasson
Distance: 8 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 15 km

Organic produce/dining

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Route du Cidre



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Circuit de Randonnee n°16


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Les Arpents du Soleil
Distance: 15 km

Wine tasting and cookery

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Anne-Veronique Kornicker

Welcoming guests is the realisation of a dream for us. <br/>We love meeting new people and want to share an authentic, simple life. We are passionate about French cookery, winery and hospitality, so holiday letting seemed like a great idea for us. We so enjoy being able to share the joy and and pleasures of living in this part of France with our guests

Year property purchased 2012
Why this location? Deciding on a location for our new life was simple; it should either be Anne-Véronique’s childhood home of Calvados, or Bayonne in the Pays Basque where Olivier had been born. In the end Calvados won when our family went to view the property we went on to buy. We felt in love with it, not only is it a beautiful, impressive house but it also felt like home. It had a peaceful atmosphere and was remarkably similar to a former family property. It was easy to imagine living there and our plans for the holiday gites were already taking shape!
Guests can simply stay close to home enjoying the private gardens, wildlife, food and children’s facilities, but the area is full of exciting opportunities to explore. Adventurous types can try bungee jumping, hiking, kayaking or horseriding. The region is also steeped in history with sites including the D-Day landing beaches, the Bayeux tapestry, William the Conqueror’s castle at Falaise and the world famous Mont Saint-Michel all within reach.
Unique benefits of property Whatever you need to make your stay special, just ask!
We can recommend activities and trips, book spa treatments and introduce you to all the delicious food and drink of the region. We love our way of life here and part of the enjoyment is in being able to share it with others.
Our attention to detail in decorating, furnishing and equipping the holiday accommodation is part of what makes the properties so special. We chose things we loved, things we would choose for our own home that give a luxurious but homely feel.
Le Manoir de la Pataudiere property includes three B&B suites and two gites, ‘Le Relais’ a three bedroom gite converted from part of a former coaching inn and ‘Le Pressoir’ a character apartment above the traditional apple store. The apple press room has been sensitively restored with the traditional wooden press still in place.

The Owner Recommends

Castles of William the Conqueror

Castles of Falaise and Caen.

Aquatic Center Formeo.

Aquatic area, swimming area, leisure, relaxation area and fitness area for children and adults alike.

Local Village History

Cistercian abbey of Villers-Canivet and chapel of Torp.


Falaise 7 km, Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives 15km.

"Haras du Pin" National stud

Fondly called the “Versailles for Horses”. Every Thursday June to September, carriages, riders and original acts staged in the majestic main courtyard of the "Haras du Pin".

D-Day and World War II Sites.

Memorial de Falaise (memorial to wartime civilians), Memorial de Caen, Arromanches museum, 5 D-day beaches, allied forces cemeteries, sites of Falaise-Chambois pocket (the "corridor of death").


Vast fine sandy beaches of "Cote de Nacre" and "Cote Fleurie" with family-friendly activities or romantic walks.

Canoeing in Swiss Normandy

A wonderful setting where Canoeing Polo World Championship took place in September 2014. Even for beginners ! A great experience !

Theme Parks and Leisure Parks

Girafou as well as Festyland are suitable for toddlers.


Cerza zoo and Jurques zoo.

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.5
9.8 / 10 the Waldocks 11 August, 2015

A brilliant holiday. If happy children, a beautiful setting and wonderful hosts are your priorities then this is the place to be. Great service offered by the hosts include breakfast, dinner, wine and Calvados tasting. Better than the photos online I would say. Clean, very well presented gite. A beautiful place with fantastic facilities for younger children. Would highly recommend.

10 / 10 Alastair and Alice, England 19 July, 2015

Lovely Gite with great facilities. Good location. Our young children loved the barn play area.
The owners were very welcoming and provided plenty of advice for local activities.
Would definitely recommend this gite.