Family farmhouse for holiday let in Calvados

9.3/10
Campeaux, Calvados, Normandy Reference: NC004003 Advertiser since: 10 February 2015
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L'Auberdiere Self Catering Friday 3 6 1 Travel cot and pull out single mattress

About this property

Tranquil Normandy Farmhouse set in 8 Acres. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

L'Auberdiere en Normandie is a stunning, private 18th Century stone farmhouse set on a quiet country lane, within 8 acres of its own secluded grounds. With beautiful views over the surrounding bocage countryside, L'Auberdiere is an ideal place for couples and families to relax and unwind.

Having been comprehensively renovated and restored the farmhouse at L'Auberdiere is perfect for those wanting the tranquility of a rural location, yet also wanting to be close to all the major attractions of this stunning region. With it's large open plan modern, fully equipped farmhouse kitchen and dining room on the ground floor containing an impressive wood-burning stove; the ambience is warm and welcoming all year round. The luxurious bathroom with deep free-standing pedestal bath and walk-in rain cloud shower is at the rear of the farmhouse, also on the ground floor.

Stairs lead up from the kitchen/dining room to the three bedrooms. The master bedroom enjoys views over the front and rear of the property. The large front front room enjoys double frontage views over the front garden and orchard and the smaller rear bedroom, containing two full-size bunk beds, enjoys views over the rear meadow. L'Auberdiere is suitable for families with children of all ages (a high chair and cot are provided for your convenience) and pets are welcome.

The farmhouse has a free fast Wi-Fi connection throughout and all parking, linen, towels, utilities and firewood is included.

With eight acres of grounds surrounding the farmhouse and including a pretty garden, covered well, large gravelled terrace, old and newly established orchards and natural meadows on three sides, tranquility is assured. When you book to stay at L'Auberdiere, you book the entire property and so, you are assured of complete peace and privacy during. Dairy herds in the neighbouring fields and numerous birds of prey nesting in our meadow, gives a natural backdrop only nature can provide.

At L'Auberdiere we welcome you to use all of the outdoor games and toys, as well as the 8 acres of gardens. In the spring, summer and autumn months the grounds at L'Auberdiere offer a wide variety of herbs, fruits, berries and nuts for guests to search out and enjoy. In addition, on our doorstep are numerous country walks of varying length.

The Jewel in the crown for L'Auberdiere is our location. We provide the complete package of tranquil, private country living and central location for all the main attractions Normandy has to offer! 

With our local village of Campeaux only 2km along the lane, providing an artisan bakery, butcher, grocery, bar and locally renowned restaurant 'La Campauline', everything you need is close by. A little further afield from the farmhouse are the towns of Vire and St.Lo (15 mins drive) with their weekly markets and broad array of shops and restaurants. For the more adventurous guests and families, the A J Hackett activity centre at the Viaduc de la Souleuvre is only 5km away, providing Europe's tallest rope swing, bungee jumping, toboggan run and a viaduct built by Gustave Eiffel. The cities of Caen and Bayeux with their incredible Saturday morning markets are approximately 35 to 40 mins by car. The beaches, museums and memorials of the D-Day landings are all within an easy 40 to 50 min drive and the world famous Mont St Michel is 1 hour away. 
 
While we are easily accessible by air (Caen Carpiquet 35 minutes) and rail (Vire 10 minutes) and Port (Caen 35 mins, Cherbourg 60 mins) a car is essential as we are in a rural location. 
 
Pets are most welcome to stay with you at L'Auberdiere.
 
A compulsory end of stay cleaning fee of £30 is charged for each booking.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The Kitchen and Dining room at L'Auberdiere is the heart of the farmhouse. Modern and fully equipped with a large fridge (Chest freezer is provided in the barn), 4 plate electric hob with extractor fan, Siemens electric self-cleaning oven, microwave, dishwasher, washer/dryer washing machine, percolator coffee-maker, kettle and toaster, it is the perfect place for preparing food and entertaining in style and comfort while also being the homely heart of the farmhouse in which to sit and relax individually or as a family to plan your adventures in and around the Normandy region.

Living rooms

The living room at L'Auberdiere is a warm, comfortable space, complete with an L-shaped sofa, bean bags, a 42" wall mounted flat screen LED Full HD digital television with UK freeview satellite channels. A selection of Blu-ray movies are provided for your pleasure and these can be enjoyed on the Blu-ray player provided. For those who prefer to read there is a reading lamp and a selection of books and magazines for you to enjoy. For families there are some board games and puzzles to entertain you in the evenings.

Bedrooms

The Farmhouse at L'Auberdiere en Normandie has three bedrooms, comprising two large double bedroom suites and one smaller bedroom with 2 full-size bunk beds.

The first of the large bedrooms is the Master bedroom. It is a very large double bedroom, with a window at each end, providing double aspect views over the front and rear of the property; it has a large double bed, chest of drawers, clothes hanging facilities, a chair, a pedestal fan (for the hot summer months), a fully programmable electronic radiator (for the cooler winter months) and a portable cot for guests with small children.

Bedroom 2 is also a large double bedroom with two windows facing out over the front of the property; it has a large double bed, chair, book case, pedestal fan, fully programmable electronic radiator and chest of drawers.

Bedroom 3 is small yet still spacious. With a full size bunk of 2 beds and a window overlooking the rear of the property, it is ideal for children or singles.

Bathrooms

The bathroom at L'Auberdiere is large and open plan. It is luxurious in its decor and finish, with a large walk-in rain cloud shower and a deep free-standing oval pedestal bath; with cascading taps and a large porcelain basin.

The bathroom is conveniently located on the ground floor.

All towels are provided for guests to use at L'Auberdiere, at no charge.

Heating

The main heating at L'Auberdiere is provided by a large and impressive wood burning stove located in the kitchen at the centre of the house. Firewood is provided for guests to use during their stay, at no charge.

In addition to the wood burning stove, there are modern electronically controlled radiators on the walls in each of the bedrooms, the kitchen/diner and the lounge room.

The bathroom has an electric radiator and a large heated towel rack.

All utilities (heating, water, electricity) are included in the cost of your stay at L'Auberdiere.

Entertainment

Fast wi-fi is provided Free throughout the property.
UK freeview satellite television and a Blu-ray player with a selection of movies is available in the lounge room.
A selection of reading material including books, magazines and guides are also available for guests to use at their leisure.
Children's play equipment is located in the garden and a selection of family games is located in the barn for guests to use outside.

Garden and outside

The property is surrounded by 8 acres of rural pasture which guests can explore at their leisure. Children's play equipment, a barbecue and facilities for outdoor seating and dining are all provided. As part of a working farm L'Auberdiere's pasture land is set aside as natural meadow and depending on the time of year of your visit, it could be freshly harvested or lush and full of meadow flowers. It is a place of beauty and provides an abundance of nature for you to explore and enjoy.

To the front of the property is a large private gravel driveway for guests to park on. This also provides you with an excellent entertaining area overlooking the orchard and children's play equipment, where you can use the Weber barbecue and picnic table to dine outside.

The fruit orchard is between 4 and 5 years old and currently offers apples, cherries, plums and pears in summer and autumn. Some older more established pear and apple trees, as well as currant bushes are located around the property

Parking and garages

To the front of the property is a large, private gravel parking area with space for numerous vehicles of any size. All parking is free at L'Auberdiere and there is no requirement to book.

Visitor suitability

Families with children of all ages. Singles. Couples. Pet Owners. Anyone looking for a central base from which to explore all the sites of Normandy, yet be able to relax in the peace and tranquility and privacy of a traditional country farmhouse and grounds. Anyone looking to escape to the tranquility of the bocage yet remain fully connected through free fast WiFi and excellent travel links across the region.

Information about any additional facilities

L'Auberdiere is centrally located to allow easy road access to all the sites of Normandy. With 8 acres of stunning dairy farmland surrounding the house, guests can experience the peace, tranquility and privacy of life in the bocage (hedgerow) region of this outstanding area of France. The ability to easily explore the sites of Normandy and return to your own private haven in the countryside each day, offers the very best experiences to all who stay at L'Auberdiere.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

* Vet details: Clinique Vétérinaire VBN 23 Rue de Caen 14500 Vire Tel: 02 31 09 18 00 Opening hours, Monday to Saturday: 08h30-12h30/14h00-19h00

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Vire
Distance: 14 km

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 3 km

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Various
Name of nearest fishing location: River Vire
Distance: 3 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de Vire la Dathee
Distance: 23 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Campeaux Horse Riding School
Distance: 2 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 0.2 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Cider & Calvados Routes available.

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Vire Gorges Route

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Various Calvados, Cider and Pommeau producers
Distance: 5 km

About the Owner, Mr Thomas Bonnett

We are an Australian family from Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). We have four children aged 2,5,13 & 16 and we split our time between our two favourite places in the world, L'Auberdiere en Normandie and Australia. We are passionate about the history, culture and people of Normandie and are fortunate to have many good friends in the Normandie region. L'Auberdiere was love at first sight for us and it has been a dream to grow with, restore and share our wonderful home.

Year property purchased 2010
Why this location? Campeaux is situated in the heart of the Normandy bocage (hedgerow) country. It is both rich is culture and cuisine as well as central to the World War Two Battlefields and the allied breakout following the D-Day landings. Its location in the centre of where the American and British/Canadian forces linked up and pushed eastwards toward Germany is ideal for the pursuit of my passion for this period of human and military history. Campeaux is ideally located for road and rail connections across the region and the country and allows you the ability to easily explore all that Normandy has to offer, while still being able to return home to the peace and tranquility of this timeless rural idyll. It is a piece of paradise for myself and my family.
Unique benefits of property The unique benefits of staying at L'Auberdiere are that it is centrally located with exceptional transport links to all the sites of Normandy. The Farmhouse offers exceptional comfort and tranquility. The combination of these two aspects of exploring Normandy make L'Auberdiere the perfect blend of tranquility, comfort and convenience.

The Owner Recommends

D-day Landing Beaches

There are numerous beaches within a 40 minute to 50 min drive from L'Auberdiere. The D-day landing beaches code named Utah and Omaha are the closest to the property at approximately 40 minutes by car, and these offer the extraordinary and moving sites of the US cemetery at Colleville-sur-mer, the D-day museums and Sainte-Marie-Du-Mont. At the opposite end of the D-day landing Sectors, approx. 50 minutes drive, the seaside town and sheltered beaches of Arromanches-les-Bains provide a timeless perspective on a dramatic period of world and human history. The sight of the mulberry harbour still standing defiantly above the waves in an arc out to sea is both moving and awe inspiring in stature. The sites, exhibitions, museums and incredible stories that surround the D-day landings provide an almost overwhelming array of options for visitors. It is advisable not to try to tackle the five landing beaches in one go but rather to break up your excursions into US beaches and British/Canadian Beaches. Guests who stay at L'Auberdiere in the month of June will be fortunate to see numerous commemoration events and re-enactments of the D-day landings during their travels.

Bakery

The bakery in the local village of Campeaux is open at dawn each morning to supply bread, patisseries and cakes to the local population. The bread is, as you can imagine, out of this world and the patisseries and cakes are well worth the indulgence.

Local Restaurant

In the nearest village of Campeaux, a comfortable 2 km walk from L'Auberdiere, is a delightful restaurant called 'La Campauline'. Owned and run by a Parisienne couple, the food and atmosphere are not to be missed.

Markets

Guests at L'Auberdiere are fortunate to be located in an area where for much of the year there is a local market on every day of the week in one of the local villages/towns. I recommend the Saturday morning markets in Bayeux as a must for guests to experience the wonders of local cuisine and honest everyday life in Normandy. By accessing the Normandy tourism website and looking in the section on markets, you will be able to plan your excursions to incorporate traditional markets any day you like. Markets generally sell local meats and produce, as well as arts and crafts and to a lesser extent tourist souvenirs. The local markets in Vire on a Monday and Friday are also a great experience and ideally located for some convenient grocery, cheese, bread purchases during your stay.

A J Hackett Adventure Sports Centre

At the nearby Viaduc de la Souleuvre, hidden in the heart of stunning bocage countryside is the European centre for the New Zealand adventure sports company A J Hackett. The centre has bungee jumping, flying foxes, the highest swings in Europe, abseiling, climbing and many other fun and thrilling activities for the family. Only 5 minutes in the car from L'Auberdiere, this activity centre is worth visiting by guests of all ages. Thrill seekers can take advantage of all the centre has to offer and those of a milder disposition can get refreshments and enjoy the stunning architecture and history of the Souleuvre viaduct and its stunning surroundings.

Top 6 D-Day Landing Sites to Visit

1) Pointe-du-hoc - where the US Rangers famously scaled the sheer cliffs on D-day only to find the guns had never been installed. The terrain remains heavily cratered from heavy allied bombing and provides an insight into what the allies encountered on D-day. 2) Sainte-Mere-Eglise - where the US Airborne troops famously landed in the town square and where one soldier was caught and left hanging by his parachute on the bell tower of the church. 3) Pegasus Bridge - the famous bridge so masterfully captured by men of the Ox and Bucks light infantry, landing in gliders just after midnight on June 6th 1944. To see how close to the bridge they landed using only a compass and stopwatch to guide them is truly awe inspiring. 4) The Merville Gun Battery - The site of an inspirational assault by British Airborne troops to seize the guns and prevent them firing on the beaches. With a small fraction of the men and equipment for the assault having landed in the correct area the near suicidal assault was pushed home with immense bravery and ultimately succeeded. 5) The US Cemetery at Colleville-Sur-Mer - as seen in movies such as Saving Private Ryan, the cemetery is located above 'Bloody' Omaha beach in the US Sector. It provides a peaceful yet humbling perspective on the sacrifice of all the young men who landed on D-day. 6) The British Cemetery at Bayeaux - a very different style of military cemetery to the one at Omaha Beach, the cemetery at Bayeux is a very beautiful and very humbling place to visit. The sheer global grasp of the war and specifically the D-day landings is starkly illustrated in the many different nationalities of allied and commonwealth soldiers, sailors and airmen buried in Bayeux. While these are my top 6 recommended D-day sites to visit during your stay at L'Auberdiere they are only the tip of the iceberg. Virtually every hedgerow, village and road in this region has a story to tell of the D-day landings in June 1944.

Bayeux Markets & 'Obelix'

A favourite excursion enjoyed by my family and I every time we stay at L'Auberdiere en Normandie, is the Bayeux markets every Saturday morning. Head into the central square in Bayeux (approx. 35 mins from L'Auberdiere by car) at around 8.30am and you will experience a very traditional Normand market in a picturesque setting. Selling fruit, vegetables, crafts, bread, cheese, poultry, meats etc. this is a very authentic setting in which to purchase your provisions for your stay. A personal favourite of ours is to make the markets in time for breakfast on the go (fresh bread, croissant etc.) and then purchase lunch from 'Obelix'. 'Obelix' is a very friendly gentleman who makes and sells traditional Paella, cooked in front of you. For €5 per 'part' you will not be disappointed. In the stunning setting of Bayeux and the villages surrounding the town, there are no shortage of locations to sit and enjoy your Paella while reminiscing on the time spent in the markets.

Supermarkets

The nearest supermarkets to L'Auberdiere are located in either Vire or Saint-Lo. Both are fairly similar distances by car and in each you will find the Carrefour supermarket. With all the products you would expect from a supermarket in your own country, they should be able to provide you with anything you need for your stay. Supermarket trolleys in France require a 1 Euro coin to operate, so don't forget to take one with you or leave one in the car for those supply runs during your stay.

William the Conqueror and the Bayeux Tapestry

A visit to Normandy would not be complete without seeing the tomb of William the Conqueror in the Abbaye-Aux-Hommes in Caen and the Bayeux Tapestry in Bayeux. Both can easily be visited in a single day and are thoroughly recommended. Excellent restaurants in Bayeux make it advisable to visit Caen and the tomb of William in the morning and then enjoy a delightful Normandy 'Galette' (Savoury Pancake) for lunch, followed by a leisurely visit to the Bayeux Tapestry. Enjoy!

3 Reviews
9.3/10
  • Cleanliness: 9.3
  • Comfort: 9.3
  • Condition: 9.3
  • Facilities: 8.3
  • Local Amenities: 9.3
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.3
8.7 / 10 mature couple 7 October, 2015

We recently returned from a very pleasant stay in this lovely farmhouse set in beautiful countryside and convenient to all the Normandy Sites

Owner response

Thank you for reviewing your stay at L'Auberdiere en Normandie. I am pleased everything was to your satisfaction and you enjoyed a pleasant stay in the farmhouse. I look forward to welcoming you again in the future.

9.1 / 10 cannew 28 September, 2015

We have just spent a very pleasant 2 weeks in the farmhouse. It has been nicely renovated and having everything included in the price, fuel/power, water, bedding and towels is perfect for a self catering holiday. The free Wi-Fi was good and much appreciated. The only negative for us was the lack of storage in the bedrooms and kitchen. The grounds are nice to explore.
The gite is situated in a very central position, giving easy access to places such as the Landing Beaches, Granville, Bayeux and Mont St Michel. There are good supermarkets nearby in Vire and Torigni sur Vire.

Owner response

Thank you for taking the time to review your recent stay at L'Auberdiere. We are pleased you enjoyed a very pleasant stay in our farmhouse. We are sorry you found there to be a lack of storage in the bedrooms and kitchen, an issue that has not arisen in the past. As you know, we have a four drawer chest for clothes, in each bedroom and the kitchen has a large walk-in pantry, cupboard units and free-standing drawers. Thank you, however, for bringing this to our attention. Thank you once again for choosing to stay at L'Auberdiere en Normandie and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

10 / 10 carpetman 10 July, 2015

We stayed at L'Auberdiere from the 19th June until 3rd July.
we have stayed at a number of properties in the region over the last ten years or so and have always stayed for just a week.I am so glad we stayed for two weeks,the location was just perfect.It was very quiet and relaxing.
The property is finished to a very high standard and having a tv with English channels just perfect.
Campeaux was a really lovely walk just about a 40 minute walk in one direction and about the same back in the other direction completing a circle.We did this every other day.
Campeaux has a Bakers to die for.You must try the Lardons.
The butcher is very good and the general store has everything you could need.
La pauline the local bar / restaurant is very good and we drank there quite often.
Its about an hours driving to get any where but there are some really lovely places to visit. Thomas the owner emailed us on a number of occasions just to make sure everything was ok for us.
All things considered whatever type of holiday you were looking for L'Auberdiere fits the bill perfectly.Sitting outside in the huge garden doing nothing but drink the odd glass of wine was amazing,we ere totally relaxed
We are unable to fault it and it will be remembered as one of the nicest places we have stayed in.

Owner response

Thank you Brian & Helen for choosing L'Auberdiere as your accommodation during your recent holiday in Normandy and for providing a review of your experiences. I am so pleased you had a lovely time at the farmhouse and I hope you will visit again in the future. Best wishes, Thomas.