Self catering holiday home in Normandy - NC004041

Boissey (9km from Saint-Pierre-sur-Dives), Calvados, Normandy Reference: NC004041 Advertiser since: 6 March 2015
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La Petite Chaumiere Self Catering Saturday 1 4 1 Double sofabed in lounge

About this property

A beautiful 'half-timbered' cottage in Normandy. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

A recently fully renovated character 'half-timbered' cottage in a peaceful location in the heart of the Normandy countryside. The cottage can sleep up to 4 people, but is ideal for a couple seeking a romantic break. The cosy living space is open-plan, and the cottage is fully equipped with a sun terrace and pretty garden. For spring, autumn and winter months, heating is by a wood burning stove with plenty of logs available, and there are also electric radiators if required.



Kitchen and dining

A small but fully equipped kitchen with electric cooker, fridge-freezer and microwave oven.

Living rooms

A cosy living room with wood burning stove set in traditional fireplace.
A double sofabed provides extra sleeping accommodation.


One mezzanine bedroom with double bed, and hanging rail.


Downstairs shower-room including shower, toilet and wash basin and washer-dryer.


Electric radiators and wood burning stove.

Garden and outside

Pretty private garden stocked with fruit trees, weeping willow trees, alder trees and a variety of shrubs.
Sunterrace with barbecue and garden furniture.

Parking and garages

Ample parking on driveway.


  • Cleaning

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: St. Pierre-sur-Dives
Distance: 5 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: 9 hole golf course in St. Georges en Auge
Distance: 3 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Boissey
Distance: 1 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 5 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Marked trails within 1 km


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Gillian McNulty

I live in the north west midlands of England with my husband. I am a recently retired teacher of modern foreign languages, but my husband still works as a teacher of Economics and Business Studies. We fell in love with our little cottage whilst on holiday in Normandy in 2003 and still enjoy discovering the delights of the Pays d'Auge region of Normandy.

Year property purchased 2003
Why this location? We chose this area because of its close proximity to the ports, and for its beautiful countryside and peace and quiet. We enjoy walking through the country lanes and listening to the incredible variety of birdsongs. As well as benefitting from the peaceful location, there is also plenty to do. We are only 50 minutes drive from the ferry port of Caen; and the Normandy Landing beaches and Pegassus bridge are nearby. You can follow in the footsteps of the soldiers who fought in the Battle of Normandy, and visit the British War Cemetery in Bayeux. Don't forget to take in the Bayeux Tapestry too! We are a convenient location for day trips to the historic towns such as Honfleur, Caen and Lisieux. At Falaise, about 20-30 minutes drive away you can visit the chateau where William the Conquerer was born. Local produce such as cider, calvados and cheeses from local artisans are a must. It is close to beautiful coastline and pretty villages, and for horse lovers the Haras du Pin is not far.
Unique benefits of property The property is a typical Norman half-timbered cottage set in pretty grounds in the heart of the Pays d'Auge. It has been recently restored and is ideal for a couple or small family. In the summer you can make full use of the terrace which is a real sun trap, and is ideal for summer barbecues and sunbathing. In winter months, the wood burning stove makes it very cosy; there is wood available in the wood store. The property, whilst being in a peaceful location is not far from amenities; the nearest town, St. Pierre sur Dives is only 5 kms away where there is a choice of supermarkets, lovely bakeries, butchers, gift shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. St. Pierre sur Dives is a historic market town with its 10th century Abbey and medieval market hall which hosts a market every Monday morning. We have our own local cheese factory just up the road, and farms producing their own cider and calvados are close by.

The Owner Recommends


Visit the town of Bayeux with its lovely shops, cafes, bistros and restaurants. Take in the historic and famous Bayeux tapestry and the Cathedral.


Go canoeing along the pretty river Dives. Canoe hire in St. Pierre-sur-Dives


A real 'must'! Only 1 hour away is the most picturesque port of France. Enjoy strolling through the narrow cobbled streets, eating in some of the best restaurants, visiting the museums of composer Satie, and painter Boudin, walking through the gardens on the way down to the beach or take a boat trip around the port where there are some very impressive sailing boats to see.


The market at St. Pierre-sur-Dives is a must every Monday morning with an amazing range of local produce from cider to cheeses from local artisans.


Book a table at 'La Grace de Dieu' in between Boissey and St. Pierre-sur-Dives, the nearest restaurant where in summer months you can try the 'Buffet Provencal" on the sun terrace. L' Relais du Billot' is set in a pretty rural setting serves traditional Normandy cuisine. The 'Hotel St.Pierre' in the nearby town Mezidon-Canon serves excellent meals especially recommended for a special occasion.

Sea-side towns

As well as the famous resorts of Deauville and Trouville, we particularly enjoy the smaller seaside towns of Dives sur Mer, Houlgate, Cabourg and Villers sur Mer. You can walk for miles along the beaches and through the sand dunes.

The D-Day Landing Beaches and Pegasus Bridge

Take a tour of the D-Day landing beaches and follow in the footsteps of the soldiers who fought in the Battle of Normandy. It is well worth going to Arromanches to see the Floating Harbour, and the 360 degree cinema. Go and see the American cemetery at Omaha Beech, then take a walk down to the beach where you can really imagine the terrifying scenes of 70 years ago. The British War Cemetery at Bayeux is definitely worth seeing, and very moving. Go to Pegasus Bridge where you can have a coffee in the Cafe Gondre, and visit the sight where the gliders landed on 6th June 1944.

The Haras du Pin

This is a real 'must' for horse lovers. The home of the horse, this famous stud farm is well worth a visit, and is only one of the many studs and equestrian centres to organise horse riding. There is a museum and a cafe for visitors and the extensive grounds are overlooked by a beautiful 18th century chateau.

The local cheese factories

The Fromagerie 'La Houssaye', just outside Boissey sells its delicious famous cheeses: Livarot; Pont L'Eveque; Pave d'Auge and Deauville. Guided tours around the cheese factory 'Le Grain d' Orge' at Livarot. Go to the annual Cheese Fair at the beginning of August, a lovely gastronomic day out!

4 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 N and I, Kent 26 August, 2018

Beautiful little cottage in the lovely Normandy countryside. Perfect get away spot for a few days away from phone and internet.
Cottage had everything we wanted and clean and well equipped.
Lovely welcome from the owners, the milk and pastries a nice touch after our long journey.
The cottage is ideally located close to Saint Pierre sur Dives and for visiting the many other pretty villages near by.
About an hour drive from the historic Normandy landing beaches but roads are good.
We spent a lovely relaxing week at La Petite Chaumerie in August and would love a return visit in the Autumn.

10 / 10 LRS 22 June, 2018

I stayed at the property for 4 nights and luckily for me, I had good weather and visited local places.

I met the Owner on arrival and was made to feel welcome immediately.

The advert description was accurate and property was clean and well maintained.

I'd recommend the property. I'd come back to stay again.

Owner response

Thank-you Lindsey for your comments. I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay, and that the weather behaved itself.
I look forward to seeing you in Normandy again one day soon.

10 / 10 Mo and ian 4 September, 2017

The cottage was beautiful and in a wonderful location there's a lane within walking distance of the cottage for a nice evening walk
I would definitely stay here again
Lovely friendlying couple we rented off for the week and an etra touch with a bottle of cider and a French stick

Owner response

Many thanks for your comments Maureen. It was a pleasure to meet you and have you as guests!

10 / 10 Joanne, Simon & Jessica 12 August, 2017

We recently had a 4 night stay in this beautiful cottage! from the moment that we arrived we were greeted with a warm welcome and introduced to some local Cidre and pastries, a lovely extra touch after a long car journey. Our daughter turned 2 while we were there and The owners were so kind and went that extra mile to bring her a birthday card and present! We found them very approachable and friendly and felt like part of the family rather than strangers. The cottage is beautiful and exceeded all of our needs, it was comfortable, cosy and a joy to stay in. It is in the perfect location to access the beautiful countryside, route de cidre and the landing beaches. The grounds surrounding the cottage are well kept and our daughter had so much fun playing in them.
The cottage is well maintained, and we have already highly recommended it to our friends and family, We have gained some amazing memories on our trip, and would love to return in the future!

Owner response

Thank-you very much for the lovely comments. It was our pleasure!