Holiday gite for 2 in rural Calvados - NC004525

Saint-Germain-de-Tallevende (6km from Vire), Calvados, Normandy Reference: NC004525 Advertiser since: 15 January 2016
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Walnut Cottage Self Catering Saturday 1 2 1 Cot available

About this property

16th Century Gite. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Walnut Cottage was originally built in the 16th century but has been lovingly restored to combine a high standard of modern comfort with traditional stonework and a dramatic granite fireplace which provides for a cosy winter fire and makes the cottage available all year round.

The Cottage is situated between the pretty market towns of Sourdaval and Vire, close to the beautiful lake Dathee, Vire Gorges and Saint Sever Forest.

A five minute drive will take you into the Center of Vire where there are plenty of restaurants, bars and sporting activities, including Aquavire, boat hire off road cycle paths, beautiful walks, rivers, extensive forests and local markets.

Vire is an ancient walled city, built in the 12th Century by Henry Beauclerc, Duke of Normandy, son of William the Conqueror. After the 1944 bombings parts of the medieval town were spared and are still visible today in the rebuilt city.
There is a very well maintained 18 hole Municipal Golf Course that overlooks Lac de la Dathee, here you can take part in water sports, go fishing or stroll around the 5km perimeter and enjoy the peace and quiet at one of the many picnic areas. The lake is bordered in parts by forest and also has a weir and a small waterfall.

The location is ideally situated to visit Mont Saint Michel, Bayeux Tapestry, Domfront, Fourges, the Landing Beaches in the North, the War Cemeteries and the beautiful beaches around Granville.

Free wi-fi, English and French tv, a dvd player with a selection of dvds are all available to provide all the comforts of a home away from home.

A relaxing and enjoyable holiday awaits everyone who visits so if you have any questions or there is anything you would like to know, do not hesitate to message us.




Kitchen and dining

The kitchen is well equipped with a hob, small oven, fridge, microwave, kettle, toaster and George Foreman grill.

We do live on site so whilst the cottage can be self-catering for private holidays or short breaks we also offer a full English or Continental breakfast that is can be served in the the cottage or at one of the outside seating areas.

Dinner is available on request, we grow our own seasonal vegetables and our free range chickens provide tasty eggs.

Living rooms

The living area is open plan with lounge, dining room and modern kitchen facilities there is a large granite fire place with a log burner a flat screen TV and a dvd player. A comfortable leather sofa.and a dining table to seat four people


The mezzanine bedroom has sloping ceilings and overlooks the dramatic stone fire place.
A cot can be provided on request.


The shower room is on the ground floor, it has a built in wash basin with vanity unit, large mirror and a wc.


Log burner and internal heating.


Free Internet, English and French tv, dvd player, some dvds and board games.

Garden and outside

The cottage sits in five acres of grounds including an a Cider orchard and a cider press wheel that has been retained as an outside table with stone chairs.

There are picnic benches, sun loungers and a barbecue for outside dining.

In summer months guests are welcome to sample our home grown fruit and vegetables

Parking and garages

Outside parking.
Secure parking for motorcyclists

Visitor suitability

We are sorry but the cottage is not suitable for people who have mobility difficulties.

Information about any additional facilities

Linen is included in the rental costs including towels, duvets and pillows.

Breakfast and evening meals are available on request, we grow our own seasonal vegetables and our free range chickens provide tasty eggs.

There is no cleaning fee at the end of your stay as long as the cottage is left in good order. If you would prefer someone to clean after your stay a local lady will provide the service for £30

Walnut Cottage is a non-smoking environment, if you do need to smoke please do so outside and dispose of your cigarettes afterwards.


  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Meals


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Vire
Distance: 6 km



Name and address of nearest golf course: Vire 18 Hole Municipal
Distance: 8 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 1 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: St Germain de Tellevende


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Julie Cook

When we decided to leave our jobs and move to France we wanted to "put smiles on faces" our aim is to provide a relaxing, enjoyable holiday for everyone who visits our homes, whatever your needs. We take a very flexible approach recognising that everyone has different expectations. Please email us if there is anything we can do to make your holiday more enjoyable.

Year property purchased 2015
Why this location? Walnut Cottage is at the end of a quiet road just outside the historic town of Vire. There are many restaurants and sporting activities in the vicinity, indoor swimming pools, abseiling, horse riding, paragliding, cycling, golf courses, fishing for those with mountain bikes there is an abundance of off-road tracks. There are many local markets or larger ones at St Lo or Caen.
Unique benefits of property Walnut Cottage was originally built in the 16th century and has been carefully restored to a high standard with beams, stone walls and a large granite fireplace. The cottage is open plan kitchen/dining/lounge. There is a wood burner and internal heating. All bed linen including a cot, towels and tea towels are included. Please ask if you require more of anything during your stay. Please bring your own swimming/beach towels.

The Owner Recommends

Chaprepus Zoo and Gardens

You will see a series of themed gardens as you walk around the Zoo. The Madagascan area, the subtropical area and the African area. Champrepus is a magical place where parents and children will meet lions, giraffes, tigers, penguins and lemurs.


The Western Manche coast is about 50 minutes away by car. The long beaches are of thick fine sand and the numerous resorts of a quiet family orientated nature. Old fashioned walks along the prom, cockle picking and sand castle making are the main events. At Granville there are many seafood restaurants on the port. You can also take boats to the Isles of Chausey or to Jersey from here.

Fishing in Normandy

The River See, is renowned for being one of the best Salmon and Brown Trout Rivers in France. You can also go Fly Fishing locally in Brousains or in Vengeons. Day or week passes can be purchased locally in Sourdeval. They run from March to October. There are also numerous Trout Lakes around Lake Dathee where weekend passes can be purchased.


A drive to the Orme takes you to Flers where there is a water park which is a great day out for all the family.

Golf and Water Sports:

Vire has an 18 hole municipal Golf course, it is very well maintained and looks over the beautiful Lac De La Dathee. You can take part in water sports such as Windsurfing, Pedlos, boat or bicycle hire, go fishing or stroll around the 5km perimeter and enjoy the peace and quiet at one of the many picnic area. The lake is bordered in parts by forest and also has a weir and a small waterfall


With over 310 miles of cycle paths, two cycle paths are only five minutes from the cottage.

History Outings

The property is ideally situated to visit Bayeux Tapestry, Domfront, Fourges, the Landing Beaches in the North, the beautiful beaches around Granville, and the Mont Saint Michel which is surrounded by a magnificent bay.

Mortain Waterfalls

At the hillside town of Mortain, the river Cance slices through the rocky gorges down to the woodland basin of the Selune River, creating two spectacular waterfalls with scenic walks and picnic spots. The mightiest La Grande Cascade is the largest waterfall in the North and West of France.

Moto GP at Le Mans

Moto GP at Le Mans which is a one hour and forty minutes ride or drive. WSBK at Magny-Cours is four hours and 55 minutes.

Pont Farcy

Pont Farcy is where the gorges de la Vire lie, it is possible to take in the stunning scenery by canoe or kayaks.

Velorail at Pont Erambourg

Suisse Normande's railway tracks. The meeting point is at Pont Erambourg at the Gouttes Tunnel (near Pont d'Ouilly) The eight mile return rail biking circuit takes around one hour forty five minutes.


The market town of Vire is 6km away and offers excellent shopping and dining. Vire has beautiful walks, Las Cascades Waterfall, rivers and extensive forests.

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Nathan & Danielle 17 April, 2018

We didnt like having to leave the place.

Absolutely fantastic, loved all of it, facilities, bed, location, hosts.

10 / 10 Wonderful Holiday 12 March, 2018

We had the most wonderful stay at Walnut Cottage! Everything was well provided for when we came (including a bottle of wine!) and throughout our two weeks in that beautiful spot in Calvados. The cottage is cosy, looks just like in the pictures and is even more spacious. Julie and Nigel do their very best to make your stay as easy and relaxing as possible while at the same time respecting the privacy of their guests at all times. We strongly recommend their dinner menu, it was delicious with fresh produce and herbs from the garden. The beautiful hills of the surrounding area allow for extended walks right from the cottage. In a nutshell, everything was just great!

Owner response

It was lovely to meet you both and thank you for taking the time to write a review for us! We are really pleased you enjoyed your stay in the cottage. All the best, take care Julie & Nigel x