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.

Welcome to the rolling hills of Calvados, beautiful and peaceful, it's a great place to relax, unwind and enjoy the beautiful landscapes, long sandy beaches or visit the many historical sites and towns in the area.

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 pretty market town of Vire is a 5 minute drive away where you will find supermarkets, boulangerie, patisserie, bars and restaurants. The market is on a Friday morning and you'll find all sorts of lovely food and bargains. The market surrounds the remains of a castle and there are some lovely cafes to sit and watch the world go by. There is also the beautiful Lake Dathee with its lovely safe sandy beach, 18-hole golf course, 7km cycle track, sailing and fishing

The D day landing beaches and gorgeous coastal resorts such as Granville, Houlgate and Carrolles - which has lovely rock pools are all about one hour’s drive away. The Bayeux Tapestry, Mont Saint Michel and the British War Cemetery are also within an hour’s drive.

In Granville, there are pristine sandy beaches and many delicious seafood restaurants on the port, you can also take a stroll along the Plat Gousset which overlooks the beach then walk up the stairs to the Christian Dior garden, from there the view of the Chausey Islands is breathtaking.

The area is great for walking or cycling with many marked trails. Normandy's Greenway Cycle Route which stretches from Cherbourg to Mont Saint Michel (143 miles) is just 5 minutes away from the property.

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 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 fireplace with a log burner a flat screen tv and a dvd player. A comfortable leather sofa and a dining table.


The mezzanine bedroom has sloping ceilings and overlooks the dramatic stone fireplace.

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.


Logburner and internal heating.


Free wi-fi, English and French tv, dvd player, dvds and boardgames.

Garden and outside

The cottage is located in a semi rural area but is only a 5 minute drive from the Medieval town of Vire.

Surrounded by 5 acres of our own land including an old cider apple orchard there are plenty of picnic areas where you can relax and enjoy a meal or a bottle of wine in the sunshine.

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

In summer months guests are welcome to sample our seasonal home grown fruit, vegetables and herbs.

Parking and garages

Outside parking.
There is secure storage for motorcycles and bikes and a maintenance area to check tyre pressures, oil etc.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for a couple.
A cot can be provided for a baby.
We are sorry but due to the stairs the cottage is not suitable for anyone who has 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 woodburner 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 2 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 1 hour and 40 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 8 mile return rail biking circuit takes around 1 hour 45 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