Large holiday gite in rural Normandy

9.6/10
Pontfarcy (7km from Vire), Calvados, Normandy Reference: NC004552 Advertiser since: 26 January 2016
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
La Cour Self Catering Saturday 4 12 2

About this property

Rural Bliss, Stunning 18th Century Maison De Maitre. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Beautifully situated Maison de Maitre nestling in the stunning Gorges de la Vire. Complete peace, quiet and privacy set in own 2 acres of secure grounds yet only 10 minute drive from A84 allowing easy access from ports/airport. Central position, 45 minute drive from both East and West coasts. Normandy landing beaches, Mont St Michel, and the Brittany border towns of Rennes and St Malo all within an hours easy drive. 
 
Walking and cycling on the doorstep, we are situated on the cycle route crossing Normandy from the Landing beaches to Mont St Michel, or walk for miles along the river on easy well maintained paths direct from the house.
 
La Cour was built in 1792 during the height of the French Revolution to celebrate the marriage of noble Richard Geoffroy and his Bride Maris. It is a once grand but today warm and welcoming house with large rooms, furnished with a mixture of French antique and quality furnishings. Sleep in an oak bed with inlaid carvings from 16C in one of the two master bedrooms each with double bed, which share a bathroom on the first floor. Two further bedrooms on the second floor, one with a double bed and the other a family room furnished with 1 x double and 2 X single beds, share a shower room/ wc. Other bedroom configurations may be accommodated on request.
 
New for 2017 a fully equipped kitchen with range cooker, dishwasher, large fridge/freezer and everything the keen cook could wish for. The large lounge with open fire and second beamed lounge/dining room with large woodburner offer plenty of living space with tv receiving English channels. A large selection of books, board games and an XBox 360 are provided for indoor fun and along with a selection of dvds.
 
Outside the sunken walled garden is a suntrap for lounging, or maybe some fun badminton, net and raquets provided. An outdoor table tennis table is always well used in the summer and several bikes are available for local cycling. Barbecue, sunloungers, table and chairs are provided for outdoor living, or sit under the stars in complete darkness listening to the owls hoot across the valley.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

New for 2017 kitchen with range cooker, dishwasher, microwave and large fridge/freezer. Highchair available on request.

Living rooms

Spacious comfortable lounge and second large beamed lounge/dining room with additional tv.
Open fire in the lounge, large woodburner in second lounge/ dining room if weather turns chilly, logs supplied. Lots of room for families to spread out

Bedrooms

La Cour has a total of 4 double bedrooms. Two very large bedrooms each with double bed share a bathroom on the first floor whilst 2 further bedrooms on the second floor, one with double bed and the other a family room with double and 2 x single beds, allow flexibility of sleeping arrangements. A shower room/wc is also situated on this floor. A travel cot is available on request.

Bathrooms

Ground floor wc, 1 bathroom wc with bath on first floor, shower room/wc on second floor.

Heating

Electric heaters, open fire, log burner.

Entertainment

2 x tv, Sky available (please bring own viewing card), English channels, dvd player, XBox 360 with games. Wireless internet.

Garden and outside

Situated in 2 acres of paddock with walled sunken garden to front, garden furniture, 4 x bicycles, barbecue, badminton, outdoor table tennis.

Parking and garages

Large private parking area at front of house, lockable stable for storage of bikes if required.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for families/couples, walkers, cyclists.

Facilities

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Villedieu-les-Poeles
Distance: 20 km

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Various
Name of nearest fishing location: Pont Farcy (by permit)
Distance: 2 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: various
Distance: 10 km

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: numerous

About the Owner, Mrs Lynda Woodward

My name is Lynda and I live with my husband Geoff and three teenage children in Somerset.

Year property purchased 2014
Why this location? The peace and quiet, the glorious setting and scenery, ease of access to ports and airports, the empty roads, relaxed and stress free way of life
Unique benefits of property La Cour has a wonderful atmosphere, very private but not isolated, surrounded by nature yet very easy access to major towns, beaches and all of the attractions that Normandy has to offer.

The Owner Recommends

Bayeaux Tapestry

No visit complete without a visit to this famous historical artefact, 45 minute drive

Mont St Michel

France's second most visited attraction, a lovely day out, 1 hour drive

Rennes/ St Malo/Dinard

Three lovely old towns just over border into Brittany, an easy drive of just over an hour

Visit the Normandy landing beaches and museums

Numerous museums, tours available, all within 50 minute drive

Walking and cycling

Walk or cycle from the door on traffic free marked trails or very quiet lanes in stunning scenery

West coast beaches

Large, sandy beaches, a 45 minute drive

Zoo, bowling, swimming etc

Various family friendly activities available locally

2 Reviews
9.6/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 9.5
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 8.5
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
9.7 / 10 WW 15 October, 2016

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at La Cour, a perfect 'away from it all' location. The house is intriguing with with its historic past and is very private and nicely decorated with huge rooms and very comfortable beds. The area is beautiful with views across the Vire valley, so lots of safe walking and cycling, with bicycles available at the house. A large supermarket is within a five minute drive. The small towns of Tessy sur Vire and Villdieu de Poele are a short drive away and typical of the area, with shops and restaurants giving something of the essence of local life. A really lovely place to stay.

9.4 / 10 MR 21 September, 2016

Excellent weekend stay at La Cour. The ferry crossing from Poole and the drive down from Cherbourg was easy, with little traffic. The house is very comfortable and spacious and had everything we needed. The area around La Cour is very scenic and we liked being able to walk straight out from the house and into the surrounding countryside. We also explored the cycle route that runs via the garden, using bikes borrowed from the house. There is plenty to do at La Cour, like table tennis and table football in the barn area, but given the peace and quiet we spent evenings drinking a glass of wine in the garden before collapsing into the big comfy sofas in the living room. The bedrooms are huge, and with the combination of lovely beds, peaceful location and complete darkness with the window shutters closed, it was very easy to over-sleep!
We visited the nearby towns of Gavray (for the Saturday morning market) and Villedieu-les-Poêles. Plenty of food on offer at the market and had a very tasty sausage and chips from one of the food stalls for lunch, sitting on a bench by the river. Villedieu-les-Poêles is slightly larger and has a good selection of independent shops and cafes.
I would definitely recommend this area of Normandy. La Cour is superb, with its grand exterior and large gardens, and is an ideal base for exploring the region. There was so much that we didn’t do through lack of time (we didn’t see any of the nearby beaches) but we hope to return soon.

Owner response

Dear Michael, La Cour has only recently been made available as a holiday rental and it is good to know that you enjoyed your stay.
Best wishes
Lynda