Lovely holiday let in Normandy Calvados

Familly (10km from Orbec-en-Auge), Calvados, Normandy Reference: NC004756 Advertiser since: 15 April 2016
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms Additional info
Maison Geolie Self Catering 1 4 1 Double sofabed downstairs

About this property

Pull-up, Switch-off, Chill-out!. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Originally a pressoir for a local cider maker, the house itself dates back to the 1800's and is typical of the local Normandy 'Colombage' style, meaning timber-frame.



Kitchen and dining

The ground floor has a well equipped kitchen and open diner/lounge with a double bed settee.

Living rooms

UK freeview tv is installed.


The spacious bedroom upstairs has a double bed and a single bed. There is a lovely view across the garden and open farmland beyond.


The shower room and separate toilet are also on the ground floor.


Electric heating.


Lots of local events, brocantes, music festivals through-out the summer.

Garden and outside

The Gîte, which is bright and sunny, adjoins the owner's main house and has it's own separate entrance & private patio overlooking the beautiful garden. Children can play freely and safely in an acre of parkland.

Parking and garages

Parking next to the gite.

Visitor suitability

Good for outdoor types who appreciate unspoilt but rustic French farmland setting.

Information about any additional facilities

Excellent for runners and ramblers. Open, flat country roads straight from property with next to no cars.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Linen



Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout
Name of nearest fishing location: Domaine de l'Orbiquet
Distance: 20 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf Pastorale de la Charentonne, 177 Rue du Val de la Couture, 27300 Bernay
Distance: 20 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Vallee de la Touques

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Roger Groult Calvados producer, St Cyr de Ronceray
Distance: 12 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Richard Davies

Hi, I'm Richard and my wife is Lisa. We've been in Normandy for over 10 years and love the alternative life that France offers us. We have space to be ourselves and follow our interests. I love running in the country, straight out of my gates, along miles of empty country lanes. We love music, art and sharing nice food with friends. We love meeting new people but we're not at all intrusive.

Year property purchased 2004
Why this location? Peaceful, clean air, old fashioned values, real life
Unique benefits of property Enjoy the simple pleasures without being bothered by anyone. Escape the rat race for a while. Ramble, run or cycle straight from the property- no need to drive anywhere.

The Owner Recommends

The Basilica of Lisieux

With it’s main square staging many different fetes and markets throughout the year, Lisieux, capital of the Pays d’Auge, enjoys a rich variety of restaurants, theatre, cafes, shops and historical treasures. The Basilica, with its breath-taking architecture, is a must see for any visitor to the region and is the final resting place of St Theresa. Born in the Calvados region in 1873 and dying in Lisieux at the tender age of 24, it was only after her death that the world discovered the incredible depth and beauty of Theresa Martin. Through her memoirs entitled ‘Story of a Soul’, the mystery of her inner life with God was posthumously revealed and Theresa was canonised in 1925. In Lisieux, the shrine of Saint Theresa today attracts pilgrims from all around the world and her book has been published in over 60 languages.

4 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.3
  • Comfort: 8.8
  • Condition: 9
  • Facilities: 9.3
  • Local Amenities: 8.5
  • Setting: 9.5
  • Value for Money: 9.3
9.5 / 10 Mark & Tracey 29 July, 2017

We were very pleased with our week's stay here in July, the property was exactly as advertised. Only a ten minute drive to the nearest town, Orbec, which has all the shops, petrol etc you might need. Our hosts, Richard and Lisa , were on hand if needed but not at all intrusive and the gite is quite private being on the end of the main house. We would stay here again.

7.3 / 10 Jaggs 17 July, 2017

Lovely setting, very helpful hosts,tranquil relaxing setting and very enjoyable break.

10 / 10 Mike Burdett 21 August, 2016

Lovely rural setting, clean, comfortable and well equipped gite with a beautiful garden. Hosts were very friendly, welcoming and informative. Less than 10 minutes drive to the town of Orbec which has various local shops and restaurants and a supermarket. An easy drive from Caen, takes about an hour on quiet country roads. Highly recommended, would not hesitate to visit again.

9.8 / 10 helenefulton 18 August, 2016

We had a lovely week at Maison Geolie which is perfect for a quiet holiday in the countryside. There are lots of interesting places to visit within easy reach - particular favourites are Giverny, Falaise, Caen, and the coastal towns. We also found some lovely local restaurants, including the Louis XIII at Beaumesnil. Orbec is a pretty town with good fresh food, banks, chemists, bakeries, and a large modern supermarket. The gite is ideal for two people or a couple with one child. Richard and Lisa are excellent hosts and allowed us to use their extensive garden. This was our second visit, and we would certainly recommend Maison Geolie very highly.