Holiday rental in Calvados near Lac Dathee - NC004875

Saint-Germain-de-Tallevende (6km from Vire), Calvados, Normandy Reference: NC004875 Advertiser since: 16 June 2016
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Walnut House Self Catering Saturday 3 6 1 Cot

About this property

Peaceful & Relaxing Holiday Rental . This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

The house stands in 5 acres of land with picnic areas for outside dining, the large paddock next to the house has a well equipped childrens play area, an above ground solar heated splash pool (available June to September) an orchard, varied wildlife and beautiful views and sunsets.

The farmhouse will sleep up to 6 people, it has an open plan living and dining area with high ceilings, beams and a lovely staircase.The kitchen is fully equipped with a washing machine, gas stove, microwave, toaster etc. On the first floor is a bathroom and separate wc and 3 bedrooms. Two double rooms and a further bedroom with 2 single beds, a children's play room with a tv, Wii, dvds, boardgames, books and toys.

A 5 minute drive will take you into the Centre of Vire where there are plenty of restaurants, bars and sporting activities, including Aquavire with swimming pools, family pool, water slides and jets! Great for a rainy day and very reasonably priced. There is also bowling, boat hire off road cycle paths, beautiful walks, lakes, rivers, extensive forests and local markets.

Vire has an 18 hole Municipal golf course that is very well maintained and overlooks the beautiful Lac de la Dathee with its lovely safe sandy beach, here you can take part in water sports, go fishing or stroll (or cycle) around the 7km 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 D day landing beaches and gorgeous coastal resorts such as Granville, Houlgate and Carrolles (amazing rock pools) are all about 1 hour’s drive away. The beaches are amazing for kids with safe sandy beaches and life guards. The Bayeux Tapestry, Mont Saint Michel and the British War Cemetery are also within an hour’s drive.

In Granville, you can go for a swim even at low tide in the retention pool. There are pristine sandy beaches and many delicious seafood restaurants on the port and 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.

Raptor Park - With its many attractions and food court - Raptor Park promises an unforgettable day of relaxation for families. With an area of 8000m², Raptor Park is one of the largest indoor amusement parks in Europe. It welcomes you all year long, whatever the weather. Large indoor leisure park laser game, tree climbing, inflatable games, trampoline, and exhibition around dinosaurs. T-Rex, triceratops, long neck. More than 60 species of dinosaurs are on display, including a life-size brachiosaurus! Some are animated: watch out for the teeth and tail shots! Others, more friendly dinosaurs, will let you climb on their backs for a photo-souvenir.

Lake Pont L’Eveque. A leisure base in the heart of the Pays d'Auge with activities and sensations for all! An exceptional setting a natural park of 120 ha, a white sand beach of 600 meters, a lake of 56 ha and a supervised bathing, labeled blue flag for 5 years. A walk around the lake of 3.80 km. Giant zip line, canoe river descent, jet ski, fly board, mini-golf, pedal boat ride and towed buoy.

Zoos/Animal Parks:
Zoo de Jurques - North of Vire near to Junction 42 on A84, or Zoo Champrenus - near Villedieu - Junction 37 on A84, or Alligator Bay - Beauvoir - 5 minutes from Mont Saint Michel.

In Mortain and St Hilaire there are municipal swimming pools with the Mortain outdoor pool open throughout the summer season.



Kitchen and dining

The kitchen is fully equipped with all the appliances and utensils you will need to prepare meals.

We do live on site so we are readily available with advice or assistance if needed. Whilst the cottage can be self-catering for private holidays, we also offer a continental breakfast or a cooked breakfast either in the cottage or at one of the outside seating areas. Dinner is also available on request.

We grow our own seasonal vegetables and herbs which guests are more than welcome to sample.

Living rooms

The cottage has an L shape living/dining room with high ceilings, beams and a lovely staircase. Comfortable leather sofas and a dining table to seat up to 6 people, flat screen English and French tv, dvds and a stone fireplace.


Two double bedrooms, with double beds and further bedroom with 2 twin beds and a children's playroom.


Black and white tiled bathroom with a vanity unit, shower with body jets and wc there is also a separate wc.


Electric radiators and an open stone fire place.


Free wi-fI, flat screen French and English tv, dvd player and a selection of dvds.

In the play room are boardgames, books, children's dvds and some toys.

Garden and outside

There is a children's play area in the paddock with swings, climbing frames and a slide and a solar heated splash pool which is available June - September. (May if the weather permits!)

There are plenty of picnic areas where you can enjoy a barbecue or a bottle of wine and relax in the sunshine.

With our 5 acres of orchard and grounds there's plenty to occupy you and your family and space for the children to safely let off steam.

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

Parking and garages

On site parking.

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

Visitor suitability

Perfect for families, motorcyclists and children with special needs.

Equally suitable for adults without children looking for a bit of space and peace and quiet in a stunning location.

A cot, highchair and safetygate are available.

A reduced rate is available for couples - please enquire for details.

Due to stairs and first floor bedrooms the property is not suited to people with mobility difficulties.

Information about any additional facilities

Bed linen and towels for inside the property are provided, beach/pool towels are not provided.

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

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

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 £50.

If you are coming for a special occasion or there is anything we can do to make your holiday more enjoyable please do not hesitate to email us.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

  • Splash pool


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Weekly Markets in Vire and Souderval - details of Brocantes and Vide-Greniers available
Distance: 5 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Concours de peche
Name of nearest fishing location: Lake Dathee and Saint Germain de Tallevende
Distance: 5 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Vire 18 Hole Golf Course
Distance: 5 km

Organic produce/dining



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Charte du Promeneur


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Nigel Cook

Nigel and I gave up our jobs in the UK and moved to France 3 years ago. 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.

Year property purchased 2016
Why this location? The rolling hills of rural Calvados are beautiful and peaceful, it's a great place to relax and unwind with an abundance of wildlife as a distraction. Normandy has so much to offer, such beautiful countryside, an abundance of pretty fishing towns and miles of sandy beaches.
The D day landing beaches and gorgeous coastal resorts such as Granville, Houlgate and Carrolles (amazing rock pools) are all about one hour’s drive away. The beaches are amazing for kids with safe sandy beaches and life guards.

The Bayeux Tapestry, Mont Saint Michel and the British War Cemetery are also within an hour’s drive.

The pretty market town of Vire is a 5 minute drive away where you will find supermarkets, bars and restaurants. Around the castle and there are some lovely cafes to sit and watch the world go by. There is a swimming pool in Vire with water slides, jets and a family pool that is very well priced.
Unique benefits of property Everyone's expectations are unique whether you are a couple, a family with children, a family with a child or children with special needs or travelling motorcyclists we will do our best to make your holiday relaxing and enjoyable so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

The Owner Recommends

Mont Saint Michel

A Wonder of the Western World Mont Saint Michel forms a tower in the heart of an immense bay invaded by the highest tides in Europe.

The Bayeux Tapestry

The Bayeux Tapestry relates the conquest of England by William the Conqueror, from 1064 to the outcome of the Battle of Hastings.

The Bayeux Tapestry is listed "Memory of the World".

D-Day Landing Beaches 1944.

Visit Omaha and Utah beaches, Pointe du Hoc and the US parachute forces landing sites. Saint Mere Eglise where the parachutist is hanging by his canopy from the church tower!

Museums and memorials tell the story. You cannot help but be moved

Parc d'Attractions Ange Michel

Fun Park, near the villiage of Saint Martin de Landelles this is a great place for children of all ages.

The area is great for walking or cycling

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.


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

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Scotty 26 August, 2018

We absolutely loved our stay here. Such a tranquil and picturesque place. The house has everything you would need for a holiday and Julie and Nigel are fantastic hosts - they truly made it a memorable holiday for us. If it's peace and quiet you are after then this is the place for you. Vire has many restaurants and supermarkets and a great Friday Market and is only 5 mins away. We slept like logs and came home feeling relaxed and refreshed. Highly recommended.

10 / 10 Wonderful Holiday 14 April, 2018

We absolutely loved this place so much that we hardly left it for the duration of our stay. Julie and Nige were so welcoming and our two children were instantly in love with the place.Julie took the children to feed the chickens which they where delighted with. We arrived on the Thursday and decided to pre order our evening meals for the Friday and Saturday and WOW!!! the food was fantastic and really reasonably priced too! One of our daughters has multiple food allergies and they where so helpful and catered for her better than any restaurant has ever done. We had fresh eggs from the chickens every morning and we really can't say enough about how great Julie and Nigel were. Nigel made a fire for us every day and we came away from there feeling so happy and relaxed. Thank you Julie and Nige, we will definitely be back soon xx