Peaceful holiday let in rural Normandy - NC005187

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Vaudry (7km from Vire), Calvados, Normandy Reference: NC005187 Advertiser since: 10 January 2017
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La Thibaudiere Self Catering Flexible 3 6 2 1 x child's folding bed, 1 x double futon

About this property

Beautiful Period Farmhouse in Secluded Setting. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Our lovely house lies in a peaceful valley among small dairy farms just outside the tiny hamlet of Vaudry and not far from Vire town centre. It has extensive gardens where you can enjoy eating outside and watch the birds and experience the daily passing of the cows from the kitchen window.

It has two good sized bedrooms as well as a beautifully converted loft room with own en suite shower. All the rooms are bright and sunny and the front windows look out over the trees and a pretty pond with an abundance of wildlife. This can be partitioned off from the main garden if you have young children. We have two red squirrels and frogs in the pond plus a moorhen and sometimes ducks fly in. If you're lucky you may see an owl.

Its lovely to watch the stars at night and see the sun rise in the morning over the fields.

Although situated in the countryside it is only ten minutes from Vire town centre by car and the retired farmer and his wife, Gerard and Marie Therese, keep an eye on the property from their little cottage outside the grounds. On the road to Vire is the big supermarket Le Clerc which offers a huge range of food and wine and very nice pastries and fresh bread.

Reviews from previous visitors:
"If you are looking for an authentic French Farmhouse retaining all of its charm but modernised to facilitate a comfortable stay; in a house that reaches out to you to make you feel at home; tucked away in a location with stunning views and a magical garden, but only a few minutes from a bustling town and major roads - then look no further!" September 2014 Sam, Northants

"The location was fantastic, quiet and private but not isolated. The spacious, light and airy rooms very conducive to a relaxing break. The views from every window were a delight." May 2015, Michael and Barbara Crane, Derbyshire

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The kitchen is very well equipped and there is an pine table seating 6 as well as a dining table in the lounge.

The kitchen has a 12 piece dishwasher, ceramic hob and oven, microwave, fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle and extensive range of cutlery, plates etc.

The cupboards are well stocked and you are invited to use whatever you find there. This includes tea, coffee, spices, oils. We suggest you bring salt with you as this doesn't keep in the house.

There is a cd/radio in the kitchen and lots of cds to play.

Living rooms

The lounge/dining room has a sofa and 2 armchairs. The armoire contains a selection of board games. We have English satellite TV and a wood burning stove. Wood is provided free and is stored in the outbuilding in the garden. All rooms have electric radiators and the Blue Bedroom and Loft room are carpeted.

Bedrooms

The two main bedrooms are large and spacious and full of sunshine.
The White Bedroom has a double bed and the Blue Bedroom has two single beds which can also be made into a King size and there is a double futon if required. Hairdryers are supplied in both rooms. The large armoires in each room contain bedlinen and towels, hot water bottles, and duvets and pillows.
The Loft Room is sunny and spacious with a double futon and a folding child's bed if required. Here you will find the king size duvet and extra towels in the pine chest. It can be quite warm in the summer up in the loft room but there are velux windows and we encourage you to use the walk- in shower which is very good.
The house can comfortably accommodate up to 4 adults and 3 children.

Bathrooms

The main bathroom is on the first floor and has a bath and hand held shower. The loft room has a shower and toilet. There is also a separate toilet downstairs as you enter. Soaps, shampoos etc. all provided. Hairdryers can be found in the two bedrooms on the first floor. We recommend you use the shower in the loft room.

Heating

Electric radiators throughout. Wood burning stove in the lounge. Wood, kindling and fire lighters are provided free and can be found in the adjoining outbuilding.

Entertainment

There are board games and cds in the armoire in the lounge. A French radio/cd in the kitchen. Book library in the Blue Bedroom. Please help yourself. Table tennis bats for use at the local tennis courts.

Garden and outside

In the outbuilding the third door down you will find a small portable bbq. Also a picnic table and two benches for eating outdoors and a sun umbrella.
We have two 2 sun loungers and 4 metal garden chairs. A small white metal table and chairs for two can be positioned in the garden by the kitchen door. Two folding chairs usually stored in the downstairs toilet.

The gardens are maintained by Sylvain Jamet who we have known over ten years.
The garden is regularly maintained with lots of places to sit either in the sun or in the shade.

Please feel free to pick the produce and flowers in the garden: hydrangeas, rhubarb, raspberries and apples and pear and walnuts. The large pond can be partitioned off if you have young children.

Parking and garages

There is room to park up to 3 cars in the garden.

Visitor suitability

Not suitable for people with limited mobility because of the stairs. However, we have had visitors with babies and young children.

Information about any additional facilities

The utility room adjoining the kitchen contains the washing machine and household supplies and cleaning materials. There is an iron and ironing board and indoor clothes dryer and a washing line in the garden. There are two hoovers. One vax for through end of stay cleaning and the other is a small plug in with handheld hoover which is useful for flies.

There is a small folding step ladder which is helpful if you want to open or close the velux windows in the roof.

No wi-fi at the property but it is available in Vire opposite the Tourist Office for few euros.

The property is cleaned regularly and we ask you to clean before you leave.

The price includes bedlinen and towels. Bathmats, kitchen towels and tea towels are also provided.

Facilities

  • No smoking

  • Linen

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: There are various Depot Ventes in the area, including Vire, St Sever and Villedieu les Poeles
Distance: 5 km

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout
Name of nearest fishing location: St Martin de Tallevande. Child friendly lake where you can catch and buy trout by the bucket
Distance: 5 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Lac de La Dathee - 18 holes, putting green and clubhouse with wonderful views
Distance: 6 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Mesnil Clinchamps
Distance: 6 km

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Just outside the property - Walk out the gates and there are several walking routes around the property. There are lot of maps in the house with suggestions for exploring the local area.

Watersports

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Nadine Tomkins

We are both retired and have lived in Brighton for 30 years. I worked in Publishing and my husband John was a University Lecturer. We love everything French and in 2002 purchased a little cottage to renovate. We loved the area so much and decided to move to France and in 2008 bought La Thibaudiere which had already been completely renovated by the French owner who was an architect. In the end we were unable to move to France but love visiting and letting others enjoy the house and surroundings.

Year property purchased 2008
Why this location? The house is situated in a quiet valley amongst little dairy farms but only ten minutes by car from the busy town of Vire. Its quite secluded but not at all remote. We love the Calvados region and the fact that we are only one hour's drive from Ouistreham and forty minutes from the coast and all the beaches near Granville. We can also get to Paris by train from Vire station. Plus there are lots of places to visit in the area including Bayeux, Mont St Michel, the Suisse Normande and the Normany landing beaches. The area is beautiful and full of apple trees and rolling countryside. Its a very peaceful spot to come home to after a busy day exploring all the sights and sounds in the area.
Unique benefits of property The property was built in 1824 and has lots of character and charm. The gardens and small lake are lovely and it's a very sunny house with views from all the windows. Its lovely to see the cows walk by the windows in the morning and hens and geese come in to say hello. The garden is well established with apple, pear and walnut trees. The rooms are all very spacious and the gardens are peaceful. People have compared it to entering a magic kingdom because its so beautiful there.

The Owner Recommends

Don't miss this!

There is a big market in Vire every Friday with everything you can think of including local produce, fish, meat, cheese, as well as clothes, bags, belts as well as tablecloths and furniture. Great for the atmosphere and good to sit and have a coffee at Bar Centrale by the roundabout and watch the world go by. We love shopping at Le Clerc.

Vire Museum is at the bottom of the town by L'Ecluse and they always have a new exhibition to see. Its nice to walk through the pretty gardens and as with all museums in France its only a few euros to get in.

There are lots of restaurants in Vire, including Au Vrai Normande and the Hotel de France, but we often drive out to our favourite place to eat. This is the Moulin du Sees at Brouains, a 30 minute drive just outside Sourdeval. It does an excellent 3 course set lunch mid week, very reasonable at 14.90 including wine or cider, and you can either sit in the restaurant or under the trees in the garden and listen to the millstream.

Christian Dior's house in Granville is always worth a visit. Beautiful gardens and exceptional views from the house overlooking the sea. You can walk down the steps and along the promenade to the town for a bowl of moules et frites. Don't miss the Old Town at Granville, particularly the restaurants there. We like L'Echauguette.

The lovely golden sands south of Granville are only a 40 minutes drive from our house. Lots of different beaches to discover and a nice drive down through the little villages to Mont St Michel. On the way you pass through Villedieu Les Poeles which has several good pizzerias and copper and lace museums to visit.

To the east about 15 minutes drive is the Chateau de Pontecoulant. Open in the afternoons, its well worth a visit. This is en route to the lovely Suisse Normande with its rivers, lakes and outdoor activities great for picnics. Head for Clecy.

There is an open air pool at St Sever, open July/August and Lac Des
Vieux Chateaux has some nice walks.

3 Reviews
10/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Belinda &Eric. 12 June, 2018



JUST BACK FROM ANOTHER HOLIDAY AT THIBAUDIERE, WHICH ALWAYS FEELS LIKE A HOME FROM HOME, IT HAS EVERYTHING YOU NEED, AND THE GARDENS ARE IN FULL BLOOM NOW WITH THE MANY FFRUIT TREES AND BEAUTIFUL ROSES BUSHES.
THE SUPERMARKET IS JUST DOWN THE ROAD AND THE TOWN OF VIRE 10 MINUTES AWAY
WHICH HAS EVERYTHING YOU NEED. EVEN A Mc DONALDS.THE TROUBLE IS IT IS SO NICE
WE NEVER WANT TO LEAVE. WE WOULD RECOMMEND THIS PROPERTY TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS WITHOUT HESITATION.

Owner response

Thank you Belinda and Eric for your lovely comments. We are so glad you had another wonderful two weeks at La Thibaudiere. The garden is constantly changing so it was good you had the opportunity to see it when the roses are in bloom. Its great when people want to return and we hope you will come again next year! best wishes, Nadine & John

10 / 10 Lisa and David 22 April, 2018

We had a fantastic time staying in this beautiful and very charming house.The location is great and the views are wonderful. We found the house very comfortable and all the rooms are beautifully decorated and have a great ambience. We would thoroughly recommend staying here.

Owner response

Dear Lisa and David, We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at La Thibaudiere and look forward to you visiting again. best wishes, Nadine & John

10 / 10 Belinda &Eric. 29 August, 2017


WE HAVE JUST COME HOME FROM 2 WEEKS AT LA THIBAUDIERE AND WE LIKED IT THAT MUCH WE DIDNT WANT TO LEAVE. THE PICTURES ON THE INTERNET DO NOT DO THIS BEAUTIFUL HOUSE JUSTICE. IT REALLY DOES HAVE THE WOW FACTOR, IT IS A REAL FRENCH HOUSE BIG AND AIREY ROOMS EACH ROOM IS JUST LOVELY AND THE GARDENS ARE SO BIG THERE ARE ALL DIFFERENT PARTS TO SIT IN AND SUNBATHE,THERE IS ALSO A BIG BENCH AND TABLES WHERE YOU CAN HAVE A BARBEQUE . AT THE VEY BOTTOM OF
THE GARDEN IS A LOVELY BIG POND . THERE ARE SO MANY FRUIT TREES APPLE, PEAR,
WALNUT. IT IS ALSO CENTRAL FOR GETTING ABOUT TO ALL THE TOURIST SPOTS, AND THE SUPERMARKET LE CLERC IS 5 MINUTES IN THE CAR ALSO THE TOWN OF VIRE 10 MINS .
TINCHEBRAY THE SAME WHERE THERE ARE PLENTY OF SHOPS AND EATING PLACES.
YOU REALLY DO HAVE TO SEE THIS HOUSE TO BELIEVE IT .
WE WOULD DEFFINATELY RECOMMEND LA THIBAUDIERE TO ALL OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS. AND THE OWNERS COULD NOT DO ENOUGH FOR YOU THEY REALLY DO GO OUT
OF THERE WAY TO INFORM YOU OF EVERYTHING THEY REALLY ARE A LOVELY COUPLE.
WE CANT WAIT TO GO BACK.

Owner response

Dear Belinda and Eric, Thank you so much for your lovely review. Yes, it is a very special place and we are so pleased you had such an enjoyable stay. .We hope you will return again soon. Best wishes, Nadine & John

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