Holiday cottage in rural Normandy, Calvados

9.3/10
3km from Campeaux, Calvados, Normandy Reference: NC005237 Advertiser since: 12 January 2017
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Le Gite de Cadran Solaire Self Catering Saturday 3 7 2 Double sofabed in living room

About this property

3 Bedroom Cottage in a Unique Riverside Setting. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Le Moulin l'Eveque (the Bishop's mill) is a site of great historical interest located deep in the valley of the Vire river and is well known as a site of outstanding natural beauty. It has a history going back to 1308 and was a working grain mill until the end of WW 2 The location is a wonderful springboard to visit all the attractions of Normandy, such as the Mont St. Michel and the Bayeux tapestry, both less than an hour's drive and still be back in time to get the bbq fired up for the evening. Fishing is available right on the doorstep of your cottage. The towns of Vire & St Lo are only 15 mins away for all the major shops, and the village of Campeaux is only a 3 min drive to get fresh bread in the morning.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The front door into the cottage brings you straight into the large kitchen. Fully equipped to cater for at least 9 people, it has a gas hob with electric oven, huge American fridge, dishwasher, washing machine, coffee maker, toaster, electric kettle, blender, and inside the cupboards are ample roasting dishes, pots and pans etc, and of course, wine glasses.
There is a cd player and a large sofa for the kids to relax while waiting for dinner to be served.
A large pine dining table is at the centre of the kitchen, but meals can also be taken on the patio right outside the front door, which has an awning to protect it from showers.

Living rooms

The living room on the 1st floor Has a large tv with all the English freeview channels and a dvd player. A leather 2 seater is on one side of the room and a clic clac ( as they are known in France) sofa bed for extra guests, on the other.

Bedrooms

Bedroom 1 features a super king size bed and double aspect windows affording wonderful views of the river and cliffs in the distance.
The principal bathroom is adjacent.
Bedroom 2 is equipped with twin beds, wash hands basin and en en suite wc.
Bedroom 3 which is at the end of the house and is favoured by the younger kids has views over the waterfall and the Barn/playroom. Stairs from this room lead down to it's own shower room.

Bathrooms

The principal bathroom features a corner shower with side jets, wash hand basin and wc.

Heating

The property is centrally heated in the cooler months.

Entertainment

Outside in the large barn there is a ping pong table and sofas around the fireplace, great for getting to know the other guests in the evenings.
Boules can be played in the driveway and a very strong wifi signal can be obtained. Various board games and cards can be found in the living room.

Garden and outside

The patio outside the kitchen offers al fresco dining and a bbq is supplied. To the right of the cottage you have your own large garden with sun loungers.
There is also a large communal garden from where you can do some fishing, or sit at the picnic table and just watch the river go by.

Parking and garages

Ample parking for 2 cars directly outside the cottage.

Visitor suitability

Due to most of the property being on the 1st floor, this cottage is unfortunately unsuitable for people with limited mobility.
Due to the proximity of the river all young children must be kept within sight of an adult.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: St Marie Laumont
Distance: 5 km

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 5 km

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout, Carp, Chub, Eel and more.
Name of nearest fishing location: Right outside your doorstep

Fishing on-site

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de lac
Distance: 20 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Le beny bocage
Distance: 6 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 1 km

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR221 on the other side of the river

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr John Carroll

Born and bred in Dublin, Ireland but spent my entire working life in London where I was a publican and restaurateur among other things during my 35 years there. Normandy is a fantastic region of France with stunning scenery and easy access to the UK which was a factor for me whenIn 2002 I discovered le moulin l'Eveque, a little hamlet of 4 houses and decided that I wanted to live there. Simple as that!!

Year property purchased 2003
Why this location? Normandy is a fantastic region of France with stunning scenery and easy access to the UK which was a factor for me when house hunting, as I still had business interests in London at the time. There are many very popular attractions within an hour's drive of here, and while we appear to be in the middle of nowhere, it's only a 7 minute drive to the A84 Autoroute with links to just about everywhere else in this vast country.
Unique benefits of property Le Moulin l'Eveque (the Bishop's mill) is a site of great historical interest located deep in the valley of the Vire river and is well known as a site of outstanding natural beauty. It has a history going back to 1308 and was a working grain mill until the end of WW 2 The location is a wonderful springboard to visit all the attractions of Normandy, such as the Mont St. Michel and the Bayeux tapestry, both less than an hour's drive and still be back in time to get the bbq fired up for the evening. Fishing is available right on the doorstep of your cottage. The towns of Vire & St Lo are only 15 mins away for all the major shops, and the village of Campeaux is only a 3 min drive to get fresh bread in the morning.

The Owner Recommends

Things to do and places to be


Europe's only permanent bungee site is just a 25 min walk from the bottom of our road. Great fun for people of all ages with many adrenaline fueled activities and plenty for the more faint hearted, including a licenced cafe serving food all day.
Festyland for younger children is just 35 mins as is Bayeux and it's world famous tapestry.
We are only too happy to direct you to some of our favourite restaurants in the area , to suit your taste and budget, from le routiers where the lorry drivers stop for a meal to Mitchelin starred restaurants, if money is no object, and all sorts in between.

2 Reviews
9.3/10
  • Cleanliness: 9
  • Comfort: 9
  • Condition: 9
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
8.7 / 10 Kristyrx 7 August, 2017

We have stayed in Normandy many times and this gite is positioned in the most beautiful place we have found on all our travels. Despite long delays at Dover that made our arrival much later than planned, Johnny and Lyn were there to welcome us and settle us in. The gite is spacious and typically French, with the added bonus of extra facilities, such as two shower rooms, a washing machine and dishwasher (great for those with large families) satellite television, wifi and toys and games. The wifi ( a must for teenagers) was soon replaced by making friends with the other holiday makers, competitive ping pong tournaments and gentle paddles along the river( that runs through the garden) in the kayak that the owners provide at no extra cost. We were lucky to arrive on the same day as two other families and with introductions made by Johnny and Lynn, we were all soon seated in the communal barn planning barbecues and picnics whilst sampling plenty of the local wine.
We enjoyed our stay so much that when we were told that the gite was available for four more days, we decided to stay on.
There is so much to do in the area that we have already planned a return trip with our new friends. If you enjoy the freedom of a self- catering holiday, in the most beautiful of areas, this is the place for you.

10 / 10 Chris D. 22 July, 2017

We were certainly not disappointed with the gite - a superb setting, close to the river Vire. We had a large private lawn (ideal for our granddaughter to play in), and access to a shared area nearer the river where we enjoyed sitting and relaxing. Spacious rooms inside and a massive kitchen!
The owners, Lynn and Johnny, were more than welcoming, and were always ready to answer any questions we had. Lynn's home-made jam was delicious! They had also made a big effort in the children's bedroom (bunk beds), by adding children's books, a large bag of LEGO, and a growing collection of soft toys.
There was also a large barn, ideal for just sitting and relaxing on the large sofas, or playing table tennis.

Campeaux, the nearest village had a bakery, butcher's, small supermarket, and Vire (a 10 minute drive away) had a huge Carrefour where you could buy everything! There is a massive Relais Routier (truck stop) within 5 minutes which is exceptional value for money, if you like no nonsense plain restaurant food. Families were eating there as well as the many truckers.

On the information it stated that young children should be watched at all times because of the proximity of the river, and this was true, but it wasn't a problem, and the river did not flow right outside the front door.

A beautiful place to have a holiday and forget about the stresses of city life!

Owner response

Thank you Colin for a lovely review. It was great to meet you all. I hope you had a stress less journey back up the motorway.
Hope to see you again on another occasion.

Johnny