|Le Bourg Farmhouse||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||2|
Le Bourg Farmhouse and Boulangerie are set in 13 acres of orchard, garden and pasture.
It is a quiet location. The farmhouse faces south east and there is a patio area and garden with far reaching rural views. The grounds back on to the village of Champ Du Boult and the village shop is just a minutes walk away.
The kitchen/diner is well equipped with a washing machine, built in oven, ceramic hob, microwave oven, under counter fridge/freezer, toaster kettle and coffee maker!
There is a round table which seats 4.
The living room is large with a 3/4 seater sofa, 2 armchairs and a dining table which seats 6.
The tv has English channels and there is wi-fi available.
There are 2 bedroom.
The master, en suite is huge and has a double bed.
The other large room has 2 single beds.
There is an en suite shower room and toilet just off the master bedroom and there is also a bathroom and toilet downstairs.
There are electric wall heaters in the living room, kitchen and bedrooms and the 2 bathrooms have electric towel rails.
There is also woodburner on those chillier days!
There is a tv with English channels.
Wi-fi is available.
Swing ball can be played in the garden.
Outside there is a large picnic table with 2 benches plus another bench just outside the front door.
The lawn is kept neat and tidy and there are beautiful flower beds and a variety of trees in the grounds.
To the front there is plenty of parking and a car port.
At the rear is another large car port.
The property isn't suitable for wheel chair access and dogs are, sadly, not permitted.
The main attractions are the walks from the property with the forest of St Sever only 1 mile away and Lac De La Dathee less than 5 miles.
|Year property purchased||2012|
|Why this location?||We bought this property in 2012 having sold a little cottage in Montbertrand, the other side of Vire. We loved the area and wanted something with a little more scope. We still live and work in the UK which is how we have financed the renovations. The property was very overgrown but the main house was in good shape other than requiring a kitchen!. We set about tidying the grounds and employing a gardener to maintain them. In 2014/2015 we renovated the old 'boulangerie' which is now enjoyed as a peaceful 'get away' for many.|
|Unique benefits of property||The area has so many attractions it's difficult to list them all. The property itself is just very relaxing and peaceful with lovely views. You really can escape from everyday life here. It has the advantage of a rural location, yet also adjoins the village so you can fetch your morning croissants which arrive fresh at 8.15 daily or you can just pop to the shop for provisions or enjoy a beer with the locals.
There are numerous walks in the forest of St Sever or cycle rides along the Voie Vert which goes from (near) Vire all the way to Le Mont St Michel.
The nearest towns to Champ Du Boult are Vire and St Sever, both approx 12 minutes drive. Vire is the larger of the two and is very attractive with lovely shops and numerous restaurants. It is particularly lovely at Christmas and holds its farmers market on Fridays. It has an indoor swimming pool and a hippodrome where you can enjoy a days 'trotting' or flat racing. St Sever is a pretty little town with a lovely 2 hectare fishing lake in the forest of St Sever, Plan D'eau Du Vieux Chateau. A permit can be bought in the bar/shop in Champ Du Boult. Villedieu Les Poeles is a listed village d'etape (17km) and is famous for its brass and copper. It also holds a lovely market every Tuesday. Lac De La Dathee is about 10 minutes drive where you can enjoy a game of golf (www.golfdevire.fr) on its championship 18 hole golf course or just enjoy a walk around it (6km on level, well maintained paths). Watersports here are canoeing, pedalos, kayaks, sailing and windsurfing. Fishing is also popular and a weekend permit can be bought for approx 10 euros. The River See is renowned for being one of the best brown trout/salmon rivers in France. Further afield is Le Mont St Michel which was named by the Guardian newspaper as one of the top 10 romantic places to visit in the world! Granville is approx 35 minutes drive and is a cosmopolitan town with many chic boutiques and some delicious fish restaurants (my favourite being Le Restaurant Du Port). From Granville you can catch the ferry to Iles Chausey which is 11 miles. (the flora and fauna is stunning and it's a delight to swim in one of its quiet, clean coves) The D Day Landing Beaches are about an hour away (63km) and Deauville and Trouville about 1 1/4 hours (105km). Domfront is a pretty little hillside medieval village with a delightful restaurant , Le Bistro St Julien. For an evening meal there are numerous restaurants in Vire and for that special occasion, Le Moulin De Jean is an absolute must!
Le Bourg is a very comfortable farm house to base yourself from to explore the surrounding sights and eateries of south-west Normandy. The area is reminiscent of parts of Somerset and Devon and their fine stone buildings. The farmhouse has an impressive period fireplace and fast broadband to download films. There are lovely views of the valley from the front where you can relax and contemplate.
The absolute best bit of this property is the location - it has the best views of any property I have stayed in. Sitting out at the picnic table in the evening was one of the great joys of our holiday. There is space and quiet all around. Except for the birds - there were so many different bird songs around. It was wonderful.
The property has been lovingly restored, completely in the farmhouse area, but virtually nothing in the other parts of the same area (it doesn't spoil the view!). The only thing I could complain about was the slightly small door to get into the main bedroom. I assume it was technically impossible to put in a full height door, as so much work was done lovingly.
The village is a little disappointing. It has one shop / bar, but nothing else (apart from a pretty church). Perfect if you want quiet, and are happy to drive a while (15 mins) to a larger village / town. Not so perfect if you want to enjoy life in the village.
The farmhouse facilities are nearly perfect. Everything you could want is there. The only possible missing item is no hairdryer.. And, weirdly, no French TV we could find - UK TV was no problem. The bed sheets also are a bit old and worn, but we turned them inside out and that side worked fine. The kitchen is fully equipped with oven, microwave, toaster, kettle etc. The place was very clean when we arrived.
A bonus is the owner - Susie, who was very friendly and provided lots of information about the area.