Spacious Farmhouse rental in rural Normandy - NC006221

Danvou (8km from Aunay-sur-Odon), Calvados, Normandy Reference: NC006221 Advertiser since: 7 March 2018
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La Criere Self Catering Saturday 5 14 3 4 of 14 beds are roll out beds in attic suite

About this property

Large Luxury Normandy Country House For 10 Plus . This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Beautiful country house with 5 large bedrooms sleeping 10 people, plus an additional 4 roll out beds in the attic suite living area can be made up to provide sleeping for up to 14 people. With pool table. Set in a peaceful secluded setting, close to many local attractions and amenities.

A warm welcome awaits you at Maison La Criere. A spacious and very well-presented country house set in large gardens in a rural and tranquil area surrounded by quiet lanes and fields. With the peace and quiet of the rolling countryside it is an idyllic place to enjoy a relaxing and stress-free holiday yet within easy reach of La Criere, you will find many local attractions and activities suitable for all ages and interests.

La Criere is absolutely perfect for large families and groups of friends and is suitable for all ages to enjoy.

The local market town of Aunay sur Odon is located just 8 minutes away and offers a range of restaurants, bars and shops and several supermarkets with a lively French market every Saturday morning. Another 5 minutes on from Aunay sur Odon is Villers Bocage with a local market every Thursday and a wide range of shops, restaurants and bars. There are numerous hypermarkets within a 20 minute drive, some of which are open on Sunday morning which is rare in rural France!

Very conveniently located for ferry ports at Caen (45 minute drive), Le Havre (90 minute drive) and Cherbourg (90 minute drive) and Caen-Carpiquet airport (30 minute drive).

Paris is 3 hours away by train (direct) and car.



Kitchen and dining

The large bright kitchen and dining area features a very large oak dining table which can easily seat 14. Two large windows and big French doors offer beautiful views of the grounds as you dine! A highchair is available for younger diners.

French doors from the kitchen lead directly into the garden.

The kitchen is very well equipped with a 5-ring gas range cooker, tall larder fridge, separate freezer, microwave as well as a dishwasher, washing machine, iron, ironing board and airer.

Period fireplace with wood burning stove for those colder months.

Tea towels and hand towels are provided.

Just off of the kitchen is a bright and airy conservatory with a pool table which can provide hours of fun for all!!

Living rooms

For your relaxation is a comfortable spacious lounge with feature wood burning stove for cosy winter evenings.

Three leather three-seater sofas plus armchairs provide seating for 11 guests with additional seating available if needed.

Bookcases filled with books for your use as well as a selection of family games.

Tv with Freeview UK tv and French tv. Dvd player and a range of family dvds for your enjoyment.

A good wifi connection is available throughout the property.


Upstairs on the first floor are 4 large bedrooms. The Green Room, Red Room and Yellow Rooms have sumptuous king-size beds (the yellow bedroom has its own en suite shower room). In addition to this, the Teal Room has two 3-foot single beds which can be put together to make one large bed.

Up on the second floor is a very large suite with its own living area with seating and tv with UK Freeview TV and French television. A separate bedroom with king-size bed is located at the end of the attic living room with its own large en suite shower and bath.

We have provided plenty of storage in each of the bedrooms.

Additional beds can be provided in the large attic living room area if required. There is plenty of space for another 4 roll out beds if needed. There are also travel cots (up to 2) available if required.

High quality bed linen is supplied and all beds will be made up and ready for your arrival. A choice of firm or soft pillows are available in each bedroom.


The main bathroom on the first floor has a shower and a bath under the large window giving incredible views over the surrounding countryside as you soak.

2 of the 5 bedrooms have their own en suite bathrooms. The Yellow Room on the first floor has en suite facilities with a large shower. The attic room on the second floor has a generous en suite bathroom with large shower and bath.

Lots of good quality fluffy white towels are provided plus hand towels in all bathrooms.

There is a toilet located at the end of the entrance hallway on the ground floor.


Electric radiators throughout the house and heated towel rails each of the bathrooms.

There are wood burning stoves in the living room and kitchen.


2 TVs with UK Freeview and French television. One TV in living room, one in attic suite living area.
DVD player and selection of DVDs.
Board games are provided.
There is an extensive book library.
Boules and outdoor games equipment.
Big garden for outdoor adventures!

Garden and outside

The grounds offer lots of space for fun and games for all ages. There are garden chairs and tables for 14+ guests in the lawned garden area plus a big barbecue for those looking for relaxation while enjoying the views and watching the local wildlife. There are lots of local birds and deer are often roaming in our field in front of the house. The secluded location lends for clear skies at night and great star gazing.

Parking and garages

There is plenty of parking for multiple vehicles within the grounds.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for all ages however all bedrooms are accessed by a wooden staircase.

There are safety gates for each set of stairs. These are removed if there are no small children in your party.

There are 3 travelcots available and 2 highchairs.

Information about any additional facilities

Towels and linen are provided.
Cleaning at end of your stay is included.
Travelcots (up to 3) are available for babies as are 2 highchair. Please bring your own baby bedding.
There are stair gates on each of the sets of stairs.
Dogs welcome and appointments with local vet can be arranged.
Private tours of the D-Day landing beaches and associated museums.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

* Vet details: Mon Veto 2 Rue du 12 Juin 1944 14260 Aunay sur Odon 0231963142


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Brocante Du Moulin
Distance: 11 km


Distance: 20 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout and freshwater
Name of nearest fishing location: Etang de la Butte Valsoux
Distance: 8 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf Vire Dathee
Distance: 25 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Les Ecuries Du Bessin
Distance: 45 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 8 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Danvou la Ferriere GR221a


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Arpents du Soleil
Distance: 51 km

Wine tasting and cookery

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Carly Mitchell

Having fallen in love with the house and its location, we have spent the last 18 months renovating the house to a high standard and look forward to welcoming you to this beautiful part of France. We now live in France full time having made the move from the UK. We have learnt lots about the area and will share all of our hints, tips and recommendations with you. Our accommodation is on site however the house and gardens as shown in the photos are for the exclusive use of our guests.

Year property purchased 2016
Why this location? La Criere is set in a beautiful rural location and is peaceful and tranquil. The house and grounds provide a proper escape from it all. The house is close to many pretty local towns, markets, shops and local eateries for relaxed trips out. There are so many activities and attractions within easy reach of the house and there is something nearby to appeal to everyone. There are also some lovely walks through the Calvados countryside starting on the doorstep! There is so much nearby that you could easily plan a week full of excursions or you can be spontaneous with your days and do as much or as little as you wish.
Unique benefits of property This is a large house with 5 big bedrooms and can accommodate 10 people plus extra beds can be made available if needed. La Criere is perfect for families, several families sharing and groups of friends. The property and location are suitable for all ages. Well behaved dogs are also welcome here and we can make vets appointments for any pet passport related issues. High quality bed linen and towels are all included in the price as is cleaning at the end of your stay. Wi-fi is also available throughout. The location of this property makes it stand out from the crowd. Rural and peaceful and ideal for those wishing to get away from it all yet close to the local town for eating and shopping and within easy reach of lots of activities and attractions. There really is something for everyone. As Ewan is a former history teacher, we can provide private bespoke tours of the D-Day Landing Beaches and associated museums.

The Owner Recommends

D-Day Landing Beaches

The D-Day landing beaches and the numerous museums and cemeteries in the area are remarkable and thought provoking. Each offers a perspective on different moments in the Allied landings of World War Two. As one of the owners is a former history teacher, we can provide private tours of the landing beaches and museums by prior arrangement which can be tailored to your particular interests.


Villedieu-les-Poles is an ancient village which has been making copper goods since at least the 14th century and is the location of Europe’s only remaining working bell-foundry. It is a lovely place to wander around and see the local wares which are still being produced now. It is a hard place to leave without buying something! There is also a lovely weekly market and some great little places to eat.

1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Sarah b 13 August, 2018

We absolutely loved our week here. We found it last minute and the photos looked beautiful. We had high expectations but it even exceeded them. The house is stunning and beautifully laid out. Beautiful garden the kids loved playing in. Beautiful well equipped kitchen. Very clean. Every bedroom was perfect with gorgeous views of the surrounding fields. We didn't need the top floor so it was used as a play area for the kids. It is a beautiful house that would suit a party of adults perfectly. For us with a mixed party it worked brilliantly too - kids loved the paddling pool, garden and pool table. Cot and high chair were provided. I might hesitate for 2-3 year olds as no stair gate and the windows upstairs can open fully, but for all other ages it is a treat. We lucked out on perfect weather too and sat outside drinking wine. 10 min drive to a small town with supermarket, gorgeous boulangerie/patisserie and nice restaurant. The owners were very friendly, generous and helpful. We hope to come back sometime.