Quirky property to let in rural Normandy - NC006278

Heuland (6km from Dozule), Calvados, Normandy Reference: NC006278 Advertiser since: 10 April 2003
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Chez Caroline Self Catering Flexible 2 5 2

About this property

A quirky Colombage Cottage In A Peaceful Setting. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Chez Caroline is a two bedroom, sleeping 5, colombage style cottage with many quirky features adding to its charm. The cottage has a secluded private garden to the rear and the front aspect offers stunning views of the French countryside which is accessible via a stile for you to explore. The property is located in the tiny hamlet of Heuland, 5 minutes drive from the market town of Dozule and 20mins from Caen. Chez Caroline offers an ideal base for those wanting a quiet, peaceful retreat whilst being close to many of Normandy’s tourist attractions including the D Day beaches.

Chez Caroline is one of two properties, which together sleep 7, making the location ideal for a larger group. The properties are situated far enough apart to give privacy as you can see in the photos. The other property on the site is ‘Chez Edward’.



Kitchen and dining

From the front door you enter the dining area with huge fireplace for those cooler winter evenings. To the right of the dining room there is a well equipped modern kitchen which has been cleverly designed to retain the lovely wooden beams whilst allowing an open plan feel with the dining area. There is a washing machine located in a separate outbuilding which you are welcome to use.

Living rooms

The lounge is through a door on your left and it has English TV (free sat) and a music system. There is access to free wifi throughout the cottage.


On the left of the dining area you will find the cottage style staircase winding round the corner and leading into the master bedroom with en suite bathroom. The bedroom is furnished with a king size bed, wardrobe and drawers. Bed linen and towels are provided.
Across the narrow landing from the master bedroom is the family bedroom which is also furnished with a king size bed as well as a single bed, wardrobe and drawers. Please note there is a very steep step over from the landing into the second bedroom, also from bedroom into en suite bathroom, which makes it unsuitable for people with limited mobility. This is part of the quirkiness of the property.


Towards the back of the dining area, on the right, is a hidden sliding door that leads to the downstairs toilet and shower room.

There is an en suite bathroom attached to the master bedroom and this is equipped with toilet, hand basin, bidet and a combination bath/shower.

Garden and outside

At the front of the property there is a large terrace with table and chairs and to the rear of the property, accessible down the side, there is a private garden. This is ideal for “al fresco dining” or just relaxing and enjoying the views. A barbecue is provided for your use.

Parking and garages

There is plenty of outside parking within the gated area of the property.

Visitor suitability

This property is not suitable for those with limited mobility due to the steep step over into the second bedroom and the en-suite bathroom and the narrow landing.

Information about any additional facilities

There is a communal laundry area in the outhouse.


  • Internet

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

* Vet details: VetAlgia 15 Grande Rue, 14430 DOZULÉ 0033 2 31 79 20 22



Distance: 71 km



Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf Barrière Saint-Julien Address: 14130 SAINT JULIEN SUR CALONNE, Pont l'Eveque 25 minutes drive
Distance: 21 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Sue O'Grady

We are the property agent managing this property for the owner.

Year property purchased 1989
Why this location? We love the peace and tranquility of the area with the added bonus having many of our favourite french locations nearby.
Unique benefits of property It is a quirky property with loads of character and the setting gives a welcome respite from the pressures of day to day life.

The Owner Recommends


Our favourite beach is Houlgate where you can collect fossils from Vaches Noires cliffs.
We also recommend Cabourg and Viller-sur-Mer.


L'Eden in Houlgate
Arbre a Pin - Houlgate (Good pzza and moules with a beach view)
La Haie Tondue - Pont L'Eveque
Auberge de La Touques - Pont L'Eveque
La Bougnat - Dives sur Mer


Dives sur Mer - Saturday Morning (includes horse-meat stall in medieval market building!
Dozule - Tuesday - very small, has live ducklings and chickens and also good fish
Houlgate - Thursday - worth a visit
Villers-sur-Mer - Friday - big and good


Caen Memorial Museum - all about the occupation, D-day and the lead up to World War 2. As at early 2018 they are currently in the process of extending to include the Cold War.

Canadian Museum - Courseulles-sur-Mer - this World War 2 museum is also well worth a visit, also take a stroll along the sand dunes.

Bayeux Tapestry - UNESCO world heritage site

Mont St Michel

Just under two hours away is another UNESCO heritage site, Mont St Michel. This is France's most visited tourist attraction!


Honfleur (35 minutes drive) is a beautiful harbour town steeped in history that provided inspiration for a number of famous artists including Monet. This picturesque town has a much photographed harbour surrounded by restaurants serving mussels, oysters and other culinary delights!

World War 2 history

The recent history of this area is based predominantly of The Normandy landings. These were the landing operations on Tuesday, 6 June 1944 of the Allied invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord during World War II. Codenamed Operation Neptune and often referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history. The operation began the liberation of German-occupied France and laid the foundations of the Allied victory on the Western Front.For those interested in World War 2 there are many museums and famous beaches giving a fascinating insight into the D Day campaign.
Arromanches, the home of the Mulberry harbours (50 minutes) and Courselles sur Mer home to the Canadian Museum and landing beaches (40 minutes) also Pegasus Bridge (30 minutes) are just a few within easy reach.

Monet's Garden, Giverny

About 1 1/2 hours from the property is Monet's Garden at Giverny.
This is probably the most famous garden in France. 500, 000 people visit every year. Monet painted some of his most famous paintings whilst living at Giverny. These included as his water lily and Japanese bridge paintings. Monet lived in Giverny from 1883 until his death in 1926.

1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 6
  • Comfort: 7
  • Condition: 7
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9
8.2 / 10 The bear 23 June, 2019

Perfect setting .beds..very comfortable...lovely quirky property...down stairs could do with some t.l.c..and a good clean ...