Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4, Ratings 6 10/10
|643 Rue de La Landelle||Self Catering||Flexible||3||7||2||Includes in 6 one small ante-room & double sofabed|
Treat yourself to a stay in this beautiful French country cottage in the village of Le Mesnil-Villement, situated in the heart of the very best landscape northern France has to offer – the Suisse Normande.
Nestled in the picturesque valley of the River Orne in the Calvados region, this stone-built, end-of-terrace, three-bedroomed cottage offers spacious and comfortable accommodation for small and medium-sized families. Offering all basic comforts and amenities, the cottage also has fast Broadband and extensive television channels. Situated in delightful open countryside with fine walking, the cottage is nevertheless only 200 metres from a well-stocked bar, restaurant and grocery store.
The attractive tourist centre of Pont d’Ouilly is only 5 minutes’ drive away – offering numerous holiday attractions, including swimming, canoeing, kayaking, pedaloes and trekking – and the home of William the Conqueror, the local town of Falaise, lies just 15 minutes’ drive to the east. Here you will find 2 hypermarkets, as well as numerous other shops, bars and restaurants – not to mention a superb castle, museum and many other diversions.
Only 5 minutes’ drive to the south from the cottage, there is one of France’s top tourist attractions: the stunning Roches d’Oëtre, atop the breathtaking heights of the Rouvre Gorge. With its magnificent views across the Norman countryside, this unique, elevated site offers first-rate hiking trails, rock climbing, horse riding, tree-top walking, a children’s playground and more. The Brittany Ferries’ dock at Port Ouistreham near Caen is only 40 minutes’ drive away from the cottage, as are the WWII Normandy landing beaches and their numerous dedicated museums. The home of the Bayeux Tapestry lies a similar distance away, as do the historically fascinating towns of Argentan and Alençon. The legendary motorsport shrine of Le Mans is only a little further distant – just over an hour away.
If you are looking for a thoroughly good “break from it all”, plus adventure and variety for all the family, then come to this comfortable and well-situated family cottage in the heart of Normandy.
Spacious, well-equipped kitchen with: electric cooker/hob; microwave oven; butler sink with water heater; fridge-freezer; coffee percolator; kettle; all crockery, glassware, cutlery and kitchen utensils. Small dining table plus 4 cushioned chairs. High chair available.
Large, comfortable living/dining room with woodburning stove and centrepiece fireplace. Airy, with high ceiling and large windows at each end. Double sofabed; smaller two-seat sofa; 2 armchairs; dining table and chairs x 6.
Fast wi-fi/broadband; television/satellite (100+ channels); dvd player; vhs player and videos; cd player/radio; numerous diverse dvds and cds for adults and children; lots of books, maps and tourist/local information; homely pictures, mirrors and ornaments. Lovely French country cottage character.
Two large bedrooms with one double bed in one and 2 single beds in the other, plus a cosy children's bedroom with a single bed and a travelcot off one bedroom and an en suite toilet/basin off the other. Armchairs and all regular bedroom furniture in both rooms. Built-in wardrobes in both rooms. Tv and dvd in both rooms. Gas heater in 1 bedroom, electric heater in the other. Additional bedroom/'den' for teenagers/children above shed opposite, up steep staircase, sleeps two. Portable toilet.
One downstairs shower room with electric shower, basin and hot water on demand. Washing machine and full drying facilities. Dishwasher. Separate downstairs close-coupled toilet. One en suite toilet and basin/vanity unit upstairs.
Electric and/or gas heaters in all rooms. Woodburning stove and electric heaters in living room.
Decent broadband/wi-fi; satellite television – 100+ channels; dvd player; numerous dvds; cd player; numerous cds; radio; many books in English and games for all the family.
Large, attractive garden laid to lawn with many established trees and shrubs. Small vine cage. Enclosed terrace behind garden shed. Garden furniture and bbq. Trampoline (used at tenants' personal risk). Children's swing.
Parking for x 2 cars at the front of the house.
Suitable for small to medium-sized families or couples without disabilities.
Garden shed/atelier opposite the house, with a further first floor bedroom/children's playroom accessed via a steep staircase. Bed and chest of drawers.
We are Francophile homeowners from Kent who love the French lifestyle and experience. We have a large family and a border terrier who love to visit France as often as possible. We chose to buy our property in the Calvados region of Normandy because it is one of the most beautiful and interesting areas in the whole country. There is so much to see and do near our cottage. Guy and Vicky Croton
|Year property purchased||2018|
|Why this location?||The Calvados region of Normandy is exceptionally beautiful, with an incredibly rich and diverse landscape. This is especially the case in the valley of the River Orne, where our cottage is located. Sweeping valleys and gorges offer breathtaking views and endless interest. There is masses to do – outdoor sports of all kinds, nearby beaches, numerous tourist attractions, great towns and villages with superb bars and restaurants of every kind.
Falaise, the birthplace of William the Conqueror, lies nearby, with its magnificent Norman castle and first-class museum. For motoring enthusiasts, Le Mans is just an hour's drive away. For those who love history, the Bayeux tapestry can be found less than 40 minutes away, with the ancient towns of Alencon, Sees and Argentan a similar distance by car. The Normandy landing beaches and numerous wartime museums can be found due north of the cottage, again only a short distance away by car – around 35 minutes.
|Unique benefits of property||Nestled in the picturesque valley of the River Orne in the Calvados region, this stone-built, end-of-terrace, three-bedroomed cottage offers spacious and comfortable accommodation for small- and medium-sized families. Offering all basic comforts and amenities, the cottage also has fast Broadband and extensive television channels. Situated in delightful open countryside with fine walking, the cottage is nevertheless only 200 metres from a well-stocked bar, restaurant and grocery store. The attractive tourist centre of Pont d’Ouilly is only 5 minutes’ drive away – offering numerous holiday attractions, including swimming, canoeing, kayaking, pedaloes and trekking – and the home of William the Conqueror, the local town of Falaise, lies just 15 minutes’ drive to the east. Only 5 minutes’ drive to the south from the cottage, there is one of France’s top tourist attractions: the stunning Roches d’Oëtre, atop the breathtaking heights of the Rouvre Gorge.|
Chez Fanny is a delightful family-run restaurant situated in the heart of Pont d'Ouilly, the nearest small town to our cottage, just 3 kilometres away. It offers superb French cuisine at reasonable prices, featuring a number of traditional Norman dishes and specialities.
La Roche d'Oëtre is the second most popular tourist attraction in Normandy (after Le Mont St Michel) and one of the most visited in the entire country. This unique elevated site offers spectacular views over the Rouvre gorge and across the Norman countryside. Some of the best hiking, trekking and rock-climbing in the north of France is to be found here, with numerous established tracks and trails. Nearby there are horse-riding and tree-walking facilities, as well as a chlidren's playground, a decent restaurant/bar and a fully equipped Tourist Information centre. You can walk down the side of the valley to the river Rouvre, a tributary of the Orne, where fishing is allowed with a permit that can be bought locally.
La Librairie du Conquérant in Falaise is a first-rate general bookshop that sells local maps and guides for the keen hiker or outdoor sports enthusiast. There is a big children's section, with books and magazines for kids of all ages.
We enjoyed staying in this cosy little cottage. It has been very thoughtfully prepared and is very homely. The cottage was well-equipped, very comfortable and clean. We didn't really use the garden, as it is separate from the house, which isn't ideal with younger children. Swiss Normandy is absolutely beautiful and we enjoyed some lovely local walks and stunning scenery. Unfortunately there is no longer a shop or restaurant in the village, but we easily found shops and cafes at nearby Falaise. The castle at Falaise is well worth a visit, and the D-Day beaches were about an hour away, so plenty of interesting historical sites to visit. Thank you for the use of your lovely cottage. We are so pleased we found this beautiful little corner of Normandy.
Thank you so much for this lovely review! We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay and clearly appreciated this beautiful part of France as much as we do. Guy and Vicky Croton
Vicky and Guy are excellent hosts with superb communication and very well organised instructions. The house is quaint and clean. The garden is perfect for families with children, plenty of shaded green space to play and relax in. Vicky has thought of everything needed for a family stay, going beyond my expectations with “home comforts.” There are outdoor toys and a bbq in the shed. The living room has plentiful toys, games, books & DVDs for all ages to enjoy! Even the kitchen had the little details that might be forgotten when packing for a holiday such as a blender (essential with babies/fussy toddlers). For guests with teenagers, the WiFi connection is great! The location is perfect; it’s quiet and secluded, but equally only minutes drives from many activities and attractions. Having twin toddlers with us meant we didn’t want to be stuck in the car too long; we restricted any outings to drives of no more than an hour. We visited a theme park with rides (Festyland), a zoo (Parc zoologique de Jurques), a man made beach with swimming lake and water activities (Ferté Plage), tree top ropes (le Parc accrobranch - Orne Adventure La Roche d’Oëtre), and an indoor/outdoor swimming pool (Falaise Formeo). The scenery in the area is also extremely beautiful around Roche d’Oëtre and Saint Philbert. It is a place we’d love to return to as family and would like to thank Vicky and Guy for a lovely stay!
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