Holiday house to let in Normandy - NM003167

1km from Villedieu-les-Poeles, Manche, Normandy Reference: NM003167 Advertiser since: 27 February 2013
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13 rue des Ecoles Self Catering Flexible 2 4 1 Blow up bed for extra child

About this property

Well Furnished Town House in Conservation Area. This cottage/gite is in a town setting.

A spacious and well furnished town house in a lovely old market town. The house has been lovingly restored as the owners' second home. It contains many of the original features of a 19th century house but has been renovated to cater for modern needs. A sunny and secluded back garden with bbq, loungers and dining table and chairs under a verandah.
Villedieu is a prosperous old market town close to the main tourist sites in Western Normandy and Brittany. There is an excellent road network around the town giving access to Bayeux, landing beaches, Mont St Michel and St Malo. Lovely sandy beaches on the coast around Granville. An easy drive to the ports at Cherbourg or Caen.
The house is in an excellent position for touring, being close to the coast and many major tourist sites. The Normandy second World War landing beaches and cemetries are within easy reach. The countryside around Villedieu is extremely pretty, especially in the spring when the apple blossom is out. Indoor swimming pool in town and tennis courts. Golf and horse riding within half an hour's drive.



Kitchen and dining

Well fitted modern kitchen with full sized cooker, fridge-freezer, microwave and dishwasher. Very generously provided with utensils, cutlery, china and glasses. Washing machine.

Separate dining room with French tv and woodburner. Seating for 6. Games cupboard and bookshelves. Music centre.

Living rooms

Large comfortable sitting room with electric heaters and woodburning stove. English Freeview tv and extra videos and dvds. Landline telephone available for incoming, emergency and local calls, wi-fi connection.


Large double bedroom and smaller twin room. Full bed linen and towels are provided for guests.


Family bathroom with full sized bath with hand shower and wc.


There are electric heaters in each room as well as 2 night storage heaters on the ground floor. Large wood burning stove in the sitting room and a smaller one in the dining room. Logs are supplied for early and late bookings.

Garden and outside

A very sunny and secluded back garden, being protected by a stone wall. Lawn with surrounding flower beds. Area steps up from the back of the house. There is a verandah outside the kitchen windows with dining table and chairs. Loungers and bbq also provided.

Parking and garages

Street parking, either further up the street or around the back of the property in one of the town main car parks.

Visitor suitability

Because of the wooden staircase and area steps the house is not suitable for very small children (unless carried) or very elderly guests.



Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: St Hilaire de Harcourt
Distance: 30 km



Name and address of nearest golf course: Donville or Breville (nr Granville)
Distance: 30 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Outskirts of Genets
Distance: 30 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Coastal path from St Jean Le Thomas, marked trails around Villedieu

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Janet Bjorkstrand

Elderly couple living in Dorset close to the Ferry at Poole. We walk, garden and enjoy being in France. The house in Villedieu has been our second home for 25 years and is much loved.

Year property purchased 1993
Why this location? For us this is an easy journey as Villedieu is approximately 70 miles from Cherbourg or Caen. A lovely old rural town close to the major sites at Mont St Michel and Bayeux, not forgetting the Landing Beaches. Excellent road network with a New major route (A84) connecting the outskirts of Caen with Rennes. Lovely countryside, full of wild flowers, apple trees and more lovely old towns to explore. Granville is the nearest large town and has excellent fish restaurants around the old port.
Unique benefits of property We love being in a town as we live in the countryside just outside Swanage. The house itself is in two parts . The original old part is about 250 years old and then the houses going up the hill were added in the mid1860. Very solidly built and lots of character. For being close to the centre of town it is very quiet and the sunny back garden is a delight for relaxing, listening to the swallows, church bells and children playing opposite.

The Owner Recommends

Granville Old Town and Port

An easy drive to Granville which has one of the largest fishing ports in Western France. Marina and daily ferry to Jersey. Excellent restaurants around the old port and atmospheric old town perched on the hill overlooking the sea known as La Citadelle. Interesting Museum in the old town. A little further up the coast is Christian Dior's old family home in Donville. This is now a museum commerating his work and that of future directors of La Maison Dior.

Villedieu and Surroundings.

Villedieu is on an excellent road network and gives easy access to the landing beaches, Bayeux, Mont St Michel and St Malo. The countryside has a lot to offer for walks and picnics - large beech forest at Balleroy on the way to Bayeux. Another lovely spot is the river bank from the old port at Dinan and further walks along the coast from St Jean Le Thomas. For history, there are the landing beaches and the Memorial at Caen which commemorates both World Wars and, of course, the Bayeux Tapestry and Mont St Michel (never go on a Sunday). One of our favourite excursions is to join the walk to Mont St Michel over the sands from Bec d'Andaine - quite hard going but there is a bus back for the faint hearted. Villedieu, itself, is a very interesting and old town. Luckily for us the second world war went round it so it has maintained its character. Villedieu is rightfully proud of its copper and pewter trades which started at the time of the Crusades. There is also one of the few working Bell Foundries in the centre of town. If, you get lucky they may be pouring large church bells - quite spectacular. They recently made seven of the new bells for Notre Dame de Paris. Lots of little bars and cafes around the town for reasonable and enjoyable meals as well as excellent day to day shopping. Tuesday is market day and one of the best in the area.

Zoo at Champrepus

An excellent family run zoo. Ideal for all ages. Nearly all the animals are in landscaped surrounding and live as naturally as possible. Restaurant and picnic areas as well as a children's play area.

7 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 7.9
  • Comfort: 8.6
  • Condition: 8
  • Facilities: 8.9
  • Local Amenities: 9.6
  • Setting: 9.6
  • Value for Money: 9.4
9 / 10 Coralie 24 October, 2019

A spacious and well-equipped house situated a few minutes' walk from the shops and local museums, which made it a good base as the weather was not ideal! There is plenty of scope for days out at the coast or nearby towns, and the wonderful range of books as well as French and English television were ideal for rainy days or evenings. Janet was very helpful in arranging a last-minute booking.

Owner response

Thank you Coralie, so pleased you enjoyed your stay in Villedieu nd found the house comfortable. Janet

8.2 / 10 HiggyWiggy 22 May, 2019

Good communications with the helpful Janet.
Typicaly French but with British facilities, the house is ideally situated within a very short walk of the town's main shopping street, yet is quiet and secluded, well equipped and comfortable.
The secluded rear garden has sun all day and is ideal for loafing on the plentiful garden chairs/loungers.
Villedieu has plenty to occupy one - we barely needed a car! Lots of butchers, excellent patisseries, etc and a small supermarket in the centre. Two big supermarkets on the edge of town.
Road is too narrow for parking but It's easy to park in the free car park only a few yards away.
We would definitely consider a return visit.

Owner response

Dear Stephen and Sue,

So pleased you enjoyed your stay in Villedieu and hope you will be back one day.

10 / 10 Tony and Marie 27 September, 2015

A lovely stay in a central but quiet townhouse. Well equipped and comfortable with an enclosed rear garden. A few minutes walk to bakers, bars, restaurants and shops. Villedieu is within easy travelling distance of Bayeaux, WW2 landing beaches / museums and Mons saint Michel to name a few and don't overlook the bell foundry and copper pan workshop in the town itself. The house itself is spacious and a typical period French house which for us was part of it's appeal. To sum up it helped make a great holiday base.

Owner response

Thank you so much for your review of our house and the area. We have owned the house for 25 years now and manage to get there about 4 times a year and always enjoy it - even in the depth of winter!! So pleased you liked the house. We have tried to keep its character whilst bringing it up to the level of comfort we all enjoy at home. A great base for exploring and site seeing.

8.8 / 10 MikeF 19 July, 2015

Beautiful, traditional house in an excellent location. Very well equipped throughout and was short of nothing in the kitchen, so much so we cooking at "home" every evening. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay and would certainly have no qualms about recommending this property to others, in fact we would certainly return ourselves. Location is ideal with the coast being within a 25 minute drive and plenty of interesting towns & villages in close proximity.
Great value for money and so, so quiet yet very close to the town centre.

Owner response

Dear Mike,

Very many thanks for your kind comments on the house and location. We try our best and are very pleased when guests enjoy it as much as we do. Love to see you there again.
Janet and Erik Bjorkstrand