Beautiful gite in rural setting, Normandy

10/10
Saint-Vigor-des-Monts (10km from Tessy-sur-Vire), Manche, Normandy Reference: NM003414 Advertiser since: 28 October 2013
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Le Calipel Self Catering Saturday 1 3 1 French clic-clac or single bed.

About this property

The Perfect Getaway. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

A building full of character that has been sympathetically restored retaining original and historic features whilst providing modern day comforts. Furnished with a mixture of quality antique and vintage furniture, Le Calipel offers you a comfortable base to explore whatever the time of year.
 
In the summer, open the windows and watch the swallows swoop over the pond which is home to a diverse fauna; or in the winter, light the vintage Belgian woodburner after a day exploring and snuggle down to enjoy the beautiful local produce bought at a market. On summer evenings, relax in your private garden with a bottle of wine whilst cooking on the barbecue.
 
After a busy day, whatever the time of year, have a long soak in the antique French double ended bath, perhaps à deux? A refreshing shower will wake you up in the morning after a good night's sleep in your king size antique bed ready to explore some more!

We are very flexible on your start day throughout the year, even during July and August - just choose the day! We are also happy for you to take a short break at any time of 3 nights or more, again, you choose the start day. Don't hesitate to contact us for the cost of your break, be it 3, 7 or any number of nights; any start day.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The kitchen is well equipped and includes a toaster for those of you who prefer toast for breakfast. The 5 burner gas cooker provides you with the means to cook your market buys and more! Although all the equipment is present to cook any meal, anything extra you might require, baking tins, cookie cutters and hand mixer for example, can be borrowed from the owners. Washing up is easy as there is a dishwasher, with tablets available and washing up liquid for those who prefer to wash up by hand.

Living rooms

The open-plan living area means you can cook and enjoy the atmosphere with space to be creative in the kitchen then eat at the art deco table or al fresco. Free wi-fi internet access is available with a table available by sockets for your laptop or iPad.
There is a vintage Surdiac woodburner surrounded by an enormous granite fireplace with historic motifs carved into the stone. Wood is provided during the colder season and the fire will be lit ready for your arrival
Massive original timbers support the ceiling which has been restored to keep its ancient charm.

Bedrooms

The bedroom is furnished with an eclectic mixture of furniture, including a traditional king size lit capitonné and beautiful Art Deco wardrobe. There is plenty of space to put away your clothes and even a hidden iron to remove the creases from travelling. We can store your cases so you are not reminded that one day you must leave!

All our guests say how well they sleep at Le Calipel - the peace and darkness soothes the most stressed soul.

Bathrooms

The spacious bathroom offers you the chance to wallow in an antique double ended roll top bath, perhaps à deux? A shelf gives you a place to rest your champagne glass...turn off the lights and have a candlelit bubble bath...tres romantique!Then when you are in a hurry to explore the beautiful region, hop in the modern shower...a free standing cubicle designed for speed! The heated towel rail ensures your towels are always lovely and dry and the separate radiator means the temperature of the bathroom is always perfect.

Heating

The stunning vintage wood burner provides a wonderful glow on those chillier nights or if you fancy a day in on a cold winter's day, light it and relax, perhaps with a game of Scrabble or do a jigsaw.

Full oil-fired central heating is available from lovely vintage cast iron radiators which all which have thermostatic controls so if it is chilly outside, you can be sure you will be all warm and toasty inside!

Entertainment

There is a 1080 hd 32" Sony television for you to flop in front of after a hard day's exploring! English speaking satellite television is available. Bring your own dvds or you can borrow some of ours! Let us know what genre you prefer and I'm sure we'll have something for you.

Good old Scrabble and, for a change, French Monopoly are available for those times when you don't feel like exploring or how about doing a jigsaw? There are boules for those sunny days when the need for some gentle exercise is felt.

Garden and outside

A large private garden behind the building is available for your exclusive use with a barbecue and stunning granite garden furniture. It enjoys the last rays of sun and spectacular sunbsets can be enjoyed while you relax in a vintage steamer chair sipping a glass of something chilled and perhaps bubbly? If you need to expend a little energy, have a game of boules or croquet or take a stroll down the lane and enjoy the myriad of butterflies. After sunset, watch the stars appear one by one and marvel at the night sky. Shooting stars often light up the sky.

The barn owls which live in the roof can be seen swooping across the garden and kestrels make a nest every year in the roof space of the barn, as do the barn owls. Kestrels are regularly seen entering the barn with food in the beak for the young. On a hot day, lizards can be seen scaling the walls of the barn and fire salamanders are regularly spotted in the garden.

Parking and garages

Easy parking is available directly at the bottom of the steps leading up to the massive old door to the gite. The steps are not steep and there is a sturdy rope on the wall for aid. A short path from the steps leads to the private garden behind the gite.

Visitor suitability

There are steps to the gite, which although are not steep, are not suitable for wheelchair users or the very infirm.

Information about any additional facilities

The peace and tranquillity of Le Calipel ensure you will have a restful break but when you want to explore, we are ideally situated so you can reach the well known and not so well known attractions of Normandy. Your discrete hosts are available if you need information or want to borrow a hand blender or anything but if you don't want to see anyone, they are quite happy for requests to be made by e-mail or text!
Having lived in France for many years, they are a fount of information and are always happy to help you if you need it.
A comprehensive welcome basket including the basics awaits your arrival and your fire wood is included in the price, as are all the utilities - all you have to do is provide your food!
We are happy to do a load of washing for you which will be air dried, giving that lovely clean washing smell but ironing is down to you!
A 10% discount will be applied for bookings of 2 or more weeks but if you would like a short break of 3 or more nights, please contact us.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

* Vet details: Drs Bozet, Lenjou, Michaux 12, Place Costils (behind La Poste) Villedieu-les-Poeles

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Villedieu les Poeles, St Sever-Calvados
Distance: 10 km

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 55 km

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout, perch, tench.
Name of nearest fishing location: River Vire or on our pond!
Distance: 4 km

Fishing on-site

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Lac de Dathee, Vire
Distance: 17 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: La Renarderie, Mesnil Clinchamps 14380
Distance: 10 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 3 km

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Sentier de Decouvertes

Watersports

About the Owner, Miss Donna Howard

I moved to France to be with my lover after a career in Health Care but have always been drawn to France

Year property purchased 2002
Why this location? Le Calipel is a short drive from the Normandy ferry ports and perfectly positioned to explore Normandy and beyond. It is a short drive from the autoroute and very easy to find but far enough away to be in the heart of the countryside.<br/>Normandy is a beautiful area of France with a comfortable temperate climate. Steeped in history from the arrival of the Vikings through medieval times, the Second World War to the present, there is something to interest everybody. <br/><br/>The peace and tranquillity of the surrounding countryside coupled with Le Calipel being at the end of a lane made it a combination too good to miss. However, the location is also perfect if you want to go and explore - 10 minutes drive from the nearest autoroute which in one direction takes you to Caen and beyond and the other to Brittany. Use the small roads and discover quaint villages and sites steeped in history. Marvel at the lack of traffic on the local roads and enjoy driving again.
Unique benefits of property Situated at the end of a no through road, it offers a wonderful base to explore the amazing wealth of natural and man made attractions and sites. It has a natural spring fed lake which attracts all sorts of flora and fauna and the garden is a haven for wildlife all year round. My gite is open all year round so if you want a quiet Christmas where you can just relax, this is the place to do it. The eclectic mix of antique and vintage furniture and decor with the modern necessities offer you a special place to stay. You have the choice of having a bath in an antique double ended roll top bath, or a shower in a modern shower cubicle. There are little additions that you won't notice at first that make Le Calipel a special place to stay. Rekindle the romance in your life!<br/>The gite is detached and while the owners live on site, we are very discreet but are available if you need us and are quite happy to be e-mailed if you have a problem or question; otherwise, we leave you alone!<br/>

The Owner Recommends

Festival de Dahlias

If you fancy something a bit more sedate, the Festival de Dahlias in September at Coutances is a wonderful sight.

Local Bars, Shops and Restaurants

The nearest bars are in Montbray (4km) and Pont Farcy (4km) as are boulangeries. Tessy Sur Vire, 10km away offers a variety of shops including a small supermarket, boulangeries, boucheries and a newsagents. There are also a number of bars. Not far, is the Chapeau Rouge, a lovely traditional restaurant hosted by Madame who provides service in only the way the French can - graciously and with style. In Villedieu les Pôeles is a great pizza restaurant and creperie.

Markets

There are plenty of markets within easy reach of Le Calipel, the Tuesday market at Villedieu Les Poeles is a lovely market with plenty of choice and variety. Granville, on the coast, has a fabulous market on Saturday morning which is a must for seafood lovers. The choice of mussels means you need to choose which bay and area you want them from.

Mont St Michel, Normandy Beaches and Christian Dior Museum

There are the famous attractions of Normandy within easy reach, for example, Mont St Michel and the Normandy beaches but there are also lesser known attractions. One of these is the Christian Dior Museum at Granville. Situated in the house of his birth, the museum stages an exhibition of Dior couture which changes annually.

Places to Walk

The hilltop is covered with natural woodland where war time shell holes are still evident and it provides a lovely place to walk and enjoy the nature and peace of Normandy and enjoy the view across the Vire valley from the table d'orientation.

Souterroscope

The Souterroscope des Ardoisières offers you a different view of Normandy, then you could go bungee jumping or ride a luge at the Viaduc de Souleuvre.

St Vigor des Monts

Liberated by the allies at the beginning of August 1944, St Vigor des Monts is a sleepy village which wakes up a couple of times a year for its Fêtes; the Fete du Pain held in May celebrates bread and an artisan boulanger bakes in the restored village bread house. The Fete patronale is held in August and the whole village gathers and makes merry.

6 Reviews
10/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.8
  • Setting: 9.8
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 shirilee & Paul Whitstable 31 October, 2016

WOW what a fInd. Had a fantastic holiday in this wonderful Gite. Every attention to detail was amazing. Very well equipped with all that you need and more. Lovely comfy bed and amazing bath. Owners very friendly and helpful without being intrududing. Amazing welcome pack infact the best we have ever had! Would highly recommend .

Owner response

We are so glad you enjoyed staying at Le Calipel, it was lovely meeting you all and look forward to seeing you again!

10 / 10 Fairley 19 October, 2016

Lovely Gite. Rustic but extremely warm and comfortable with all mod cons. The wood burner is a lovely addition. Very comfortable bed and beautiful roll top bath in addition to modern efficient shower. Very peaceful in lovely countryside. Donna and Ed are perfect hosts and nothing is any trouble for them. Would highly recommend this accommodation.

Owner response

We are so glad you enjoyed your stay with us and look forward to your return!

10 / 10 Beverly 2 October, 2016

We have stayed in many Gites in France but Le Calipel would have to be the best. A picture book setting, comfortable,clean, quiet and perfect for a relaxing holiday. Every thing provided, even down to a supper on your arrival day. Comfortable bed, wood stove for cooler evenings, plenty of hot water, nothing has been overlooked for your comfort, even homemade jam and soap! Didn't want to leave. Donna and Ed are the perfect hosts. Plenty of local markets to visit, close enough to visit the coast for a seafood lunch. We didn't travel far, market in the morning and sitting in the garden with a glass of wine, a book and the dog! Looking forward to our next visit.

Owner response

Thank you for your kind words and we look forward to welcoming you back!

10 / 10 Tim and Miranda 29 June, 2016

This is a really lovely gite if you like total peace and tranquility in a deeply rural setting. The property is spotless and very well equipped with real touches of luxury, like a double ended roll-top bath, separate power shower, and real antique furniture and ornaments. The delicious food and drink left by the owner for your first night's supper is a reflection of the care she has put into making everything perfect. The chickens, geese, moorhens and abundant wildlife complete the scene. The nearest food shopping is about 15 minutes drive away (except for bread which is closer), and there are two decent butchers/charcuteries/traiteurs, two boulangeries (one excellent) and a veg/fuit shop to choose from, plus a small supermarket for anything else. D-day beaches and beaches and seafood at Granville in the opposite direction are only an hour away. Walking in the area is fantastic. If you are after a busy nightlife though, forget it!

Owner response

We are so glad you enjoyed staying with us and thank you for your kind words. We look forward to welcoming you again, perhaps at Christmas, wood is provided for the wood burner but I will keep a close eye on my geese!