Holiday let in rural Normandy with pool - NM004998

6km from Sourdeval, Manche, Normandy Reference: NM004998 Advertiser since: 13 October 2016
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Le Pont de La Forge Self Catering Saturday 4 9 2 Two travel cots for babies

About this property

Beautiful Cottage & Barn With Mature Gardens . This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Le Pont de la Forge meaning 'the forge by the bridge'.

The Property was once part of an iron ore and in later years, a paper mill complex. Now it has been restored into a beautiful Cottage and Barn, secluded and with superb views over the valley. It is set in half an acre of well maintained garden with a swimming pool (10 x 5m x 1.20m deep)

The Cottage is a three bedroom longere facing onto the garden which sleeps 7 persons
The Barn is a self contained apartment adjacent to the courtyard which sleeps 2 persons.
The cottage and barn are rented as one property.



Kitchen and dining

The Cottage
The kitchen is fitted with dark oak cupboard and includes a microwave and fridge freezer.
There is also a kitchen table with four chairs.
The washing machine and tumble dryer are located in the old bread oven, a brick building located next to the cottage.

The Barn
The kitchen/living room has a large decking balcony with lovely views of the rear garden and the valley

Living rooms

The Cottage
The lounge/dining room is large with picture windows overlooking the gardens, giving a feeling of space and light.
The lounge area has two large settees.
The dining area has a large dining table with chairs.


The Cottage
Three bedrooms, two with double beds; the third bedroom has a single bed and bunk beds, sleeping a total of seven.
The Barn
Double bedroom


The Cottage
The bathroom has a shower, large washbasin and bidet.
Separate wc.

The Barn
Shower room with wc.


All rooms have electric radiators.


The Cottage
Large tv with English satellite tv.
Dvd player with good selection of dvds
Varied selection of adult and childrens books.
Games and puzzles.

Garden and outside

Large garden area with seating under the gazebo. In summer the flowers attract many species of butterfly and birds.
Chairs and recliners allow you to relax around the pool. The pool is an in ground swimming pool(not heated)
Garden area to the rear of the barn where the children can play football.
The mill race runs along the edge of the property to the rear and in the summer attracts many dragonflies. The mill race is not in use and is a shallow stream during the summer months.
Bbq for those long summer evenings.

Parking and garages

We have ample parking around the cottage and barn.


  • Child facilities

  • Private pool



Distance: 20 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: trout
Name of nearest fishing location: river see
Distance: 0.1 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf Vire de La Dethee
Distance: 10 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Brouains
Distance: 1.5 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Voire Vert( green way }


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Debra Bailey

We have owned this property for over 12years and during this time have used the property as a holiday destination for ourselves and our family/friends. During this time we have made changes to the outside garden area including the installation of an in ground swimming pool.

Year property purchased 2004
Why this location? The property is in a rural location but not isolated. Walking distance to our nearest town with its many bars/restaurants.Ideal location for visiting the many sites connected to WW2. Lots to entertain children: zoos, theme parks and an easy drive to Mont St Michel and good sandy beaches.
Unique benefits of property Large outside area to enjoy with private swimming pool. Seperate self contained gite, sleeps 2 persons situated next to the main house... Ideal for grandparents.

The Owner Recommends

Sourdeval and Vire Market

Large market every Friday morning in Vire and Tuesday morning in Sourdeval. Busy, vibrant market day enjoyed by locals and visitors.

Cascades in Mortain

Beautiful waterfall easily accessible from main road into Mortain.

Forest de St Sever

Beautiful forest with many different marked walk ways. Large lake for fishing.

La Petite Chapelle - Mortain

Perched on its 323m rocky spur, it offers a panoramic view across the Maine and Brittany region. On a clear day Mont St. Michel can be seen. Tragic scene of the battle in August 1944 when numerous soldiers lost their lives. It has become a place of rememberance with its memorial, . The area around the Chapelle has a lovely walk with a trim trail for you to enjoy.

Lac de Dethlee

Large lake with fishing and water sports.

Out and about

Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried here, and for the Battle for Caen; heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the town.
Trains run regularly from Vire and take about 2hr 30mins
Dinard is a town and commune on the Côte d'Émeraude, on the northeast coast of Brittany, France. It is part of the Ille-et-Vilaine département. Its beaches and mild climate make it a popular holiday destination, and has resulted in the town having a variety of famous visitors and residents. The towns of Pleurtuit and Saint-Malo are nearby and the Dinard Pleurtuit Saint-Malo airport is about 4km south of Dinard.
Dinan is a walled Breton town and a commune in the Côtes-d'Armor département, France. It is one of France's most attractive walled towns. Its geographical setting is quite exceptional. Instead of nestling on the valley floor like Morlaix, most urban development has been on the hillside, overlooking the river Rance.

For the more adventurous

Something for the more adventurous
Bungy Jumping and giant swing
Only 3 hours from Paris is a place of great historic significance. It also holds strong metaphoric bonds to the jumps that started it all, through its builder, the great Gustave Eiffel. The old railway bridge has long ago collapsed
but the impressive 61m stone columns are still standing and have been interconnected by an exhilarating suspension foot-bridge, to give access to the jump deck.

Visit their website for further details.

Something for the children

The Enchanted Village is a nature and leisure park. The ideal spot for the whole family. Walks through woods and rivers, farm animals, garden, games, automaton theatre, miniature railway, circuit in the trees, the rope bridges of the pirate lake.


The Golf de la Dathée is an 18-hole golf course to the south of Vire in the Normandy Bocage.
In the heart of the Vire Bocage, perfect your swing over a round on this technical course with hedges and water obstacles.

The Golf de Vire la Dathée golf course also has its own club house at the foot of the course.

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 5.5
  • Comfort: 7.5
  • Condition: 6
  • Facilities: 7
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 9.5
  • Value for Money: 5.5
10 / 10 Gemma mcnulty 6 August, 2018

Had the best two weeks the property and its surroundings where stunning did not want to come home. thanks to the manager Neil any problems he delt with straight away and was helpful with local knowledge, would definitely return, the photographs on the website do not do this property justice, not to far from local attractions the zoo is a must and only a 90 minute drive to the d day museums!

3.7 / 10 Trace 8 August, 2017


The outside of the property is beautiful. Great outside space and swimming pool. Shame about inside.
The inside had a terrible mouldy smell and was not very clean.
We are a couple in our 40's and had to leave the property halfway through our holiday because the smell was so bad. Couldn't eat inside or relax in the lounge.
We arrived on the Saturday and opened all the windows hoping the smell would go but it didn't.
We spend most of the Sunday cleaning and washing the bedding to try and eliminate the smell.
On contacting the owner we advised that we probably wouldn't be able to stay as my partner suffers with asthma and the smell was making him very chesty.
We left on the Wednesday as it was not improving. The owner did not offer any refund or even respond to some emails.
There are much better places to stay.
Customer service was atrocious and I wouldn't recommend this properly to anybody.

Owner response

Before you arrived for your holiday you were given phone numbers for the managers, who look after the property and myself, to use in the case of an emergency or for any problems. In this case we did not receive a call/text only an e.mail sent very late Saturday night. Although the e.mail was not picked up until the Monday, I did contact the managers that day so that they could contact/visit to investigate the above reported problems .We tried to visit on the Tuesday, but were told to come Wednesday. Upon arrival on the Wednesday morning Ms X had loaded suitcases into the car and was leaving. When access was gained to the property on Wednesday morning we could not detect any smell or identify anything wrong, although we did find that many items of furnishings had been removed from the cottage and cupboards without permission. The house was cleaned and made ready on the Saturday morning with freshly laundered bedding and towels before you arrived. If you had phoned either number we would have been given the opportunity to visit the property and investigate the issues. We have not had any issues of this nature from the holidaymakers before you or the ones that arrived after you. Our managers live close to the property and are readily available, and would have responded if you had contacted them in the first instance. You had booked the property for the week and we find it strange that you left on the Wednesday and are insisting that you are entitled to a full refund.