Holiday cottage to rent near Tinchebray - NO000599

2km from Tinchebray, Orne, Normandy Reference: NO000599 Advertiser since: 11 August 2000
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Residence Gilbert Self Catering Saturday 3 6 2 + Cot

About this property

200 Year Old Well Equipped House with Garden. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Explore the heart of Normandy from our sunny, detached cottage situated about a mile from the ancient town of Tinchebray located in beautiful rolling hills and bocage country.
Our spacious ground floor has an open plan lounge, dining and kitchen area covering 400 sq ft. Double doors lead to a south west facing terrace with chairs, table and a barbecue where you can relax in the sun. The fenced, grassed garden (1/6 acre) has apple trees giving ample shade when necessary. There is also a picnic table, and between 2 apple trees why not relax in our hammock? Outside the garden off-road parking is provided for 2 cars.  
The lounge offers a tv/dvd player and radio/cd/USB player. Should you wish to entertain guests the dining table seats 8 comfortably and a breakfast bar overlooking the dining area seats 2.
Of interest nearby are the historic towns of Domfront and Vire. Why not visit the UNESCO World Heritage site at Mont St Michel, the Bayeux tapestry, or Falaise (birthplace of William the Conqueror). The Normandy landing museums and memorials are not far away and the sandy beaches are ideal for swimming and exploring rock pools.
Interesting markets, notably at Flers and Sourdeval, provide opportunities to sample the local Normandy cheeses, cider, pommeau and calvados as well as excellent wines. And the children will love the sweet crepes and gallettes (waffles).
Find a local restaurant and treat yourself to lunch with the French. Three courses often comes to little more than 15 Euros. If you prefer to dine out in the evening there are excellent restaurants in Vire and Domfront.
Tinchebray has a very helpful Tourist Information Office providing a wealth of information about local sights and activities. There are opportunities to kayak, ride pedaloes, fish, bungee jump and play crazy golf and other less energetic pastimes such as visiting a biscuit factory, relaxing in a spa, or taking a gentle stroll through the pretty countryside.
Normandy is famed, amongst other things, for its horse trotting and race meetings are held regularly throughout the summer. Cycling is a popular pastime on the quiet roads and we provide 3 adult bikes for your enjoyment. Should you need her our helpful caretaker lives nearby.



Kitchen and dining

Spacious kitchen at one end of the open plan ground floor. Breakfast bar seating two people overlooks the dining area.

Living rooms

Large open plan ground floor with kitchen, dining and lounge area. Lounge has seating around a fireplace and double doors open onto a paved terrace and barbecue area. Tv/dvd player and radio/cd/USB player provided along with plenty of books!


Master bedroom has double and single bed. Further twin room and a single room. Oak beamed master bedroom gives views of the eaves.


Ground floor bath, basin and toilet. Ground floor shower and basin. Upstairs toilet and basin.


Oil-fired wall radiator and free-standing halogen heaters in living area. Electric wall heaters in bedrooms and bathrooms.


Barbecue facility provided with table and six chairs. Also picnic table, and hammock. Three adult bikes in shed. Tv/dvd player, radio/cd/USB player. Good sized garden for outdoor games.

Garden and outside

Sunny south-west facing fenced garden with fruit trees providing shade if necessary. Sunterrace with table and chairs, sunloungers and barbecue. Relax in our hammock amongst the apple trees or take one of the bikes available for a ride on Normandy's quiet lanes.

Parking and garages

Off-road parking for two cars.

Visitor suitability

Would suit those who are looking for a sunny, detached cottage with a private, enclosed garden in a quiet location with lots to explore close by.

Information about any additional facilities

Three adult bikes available in the shed at your own risk.


  • Cleaning

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities



Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp
Name of nearest fishing location: Tinchebray
Distance: 2 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Le Bourg, 61100 La Selle La Forge
Distance: 16 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Centre Equestre Poney Club, Ecurie du Boscq 14500 Truttemer le Grand
Distance: 8 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR22


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Elizabeth Durrant

Hello my name is Elizabeth and my father originally purchased our beautiful cottage in 1991. He completely renovated it over many years and we have spent many memorable holidays there. Now I love to visit regularly with my family and catch up with our wonderful neighbours.

Owner's website
Year property purchased 1991
Why this location? Our sunny cottage and private garden is set in a quiet hamlet which is perfect for relaxing. Nearby the shops and restaurants in the local towns and villages offer a perfect opportunity to sample the local French cuisine. There is a wealth of historical interest locally from the Bayeaux tapestry and William the Conqueror to the D-Day invasion on the Normandy landing beaches.
Unique benefits of property The cottage has a large, open plan lounge/kitchen/diner which opens out onto a barbeque area and sunny, enclosed garden. Our neighbours are friendly and helpful and respectful of your privacy.

The Owner Recommends

Bagnoles De l'Orne

Spa town with lots of boutique style shops, fun for the kids provided by a lake with pedaloes and mini-golf. Also a casino, walks through pretty gardens and lots of cafes and restaurants to choose from.


A very attractive hill town with an historic castle and ramparts. Enjoy wandering around the ancient streets with timber frame buildings and entering into the unusual modern church. Excellent restaurants and cafes in the old town and on the main road (D976) west.

Domfront Restaurants

There are plenty of restaurants and cafes in the medieval part of Domfront situated on a hill or lower down in the modern part of town. Two which have been enjoyed by our clients are: Le Bistrot St Julien (Plat du Jour includes starter, main, dessert and coffee for 10 Euros 50, 2011) and Auberge du Grand Gousier. Take your time and soak up the atmosphere and in Auberge du Grand Gousier leave room for the desserts!

Flers Chateau and Market

Market: Wednesday and Saturday morning. Lively market with indoor meat hall, cheese, fruit, veg, clothes and trinkets plus an excellent paella stall. Chsteau and gardens open to visitors

Le Relais, Tinchebray

Want to experience a truly French occasion? Why not lunch with the locals - a really excellent meal for 12 Euros while soaking up the atmosphere.

Location and Activities

Lovely area for walking and cycling.

Sourdeval Livestock Market

Tuesday mornings. Watch the local farmers bring their lambs, piglets and calves to market and trade with their neighbours. Good regular market too with the usual fruit, veg, clothes and jewellery, crepe stand and bars and restaurants.

Tinchebray restaurants and cafes

Traditional restaurants, Wifi cafes and bars, patisseries, supermarket and a pizza takeaway. 1.5km.

10 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.8
  • Comfort: 9.7
  • Condition: 9.8
  • Facilities: 9.8
  • Local Amenities: 9.4
  • Setting: 9.9
  • Value for Money: 9.9
9.7 / 10 Britt 10 August, 2017

We had a very lovely time in this cottage for two weeks. Facilities and cottage were great! A very spacious home and garden. For a quiet and not to busy holiday this is the right address. For sightseeing you will have to travel by car around 1 or 1,5 hours (like Mont Michel or Caen). Plenty local amenities. We had a great time and Elizabeth is a great host.

10 / 10 Togodomo 12 September, 2016

A delightful cottage in a lovely quiet rural setting a very short distance from Tinchebray - you can walk there and back in 45 minutes - a charming place which has everything for daily needs and a supermarket (but a bit short on quality restaurants.) Very well equipped cottage for all the domestic stuff, cooking, washing etc. and outdoor leisure; useful patio + garden furniture and relatively large garden with many fruit trees. The cottage is better equipped than the average gite with plenty of everything, including 2 bathrooms and 2 loos. It was exactly what we wanted for a short September break. Vire and Villedieu are good for restaurants, and Granville, not far away on the coast, is perfect for a seafood lunch. As with all French villages you have to watch opening and closing times on shops etc. but not a big problem. With three bedrooms you'll have plenty of space for a family, a dining table for six comfortably and a nice sitting area for the evening. Highly recommended for a peaceful week or fortnight.

9.8 / 10 Andrew Jones 6 August, 2014

As a family we were looking for a peaceful location in rural France. This was exactly what Maison Gilbert provided. For us the setting was perfect. However, others considering booking should be aware that you must be prepared to drive, aften for a an hour or more to reach locations. We were happy to do that - indeed the journeys themselves were interesting in their own right. One point for consideration - wifi access in the property would have been really helpful. I know that we should be able to live without it for a mere week but we did have some important trtansactions to make whilst away. That said the people at Cyberbase in Tinchebray were helpful, though it did take out useful holiday time that house wifi would have solved. This is however a minor point - overall we were delighted and we had a lovely family holiday. Thank you.

9.8 / 10 S. Hall 29 July, 2014

This is a really lovely gîte in the loveliest of settings: part of a small hamlet outside Tinchebray and on a no-through road, with far-reaching views close by over miles of Normandy countryside. The large private back garden is secluded and shaded by apple trees. The house looks small from the lane but is surprisingly roomy. The separate shower room and bathroom was useful for our group of four adults. The kitchen had everything we needed. Tinchebray is a lovely town, not at all touristy, with people going about their own business. The shopkeepers were all very friendly. Everything shuts at lunchtime - even the Carrefour supermarket. We visited several places within easy reach of the property: Vire where there was a very moving exhibition about its liberation in 1944, Domfront (an attractive medieval city), Falaise and its fantastic castle, Lonlay-l'Abbé, and Clécy in the heart of the Suisse-Normande region. I'd have no hesitation recommending the gîte to others.