Cottage for holiday rental Orne - NO003145

Le Sap (13km from Vimoutiers), Orne, Normandy Reference: NO003145 Advertiser since: 6 July 2005
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms Additional info
L'Arche de Noe Self Catering Friday 2 4 2 Two folding beds

About this property

Delightful 400 Year Old Cottage in Beautiful Gardens. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Entire property for up to 4 guests (there are 2 additional folding beds available to accommodate up to 6 short term). Useful stopover for the South of France or Le Mans.

Rural location close to Camembert and World War II denouement sites with 1 of 4 remaining tiger tanks nearby. Good for day trips by car to the Normandy landing beaches. Also useful stopover for the South of France or Le Mans.

We think that the sun lounge is one of the best features in that it is ideal for cooler days; large enough for eating, small children to play, viewing birds in the garden.

Our cottage has an open plan living room/kitchen with a very large double glazed conservatory plus upstairs double bedroom (with en suite shower/basin), twin bedded room (with basin) and a ground floor bathroom/toilet/washing machine. COUPLES - please be aware that the double bedded room is accessed via the twin bedded room. There are 2 additional fold up single beds available to accommodate 6 persons in total; please let us know. They can be put in the living room if guests have mobility difficulties.

We provide bed linen, towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies to start you off on your holiday. Please leave some cleaning supplies for the next guests!

In the kitchen we keep herbs, spices, salt, pepper, basic foodstuffs for you to use but we cannot guarantee that preceding guests have left sufficient supplies.

There is a downstairs TV with Sky box (no card), DVD player and CD player as well as a TV in the main bedroom. We have left a supply of English DVDs and CDs for you to play, as well as books and a few games. There is the best WiFi we can purchase in the area.

There is a £50 changeover fee for our local colleague, Les, included in the total price, but we ask that you make up and strip the beds and leave our home clean for the next guests. If you would like all beds made up for your arrival, not to strip them at the end of your stay and to do a final clean we ask you to pay Les an additional £50 directly.

*We are happy to accommodate short stays or different arrival days if the cottage is free- please ask.*



Kitchen and dining

Open plan living room/kitchen. The kitchen is well equipped with microwave, range-style gas hob and oven, fridge-freezer, toaster, stick blender, ice bucket, oyster shucking knife, snail platters/holders/pins, steak knives, cooking knives which cut and a can opener which works (at least at the time of posting, June 2019).

Gas BBQ for outdoor use. Please leave inside when not in use.

We supply salt, pepper, vinegar, dried herbs and spices, a few basic provisions such as pasta, rice, biscuits, sugar and flour for guests to use, but cannot guarantee that they will be available if preceding guests have been very hungry.

You are also welcome to eat any ripe fruit, vegetables or herbs in the garden, but please only take what you will use during your stay. (It would help us if you water the herb garden and veg planters.)

Living rooms

Open plan living room/kitchen. Plus dining area in sun lounge as above.


Two large bedrooms: double with en suite shower and handbasin, twin bedded with handbasin.

Couples please be aware that the main double bedded room is accessible through the twin bedded room.


One ground floor bathroom with sitting bath and hand shower attachment, hand basin, wc (sorry, not wheelchair accessible). Upstairs, the master bedroom has an en suite shower, hand basin and the twin bedded room has a hand basin.

The toilets can only be used for the 3P's (pee/poo/paper) since the cottage has a septic tank. This means that you cannot use bleach but we leave fosse septic-friendly cleaners. Don't worry about this, as it is usual for this sort of area, and any questions you may have will be answered when you are welcomed by our local English-speaking colleague.


Electric convector radiators. One gas burner heater.

Wood burning stove for late autumn/winter/spring. We will leave this laid between October and March, and further wood/kindling can be bought locally if needed. Please do not use before October as we need to have the chimney swept annually.


Books, travel guides, board games, boules, table for leaving jigsaws undisturbed during stay, DVD player with lots of 12+ films and music centre with a large selection of CDs. Please leave the items for others to enjoy.

Internet access/WiFi is good for rural France but slower than in large cities. If you want to stream films please bring your own mobile WiFi.

Garden and outside

One and a half acre of lawns with trees and paved area. Garden swing bench and gas BBQ.

We aim to have the lawn mowed during changeover periods but cannot guarantee that the task will be completed before your stay.

No pets please- we both have allergies!

Parking and garages

There is a large off road, hard standing area for approximately 4 cars.

Visitor suitability

We think our cottage is ideal for families with children; LBGQTI welcome.

Suitable for all visitors other than some wheelchair users (a few steps into the main living room, narrow entrance to downstairs bathroom, no grab rails, no wet room). We can put the 2 folding beds in the downstairs living room if needed.

Information about any additional facilities

Change over fees to Les, our local host:

For the basic £50 INCLUDED: towels, tea towels, bath mats, bedding (left folded on the beds for you to make up when you arrive). On departure please strip the beds and put used linens, towels etc in a pile by the front door for Les to take to the laundry. Please dispose of all rubbish in the poubelles/recycling bins at Le Sap or elsewhere. There are handy bins in a layby en route to Vimoutiers if you are going to the ferries.

For an additional £50 paid directly to Les: he or his son can usually make up/strip the beds and do a final clean if you wish. Please let us know so we can ask if he is available.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen



Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Firfol Académie D'enseignement Comportemental 627 Chemin du Rondel 14100 Firfol France
Distance: 36 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Doctor Rosalind Green

Welcome to La Noé. My name is Neil; my friend Rosalind is helping me with the bookings. I bought l'Arche de Noé at the end of June 2017, with a view to living here full time in the future. <br/>Our colleague, Les, lives locally and will welcome you to our cottage and answer any queries you have throughout your stay. He is responsible for the cleaning service.

Year property purchased 2017
Why this location? I like the history, quiet and simple beauty of the area.
Unique benefits of property A huge 3-season sun lounge which is ideal during cool/damp weather, and a very large garden!.

The Owner Recommends


The village of Camembert is the home of the famous cheese.

World War II Battlefields and Tank Museum

The area known as the Falaise Gap was the final tank battle of the war won mainly by the Polish.

Vimoutiers tiger tank

D979 | La Butte du Sap, Vimoutiers, France
for WW2 amateur historians

L'eglise Notre-Dame, Rue de Chatelet, Vimoutiers, France

A superb Gabriel Loire dalle de verre church

Farmhouse Cooking Experience at Fresné-la-Mère

42.8km from l'Arche de Noe.

USA-decapitated Marie Harel statue in Vimoutiers replaced by Ohio cheese workers

Marie Harel became a local hero as she made up the first cheese called ‘Camembert’. Legend says that the secret of the ‘cheese recipe’ was given to Marie by a French priest who survived thanks to her during the French revolution.

Thanks to "Gone with the Wind" author Margaret Mitchell, the International Pilot Club provided Vimoutiers with funding to help rebuild the town following the bombings that took place during the Battle of Normandy.
The workers of an Ohio cheese dairy pooled their money to commission a statue of Marie Harel. They offered the statue as a gift to the town of Vimoutiers, apologising for the destruction caused by the bombings. The original Marie Harel statue had been decapitated during American bombardments in 1944.

Motorcycle Enduro Normandie day adventures
from the website....We organize tours all year round. Muddy roads in winter, dry trails in summer, river crossing at anytime. We provide guided off road tours in the forest, in the oldest french trails. As a rule of thumb it's 90% trails & lanes / 10% roadwork. we usually ride about 70 miles per day.

Horse and carriage driving for 2 adults (limited mobility-friendly)

Naturalist walk by Percheron carriage: in the heart of the Perche, between the forest of Reno-Valdieu and the Huisne valley, Celine will make you discover the region. Knowing the secrets of nature, discovering unusual places, all this is possible by carriage, whatever the season is at the time (accessible to disabled). At the rate of the horse steps, take the time to see, feel the Percheron nature, observe the tracks and signs of wildlife, the flora and remarkable scenery.

Discovery of the Carriage Driving (2 pers. Maxi, adults only). Celine is a graduate ecotourism, environment and sustainable development.

Attelage naturaliste dans le Perche - Céline Maudet
61400 CORBON
Tel : +33 233 839 140
mobile phone : +33 627 023 526
Website :
E-mail :

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 9.5
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 eward35 31 July, 2014

Situated outside a small village in rural normandy, I found the property very well presented, with wifi and sky tv, the facilities available at the property were Superb, particularly as we travelled with older children.I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this property, very comfortable and well located for visiting the best of what normandy can offer. I would definitely recommend a visit.

9.8 / 10 Sarah 5 August, 2013

Good points
Stunning location - very quiet, with just the sounds of cows mooing and birds singing. The large double-glazed conservatory is the perfect place to sit in one of the rocking chairs, sipping a glass of wine (or chilled farm cider!) and gazing at the acre and a half of lawn dotted with trees. Come here if you want utter peace and quiet.

Bad points
The double bedroom is accessed via the twin bedroom, so is fine for a family but wouldn't suit two couples holidaying together. It didn't matter to us as we were a single couple on our own - and we could use the twin room to store our suitcases. The macerating toilet periodically flushes itself - mildly alarming at night until you work out what it is, but not a problem as such!