Beautiful Stone Cottage to Let in Normandy

Notre-Dame-du-Rocher (16km from Flers), Orne, Normandy Reference: NO003676 Advertiser since: 12 May 2014
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Le Rupestrien Self Catering 2 4 2 Cot available

About this property

Beautifully Restored Stone Cottage in Lower Normandy. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Le Rupestrien is a fully renovated stone cottage, part of a building that was originally 6 separate dwellings, now one house.
Despite being attached to the main house, it is very private: the thick stone walls ensure privacy and it has its own front door, garden and parking.

It is situated in the beautiful rolling countryside of the Suisse Normande, ideal for a tranquil escape, or for those who are looking for outdoor pursuits such as fishing, hiking, horse riding etc. They are all nearby.

Lower Normandy is renowned for its culture and history, Camembert and Calvados, monuments and war memorial sites.

The property offers a modern, comfortable interior, fully equipped kitchen, with both bedrooms having the advantage of king size beds and en suite facilities. It is ideal for couples wanting their own private space.

The cottage benefits from efficient heating and insulation, so is suitable for winter occupancy. Guests can enjoy flat screen television offering English channels, dvd player, stereo with cd, usb and iPod dock, and complimentary wi-fi internet connection.

Outside there is a large carport, Patio area ,private garden, petang court , Gas bar-b-que, and garden furniture provided.

Please note the cottage is not suitable for young children.



Kitchen and dining

Fully equipped kitchen comprising, gas cooker, fridge, microwave, kettle, pressure cooker, hand blender/mixer, coffee-maker, extractor fan, double sink, all necessary cooking utensils. Window aspect rear garden. Dining table and 4 chairs. Freezer located in utility room.

Living rooms

Open concept living space, 2 seater sofa, 2 tub chairs coffee table, side table, entertainment centre, flat screen tv, french door entrance, aspect front.


Ground floor bedroom, option super king 160x200 or 2 single. Wardrobe and dressing chest of drawers. Window front aspect.

Upper floor bedroom one super king 160X200. Bedroom incorporates small dressing/working area. Wardrobe and dressing chest of drawers.
Window to rear garden, velux over the bed with blackout blind.


En suite to each bedroom.
Downstairs bathroom suitable for guests with reduced mobility with large walk in shower.
Washing machine. Washing powder provided.
Upstairs shower room with shower cubicle.
Both have heated towel rails, and shaver points.
Hair dryers in both.
Shower gel and shampoo provided.


Electric radiators, plus in winter there is a lounge radiator running off the main house central heating.
The property in double glazed throughout.


English and French tv.


Cd/usb/iPod dock.

Book and dvd selection.


Garden and outside

Private garden with garden furniture.

Barbecue. gas BBQ gas provided plus all utensils

Patio area.

Petang court.


Parking and garages

Large carport. Outside lighting

Visitor suitability

Not suitable for children.

Maximum 4 adults.

No pets allowed.

Non smoking.

Mobility friendly on ground floor.

Information about any additional facilities

All linen and towels provided, changed weekly.

Cleaning service

Stock cupboard of essential household and food items.
Free unlimited wi-fi
First morning breakfast included.

Owners on site.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Local vide greniers every Sunday. Large flea market every Sunday morning in Caen Old Town
Distance: 57 km


Distance: 4 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: fresh water
Name of nearest fishing location: Pont d'oilly
Distance: 15 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf Houlme La Serge de Forge
Distance: 12 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Centre Equestre de la Lys
Distance: 1.5 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 4 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Calvados trail from Domfront



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Marked trails starting from the cottage


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Calvados and Cider Cerys Le Belle Etoile
Distance: 17 km

About the Owner, Mrs Lynda London

My husband and I are retired. I really enjoy meeting people and take a pride in providing a first class holiday experience. I love gardening and we both have an interest in antiques and collectables. We moved to France from Spain in 1999 first living in Carcassonne where we had a gite complex. Subsequently we moved to the Pau area. We have been here since 2013 and love the beautiful countryside and tranquillity.<br/>We both speak French,and have become active inhabitants of the village.

Year property purchased 2013
Why this location? Our cottage is situated in the most beautiful countryside of the Swiss Normandy region of France. We are only 1hr away from the ferry port of Caen. The WW2 landing beaches, again only 1hr away.
There are numerous beautiful walks, cycling tracks, gardens and historic sites at our finger tips. Local dining out at numerous small restaurants a must. Try tasting our regional specialities lots of different cheese and Calvados to name but a few.
Our house is away from the maddening crowd, but with in easy reach of amenities if required.
Unique benefits of property Our cottage provides a home from home, clean, modern, and totally equipped with everything you may need for a stress-free holiday. Being on site, we are available to help with any problems that may arise. The private garden is a bonus, we feel outdoor space is very important. The area is very rural, you can rest assured of peace and tranquillity away from the maddening crowd. The fact that both bedrooms have king size beds and their own shower rooms makes it ideal for 2 couples.
The large downstairs bathroom with large walk in shower, offers our property to guests with reduced mobility.

The Owner Recommends

Bread, Cider and Camembert

France is renowned for its bread and pastries, this region is no exception. Normandy apple or pear tart has to be sampled. Welcome to the Pays d'Auge, birthplace of Camembert. This cheese epitomises more than any other the generous image of the Norman farmlands. There are 2 museums La Maison du Camembert, which retraces the history of the cheese, and the Musee du Camembert in Vimoutiers, which will immerse you in the atmosphere of a recreated farmhouse cheese dairy and reveal the secrets of cheese-making. No one can leave the Orne without having discovered the secrets of cider and Calvados. There are numerous farms in the region who offer tasting. The Ecomusee de la Pomme au Calvados, in Le Grand Jardin, is certainly worth a visit.


There are numerous chateau within a 50kms radius such as Chateau de Carrouges, Flers,and Vendeuvre. All offering beautiful gardens and interesting interiors. The castle at Falaise is particually interesting, it has a interactive tour in most languages showing the castle as it was in the time of William the conquer. Caen Chateau is also of interest.

Eating Out

Although our village has no amenities, nearby there are some very good local bistros and restuarants offering "menu du jour" at approx 13 Euros a head. For a more varied menu, choices, and prices, there are lots of options available, many of which we have details of in the cottage information book.

La Roche d'Oetre

Highest point in Suisse Normandy, the oldest natural rock formation in Europe. The lofty rockery pearched at an altitude of 118m dominates the gorges of the river Rouvre. Ideal for walkers and adventure seekers alike.

Le Haras Du Pin

"Versailles of horses" this will be your reaction when you see the many chateaux manor houses, farms and opulent stud farms nestling in the Ornais countryside. Bustling with activity, horses in training, elegant stables and so much more.

The Battle of Normandy

Revisiting a heroic page in history, from the embarkation beaches, travelling through Normandy you can visit all the battle sites and memorials. There are numerous museums, each telling a different story of summer 1944. Just this year 2016 a new museum telling the story of the civilians during WW2 in Normandy. Very close to the gite is a small free museum run by local lads with artifacts they have discovered in this area.

Towns, Villages, and Cities of Character

Normandy conjures up images of pretty villages full of character. The orne has dozens of such villages dotted across the Alpes Mancelles, the Perche and the Pays de Auge. Some of my favourites La Perriere and Saint Ceneri le Gerei - noted for their artistic tendencies, with art markets. Le Sap - this village set in the heart of the Auge region, very picture postcard, very pretty when all the pear trees are in blossom. Alencon - the capital of the Orne region, famous for its lace-making history. Domfront - A medieval city: streets decked with paving stones, interior courtyards and timber framed houses.

Outdoor activities

We live in the most beautiful part of Northern France. The climate is often much better than the surrounding area. We have amazing walks and cycle tracks literally on our doorstep. Great forests and lakes offering water sports such as canoeing and kiak and outdoor swimming. The rivers allow fishing.
There are lots of designated nature trails. There are also an array of beautiful gardens.

Coast detinations

We are less than an hrs drive from the coast where you can find clean attractive beaches.
A bit further away is Honfleur, a unchanged fishing port with an abundance of art shops restaurants and lots of history.


The tapestry is certainly worth a visit and the cathedral is superb lots of great places to eat.

15 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.9
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.1
  • Setting: 9.9
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Martin & Jenny 3 July, 2017

Lyn and Peter gave us an excellent welcome and the accommodation had everything we could possibly need for our stay. The surroundings are beautiful and peaceful and we recommend Le Rupestrien to those who like being away from it all. The owners provided a comprehensive guide to local amenities and many up to date guide books and tourist information as well as a fridge full of fresh goodies to get us started.

The local area has some interesting walking both high for good views and down by the rivers. Also there are some surprising reminders of the WW2 in the local villages which saw some action. Bayeux, Caen and Falaise are easy to get too where there are excellent museums of Norman history and WW2.

Highly recommended. The guest book includes many similar positive comments.

Owner response

Thank you for taking the trouble to write us a review
Your comments are always important to us.

10 / 10 The Taggs 26 June, 2017

A beautiful gite,comfortable in quiet countryside.
Excellent hosts who make your stay really special,local information with places to visit ,eat, or shop.
Would recommend anyone who wants a peaceful relaxing holiday to visit this beautiful area suited to everyone ...cyclists walkers or canoeists are specially catered for in the local area,as well as anyone who wants to visit the Normandy beaches.
Look forward to returning for our 4 th visit.

Owner response

Thank you for your review, we really enjoyed meeting you again this year and are pleased you want to return again

10 / 10 Happy Renters 6 June, 2017

My husband an I have rented many Gites over the years, and without a doubt, Le Rupestrien rated right up there with the very best. It was perfectly located in rural Normande, within easy driving distance of many places of interest. The property itself is set in beautiful rural countryside, on a lane with hardly any passing traffic, and only the songs of the birds in the trees to awaken you.

The Gite is spotlessly clean and extremely well equipped - you will find many little extras not normally provided. It is bright and airy and you probably won't find a nicer kitchen anywhere. You will even have private parking with a car port for your car. There are brochures on a great variety of places of interest, and a private garden solely for your use.

Lyn and Pete London are such nice people, helpful and accommodating in every way. They even provided breakfast for our first morning - fresh croissants with home made jams, fresh milk, butter and eggs, and lots of condiments in the cupboard..

We would highly recommend this property to anyone, and will certainly stay there again sometime in the future..

Owner response

Thank you so much for taking time and the trouble to write us a review.
We rely on our guests to keep us on our toes in maintaining a high standard
We look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

10 / 10 C&J SALT 28 April, 2017

the gite is very clean, comfortable and homely and quiet everything you need is there, including store cupboard items if you need them, a generous welcome pack and treats provided much appreciated and enjoyed.
The owners lyn and peter live next door and are very welcoming nothing is too much trouble if you should need help and advice.
Lots of information and maps provided for days out. Interesting places to visit the pretty spa town of Bagonles del'orne, medieval petite citie of Domfront to name but two are a short drive away
there is walking, hiking and cycling within a few minutes walk and drive away from the gite this area of france is lovely, we definitely recommend this gite for a relaxing peaceful holiday.

Owner response

Thank you so much for taking the time & trouble to write us a positive review.
Your comments are always important to ensure we maintain our high standards to meet our guests requirements for their stay with us.