Holiday let in rural Normandy, near Flers - NO004996

Breel (21km from Falaise), Orne, Normandy Reference: NO004996 Advertiser since: 12 October 2016
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Les Deux Sabots Self Catering Saturday 1 4 1 Sofabed in the lounge and futon in the bedroom

About this property

A Romantic Cottage For A Cosy Getaway.. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Les Deux Sabots is a traditional, three storey cottage in Normandy stone, perfect for a romantic holiday in Normandy. Detached, it has its own small, secluded garden, covered and driveway parking, barbecue and a little vino veranda for your evening aperitif or morning coffee. We find the cottage comfortable and spacious for two; but there's room for more if needed.

Les Deux Sabots is named after the clogs local farm workers wore in years gone by (there's a miniature pair nailed to the door as a reminder of past residents ...!).It's one of just four houses on this quiet lane, which has no through traffic. Breathtaking walks and established ramblers' routes start just outside the door.



Kitchen and dining

The stairs leading down from the sitting /dining room take you into the beamed kitchen. A table here offers another space to eat; and you'll find the usual range of kitchen units and drawers, cooker, fridge, microwave, freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer, plus a radiator.

Living rooms

You'll find the beamed, full height, sitting/dining room decorated tastefully in neutral shades with beautiful cushions, throws and rugs. There's a large log fire, scented candles all ready to light, and two radiators for extra cosiness in cooler weather. As well as the cream, two seater sofa, there's a large, L shaped sofa which converts into a good sized double bed if extra or separate sleeping space is required. This part of the room can be screened off, if needed.

There's a gate legged dining table, television with English and French channels, dvd player, cd/radio player and a selection of cds, books, maps, local travel guides and dvds to dip into. The shuttered window opens out on to views of gardens and apple orchards. The sitting/dining room has two sets of stairs leading from it; one up, one down, both wooden, steep and open.


A large, bright bedroom (double bed, bedside tables with lamps, wardrobe, chest of drawers, radiator) with a separate futon sofa. The Velux window shares those field and apple orchard views.


From the utility area is the door to the small shower/wc room, also cosy with its own radiator. *Please be aware that due to the nature of the cottage, the downstairs beamed ceiling is low*


Fully central heated and also has a large log fire.


English & French tv, dvds, PS2, cd and radio.

Garden and outside

The veranda up the steps has a small bistro set, the fully enclosed garden also has a barbecue and patio set.

Parking and garages

Car port for one car and also parking in the garden for one car (or two small cars).

Visitor suitability

The steep stairs mean that access to the kitchen and bedroom could be difficult for people with reduced mobility or small children. There are no shops or eateries in the village itself. The nearest restaurant is within walking distance (about 1 mile). Other eateries and shops are a short drive away.


  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Couples only



Distance: 25 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout, roach, tench, carp and eel.
Name of nearest fishing location: Etang de la Queue D'Aronde et Bois Charles Meunier
Distance: 12 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf Flers le Houlme, Le Clos Foucher, 61100 la Selle-la-Forge
Distance: 20 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Saint-Philbert-sur-Orne (Circuit de la Roche d’Oëtre)
Distance: 4 km

Mountain biking


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Sentier des granites

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Claire Riseborough

Having enjoyed holidaying in Normandy over the past 15 years, we decided that a little bolt hole of our own was in order. We thought it would be a great place for others to enjoy the wonderful Normandy countryside and local attractions.

Year property purchased 2016
Why this location? Perfectly situated in the middle of Suisse Normande, it's ideally placed for a trip to the landing beaches, the Mont St Michel, Paris by train and many more fantastic towns and cities, all within around an hours drive.
Unique benefits of property A detached single bedroom cottage with an enclosed garden. Off road parking for two cars. Central heating and a log fire for cosy nights in. Near to beautiful countryside walks and cycle paths. Very near to the Roche d'Oetre, one of the best panoramic view points in Western France.

The Owner Recommends

Roche d'Oetre

Roche d’Oëtre is a natural site in Swiss Normandy and is one of the most prestigious panoramic viewpoints in western France. It is a protected site located in the oldest mountains in Europe : the Armorican Massif. It is 118 meters high and gives a stunning panoramic view over wooded Rouvre River gorges.


The birthplace of William the Conqueror. A town full of history from the 11th century onwards.

4 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.3
  • Comfort: 8.8
  • Condition: 9
  • Facilities: 9.5
  • Local Amenities: 7.5
  • Setting: 9.3
  • Value for Money: 9.3
9.2 / 10 jossdave 30 July, 2018

A lovely setting and a pretty private garden, was good value for money.
The owners were very accommodating as we had to change our travel arrangements more than once.
As clearly stated on the description the stairs are narrow but we didn’t have a problem with that.
All in all a tranquil holiday within easy reach of the port and would recommend to those who want to enjoy the French countryside.

9.8 / 10 Julie P 17 August, 2017

I spent a week in this pretty cottage with my daughter and grandson, who is just starting to walk.

The description of the cottage in the advert was exact. It had all the amenities we needed, although my daughter was horrified at the lack of wifi. We coped perfectly well!

We arrived in the early hours of a Sunday morning, to find milk in the fridge, and tea and coffee in the kitchen. This was much appreciated by me, the driver. The information regarding the water and heating were clear and precise, and everything was easy to use.

The owners were very helpful before our trip, and afterwards, they were equally helpful with my queries. They had advised that there were no baby gates at the property, and we took our own. The stairs are, as described, very steep, but measures were in place to stop us bumping our heads.

We used the garden, and the chickens and baby goat next door were entertaining!!! The property is in a secluded lane, which is a walking trail. People were friendly and there were no problems. The neighbours were equally friendly.

This property had everything I needed, but was small enough to keep clean and tidy. The place was clean and tidy upon arrival, and there were extra toiletries and kitchen items, as well as cleaning items to help keep the place looking lovely.

I would not hesitate to recommend this place, especially for a small family. I would have booked again had it not already been taken for October half term.

10 / 10 MichaelandJudy 2 July, 2017

Set in a hilly rural part of Normandy, Suisse Normande, the area is steeped in history and the countryside is delightful, especially for walkers, less so for shoppers. You need to travel a little way for petrol/diesel or bread, further for a supermarket or restaurant, along narrow winding country roads not unlike Devon. The cottage, on three floors, is very well equipped (though no wifi and our phones chose to be not very smart!) and the information provided is extensive and helpful. The less agile might find going downstairs to the kitchen, toilet and small shower-room disconcerting and the low ceilings and low-slung ceiling lights there do need dodging, but we did not find that a problem. The kitchen is well-equipped and you can eat down there as well as upstairs in the comfortable sitting room, with its two settees doubling as extra sleeping posts. We did not need the central heating but the supply of hot water and the power shower were excellent. An over-sensitive trip switch meant that all the power sometimes went off when the Creda electric hob/oven was switched on; power was easily restored once we found the right button (we were warned!). The cottage was clean and well-maintained; the grass on the small lawn cut short and a pleasant area to sit in a sunny, and private, position. The owners were thoroughout extremely helpful, prompt in replying to us, phoning us whilst we were there to tell us about garden care being planned. Yes, recommended for value.

7.7 / 10 ThompsonTwins 1 April, 2017

Comfortable gite for two people. Great walking area , with paths starting right outside the door. Pretty area, very peaceful and relaxing.
Steep stairs mean this accommodation would not be suitable for the less mobile. Shower cubicle small and low ceilinged, not a problem for us but if you are on the larger side this could be an issue.
Apart from these minor issues I would recommend this property to most of my friends.