Holiday gite in rural Normandy near Caen - NO006380

Le Renouard (9km from Vimoutiers), Orne, Normandy Reference: NO006380 Advertiser since: 11 May 2018
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L'Ecurie Self Catering Flexible 2 4 1 Travel cot available by arrangement

About this property

A Beautifully Converted, Former Stone-built Stable. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

A beautiful newly converted gite in the Normandy countryside. A former stable, built with stone and colombage, the property offers modern and comfortable accommodation in a fantastic rural setting, with views of the ruined church of Le Mesnil Imbert, where Charlotte Corday (of French Revolution fame) used to worship.
In the heart of the Pays d'Auge, visitors can visit cider farms and cheese makers nearby. For those interested in WW2 history, there are also lots of sites to visit.

The area is a haven for wildlife and visitors are welcome to borrow a bat detector, moth trap or pond net for careful wildlife study in the garden, by arrangement with the owners.

The cottage is close to the owners' home (although we can only visit every six weeks or so, owing to work commitments).



Kitchen and dining

The modern, newly fitted kitchen is light and airy with cooker, fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle and fridge with freezer compartment.
An iron, ironing board, airer, line and pegs are available.
The table has seats for four people. We provide plenty of utensils and lovely tableware for guest use, as well as basic supplies and a bottle of red wine!

Living rooms

The sitting room has three armchairs and a sofa, with coffee table.
Wi-fi (sometimes a bit slow - this is rural France!) and hifi are provided, as well as some games, varied books on wildlife and some novels and children's book.
The super efficient log burner makes the room cosy, even in winter.


The two comfortable bedrooms are on the first floor, with lovely views.
One room has a double bed, the other two singles. All bedding is provided and can be changed weekly for longer lets. A travel cot, with bedding, is also available on request.


The upstairs bathroom has a modern shower, wc and basin.
There is a heated towel rail and all towels are provided.
We also offer a potty and child's toilet seat.


The wood burning stove is easy to use and we offer a large basket of logs. Extra supplies are available for a small charge. There are also electric panel heaters in the sitting room and bedrooms for background heating.
Electricity is included in the rental price.


We offer wi-fi and hifi with a selection of cds.
There are some games and an inflatable paddling pool for children, as well as a selection of books.
We also provide plenty of information on local attractions, as well as an up to date calendar of local brocantes.
Wildlife equipment is available, by arrangement.
Guests may use the village tennis courts and boules court, by arrangement.

Garden and outside

The large garden is a wildlife haven, with old apple trees and a pond.
The lawns lead down to a small river.
The river and pond are unfenced.
We provide an outdoor table with chairs and sunshade on the decking adjacent to the cottage.

Parking and garages

Parking is on the gravelled area of the gardens.

Visitor suitability

The property is not suitable for visitors with mobility problems as the bedrooms and bathroom are upstairs.
Children must be supervised in the gardens due to the old buildings and unfenced pond and river bank.

Information about any additional facilities

A bat detector, moth trap (for study purposes) and pond net are available for use on site, by arrangement with the owners. Please bring your own binoculars for bird-watching - there are many rarities to see in this part of Normandy.
Field guides are provided on mammals, moths, birds and flowers, etc. If you are observant, you may spot the delightful garden dormice, deer, frogs, toads, newts, hares, bats and other creatures in the garden, as well as swallowtail butterflies and beautiful demoiselles. A barn owl often roosts in the wood shed and you may hear golden orioles and hoopoes, at some times during the year. We can offer advice on nearby wildlife watching highlights - please do ask!


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

* Vet details: Clinique Vétérinaire de Vimoutiers, Rue Eugene Laniel, 61120 Vimoutiers 00 33 2 33 39 00 75 One well behaved dog only, please.


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Le Renouard
Distance: 1 km


Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Verneuillet, 61120 Les Champeaux, France
Distance: 7 km

Signed wine route

Name of nearest signed wine route: Nearby cider and cheese centres - Camembert, Livarot, etc.. plus cider, pommeau and Calvados farms to visit.


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr David King

I am a musician who has taken up wildlife consultancy, with a love of tennis and astronomy and of course we are Francophiles! With my partner, Sheila and daughter Sophie, we have spent many happy times in Le Mesnil Imbert.

Year property purchased 2001
Why this location? Having searched many departments for the perfect part of France, this was the best considering we wanted to visit as frequently as possible and it offers so much for naturalists, food lovers and history fans.
Unique benefits of property Whist being peaceful, rural and full of wildlife it is close enough to big towns and amenities to fulfil all requirements. Best of all is that it is part of an amazing commune with so much going on, throughout the year.

The Owner Recommends

Le Billot - Restaurant

A local village restaurant with excellent meals, a very short drive away.

Chateau de Vendeuvre

A fabulous chateau to visit with a lovely garden of 'water surprises' and other attractions ..

La Maison du Vert - Restaurant

A fabulous vegetarian restaurant set in a beautiful garden in the nearby town of Ticheville.

Monday morning market at St Pierre sur Dives

Popular and traditional French market, wonderful fresh veg, fish and other fabulous local products - stalls inside the huge historic market hall and spreading around the market square. Lots of chickens and other livestock for sale too.. A must to visit if you're around on a Monday ..

Cerza Zoo, Lisieux

Great zoo, well cared for animals, with plenty of space

4 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.3
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9.5
  • Local Amenities: 9.5
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Whittle Family 4 August, 2018

The perfect location for a peaceful stay in the Normandy Countryside. The gite was in excellent condition, full of character with modern facilities.
The owners were welcoming and helpful and knowledgeable about the local wildlife, we especially enjoyed the moth trap and bat detector.
Parc Cerza (Zoo) is well worth a visit, one of the best we have been to either in UK or France.
Many other places of interest are within a reasonable driving distance.
We would recommend this property and would return ourselves in future.

Owner response

Thanks so much for your kind words about our gite. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again.

10 / 10 Stephanie & Colin 2 August, 2018

The first words I said & at this stage I had only seen the ground floor was "it's perfect" & it was.
The perfect antidote to the UK !!
A truly stylish holiday home & this is the 4th France Direct accommodation we've stayed in.
It was superb.
Peaceful, set in beautiful countryside & yet lots nearby only a short drive away.
Stayed 6 nights, could easily stay longer.
The owners & family are great people, very helpful & passionate about France.
Loved it.
Thankyou for a relaxing holiday.
Would definitely return.

Owner response

Thanks so much for your kind words. We are so pleased that you really enjoyed your stay in L’Ecurie and hope that you will return before too long! Best regards, Sheila and David

10 / 10 SusieW 26 July, 2018

The gite exceeded all my expectations. A beautiful and tranquil setting will all amenities for a very comfortable stay. The gite was exceptionally clean, with an excellent fitted bathroom and kitchen. Although the temperature soared, the thick walls kept the interior cool and pleasant. A lovely little local restaurant, Le Billot, just a few miles away and a local town, Vimoutier being a short drive that provides every amenity. Lots of wildlife to see - I spotted a rare black stork in the neighbouring field. The owners were resident at their property during my stay and were very approachable and helpful. Altogether, I would highly recommend this gite for a peaceful and enjoyable holiday.

Owner response

Thanks so much for your very kind words. It is so nice to hear that our efforts are appreciated! We hope that you’ll return to L’Ecurie in the very near future. Can’t promise another black stork though! David & Sheila

9.2 / 10 K Cullinan 20 July, 2018

Unspoilt rural hideaway for peace and tranquility.

Owner response

We are so glad that you enjoyed your stay at L’Ecurie. Thanks so much for your review. It helps us to know what our guests look for and what extra amenities, etc., they might appreciate. David & Sheila