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. There is now a TV with UK channels.
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, plus a TV with UK channels.
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 fire bowl in the garden and wood is provided. Please use this with care to avoid any risk of spreading fire.
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


Family activities

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. *** Please note, like most people, we are very concerned about the possible impact of Brexit on all our lives. We would like to reassure prospective British guests, for spring 2019, that we will be understanding over cancellations in the event that Brexit makes travelling difficult over this period. Please contact us if you'd like to discuss any issues.

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

Lea Glycines

Restaurant Bistrot , 2 rue Hubert Lanier 61470 Le Sap. Charming restaurant, all cooking and serving by the proprietor. Booking essential, phone 02 33 16 50 23, at that time discuss any dietary requirements. About 20/25 mins from Le Renouard, in a village square that could be in the 1940s!

8 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.6
  • Comfort: 9.6
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9.4
  • Local Amenities: 9.4
  • Setting: 9.9
  • Value for Money: 9.9
9.8 / 10 SusanH 27 July, 2019

I had a most enjoyable stay at L' ecurie with fabulous weather and the owners being charming and helpful hosts. The gite has been freshly decorated and is exceptionally clean and comfortable. The bathroom has a most efficient and powerful shower. The weather was very hot but the gite remained cool and comfortable inside, due to the thickness of the walls. The nearest town is a short car journey away and provides all amenities that one would need for a holiday stay. There is an exceptionally good little bistro, Le Billot, which is approx a ten minute drive away. The food is very good and great value for money. I would recommend this gite highly and hope to make it my regular escape destination.

Owner response

Thank you for the kind word, Susan. We look forward to your return! Best regards, David and Sheila

9.2 / 10 Vanessa and Steve, Epsom 20 July, 2019

L'Ecurie was a wonderful place to unwind in the Normandy countryside. If you like peace and quiet, this is the place for you. The wildlife is excellent fom Kingfishers to beautiful butterflie and the owners have create a haven for them as well as you.
Sheila and David were excellent hosts, contactable and helpful before and after our stay.
We had a lovely time at L'Ecurie and would recommend it to all our friends and family

9.7 / 10 Steven/Jill/Ruby 28 September, 2018

L'Ecurie is an absolute gem in the French countryside. A place of tranquility in the middle of nowhere, yet only an hour's drive from the famous Normandy landing beaches. The location is perfect for those of you who like to go on long walks in a part of France where time has stopped quite some time ago. Cars are few and far between on the small roads surrounding the cottage, you are more likely to come across cyclists or people walking their dog. If you prefer to stay home, the garden is as big as you will need it to be. It comes with a couple of comfortable sun loungers, and a terrace for early-morning breakfast or suppers during sunset. Lots of space to play and run should you wish to bring your dog. The cottage itself is well-equipped, from kitchen utensils, pots and pans, sheets, duvets, towels,... you name it, they have it. All you need to do is fill up the fridge, and you're all set. A very cosy place to spend your evenings by the fire reading a book with a glass of wine. The owners are helpful and friendly people. Although we were only in contact with them through messaging, we had all the information we needed before our arrival and they kept in contact during our stay to ensure we were doing alright. A welcome gift was on the table for us when we arrived. My compliments to both of them. In conclusion: a highly commendable place to stay if you're looking for a few days (or more) of peace and tranquility. We will be returning for sure.

Owner response

Thanks so much for your very kind words! We’re so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you return to L’Ecurie very soon. Best regards, Sheila and David

10 / 10 Den and Ade 26 September, 2018

We stayed here for four days in Sept and had a wonderful relaxing time at this rural property. It has been sensitively converted retaining much of its centuries old charm whilst being well appointed with a stylish modern kitchen and shower room upstairs. The living room looks out through patio doors to a lawned area and the rear of the owners own residence and old barns which sit away from the gite. This room has a wood burner which we did not need due to good insulation! There is also a multi device stereo and some CD's plus WIFI and NO TV! yippee. From here you step down to the kitchen through an opened up oak framed wall. Stairs to the 2 bedrooms are located in the kitchen. We found the double bedroom very comfortable, though hanging space limited. We used the pegs in the timbers to hang our clothes! There was plenty of hot water to shower. Outside there is a patio with table and umbrella, here you can sit and enjoy a backdrop of open fields with uninterrupted views. This property is rural, there are no street lights so bring a torch as back up or enjoy the stars on a cloudless night. Vimoutiers the local town 5 miles away has a Carrefour, boulangeries and restaurants plus a war time history. Our hosts were warm and welcoming, they gave us plenty of advice and help with all of our queries plus a welcome pack of edibles and wine. We firmly recommend this property for a rural stay or break from the madding crowd. Would we stay here again? Absolutely Yes.

Owner response

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We are so glad you enjoyed your stay and hope you will return to l’Ecurie In the future. We can’t promise swallowtail butterflies every time, though! David and Sheila