Cottages near Vire, Calvados, Normandy, France

Sympathetically Modernised Stone Cottages in Breathtaking Watermill and Riverside Location

Peaceful Retreat 1 Mile from Campeaux Village, 8 Miles from Historic Vire

1, 2 and 3 Bedroom Cottages (Sleeps 2, 4 and 9)

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    • Property type:House/Villa
    • Sleeps:2 (1 bedroom)
    • Bathrooms/Toilets:1

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    Property description

    Three traditional modernised Normandy cottages in 3 hectares of lush watermill setting. The cottages are sympathetic conversions of old stone outbuildings, all fully equipped for the perfect self catering holiday. The Calvados region of Normandy is ideal for rambling, fishing, back-to-nature, family holidays. The banks of the River Vire are perfect for peaceful walks, fishing, renewal and rejuvenation. Within easy reach of many of the fabulous Normandy and Brittany beaches, the Medieval town of Bayeux and charming fishing village Honfleur and millionaires' Deauville. Historic towns such as Mont St Michel, Flers. Parks, chateaux, shops, markets, golf courses, horse riding, fishing and sailing are all local. Campeaux is a great launching pad for exploring the Calvados and Normandy region. The Vire Valley offers a landscape of rolling hills and occasional gorges, local cider and of course its Calvados.

    Accommodation description

    Le Gite D'Ile (1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2)

    A ground floor detached self-catering mini-gte with its own private terrace and magnificent views across the river to the waterfall. It has a fully-equipped kitchen, living room, fireplace, two armchairs, double bed, kitchen corner, shower room, WC and electric heating. Washing machine in the nearby barn. Closed grounds with lawn and garden furniture this gite is on an island formed by the water flow of the Mill. This property has a history dating back over 800 years to 1308 and was modernised in the 1990s.

    Bedrooms: 1

    Bathrooms: 1

    Living Rooms: 1

    Property Type: House/Villa


    Accessibility
    All the cottages contain some steps and are therefore not wheelchair accessible.

    Outside
    Large barn with table tennis and an indoor BBQ for larger parties and evening get togethers. 500 metres of river frontage for trout and coarse fishing. Large communal garden.

    Important notes on accommodation

    Each cottage has it's own private garden with patio and BBQ area. All linen and towels are included in the price. Due to the proximity of the river small children must be supervised. All cottages have WiFi internet access and DVD players.
    In common with all holiday cottages in France, smoking is not permitted inside the houses, but all have patios right outside.

    Rates

    Le Gite D'Ile (1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2) prices

    Rental Period Per Night Per Week Per Month Min. Stay (Nights)
    29 March 2014 - 19 April 2014 £ 310.00 3
    19 April 2014 - 26 April 2014 £ 355.00 3
    26 April 2014 - 28 June 2014 £ 310.00 3
    28 June 2014 - 30 August 2014 £ 385.00 7
    30 August 2014 - 4 October 2014 £ 310.00 3

    Notes on prices
    Prices are for the properties per week in UK pounds.

    Changeover day
    Changeover day is normally Saturday, but in quieter weeks this can be flexible. Just ask if you wish to make a midweek booking. Arrival time is after 3pm and departure is around 10am.

    Booking notes
    A 20% deposit is required to secure the reservation and the balance is due 6 weeks prior to arrival. Visitors are advised to take out travel insurance in the event of being unable to travel.

    Location

    Cottages near Vire, Calvados, Normandy, France

    About the area

    Coast/Beach
    Granville, a lively town with weekly markets has the nearest life guarded beach and is a 40 minute drive. Many other beaches, usually almost deserted are just 45 mins away.

    Golf
    A fine 18 hole golf course overlooking Lac Dathee is 35 mins drive away and is very reasonably priced. 10 other challenging courses are less than an hour away.

    How to get there
    Caen (Ouisterham) with ferries to and from Portsmouth 55 mins. Calais 3.5 hrs. Cherbourg 1hr 20 mins. Le Havre 2 hrs. Dieppe 2hrs 30 mins.
    Dinard Airport Ryanair to Stansted and East Midlands 1hr.30 mins. Rennes Airport 1 hr 30 mins.
    Dinard Airport. A car is essential in Calvados.

    Further Details
    Plenty of supermarkets and restaurants within 15 minutes drive. We are happy to make your restaurant reservations for you. Le Moulin l'Eveque is the perfect springboard for all the Normandy attractions, with the Bayeux tapestry, the landing beaches, Mont St Michel all being around 45 minutes drive away. Historic towns of Falaise and Dinan with it's medieval quarter are just a bit further and Monet's garden at Giverney takes about 2.5 hours to get to.

    House swap
    House swap considered. 2 bedrooms. South of Normandy.

    Guest reviews

    Le Gite D'Ile (1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2)
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    5/5

    Reviewed by: Not specified, United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 22 September 2014

    Date of stay: September 2014

    "Perfectly pitched!"

    Rustic, romantic and wonderfully tranquil. As our lifestyle at home is so hectic all we wanted was nature and peace and not a lot more. Thanks to Johnny giving us some food and cider to get us trough our first night as we arrived too late to shop! We cooked a lot in the cottage kitchen as the french market produce and supermarkets sent me off into cooking heaven. We didn't do a lot of sightseeing as the local walks and the canoe provided us with all we really wanted but St Malo and Dinan were lovely. The local Viaduct now provides adventure seekers with bungey jumping luckily we ran out of time! We shall return to re visit the Mill and the quiet kindness of Johnny and Lynne.

    Response to review:
    Thank you for the nice words Jane & Peter. So glad you enjoyed your time here and hope to see you again in the future. Warmest regards. Johnny

    Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers, sightseeing, families with teenagers and romantic getaway

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    Reviewed by: Elaine, Ireland

    Reviewed: 22 August 2014

    Date of stay: August 2014

    "..and all was well with the world !"

    Once again I managed to find a place that was what it appeared to be in the advert! Arriving at night in the darkness the first impression we had was the presence of the river making itself known tumbling over the weir, it was the soundtrack to four lovely tranquil days at Le Moulin l'Eveque. Our time there was short so we didn't venture very far, we wanted to enjoy the unique setting and just relax so we paced ourselves with the river. We paddled the owners canoe gently up stream or just sat and watched out for the bright blue flash of the Kingfishers on the river highway. They even perched right in beside our window. Our little studio Gite had windows on two sides that opened onto river views under two great weeping willow trees so we kept them open for the sound of the weir and the birds in the trees when we were inside, but most of the time we spent outside, just being outside, by a river in a green place. It rained while we were there, but the romantic in me just saw the gloss on the trees and the ripples on the water and then the sun shone again and all was well with the world. Anyway the Barn was there, wide open on one side so we still felt we were outdoors but under a shelter if there was a shower, we played table tennis and listened to Johnny's cds and sipped wine and as the sun went down we heard the barn owls and the river and all was well with the world. Johnny and Lynn made us feel welcome as if they had know us from before. They provide a tranquil haven in which to recharge the soul and de-clutter the mind and yet it's just a short hop from the motorway, the bakery, the supermarket..........

    Response to review:
    Hello Elaine. Thank you for your nice words. It was great to have such good and interesting guests as yourself and Vlad. Johnny

    Recommended for: Sightseeing and romantic getaway

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    5/5

    Reviewed by: Tom & Olga, United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 29 July 2014

    Date of stay: July 2014

    "Paradise"

    What a beautiful place! Lost for words,just fantastic! Best holiday for many a year. Great location! Near to all places of interest. Johnny and lynn are great hosts. Enjoyed their company on walks and meals out. The wildlife is fantastic over cup of coffee in the morning, also we enjoyed Johnny and Lynn's company in the evenings with barbeque and glass of wine ( they are great company) So peaceful,tranquil-it's just a perfect place. Johnny and Lynn have great knowledge of area and can give you suggestions on what to do and see. We will definitely be back.

    Recommended for: Age 55+, pet friendly, sightseeing, families with young children and romantic getaway

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    Reviewed by: debbie, United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 11 May 2014

    Date of stay: April 2014

    "WOW"

    Within 45 minutes of getting off the ferry, we drove along the A84 and arrived at Le Moulin L'Eveque. What a fantastic place!! The views are just to die for and the peace and quiet is unreal. Unfortunately there was no fish on the menu as my husband (Mick) didnt quite get there but he will next time. Johnny and Lynn were perfect hosts and even the pets made you feel at home with the cats bringing in mice (Nuts) and birds(Felix). Our gite was cosy and comfy although most of our stay was outside just enjoying the peace and quiet, we will definitely be going back.

    Recommended for: Age 55+, pet friendly, sightseeing and romantic getaway

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    Reviewed by: Andrew, United Kingdom

    Reviewed: 22 October 2013

    Date of stay: August 2013

    "Le Gite D,Ile"

    The water cascading down the mill races either side of the Gite provided the soundtrack for our stay - seldom have I slept so well over a two week holiday ! The light and airy main room is very pleasant and all purpose . Whilst the kitchen and bathroom are both very compact it all works very well together . Being lucky with the weather meant that instant BBQ,s were the order of the day on the secluded and sunny terrace , watching Kingfishers and Wagtails at work, whilst enjoying the sunset over a glass of wine or two . Beny Bocage is recommended for local bread and mini market , with plentiful shops and markets all within a 35 min. drive . All of Normandy,s numerous attractions are pretty much straightforward and simple to reach from the Gite , the A84 motorway being indispensable to covering ground quickly . The best restaurant selection is probably to be found in Bayeux and is well worth a visit . This is , after all , a country Gite and the surrounding hills are full of tracks and make for wonderful walks , ad hoc or organized , through ancient woodlands following the beautiful river - other more daredevil activities are also available a very short distance from the Gite ! Advice from Johnny and Lynn on all topics is key to a relaxed and wonderful stay , bijoux boutique hotel seekers best look elsewhere , but country lovers ; this is a must !

    Response to review:
    Thank you Andrew and Joan for your lovely review. So glad you liked the gite and the area. You were perfect guests and we hope to see you again in the not too distant future. Fondest regards. Johnny & Lynn

    Recommended for: Sightseeing and romantic getaway

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    Guest comments

    We had a wonderful time, the gite de parc was all we hoped for and much more. Whether early in the morning or late into the evening, the peacefulness and tranquility embrace you, and Johnny really made us feel at home. We will truly miss this place and hope to return some day soon. - Joan and Adam Maine USA.

    What can we say Johnny. The weather was brilliant during our 3 week stay, not to mention the food and wine. The gite is just perfect, a real suntrap ideal for long lazy days by the river. I think we'll be back next year. - Rod & Kate. Qatar.

    Cheers Johnny. This is a great place. Fantastic scenery, an abundance of wildlife. Great fishing. Very peaceful and tranquil. We've had a lovely time. - Michael, Clare and Ollie

    About the Owner

    Born and bred in Dublin but having lived in London for many years, I came across Le Moulin L'Eveque in late 2002 and fell in love with the place. I moved in in May 2003. I live on site and am always here to welcome visitors, so no looking for hidden keys is required! Happy to advise you where to source the best wines at the best prices and help you plan your holiday under all weather conditions, ie best places to go on a sunny day and some good indoor activities in case of rain.

    Year property purchased: 2003

    Why this location?

    Lower Normandy is a beautiful region and has a great motorway network providing links to all other regions of this vast country.

    What are the unique benefits of the property?

    Seemingly in the middle of nowhere, yet only 6 minutes from the underused motorway (except in August) you can actually be 60 miles away in an hour, from a standing start, without breaking any speed limits. This is a unique property with a history going back to 1308 and I will be happy to answer any questions over a glass of wine.

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