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Traditional Stone Cottage in Beautiful Lush Normandy Countryside

Bedrooms 3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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About the property

Holiday Cottage near Bayeux, Normandy, France - Wonderful Large Private Grounds, Just 10 Minutes From Historic Bayeux

Marcia is just 10 minutes by car from Bayeux. It is surrounded by lush green farmland, and is cosy and warm at any time of the year. It is a comfortable family home, well equipped for our own usage, with pictures, ornaments, and photographs. It is not a normal let. The cottage gives total home-from-home comfort to careful visitors, with sympathy and respect for owners' property. Originally two cottages, it has skilfully been made into one, re-roofed in 1995 under slate, and receives every care and attention. The rooms are all of a good size, and ideal for families or for 2 couples wishing to enjoy joint holiday. The garden has furniture, barbeque, and plenty of space for family outdoor games. There is an orchard of cider apple trees. Owners are on site during warmer months, for any assistance that is requested, but totally discreet otherwise. We are a bilingual couple, able to assist with such things as house purchase, or acquiring longer-term rental in the area.

Dawn Petts
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
10 February, 2017

About Dawn Petts

We are a retired couple who have been living in/visiting Normandy for many years. Jean is a French native having been born in St Lo and we met in Derbyshire in 1988. Jean has a brother and sister in Normandy. Our permanent home is in Derbyshire but we spend probably half of our time near to Bayeux. I am a retired Secondary school Head of Department and Mother to 6 boys, a family which includes 2 sets of twins and I am extremely proud of them. Jean is a widower, a retired University Lecturer, and linguist. Jean has 3 children, all successful business people. We are keen caravanners. I love my gardening, DIY, sewing and when I have time knitting too. Jean is at present learning Spanish, as we enjoy winter holidays in Spain and the Canaries. We look forward to further future travel.

Dawn Petts purchased this cottage in 1991

Why Dawn Petts chose Bayeux area

Jean already knew the area as he was born there. He also has a family home there not far from Port en Bessin, so soon after we met we purchased the cottage. When we purchased, the main bedroom was approached by a ladder and it had one basic bathroom downstairs. My eldest son knocked a hole in the wall upstairs, allowing us to access the main bedroom from the main stairs. We love the area because it is so green and lush. I enjoy it at any time of the year. The cottage is very much a family home and place where my 3 youngest children spent most of their school holiday time. A lot of changes have been made. At present I am working on the downstairs bathroom and next year I hope to start re modernising the kitchen. All our maintenance work is done during winter months, with family/friends.

What makes this cottage unique

The cottage is 10 minutes from centre of enormous historical and cultural interest. As well as this the area has wonderful beaches to offer for a really great summer family holiday. No where else can you see the Bayeux tapestry with such ease, explore the history of Bayeux and Caen, wander the streets of Bayeux, sample the many coffee shops and boutiques, or travel to see Mont St Michel, Arromanche, the American cemetery, the other landing beaches, Deauville and Trouville. Just a few examples of how interesting your holiday could be. The cottage is so very home from home and so very comfortable, with every convenience so you may just prefer to do very little. Certainly the garden at the cottage is just wonderful in the summer months. Great space for children. Hi-chair/cot available.


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(7 traveller reviews)


A lovely place

  • 4 of 5

The setting of this house is so lovely - you can hear the bells from the Abbey down the road and listen to the Owls at night. The garden is fabulous with plenty of space for children to play and adults to relax. The location is also great, being so close to Bayeux but feeling so remote. We loved our stay

I would make two comments however. The bathroom set up is quite unusual, being open to the bedroom and on view from the door. This did not worry us, but I know people who would struggle with the arrangement and I think it should probably be made clear. Also, lovely as the house itself is, it really needs a lot of the personal memorabilia to be removed in order for it feel comfortable as a holiday let.

Despite these two factors, we would recommend Marcia for a holiday (possibly not with small children)

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Highly recommend this property for a holiday!

  • 5 of 5

Having travelled to Normandy on several occasions and to date this is the best property that we have stayed in. The house is conveniently situated in a beautiful part of Normandy, close to Bayeux for The Tapestry, supermarkets and shopping. Not to distant are the WW2 sites i.e. D-Day landing beaches, Arromanche (Mulberry Harbour), Benouville (Pegasus bridge) and the military cemetaries (very emotional, especially if you are on a pilgrimage as we were).

Just down the road from Marcia there is the Abbey Mondaye, well worth a visit, the sound of the bells will draw you there.

The house is very comfortable set to a high standard with surrounding gardens and in an orchard in which the grand kids played and we relaxed.

Dawn and Jean, the house is a credit to your refurbishment programme and we thank you for your hospitality shown to us during our stay.

T C Scanes, Chelmsford, Essex.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great location, peaceful and charming

  • 4 of 5

Our family had a great stay at Marcia cottage. The location was perfect for visiting Bayeux and the Normandy Beaches with a young family- most sights were 20-30 mins by car. The owners were welcoming and knowledgable. Email communication was prompt and useful. We would recommend a visit here!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great location, charming and peaceful

  • 4 of 5

Our family had a great stay at Marcia cottage. The location was perfect for visiting Bayeux and the Normandy Beaches- most journeys took 20 mins by car. The owners were very welcoming and helpful and email communication and advise was prompt and useful. Recommended!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Saint Paul, MN

Staying at the Charming Marcia Cottage

  • 5 of 5

We recently stayed at the very charming "Marcia" and felt the need to express our gratitude for the comfort we were provided. We knew it was going to be pleasant, but didn't count on the wonderful sounds of nature: the mooing of the cows, the chirping of the birds and the ringing of the nearby Abbey bells! We loved the day we took a break from sight seeing and chose to stay around to enjoy the peace and beauty of the gardens and the walk down the lane to the Abbey. The proximity to Bayeaux is important as that city offers many wonderful dining, shopping, and sight seeing opportunities. It made for a nice change of scene from the solemnity of the WWII sites. We have wonderful memories.

Thank you for taking such good care of us!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lovely to read how much you enjoyed Marcia. We usually stay there only in winter when the whole ambience is changed....log fires, crisp mornings, bracing country walks. However, I am there right now for some painting job's, and loving every minute of these long warm relaxing days. Thank you for writing and we hope very much you or your family or friends will be here again. Dawn and Jean
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Marcia Cottage Stay

  • 5 of 5


Thank you for a very pleasant stay in Normandy. Everything was spotless and ready for us to enjoy on our arrival.

We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay and found your cottage was as we had planned … absolutely perfect for the places we planned to visit.

Whichever direction we headed off for our daily visits, we never had to travel more than 45-50 mins to reach one of our chosen WW2 sites.

The convenience of Bayeux, only 10-15 mins drive was excellent. There were different large supermarkets to choose from, as well as other smaller shops.

The Normandie War Museum and Bayeux War Cemetery are on the entry road to Bayeux from the cottage.

My daughters spent many happy hours playing in the gardens on the occasions that we stayed in and relaxed. They loved going out and playing badminton in the open space opposite the kitchen door.

Everyone enjoyed strolls around the Orchard and extensive gardens.

Sitting in the gardens and listening to the mix of wildlife and the feint sound of the bells ringing at the Abbey further along the lane, whilst sipping a cold drink was such a relaxing change from the hustle and bustle of regular life.

As well as thoroughly enjoying our visits to the historic sites we had planned, we were also very taken with Normandy in general and will definitely return in the future to continue this adventure.

Thank you once again and best wishes to you and your guests yet to come.

The Booth Family

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Booth family for these comments. We were delighted that you had enjoyed your stay, and also pleased that you found our home comfortable and welcoming. We love the cottage, and have had many happy hours in it, and gained in experiences from the constant D.I.Y. jobs we have done. If others are able to appreciate what the area and the cottage itself has to offer, we cound this as a huge bonus. Many thanks- Dawn
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Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £169

A 20% deposit required to make the booking. A rental agreement sent out upon receipt of the deposit. The balance required 21 days prior to holiday, and upon payment of balance final details are sent by return e-mail. A separate security payment of £200 is required at the time of balance payment, returned after visit/after inventory has been taken.

Cancellation policy:

59 days of arrival : full refund given
30 days of arrival : 50% refund given
2 weeks of arrival : no refund

Changeover Day:
Any day.

Winter stays by arrangement direct with owner only- minimum stay - one week.(end October through to May 1st)

Minimum 5 night stay.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Juaye-Mondaye in Calvados

Property Type:
  • cottage
Location Type:
  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Telephone
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • En suite bathroom to bedroom one has bath, shower over, glass screen, basin and toilet. Cream tiled flooring and white wall tiles. Downstairs there is a shower room decorated in lemon and white, with basin and toilet. Traditional Noron tiled floor.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has a queen sized bed and pine matching furniture. Bedroom 2 has twin 3' beds with chest of drawers, and hanging space. Bedroom 3 has stacker beds, making ideal single room, but forming 2 x 3' singles when needed. Chest of drawers and hanging.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Barbecue
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The property is very suitable for younger children. Parents of older children may have to be prepared to drive for any night-life. There is a satellite TV in the lounge, and DVD player underneath. There is a small selection of films available, on loan for your holiday. Plenty of games and jig-saws are provided for family activity, and holiday bonding. From winter 2014 I will not rent during winter. Outside: The garden is child-proof, having hedges all around. Oceans of space for running around. Garden furniture for 6 visitors, recliners and cushions. Gas barbecue or traditional,whichever you prefer. Wood for log burner indoors is provided only between October and April. Gravel driveway gives ample parking for cars, but in any case, the orchard is accessible and any number of cars can be parked here. The lane outside is a country lane on which some, but not much, traffic travels. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen is included in the price. All towels for the bathroom are included. Towels and tablecloths, napkins, and T towels are included. We do not supply towels for using on the beach. For visitors staying 2 weeks servicing of property available weekly. Other: Kitchen is modern and just completed, with every facility for those who enjoy cooking. Such items as soup tureens, fish kettles, electric slow cookers, food mixer, are all available. Pine table + 6 chairs, plenty of work surface.

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