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Modernised Stone Cottage in Beautiful Suisse Normande

Bedrooms 3
Separate WCs1
Space 269 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage near Clecy, Calvados, Normandy, - Hilltop Location in Rural Surroundings

This is a rural location in a small hamlet, ideal for those who want peace and beauty yet with easy access to activities and sightseeing. Just below the house there are walking and cycle trails. The whole property also contains the owner's house, several outbuildings, a garden and two fields where Shetland ponies are grazed. It is all securely enclosed so safe for dogs or children. The cottage itself is traditional, but has all modernised features including electric radiators for controlled heat in every room. Access to the first floor is by a spiral stair so may not be suitable for very elderly or infirm guests. The cottage is rustic in style with beams but the ceilings are high enough for everyone.

There are three bedrooms that sleep 8 people, and the facilities have been renocated this year to provide one full bathroom with bath/shower, washbasin and toilet, one separate WC with hand basin and an ensuite shower to the main bedroom. So even if you are in a large family or grup of 8, you should never have to wait for the bathroom!

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About Us

Jenny Ranson
Le Chenai, 14690 Le Bo
14690 Calvados
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Jenny Ranson
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Jenny Ranson

I retired 8 years ago after thirty years in media as a TV journalist, video producer and university lecturer. I was privileged to work in Bosnia for almost ten years, helping reconstruct their TV system after the war. I spent three of those years as Chief Executive of the first postwar national TV network in the country.

Now I love the peace and quiet of the Normandy countryside, occupying myself looking after my animals (ponies and cats) and spending time with the good friends I have made here. I also volunteer at the local cat shelter. The gite gives me a steady stream of new friends, some of whom have made return visits.

I enjoy my flower and vegetable gardens and guests last year benefited from good crops of beans, courgettes and strawberries! And there is lots of fruit to share

Jenny Ranson purchased this cottage in 2006

Why Jenny Ranson chose Le Bô

It was always my dream to live in France - I fell in love with the country and culture when I was fifteen. And I also loved the Bosnian mountains and rivers when I was working there. This part of Normandy is as close as I could get to finding that here. I have space and safety for my cats and ponies, far from any main road but only five minutes from the shops and bars of Clecy. The house is surrounded by fields and forest, with a small lane giving access to the hamlet, which only has eight houses. At the same time, I am only thirty five minutes from Caen, which has all the delights and amenities of a big city, and fifty minutes from the ferry port of Ouistreham, so there is no long drive this side of the Channel. Paris is only two hours away by train.

What makes this cottage unique

When I first came here, I lived in what is now the rental cottage for a year while I did up the adjacent barn, and then switched so that the cottage is now for rent and I live next door. The cottage still has all the conveniences and equipment that anyone could need - I lived in it and I know.

The house is at the top of the hamlet, so has the best views over the valley. It is south facing and enjoys sun all day long, though there is shade in the garden. There is no through traffic and only the singing of the birds and the frogs to wake you up in the morning!

Children love the ponies, swing set and paddling pool. There is plenty of room to play football or boules, and many wonderful walks that start from the house, over hills and through the forest.

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Comfort, and a beautiful and peaceful setting. The superbly equipped gite has everything we look for in holiday accommodation. In two weeks, we have experienced only a fraction of what Normandy has to offer. We'll be back!' ((Helen and Chris, N Yorks)
Mar 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Le Bô in Calvados

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 269 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet
    Bathroom 3 - Shower Enclosure , This shower is accessed from main bedroom
  • The main bathroom is on the first floor and has bath with shower, toilet and basin. There is a heated radiator/towel rail. Next to it there is a separate toilet with hand basin and mirror - ideal for shaving if the main bathroom is occupied. The main bedroom has a new ensuite shower
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , This is a small room with fullsize bunk beds
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Cot , 2 Sofa bed/Futon , Twin beds plus sofabed with pullout bed beneath
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , Ensuite shower
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6/8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 has a double bed and large wardrobe, with views out across the valley. A new ensuite shower has just been added. Bedroom 2 has bunk beds and a large wardrobe. Bedroom 3 is a large attic room with twin beds and a studio couch with pull-out bed beneath.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The cottage is centrally heated, but in Summer there are portable heaters and fans available if needed. There is constant hot water. Children and pets are welcome and the staircase and windows are railed in. A stair gate is available for extra safety. There is a pond in the garden, so toddlers should be supervised outside. There is a fence and gates, so it is safe for well-behaved dogs to be let out on the property. As the owner has cats and horses it may not be suitable for those with allergies to animal hair. Outside: There is a lawned area of the garden which is for the private use of guests, with table, recliner chairs and benches. There is also a gravelled area with private BBQ and dining facilities. Children have a swing set and a toddler paddling pool. Guests are welcome to help with the ponies! I have two adult mountain bikes available for guests' use. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, bed and table linen are included and there are spares available. The property is cleaned weekly, more often on request.


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Modernised Stone Cottage in Beautiful Suisse Normande
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 19 reviews
McLaren Vale,south australia

Beautiful location..lovely gite

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed our stay here. Jenny is an interesting person and we were amazed at her stories. She has a menagerie of animals..3 shetlands, 1 nanny goat, 1 horse, Honey the dog, Belle the cat and another 8 cats who lived inside Jenny's house. All or most were rescue animals.

Our gite was lovely and suited us well. The location was perfect for day visits to Caen, Falaise, Clecy and Beuvron en Ange (well worth a visit)

  • Review Submitted: 27-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to meet you and explain a little about our part of Normandy! I am glad you enjoyed your stay.
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Bury, near Manchester

A lovely cottage in a beautiful location

  • 5 of 5

Even with the owner's detailed (and accurate) instructions, we had some difficulty finding the location. Fortunately Jenny was at home when I telephoned and talked us in. We were immediately impressed by the lovely garden with its mature trees and shrubs and a highly vocal variety of bird life going about their business. The cottage itself is charming externally, comfortable and fully-equipped inside. The ground floor is a generously-proportioned kitchen/living room with full-size appliances including washing machine and dishwasher. Plenty of crockery and utensils. Everything was properly clean and tidy. A rather tight wooden spiral staircase (possibly difficult for any less nimble visitors) leads to the first floor where there are two bedrooms (not over-large), one with double bed and en-suite shower the other with bunk beds. There is a large modern bathroom (excellent shower over bath) with loo and washbasin and a separate loo next to that - very useful in all sorts of circumstances. More spiral stairs lead to the attic room, a large space containing beds enough for four plus a cot. There is adequate storage and plentiful towels etc. Back down on the ground floor, the flat-screen tv has access to British FreeSat as well as the full range of French programmes. WiFi works well throughout the house. There are plenty of books for reading and a range of local guides and maps. Effective electric heaters are situated in all rooms and we did have to make use of the downstairs ones on a couple of cool evenings. The cottage is located in a quiet little hamlet at the end of a lane and with no traffic passing; the only sounds we heard in a week (apart from all those birds) was the occasional lawnmower or visitor's car arriving. It is about ten or fifteen minutes drive to Clécy or a bit more to Pont d'Ouilly, both attractive villages containing a range of bars, restaurants, shops and friendly locals. There are waymarked footpaths (and cycle paths) from the gate and a lot of the walking offers spectacular views. Jenny keeps several ponies, a goat, a dog and a number of cats; they are all friendly - but this is not a place for anyone who dislikes having animals close by. The garden itself, partly gravelled, contains two tables, with chairs and umbrellas, and a portable barbecue. We thoroughly enjoyed our week here and will certainly be back....

  • Review Submitted: 20-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a full and positive review! I do hope you come back and the garden should be even better when I have finished the remodelling!
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Excellent, warm welcome, lovely location with lots to do for the family a short distance away

  • 5 of 5

Jenny the owner made us so welcome, the ponies, dog and cats added so much to the children's enjoyment. The house had everything we needed, there are beautiful cliff side walks on your door step and Le Vey (10 mins in the car) with its riverside cafes, water and children's activities and Falaise (25 mins) with its impressive Castle and enjoyable Aqua swimming centre. Lots too for the more adventurous with climbing, zip wire etc. I would definitely return and will be telling our friends about it.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to meet you all and to share my love of this area. I do hope you will return one day.
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A beautiful stone cottage, well equipped, comfortable, rural, but easy to get to many historic sites

  • 5 of 5

When you first arrive thru the gates Le Chenai enfolds you in charm and timelessness. Lovely gardens and Bonaparte the handsome feline greeter. Jenny Ranson, our hostess was warm in her welcome and thorough in showing all the amenities of the cottage. We had also asked her some questions about things of special interest to us and she had researched and printed the information for us. We went to the events she found and had a great time. Every day staying at Le Chenai was a joy, the environs are spectacular and it was easy to sightsee in many directions as you made your way out each day. Then you came home to charm and peace and the musical chorus of birds. Lovely well equipped kitchen to cook in, comfortable sofas and beds, what more could one ask for? Jenny had most thoughtfully left us a welcoming bottle of wine which we shared sitting at a table in the garden surrounded by flowers.....perfection. I have always enjoyed renting a gite but I loved renting Le Chenai and would recommend it most highly, cannot wait to return.

  • Review Submitted: 25-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always a pleasure to help guests enjoy our region as much as I do. There are so many things to do that there is always something to suit everyone. And it is extra nice when you can find something special that visitors really appreciate.
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Beautiful Suisse Normande

  • 5 of 5

Very nice place to stay with beautiful views of Suisse Normande.

Jenny the owner is a lovely person and very helpful and always on hand to help in anyway she can. We all said we didn't want to go home and thought we could sneak back in when Jenny wasn't looking.

Lots of outdoor activities to do and places to visit or just sit back and enjoy the view.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You will always be welcome back. A week is not long enough to sample everything on offer here, though I must say you had a good go at the outdoor activities! Thank you for being lovely guests, and leaving the house in such a pristine condition. It is always a pleasure to help people who are so enthusiastic.
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Short stay holiday

  • 4 of 5

Lovely place to stay jenny very helpful with local info suggesting place to go. Lots of things to do and not far to go.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing to stay with us, and I am pleased you had a good time. I hope you will come back some time and see it at its best when all the renovation work is finished.
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Nearest Airport
30 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
La Dame Blanche
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Flers or Caen
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
A13 or A88
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
La |Route des Crepes
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Car: necessary


The Normandy beaches, for historical and leisure interest, are about 45 minutes away, where you can find wide golden sandy beaches for fun, as well as the WW11 landing sites. It is also possible to do a day trip to Mont St Michel which is about 2 hours drive.


The nearest airports are Caen Carpiquet, 45 minutes drive, or Deauville, an hour and a quarter. It is not recommended to come without your own transport, whether car or bike as it is a 25 minute walk to the nearest shop or bus. The nearest channel port is Caen. Ouistreham, 50 minutes drive. From Cherbourg or Le Havre it is around 90 minutes and Calais is 3 hours away. Paris is about 2-3 hours depending on conditions and route.


The nearest village with shops is Clecy, 5 minutes by car and 20 minutes walk along a beautiful clifftop path above the river Orne. For bigger and better shops and a supermarket Thury-Harcourt is 12 minutes by car. The city of Caen is 30 minutes away.

Further Details:

It is an ideal area for activity holidays, including mountain biking, horse riding, walking, rock climbing, kayaking and canoeing. All these are available within a few minutes' drive or even in walking distance. For experienced horse riders who want to try something new, we have an arrangement with a local equestrian centre who specialise in Western riding and can offer trial sessions or trail rides on superb western trained horses at very reasonable rates.

There is also a marvellous health spa only 3 minutes way, with saunas, Turkish bath, massage and aromatherapy facilities, all set in an historical building. There are colourful local markets as well as shops and banks in Conde sur Noireau, Caen and Falaise. For eating out, there are many restaurants and bars along the local river, or on the coast near Caen. Sightseeing can include the Normandy landing beaches and associated museums and cemeteries, the chateaux of William the Conqueror at Falaise and Caen, a Roman villa at Vieux and the cities of Caen, Bayeux and Rouen.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Le Bô, Lower Normandy

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
early summer 2018
21 Apr 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
summer 2018
30 Jun 2018 - 17 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
special rate
18 Aug 2018 - 24 Aug 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
late summer 2018
25 Aug 2018 - 7 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
autumn 2018
8 Sep 2018 - 20 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £43.99
Pet Fee £0
Stay tax £0.22 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 13 years.

Booking Notes:
Booking can be done by email or telephone. A deposit of 20% is required at the time of booking and the balance is payable four weeks before arrival.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is preferable change-over. Departure should by 11 AM and arrival after 3PM, though this is all negotiable.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week/night in euros. For two week bookings a discount of 10% is offered for the second week. Out of main season the cottage is available on a nightly basis (with a minimum of two nights stay), on a pro rata system based on the weekly rate. Long term lets are negotiable.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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