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Modernised Stone Cottage in Beautiful Suisse Normande

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
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
VAT Reg No

Jenny Ranson
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
12 April, 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 4.8 based on 16 reviews

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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Lovely and well equipped in a fantastic location

  • 5 of 5

We spent a wonderful week here. Five of us, 3 adults and two children, comfortably accommodated in a very well equipped and beautifully maintained cottage.

Jenny was on hand to advise on the area and where to go.

In particular we loved "La Guingette" on Monday night at Pont d'Ouilly. You must walk across the rocks to Clecy and for those of an adventurous disposition the Via Ferrata climb and zip wire are fantastic.

The house itself is quietly located but provides easy access to a wide range of activities and days out that we could not possibly cover in one trip. Bateaux and the D Day beaches are an easy hours drive away.

There are a good range of restaurants in nearby Clecy as well as the immaculate Creperie situated in La Pommeraye serving a range of tasty crepes.

The kids loved staying here, making friends with the ponies and other animals (one of the cats in particular), and enjoyed riding both here and at a ranch recommended to us by Jenny.

A lovely and relaxing week. Thank you very much!

  • Review Submitted: 30-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for a lovely review. It was a great week for me too, meeting you all and I enjoyed helping the children with their riding. I hope you decide to make a second trip here.
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A relaxed and well equipped cottage in rural paradise

  • 5 of 5

We received a very warm welcome with refreshments and flowers from the garden on arrival. The owner of the property could not be more friendly and helpful. She arranged horse riding for us and was able to advise us on where to eat, how to obtain a fishing permit etc. nothing was too much trouble. We used her high chair and travel cot for our one year old and she even offered to babysit. The cottage is well equipped with a comfortable lounge, kitchen and dining table downstairs and three bedrooms, bathroom, shower room and loo upstairs. We enjoyed talking to the resident goat, ponies, cats and dog and listening to the dawn chorus of the birds every morning. During a day of beautiful weather we sat outside at the large outdoor table and enjoyed a delicious al fresco lunch, whilst admiring the view. It's a beautiful part of France and the cottage is in a very peaceful part of the Suisse Normande, situated at the end of a no through road. We couldn't hear any traffic noise. Bliss! We could park right outside the door on the gated driveway, which was perfect as we had lots of baby equipment to heave in and out of the car every day. A very enjoyable stay indeed.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for choosing to spend your holiday with me. It was delightful to meet you and I hope you will come back and experience more of what our region has to offer.
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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
Easter 2018
30 Mar 2018 - 20 Apr 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
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 £43.83
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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