Villagehouse in St. Sever-Calvados, Nr. Vire, Calvados, Normandy - Quiet, walk to everything the village offers
A romantic villagehouse just steps to the main square. Spread over three floors, the house offers privacy but with easy access to all village amenities. It is tastefully decorated and quite functional. It is an ideal base for touring Normandy and Brittany for vacationing or house hunting.
We purchased out gite in 2008 after retiring from Canada. Kathy, has a very creative streak and has utilized this to make the place your "home away from".
Stay with us. You'll see it is a great little hideaway.
Top Traveller Review
About the Owner
We are a English Canadian couple retired and living in Calvados. I spent my last working years as a College Professor teaching Tourism and Hospitality subjects. My wife Kathy, after retirement started staging homes to prepare them for sale. We are three here in Calvados, the third being our "teacup" Toy Poodle, Paschat who rules he roost.
Guestbook comments from the owner
"thoroughly enjoyed our stay, great location" S.H.,Oxford
"clean, comfortable with great ambiance" P.F. Nottingham
.."delightful cottage, we'll be back" Bev. F., St. Albans
.." just like to say thank you for letting us use your lovely house. We had a great time and the village of St Sever-Calvados was exactly right." Kerry W.
"Just wanted to thank you for a lovely stay in your townhouse in St Sever, we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday." Andy and Jackie
4.5 based on 12 holidaymaker reviews
Myself and my husband stayed at the gite in late August 2016. Really impressed with the quality of the accommodation and location. No points of interest that we wanted to visit were further than an hours drive away. Support running up to, during and after our stay have been perfect. Would not hesitate to recommend.
Perfect French cottage for a relaxing vacation
We wanted a French living experience and Gwen Cameron Cottage fit the bill perfectly. We arrived to a warm welcome by Richard as well as a gift of bread, eggs, cheese and wine! What more could anyone want! Parking was close and easy...no worries at all. The location was central to many wonderful places all within about an hour and the roads were a joy to travel. To name a few, we visited the D-Day beaches, Mont St. Michel. St. Malo, Bayeau and a bell foundry. Best of all, we visited small villages and soaked in the Normandy air. The cottage became our home very quickly. It had all the conveniences that we needed for our week's stay and one of the most comfortable beds of our whole trip. We would highly recommend this location to anyone.
Wet but wonderful
It was great to enjoy this French way of living in the rural area of St Sever. The cottage was exactly as described and perfect for us two. We slept so well after busy days visiting all the wonderful tourist sights - Bayeux, Mont Saint-Michel etc.
Richard is a great ambassador for the cottage and local knowledge.
It was disappointing that it rained heavily most of the week so we hope to return again and see everything in the sunshine.
charming character cottage, very well equipped.
the cottage was very welcoming after busy days sight seeing, and is a great base for visiting many different areas around, such as Le Mont St Michel, Jouillevile and Granville.
The cottage was immaculate upon arrival.
Very easy to get too and only 10 minutes from Vire or Villedou in either direction.
Sleeps 4 people comfortably with two at the top floor and two on the middle floor.
Kitchen had all the things needed for self-catering and a supermarket is about 3 minute walk. nearest bar is just over the road. the village is quite small and inactive, the abbey and gardens are lovely and well kept.
Very warm welcome from Richard and a nice fresh baguette and local cheese and eggs along with a bottle of wine, very nice after a long days travel.
negatives, just the lack of WiFi really. i was able to get a 3G signal, but roaming is expensive.
If staying in a cottage and seeing the surrounding areas is your thing, then i can certainly recommend this one.
Good base easy to find
Cottage is well equiped for a couple, and came with a welcoming snack pack of excellent local wine, fresh cheese, butter and bagette. We were met and welcomed by Richard who is a mine of information on the local area and parts beyond. He could not have been more helpful. Free parking was available in the village nearby, but we scored parking two doors down with the delightful old Mme in her private yard area. Bayeux and the D Day Landings Normandy beaches, Dinan, St Malo and Mt St Michel are all easy drives on good roads from here. Good restaurant selection for French based food if you look for it in Vire, 10/15 minutes drive away. Great seafood on the wharf at Granville. All close. This is a good base for these activities. G&G AUSTRALIA
Great, as always
My daughter and I have stayed here several times and when I managed to take a few days off at short notice, it was my first choice.
It's always clean and welcoming (a special thanks to Richard for the warm welcome and for the butter / eggs / wine & cheese that were waiting for us!) And apologies to Richard that we arrived just before dinner time on your Anniversary, but thank you for coming out to meet us and help us in with the bags all the same!
The property is well equipped and ideally situated for all of the things that you could want to do and visit in Lower Normandy, whether places like Villedieu-les-Poeles on the doorstep or places like Bayeux, Granville or Mont-St-Michel, an hour or so drive away. And there's always more to discover - we visited Champrepus Zoo this time and had a great time feeding popcorn to the pygmy goats. :)
So thanks again, to David, Kathy and Richard (and to Richard's wife - apologies again for giving Richard an excuse to get out of kitchen duties on your Anniversary, lol).
In summary, we had a great time and will definitely be returning.
From the Owner
“Why we chose France over Florida. We really wanted a chance to see Europe. We like the way of life in France, the pace and the people. In terms of value, France is way ahead of the "Sunshine State". no hurricanes! We bought Gwen Cameron Cottage our townhouse in early 2008 and named it after our two eldest children. We operated a B and B in Ontario, Canada for a number of years. Since both of us spent many years in the hotel industry we wanted to continue the "tradition" here in Normandy. Not sure if we would enjoy living here we purchased our love nest. It was no surprise that we soon found out we did and eventually bought another house to live in. So now is your chance to experience St. Sever. Easy access to towns and attractions. We know you'll enjoy the experience.”
Activity and Interests
Special interest holidays:
Equestrian school and horses for hire just 5 minutes. Riding trails in the Forest of Saint-Sever.
Coast and Beach experiences
• Unspoilt beaches can be reached in a little over an hour by car- Jouilliville.
• Granville, with it's beautiful coastal walk and seafood restaurants.
• Don't miss the D-Day beaches: Juno, Sword and Omaha.
• Stunning Mont St Michel is a fabulous day trip destination.
• Walk to Mont St Michel with a guide from the beach at Genets
• Picturesque Honfleur with it's pretty harbour:
Caen..Ferry Port 1 hour
Cherbourg .. Ferry Port 1.5 hours
St.Malo.. 1.5 hours
Dinard (for Ryan Air) 1.5 hours
Granville 40 minutes
After Caen, the autoroutes are toll free. The smaller local roads expose you to the real Normandy.
Mont Saint Michel, a UNESCO heritage site: 64km
Bayeux Tapestry, UNESCO site, with a great Cathedral: 75km
Villedieu les Poeles, the copper town, with a great market on Mondays: 12 km
Vire has a thriving Friday market: 12km.
Flers with it's cathedral which has stunning stained glass windows, markets- Wednesday and Saturday: 29km.
Domfront, historic old town with a ruined castle: 42km.
Bagnoles de l'Orne, a spa town: 62km.
Juno Beach, 49 km
Sword Beach, 44 km
Omaha Beach 49 km
Markets are still very much alive in France. Here are a few- St.Sever, Saturday,Vire, on Friday. Villedieu on Tuesday.Saint Sever offers 2 boulanger, 2 traiteur, a green grocer as well as a nice compact Le Carrefour ( open 7 days). In Vire you will find a LeClerc, a large Carrefour, as well as a Lidl and Aldi. Credit Agricole wit a bank machine is on the village high street. There are several doctors as well.
In addition, Vide greniers (tag sales, car boot sales, yard sales, et al) are great places to meet people and get great bargains.
Delicious “croissants” and “baguettes” can be bought from the two boulangeries in the village, 30 second walk away. There is a small Carrefour selling seasonal produce, a boucherie and delicatessen. There is a bank and pharmacie in the village, and if you fancy a coffee or a “ petit sieze” then try the Bar de Bocage, 100 metres away. .
If you want to eat out in the evening you have a choice of restaurants and small bistros. Le Vrai Normande, in Vire offers traditional Normandy cuisine. La Robberie, with it's lively informal atmosphere, offers a more cosmopolitan menu. Le Pied dans La Bouche, in Fontenermont just a 5 minute drive offers a variety of regional dishes.
Cider and Calvados are produced in the area and can be bought from local producers.
The brocantes (antique shops) are very interesting places to visit for an afternoon. the local brocante in St. Sever has over 1500m square feet of antiques for sale, everything from religious artifacts to walnut and chestnut furniture dating from the early 19th century. St. Sever Forest has hiking trails, small lake, a hermitage, (new this year, a Vita Parcours).
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Bookings can be made by telephone or email. If you chose to call us please remember that we are 5 hours behind UK time in Canada. SKYPE us at "paschat2". A contract and 50 euro deposit is required at the time of booking and the final balance is due 4weeks before arrival. Last minute bookings can be arranged. There are no pets allowed at the cottage with the exception of guide dogs. We do this transaction through PayPal.
Saturday is our day of arrival, however this is flexible depending on bookings and season. We offer short breaks of 3 days(contact us for details) . Departure time is 10.00am and arrival time is 4.00 and 5:00 p.m. You will be met personally.
Notes on prices:
Prices are quoted in Euros are for 7 continuous nights. Discounts for long winter lets. Minimum stay of 3 nights is available. Please contact us directly. Children (12-16) are charged 9 euros for linen. Extra person (17+)charge of 60 Euros per 7 night stay. From the end of October through the end of May, there is a consumption charge of 18 centimes per kwh for electricity for electrical usage over 8 kilowatt hours.This can be paid to our manager upon departure.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
- 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
- Available arrival
From the Owner
“This is our home in the heart of the village, yet out of the way. Quiet! Wonderful vistas over the chimney tops. We have many friends in the village. You can walk to the Forest of St. Sever in 5 minutes or in 60 seconds you can be sitting at the cafe/bar enjoying a latte or a beer and people watching. Many of our guests comment on the location and the ability to walk to all amenities. They also comment on the decor (Kathy's) and how homely it is. Make our home your home for you holidays!”
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- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Dining Area
- Satellite / Cable
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- non smoking only
- not suitable for children
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- bird watching
- horse riding
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- 65 m²
- Toilet 1 - Toilet
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower
- En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with bath, shower head and w/c Separate W/C
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2/4 (1 Bedroom + Sofa bed) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed Living Room with queen size sofa bed.
- Notes on accommodation: The heating is electric with heating panels in each room. The house is not suitable for young children under 12. . Outside: There are garden chairs outside for your use. There is no garden however the "local" is a short hop away and it is usually full most evenings from June to October. Parking is with our neighbour Madame Lemonnier or in the village square just under the clock tower ( a short 100 meter dash) Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: We provide towels and linens. The property is cleaned after each stay. We ask that you maintain and keep the house clean during your stay and leave it as you found it. Should you wish to have the gite cleaned by us upon departure please ad 40 euros.