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Newly renovated cottage in large secluded garden on edge of forest

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,291 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Idyllic stone cottage with 3 bedrooms, large living room and huge garden in area of natural beauty.

Idyllic 200 year old stone cottage, set in 2 acres of fully enclosed gardens of lawn and trees in peaceful valley on edge of forest of St. Sever with only horses, trees and birds as neighbours. Camellia cottage has been converted to high modern standards while retaining all original features of oak beams and stone walls inside and out with a huge traditional Norman stone fireplace. It provides 3 comfortable bedrooms and bathroom on first floor over a large open plan living/dining room and kitchen. Within easy reach of sandy beaches around Granville, the D-day landing beaches, Mont St. Michel and Bayeaux. Nearest towns of St. Sever, Villedieu les Poeles and Vire offer excellent shopping and swimming pools while the countryside around is ideal for walking, cycling and bird watching from the hide on the nearby lake. Ideal for nature lovers of all ages. You will want to return again and again to this haven of natural peace and comfort.

susan whitby
Member since: 2010
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
2 April, 2017

About susan whitby

We bought the cottage 20 years ago as a ruin with a roof in a peaceful, magical setting , spent a few years renovating it part-time, living in a caravan, left it unfinished for a while and then properly converted it for letting 5 years ago. We live 20 minutes away.

Why susan whitby chose Vire area

We fell in love with its location and initially camped in the garden in tents and caravan while tending the grounds and pointing the stone walls of the building. It is very quiet with no neighbours or traffic and feels like a real secret garden on the edge of a wood, surrounded by trees, fields with horses and birds singing.

What makes this cottage unique

This is a truly magical place - people arrive tired and tense from their work and pressures of city life and after a few hours you can see the stress leave them as they sink into the amazing natural peace and calm of the expansive garden, surrounded by simple nature with trees swishing in the breeze and birds chirping. The house itself is simple, comfortable and spacious, made of exposed stone and oak beams with a well appointed kitchen, large dining and sitting area and comfortable beds.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Sarah & Chris: "What an absolutely amazing house and garden! It really is every bit as wonderful as the ad makes out! we especially liked the setting as it was a perfect place for cycling.

Sue , Kevin and family: "The cottage is absolutely gorgeous and the grounds are really fabulous! The kids have enjoyed the most wonderful freedom of 'their own' playground and our daughter is in heaven with our only neighbours being horses. It is a fabulous base to explore the many local attractions.

Rainbow family: With its rustic history and tranquility, surrounded by exquisite Norman countryside, the dawn chorus of birds help you rise and the soft hum of the wind through the trees aid a lazy evening. Camellia cottage has been the perfect idyll for a wonderfully relaxing holiday.

Avril & Dave : A gorgeous, very well equipped cottage in a wonderful setting.We counted 50 species of birds and the plants along the hedgerows were an added treat. What a wonderful place - we had a lovely time!
Jun 2010
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Le Gast in Calvados

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1291 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Family bathroom next to bedrooms on first floor with WC, basin and shower with seat plus a large baby bath which fits in the shower tray for babies and toddlers.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Cot
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Child Bed , Bunk beds
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: family bedroom with king size bed plus 3ft bed in large high beamed room. Bedroom 2: double bed with balcony doors overlooking the garden. Bedroom 3: two singles or as bunk beds in cosy bright room.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The house has been stunningly renovated leaving the original trusses and stone walls and ancient fire place, with a new timber first floor level for the bedrooms and bathroom, retaining the original rustic character. All rooms have electric radiators but for any cool summer evenings the huge wood burner should be more than adequate. With its lovely enclosed and secluded gardens in beautiful countryside, it provides the idyllic escape from the city and busy life with its peacful seclusion and absence of neghbours or passing cars. In order to maintain the perfect condition of the newly converted house and well maintained garden, smoking and animals are not allowed. Outside: The house is surrounded by a gravel terrace area with swing seat and recliners, BBQ and dining table with 7 chairs for meals outside in the sunshine. This is surrounded on two sides by the beautifully maintained two acre garden of mown grass and trees, fully enclosed by fence and hedges with an old orchard, kick-about area with huge climbing frame/swings and slide for under 12's, a 10' diameter trampoline and small field. The lawn in front of the house has a garden table and benches for meals in the shade of the trees and an above-ground splash pool in the summer months. All this is surrounded by woods and horse pastures with a small trout stream on one side and a very quiet country lane down another which forms part of a rural walk/cycle/riding route and has hardly any car use. The setting of this lovely cottage is truly exceptional and crying out to be enjoyed and appreciated by children and adults alike. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Pillows, duvets and bed linen provided, towels by arrangement. Linen is renewed and the house cleaned between lets though cleaning materials and equipment are provided and guests are asked to leave the house clean and tidy when they leave.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)


Fabulous cottage for a relaxing family holiday

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 4 (2 adults, a 4 year old and a 2 year old) enjoyed a wonderful, relaxing family holiday in this idyllic cottage and garden. In fact we had such a great time we've already booked again for next year!

The cottage has been beautifully restored. The downstairs open plan kitchen - dining - living area is great for family life, and the bedrooms are all very comfortable.

However the real jewel is the wonderful garden. There's so much room for the kids to run around in, lots of different areas to explore and play in, and a fun pool to cool off on hot days.

The cottage is in quite a rural location - there are no neighbours to worry about and you can't see any other buildings, so it's very peaceful... that is until the children take full advantage of being able to make as much noise as they like!

We highly recommend Camellia Cottage to anyone looking for a beautiful house, lots of space, and a relaxing rural location, while still not being too far from beaches or other sites.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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The perfect family cottage

  • 5 of 5

Camellia cottage is quite simply the best holiday home we have ever stayed at. The house has everything you could need, Susan and Jeremy were lovely and the garden had everything a 3 year old could wish for.

We enjoyed our stay so much that we have already booked again for this year.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Idyllic country house retreat

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a wonderful stay in this very well equipped cottage. The interiors are lovely and the kitchen has everything you could ask for. The garden is absolutely amazing, and was perfect for our one year old to explore and practice walking in. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The cottage is simply beautiful; I agree with a fellow reviewer, the photographs here do not do the cottage enough credit. The grounds are fantastic - especially for us having two toddlers, as there is nowhere to escape! Our boys loved the swings and the trampoline. The only single thing which would be of benefit for families with young children would be a stair gate at the top of the stairs. Thank you for all your advice and help Sue and Jeremy - we had a great, memorable holiday. Emma and family x

  • Review Submitted: Aug 7, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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Another super stay

  • 5 of 5

We had yet another superb weeks holiday here. We are a family of five - with three very small children (5,4&1) Cottage is safe modern and well equipped. The garden is beautiful a real slice of heaven. Only 40 minutes from some super beaches too.

We are booked again for next year!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 12, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Ideal family retreat

  • 5 of 5

My family and I had a wonderful two week holiday in Camelia cottage. The cottage itself was very comfortable and had everything you would need. The garden was totally breathtaking, so quiet and peaceful. My 3 boys aged 7, 5, and 20 months had a whale of a time cycling around, playing on the trampoline, and frog hunting, and because the garden was completely enclosed my husband and I could even relax with a book while the kids played.

Sue and Jeremy were very helpful with suggestions for places to visit, so our time was spent really well between enjoying the beautiful area and also relaxing at the cottage.

Thank you for a lovely holiday, we hope to visit again soon.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 26, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
15 Apr 2017 - 15 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
16 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
Bookings to be made by email or post. A £200 per week non-refundable deposit is required at time of booking with the balance plus a breakages and extra fuel deposit of £200 per week six weeks before arrival. The breakages deposit to be returned within 2 weeks of departure subject to the property being left in the clean and tidy condition you find it in less extra fuel cost or extra cleaning charge £25 if necessary. Payment can be by cheque or UK bank transfer in pounds or Euros at the current rate to be agreed.

Changeover Day:
Saturdays are the changeover day though outside the school holidays other arrangements may be possible.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in pounds though Euros at the going rate also acceptable. Reduced rate for two weeks or more or for couples outside school holidays. Gas provided free but an additional charge will be made for electricity used over basic allowance of 100 kw.hrs. An initial amount of fire wood is given and more can be provided at £8/load. Bed linen included and towels can be provided at extra cost. An extra charge of up to £25 will be made for cleaning if not left in the state you find it on arrival.

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