Le Gite De Cadran Solaire ( 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8)
The gite de Cadran Solaire, which sleeps up to 9 people, has breathtaking river and valley views, it's own private garden and off road parking. Ground floor entrance from the patio to large fully fitted kitchen with large farmhouse table & american fridge, washing machine,dish washer and everything needed for food preparation and consumption. Upstairs to bedroom 1, furnished with a double & a single bed. Superb views from here.Adjacent is the main bathroom. Corridor to bedroom 2 with double bed, WC and vanity unit. is the living room,equipped with satellite color TV with all main English channels, 2 black leather sofas and CD/tape/radio player. Through to bedroom 3, the kids room, with bunk beds and a sofa bed, and a vanity unit. From this bedroom stairs lead down to a shower room with shower and wash hand basin, corridor to an outside door. This house has been extensively renovated during April and May 2011, the kitchen, the main bathroom and bedroom 3 all being brand new.
Le moulin l'Eveque 3 cottages
Three traditional modernised Normandy cottages in 3 hectares of lush watermill setting. The cottages are sympathetic conversions of old stone outbuildings, all fully equipped for the perfect self catering holiday. The Calvados region of Normandy is ideal for rambling, fishing, back-to-nature, family holidays. The banks of the River Vire are perfect for peaceful walks, fishing, renewal and rejuvenation. Within easy reach of many of the fabulous Normandy and Brittany beaches, the Medieval town of Bayeux and charming fishing village Honfleur and millionaires' Deauville. Historic towns such as Mont St Michel, Flers. Parks, chateaux, shops, markets, golf courses, horse riding, fishing and sailing are all local. Campeaux is a great launching pad for exploring the Calvados and Normandy region. The Vire Valley offers a landscape of rolling hills and occasional gorges, local cider and of course its Calvados.
Top Traveller Review
A little slice of heaven........
About the Owner
About The Owner
Born and bred in Dublin but having lived in London for many years, I came across Le Moulin L'Eveque in late 2002 and fell in love with the place. I moved in in May 2003. I live on site and am always here to welcome visitors, so no looking for hidden keys is required! Happy to advise you where to source the best wines at the best prices and help you plan your holiday under all weather conditions, ie best places to go on a sunny day and some good indoor activities in case of rain.
The Owner purchased this cottage in 2003
Why The Owner chose Calvados
Lower Normandy is a beautiful region and has a great motorway network providing links to all other regions of this vast country.
What makes this cottage unique
Seemingly in the middle of nowhere, yet only 6 minutes from the underused motorway (except in August) you can actually be 60 miles away in an hour, from a standing start, without breaking any speed limits. This is a unique property with a history going back to 1308 and I will be happy to answer any questions over a glass of wine.
Visitors are advised to take out travel insurance in the event of being unable to travel.
Changeover day is normally Saturday, but in quieter weeks this can be flexible. Just ask if you wish to make a midweek booking. Arrival time is after 3pm and departure is around 10am.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the properties per week in UK pounds.
(15 traveller reviews)
A little slice of heaven........
What a beautiful location.The river,cottages and gardens made for a stunning sight -cherry blossom, camellias, lilac - just glorious. We were lucky with the weather too- many al fresco meals on our little patio overlooking the mill and river. Johnny and Lynn were most helpful without being intrusive -nothing was too much trouble. The village of Le Beny-Bocage has everything you need, including butcher,bakers (2) , pharmacy,well-stocked greengrocer, a small 'Poste' bar and a pizza restaurant!We took our dog and there is a very convenient vet in the next village - Beaulieu - that happily did the required Pet Passport work for 30 euros. We spent 11 days lazing around and enjoying the magical location. It should have been ten days but we (I!) messed up our booking - forgetting that we should have been leaving on the Tuesday .I was mortified but Johnny and Lynn were so kind and very relaxed about the mistake.Of course it helped there was no-one due in immediately after us but they were very generous in allowing us to stay on the extra night.John loved the fishing, Griff,our dog, loved the river and Lynn's dog Az (as well as pinching Lynn's laundry!) and I just loved it all.
Great holiday in superb accomm in fab location.
By the end of our stay, we had visited the pretty nearby villages of Campeaux and Le Beny Bocage, and walked AND cycled (brilliant bikes provided by Johnny and Lynn) more than we'd ever done before. (The nearby bungee-jumping facility, in a lovely park which also has various children's activities is only open Easter – Sept.) This helped to actually reduce my circumference, despite the delicious food in the local restaurants (details provided by Johnny) and the splendid meals my Better Half prepared in the gite's extremely well-appointed kitchen (while the kids and I built up our appetites on the table tennis table in the splendid 'shed' / playroom)
All in all, we were delighted with the atmosphere of the place, hosts who responded to any needs we had (mostly in the form of guidance on where to go and what to see), REALLY peaceful surroundings (no pre- or post-Christmas sales crowds there!) and telling the time by the sundial (Our cottage/mansion is called Gite de Cadran Solaire). Heaven AND bliss!
I won't just tell my friends about this jewel: I'll bring them there. We were so content at Le Moulin L'Eveque (meaning the Bishop's Mill and it has a magnificently beautiful ancient water-wheel) that we never made it to the WW2 Normandy Landing beaches, so we'll be back for that trip among many other untried activities within half an hour's scenic drive, which include horse riding, sailing, wind surfing, fishing, golf, zoos (!)and an aquarium. The charges are extremely reasonable for such luxury AND there are so many free extras that it really provides supreme value.
All Johnny and Lynn's claims on Le Moulin L'Eveque's website were over-exceeded by the reality. The facilities (kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms)were well furnished, clean and comfortable and we'll never sleep as well again until we've got Egyptian cotton on our beds at home!
Perfect rural retreat
Le Moulin l'Eveque is a delightful location beside the river with three gites to choose from. It is in a perfect position for visiting the Normandy landing beaches and Bayeux easily and as it is in easy reach of the auto-route it is also good for travelling to places further afield. We enjoyed our week finding plenty to do without travelling very far and we also relished an afternoon, or two, just sitting watching the river flow by and spotting the wildlife ... including kingfishers.
This visit we stayed in Le Gite De Cadran Solaire, a very spacious house with an excellently equipped kitchen, a bathroom with a lovely shower, an extremely comfortable bed and plenty of space. As there were only the two of us we did not use all the facilities but there is ample accommodation for up to 8 people. Previously we have stayed in the smallest property which is also extremely well equipped and very cosy. The entire property is well maintained and clean.
Our hosts, Johnny and Lynn, were very welcoming and friendly. They are ready to offer advice if required and always ready to chat and share a laugh without being intrusive.
We would have no hesitation in recommending this property to friends and relatives, and have already done so!
Perfect family escape
We have just returned from a week at Le Moulin l'Eveque. We stayed in the biggest Gite which has three bedrooms and comes with its own outdoor space including a charcoal BBQ and loungers. Come the afternoon the garden is a sun trap and a great spot to relax after a days sightseeing. We found the Gite to be perfect for our stay. We are a family of four (2 adults, 2 kids ages 9 and 6), my sister and fiancé joined us from Australia as well and our dog Alfie. The Gite accommodated us perfectly and there was plenty of chairs around the table (both indoor and outside) and in the lounge room for everyone. The kitchen has everything you could possibly need - just remember to bring enough food and drinks for your first night or two as there wasn't much open in the little town on Saturday. The main bathroom has a great shower (with massage option but no bath). There is also another shower room and one of the bedrooms has an ensuite toilet. Both Johnny and Lyn were fantastic hosts and gave us lots of great tips for day trips and eating out. Definitely check out The Viaduct (about 10 min drive from the Gite) which has lots of adrenalin activities including bungee jumping, high swings, a luge and other activities for the whole family. If you have a dog with you can even walk up to the lower area of The Viaduct in about an hour from the Gites just ask your hosts for directions. My daughters loved the horses, cats and dog and all the activities in the barn and river. They picked berries with Lyn and fed the horses. What a fantastic week! We will definitely return. Book it up - you won't be disappointed!
Le Moulin l'Eveque is perfectly located near the town of Vire which has a pool with watersides and you can take the train to Paris in under 2 hours. We went to Bayoux and saw the Bayoux Tapestry and the stunning Cathedral. You could also do the D Day beaches the same day. Villediey-les-Poeles has agreat market on Tuesdays which was fantastic for food, clothing and brass/copper items. Another day we drove to Avranches and took a walk through the town (lovely view of Mont Saint Michel from the Botanical Gardens) and then drove onto Granville via Genets. Granville was beautiful and you can go swimming, paragliding over the cliffs, check out the Christian Dior Museum and Gardens and eat some lovely local seafood including the local speciality Whelks. Definitely try the Le Routier for dinner one night. It's fantastic value and a great experience - ask Lyn.
Great week in this rustic hideaway!
Fully equipped and comfortable gite in a very quiet setting.
idylic property, far from the madning crowd
really beautiful property, very comfortable ,clean, spacious, rustic accommodation. very comfortable beds! Lovely atmosphere, the hosts are so friendly and helpful with adorable pets, ( one dog, three cats). It is very quiet with a river running by, but very near Bayeaux and the cultural treasures of Normandy.
From the Owner
“Lower Normandy is a beautiful region and has a great motorway network providing links to all other regions of this vast country.”
Activity and Interests
Granville, a lively town with weekly markets has the nearest life guarded beach and is a 40 minute drive. Many other beaches, usually almost deserted are just 45 mins away.
Caen (Ouisterham) with ferries to and from Portsmouth 55 mins. Calais 3.5 hrs. Cherbourg 1hr 20 mins. Le Havre 2 hrs. Dieppe 2hrs 30 mins.
Dinard Airport Ryanair to Stansted and East Midlands 1hr.30 mins. Rennes Airport 1 hr 30 mins.
Dinard Airport. A car is essential in Calvados.
Plenty of supermarkets and restaurants within 15 minutes drive. We are happy to make your restaurant reservations for you. Le Moulin l'Eveque is the perfect springboard for all the Normandy attractions, with the Bayeux tapestry, the landing beaches, Mont St Michel all being around 45 minutes drive away. Historic towns of Falaise and Dinan with it's medieval quarter are just a bit further and Monet's garden at Giverney takes about 2.5 hours to get to.
From the Owner
“Seemingly in the middle of nowhere, yet only 6 minutes from the underused motorway (except in August) you can actually be 60 miles away in an hour, from a standing start, without breaking any speed limits. This is a unique property with a history going back to 1308 and I will be happy to answer any questions over a glass of wine.”
- Away From It All
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Game Room
- Ping Pong Table
- Satellite / Cable
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- children welcome ...
- non smoking only ...
- pets considered
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- theme parks
- bird watching
- horse riding
- paddle boating
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- equestrian events
- fly fishing
- freshwater fishing
- mountain biking
- Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Bedroom 2 with wc & vanity unit. Seperate shower room
- Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
- 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- Bedroom 3
- Bicycles ...
- Golf ...
- Kayak / Canoe
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: Each cottage has it's own private garden with patio and BBQ area. All linen and towels are included in the price. Due to the proximity of the river small children must be supervised. All cottages have WiFi internet access and DVD players. In common with all holiday cottages in France, smoking is not permitted inside the houses, but all have patios right outside. Outside: Large barn with table tennis and an indoor BBQ for larger parties and evening get togethers. 500 metres of river frontage for trout and coarse fishing. Large communal garden.