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Traditional Norman House With Shared Pool - La Maison des Canards Sleeps 6/8 (3 Bedrooms)



Updated: 06-Aug-2016
Holiday Homes in Livarot, Calvados, Normandy, France - Peaceful Location Easy Access To Places Of Interest In The Area

Le Manoir d'Annique is a traditional Norman group of houses with a small manor house home to the owners and two self catering houses. All are well spaced apart within the 4 acre garden. We offer well equipped kitchens electric heating and open fires for the autumn and winter. Each house its own terrace are with garden furniture and barbecue. A heated and covered swimming pool is shared by the three houses. Easily accessed from all the ferry ports it offers a delightful home for your holiday. Livarot is nearby for shopping and all the many tourist sites are easily reached when not relaxing in the garden. We also welcome larger groups of family, walkers cyclists, clubs as we are able to accommodate them here with ease there is plenty of parking. Local markets offer excellent produce plus visits to the local cheese factory and ciderie are most enjoyable. There are fairs throughout the year our local cheese fair is the first week of August.

Details for holiday cottage La Maison des Canards Sleeps 6/8 (3 Bedrooms), 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, 2 Bathrooms

A converted farm cottage formerly used to distil the Calvados.

Situated approximately 100 metres from the main house in a corner next to an apple orchard, and with views over a field to the rear and side.

There is a duck pond to the front of the house with plentiful wild pond life, frogs, dragonflies etc.

The garden to the rear is secure for children, with a patio, garden furniture and a barbecue.

There is a table tennis table for guests’ use and a swimming pool, swings and large 4 acre garden for play.

The house has been sympathetically restored keeping many of the original features and refurbished in a similar style to the manor house and Les Trois Tuiles.

There is electric heating which is charged as an extra, the house is well insulated.

Anni and Nick live in the manor house so help is always on hand if the need should arise.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Swimming pool

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are Anni & Nick and we have lived in Normandy, France since 1992. Nick is a carpenter and works locally, he is a specialist in repairing the timber framed houses of this area. Anni ran a country pub in England for five years, cooking and entertaining is her passion. Annique was nearly a ruin in 1992 and many years of hard work has made it the property it is today. It was bought with the heart and continues to be the centre of our lives. Nick is constantly improving the facilities here. We have a large garden and enjoy trying to make it as nice as possible but keeping the rustic style that it should have. We love meeting new people enjoying a glass or two with them and discussing this beautiful region.

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1 holidaymaker review


Wonderful holidays

  • 5 of 5

We´ve been here more than once and we loved it to be there. The house is cosy and in good, rustic condition. You´ll find there all equipment you´ll need for a comfort stay..or if not the owners have been always helpful.

On the ground there are 3 houses incl. the Manor House and you can have your privacy or meet others, as you like. It´s beautiful and quite, you can relax in your own part of the garden or with a walk on the grounds looking nature or having a swim in the well maintained, large pool.

The near market in St. Pierre sur Dives is a must do on Mondays, other attractions like Chateau Vendeuvre and the near coast (about 40 min easy going) for Honfleur, Deauville/ Trouville are fixed points to visit.

There are plenty things to do (e.g. castles/ museums / the landing beaches) and to taste (like the local cheeses and e,g, Cider, Pommeau & Calvados) …you´ll find a lot of brochures there …and thanks Anni & Nick, there are always helpful with tips and ideas what to explore.

We will definitely come back...

  • Review Submitted: Mar 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for all the lovely things you have said about Annique. We are so happy that you have enjoyed your holidays here with us. We are always trying to improve things here without spoiling all it's original and traditional charm and it is comments like yours that help keep us on the right track. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Many thanks again Anni & Nick
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From the Owner

We bought Annique with our hearts it was such a beautiful sad house in need of lots of TLC and money. It had not been lived in for over 30 years we managed to make it come back to life and filled it with lots of people enjoying their holiday. Livarot is a lovely rural area with small farms of pretty cows and attractive timber frame houses. The local people are so friendly and have made us so welcome. The food is wonderful with fresh produce available from the many markets. We are so lucky to live in a very rural place but with everything on our doorstep. The larger towns of Lisieux and Caen have most services we require. An excellent train service from Lisieux to Paris is a real bonus. Lovely sandy beaches are not far as well as the sophistication of Deauville and Trouville.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Caen Carpiquet or Deauville St Gatien at 55 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Le Billot at 4 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen Ouistreham at 55 Kilometres Nearest Train : Lisieux at 18 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A28 Orbec at 30 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Le Billot at 4 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Cabourg at 50 Kilometres Car: recommended


A large choice of good beaches are approximately 45 minutes we can advise on suitability ie near a large town, easy parking.

The D-day landing beaches are an hour away for the nearest we have tourist information in all our houses or we can advise ourselves.


We are rurally located so a car is useful. Livarot is 4kms but down a long steep hill.

Ferry ports: Ouistreham Caen and Le Havre an hours drive. Cherbourg and hour and a half, Dieppe 2 hours. Calais, Bolougne about 3 hours drive mostly on autoroute.

Airports: Deauville 45 minutes, Dinard 2 hours 30 minutes Paris from 2 hours 30 minutes

We always send full directions to find Annique from the airports or ferry ports.


Livarot nearest town for banks, shopping 5 minutes by car Lisieux 30 minutes.

Honfleur 50 minutes, Deauville 50 minutes, Bayeux one hour, Arromanches one hour, Pont du Hoc and American landing beaches 1 hour and a half, Falaise 30 minutes, Caen 40 minutes, Giverney 1 hour and a half.

Paris by train from Lisieux one hour and 45 minutes or by car 2 hours.

Further Details:

Livarot is a small town with 4 boulangeries one open everyday, butcher, banks, patissiere and various small shops. There are 3 supermarkets of varying sizes. Tennis courts are available for hire. Visit the cheese factory with tasters at the end and the possibility to buy.

Lisieux is 18kms a larger town with a choice of restaurants and two Hypermarkets. A market is held in the square on Saturdays. An indoor swimming pool and a lovely zoo Cerza which is part of the European endangered species protection programme, it is a wonderful walk in the country with some interesting animals to pass on the way, excellent for children of all ages. The train leaves from here to St Lazare, Paris. The Bazilique of St Theresa sits above the town.

Falaise is 20kms with William the Conquerors castle and an Atomatons museum

Vendeuvre an 18th century chateau is 15kms with the largest collection of miniatures in the world and an interesting surprise garden.

St Pierre sur Dives 14 kms has a large traditional market on Monday mornings.

an indoor swimming pool.

Mont St Michel is 2 hours drive away.

Honfleur 50 minutes with is quaint town and port with many good restaurants serving delicious seafood , bars, cafes, charming shops and art galleries.

Deauville 45 minutes "Paris by the sea" full of designer shops, waiter service on the beach, casino and horse racing in August.

Hara du Pin 40 mins the national stud of France.

Giverney an hour and a half the home of Monet visit the house and garden

Pegasus Bridge 50 mins the first place to be liberated on D-day visit the museum see the original bridge and a copy of a Horsa glider.

Arromanche the main English landing beach on D-day visit the museum overlook the bay.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Rate 7A
1 Oct 2016 - 4 Nov 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Rate 8A
5 Nov 2016 - 18 Dec 2016
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Christmas & New Year
20 Dec 2016 - 3 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Place a booking by phone or email. Once dates are provisionally booked complete simple booking form and return with 25% deposit. Full payment is required 2 months before arrival together with a security deposit.
Can be rented together for larger families or groups.

Changeover Day:
Saturday - arrival 4pm departure 10am.
We can be flexible most times in the year but not July and August.

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From the Owner

Annique has everything you need for a relaxing holiday with all the comforts of home. We are easily reached from all the ports and airports. It is a special place and it is not easy to put into words what it is that is so special. But people do keep coming back to stay here and we even have children now grown up who come back with their partners. We live on the premises and it is up to you whether you see us every day or only on check in and check out. We always try and sort out any problems with the houses straight away so as not to spoil your time here. We are close to so many different places to visit so it is possible to keep all the family happy, with most things not too far it is possible to combine two trips in a day ie beach for the children, museum for Dad some shopping for Mum.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Dining Area

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool

Location Type

  • rural


  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: On the ground floor: an open plan living area which includes a fully equipped kitchen, with gas cooker, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge, microwave, dining table and chairs with cutlery and crockery for 8 people. For the winter there is an open fireplace with sofa and armchairs, for summer there are patio doors leading on to the patio and garden to the rear, providing privacy from the rest of the property. Also on the ground floor there is a double bedroom and twin room with a shared bathroom. The first floor is furnished as a family room with a double bed and, in a separated area, two single beds. This has an en-suite bathroom. Beds will be made up ready for you and 2 tea towels will be supplied. Electricity is metered and you will be asked to pay for your electricity consumption on departure. Outside: - a west facing patio with table and chairs, barbecue and use of large garden with table tennis, swings and climbing ropes. A swimming pool which is 10m x 5m and heated with a cover for use on bad or windy days. Outside: Annique has a 4 acre garden with a large lawned area for playing football etc. There are flower beds and shrubberies laid in a rustic manner with trees to give shade and privacy. There is a cider apple orchard. The swimming pool is 10 x 5 metres fully enclosed and heated, with a cover for use on dull or windy days. It is available for use from Easter. The pool is shared by the guests from the three houses here. Each house has an outdoor sitting area with table and chairs and barbecue, there are also sun loungers and deckchairs for each house. The pool has separate loungers. The garden is secured by electric gates. There is plenty of parking available. We have the facility for landing a helicopter if required.The property is surrounded by fields used for growing crops giving a good open feeling to the house with nothing overlooking it. Walking and cycling are easily done from here.

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