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Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 0 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Saint-Cyr-du-Bailleul, Basse-Normandie, France - True Rural Idyll

A well established, renovated former farm workers cottage, dating originally from 250 years ago but partly rebuilt in the 50s. 3 bedrooms, living room, kitchen & 2 & 1/2 half bathrooms. All well maintained & equipped. Very large garden with furniture & BBQ. x


Robert Carberry
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
12 April, 2018

About Robert Carberry

I am a very francophile Englishman. I have lived, loved & worked in France for much of my life. My life partner is french. France suits US very well. The food & drink, the people, the geography & the way life is lived combine to give me & mine virtually all we need. There are few problems that are not diminished by a cup of coffee & a chin wag.

Robert Carberry purchased this cottage in 2007

Why Robert Carberry chose Saint-Cyr-du-Bailleul

We had had a house in the Orne (also in Normandy) for 16 years but felt but felt the need for a bigger garden & possibly a bit of isolation. We cast our net wide but ended up moving 12 kms into the Manche & got what we wanted but without losing any friends or the sense of belonging to a locale. This part of Normandy is more tranquil than most, with infinitely less traffic than many tourist areas. Yet there is a huge variety of activities: beaches, forests, medieval towns, lakes, the list goes on. The sense of "terroir" is keenly felt here (my neighbour makes AOC cider), locally produced veg, meat & cheese abound much of it direct from the farm or artisan made. We are tucked away but only an hour & a half from Caen-Ouisterham, which is less than 3hours from Portsmouth on the catermeran.

What makes this cottage unique

A true rural idyll. Very few cars venture near us. Lowing cattle & the once a day milk tanker are about as noisy as it gets. The house is well equipped inside & outside the large garden, including an orchard, has many corners for relaxation. 100 metres away is an old railway track reborn as a "chemin vert" letting you easily cycle or walk seemingly for ever & lose yourself in "la nature". On the other hand the village of St Cyr is less than 1km away & has a good restuarant value bistro. Domfront, with its 100 year war castle is 14km & can satisfy most desires but if it is too far, then Barenton is only 4 kms & has a small supermarket, café & bakers, as does St Georges de Roulley. On the direct road between these to is a large butches & delicatessen.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Don & Margaret 5/13. A real suntrap. I deal location with deafening silence. Very satisfied with level of equipment. This couple made a 2nd visit in Sept.

Brian &Linda 6/13. A home from home. Perfect country retreat.

Campbell family 7/13. Amazing. Delightfully quiet & the bird song is great to wake to. A holiday we will treasure. Will return next year.

Ian & Karen 8/13. Both delighted with the non touristy peace & quiet.

Ryder family 8/13. Lovely house, well equipped, homely. Fantastic gardeNs.

Adams family 8/13. A homely cottage that grows on you with lovely gardens for the kids to play in.
Jan 2012
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint-Cyr-du-Bailleul in Manche

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • pets considered
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Toilet 1 - Toilet
    Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • 1. Ensuite bathroom with bath, integral shower, basin & wc to bedroom one. 2. Shower room with seated shower, basin & wc. 3. Basin & wc on upper level to bedroom three.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1, ensuite full bathroom, double bed. French windows to patio & garden. TV & DVD player. Bedroom 2, double bed & putyouup Bedroom 3, ensuite WC & basin, 2 single beds.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: The house has been equipped to a good standard for use as a home. It is? we believe, much more welcoming & visitor friendly than the average gite. Mobile phone & finternet access are available but sometimes patchy which means taking the mobile into the garden. Outside: One km from the village & off a quiet country lane, the house sits surrounded by the garden & has its own secluded access from the road. The garden is mostly laid to lawn & there is a small orchard of pears & apples. Additionally there are plum, peach & cherry trees scattered in the grounds & outside the living room a walnut tree. There is a patio with BBQ. There is an outdoor dining table with chairs & a large picnic table with benches. All of this is secluded, private & very quiet, lowing cattle being the loudest thing around. Yet we are only 15 minutes drive from civilisation in the form of Domfront, a medieval city with all modern conveniences. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels & bed linen are not provided but duvets & pillows are. The house is cleaned weekly at no extra charge. There is full intenet access but mobile phone access may br patchy. Other: The access to bedroom 3 has been improved, with a new staircase.


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average rating of 4.285714 based on 15 reviews

Value for money

  • 5 of 5

I'll start with the property, this is a lovely cheap rental property. No it's not a five star hotel, so you get what you pay for. The property has character, the wood burner was a bonus for those cold nights (we stayed in April). There was plenty of kitchen utensils, pots and pans, there was nothing we needed. There was plenty of hot water, and little heaters in each room. There was also the use of a washer and dryer.

In addition there was a large supply of books to read and DVDs to watch. Satellite TV and WiFi ... We went with teenagers! So they were happy. Also great having access to two adult bikes to use.

Nearby is a (old railway) walking or cycling track. We also had a nice walk to the nearby musee of pomme approx 3.5 km away and would recommend for a visit. Its around an hour's drive to get to st Michel le mont or Granville, also would recommend the champreus zoo, just over an hour's drive ... Take a picnic! If you have little ones they will be entertained for a full day! Found the Lidl at thury-du-harcourt (sp) to be best for shopping and cheap booze, easy to find and access, bit further down there is Lectric supermarket - best price for fuel here!

Disappointed we didn't try any local restaurants, a lot of places were closed. Hope this review is useful, bon voyage!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Well used and rather tired

  • 2 of 5

Lovely position. Facilities seen better days particularly shower room and kitchen.

  • Review Submitted: 31-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Frankly, I found the review amusing. We rent out La Roseliere having deliberately restored it to give a relaxing welcoming even homely feel. It is not a 5 star hotel & thus is without formality. We offer it within a large garden, which itself offers seclusion, yet is only 15 minutes drive from the nearest town & 5 from the nearest restaurant. Nothing in the house is tired, old or worn out. 'Maison Steptoe' it certainly is not. The comments concerning the kitchen may have some small validity but as I write we are refurbishing its units & will add a new dryer this winter. Similarly, the shower room is receiving attention with new porcelain items & a new heater. In over 20 years of renting out holiday homes, we have had many returnees over many years. Also we receive, letters, phone walls & mails, thanking us & recomending us to others. So we must be doing something correctly.
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perfectly peaceful

  • 4 of 5

Great location to get away from it all.Pleantey of space for the kids to play,bikes were great,really enjoyed the sheep and cows in the fields beside the house.The house was clean and tidy and french rustic which suited us,a larger fridge freezer and an extra sofa in the house would be better as only one sofa for 7 is not enough.Having wifi and the freeview tv chanels was really good and we would recomend the cottage as a great getaway and Robbie was very helpfull and answered all questions quickly.The area is lovely and really nice neighbours and you must try the cidre from the farmer at the bottom of the lane.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A peaceful retreat for the family

  • 4 of 5

The gite proved to be of a good size, large enough for most families.

It was comfortable and well equipped and quite homely....especially with the woodburner lit on chillier evenings.

The owners were helpful and provided us in advance with lots of helpful advice.

Not overly glamorous accommodation (with everything matching), but good value.

We fully intend to return.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jun-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What can I say a little dream house nestled amoung beautiful trees. We stayed for nearly 2wks and we didn't want to leave!! Total peace and tranquility! My boys had great fun running around the gardens picking up the fallen fruit! Only noises to be heard are the cows in the field and the pigeon living in a tree out the back! The owner gave us great info about the area and the house before arrival which was a great help! I cannot fault this house at all it was a home away from home and we will definetly be back and we will recommend it to all!!

  • Review Submitted: 24-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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La Roseliere

  • 3 of 5

This location served as a good base for our short break in Normandy, classic rural France with amenities to match (don't ignore the owners advise about opening times - especially if arriving on a Monday!). As a party of 4 we had hoped to take advantage of the extra space offered by the 3rd bedroom/loft area but disappointingly found this room inadequate for use, the room was damp and had a 'work in progress' feel to it and a considerable issue with resident flies and wasps. On enquiry prior to booking the owner had advised the room would (in their opinion) be suitable for either of our 7 or 70 year old party members, but with access being via a steep ladder with insufficient hand rails and a heavy overhead trap door this unfortunately was not the case. Fortunately we found sufficient comfort for all on the ground floor and the wood burner gave good warmth when the temperature dropped. We did not prepare any cooked meals at the property so cannot comment too much on the kitchen facilities but all basis seemed to be covered (apart from the absence of a functional corkscrew!) and there was always plenty of hot water. We did not get to benefit from the bikes owing to flat tyres but the local cycle path along the disused railway line is well worth a walk, fantastically peaceful and tranquil. Overall a great location but unfortunately (for us) the property was let down by the third bedroom. We were unable to contact the owner for the duration of our stay.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Nov-2014
  • Date of Stay: October 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I cannot but agree that the upstairs was a "work in progress" as I had been called to return to UK to resolve an urgent family crisis & could not return in time to finish the work before Mr Eccott's arrival. However, all is finished now with a made to measure staircase with handrails to both sides & the trap door has been replaced. I cannot agree about the flies & wasps. Of course being a country property we have them but not large numbers. Similarly, being a detached older cottage, it can feel damp in Autumn until the heating is on. I now have a large stock of corkscrews, which guests seem to take as souvenirs, so my cleaner will make sure there is at least one in the kitchen. Ihave been letting Holiday properties for over 20 years & this is the first complaint I have ever had. I am proud of La Roseliere as a relaxing place to take a Holiday & that we get many visitors returning year after year. I have explained matters to Mr Eccott & offered him a free week to compensate. Thank you, Robbie Carberry.
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Nearest Airport
100 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
60 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres


Mont St Michel & the surrounding bay are a 45 min drive. Granville, the nearest proper beach is 1 hour 15 mins. The D DAY landing beaches are 1 & 1/2 hours.


Dinard airport is 1&1/2 hours away.

Caen-Ouisterham & St Malo ferryports the same.

Cherbourg & Le Havre ferryports is 2 hours away.

Calais ferryport & the channel tunnel are 4 hours away.

There is no public transport, a car or bike is essential.


St Cyr 1km, Domfront 14km, Flers 25km, Mont St Michel 40km. Caen 60km

Further Details:

St Cyr itself has few amenities having only a friendly cafe/bistro. St Georges St Marre & Barenton (all 4km) all have bakers & minimarts. Domfront is living medieval history but also has 3 supermarkets & many shops & restaurants. Flers has 3 hypermarkets, lots of shopping & a street market as does St Hilaire De Harquoet (20kms). Mont St Michel is a must see but do go early.

Locally there is lots of walking, 2 lakes & several other fishing

facilities & wonderful downland & forests to explore. There are many local cider producers. Among them our neighbouring Farmer, Philippe who produces both Apple & Pear Cider & Apple Brandy also known as Calvados. His wife Emmanuelle speaks good English but is a little shy about using it.

The house also has a a wide range of publicity for the county & individual attractions. We also have newish neighbours in Nick & Fien, an anglo Belgian couple.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Saint-Cyr-du-Bailleul, Lower Normandy

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Medium Season
1 Mar 2018 - 31 May 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
High Season
1 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Low Season
1 Sep 2018 - 31 Dec 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
25% deposit on bookin. Balance 6 weeks before holiday. Or full payment if 8 weeks or less before holiday.

Changeover Day:
Normally Saturday but can be flexible.

Notes on prices:
Second or Third weeks attract a 10% discount.

Special welcome for friends of Bill W.

Prices are "all inclusive" of Gas, Electricity, Water, Logs & Cleaning. No hidden extras.

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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