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Detached 18C Stone Cottage, In A Rural Area, Sleeps 4 + Baby Ferry discount



Updated: 07-Dec-2016
Cottage near Villedieu Les Poeles, Manche, Normandy, France - Ideal For Family Holidays And Short Breaks

La Bessardiere is a detached restored stone cottage, near St Maur des Bois. Built in 1759; set in 2.5acres of grounds. In a quiet location, yet within easy reach of the coast and many of Normandy's Historic sites. Ideal for family holiday but also provides a cosy base for out of Season breaks. If you just want to relax, there is a sunny south facing patio. Above, a small balcony overlooks the open countryside, a good place to greet the morning with your coffee or to view the wonderful array of stars that can be seen on a clear night. The cottage has many original features, such as large stone fire-place incorporating a log burner. On the first floor, there are two bedrooms and a bathroom with shower, bidet, basin & wc. Downstairs there is a lobby with separate cloakroom; a light open plan living area and a fully fitted kitchen. We have decided not to install wifi yet in keeping with the tranquility of the cottage however there is 3G available and several cafes with free wifi in Villedieu.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

My husband and I live in London with our 3 teenagers but our heart is in our second home in France .We love the tranquility and the french way of life and hope to spend more and more time in France as we get older ..We spend as much of the summer as we can in our house which is in the same grounds as this cottage .

We love gardening ,cooking, having animals and looking for great vintage finds in the french vide -greniers (french car boot sales)

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have had wonderful comments and some lovely reviews which you can see on the site
Apr 2012
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22 Reviews

based on 22 holidaymaker reviews


Idyllic retreat in the Normandy countryside

  • 5 of 5

We fell in love with La Bessardiere before we had even opened the cottage door; beautiful garden and orchard with views of rolling tree-clad hills - just like our very own Yorkshire, but with warmth and sunshine!

The cottage is tastefully and comfortably furnished by Roma and Alistair, so much so that we enjoyed staying around the house and garden as much as visiting the nearby sights. Villedieu is typically French without the disadvantages of some of the larger towns such as heavy traffic; it has several good eating places, an excellent visitor/information centre with helpful staff, and no less than three small museums, each worth a visit. Hambye Abbey a few miles away is a must-see, and Mont St Michel, and Granville, are each an easy day trip.

Would certainly love to return, and next time perhaps the weather will actually be cool enough to light the stove, which will be the ultimate cosy experience!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Ideal Cottage

  • 5 of 5

The cottage is well maintained and very comfortable. Everything is as described. The garden is a lovely place in the afternoon sun and very quiet. There are no problems with access or parking. The wood burner provides plenty of warmth on cool evenings. Villedieu is only a short drive away and is one of the best towns in the area. We particularly enjoyed visiting St Lo, Avranches, Granville and Coutances. Mont St Michel is not far away and the coast between Avranches and Coutances offers a variety of coastal villages and quiet beaches. If you have bikes, directly to the east of the cottage there is a large network of lanes marked with cycling routes.

I would recommend this cottage.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Sunny spot in bucolic surroundings

  • 5 of 5

This 2 bedroom Normandy farmhouse is delightful inside and out. The flying buttresses mark the fact it's actually half a house, and the stones surrounding the large fireplace come from older buildings, giving the gite tons of character. Well equipped, comfortable, clean, with a newly fitted kitchen, outside there's plenty of space to lounge and barbecue. Plenty to do within driving distance- our first taste of Normandy makes us want to return. Ask the owner if she'll share some of her pickled turnips.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Barbara Im so glad you found our little place comfortable and well equiped , we put in the new kitchen last year and think it improves the the functioning of the kitchen as well as up dating the cottage generally. Regarding pickles , they are a cold pickle so last only 2-3 weeks Im so glad you enjoyed them and hope to supply you with more (if seasonal)on your return trip !
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Peaceful, relaxed and rustic setting

  • 5 of 5

The house had everything we needed for a family holiday and more. Loved our quiet mornings drinking coffee outside and evening BBQ watching the animals. Local village had a great food market and the local beaches were beautiful. Will definitely go back next year.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to seeing you next year
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Beautiful setting in Lower Normandy with welcoming and friendly owners

  • 4 of 5

We arrived at the property and felt instantly relaxed. Our dog Hugo made himself at home right away with a run around the large dog-friendly grounds.

The cottage had everything we needed, including English TV for those lazy nights in front of the fire. The bed in the master was a little on the small side for us, as we are used to a super king at home with my partner being 6'4, but other than that, the property was very comfortable.

Roma & Alistair were very friendly and accommodating - we asked to move the garden furniture out onto the lawn as we were blessed with a bright and sunny week and wanted to indulge with some local cider.

We visited the local market in Villedieu which was fun, trying out the local lingo. We bought live crab which we had never cooked before. Roma & Alistair had a seafood cookery book and a huge pan for us to use to cook the crab outside on the BBQ.

The cottage has beautiful grounds with an orchard and they also have a vegetable garden and were nice enough to give us some spuds, lettuce and courgettes for our onward journey.

Villedieu has everything you might need in terms of provisions with supermarkets, butchers, bakers, restaurants and bars etc and is only a few minutes away by car.

We had a lovely time at the cottage and would recommend to couples or families (although the stairs are very steep so not suitable for elderly people really).

There is no wi-fi at the cottage, but it was actually nice to be disconnected from the world for a few days! Plus, there are bars / restaurants in Villedieu where you can get free wi-fi if you buy something.

Hope you enjoy your stay with Roma & Alistair as much as we did!!!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely comments , we are glad you found the cottage comfy and look forward to welcoming you back next year .. we are thinking of enclosing the garden and putting a gate on so pooches can run free next year ..Id be interested to on your comments to that proposal.. Roma
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Perfect, rural base to explore Normandy

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the cottage as it was a great location to explore Normandy and all that it offered. Both Roma and Alistair were very accommodating when it came to arranging a highchair/stairgate etc for our 20 month old daughter. A particular highlight was the large garden which allowed our daughter to enjoy her freedom running around and exploring. The cottage as a whole was very well equipped and felt cosy and homely. All in all a peaceful retreat and we would be keen to visit again.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always lovely to hear that our guests are happy with what we are doing . Thanks for the great review !!
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From the Owner

We originally set out to find a holiday home in Normandy in 2009 after a lovely summer in France .We were fortunate to find La Bessardiere a small hamlet in St Maur des Bois .The cottage dates back to 1759 .To the north of the property are our English neighbours who initially renovated the cottage to the south but off set is our cottage that we holiday in when we can. The view from the south terrace is directly onto open fields and pasture land. The grounds are shared with ourselves but hedging provides privacy . We love this place because its so easy to get to ,especially on the ferry from Caen or Cherbourg ,it works for weekends as well longer trips. The area is peaceful and very rural .There is so much to do and much to explore from the lovely french markets and antique markets to great beaches, country walks, cycling on country lanes and of course the history of the area.We can provide secure storage for cycles on request .

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Carpiquet at 79 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : St Cecile at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen Ouistriham at 100 Kilometres Nearest Train : Villedieu les Poeles at 6 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Villedieu les Poeles at 6 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Julouville at 35 Kilometres Car: necessary


The sandy beaches of the west coast, Le Mont St Michel; Granville; Jullouville, etc; are within an easy drive.

The WW2 landing beaches on the north coast, together with Bayeux and Caen, are all around an hour's drive from the cottage.


We are about 1 hours drive from the Channel Port at Caen/Ouistreham; 1.5 hours from Cherbourg or St Malo. Around 4 hours; all motorway, from the eastern Channel ports at Calais/Boulogne; and also the Channel Tunnel. The motorways here are much less crowded than those in the UK and many of our visitors take advantage of the cheaper crossings available from Dover to Calais and the other eastern UK ports; and the Channel Tunnel. Dinard airport is around 1.5 hours away.

A car is essential.


There is a bar and a restaurant, and also a bakers and a village shop in the local villages, around 5 mins drive away.

The nearest town is Villedieu le Poeles around 10 mins drive; for supermarkets etc.

Further Details:

Villedieu is a lively tourist town, much of which retains its medieval appearance, especially in its back streets, where old courtyards can still be found behind wooden gates. The town is a centre for metal-working and the shops are full of copper souvenirs & kitchenware. There is also a Historic working Bell foundry to visit.

The area is an ideal base for access to leisure activities and visits, both educational and historic. The list is endless with Mont-St-Michel, St.Malo, Bayeux, the Landing Beaches, Caen & many more ...

The Bay of Mont-St-Michel, surrounded by many attractive beaches, is close by. Towns to visit include the old town of Granville with Piracy connections. For the young, Jullouville is a must with cafes & bars, amusements and wide expanse of sandy beach.

You can also take a day trip to the Channel lsles, ferries from Granville & St Malo.

There are also trains direct from Villedieu station to Paris, perhaps for that romantic day away, mid-week?

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
17 Dec 2016 - 30 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Low season
31 Dec 2016 - 7 Apr 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Mid season
8 Apr 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
High Season
15 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Mid season
2 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
To book the cottage: a 25% deposit is required; together with a completed & signed booking form. The balance, (plus a refundable security deposit of £250.00), is due 8 weeks before the booking commences.

Please note that this is a NO SMOKING PROPERTY.

Please note also that PETS are NOT ALLOWED.

Changeover Day:
Normal changeover day is Saturday, but out of school holiday periods there is flexibility.

Notes on prices:
A 10% discount is available on all 2 week bookings.

Nightly rates, depending on season, vary from £65 to £80, per night, subject to a minimum stay of 4 nights, or 7 nights, again depending on season. Please see our "Prices" schedule above, for details.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

La Bessardiere is at the end of a country lane so there is no through traffic, thus making it a safe environment for families and children. Set in 2.5 acres with a tributary of the River Sienne passing through the valley, where you may see deer, or watch the kestrels and buzzards soaring overhead. Whilst set in the quiet of the countryside; the town of Villedieu les Poeles is just a few minutes drive away, for supermarkets , local shops and a weekly market The sandy beaches of the west Normandy coast are a short drive away.The port of Granville is great for seafood and boat trips .Bayeux and the normandy landing beaches are about 40minutes away. The amazing Mont St Michel is 50minutes by car .For those who like sports there's canoeing and mountaineering in the Swiss Normand area.There is excellent cycling and many cycle routes in the area .

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Fireplace
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • First floor bathroom with shower, WC, basin, bidet, electric heater and towel rail. Ground floor cloakroom with basin & WC.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 + Baby or Small Child (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: The main bedroom is a light, triple aspect room with double bed; and space for a cot; and has exposed beams and stonework. The second bedroom has 2 single beds and in built drawers the window overlooks the front lawn.


  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The cottage is in a small hamlet La Bessardiere of 8 or so houses, our neighbours are french but the nearest house to the cottage is occupied by an English couple. Our neighbours are very peaceful and the hamlet is quiet apart from lawn mowing etc. The fields around are mostly used for dairy and beef farming, the farms are small and medium sized and not especially noisy.We holiday in our cottage which is the next property during the summer months There is no wifi in keeping with the cottages simplicity but there is good 3G and mobile phone signal at the property . Outside: Extensive gardens and meadows, with streams; around 2.5 acres. Patio with garden furniture and barbecue.The owners 17th century stone cottage which was originally a cider press is in the same grounds about but hedging between the 2 properties provides privacy Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen is supplied. Tea towels only are supplied. Property is cleaned after every let Other: Outside building housing washing machine

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