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

Bedrooms 2
Separate WCs1
Space 398 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

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 a half hectare 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 fireplace 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.There is 4G available outside .

Roma Oxley Green
Member since: 2012
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This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French
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Calendar last updated:
17 June, 2018

About Roma Oxley Green

My husband and I live in London 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)

Roma Oxley Green purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Roma Oxley Green chose Saint-Maur-des-Bois

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 own holiday cottage .

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 from the UK ,especially on the ferry from Caen or Cherbourg ,it works for weekends as well longer trips.It of course works for those coming from France or nearby European countries. 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 .

What makes this cottage unique

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 pets.

Set in lush french countryside the property is surrounded by gardens and an orchard , where you may see a red squirrel , 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 .

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint-Maur-des-Bois in Manche

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 398 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • 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
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Separate WC
  • 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
  • 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(190 x 140cm); and space for a cot; and has exposed beams and stonework. The second bedroom has 2 small single beds(75cm width)and in built drawers the window overlooks the front lawn.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
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 but there is variable 4G and mobile phone signal outside the property . Outside: Gardens and orchard;0.5 hectare approx. 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/ clothes line


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Detached 18C Stone Cottage, In A Rural Area, Sleeps 4 + Baby Ferry discount
average rating of 4.757576 based on 34 reviews

Lovely period cottage set in an orchard.

  • 5 of 5

Wood burning stove with lot of wood in woodshed excellent in our autumnal rainy weather. Steep staircase no problem with care for we octogenarian. Second bedroom excellent as a dressing room but really too small for two adults. Only minutes away from the lovely Villedieu les poelles with an excellent bar/restaurant in which to relax for WiFi therapy and English newspapers in maison de la presse and free parking.and a clinic nearby for any and every medical problems.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Cosy retreat

  • 4 of 5

Even a week when it rained every day couldn't detract from this lovely cottage

  • Review Submitted: 26-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Tim Sorry about the weather ,thanks for the lovely comments Roma
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Lovely Cottage in beautiful countryside

  • 5 of 5

This pretty little cottage is well appointed and extremely comfortable. It has everything you need to self cater and is well positioned to provide access to the historic sites of Normandy. Fine beaches are less than an hour away by car and the there are a multitude of scenic walks for the nature lover.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Thanks for your 5 star review ! Roma
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Ideal place for total relaxation

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to this peaceful gite - the first time we have ever returned to a property in over 30 years of holidays in France, which must say something! The first few days were very hot, and it was lovely just to sit in the garden and read and snooze. After that we had some great days out - you can reach so many great places from this location.

We had a problem when the boiler failed, and Roma and Alistair sorted it out as quickly as it was possible to do, and even offered us their own bathroom for showering while it was being sorted.

Our grown up daughters stayed with us for a week - as they did before, and were planning a return visit while they were still there!

It has it's quirks, as you would expect from an older building with character; it was clean and comfortable, has pretty much most things you could need, is in a lovely location, and the owners are very friendly and helpful - what's not to like?

We may yet be back again!

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A beautiful cottage set in lovely rural surroundings.

  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely week. Weather was fantastic and the gardens were ideal for relaxing in. The cottage is very comfortable and has everything you might need. Visited Lake Dathée several mornings to give our dogs a good walk (about 4 miles around the lake). Stunning views all the way round. Walked to the nearby village for a beer several times (about 3 miles there and back). A very relaxing holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 28-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful comfortable gite in idyllic surroundings

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed our stay in this lovely characterful gite. A great base for exploring the Normandy countryside. Peaceful orchard garden, full of birds. Great for a relaxing holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
79 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
St Cecile
Nearest Ferry
100 Kilometres
Caen Ouistriham
Nearest Train
6 Kilometres
Villedieu les Poeles
Nearest Restaurant
6 Kilometres
Villedieu les Poeles
Nearest Beach
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 & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £30
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

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.