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

Bedrooms 2
Separate WC's1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights

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 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.

Roma Oxley Green
Member since: 2012
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
23 February, 2017

About Roma Oxley Green

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)

Roma Oxley Green purchased this cottage in 2013

Why Roma Oxley Green chose Manche

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 .

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 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 .

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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Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(23 traveller reviews)


Private Seasonal Getaway

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful little property far enough away from it all to be quiet and cosy in front of the log burner, but close enough to receive UK Tv (if you want it) and other properties and amenities when they are needed.

An enchanting little property and well equipped, there is little that comes to mind to find fault with it, certainly for the two of us that travelled it was a perfect location for much needed down time.

About 5-8 mins from Villedieu which is a very typical, pleasant and friendly Normandy town its also well located for other sight seeing opportunities in the area (Mont ST Michel, St Lo, Bayeux etc).

Travelling down from Caen, was a doddle as would be from St Malo.

Definitely looking forwards to a return visit already........

  • Review Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
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
Low season
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint-Maur-des-Bois in Lower Normandy

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • 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
  • 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; 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.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • 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 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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