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Traditional Stone Built Cottage Set In Wooded Valley, No Neighbours, Beach 30min

Overview

Property

Updated: 10-Jun-2017
  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Cottage in La Bazoque, Nr. Bayeux, Calvados, Normandy, France - Private Garden & Parking Area, Good Facilities, Free Wifi Internet.

Set in peaceful, beautiful surroundings beside an old mill, this former bake house overlooks a tranquil wooded valley, waterfall and millstream. Restored by the English owners who live next door, it is the perfect spot to relax and unwind. Situated not far from the town of Balleroy which has two bars, a supermarket and two boulangeries where you can buy bread, croissants and mouth-watering cakes. In the surrounding countryside are pretty villages, forests, a lakeside leisure centre and wonderful opportunities for walking or cycling, starting on your own doorstep. The area around the cottage is a haven for wildlife, and visitors have reported seeing deer, hares, foxes and kingfishers to name but a few. Egrets, and for the last four years black storks, are occasional visitors. The cottage is set on a slope overlooking a valley and has accommodation on three floors. On the main floor is the living/dining room, with views of the valley and waterfall.

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Stephen BUSS
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
10 June, 2017

About Stephen BUSS

Hi I'm Stephen - I've lived & worked in France for the last 20 years. I'm an agent commercial (property agent) which is quite different from my former career in the UK. I've been self employed here for 17 years & my work has taken me around some beautiful parts of this region. Still much to explore and never get tired of it.

Stephen BUSS purchased this cottage in 1995

Why Stephen BUSS chose Bayeux area

We first came to Normandy twenty years ago to visit a friend, with no intention of buying a house. We went back owning a watermill. Well, not quite, but we'd put in an offer. The sale went through and a few years later we moved here permanently and began the massive task of renovation.

We love the isolation here and the absence of noisy neighbours, which is what first drew us to it. The surrounding woodland and meadows never cease to surprise us with the abundance of wildlife. The town shops are only a few minutes away, the ferry ports less than an hour, so we're not exactly cut-off from civilisation.

What makes this cottage unique

It's a great central location here, Bayeux is only a 30 minute drive, the tapestry and Cathedral are a must. The lovely beaches are about 45 minutes which are great for family relaxing or to do the historic and moving tours of the D-day landing sites.

The world famous Mont St Michel is about and hour and a half west of here.

If you want to visit Paris for the day, the trains go from Bayeux and only take 2 hours each way.

This cottage can offer peace & quiet for relaxing on-site, you only have ourselves & the wildlife for neighbours. The views up & down the valley from the cottage are unique.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We have been letting the cottage since 1997 and our Visitors' books are filled with lovely comments. Here are just a few...



"Having arrived late in the evening on our wedding day, we were initially delighted with the interior of the gite but had to wait until morning to be equally amazed at its glorious surroundings."



"A great location for exploring the D-day beaches, museums and countryside. Must visits - Pointe du Hoc, Pegasus Bridge, Arromanches and the war cemeteries. I have never been so moved by a place..."



"We had a lovely two weeks here - very relaxing, but action-packed too. There is so much to do in this part of Normandy..."



"We feel that here is the world as God intended it to be, tranquil, beautiful and full of wildlife. We have seen a kingfisher and a red squirrel amongst other things, and feel so privileged to have been able to share your special piece of 'heaven.'"



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Jul 2013
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Guestbook comments from the owner

We have been letting the cottage since 1997 and our Visitors' books are filled with lovely comments. Here are just a few...



"Having arrived late in the evening on our wedding day, we were initially delighted with the interior of the gite but had to wait until morning to be equally amazed at its glorious surroundings."



"A great location for exploring the D-day beaches, museums and countryside. Must visits - Pointe du Hoc, Pegasus Bridge, Arromanches and the war cemeteries. I have never been so moved by a place..."



"We had a lovely two weeks here - very relaxing, but action-packed too. There is so much to do in this part of Normandy..."



"We feel that here is the world as God intended it to be, tranquil, beautiful and full of wildlife. We have seen a kingfisher and a red squirrel amongst other things, and feel so privileged to have been able to share your special piece of 'heaven.'"



(For more comments, see trip advisor)
Jul 2013
  • 1 of 1

8 Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
(8 traveller reviews)

5

amazing setting, rural, rustic and just simply perfectly sat in the Normandy countryside

  • 5 of 5

The cottage has everything that you need (seriously everything), comfortable and homely. The Normandy region is beautiful, the cottage is ideally situated for all the major sites: the beaches, the castles, the abbeys, the towns - do it all, don't stop!

There are an abundance of local restaurants with lunchtime set menus (12-15 euro), I was not disappointed with any of them.

I stayed here for a week, mixed weather, but we are British and we love to talk about mixed weather. One day I was on factor 30 the next day it was a waterproof - but who cares in the lush setting of Normandy. Our boys 70 years ago did not get the choice - thanks to them, we can travel freely around with our European friends and neighbours.

It was lovely to come back to the cottage every night, which I would like to say, I slept solid for the week, ready and refreshed for work tomorrow.

  • Review Submitted: May 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you had a good time here, thanks for the lovely review. Come again soon! Stephen
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5

The gite was beautiful, spotlessly clean and extremely well equipped.

  • 5 of 5

We wanted to explore Cerisy Forest, Bayeux and also the D-Day beaches. The gite was in an excellent position to do all of these things, very good road links. It was also very rural which we enjoy.

The gite was spotlessly clean and very well equipped. It had a beautiful woodburner with free wood which was a bonus, it was lovely to have a fire in the evenings. The nearest bakery was in Balleroy, lovely sandwiches handmade by the owner, there was a small supermarket too. Further afield Bayeux had everything you needed including a large supermarket, shops, restaurants and cafes.

We had a wonderfully relaxing time. I would recommend this gite.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

We had a lovely stay in Le Moulin des Essards

  • 5 of 5

A lovely little property tucked away in the beautiful countryside but within driving distance of many wonderful places. The property was perfect, clean and well equipped with a lovely big log fire. We will definitely return.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 29, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

Fabulous gite in a fabulous location

  • 5 of 5

My Partner and I had a very pleasant week in this gite.

Peaceful and quiet, yet within easy reach of the beaches and towns. The gite was cozy and everything that was needed was provided, it made an excellent base from which to explore, we visited the Normandy beaches and went for walks in the lovely surrounding countryside, cities and towns. Steve and Caroline were the perfect hosts.

We would not hesitate to recommend this place and hope to get back there soon again ourselves. Susanne and Kev

  • Review Submitted: Jun 4, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the review, pleased you enjoyed the cottage and the area. Stephen
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United Kingdom
5

Thoroughly recommend!

  • 5 of 5

We booked the gite a bit last minute, but without a problem. The owners greeted us with a warm welcome and a bottle of wine on our arrival, and were so helpful and friendly. The gite was delightful, and had everything we needed for our stay.

The surrounding countryside was absolutely stunning, and the area was perfect for things to do and see. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay and that we gave you a 'taste' of France. Bon courage with the move. Steve & Caroline
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5

Fantastic little gite!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the gite for 2 weeks, can thoroughly recommend, everything we needed, and perfect area for enjoying gorgeous countryside and sightseeing. Owners were lovely, we would definitely return ?????

  • Review Submitted: Apr 6, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed your stay here, thanks for the review. Stephen
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Location

From the Owner

We first came to Normandy twenty years ago to visit a friend, with no intention of buying a house. We went back owning a watermill. Well, not quite, but we'd put in an offer. The sale went through and a few years later we moved here permanently and began the massive task of renovation. We love the isolation here and the absence of noisy neighbours, which is what first drew us to it. The surrounding woodland and meadows never cease to surprise us with the abundance of wildlife. The town shops are only a few minutes away, the ferry ports less than an hour, so we're not exactly cut-off from civilisation.

Activity and Interests

Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

The D-day landing beaches as well as being of historic interest are also a great & safe family venue. 40 minutes drive to the east of the cottage takes you to Omaha beach including the pretty fishing village of Port-en-Bessin with its Sunday market. All along this coastline are miles of sandy beaches to explore, a great family day out.

Travel:

The port of Caen (Ouistreham) is a 45 minute drive, with regular crossings from Portsmouth. Calais is a 4-5 hour drive. The airport of Caen (Carpiquet) is 40 minutes by car. The train station at Bayeux is 30 minutes, trains take 2 hours direct to Paris St Lazare.

A car or transport is essential for this cottage location

Distances:

The nearest town with shops and bars is Balleroy - 6Km

County town of Bayeux (tapestry, Cathedral, museums) - 24Km

Arromanches museums & 360deg cinema - 34Km

Caen, regional capital - 49Km

Mont St Michel - 99Km

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Summer 1
10 Jun 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£395
for 7 nights
£395
 
 
Summer 2
24 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£415
for 7 nights
£415
 
 
Summer 3
1 Jul 2017 - 7 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£455
for 7 nights
£455
 
 
Summer 4
8 Jul 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£505
for 7 nights
£505
 
 
High season
29 Jul 2017 - 18 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£550
for 7 nights
£550
 
 
Late summer
19 Aug 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£535
for 7 nights
£535
 
 
Late summer 2
26 Aug 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£495
for 7 nights
£495
 
 
Autumn 1
2 Sep 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£375
for 7 nights
£375
 
 
Autumn 2
9 Sep 2017 - 15 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£320
for 7 nights
£320
 
 
Autumn 3
16 Sep 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£280
for 7 nights
£280
 
 
October Half term
28 Oct 2017 - 10 Nov 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£300
for 7 nights
£300
 
 
Winter
11 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£280
for 7 nights
£280
 
 
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£540
for 7 nights
£540
 

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £150
Bed linen & towels hire £40

Booking Notes:

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is always a Saturday - departure of guests before 10am and arrival of new guests at 4pm or later to allow cleaning and bed changing.

Notes on prices:
We do not offer a weekend or daily tariff ~ Bedlinen & towel hire is not included in the price. Please see our booking form for details, maximum £40 ~ A basic allocation of electricity is included. If exceeded during cold weather for heating, a charge may be made up to a maximum of 50 Euros per week. ~ Firewood is included in the price, as is Gas for cooking. ~ Payments by Bank Transfer to UK account preferred, or UK cheque. ~ A security deposit is payable and will be returned after your stay

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

It's a great central location here, Bayeux is only a 30 minute drive, the tapestry and Cathedral are a must. The lovely beaches are about 45 minutes which are great for family relaxing or to do the historic and moving tours of the D-day landing sites. The world famous Mont St Michel is about and hour and a half west of here. If you want to visit Paris for the day, the trains go from Bayeux and only take 2 hours each way. This cottage can offer peace & quiet for relaxing on-site, you only have ourselves & the wildlife for neighbours. The views up & down the valley from the cottage are unique.

Property Type

  • cottage

General

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

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...

Suitability

  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • rural

Attractions

  • forests

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • freshwater fishing
  • golf

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • On the lower floor is a shower room with shower, basin and WC

Bedrooms

  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) cot available Notes on bedrooms: On the lower floor is a double bedroom with beamed ceiling and feature stained glass window. Bed is standard double 140cm. On the top floor is a twin bedded room with exposed (low) roof timbers and a view of the waterfall. Beds are standard singles 90cm.

Outside

  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue

Meals

  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: For practical reasons, we cannot accept dogs or pets. We do not allow smoking in the cottage. There is unfenced water nearby. Outside: The private fenced garden has a small area of lawn and a terrace (approached by steps) with garden furniture and a barbecue. There is a private parking area a few yards from the cottage. Utility Room: Automatic washing machine Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Each bed has a duvet & 2 pillows per person, all non-feather. Linen is not included in the price. Bedlinen (100% cotton) & towels are available for hire, beds will be made up for when you arrive. Beach towels not included.