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Lovely two story detached stone farmhouse with large area garden and rural views

Bedrooms 3
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

House near Pont D'Ouilly, Swiss Normandy, Calvados, Normandy, France - Easy Access To Normandy's Attractions - Markets, D-day Beaches, Mont St-Michel, Honfleu

This lovely house is a quite, very peaceful and comfortable place to experience French village life whilst being only a few minutes from the local town with boulangerie, boucher, supermarche and all general services. It's main attraction to us is the tranquility of the locality. In summer you can dance to the music by the riverbank or enjoy canoeing on the Orne river. Day trips allow you to explore places of historic and natural interest. Mont St Michel in the south, Honfleur to the north, the beauty of the timbered houses and cheeses of the Pays D'Auge, the history of the D-Day beaches. Perhaps hop on the train to Paris for the day. Come home to a traditional French fire place and enjoy the evenings with a BBQ in the private garden.

Bill Moore
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Bill Moore

Welcome to our home from Bill and Bernadette. We are an Australian couple who fell in love with 'Le Coucou' in 2010 and despite many questions about why two Aussies would have a holiday home in France (pourquoi?) we knew this was a home we would love (pourquoi pas?). Bill is a retired IT person and I still work as an academic and a clinical psychologist. Le Coucou is not a 'flash' hotel so if that is what you are looking for it is not the place for you but if you are looking for a comfortable farmhouse that allows you to experience French village life whilst being close to so much of the history and beauty of France then I think you will also love this place. If you are interested in staying there contact us and we will be happy to give you any further information you need.

Bill Moore purchased this house in 2010

Why Bill Moore chose Pierrefitte-en-Cinglais

The house is in Suisse Normandy, classified as an area of natural beauty. Many people visit to canoe, cycle or just enjoy walking through the countryside. We enjoy this regional beauty but also the proximity of the area to so many of the wonderful French experiences. Favourite day activities are the Saturday markets at Falaise, the weekend Vide Greniers, the beautiful ciders and cheeses of the Pays d'Auge and eating Moules by the harbour in Honfleur. Experience the D-Day beaches, the peace museum at Caen or drive a little further to the battlefields of world war 1. Every time we visit we take a weekend to explore the Loire or perhaps travel down to St Malo. To come home to the fire and a glass of French wine or those long summer evenings with an Aussie BBQ and a Toulouse sausage!

What makes this house unique

So quite and cosy, except for the odd passing tractor, with private garden and rural walks starting at the front gate.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were given an amazing opportunity by Bill and Bernie to rent their very practical and amazing house in Normandy from Christmas 2012 through til June in 2013. It soon became our home away from home and we survived the longest winter in France since 1933 thanks to the wood burner and the lovely warm quilts. The best part was experiencing waking up to snow in the mornings and the gorgeous vista of the paddocks and valleys around Le Coucou with their white blanket (there were no leaves on the trees and the view much more open, we could even see over to Cahan!!)....The location was brilliant and we loved the markets in Falaise, Flers and Conde sur Noireau. We explored the smaller towns of Clecy and Thury Harcourt often, there are so many treasures, great places to eat, tabacs with excellent coffee and beer. We just loved being locals....

Thank you both for this wonderful place. Thanks to your ancestors for surviving the ‘Battle of Hastings’ or ‘Waterloo’ whoever’s side they were on
Feb 2014
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Pierrefitte-en-Cinglais in Calvados

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Max. adults: 5
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • House must be left clean and tidy
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Family bathroom on first floor with bath / shower. Two separate WCs one on first floor and one on ground floor. Also has a walk in wardrobe with drawers and hangers on 2nd floor
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5, two double bedrooms and one single bedroom
  • Books
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Bicycles ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • equestrian events
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • whitewater rafting
Outside: Large private gardens with gas BBQ and outdoor setting Utility Room: Large refrigerator and washing machine. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / All bed linen and towels are supplied. Other: Gas BBQ and outdoor setting available. The attached Gite on the left side of the house in the photo (with the brown French doors) is not available for rent nor is it used by the owners while the house is rented.


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Lovely two story detached stone farmhouse with large area garden and rural views
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 12 reviews

A lovely break in Normandy

  • 5 of 5

Thank you for a lovely, calm and peaceful stay. It was perfectly located for us to explore Swiss Normandy. The roads were wonderfully quiet for cycling.

Thank you

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad you enjoyed. Cycling would not be my thing , too many hills for me
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  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at this lovely home in Swiss Normandy. We stayed for 5 days and it was perfect for getting around to all the great places of interest. Would highly recommend this home and we had our best sleeps ever!

Kathleen, Mike & Nancie

  • Review Submitted: 11-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Kathleen, Glad you enjoyed your stay. Yes we have noticed the same thing. We also sleep very well when we are there; it could be the wine or just the just the silence and fresh air. cheers Bill
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Lovely house in a lovely area of Normandy

  • 4 of 5

We chose Bill and Bernie's property as it looked like the ideal location for both a walking holiday and as a base to explore the more coastal areas of Normandy including the WWII invasion beaches and Bayeux. It is a lovely home from home furnished basically but having everything we could want (always a good sign in our experience when there are more loo rolls than you could ever need for a week!)

The shutters are all modern and so worked well which was useful as we stayed during a Spring heatwave. Even so, the evenings were chilly and the log burner fireplace was super efficient in heating the sitting room in no time at all.

The house was easy to find tucked away in a hamlet of ten or so houses surrounded by farmland. Few minutes drive away from the small town of Port D'Ouilly .. or a 50 minute or so hike away across the fields. Pont D'Ouilly has a petrol station, small supermarket (think Spar) and boulangerie as well as the fabulous restaurant Pomme D'Ouilly (minuscule with only four tables and run by an mother/chef son combination doing a fabulous three courses for 25 Euro). Madame was brilliant with our two teenagers with her limited English and our limited French!

Brilliant location for walks at Roche de Oerte and the area surrounding Clecy (which has the added benefit of cider and Calvados tasting at the Ciderie). The walk across the disused viaduct at Clecy and up the Rocher on the eastern bank was superb. We also visited the birthplace of William the Conquerer at Falaise (20 mins east of the house) which is highly recommended.

Overall, excellent value for money.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Martin, really glad you had a great stay. We have heard about the Pomme d'Ouilly restaurant and will definitely fit it in our next visit. Everyone who has been there has been impressed.
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Splendid days for whole family in heart of swiss normandy

  • 5 of 5

Located in the very heart of swiss normandy, this spatious and well cared-for house offers great amenities for each one of our family:

great kitchen facilites, comfortable living room with fireplace, W-LAN, lots of space, and kids can simply have fun in the spacious garden.

Most lovely place in a quiet area, but with easy access to a large variety of close-by attractions in swiss normandy and normandy.

Best place to get the best of all:

relaxation as well as fun in a myriad of out-door and leisure activities,

great food in restaurants as well as home-cooking with delicious food from local markets,

simply perfect spot for recreation, for all big and small!

This had been our third stay and we simply got addicted ...

Great thanks to Bill and Bernadette for caring so well and for offering this great opportunity

  • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

The house exceeded our expectations in every way. Very clean & tidy. Lovely sized kitchen & lounge area. Upstairs are three good sized bedrooms. The grounds are large & unpretentious.

The surrounding area is delightful, highlights being Pont d'Ouilly; a lovely, picturesque town with all amenities needed. The Pomme d'Ouilly restaurant being highly recommended. Condeau sur Noireau has a lovely market and Failaise is beautiful larger town. The castle there being a gem of a visit.

The owners were always prompt in our dealings.

All in all, we had a lovely week at Le Coucou.

Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: 06-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Quiet and peaceful area of Normandy

  • 5 of 5

A great 2 weeks the house was quite and comfortable in a lovely area of France.The house was comfortably furnished and provided all the facilities we needed for the holiday. We enjoyed the warm evenings dining in the garden. The house was in a good position for plenty of good days out to Bayeuax, Pegasus bridge, The D-Day beaches, William the conquerors castle and many other places. Our grandson enjoyed the large garden for running around in.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank Robert
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Nearest Airport
200 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Pont D'Ouilly
Nearest Ferry
42 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Golf De Clécy Cantelou Clercy
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
17 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Pont D'Ouilly
Nearest Beach
70 Kilometres
Normandy Beaches
Car: necessary

Canoeing Centre on River Orne at Pont d'Ouilly 4Km

D-Day beaches and Bayeux Tapestry only 45 Minutes

This property requires a car to access. It is approximately 40 minutes drive south of Caen. Caen has hire cars and a fast and regular train to Paris . Brittany ferries run from Portsmouth to Ouistreham on the outskirts of Caen.


Local village approximately 5 kms from house.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £50

Booking Notes:
30% of the rental is to be paid at the time of booking. The balance is to be paid 4 weeks prior to your arrival date, plus a security deposit of £50. There is no rental refund should you choose to leave before the end of your rental or cancel within 4 weeks of your start date.

Changeover Day:
Saturday changeover in the high season, but more flexibility is available at all other times. Arrival should be after 4pm and the property should be vacated by 10am. However, please enquire and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Notes on prices:
Payment is by Internet Bank Transfer to our French Bank account We will require a security deposit of £200. The security deposit will be refunded after your holiday provided we find everything is left as you found it on arrival.

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.