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Half-Timbered Cottage In The Heart Of Normandy



Updated: 14-Nov-2016
Cottage in Les Bouvets, Lisieux, Calvados, Normandy, France - Peaceful Location, 1 Hour's Drive From The Coast And Landing Beaches

Traditional, cosy Norman cottage tastefully restored and situated in idyllic surroundings close to the historic market town of St. Pierre-sur-Dives. Fully equipped with sun terrace, BBQ and garden furniture.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 Bedroom
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I live with my husband in the north west midlands on the south Cheshire, north Staffordshire border. I am a recently retired teacher of modern foreign languages and I specialised in French. My husband is a teacher of Economics, Business Studies and Government and Politics.

We both love the French way of life, the people and culture. We fell in love with the Pays d'Auge countryside in Normandy whilst on holiday there in 2003, and still enjoy discovering the delights of the area.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Very relaxing holiday in peaceful surroundings'

'Great variety of places to visit'

'An idyllic spot!'
Nov 2014
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4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews


peaceful setting

  • 4 of 5

Peace and quiet. Comfy. Friendly locals. Milk, cider & croissants a lovely welcoming touch. Close to village (10 min drive) with all that is needed and superb Monday market.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A little peace of paradise

  • 5 of 5

A lovely example of Normandy cottage in a quiet setting, which was just what we wanted. The garden was lovely and had the sun all day on the patio, ideal for outside living. The cottage on arrival was lovely and clean and the caretakers were very friendly and forthcoming with local information and potential places to stay. The cidre, bread and milk were most welcome.

The only minor downside was the potential lack of privacy if the other house on the site was occupied, but still wouldn't detract from a wonderful setting.

Would recommend if looking for a relaxing holiday, or for the adventurous as many great places to visit within an hour drive.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 15, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Peaceful Hideaway

  • 4 of 5

We intend to return at a future date and have already recommended the cottage to friends. Standards were good and very suitable for two people. The immediate area has much to offer with excellent tourist attractions a few miles away.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 10, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nice gite in good location

  • 3 of 5

Situated down a quiet lane and a short drive from a village, the gite is ideal for a couple.

The mezanine bedroom has a futon bed. There is a sofa bed downstairs. The kitchen is basic but adequate and the bathroom is downstairs. There is a nice seating area outside. There is no TV or internet in the gite but you can sit outside the owners house and connect to their WIFI, but this is not ideal when it's raining.

The location is good for exploring the Pay d'Auge region. Beuvron en Auge and surrounding villages are beautiful. Honfleur is wonderful and about 45 mins drive. There is plenty to fill a weeks stay.

The owners were there to meet us when we arrived at gone midnight ! They kindly left us a baguette, croissants and some milk for breakfast.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
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From the Owner

My husband and I bought this property in 2003. We went to Normandy for a holiday to visit the Landing Beaches and the Bayeux Tapestry, and discovered that this property was for sale. We immediately fell in love with it, and decided to make a purchase. We love the area for it's peace and quiet, and natural beauty, and although situated in the countryside, it is not isolated as the towns of Livarot and St. Pierre sur Dives are within 5-7 minutes drive away. If you like the seaside, the resorts of Deauville, Trouville, Cabourg and Houlgate are only 40 minutes drive away, and the city of Caen is nearby with its famous Abbey built by William the Conqueror.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Deauville at 40 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Boissey at 1.5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Ouistreham at 35 Kilometres Nearest Golf : St. Georges en Auge at 5 Kilometres Nearest Train : St. Pierre sur Dives at 5 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A13 at 25 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : A La Grace de Dieu at 3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Riva Bella (Sword Beach) at 35 Kilometres Car: necessary


50 minutes drive from the nearest Landing beaches.

Approximately one and a half hour's drive from Omaha Cemetery and Bayeux.

40-50 minutes drive from the seaside towns of Houlgate, Cabourg, Trouville and Deauville.


Nearest airport is at Deauville with flights to London City airport.

50 minutes drive from the ferry port of Caen.

2 hours drive from the ferry port of Cherbourg.

4 hours drive from the ferry ports of Calais and Boulogne and the Channel Tunnel


Nearest village is Boissey, 2 minutes drive away where there is a popular cafe/bar.

Restaurant 'La Grace de Dieu' is 3 minutes away.

St. Pierre-sur-Dives, historic market town with its 10th Century Abbey and market Hall is 5-6 minutes drive away.

The historic town of Falaise (William the Conqueror's birthplace) is half an hour's drive away.

Caen is 40 minutes drive away.

Bayeux where you can see the Bayeux Tapestry is 1 hour's drive away.

The picturesque port of Honfleur is one hour away.

Further Details:

Local market every Monday morning in St. Pierre-sur-Dives.

Nearest supermarkets in St. Pierre-sur-Dives (closed on Sunday), and Livarot, (open Sunday morning).

Nearest banks, Post Office and Doctors in St. Pierre-sur Dives.

Local Cider Farm 2-3 minutes drive away in St. George en Auge.

Buy local cheeses direct from the cheese factory at La Houssaye, half an hour's walk or 2-3 minutes drive away.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Rate 5
4 Sep 2016 - 17 Dec 2016
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Rate 6
18 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Standard price
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £135

Booking Notes:
Booking via email.
Returnable deposit 50% payable 60 days in advance.
Final payment 2 weeks before arrival by cheque or bank transfer

Changeover Day:
Preferred changeover day: Saturday, but this is flexible.
Arrival times not before 3 pm, and no later than 10.30pm.
Departure time by 10.00am.
Rates include a one-time linen and towel set up.

50% deposit required 60 days prior to arrival.
Full amount requited 2 weeks prior to arrival.
Payment by cheque or bank transfer.

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Updated: 14-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

The property is easily accessible being only 50 minutes drive from the port of Caen, just outside the town of St. Pierre sur Dives off the D4. Whether you like the peace and quiet of the countryside, city life or the seaside, the area has everything to offer. You can enjoy walking through country lanes and beautiful countryside from the front door without getting in the car. The town of Lisieux with its basilica cathedral, and the historic city of Caen are nearby, and the seaside is only a 40 minute drive away via one of the prettiest villages of France, Beuvron en Auge. The famous port of Honfleur, and the Haras du Pin both make wonderful days out, about an hour's drive away. If you simply want to relax, you can enjoy sunbathing on the sun terrace, with a glass cider.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine


  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator


  • children welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • winery tours

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • swimming


  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Newly installed downstairs shower room including WC, wash basin and washing machine.


  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: One double mezzanine bedroom. Double sofa bed in lounge.


  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Notes on accommodation: Ideally suited for a couple. Mezzanine double bedroom. Downstairs open plan living/dining room with comfortable double sofa bed, corner kitchen and separate shower room. Outside: Pretty and shady garden planted with a variety of trees and shrubs. Sun terrace with BBQ, patio furniture and sun beds. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and Linen provided and changed once a week. Property is cleaned once a week.

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