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Traditional Cottage In The Countryside



Updated: 31-Oct-2016
Cottage in Castillon-en-Auge, Lisieux, Calvados, Normandy, France - Rural Countryside Location In The Normandy Countryside

Traditional colombage cottage set in an idyllic rural location deep in the heart of the Pays d'Auge. This is the perfect location for those wishing to get away from the hustle and bustle of life yet have a base perfect for exploring this region of France. The property comprises an open-plan sitting room with kitchen and dining area, mezzanine bedroom (with twin beds) bordered by old beams (bedroom unsuitable for unsupervised young children) steps to bathroom and double bedroom. Set in a large (3/4 acre) garden a stone's throw from my own holiday house.

  • Sleeps 4
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Washing machine
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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About the Owner

I have owned this property for over a decade and spent many happy family holidays there. In recent years I have let the property out to friends who have all loved the time spend in Castille-en-Auge, now it's my pleasure to offer you this great opportunity to enjoy a holiday with a difference.

A simple dwelling without the modern trappings, for me it's the tranquility of the location away from the hustle and bustle of life that is the real appeal. The ability to just relax on a sunny day, to enjoy some of the finest Calvados and Cheeses France has to offer all made locally. And if there is fruit on the trees when you are staying then please help yourselves.

It's a gorgeous part of the world and I hope you have a wonderful stay.


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Guestbook comments from the owner

"We love it here, sitting on the patio, glass of wine in hand watching the cows watching us" Alison & Simon from Poole, Dorset

"It has been a fantastic few days and your home is beautiful" Torin from Swanage, Dorset

"Many hundreds of thanks for letting us use your house" Jonny from Wareham, Dorset

"Thank you so much. Had such an amazing time in the most beautiful area ever. Love Sophie." from Swanage, Dorset

"What an incredibly tranquil and beautiful place to stay, nice and simple too which suits me just fine. So peaceful and such a great base for exploring a wonderful region of France. And the stars....wow I haven't seen so many stars ever. Thank you. I'll definitely be back" Peter from Clitheroe, Lancashire
Mar 2015
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4 Reviews

based on 4 holidaymaker reviews


Peaceful cottage in rural Normandy.

  • 4 of 5

We stayed for five nights in Castillon - we are a family of four, with two kids aged 7 and 5. The cottage is set in a beautiful part of Normandy with loads to explore. We enjoyed the wildlife park Cerza, the local town of Livarot's cheese festival and a trip to the forest around Falaise. The cottage is remote and rural, with beautiful farms around, but also near enough to local towns.

The cottage is very quaint, in the local half timbered style. It is fairly basic inside, and you may want to take with you: bottle opener, can opener, cheese grater, tea towels, bed sheets, pillowcases and duvet covers (it does mention that bed linen isn't provided on the listing, but we'd not read the small print - the owner kindly lent us some spares!).

It is worth pointing out that the cottage is set in the garden of the owner Katharine's house, a short stone's throw from the house. The owners were also staying there on holiday when we visited, so the feel is more of staying in someone's garden than the isolation that you would feel if you were there on your own. Katharine and her daughter were very nice to us, popping in to drop off a night light when she noticed we'd left the lights on overnight for our little ones, and bringing us useful leaflets for local attractions!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 19, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay! With regard to the proximity of the cottage to my own house, I would add that the garden areas of each are screened from each other by shrubs, and, although we do have to pass the cottage on the way to and from the entrance to the property, we are careful not to intrude on guests' privacy. I was pleased to be able to be of assistance in lending you both linen and a nightlight for the children: given the rural nature of the property and the fact that it is a half-timbered building, I do ask guests to turn off lights at night and when they go out in order to minimise any fire risk! I have taken note of the utensils you missed and will provide these for future guests.
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Perfect for those wanting to get away from it all

  • 4 of 5

This cottage is exactly what you would want - if you want to get away from it all. It has absolutely no modern electronics - no wi fi, no television, even no radio (decent mobile signal though). The furnishings are pretty basic, but perfectly adequate, and access to the bathroom from the lounge is quirky.

Having said all that, we had a fabulous stay in a lovely cottage in a beautiful area of Normandy.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect place for those looking for peace & quiet

  • 5 of 5

This property is exactly as described - rustic & in the middle of nowhere. We were lucky enough to be able to spend most of the time in the garden enjoying the sunshine and a glass of wine (or two), while enjoying listening to the cows, sheep & woodpeckers. There are some lovely local villages to amble around & Cabourg is definitely worth visiting. There are no mod cons in this property which makes it a perfect place to relax & get away from it all.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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the right place where you can enjoy calmness and nature

  • 4 of 5

We were really glad to have found a place where we could live and relax surrounded by nature and animals (big trees, pastures, cows, sheep...). When we opened the door of our bedroom, we had the impression of living outside in pure nature.

Although it was aready in the second half or August, we always had wonderful weather (hot and sunny) and so we could take all our meals outside - what we really enjoyed a lot.

Our hosts Katherine and her daughter Laura were always so friendly and ready to help with all the information we needed (e.g. where to buy things, what to visit...). On the other hand they were really very careful not to intrude in our privacy.

We liked to visit Lisieux several times, the fromagerie of Livarot, the amazing cliffs of Etretât, other seaside places, Caen with the magnificent castle of William the conquerer and all the second world war memorial places (which were especially interesting for our two sons).

  • Review Submitted: Sep 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

Finding a great property in a wonderful location is a challenging task but fun too. A thorough search of the Normandy area and we discovered this wonderful quaint cottage tucked away in rural Normandy. Whatever the season this location has its charms. On warm clear days the sun beams down and one has to relax. When it is raining then you have the possibility to visit towns in the regions together with their amazing markets. In the winter the scenery is stunning. At night when the sky is clear the heavens are full of stars. Everyone who visits has a wonderful time and I hope you enjoy your stay too.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Caen at 57 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Livarot at 8 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Le Havre at 91 Kilometres Nearest Train : Lisieux at 21 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : D579 at 7 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Livarot at 8 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Cabourg at 43 Kilometres Car: necessary


Cabourg is the nearest beach which, at 43km away, takes about 45 minutes.



1 1/4 hour's drive from Le Havre. 1 1/2 hour's drive from Caen.


Just over 1 hour's drive from Deauville. 1 1/2 hour's drive from Caen. We recommend that you hire a car.


Livarot = 8km

Lisieux = 20km

Château de Vendeuvre = 20km

Honfleur = 56km

Bayeux = 75km

Normandie-Maine Natural Regional Park = 79km

D-Day beaches are around 85km away

Further Details:

Livarot is the best place for local shopping and boasts two supermarkets, a great selection of shops including several boulangeries (try the freshly baked different types of bread and the beautiful pâtisseries!), banks, a post office and a really helpful tourist information centre providing free WiFi.

Don't miss the Monday morning market at St Pierre-sûr-Dives (lots to see including plenty of fresh food, chickens, rabbits and ferrets); and why not bring home some fabulous mussels for lunch?

The local cheeses are spectacular (a visit to the cheese museum in Livarot is not to be missed!) and the Calvados is 2nd to none.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
XMAS/NewYear 2016
19 Dec 2016 - 2 Jan 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Summer 2017
1 Jul 2017 - 3 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £100
Pet Fee £20

Booking Notes:
Please reserve on the site first.

Payment in full is due within 7 days of reserving - no deposit then your reservation is cancelled.

Changeover Day:

Notes on prices:
Please contact me to discuss your specific requirements

Pets permitted only if request made and full details given at time of booking, and on condition that any damage caused by pets is paid for and all mess cleaned up and removed from site by holidaymaker.

No smoking in the property or on the terrace.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

The rural seclusion, clean air and countryside living plus a great view of the orchard next door (grazed by Normandy cows, frequented by deer and the occasional wild boar) and the fruit trees planted on our own land.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine


  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Main bathroom accessible from bedroom 2 and (via two steps up and two steps down) the reception room. Bath with shower attached, sink, w/c, washing machine.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 (mezzanine) with two single beds. Please note that this bedroom is bordered by beams between which are gaps: bedroom unsuitable for young children. Bedroom 2 (downstairs) with one double bed. There are duvets and pillows on the beds.


  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: Electric heaters. Outside: Patio, 2 folding wooden chairs and table, two folding metal/fabric chairs Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Between guests' visits the property is checked for cleanliness. Guests are expected to leave the property clean and tidy and to dispose of their own rubbish and recycling. Towels and linen are NOT provided.

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