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Farmhouse In Idyllic Countryside With Heated Indoor Pool And 2 Acres Of Gardens - Bon Courage (whole) Sleeps 15 (6 Bedrooms)

Bedrooms 6
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking



Bon Courage (whole) Sleeps 15 (6 Bedrooms)

Bon Courage is a delightful farmhouse consisting of 3 self contained gites in 2 acres of gardens with pool house and solar heated pool. It has been beautifully restored with a wealth of beams and rustic charm. It stands in 2 acres of beautiful, private grounds, laid mainly to lawn, including an orchard, play area with a trampoline and swings and idyllic gardens for the use of our guests. In short: The perfect place for a relaxing holiday in beautiful Normandy!

The indoor swimming pool is heated by solar panels and open from mid May to September. Sun loungers are provided for your comfort and relaxation. There also is a barbecue area and boules court.

The house is divided into four self contained units, which are each comfortably furnished and well equipped with electric cookers, microwaves, fridges, all cooking utensils.

The following three units, which can be rented individually or together in any combination are: Snowdrop sleeps 6/7, Primrose sleeps 6, Hyacinth sleeps 2/3

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About the property


Farmhouse (longere) consisting of 3 self contained gites in 2 acres of gardens with pool house and heated indoor pool.

Claire Rackstraw
Member since: 2015
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
20 November, 2017

About Claire Rackstraw

We started to go on holiday in France more and more for the food, drink, countryside and beaches. We then fell in love Bon Courage as an idyllic get away and we hope you do too.

Claire Rackstraw purchased this farmhouse in 2015

Why Claire Rackstraw chose Pierres

We were attracted

Available Rentals

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Booking Notes:
Please contact us to confirm your requested dates are free, and if so and you would like to book we will send you a booking form.

A security payment of £400 is payable on booking, and the rest 4 weeks before arrival.

The security deposit will be refunded three weeks after departure (unless damages or cleaning required)

Changeover Day:
Saturday is the usual changeover day.
Arrivals are from 16:00
Departure is by 10:00


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Pierres in Calvados

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 16 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 4 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 5 - Shower Enclosure
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Games ...
  • Video Library
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • library
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
Notes on accommodation: Bed Linen is included. Garden toys, puzzles, board games, books and DVDs are available for you to enjoy. Baby equipment is available (free) on request. Outside: Poolhouse with 8x4m solar heated pool (open end of May to September) 2 acres of beautiful gardens. Boules/petanque court. Play equipment (swings, trampoline). BBQs Garden furniture for each unit for relaxing and enjoying the stunning views. Toys and games for children and adults alike.


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Bon Courage (whole) Sleeps 15 (6 Bedrooms)
average rating of 4.5 based on 8 reviews

Better on paper than in reality!

  • 2 of 5

Considering the owners had stayed there the week before and we met them as we arrived we were rather taken aback that La Jacinthe and Primrose were not ready. e.g.( La Jacinthe) Fridge not turned on, defrosted and full of water and the whole apartment not cleaned.

Shower drainage was inadequate and if more than one person was taking a shower in ANY part of the property you ended up with a cold shower.

Cleanliness and maintenance left a lot to be desired through-out.

Itinerary of broken items on arrival:- Sofa bed (Children had to sleep on the floor on blow up beds), Window blind, Shower door in Primrose and swimming pool pump. None of this was rectified during our stay.

Swimming pool was too cold to use even on hot sunny days. The filter had not been cleaned for some time which I found frustrating as the owners could have cleaned it while they were staying there.

On the plus side this property was in an amazing area for exploring. The grounds were pretty fantastic with plenty of space for everyone.

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Fantastic property set in splendid grounds - with a Pool!

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of three families looking for a quiet place - but with enough to keep five children occupied for a week.

The property is nert Vire in normandie and is quite a way away from other people. it is three self contained units, a 1 bed, a 2 bed and a 3 bed. All the properties have cooking / kettle / micro and the grounds of the estate contain a pool.

The weather was a little mixed when we visited, but was mostly warm enough for the kids to use the pool every day. The pool house is surrounded by lush grass, a small football pitch, a trampoline and a boules court - loads to do.

We had barbeques most evenings sitting out the back or out the front of the property - you aren't distrubed by anybdy and the kids probably didn't disturb anyone else.

Had the weather been bad the pads all had TV / DVD / Play stations - and hundreds of DVDs. Also loads of outdoor games as indoor ones.

Overall - we had a great week, celebrated two birthdays and a wedding anniversary - what more could you want or need?

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Hidden Gem

  • 5 of 5

The most relaxing holiday I've had in years! Our Gite was spotless and the grounds better than shown. With a mixture of pool days and trips to seaside and Festyland everyone was more than catered for. We can't wait to book again.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A well spent Easter week to remember

  • 5 of 5

On arrival we found it clean, tidy and the property managers Jacqui and Stuart were very helpful. From our bedroom window there were excellent views of the countryside. From the many walks we went on we loved seeing the primroses in the hedgerows. Despite being in secluded and beautiful countryside, just a 10 minute drive away was a large supermarket to stock up on provisions.

I liked the peace, quiet and tranquility. The large gardens and lawns were well maintained.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: March 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Well equipped and comfortable in beautiful area.

  • 5 of 5

The gite is set in lovely surroundings with very large grounds and modern indoor heated swimming pool. Accomodation is modern and well maintained and all the facilities are well equipped. Bedrooms are very comfortable, Had a really good time and experience. Access to the road network is easy and found the roads very quiet all week.

  • Review Submitted: 30-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Relaxing break in tranquil location

  • 5 of 5

The property and grounds were more spacious than they looked in the photos. We stayed in Hyacinth which was comfortable and well equipped. The gardens were well maintained and provided plenty of space for children to play safely outdoors. My daughter used the trampoline and swings. There were lots of games, garden activities, books, toys and dvds available to use. The pool is housed in a separate building in the garden with a toilet and shower block which was convenient. There was plenty of seating and space around the pool to watch the kids splash around while we relaxed. We used the barbecue in the garden and sat at one of the picnic benches to eat. The gite is in a very quiet location but there were shops and towns within easy reach by car. We visited a local market, spent a day at Festyland theme park and visited beautiful beaches. Perfect location to unwind. We would love to explore more of Normandy and hope to stay at Bon Courage again. Thank you for a relaxing, stress-free break.

  • Review Submitted: 28-May-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
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Nearest Airport
55 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
75 Kilometres
Nearest Train
14 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
65 Kilometres
Car: necessary


Either a drive north about 60km through beautiful countryside and villages to the wide expanses of the Normandy landing beaches, or West 50km to the coast facing the channel islands, or another 30km further west/south west to the unmissable Mont Saint-Michel and thence the beaches of Brittany. This is a good central location for exploring a few different beaches and coasts.


Eurotunnel/Calais - 250 miles approx 4 hours

Caen (Ouistreham) - 50 miles approx 1 hour

Cherbourg - 80 miles approx 1 3/4 hours

Le Havre - 90 miles approx 2 hours

St. Malo - 80 miles approx 1 3/4 hours

Dieppe - 140 miles approx 2 1/2 hours


Bon Courage, Avilly, is located in PIERRES, which is situated in Southern Calvados (in the heart of rural Normandy). The closest large town is VIRE at approximately 8 miles and VASSY is the nearest village at about 3 miles.

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Local Information & Activities

Situated in Southern Calvados, Bon Courage gives ample opportunities for those who wish to explore the rich history of the region, which also offers plenty of leisure activities, such as hiking, canoeing/kayaking, golf, equestrian and bike riding.

Following are a few examples:

Historical & Cultural Visits

World War II History

Family Outings


Mont Saint Michel

Undoubtedly this site is one of the most spectacular jewels of France. Its rich history makes a visit to the Mont St. Michel an unforgettable experience. A guided tour is highly recommended, as this will give an excellent and detailed insight of the historical, religious and ‘powerful’ importance of this venue during the French history. The views of and from the Mont St. Michel are stunning.

Bayeux Tapestry

A visit to the Bayeux Tapestry Museum is a must and impressive. The history and events of the Battle of Hastings and the Norman invasion in 1066 is portrayed on a 270 feet long tapestry. The woven details of this historical event pictured on the embroidery are well preserved, considering its age and are breathtaking. Given that this museum is quite popular and in order to avoid long queues an early start is recommended.

William the Conqueror’s Castle ( Falaise Castle)

This is a real gem and a castle worthy of a day’s visit, this castle dominates the town of Falaise and is very impressive. The castle has ongoing restoration to its walls and one can well picture William being born there and growing up as a child. Another great venue to see and enjoy, the tour is mostly inside and undercover with a different way of showing a castle using art, lights and sound to make this a magical visit.