La Jacinthe is a studio apartment, an ideal base for a couple looking for a countryside getaway and is also popular as a relaxing base for house hunters who have organised a week to view other properties for their own French idyll. La Jacinthe has a mezzanine bedroom with double bed, and nice views and an attractive living room (with flat-screen TV, receiving main French and British channels, plus DVD player) with separate dining area with kitchenette. (combined microwave & convection oven). Shower-room with toilet.
The sofa in the living room can be converted into a bed, which is sometime useful for small families, or please request a cot if needed.
Outside within the larger shared gardens, is La Jacinthe's own garden, with garden furniture so you can sit and enjoy the food and drink that the region is famous for.
Farmhouse (longere) consisting of 3 self contained gites in 2 acres of gardens with pool house and heated indoor pool.
Top Traveller Review
Many thanks for a lovely stay.
About the Owner
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 Calvados
We were attracted
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 payment of 25% is payable on booking, and the rest 4 weeks before arrival.
A £100 cash deposit is payable on arrival (refundable when you return keys unless damages or excessive cleaning required)
Saturday is the usual changeover day.
Arrivals are from 16:00
Departure is by 10:00
(2 traveller reviews)
We had a fantastic, relaxing holiday at Bon Courage and would definitely stay again. The grounds were beautifully maintained, as was the accommodation. It felt more like borrowing a home from a friend because there was easy access to the pool, laundry, any extra equipment needed and the experience felt very hospitable. I thought it was very reasonably priced too. Everything was spotlessly clean and in good working order, especially the shower.
Many thanks for a lovely stay.
A relaxing break in lovely surroundings.
The apartment and grounds were very clean and well maintained. The property had everything we needed for a holiday home and having Sky T V was a bonus.
We had some good days out, but since the weather was so good just lazing in the gardens and pool was ideal and a pleasure in such nice surroundings.
It would be helpful if the leaflets and brochures were reviewed as most were out of date, although they did give an overview of what there was to do in the area. Information about restaurants in the area would also be good. Also, information about where the doctor, local hospital and other services are would be useful.
From the Owner
“We were attracted”
Activity and Interests
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.
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
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.
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.
- Away From It All
- Farm Holidays
- Sports & Activities
- Tourist Attractions
- Hair Dryer
- Tumble Dryer
- Washing Machine ...
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Oven ...
- Pantry Items
- Dining ...
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Satellite / Cable ...
- Video Library
Pool / Spa
- Communal Pool
- Heated Pool
- Indoor Pool
- wheelchair inaccessible
- autumn foliage
- horse riding
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
- Bedroom 1
- Golf ...
- Max. occupancy: 3
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- children welcome
- 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.