"We have had many, many VRBO rentals over the years (in locations ranging from Napa to Paris), but this one tops the list - and there are no close seconds. The moment I saw the photos, I knew it was perfect for two tired US-based research/teaching professors who needed to get away for some recovery time at the end of a long academic year. We spent 8 days in this wonderful sanctuary (including several days when we never left the house)...and will be eternally grateful to Claire, a truly gracious host who did everything possible to make our stay nothing less than perfect. The home, which was beautifully restored after damage during WWII, sits on a small river in a valley nestled in a park. Open the windows and you can hear the river flow and birds (tons of birds) singing 24/7. The home is well stocked with anything you could possibly need...we did most of the cooking at home, in the newly renovated kitchen, and enjoyed our evenings reading in the living room, which has a beautiful fireplace and large, open windows to view the scenic surroundings. Because Claire left to visit family after we arrived, her best friend Anne-Marie (who lives in Maizet), an outgoing and warm communications/journalist who lived in the States for a few years while earning her Masters at Columbia University, was our go-to person for any questions, concerns, etc. We appreciate her helping us to refine our rusty French language skills and her exquisite cooking expertise! All in all, it was the best vacation we have had and this was due in no small part to the hospitality of both Claire and Anne-Marie.
A few words of advice to anyone visiting this area: Be sure to have a GPS, it will help you locate anything and everything (including this sequestered home). It's a short jaunt (<1 hr) to pretty much anywhere you'd want to go along the northern beaches, eg Mont Saint Michel, Bayeaux, Normandy DDay beaches, etc. One attraction that we likely would have missed but thankfully did not is the Pegasus Bridge and museum in nearby Caen - highly recommended for anyone interested in the WWII aspects of this beautiful region of France.
Merci, merci Claire and Anne-Marie -- we will be back!"
Date of Stay: April 2015
Review Submitted: May 31, 2015