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Pretty Stone Cottage, Along the River, Fantastic Setting, Calm

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type cottage


About the property

Cottage, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms (Sleeps 6)

Enjoy this lovely and tastefully furnished cottage, in a fantastic setting with no neighbour around. Relax in the lounge chairs sent to sleep by the surging of the river The large wood terrace invits you to BBQ parties .

The 3 bedrooms are available for 6 people.

The very spacious Master bedroom includes a double bed , with an ensuite bathroom ( 2 bassins-1 bath-1 shower)

The second bedroom, usually for children, includes 2 single bed, and they have to share the bathroom of their parents

The 3rd bedroom includes 1 double bed, with a shower room ( 1 bassin, 1 shower and 1 toilets)

The river runs along the garden ( 0,5000 mile) and the right of angling is reserved for the cottage with a fishing licence available for 15 days.

5 bikes and 2 canoes are available free of charges

The cottage is located in a really interesting area for many reasons.

History William the conqueror, the drama of the D-Day landing beaches

Sea, with the delightful seaside towns from Ouistreham to Courseulles sur mer

Art:: One of the most picturesque harbour in France: Honfleur, with impressionnist painters.

Chic : of Deauville with the Paris label shops and famous boardwalk , casinos, race courses, golf,

Caen with shopping faicilities, Memorial Museum;

Gastronomy : you'll enjoy one of the most delicious cuisine e of France.

Keywords: This very well equiped and confortable cottage is located in a large lush, lawned ground. It offers complete peace. No neighbours. The cottage and its garden, faces the forest of Grimbosq. A great place for relaxing , walking, jogging,biking, canoing, private fishing.

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 17, 2017

About The Owner

I'm retired,and a grand mother . I'm living alone, and my favorite pastime is to take care of my garden.

I have 2 daughters, and 4 little children , and I enjoy visiting them.

Why The Owner chose Maizet

I fell in love with this cottage, and its setting, because it was totally alone , along the river, exposed to the sun from the sunrise to the sunset. So, the first thing I did , was to open large windows to let the light in and the sun to get in through.

It is no to far from all amenities, and it is easy to the beaches, or to Caen.

What makes this cottage unique

I like loneliness, and after a stay near by my daughters , or after a travel, it's a real pleasure to come back home , and enjoy the calm and the beauty of the setting.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thanks for 2 weeks in paradise.
Sep 2011
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Maizet Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Dialup Access
  • Fireplace ...
  • Free Long Distance
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • En-suite bathroom of the bedroom number 2 - toilet , shower , 1 basin- 1 shower-1 toilet
    en-suite bathroom of the main bedroom - tub , 2 basins,1 bath,1 shower . The toilets are on the stair head
  • The 3rd bedroom has no bathroom. It is usually for children who have to share their parent's bathroom
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Main bedroom - 1 double , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , This bedroom is usuallly for children
  • All the bedrooms are upstairs. The main double one is large and bright with a private bathroom. Bedroom 2 has a private shower room, toilets and balconny. Baby Crib available.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
cleaning is included in the rates, no extra charges.


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Pretty Stone Cottage, Along the River, Fantastic Setting, Calm
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

Dog's paradise

  • 5 of 5

We took our 3 dogs from Hong Kong all the way to Normandy to experience this pocket of paradise. Upon entering the home, it really felt like a home, unlike many other impersonal properties. It has a large and comfortable master bedroom with great views, a room with double bed and another double bedroom with en suite facing the meticulous garden. Every single window, and I mean all of them are like paintings, with views of the trees and the river. The showers was hot with good pressure. Internet speed was good as well - do note that there is no mobile signal but with technology now adays, you can always use VOIP (facetime or Skype).

Claudine greeted us when we arrived and showed us around her property. In the kitchen, we had everything you would ever need. A week's supply of nespresso coffee pods, a nice bottle of wine, butter, fruits, garlic, onion, milk....literally everything and all the condiments and other things you'd expect in the kitchen. When her friend came to pick her up, he even brought over bread, ham and salads.

There are trails all around the house - you have no neighbours and its a tranquil place to rest up and enjoy the surroundings. a 5 min walk up the trail, there's a newly built trail along a disuse train track which, i believe reaches all the way to Caen (we didn't try). On a bike, I can imagine lovely rides up and down with no traffic. Then, there's the Grimbosq forest, with ancient Normande period village mounds and old chapels. Simply amazing! Though we didn't

visit too many D-Day sites, you are really only a 30-40mins drive from the D Day beaches and all the museums.

The booking process with Claudine was flawless, efficient and simple. She also provided great information for us to do things with the dogs, such as area pet shops, beaches and walks.....we'd love to come back and already miss it!

  • Submitted: May 15, 2016
  • Stayed: April 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many many thanks , for that kind review! I can't do otherwise than welcome my hostes , as friends . And that is a fantastic exchange with people coming from other countries .
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Tel Aviv, Israel

What a great vacation!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in this beautiful Villa, last Sep. The house and the surroundings are full of beauty and comfort. The rooms are decorated with such a good taste that you don't want to leave the house. The problem is that the surroundings are tempting as well. The house is fully equiped with everything you need and more. Nothing is missing and everything is with such a good taste and plenty.

We used the house as a starting point to travel to most of the attractions between Mont Saint Michel and Honfleur and we were happy to return each evening to this comfortable home away from home.

The recreation equipment: Kayaks, bikes, etc. were all in very good shape and we used them in the river and around.

We even got some useful tips on where and how to look for fossils.

My wife and I together with our children would like to recommend this Villa for all of you who are looking for a great place to spend an unforgettable vacation.

If we come again to Normandy we will not look for any other place to be. It is simply the best!

Thank you Claudine

Kind Regards,

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Uri, so nice to reading your review, and seeing how your have loved your stay at the cottage . Be sure I'll welcome you for an other stay, with great pleasure. Kind regards Claudine
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Private sanctuary nestled in a valley

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: May 31, 2015
  • Stayed: April 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Karen and Andy, I'm re-reading your review, and I remember how it has been a pleasure to welcome you at the cottage, and also our exchanges, during the dinner by Anne-Marie has been warm. The cottage will be always yours, if you decide to come back in Normandy.
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Pictures and descriptions do not do this wonderful place justice. It is paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We just returned from a amazing stay in Normandy and the World Equestrian Games (WEGs). The horse show was spectacular but without a doubt the highlight was coming home each afternoon to this little piece of paradise. From the first afternoon we felt so at home and just astounded at our good luck in finding this treasure of a place. Sitting out on the patio in the comfortable garden furniture, revisiting our day over a glass of wine with the smells of flowers, freshly mown lawn and the herb garden wafting around us was bliss. The kitchen was a cooks dream, fully equipped with quality cookware and every type of serving dish you could ever want. Lying in bed at night and hearing the river gently running by and the owls hooting was heaven. Claudine was amazing. Instantly helpful and available and a wealth of information. Thank you so very much for a vacation we will always remember and I know we will be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is paradise!!! Nothing more to add... Many thanks Shirley that is exactly what I try to create for my hosts .
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Better than perfect

  • 5 of 5

I stayed at Claire's cottage with my family for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. If we ever come back to Normandy, I wouldn't dream of staying anywhere else. The setting is absolutely stunning, right on the Orne river with an enormous lawn. The house is completely modern with wifi, all the necessary appliances, and very spacious bedrooms. The pictures are beautiful but they still don't do the property justice. The location is definitely rural but is ideal for a full week in Normandy. It is located centrally enough within Lower Normandy that it allows for easy access to Caen, Bayeux, the D-Day beaches, as well as Mont St. Michel and the Pays d'Auge. An unexpected bonus was that it's only a 5-minute walk from La Voie Verte, a beautiful new biking/running path that goes from Caen through the Suisse Normande. Best of all, the owner Claudine (she goes by Claire) was incredibly kind and welcoming. She made sure we had everything we needed and treated us like family. I highly recommend visiting Normandy and staying in this property if you do.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Seattle, WA, USA

Beautiful home, beautiful setting, gracious and generous host!

  • 5 of 5

Claire was there to meet us when we drove up to the house on the afternoon of May 31. She was as gracious and as friendly as the house was beautiful and accommodating. As beautiful as the pictures are, they do not do the venue sufficient justice. There is every amenity imaginable; Internet, espresso maker, washer dryer, TV, etc. The house is situated just south of Caen and the setting is absolutely stunning. The Orne River is literally in the back yard. The cities of Rouen, Bayeux, Le Mont St. Michel, as well as the historical sites of the Normandy invasion are no more than 90 minutes away. The house is as comfortable as it is beautiful. My family of four spent a week there in order to be part of the 70th Anniversary Commemoration of the Invasion of Normandy. I would stay in this house again in a heartbeat.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
DEAUVILLE 5 (Saint Gatien
Nearest Barpub
13 Miles
Nearest Ferry
22 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Miles
Nearest Train
13 Miles
Nearest Motorway
13 Miles
A 13
Nearest Restaurant
7 Miles
Nearest Beach
18 Miles
Car: necessary

base of climbing, and paragliding ( Lionel Theray Base)

at 45mn/

At the door of the cottage , 'La Voie verte' offers the possibility to walk, bike, or go rollerskating to Caen on the ancient railway ( 8 miles) and then, from Caen to Ouistreham on the tow-path : 14 miles


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional
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Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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