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Idyllic, Modernized Thatched Cottage 2 Bed, Sleep 4, Both En Suite

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths3
Space 500 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Set In 3 Acres, Very Quiet & Peaceful Near Lake Dathee And Golf

Superbly furnished and modernised, situated in the prettiest calvados region and near the spectacular vire gorges. Lake dathee features boating and fishing. Superb 18 hole golf course overlooking the lake. Market town, vire (5km), offers shopping, dining and all facilities inc. Internet cafe. Easy driving to granville and sandy beaches, le mont st. Michel, bayeux and the normandy landing beaches.

Fully fitted new (2010) dining kitchen with dishwasher, full oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, more crockery & utensils than you need.

Satellite english freeview tv/dvd/video/cd stereo, log burner in lounge, central heating and double glazing, garden furniture and bbq. Not overlooked and set in 3 acres with ample parking. Near bakery/bar (1-2km).


Two bedroom, sleep 4, both en suite with bath & shower

Lake/golf 2km .

Quiet 3 acres down 50m drive.

South facing views across tranquil countryside.

Cot inc mattress(no bedding), baby bath/high chair

How to get there: 1. Ferries are the most popular way of getting there. There is a choice of le havre, ouistreham (caen), cherbourg or st-malo, all of which have regular crossings from the uk and leave about 1 to 11/2 hours drive. Crossings to boulogne or calais by ferry or channel tunnel would leave a 4-5 hour drive on quiet motorways or scenic drives through quiet countryside.

Things to do in the area: there should be lots of information at the cottages but the following are a few “must do’s” when in the area all within about 1 hour travelling and you may be able to research more online depending what you like doing:- 1. Bayeux tapestry and town. 2. The normandy landing beaches are about 1 ¼ hours away with lots to see 3. Mont st. Michel and granville on the coast to the west 4. Villedieu les poeles (gods town of frying pans!!) 40 mins west on tuesdays(check) and is renowned for copper and brass and bell foundries. 5. Swiss normandy is an area of normandy including the orne and calvados districts, south of the river seine. Its name comes from the river orne that flows across the area, making deep gorges/cliffs and creating spectacular rocky landscapes. The main towns in suisse normandy are thury-harcourt, clecy and pont d'ouilly. Nearby, falaise, birthplace of william the conqueror. 6. Vire market is friday. There is a tourist information centre, internet cafe & free parking.

More things to do in the area: 7. Vire market again from memory is friday and there is a tourist information centre and internet café near the main car park (free!!!) just off the centre. 8. Also nearby is a railway track converted to a footpath/bridleway if you fancy a day walking 9. Further south on the west coast are the submarine pens from wwii at st nazaire 10. If you like walking try the vire gorges, or the st. Sever forest which is very close. 11. Nearby is lake dathee and is a nice gentle circular walk around the lake with picnic areas. Above the lake is a great 18 hole golf course and the views are brilliant. 12. The bar in st. Manvieu bocage near la clartiere also has a few provisions and bread and is “very local” –worth a visit for the experience and the “plat du jour”. Also a “fish & chip” van run by an english family visits on a wednesday(check it is running) and you can eat them in the bar which is normally packed so get there early from 6pm.

More Details

Property Manager
owner/property manager
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
August 13, 2018

About owner/property manager

After 10 years together we eventually married on New Years Eve 2003. As we had sold our schools equipment mail order business we travelled the world on many different types of holiday. Eventually, in 2007, we arrived in the Calvados Region of Normandy near a delightful market town of Vire. We were so struck by the area that we bought the cottage, La Clartiere that we were renting. It has been completely renovated to a very high standard to highlight the original wood and stone features whilst ensuring that it benefited from all modern fixtures, furnishing and comforts demanded by todays travellers. We hope you like it. Stephen & Eileen Plummer, Ashby, Leicestershire, England

owner/property manager purchased this cottage in 2007

Why owner/property manager chose Saint-Manvieu-Bocage

On our first visit to the area we were struck by the quiet, unhurried and calm atmosphere and were overwhelmed by the friendly welcome we got from the French. This area was badly affected in World War 2 and there is still a deep affection for the Allied forces for the liberation and the sacrifices they made. The region boasts a wealth of fine restaurants, mostly family run, where the food is prepared from first principles at very reasonable prices. If you want to leave behind the stresses of modern day living for a quiet and peaceful location then this is the place for you. Within 5 miles, the market town of Vire offers all facilities with every shop you could possibly need and a bustling market each week. For more local involvement the village of St Manvieux Bocage is only 2 miles from the cottage and there you can have a drink at the local bar. This is why we chose the property!

What makes this cottage unique

The location is ideally placed(1 miles) near a lake(fishing)and a superb 18 hole golf course.The countryside is ideal for walking. The Housekeeper lives nearby and is English so language is not a problem and she is happy to answer any queries you may have.

Guestbook comments from the manager

Just got home yesterday after our trip to Normandy and Bruges. La Clartiere was perfect in every way and we had a wonderful stay in the area, it is set in a lovely area and we explored a lot but it was always good to return to the cottage to relax; you seemed to have thought about everything and it was very well presented for us by Liz - we did our best to leave it as we found it

We will certainly hope to stay at your cottage if we make a return trip to the area

Many thanks for the use of your lovely cottage

Hinks family, Lincolnshire, England. September 2012
Sep 2012
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Saint-Manvieu-Bocage Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 500 sq ft
  • 2 stories
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 3 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , Both bedrooms have this ensuite facility
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , Downstairs facility
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , Downstairs cloakroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , ensuite with bath, shower and toilet
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Ensuite with private bath & shower
  • Both are Ensuite with private bath & shower
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 4 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
Very quiet location down 50 metre drive from very quiet country road and set in 3 acre fields


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Idyllic, Modernized Thatched Cottage 2 Bed, Sleep 4, Both En Suite
average rating of 5.0 based on 15 reviews
North Yorkshire

Peace and quite guaranteed

  • 5 of 5

The best lay out we found, 1 x double with en-suite + 1 x twin bedded room with en-suite. Well equipped kitchen, large patio area and secluded garden. Downstairs cloakroom with washing machine. Not too far from local shops, super markets, petrol pumps and eating places.

Ideally suited for visiting the Normandy coast line at max 1.5 hrs in any direction.

A little welcome pack thrown in on arrival, a truly great place I would return tomorrow, Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Jul 26, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Paul. Glad you enjoyed the cottage. We stayed there 10 years ago and liked it so much we bought it!! A typical English fully modernised country cottage with a French twist in idyllic quiet and secluded surroundings yet close to all facilities and plenty to see and do. hope to see you again. Stephen & Eileen
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Tom and Maureen

  • 5 of 5

Very peaceful. Beautiful cottage, secluded. Well equipped. The whole experience was very good. We were pleasantly surprised to find some of the essentials when we arrived........milk, bread, fruit and wine. La Clartiere is a good centre for touring, many interesting places within an hours drive. We would recommend it to our friends

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks tom & Maureen. Hope to see you again soon Stephen & Eileen
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Lovely cottage

  • 5 of 5

We spent a lovely week at Le Clartiere. The garden and outside dining areas were ideal and the kitchen and dining/sitting areas were very comfortable and well equipped. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for your kind comments and we are glad you enjoyed your stay. We have tried to equip the cottage to the same standards as our home rather than just a "rental". We are glad you enjoyed your stay. Stephen & Eileen
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Nearest Airport
40 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
St Manvieu Bocage
Nearest Ferry
40 Miles
Caen, or Le Havre or Cherbourg
Nearest Golf
1 Miles
Lake Du Dathee
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Nearest Beach
40 Miles
Granville west and Normandy Landing Beaches north

Very quiet rural location down 50m drive. 1km to Lake Dathee (boating, fishing, gentle circular walk and picnic areas) and superb 18 hole golf course. Local bar & provisions(2km). 6km from Vire (historic market town, all facilities and supermarkets). 1 hour north Bayeux tapestry and the Normandy landing beaches. 1 hour west to Mont St. Michel and Granville on the coast. Villedieu les Poeles (Gods town of frying pans!!) 40 min west has a great market on Tuesdays and is renowned for copper, brass and bell foundries. Swiss Normandy includes Orne and Calvados districts, south of the River Seine. Its name comes from the River Orne that flows across the area, making deep gorges and cliffs creating spectacular rocky landscapes. The main towns in Suisse Normandy are Thury-Harcourt, Clecy and Pont d'Ouilly. Nearby, Falaise, birthplace of William the Conqueror, makes for an interesting visit too. For walking try the Vire Gorges or the St. Sever forest nearby or 1km to the flat old railway line trail.

Golf: Vire Golf Club is an excellent 18 hole course open to visitors with a beautiful setting and views overlooking Lake Dathee. It is only 2km from the cottage -La Clartiere.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Bed linen/towels person $17.16
Refundable damage deposit $285.98

Utilities included for start dates 21st May -10th September 2016

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.