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

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Last updated: 04/05/2017
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  • Minimum stay:1-4 nights
  • Sleeps:4
  • Bedrooms:2
  • Bathrooms:0.75
  • Property type:Cottage
  • Internet:No
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

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.


Member since: 2009

Speaks: english
Calendar last updated: 04/05/2017

Property Type

  • 2 story
  • Cottage
  • 500 sq. ft.

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy 4
  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome
  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals


  • Long-Term Renters Welcome
  • Wheelchair Inaccessible

Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

  • Bedroom 1: 1 double

    ensuite with bath, shower and toilet...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

    Ensuite with private bath & shower...moreless

  • Both are Ensuite with private bath & shower

Bathrooms: 0 Bathrooms, 3 Half Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1: toilet

    Both bedrooms have this ensuite facility...moreless

  • Bathroom 2: toilet

    Downstairs facility...moreless

  • Bathroom 3: toilet

    Downstairs cloakroom...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Very quiet location down 50 metre drive from very quiet country road and set in 3 acre fields...moreless


  • Books:

    Wide selection of books...moreless

  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library:

    Large selection of Rock/Pop to Classical CD's....moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Approx 40 free view satellite UK programs available including all BBC and ITV channels and Sky News....moreless

  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library:

    Wide selection of Videos and DVD's....moreless


  • Away From It All
  • Romantic


  • Churches
  • Museums
  • Restaurants

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Rural:

    quiet location set in 3 acres and not overlooked or shared...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Hiking


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 4 people


  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Full gas central heating...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Linens available by arrangement...moreless

  • Living Room:

    Log burner with complimentary logs...moreless

  • Parking:

    Ample space for several vehicles...moreless

  • Towels Provided:

    Towels available by arrangement...moreless

  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove:

    Logs provided...moreless


  • Coffee Maker:


  • Dishes & Utensils:

    more pots, pans, crockery and utensils than you will need...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer:

    Full size under counter freezer...moreless

  • Kitchen:

    Electric Cooker and Ceramic Hob, Microwave, Dishwasher, Washing Machine, Fridge, Freezer and sink. Fully fitted cupboards with wide range of pots, pans, cutlery, plates, bowls and other equipment....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Full size Electric oven and hob...moreless

  • Pantry Items:

    Full range of pots, pans, plates bowls, glassware, cutlery and other equipment....moreless

  • Refrigerator:

    full size under counter fridge...moreless

  • Stove:

    Full size Electric oven and hob...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    South facing with Patio table, chairs, loungers and sun umbrella...moreless



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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Spring 2017
Mar 18 - May 19, 2017
4 night min stay
Summer 2017
May 20 - Jun 23, 2017
4 night min stay
summer 2017
Jun 24 - Aug 18, 2017
4 night min stay
Summer 2017
Aug 19 - Sep 15, 2017
4 night min stay
Autumn 2017
Sep 16 - Oct 27, 2017
4 night min stay
Winter 2017
Oct 28 - Dec 8, 2017
4 night min stay
Christmas/New Year 2017
Dec 9 - Jan 4, 2018
4 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Bed linen/towels person $16.31
  • Refundable Damage Deposit $271.80


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

Manager's cancellation policy:

50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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Last updated: 04/05/2017
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40 Miles
Nearest Airport
2 Miles
Nearest Barpub
St Manvieu Bocage
40 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Caen, or Le Havre or Cherbourg
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
Lake Du Dathee
5 Miles
Nearest Train
5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
40 Miles
Nearest Beach
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.


Manager info

Year Purchased: 2007

About: 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

Why St-Manvieu-Bocage, France:
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!

The Unique Benefits at this Cottage:
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.

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Speaks: english
Calendar last updated: 04/05/2017

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  • View from the south facing garden

    View from the south facing garden

  • Lounge showing log burner

    Lounge showing log burner

  • Master double bedroom with ensuite

    Master double bedroom with ensuite

  • Date stone

    Date stone

  • Side view of fields belonging to the property and giving complete privacy

    Side view of fields belonging to the property and giving complete privacy

  • Nearby (2 miles) 18 hole golf course

    Nearby (2 miles) 18 hole golf course

  • Lounge area with door to patio

    Lounge area with door to patio

  • Country kitchen(new) with fridge, full size freezer, electric oven and hob

    Country kitchen(new) with fridge, full size freezer, electric oven and hob

  • Entrance Hall & Cloakroom

    Entrance Hall & Cloakroom

  • View over fields from upstairs. All the land is part of the property

    View over fields from upstairs. All the land is part of the property

  • Nearby (2 miles) 18 hole golf course

    Nearby (2 miles) 18 hole golf course

  • View over Lake Dathee(not from cottage) 2 miles away

    View over Lake Dathee(not from cottage) 2 miles away

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This listing was first published here in 2012.

Date last modified - Wednesday, April 05, 2017

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