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Beautiful 17th century colombage cider press set in idyllic valley

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Wonderful valley setting - 3 Beds, sleeps 2 - 5, new bathroom; perfect location

Our 17th century cider press is situated in the tranquil and picturesque Touques valley which joins the sea at the beach resort of Deauville 45 minutes drive away. The house is convenient for the attractive towns of Orbec and Lisieux and is an ideal base for a family holiday in Normandy.

It is set amongst apple orchards and pastures, in the heart of cheese and cider country. Bayeux, Suisse Normande and Honfleur all within easy reach. Local activities include walking, cycling, restaurants, Châteaux visits.

Accommodation is on the first floor, downstairs being used as a gardening store, giving all the rooms views over the surrounding countryside. Large living/dining room with kitchen area adjoining, 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single (plus folding-bed) modern bath/shower room and separate WC. Pretty 1/4 acre garden with terraces in idyllic setting. Electric heaters throughout. The channel tunnel is about 3 hours, ferries just 1 hour.

Eating out: Examples of local Norman cuisine include: Le Tournebroche in Notre Dame de Courson is excellent and gaining in reputation and is traditional, child-tolerant and good value. It also has a restaurant with the bar – often full of locals at lunchtime having great value plats du jour.The creperie in Livarot is also cheap and cheerful.

In Orbec there is au Caneton which though more expensive, is one of the best in the area. There’s a mid-priced restaurant nearby in the main street – L’Orbecoise.

Further afield there is the Auberge des Deux Tonneaux at Pierrefite-en-Auge, north of Lisieux. It’s 20 minutes drive north of Lisieux, but on a fine day this simple restaurant/creperie’s orchard garden is idyllic and serves good Calvados; there are lovely way-marked walks close by as well. It can get full, so arrive early for lunch.

Staying local : Nearer to home there is one of Normandy’s jewels - the very pretty, moated chateau of St Germain de Livet, further down the Touques valley towards Lisieux. You can go on guided tours into the house or just look at the grounds. The two local towns, Livarot and Orbec, are about 10 and 15 minutes away respectively. Both are attractive, characterful places. Livarot has a cheese museum recommended by many and Orbec, a little bigger, offers a pleasant wander around the shops.

There is a zoo-cum-safari park north-east of Lisieux which is worth a family trip - you will find details in the house.

More Details

Neil Malcolm
Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
March 1, 2018

About Neil Malcolm

We are both keen musicians, singing and playing here in Oxford. I work for Oxford University Press and Catherine is a teacher and writer.

Neil Malcolm purchased this house in 1989

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a great time as a family at La Bouvrie. We have been in Normandy since childhood but never in the Payd D'Auge; it was quite a surprise to see how beautiful it is. Thank you!
Aug 2013
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Notre-Dame-de-Courson House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom - toilet
    Bathroom - combination tub/shower , Recently refurbished!
  • Hot water is from a 300l pressurised cylinder, which heats at a cheaper, overnight rate, allowing you to use as much or as little as you need. An additional charge will be made for actual electricity used.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Twin room - 2 twin/ single , overlooking hillside, each with electric under-blankets
    Sleeping area - 1 baby crib , this is a high-sided travel cot
    Single room - 1 child bed , with best view over valley
    Double - 1 queen , with valley view and dual-control electric under-blanket
  • All the bedrooms have lovely views over the surrounding countryside, being on the first floor. In the single room, there is also a good library to suit all ages - our guests often comment on this too.
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • forests
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis
The double bed is extremely comfortable and you are likely to sleep very well!, The garden is a real haven and is beautifully set in the valley, which abounds in wildlife. The house is furnished as we would like our holiday home to be - our visitors generally appreciate this - unless they are used to luxury... in which case they should stay somewhere else that better meets their needs!


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Beautiful 17th century colombage cider press set in idyllic valley
average rating of 4.5833335 based on 17 reviews

A lovely, quiet, retreat

  • 5 of 5

It was great to get away from it all surrounded by the stunningly beautiful Normandy countryside. A perfect place to take the kids to show them that there is life without WIFI!

There is plenty to do in the surrounding countryside: trips to local markets, visit historic sites, the Battle for Normandy passed this way and Bayeaux is within easy reach or even head to the coast; Houlgate was our favourite just 50 minutes away.

  • Submitted: Sep 2, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the positive review Steve and we are pleased you loved the house and surrounding area. We hope to have you again some time.
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Peaceful Retreat

  • 5 of 5

Le Pressoir is perfect for anyone looking for a peaceful place to unwind, relax & escape for a while. The location is beautiful and you really feel that you are part of the surrounding countryside. We were lucky with the weather and, having taken our own portable bbq, we ate outside almost every day, but the property is well equipped if you do want to cook.

We found local walks in the Touques valley, and further afield Falais Castle is worth a trip (we went twice).

I would strongly recommend this property to anyone looking to get away from it all, and would be more than happy to stay there again at some point in the future.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Jayne, it's a lovely place to take a break in the French countryside and not far from the coast too. I should try Falais castle myself - not been there yet. Do come again; in the Spring perhaps.
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Peaceful, secluded retreat

  • 4 of 5

The house is situated in one of the most beautiful (if not the most beautiful) valleys in the Pays d'Auge. It's so peaceful, all you can hear (and see) are the cows and the birds. There's one neighbour nearby, and that's all. The house itself is authentic and charming. I spent a wonderful week here during this September, the slight chill of the evening air taken care of by the wood-burner. I recommend to anyone seeking calm and tranquility. Lisieux market (famed) is only a few miles away on Saturday. Also, the restaurant at Notre Dame d'Courson (the nearby village) is both a treat, as well as very economic. The surrounding walks suggested by the owners are wonderful (again, no one to disturb, not even a single car passing all week). If elderly you do need to manage one broad staircase to enter the property (easy to navigate). Oh, and the owners are a pleasure to deal with. Though we've not met, I feel I know and trust them simply through the dealings of booking and post-booking. Will return again without hesitation.

Mark R.

  • Submitted: Oct 11, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mark, we're pleased you loved the peace and quiet. You have perfectly described the enchantment of the house and its location which we also love. We look forward to your return soon, perhaps in the Spring, which is a beautiful time of year with all the flowers and apple blossom on show.
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A lovely tranquil property set in beautiful countryside.

  • 5 of 5

We had a delightful week staying here. The house is full of character and the children loved their bedroom. We looked out over peaceful fields and could hear in the distance bees buzzing, birds chirruping and the gentle murmur of the river.

Le Pressoir is between two interesting towns, Livarot where the cheese is made and beautiful Orbec, which has wonderful old streets with lovely restaurants. There is lots to do in the area. We also visited St. Piere sur Dives, which has an interesting market, Verneuil, Falaise and Monet's gardens at Giverny

  • Submitted: Sep 1, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this review Amanda, we think the house is indeed characterful and beautifully positioned. Do come back next year!
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A large residence full of charm and history!

  • 5 of 5

A lovely old building in a quiet rural setting full of charm. Large sleeping rooms for a family if required but we had it all to ourselves. Get away from it all location but still within reach of Normandy beaches and Falaise and do visit Le Mans! Spacious and comfortable with everything you need for cooking in the small kitchen and a lovely modern natural power shower! Have stayed here before and the owner is very accommodating. Would not hesitate to bring the family too if we had a larger vehicle! Liverot is the nearest town, 10 minutes,with eveything you need,supermarkets,cheap petrol,bakery,hairdressers,garage,restaurants,market! Road systems are easy and better than in the u k. Just try it as you will not be dissapointed!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm pleased you had a good time at Le Pressoir and found it so comfortable. The location is excellent for visiting so many interesting parts of Northern France too. Thank you for the positive comments and I hope you can come again soon, perhaps next time with the family. Neil
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Rustic and relaxed

  • 5 of 5

My girlfriend and I had a wonderful stay at Le Pressoir de La Bouvrie. The location is ideal; In the quiet greenness of the Touques valley but also near the village of Notre-Dame-De-Courson and near roads to surrounding places like Livarot and Lisieux.

The house itself is a traditional Normandic jewel to behold. Luckily not a soulless renovated building but a tastefully restored rustic house. The inside is spacious and well-maintained. The kitchen has most things you need for cooking, the bathroom is fairly new and clean, the bedrooms are sober but efficiently furnished and there is a nice library with a good selection of English books.

When booking (and before) you get lots of useful information about the region and the usage of the house from the friendly (English speaking) owner.

In Notre-Dame-De-Courson you can find an excellent bakery and restaurant (Le Tournebroche). Alongside the road to Lisieux there is a cider-press (Ferme Belleau) and a farm (look for "ferme laitière” signs) where they sell local cheeses (very much recommended!). If you like churches/cathedrals I also recommend going to Lisieux. For the rest, Mont-Saint-Michel would make a nice daytrip and that also goes for Bayeux (tapestry and cathedral) in combination with the D-Day beaches.

The region and the house have lots to offer, all you need for a good vacation!

  • Submitted: Jul 16, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for this helpful review. Yes, the house is indeed very special which is why we love it so much. It is charming in its authenticity and also has a great location; not only for Normandy, with all its sights and beaches, but even for Paris (2+ hrs by car or even quicker by a fast, direct train from nearby Lisieux). Neil
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Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Notre Dame de Courson
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Notre Dame de Courson
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Deauville / Trouville
Car: necessary

The area is perfect for a combination of the Normandy Beaches, Bayeux, the Suisse Normande, Rouen and only 2 hours drive from Giverny and Paris.

The house has a peaceful position and enchanting views from the house and garden. The Touques valley runs North via Lisieux to Normandy’s top beach resorts - such as Deauville, has many other interesting attractions nearby, and is a good locality for food and drink, including famous cheeses – such as Livarot and Camembert - cider and of course, Calvados itself – both brewed within staggering distance!

Our neighbours, M et Mme Louet, rebuilt their new collombage-style holiday house next door to us when they bought the farm and often visit at weekends and holidays.

This all makes for an ideal place to spend a quiet, rural holiday if you want to get away to the real France without having to travel too far from the Channel.

Other Activities: Enjoying peace and quiet with a glass of Calvados!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $138.49

A cleaning charge of 45 Euros is payable in cash when you leave. A metered charge to cover electricity is payable based on what you have used. This covers the use of all heating and hot water. This will be calculated and deducted from your deposit before it is returned to you. .
Linen can be hired at 12.50 pounds per head per change. Please let me know in good time if you require this.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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