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The perfect getaway for two throughout the year.

Bedrooms 1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

1 bedroom in the peace of the country but with easy access to lovely Normandy

Dating from the 12th century and reputedly owned by Eleanor of Brittany, granddaughter of Eleanor d'Aquitaine, Le Calipel offers you the opportunity to relax in the beautiful Normandy countryside yet is within easy reach of all the well known attractions. A building full of character that has been sympathetically restored yet retaining original and historic features whilst providing modern day comforts. Furnished with a mixture of quality antique and modern furniture, Le Calipel offers you a comfortable base to explore whatever the time of year.

The open plan living room has been recently redecorated and is furnished with beautiful Art Deco pieces offering you comfort and vintage style. Surrounding the vintage Belgian wood burner is an amazing granite fireplace decorated with carvings made in ancient times. During the colder months, your firewood is provided, stylishly delivered in an oyster basket. There is satellite television and a DVD player, along with board games and jigsaws to amuse you when you just want to stay at home and relax. Wifi is available so you can keep in touch or find new places to visit on line.

The kitchen is well equipped but if you wish to borrow anything extra - a hand blender, perhaps, just ask! The owner has most kitchen gadgets and tools invented. There are oyster plates and an oyster knife to make it easier for you to enjoy these delicacies. If you need ice for your champagne bucket, we can provide you with plenty! Dishwasher tablets and washing up liquid along with sponges and cloths are provided so you don't have to think about packing these things. Cling film and foil is available too...

Dine in style at the beautiful table, lovingly waxed before each arrival, the wood gleams.

The tranquil bedroom is furnished with a king size French bed ready for you to fall into if you have had a long journey. You will have a wonderful sleep at le Calipel! The lovely Art Deco armoire offers loads of storage space for your clothes and there are plenty of hangers.

After a busy day, whatever the time of year, have a long soak in the antique French double ended bath, perhaps à deux? Bubble bath is provided as is a special hand made soap. A refreshing shower will wake you up in the morning after a good night's sleep in your king size antique bed ready to explore some more!

Relax in your private, secluded garden and if you fancy a barbecue, it is there, along with some charcoal. Enjoy eating at the stunning granite garden table or flop in traditional teak steamer chairs under the parasol and enjoy the sounds of nature. Your garden gets the last sun of the day, so enjoy the sunset and watch the stars appear in the darkening sky while the bats swoop overhead hunting for their supper!

Thee are no hidden extras - bed linen and towels are provided and firewood is included in the price from 1st October to the 31st March, as are all the utilities. Although we ask that Le Calipel is left neat and tidy, with your rubbish removed, we do the cleaning, so unlike with other rentals, there isn't a cleaning charge. Included in the price is a comprehensive Welcome Pack which includes a light supper for your first night so you can just relax and breakfast with homemade preserves.

Read guest reviews for Le Calipel at Holiday France Direct and Trip Advisor from our many happy guests.

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Saint-Vigor-des-Monts Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , Enjoy a lovely deep bath in the antique bath tub.
  • The spacious bathroom offers you the chance to wallow in an antique double ended roll top bath, perhaps à deux? A shelf gives you a place to rest your champagne glass... turn off the lights and have a candlelit bubble bath...trés romantique! Then when you are in a hurry to explore the beautiful region, hop in the modern shower...a free standing cubicle designed for speed!
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , A cot or child bed can be provided on request.
  • The bedroom is furnished with an eclectic mixture of furniture, including a traditional king size lit capitonné and beautiful Art Deco wardrobe. There is plenty of space to put away your clothes and even a hidden iron to remove the creases from travelling. We can store your cases so you are not reminded that one day you must leave!
  • Books
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Singles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The peace and tranquillity of Le Calipel ensure you will have a restful break but when you want to explore, we are ideally situated so you can reach the well known and not so well known attractions of Normandy. Your discrete hosts are available if you need information or want to borrow a hand blender or anything but if you don't want to see anyone, they are quite happy for requests to be made by e-mail or text! Having lived in France for many years, they are a fount of information and are always happy to help you if you need it. Open all year round, Le Calipel is your retreat from the madness of the modern world with an old world charm you won't find in many places but with all the modern amenities.


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The perfect getaway for two throughout the year.
average rating of 5.0 based on 3 reviews


  • 5 of 5

This a lovely rustic Gite renovated to a high standard whilst maintaining the original features which include an amazing fireplace. The Gite is very comfortable and warm but there is a lovely wood burner which adds a lovely ambience. The bathroom has a wonderful old roll top bath in addition to a modern shower. The bed is soooo comfortable too. Donna and Ed are perfect hosts and nothing is overlooked for your comfort. A lovely welcome pack included wine and local produce even a supper and treats for the dog. The area is so quiet and peaceful but within easy reach of lots of places . We had a perfect stay and will be back. Highly recommended .

  • Submitted: Oct 21, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Accueil impeccable et logement d une grande qualité

  • 5 of 5

Donna est une hôtesse très accueillante et le panier de bienvenu est parmi les plus genereux que nous ayons connu. Discrète mais présente quand il le faut. Le cadre est authentique et refait avec beaucoup de qualité et de goût. Extrêmement bien équipé et surtout avec tous les petits details qui comptent quand on vient juste pour quelques jours (sel poivre huile sopalin café thé beurre confiture...) . Comme chez soi. L espace extérieur est parfait pour un dîner immergé dans la nature. Parfait pour un couple. La campagne environnante est tres belle et nous avons eu plaisir a faire une petite balade digestive le soir. Je recommande.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Je vous remercie pour vos aimables paroles! C'était agréable de vous rencontrer tous les deux et j'espère vous revoir quelque part, peut-être pour un séjour d'hiver!
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Absolut besondere Unterkunft mit liebenswürdiger Gastgeberin

  • 5 of 5

Le Calipel liegt mitten im Nirgendwo in der Normandie fernab vom Tourismus aber mit sehr gutem Autobahnanschluss so dass Sehenswürdigkeiten wie die Landungsstrände oder Mont St. Michel in weniger als 1 Stunde zu erreichen sind. Es handelt sich um eine alte Scheune, die durch die Vermieter aufwendig um mit sehr viel Liebe zum Detail restauriert wurde und wirklich keine Annehmlichkeit vermissen lässt und trotzdem seinen rustikalen Charme behalten hat. Donna ist eine herrausragende Gastgeberin. Da wir Samstag abends angekommen sind, hatte sie uns bereits mit dem Nötigsten versorgt, so dass wir uns um Abendbrot und Frühstück keine Gedanken machen mussten. Auch sonst wär sie immer zur Stelle, wenn man Fragen hatte. Vielen Dank Donna, wir hatten tolle 4 Tage bei euch. Insgesamt können wir Le Calipel nur jedem wärmstens empfehlen, der das Landleben, Tiere und die Ruhe liebt.

  • Submitted: May 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Fewo Direkt, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review! it was lovely having you to stay and am so glad you enjoyed your stay at Le Calipel.
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Donna Howard
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 20, 2018

About Donna Howard

I moved to France in 2006 to join my lover who had moved here in 2002 and decided to convert part of the barn into a gite for me to run. My background was in healthcare which isn't too far from hospitality and my love of history and traditional décor and furnishings has helped me develop this popular gite. Changes in furniture and decorations are often made as we see something we like more on our travels throughout the region.

We live next door so aren't too far away if you need us but we are discrete so if you want to be alone, you will be. We are happy for you to text or e-mail if you have a question so you can really relax and enjoy your holiday.

Donna Howard purchased this barn in 2002

Why Donna Howard chose Saint-Vigor-des-Monts

The property was chosen partly for its position, at the end of a no through road yet close to the excellent road links which France has to offer and also for what it had to offer. Our house, whilst in the same grounds as the gite, is separate; whilst the enormous barn offered plenty of space for the storage of our vintage and antique furniture and for the gite.

What makes this barn unique

Being at the end of a no through road, the property offers peace and quiet with just the noises of nature in the background. The only traffic that might pass us is the odd tractor as the farmers arrive to check on their cows. There are fields just outside of the gates which give you plenty of space to let your dog run free and experience new smells and textures. As we are residents, we are able to offer unique advice and ideas of things to do and places to see.


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Nearest Airport
63 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Montbray and Pont Farcy
Nearest Ferry
83 Kilometres
Ouistreham, Caen, Cherbourg, St Malo, Le Havre
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Nearest Train
18 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
20 Kilometres
There are many excellent restaurants within
Nearest Beach
44 Kilometres
St Pair sur Mer
Car: necessary

Le Calipel is located in the heart of the Normandy bocage and is ideally placed to visit all the well known attractions such as Mont St Michel, the Bayeux Tapestry and the D-Day beaches and some of the lesser known, for example the Souterroscope Des Ardoisiers. This ancient slate mine takes you into the bowels of the earth whilst entertaining you with a sound and light show. The Musée Christian Dior at Granville not only has a changing annual exhibition of Dior couture but beautiful gardens to wander round and admire the view over the bay.

Fancy something a bit more energetic? How about bungee jumping or a dry luge run at the Viaduc de la Souleuvre? A viaduct constructed to plans drawn up by Gustav Eiffel and now part of a lovely country walk.

Go for a canoe trip down the river Vire at Pont Farcy and spot otters at play and kingfishers darting, or play tennis. There are many beautiful and interesting walks- follow the pilgrims' route around our calvaires or enjoy the woods which overlook Le Calipel at the top of the hill and see if you can find us from the view point.

Visit a different market every morning and enjoy the hustle and bustle of rural France whilst admiring the quality and variety of goods for sale-from food to fashion with often a great choice of leather handbags!

From Le Calipel, it is easy to travel to pay respect at the Museums, battle sites and beaches dedicated to the brave men and women of World War II....perhaps to remember a loved one.

At the end of a busy day exploring, you will return home to rest and plan for your next trip out.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

If you would like to know our rates in Sterling or any other currency, please contact us. The rental includes all utilities, linen and wood for the woodburner. We ask that you leave the property neat and tidy as cleaning is included in our rates.

We are flexible with our arrival day throughout the year and with the number of nights you stay, with a minimum of 3 nights.

We can offer you 20% discount with Brittany Ferries who cross to the ports closest to us. If you would like to use this discount, let us know so we can give you the code.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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