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A Beautifully Appointed Gite In An Ancient Barn In The Heart Of Normandy

Bedrooms 1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 4 nights


Minimum Stay
4 nights

About the property

A One Bedroomed Gite Offering Beautiful Views Of The Vallée De La Vire

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.

In the summer, open the windows and watch the swallows swoop over the pond which is home to a diverse fauna; or in the winter, light the traditional French wood burner after a day exploring and snuggle down to enjoy the beautiful local produce bought at a market. On summer evenings, relax in your private garden with a bottle of wine whilst cooking on the barbecue.

After a busy day, whatever the time of year, have a long soak in the antique French double ended bath, perhaps à deux? 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!

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Donna Howard
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
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Calendar last updated:
January 11, 2017

About Donna Howard

I moved to France in 2006 to be with 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.

Donna Howard purchased this barn in 2002

Why Donna Howard chose Manche

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.


Saint-Vigor-des-Monts Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
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 ...
  • 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
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
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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(1 traveler reviews)

A Beautifully Appointed Gite In An Ancient Barn In The Heart Of Normandy
average rating of 5.0 based on 1 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: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
110 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Montbray and Pont Farcy
Nearest Ferry
82 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: recommended

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

Saint-Vigor-des-Monts Barn Rental Rates

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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 but you do not need to do a big clean!

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