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Holiday Accommodation in Normandy, France

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Cottages, 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12 + 3

Le Petit Manoir Part of 17th Century Chateau Central for WW.II Historic Areas. Large Cottage, 5 Bedrooms,3 Baths, Wheelchair accessible (Sleeps 12-15)

Le Petit Manoir is a 17th century stone farmhouse; 3 kms from the town of St. Martin des Besaces, in Normandy France.

The cottage is at the end a a pretty private driveway in tranquil countryside with beautiful views down the valley. Ideal for a relaxing holiday.

The ground floor is entered by a central door from the courtyard, it is wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. In front is the staircase, to the right is a door leading to the open plan living cum dining room with a large wood burning stove which is grand when lit, there is a doorway beside the fireplace that leads to the rear garden area with the usual furniture, barbecue and shaded by tall trees.

The kitchen layout is extremely compact with gas/electric cooker, extractor, large combined fridge/freezer, dishwasher, separate microwave oven and everything you need including the kitchen sink!!

To the left is a corridor leading to the downstairs bedroom, before reaching the bedroom there is a door on the left to a large shower/wet room fitted for disabled persons. The corridor and doorways meet the requirements for disabled access.

The living and sleeping areas are separated by the stairway leading to 4 bedrooms on the first floor. The master bedroom has a four poster bed and an en suite shower room with hand basin and toilet, 2 of the other bedrooms have adult size bunk beds and 1 has a single bed as well, The larger bedroom at the other end of the corridor has a double bed and a single. All have easy access to a family bathroom with bath and shower over, wash hand basin and toilet. There are 2 cots and 2 extra fold up single beds if needed.

The open plan dining/lounge is spacious and comfortable, the large dining table seats 12 people, two large d seater sofas complete the seating, there is a TV & DVD player (bring your own favorite CD's and DVD's), there are books and games for your use. Heating is by a large wood burning stove which looks lovely when lit, very cozy on colder days.

More Details

Marian Clarke
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
November 16, 2017

About Marian Clarke

D-Day tours can be arranged for our guests. The history of the area is extremely interesting and having taught history I enjoy explaining and telling stories of the things that have happened here.

I was also a special needs teacher with many years of experience working with children and adults, especially dealing with learning difficulties, Asperger syndrome and autistic spectrum disorders. I taught and supported pupils and students with life and communication skills, helping to educate them to maximize their own potential. It is very important for everyone to feel confident in themselves and it is amazing what we can all achieve.

I have worked with various communication programmes such as PECS, TEACCH and Makaton.

Marian Clarke purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Marian Clarke chose Saint-Martin-des-Besaces

I fell in love with the house as soon as I saw it. A 17th cenury stone building apparently built for the Grimaldi Family who had links to Normandy at this time. It needed alot of TLC so we set to and now have a beautiful place in undulating countryside surrounded by fields.

What makes this cottage unique

I can give D-Day tours uniquely for my guests.


Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Caen, Carpiquet
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
St Martin Des Besaces
Nearest Ferry
45 Kilometres
Caen, Ouistream
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Vire, Lac de Dathe
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
15 Kilometres
15 mins by car, Torini Sur Vire or Villers Bocage
Nearest Beach
45 Kilometres
Car: necessary

This lovely old Normandy house in idyllic surroundings is perfect for a quiet relaxing break or for outdoor sporting activities; golf, fishing, mountain biking, walking, para-gliding, horse riding, rock climbing, white water canoeing, water skiing, jet skiing. There are at least 10 fishing lakes and around 6 golf courses within easy reach.

It is ideally situated for sight seeing, with several historic towns within 30 mins drive such as Caen, Bayeux, Vire, St Lo. The landing beaches with their wonderful sandy expanses and the Mulberry harbour at Arromanches are about 40 minutes. Falaise, Mont St Michel and Granville are about 1 hours drive.

For younger children there is Festyland, Le Village Enchante, Zoological parks, Adventure parks, karting, pony trekking, Ouga Ouga indoor play area.

For those who are interested in Art and Culture, Normandy has much to offer. Monet's garden at Giverny being one example; Museums, Chateaux, historical buildings and restaurants abound. Caen has a great reputation for shopping and Paris is about 3 hours drive or 2 hours by train. With such diverse attractions there is something for everyone.

40 minutes from the Port of Caen

1 hour from Cherbourg

30 minutes from Bayeux

50 Minutes from the D-Day beaches

Local markets abound

there are zoos, museums, childrens play parks, lake fishing, sea fishing, bird watching and many more attractions close by.


Saint-Martin-des-Besaces Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Rustic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Baby Gate
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom 1 downstairs is a wet room with a special chair for disabled clients
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 1 - 1 double , Can put in an extra bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Can put in an extra bed
    Bedroom 4 - 3 twin/ single , Can put in an extra bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • whitewater rafting
  • wind-surfing


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(13 traveler reviews)

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Holiday Accommodation in Normandy, France
average rating of 4.1538463 based on 13 reviews

Excellent Holiday accommodation

  • 5 of 5

At a very short notice, Marian offered us her brilliant, quiet and comfortable accommodation. The warm welcome and Normandy cuisine( bread, cheese and cider) made us feel very welcome in France. The Chateau was fantastic with large and small swimming pools for us and our children to enjoy. The lovely well equiped garden was brilliant for our whole family. The children enjoyed bouncing on the trampoline and relaxing on the hammocks. The fire place kept the house warm and cosy. The chateau is within 30 minutes to the beaches, memorials, museums and the zoo to name just a few. The accommodation and surrounding areas are suitable for disabled persons because they can experience the freedom of open spaces and fun facilities. The bedrooms were spacious, clean and comfortable. We couldn't ask for more. The family bathrooms downstairs and upstairs were spacious and suitable for the whole family. The downstairs bedroom is very much accessible for wheelchair users. Thank you Marian for providing the facilities for families and children with special needs. Thank you for your warm welcome and the barbecue; your friends made us feel at home too.

  • Submitted: Sep 5, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Mary, Ben and their children were excellent guests. I am really glad that they enjoyed themselves it was a pleasure to accommodate them. I look forward to their next visit
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Charming but tired.

  • 4 of 5

Perfect location, peace and tranquillity. Marian was a perfect host. I celebrated my birthday while there and Marian made a huge strawberry pavlova, it was delicious.

Marian allowed my friend, who lives in France, to stay over with no extra charge.

We had seven grandchildren with us who enjoyed the swimming pools (one for toddlers), play area and badminton. Plenty of outdoor eating areas with a choice of BBQ's.

Thank you for a memorable holiday.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Hazel, Andrew and the rest of the Key family for being such lovely guests. I am glad you enjoyed your time here
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Charming country farmhouse lots of character

  • 5 of 5

We arrived to a lovely welcome from Marian who had made a gorgeous strawberry cream meringue.The property was absolutely great, lots of room, homely,plenty of kitchen equipment and lots of hot water.Outside swings pools chairs loungers and plenty of space to exhaust the kids .We had a marvelous time and Marian is a lovely warm hearted person who will go out of her way to help you.Marian her family and pets helped make our stay wonderful.We look forward to our next visit

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Linda and Family, Thank you so much for your lovely review. I really enjoyed your company and your families.. Glad you arrived home safely and are now enjoying the weather in England. You are very welcome to return anytime. Kind regards, Marian
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Beautiful heart ❤️

  • 5 of 5

It was very nice holiday the house is very comfortable and my kids had nice time with the cats .The location is charming and i like the hospitality of Marian with her beautiful heart

i will visit you again certainly Thank you from my heart

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dearest Lena and Family, What a lovely review, thank you so much. It was great having you here with your 2 boys. I would love to welcome you again any time. So we can share some good conversation again. Blessings Marian
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Hospitality Plus Great Location

  • 4 of 5

Eight adults from the US rented Marian Clarke's farm home for six nights in May, 2016. Located near the small village of St. Martin des Besaces, the 17th century home is being lovingly restored by Marian. It is cozy, roomy, and offers the hottest water you can imagine! Marian met us with a bottle of local Brut, cheese and bread. She had offered to pick up some supplies for us since we were arriving on Sunday evening and local stores were closed. Also, the following day was a national holiday, and stores were closed. Several in our group are "history buffs", and she told us the story of the home which is an ongoing project and shared with us her plans for the future of the building. The living area, kitchen, bed and bathrooms were clean, well-kept, and very functional. If the nights are cool, guests will have to take charge of the fire, but this turned into a fun activity for the men in our group and caused no problems. The location is central to Normandy sites; D-Day Beaches, Bayeux, Caen, Honfleur, Mont St. Michel are all 50 km or less from the house. Rouen is a little further, but some of us drove there easily for a day trip. Be sure to use Marian's directions to the house instead of a navigation system. The location is off a main road, and the nav system led us astray. Those who followed her map had no problems. All in all, we had a wonderful stay and can certainly recommend this accommodation for a home stay in Normandy. Marian is a lovely host and helped to make our visit memorable.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect blend of rustic, homely and spacious

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at this cottage for a family vacation (14 people!) and we absolutely loved it. Marian was very kind and hospitable (she made us a delicious cake!) and made us feel very comfortable.

The cottage itself was brilliant. Very spacious with plenty of traditional features. We all enjoyed staying there and would definitely recommend it very highly.

  • Submitted: Oct 29, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $197.99

25% of payment is kept if cancellation is made 6 weeks before your

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.

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