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Five French gites with swimming pool, hot tub, fishing, tennis, UK TV and Wi-Fi - Les Epiceas

Bedrooms 1
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights



Les Epiceas

Les Epiceas is a one bedroom stone cottage that has an attractive patio area that overlooks the garden and swimming pool; perfect for early morning breakfast and/or coffee. The bedroom has a double bed with an en-suite bathroom with a shower. The lounge has a sofa bed that can accommodate two children or one adult; screens are provided for separation and privacy. Les Epiceas has an open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area which includes a flat screen television with UK Freeview TV. Les Epiceas is ideal for a couple, a couple with two small children or for an extended family also staying at Les Patis.

About the property

Les Patis

The cottage is one of five gites on the Les Patis estate set in eight acres of private gardens. Located in the heart of the Pays d’Auge, lower Normandy, the area is renowned for its rolling hills, half-timbered houses and gentle way of life. The area is also steeped in history and tradition. From the atrocities of WWII, to its famous gastronomic products of cheese and cider, to the many stud farms that surround the area.

Activities at Les Patis include a large and heated communal swimming pool with an outdoor hot tub for adults, a tennis court with basketball ring, table-tennis and bicycles to explore the local area. Fishing on our own private lake will yield large and healthy carp, tench and roach; no license is required. Additionally, guests can take a stroll within the grounds taking in the natural beauty or enjoy a leisurely picnic by the River Vie that borders Les Patis.

The pretty town of Vimoutiers is less than one mile away that has an array of shops and restaurants including a small supermarket. Twice a week the town holds a traditional market were you can sample the delicious local produce. The small village of Camembert, the birthplace of the famous Camembert cheese, is just two miles away and the Graindorge cheese dairy at Livarot is less than six miles. Vimoutiers also boasts to having one of the last remaining Tiger I tanks in France from WWII and the Mont-Ormel memorial, dedicated to the servicemen who gave their lives during the Battle of Falaise, is just a 10 minute drive away. Furthermore, just a 30 minute drive from Les Patis is the birthplace of William the Conqueror at the Chateau de Falaise and the French National Stud, Haras national du Pin.

Further a field, the Normandy Beaches of the historical D-Day landings, including other WWII sites, are an easy drive from here. Bayeux with its magnificent hand worked tapestry, majestic Cathedral and many restaurants, is less than one hour away and the charming fishing port of Honfleur, surrounded by first class seafood restaurants, is also very close.

Yet, there is plenty to do without even leaving the grounds of Les Patis; the choice is yours. Come and enjoy, relax and unwind in the lovely 'garden of France'.

More Details

Tony and Pat Kirby
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
March 11, 2018

About Tony and Pat Kirby

Tony and Pat are the new owners of our beutiful estate Les Patis

Tony and Pat Kirby purchased this cottage in 2015

Why Tony and Pat Kirby chose Guerquesalles

Les Patis is set in the beautiful garden of France, the Pays d' Auge with its rolling pastures and orchards. The region is steeped in history. The Bayeux Tapestry, the port of Honfleur and the Beaches of the D Day Landings are all nearby.

What makes this cottage unique

Close to channel ports, quiet with very good local facilities, excellent on site facilities, extreamly comfortable accomodation.

Available Rentals

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Guerquesalles Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Towels available at an additional cost.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Bedroom 1: Double bed with en-suite. Sofa bed option within the lounge suitable for one adult or two small children.
  • Books ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 6 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Heated Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Les Epiceas
average rating of 5.0 based on 10 reviews

Lovely spot shame about the weather

  • 5 of 5

The property, facilities and surroundings were lovely. Plenty to do in the area which was as well, as the weather was awful, meaning we couldn't take advantage of the facilities on offer. The property itself was charming and very comfortable / well equipped

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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First class

  • 5 of 5

What a fantastic place to stay Pat and Tony were so helpful and welcoming, such a peaceful and beautiful area our accomodation was comfortable and well equipped everything we needed for our weeks holiday.We will definately be back.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Absolutely stunning

  • 5 of 5

Just back after an amazing time staying in the quite stunning surroundings of Tony and Pats grounds. The accommodation was lovely and both the pool and hot tub well used by my 7 and 8 year old kids. Tony is very attentive without being intrusive and is very respectful of the fact it's your property for the duration of your holiday whilst at the same time being on hand should you need to know anything! This is a must visit place with decent surroundings however if your anything like us you will enjoy sitting by the pool just relaxing. Only small complaint I had was it was a little dark down at the pool late on however this was hardly an issue. Great value and a perfect getaway spot.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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excellant holliday

  • 5 of 5

been to france on holliday for the last 6 years and this was the best. Hosts were brilliant the pool tennis court table tennis kept us all entertained .The grounds have fantastic scenery .would highly recommend.

  • Submitted: Jul 14, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A quiet corner of rural Normandy

  • 5 of 5

Les Epiciers is a well-appointed, comfortable, one bedroomed apartment situated close to the pool and hot-tub. The accommodation has been renovated to a high standard by the current owners.

Vimoutiers (the nearest small town) is archetypal provincial France having boulangeries, restaurants, fishmonger etc.

Les Patis is within a short drive of Falaise (castle closely associated with Willian The Conqueror), and Lisieux (basilica / cathedral / shopping).

The property is situated off a quiet lane to the south of Vimoutiers, and a few miles from Camembert.

  • Submitted: Mar 14, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Love it

  • 5 of 5

I've stayed several times, which must be a review in itself. Les Epicieas is an ideal retreat for me as a writer, but of course it is ideally for a couple (I believe it can also accommodate a family of 4). Everything is well ordered and cared for, comfortable and on hand. But it'ss the peaceful aspect of this particular gite which appeals to me the most. During the summer months it may be a little noiser, due to being near the (excellent) outdoor heated pool - but then again, so very convenient for your morning or evening dip! Outside of the main holiday period it is a refuge, surrounded by the same beautiful gardens and landscape. There is a walk I particuarily enjoy taking you through the meadows to the river (all within the grounds). Also, it must be said that Tony and Pat are the perfect hosts, attentive and sensitive to those needing help or those needing seculsion. The surrounding countryside, the Pays d'Auge, is superb, and in all directions. Think west Dorset, only more luxuriant. Vimoutiers, the nearest town suffered in the war (the nearby memorial of the Tiger tank adds to the proof), however, is convenient for traditional bread, local fish and groceries. Les Patis, as a whole, enjoys a wide range of facilities - something for all ages and interests - and as a location I would say it's ideal as a springboard for all the major Bass Normandie tourist attractions. Or, of course, you might just like to wander aorund the local countryside and remember what England was like, say, 40 years ago.

  • Submitted: Feb 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
72 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
1 Kilometres
Cafe Equerre
Nearest Ferry
99 Kilometres
Le Havre
Nearest Train
30 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
24 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1 Kilometres
Ardoise Gourmande
Nearest Beach
63 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Normandy is a beautiful region of France, easily accessible from the United Kingdom and yet a world away. It is a verdant land of delightful scenery, little colombage cottages nestling in the hills, friendly local people and of course delicious food and wine. The pace of life is slow, long leisurely lunches under a shady tree or in a little restaurant are an integral part of the day. The cheeses of the region are legendary and are named after many of our local towns Livarot, Pont L’Eveque. The village of Camembert is just 2 miles away. The North Coast with its golden sands and elegant seafront promenade is a pleasant drive away.


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