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Beautifully Restored Stone Farmhouse in Normandy Countryside

7 Reviews
Bedrooms 3
Half Baths2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Half Baths
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Le Désert House Rental Photos and Description

Self-catering rental in romantic setting with child friendly yard close to Vire

Les Madieres is a century-old restored stone farmhouse set in an acre and a half of lush land and gardens. A peaceful retreat in the French countryside, minutes from the bustling market town of Vire, with easy access to many attractions of Normandy.

There are 3 comfortable bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, including a spa-like bathroom downstairs. Downstairs: kitchen, dining room, & lounge with wood-beamed ceiling & granite fireplace. The lounge features a TV, sky digibox, dvd player, games & books. An excellent supply of pots & pans, to practice your French cuisine awaits!

Situated on an over an acre, Les Madieres invites you to enjoy some wine on the terrace, stroll the apple orchard, or relax on a tree-shaded lounge chair & lose yourself in a book. Children will love playing on the vast fenced lawn, or searching for of our resident frog in the pond. Ignite the barbecue & enjoy alfresco dining. The setting is tranquil, surrounded by farmland including our neighbouring cows.

** some recent upgrades to Les Madieres include removing the old canvas gazebo and replacing with a permanent wooden pergola that covers more of the terrace, a great place to enjoy a bottle of wine.

We have also purchased a large kitchen table and chair set for dining and replaced our old tv with a new 32” LCD TV for the lounge.

Our gardeners have been hard at work taming the garden (Normandy see loads of growth in the spring!) so you may see some work being done as we expand our terrace area and open it up further to the garden.

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  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Ken & Kimberley
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
July 10, 2016
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About Ken & Kimberley

Hi, we're Ken and Kimberley Foster. We are Canadians who love Europe and old world charm: the food, architecture, history, and of course, wine!

We have two little boys who enjoy exploring the farm in France and tasting new foods and ancient ruins.

We bought the house to create a life a bit less ordinary from our lives in Vancouver - best decision we ever made.

Ken & Kimberley purchased this house in 2008

Why Ken & Kimberley chose Calvados

Location, location, location. A stone farmhouse on nearly 2 acres of tranquil farmland. The boys can safely roam the property. It has an orchard that locals harvest the apples and pears from to make wine.

It is a quick trip into a great market town, which has a direct train to Paris!


based on 7 traveler reviews

Beautifully Restored Stone Farmhouse in Normandy Countryside
average rating of 4.857143 based on 7 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely time at your house in Les Desert. It had everything we needed and was very comfortable for our short stay. The beds are lovely and comfortable and it was great to have fresh linen and towels provided. The house was nice and warm when we arrived and the wine and milk left for us were a lovely welcome. Overall, the house provided for all our needs and exceeded our expectations from the photographs. Perhaps you could include more photos on your website so people can fully appreciate the size of the rooms and the quality of the furnishings (a picture of the dining room and/or shower in the bathroom for example). The garden and surroundings are also very peaceful and I imagine would be lovely in warmer weather.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2009
  • Stayed: Feb 2009
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Concord, CA

D-DAY in Normandy, and so much more

  • 5 of 5

We fell in love with your wonderful little farmhouse, and what an unforgettable week we spent there! We had some problems finding it in the dark and the rain, but nothing compared to the rental car problems. LOL. But when we did find it, near midnight, it was magical. Awaiting us in the warm friendly kitchen was a bottle of wine, french bread and a feeling that we could live there forever. Our visit to Normandy was so much more than we could have imagined. The friendly people welcomed us everywhere. We took part in all the D-Day festivities and my two grandchildren, both 18 years old will never forget that they and their country are loved by the citizens of Normandy. I would not hesitate to recommend your lovely spot to anyone. The old world feeling permeates the property, but with all the modern conveniences weary travelers look for. The people of Vire were so kind to us wherever we went. We ate in several of the nearby restaurants. Thanks for all your tips, the supermarket was the best. We were able to use our credit card [VISA] almost everywhere which made things very easy. Of the six of us, only Bill and I have been regular travelers to Europe. My sister and brother-in-law and our grand children had never been. Because we stayed in the cottage they received a wonderful impression of the joys of traveling to far away places and living with the people of another culture. All 4 of them gained a confidence they will need and use on future visits. I can't thank you enough, the house is so precious, the "neighborhood" so friendly and quaint, the price was very reasonable and we can't wait to make another trip. Bill and I are already discussing plans to make a month long trip to France and use your cottage and Vire as our base camp. There was so much we did not get to do in one week. Our purpose was to expose our family to the awesome celebration that occurs around D-Day, and we more than accomplished that. We also had an easy trip to Mt Saint-Michel. A trip I advise everyone to make! .While it sleeps six comfortably the price is more than reasonable for two. The laundry room was another plus. So useful for long stays. I wish I could post the photos of my brother-in-law hanging the laundry on the line in back! It was over 40 years since any of us had seen an outside clothesline. Spoiled Americans, I know. Our stay included another week in Paris [Sans auto!]. Life is good. Bon jour, Kathleen and Bill Mero

  • Submitted: Aug 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Flagstaff, AZ

Perfect Quiet Getaway

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Les Desert as well. The house itself was perfect size for 4 adults and 2 children (as long as the adults are willing to sleep two to a bed). The gardens were fantastic and we had some epic games of badminton over the laundry hanging line. FYI, there is no wireless internet in the house, but you will not need it. We easily made day trips to Festyland for the kids, Omaha Beach and Mont St. Michel. The town of Vire (15 minutes drive) was also a great place to sightsee in the area. Ken was very quick to respond to us as well.

Thanks for a great vacation spot for our family!

  • Submitted: Aug 18, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic Family house

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed a fantastic week at this lovely house at the end of April. The house and gardens were delightful - plenty of space and our boys really enjoyed the garden. One of them managed to fall into the pond fully dressed! Unfortunately the terrace was overgrown with weeds and no garden furniture, so we were unable to enjoy the terrace on the warmer days. The house is very comfortable and cosy.

The house is in a great location - so much to see and do in every direction - we would love to go for another visit.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
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Owner's Response: Thanks for the review, much appreciated. Sorry to hear about overgrowth on terrace. Spring in Normandy can produce rapid growth - we've got our gardener on it! We would love to have you back - all returning guests enjoy a 10% discount. Cheers, Ken & Kimberley.
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Les Madieres - website dosn't do it justice.

  • 5 of 5

We'd read other people's reviews about the photos - but believe us its true. Wether you're a seasoned Gitte-er or have never had a French Cottage holiday before you will not regret staying at this beautiful property in fantastic surroundings, everything in the advert is accurate and the house was spotless and well decorated and furnished. The owner Ken may be in Vancouver but answers emails almost imediatly and when we were there, the local property manager was a very helpful english girl who lived nearby. We live on the outskirts of London and really appreciated the fact that it got dark at night (enough to see meteor showers) and during the day all you can hear is birds and the odd donkey or cow. The nearest Town is Vire -15 mins away by car with a great market on fridays,also with the Carrefour etc. If History's your thing amazingly this area was a major turning point in WW2 after D Day there are several museums,memorials & cemetaries in the area, and not far is Bayeux (tapestry) and Caen (Home of William the Conqueror -although he wasn't called that pre -1066). We are in our 50's and had a wonderful holiday here with our 15 year old son, even he looked up from his phone and nintendo occasionally!. Theres also plenty in the area to paint if you're in to art or youcan just enjoy the grounds, with your bread,wine and cheese for lunch by the pond or BBQ for dinner. We will definitely be returning, as soon as we can.

  • Submitted: Aug 24, 2010
  • Stayed: Aug 2010
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Cork, Ireland

Hidden Treasure in Calvados !

  • 5 of 5

The charm, elegance and setting of this country farmhouse is an experience that everyone will enjoy. Nestled in the countryside, it is quiet & peaceful, and yet only a 10 minute drive to Vire, and 40 mins to Caen. While relaxing in the garden I heard grasshoppers busy in the long grass - something that I haven't heard with a few years! A wonderful kitchen of goodies awaits the 'gourmet-inclined' traveller with various utensils & pots available, plus the benefit of a herb garden outside, plus apple and pear trees. The cleanliness of the house was fresh & crisp. A welcome note from the owners awaited us with some freshly cut roses and wine in the living room. It's the perfect location for visiting the many tourist sights in Normandy and we even managed a day trip to Paris by train from Vire. The house is a 'treasure' that you dream about finding and are overwhelmed when you actually arrive there in person. We had a super time and hope to return again soon - Marguerita, Ireland.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2009
  • Stayed: Aug 2009
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Nearest Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
50 Kilometres
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
50 Kilometres
Car: recommended

Les Madieres is a 15 min. drive to Vire, a busy town with shopping, bakeries, cafes, cinema, water park & restaurants.

Calvados features gorgeous towns, breathtaking scenery, medieval villages & castles.

Normandy, home to William the Conqueror, is bursting with attractions: Granville (direct train from Vire), the resort town of Deauville, Mont St. Michel, Rouen & Joan of Arc, D-day landing beaches, Monet’s Giverny, the Bayeux Tapestry...

Families will love Festyland amusement park, Festival International de Cerf-Volant (Kite Festival!) at Dieppe, La Cite de la Mer Aquarium in Cherbourg, the Zoo de Jurques, Chateau de Vendeuvre with mechanical figures, fountains & mazes.

Gourmets indulge in French cheeses like Camembert, butter, rich creams, & everything apple, including the famous apple cider routes of Pays d’Auge.

Superb golf: excellent courses, reasonable prices, open tee times.

To top it off, a direct train from Vire to Paris puts you in the City of Lights in 2.5hrs

Other Activities: water park at Vire


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Nov 1 2016 - Dec 17 2016
3 night minimum stay

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Fees No additional mandatory fees

25% deposit is required to secure booking. Payment is to be received 30 days prior to rental.
Note: there is NO additional charge for towels, linens or cleaning.

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100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Le Désert House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Half Baths
  • Bathroom 1 - combination tub/shower , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet
  • Spa like bathroom downstairs with separate water-closet. Upstairs there is a second water closet.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , 1 baby crib
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • 3 bedrooms that will sleep 6. All rooms overlook the south lawn. The master bedroom features loads of space, a large double bed and views west and south. The second bedroom has two twin beds (typically used for kids) and the 3rd bedroom has a double bed. There is also a cot/play pen in the master, which can be moved to the kid's room. We bought it for our little guy and also installed a safety gate
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Bicycles
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • coin laundry
  • recreation center
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • swimming
The house contains 3 comfortable bedrooms (sleeps 6), and 2 bathrooms, including a spa-like bathroom downstairs. The rooms downstairs include a kitchen, dining room, and lounge complete with wood-beamed ceilings and a granite fireplace. The lounge is equipped with a tv, sky digibox, dvd player, games and books. You’ll find an excellent supply of pots and pans, baking dishes, etc, to practice your French cuisine! A utility room off the entrance hall contains a washing machine, iron, etc.

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