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Charming barn conversion situated in the beautiful Suisse Normande

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 1 - 7 nights


About the property

2 bed barn conversion for 5 in stunning French countryside

La Vieille Ferme is a group of four holiday cottages situated in a small hamlet called La Gouitiere just outside the village of Donnay, in the heart of the beautiful area of Calvados known as La Suisse Normande.

The pretty town of Thury-Harcourt is 5kms and the city of Caen 30kms.

L'Etable was once a milking parlour that has been converted into two beautiful two bedroom cottages. The other cottage is called L'Ecurie (sleeps 4). L'Etable has an open plan living room with well equipped kitchen, dining and sitting areas. Off this is the bathroom with bath shower, sink and WC. French doors open out into the garden. Private gardens to back and front with table, chairs and BBQ for al fresco eating. There is a field adjacent that you can use too for playing, picnicing etc. Upstairs are two bedrooms, one double and the other with 3 single beds. There are exposed beams from the original building adding rustic charm to the property. The cottage is very well insulated making it cool in summer and economical to heat in the winter. Heating is via electric radiators. Washing machine and freezer, Non smoking. Free wifi.

The other cottages in the group sleep 8, 4 and 2 guests

More Details

Peta Cheshir
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Peta Cheshir

We are a british family and dog who have lived here since 2002. We love the laid back way of life and the activities that we can practice here - walking, cycling, kayaking, running, motor cycling and roller hockey. The weather is good too !

Peta Cheshir purchased this cottage in 2002

Why Peta Cheshir chose Thury-Harcourt

We fell in love with our house as soon as we saw it so made the purchase and moved to France to start our adventure in 2002. Next door to our house is La Porcherie the romantic cottage for two.

The other properties - La Fermette, L'Ecurie and L'Etable are just 100m up the road. These were purchased in 2010 as a renovation project. All are now finished and ready to rent.

What makes this cottage unique

The properties are set in beautiful French countryside, it is very calm and peaceful except for the birdsong. However the local town is not far away for all your supplies and the lovely city of Caen is only 40 minutes drive.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This farm is a great way to change completely your lifestyle for a few days(if you're an inhabitant of a megapolis). The smell of a fresh grass will make you want to stay forever. But don't think that the vieille farm is far from the civilization, you'll be able to find everything you need in the supermarkets, located in 10 minutes by the car. The most important thing is the owners of the farm, if you decide to go there don't miss the opportunity to get to know these awesome people! Peta and Jason, you're the best! -Yorgi and Olga)
May 2017
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Thury-Harcourt Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 5 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 3 twin/ single
  • We can make the beds ready for your arrival and supply towels for an extra 10€ per person.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Television
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • live theater
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • paragliding
  • roller blading
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Charming barn conversion situated in the beautiful Suisse Normande
average rating of 5.0 based on 5 reviews

Peace and Tranquility

  • 5 of 5

We returned from a wonderful week's stay at the end of August. We had a lovely time and were made to feel very welcome by Peta, Jason and Harvey the dog. The spot is very peaceful and tranquil. We stayed with our three children and relatives stayed in the smaller gite. The children had the run of the field and could play safely. The gites were very clean and comfortable and our daughter particularly enjoyed the small lizards that lived beneath the rocks. We used the gites as a base to travel to the Normandy beaches and explore some family history, It was ideal for this.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb scenic place for a quiet holiday

  • 5 of 5

A quality holiday property run by Peta and Jason, the owners. Lots of nice little touches which add to the experience. The owner's local knowledge made the holiday complete, with some excellent suggestions on things to do and places to visit.

Thury Harcourt nearby has good facilities, and it's ideally placed to see the Normandy coast and the city of Caen. We have been here several times and look forward to the next time too!

  • Submitted: Jun 3, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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Nearest Airport
35 Kilometres
Caen Carpiquet
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
45 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
Nearest Train
35 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
45 Kilometres
Riva Bella Ouistreham
Car: recommended

The cottages are in a fantastic area for outdoor pursuits such as cycling, walking, horse riding, golf, fishing, climbing and kayaking. Bring your bikes if you can! (Mountain bikes can be hired in Thury-Harcourt if you can't). We even have a roller skating rink in the village for roller hockey.

We are close to many historical sites such as the chateau in Falaise, Bayeux (tapestry), the Normandy landing beaches, Pegasus bridge, the chateaux and abbeys in Caen.

Nearby are the lovely seaside towns of Trouville, Deauville and Honfleur and further inland we have the pretty towns/villages of Pont d'Ouilly, Clecy, Domfront, Caen, Flers and Falaise.

The Normandy scenery is stunning and there are beautiful rivers, gorges, forests, lakes and miles of sandy beaches for you to explore.

Normandy is famous for its cider production, calvados and pommeau, the cheeses of Camembert and Pont L'Eveque, local goats cheese, cream and honey. You can try and buy the produce direct from the farms.

For the children there are lots of theme parks, zoo's, maize mazes in summer, tree top adventure parks, velo rail, swimming pools, ice skating, boating, fishing, walks, climbing, museums, beaches and lakes.

We also offer free guided tours to guests arriving on their motorcycles, babysitting, kids activities, guided walks and French lessons.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $138.49

Electricity is charges extra at the current EDF cost.
Beds made and towels supplied 10€/person (optional). If bringing your own linen, duvets and pillows are supplied.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

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