The area where I’m lucky enough to live and work in Calvados, Basse-Normandie has plenty of landmark features to put it on the map. Bayeux, with its famous tapestry, and the D-Day landing beaches need no introduction and offer a poignant reminder of the area’s history, as well as attracting visitors all year round. It’s an area famous for its seafood and dairy produce, especially its cheeses - Camembert and Pont L’Eveque to name but two – also for its cider, pommeau and Calvados apple brandy. And with its long coastline of unspoilt sandy beaches, its gently rolling countryside, the quiet roads and – that magic ingredient – a slower pace of life, it’s the perfect place to unwind.
There are great opportunities for walking and cycling here, with numerous planned routes to make life easy and mountain-bike (VTT) routes for the more adventurous. Also horse-riding, kayaking, wind-surfing, even bungy-jumping – the list goes on. Plus there are excellent rail links to connect you with the rest of France – Bayeux to Paris takes a mere two hours.
Access from the UK couldn’t be easier, with major ferry ports and airports at Cherbourg, Caen and Le Havre, making it the ideal spot for a weekend getaway. And with no long drive on this side, in no time at all you’ll be relaxing and experiencing le joie de vivre in true French style. That’s got to be a plus!
We first came to Normandy twenty years ago to visit a friend, with no intention of buying a house. We went back owning a watermill. Well, not quite, but we’d put in an offer – and shaken in the bar afterwards wondering what we’d done! But the sale went through and six years later we moved here permanently and began the massive task of renovation. Did I mention it was a virtual ruin?
We also converted an old bakery on the site into a gite, which has now been running successfully for eleven years with bookings exceeding our expectations. (In Normandy there’s a demand for holiday cottages all year round.) We then did the same with another cottage, also run as a gite. But it hasn’t all been hard work and I’ve managed to pursue existing interests as well as taking up new ones, like cycling and tai’chi. I’ve even braved the bungy jump from the Souleuvre viaduct. Well, why not!
Over the years I’ve dealt with most issues relating to property and renovation - from local taxes and planning permits, to finding artisans and landscaping – and I’m happy to help with any queries you may have. Why not give me a ring?
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An elegant, fortified 15th-c château in the heart of Normandy. Moat, 27 acres, B&B business, 9 bedrooms & outbuildings
A unique medieval moated château in Normandy with extensive grounds, a thriving B&B business . . .
Near: LE HOMMET-D ARTHENAY
110000 M2 land
An elegant 15th century manor house, B&B business, and cookery school. Indoor pool, sauna, extensive private grounds
A thriving B&B and summer school opportunity in the heart of Normandy, manoir type property . . .
Near: ST LOUET SUR SEULLES
131717 M2 land
An elegant home, B&B business with equestrian facilities. With 2 detached stone houses, outbuildings and pasture-land
A thriving B&B opportunity in the heart of Normandy, cleverly organized between two houses . . .
Near: TORIGNI SUR VIRE
54268 M2 land
A 6 bedroom detached maison de maitre, recent renovation, extensive outbuildings, 22 acres land, garden/parking, pool
A beautiful gentleman's residence set in a quiet Normandy village, recently renovated, just a . . .
Near: CAUMONT L EVENTE
89360 M2 land
Stunning seaside property, view over beach a few paces away. 4 bedroom detached house with garden, close to ferry ports
The sandy beach of Omaha is right opposite this amazingly situated property. At less than an . . .
Near: VIERVILLE SUR MER
1116 M2 land
Large Normandy farmhouse set in pastureland with sand school, stabling & outbuildings. Ideal for equestrian & B&B use.
A classic Normandy stone farmhouse with outbuildings, but with many 21st century features and . . .
Near: SEPT VENTS
39000 M2 land
Campsite with bar/restaurant, 30 places, caravan storage. Family home has reception area, 5 bedrooms, outbuildings
Beautiful property with a long established campsite, and winter caravan storage business. . . .
Near: ST MARTIN DES BESACES
36832 M2 land
Beautiful Countryside property with 4 gites, a large swimming pool and a superb 9 hole pitch and put golf course
A rare opportunity to purchase this superb property, Complete with 4 gites and a cottage . . .
6755 M2 land
A 5 bed character limestone house, near Bayeux and the Normandy D-Day beaches, renovated to an excellent standard
Five bedroom, stone-built property with mature gardens. The accommodation is spacious with 5 . . .
Near: JUAYE MONDAYE
5600 M2 land
Fantastic hexagonal property with beautiful, private gardens and panoramic views. 4 bedrooms, modern open-plan layout
A superb and unique property in the form of a hexagon, wonderful panoramic views over nearby . . .
6000 M2 land
4 bed detached home on the edge of town, garden/parking, not overlooked, c/heating, close to shops
A modern character house on a quiet lane, a few minutes walk from the local shops on the edge . . .
3083 M2 land
Detached, stone house, 5 beds, equestrian facilities & land, with gite, rural setting with gardens. Amenities 10 mins
A lovely stone property with equestrian facilities, 4 loose boxes, pastureland with stream. . . .
Near: NOTRE DAME D'ELLE
27484 M2 land
Detached, stone house, 3 beds, equestrian facilities & land, with gite, rural setting with gardens. Bar/village 5 mins For further information ...
A lovely stone property with excellent equestrian facilities including Olympic sized-sand . . .
Near: LES CHAMPS DE LOSQUE
75050 M2 land
A detached, character, stone house, has B&B business & gîte, close to Normandy D-day beaches. Large barns and land
A great accommodation business opportunity in the heart of the Normandy D-day landings . . .
Near: ASNIERES EN BESSIN
5934 M2 land
Stunning watermill, 3 bedroom accommodation, c/heating, large private garden. Close to amenities, beaches & ferry ports
A superb property comprising a detached stone watermill with a working wheel, extensive . . .
6727 M2 land
Five bedroomed, detached house with double glazing, central heating and garden. 30 mins from D-day beaches
Only 30 mins from the D-Day beaches and less than an hour's drive to Cherbourg or Caen ferry . . .
Near: ST MARTIN DES BESACES
1094 M2 land
Detached stone farmhouse 5 beds + 2 bed gîte, gardens, barns for renov & land. Near D-day beaches, Bayeux & ferry ports
Character 5 bedroomed stone house with holiday cottage, gardens, fields and outbuildings. . . .
10506 M2 land
3 bed stone house with 2 gîtes and garden. Easy access to county town and motorway.
A lovely detached stone property, comprising a 3 bed house and a working 2 bed gîte, and a 2 . . .
Near: CONDE SUR VIRE
2492 M2 land
Three bed renovated house with c/heating, equestrian facilities, sand-school, lunging ring, stabling, 8 acre pasture
A detached stone 3 bedroom house with equestrian facilities and pastureland. 60m x 20m . . .
32102 M2 land
17th century, 5 bed stone farmhouse with feature pond and verandah. Great letting potential, proven track record
Conveniently situated just south of the County town of St Lô, this former farmhouse offers 5 . . .
Near: SAINTE-SUZANNE SUR VIRE
1740 M2 land