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“A quiet break in Normandy” 4 of 5 stars
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Heurtevent/Tortisambert, 14140 Livarot, France   |  
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“A quiet break in Normandy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2011

The owners are very helpful and make you feel welcome as soon as you arrive. The accommodation is excellent with everything you need to hand and several places to sit outside with wonderful views whilst you are sampling some of the local cider and wine. The property is about a 5 minute drive from Livarot which has shops, bars and cares - remember to check their opening times!
Well worth a few nights stay just to recharge the batteries.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Northampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2011

My partner and I found this quiet little spot to be just what we were hoping for on our first visit to Normandy. The owners were most welcoming and couldn't have been more helpful when we mentioning a couple of items not in the property that would be useful ... they soon appeared.

We stayed in Le Trou, the smallest of the properties which was originally designed to house barrels of Calvados, not people, and so, as you would expect, headroom was rather limited upstairs. However, this added to the overall charm of the place and we both slept very well.

The location, high on the hillside overlooking the valley, was simply ideal and we made good use of the large and rambling gardens, which for the most part, we had to ourselves. It also proved to be a great place from which to visit local places of interest and there was a useful information pack to draw from ... Peter and Anja were also very happy to chat about local restaurants that they could recommend and Anja kindly rang a couple on our behalf to make a reservation for us.

Ok, there were a few bits and bobs about the property which could use a little TLC but nothing that spoiled our very enjoyable week there ... we would definitely go again.

J&M

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Scarborough, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

An old cider distillery, the tiny gite, Le Trou, fulfilled our Normandy idyll. It was charming, tasteful and delightfully querky and provided everthing we required for a peaceful, and totally relaxed week. Warm croissants hanging on our front door each morning was pure luxury. Encouraged by the magnificent weather we had to force ourselves out each day and leaving was very difficult.Peter and Anja could not have been more helpful and Anja's cold platter on our first night still provides a warm glow, as did the copious amounts of cider.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Abingdon
1 review
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2011

The complex of properties is delightful but we were very unhappy about aspects of our eight day stay.
We stayed in the Trou Normand.

The brochure describes the cottage as "converted to a high standard with comfort in mind and each is ........well equipped." It was not.
We paid over the odds for this delightful sounding cottage........

The bottom of the front door stuck making it difficult to open.
No microwave/toaster. Washing up bowl was too big for the sink.
The oven was dirty; the roasting dish had old food remnants in.
There was dirty cutlery and crockery.
The whisk was rusty. The large metal spoon was rusty.
The tin opener did not work.
The kitchen cupboard door had a broken/damaged hinge
There was drooping unsecured electric light cable over sink
The grouting around the kitchen sink and fridge was broken, missing in places and dirty.
Woodlice on kitchen surfaces and in cracks in grouting.
The dish cloth was grey.....
The waste bin was rusty.
The high backed white chairs had dangerously loose joints and one started to collapse when sat on.
The toilet door onto the kitchen area did not close.
The chimney was blocked (the shutter wouldn't open); I had emailed about a wood fire before booking. On arrival we discovered there was a charge of 15 euros for a small basket of wood!
The electric fire without a stand was propped up in the corner.
The door curtain was dirty and close to the gas burners on the hob.

The light switch in the lavatory worked intermittently and was loose on the ceiling.
The shower unit was coming away from the wall.
The light fitting over the sink in the lavatory was not secured at all.
The taps on the sink were loose.
Shower temperature was affected by cold water used elsewhere in building (i.e. it became very hot)
The toilet seat had pieces missing underneath and was stained.
It was necessary to scoop out woodlice every time one of us wanted to use the shower.
The grouting in the shower was dirty.
There were nails sticking out of the shower door surround.

The side of the stairs projected above the bedroom floor in one place and were an obvious (and easily remedied) trip hazard.
There were nails sticking out of the outside of the banister; I painfully caught my hand on one of them-that nail is in the lidded mug on the shelf at the top of the stairs. The other three I left.

The smoke alarm was missing from its base.
The bedroom window sill was coming away from the window.
The window blind did not retract.
There was peeling wall paper as a result of a water leak and stained carpet below.
Wood lice in the bedroom and by the end of our stay even in the bed.


Although we made it clear there were problems with the accommodation, we did not want to go though all this at the time- we simply wanted to try to enjoy our stay in Normandy and most of the things listed cannot be swiftly dealt with (as obtaining two reasonable wine glasses was).

Our complaint has been met with indignation (I was discourteous to the owner, apparently, because I didn’t come and say hello!!) denials and an eventual offer of a refund which was swiftly withdrawn, replaced by a derisory "good will" gesture. This was accompanied by accusations that my wife and I caused some of the damage. Trip Advisor we noticed (on our return!) had an account of a similar experience to ours.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2011

A return visit to this tranquil place. Aarm welcome from our host and then up to us to get on with the serious business of relaxing..sitting in the sun amongst the beautiful barns and soaking in the charming scene. Good local markets, lovely villages to explore and of cousre the historic coast. This place is great for families or a single family or as we did this time just as a couple. Nicely furnished rooms, comfortable beds ( V important) and a mix of old regional charm. Easy to self cater or go just a couple of miles to a local restaurant with a straightforward menu of homecooked regional food that is delicious. You can't beat sitting with a drink in the evening sunset being part of the scene . All very relaxing, well run and charming. We will be back.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2011

We spent two weeks at La Boursaie this April and we would definitely recommend it, with some caveats that I’ll get into in a moment.
We rented La Pressoir, the biggest of the cottages. It is a four bedroom, two bath house and easily accommodates three couples and one single. There are also two day beds in the living area that could easily sleep a guest or two overnight. The property is downright gorgeous. Sweeping view of typical Normandy countryside, picnic tables, outdoor chairs, barbecue if you need it, and plenty of lawn for boules or just sitting around.
Inside, La Pressoir is a unique and fascinating building. A former apple cider press, much of the woodwork is original and the owners have worked the old press right into the decor. The circular kitchen has a semi circular counter/table at which we served dinner for 11 one night without too much squeezing. The kitchen is a little off beat but fully functional and while you may need to ask the owner for a pot or pan or special utensil you don’t see, he seems to have one of everything stored in his private trove of kitchen equipment.
The bedrooms are all perfectly comfortable (well, with one exception noted below). Everyone in our party said they slept fine. Each room has its own window and heater. The bathrooms were clean, one with a bathtub and one with a stall shower. Both very typical European. Deep tub with handheld sprayer option, or tiny stall shower. Water pressure was good and no shortage of extremely hot water.
The place was immaculate when we got there and while there isn’t any housekeeping service while you’re there, if you ask, the owner will give you clean towels and kitchen tea towels after a week - although we were not offered clean sheets and found that odd. The owners will also do a small load of washing for you if you ask.
There is a working wood stove/fireplace for which you can get a basket of wood for free and then it’s 15 euros per basket (ouch). One basket lasted us two short fires.
The owners also have three sons (9, 12, 15?) who are very charming well behaved young boys who were happy to play with our one 8-year-old guest.
It’s a fine place for a big group to get together and enjoy a Normandy vacation.
Now for the caveats and then some info on the area:
1. This is not a house suitable for babies or small children. I would not take any child under five to stay here. It has some unexpectedly steep stairs, there are hard stone surfaces everywhere and dangerous fall offs that used to be part of the old cider operation. Very quaint for adults, but for a parent watching a small child a complete nightmare. Also the wood stove fireplace has no screen or other protection for children.
2. Also not recommended for the handicapped. The bedrooms are all upstairs and even the downstairs bathroom has steps down.
3. Heating is a problem. While the bedrooms had their own heaters which seemed to work, the downstairs and bathroom heaters hardly warmed up at full bore. Since the place is an old cider press it has thick walls and probably is nicely cool on a hot summer day, but chilly otherwise. No matter how much we asked the owners to crank up the heat a bit, nothing ever seemed to really work. Most of us put on a sweater and were fine, but if you’re one of those people who is always cold, you’ll be cold.
4. Only three of the four bedrooms are fully private and enclosed. There was one with a single bed, one with two single beds (what Americans call twin beds but not quite as wide), and one with a double bed (these are not queen, but regular double bed sized). Then the fourth bedroom, also with a double bed, is actually on a balcony with a beautiful view out of the floor-to-rooftop windows in the front of the house (these windows are indeed spectacular). The problem is that this balcony bedroom is directly above the kitchen/dining area and open to all the sounds of the downstairs and visa versa. So no privacy in this room. Plan to give it to the people who are last to bed. Of course those who are up early have to tip toe around knowing they will wake those occupants. Also this bedroom has no shades so you’re up with the sun.
5. Being an old house, the floors upstairs squeak and tend to slant in places. Bring earplugs for sleeping if you don’t want to hear about every trip to the bathroom at night.
6. The place can seem a bit dark and several light fixtures either had burned out bulbs or didn’t work. Check all the lights right away and tell the owners about any that don’t work. We waited too long and could have had more light.
6. The owners have a rooster. Quaint and kind of fun until he starts crowing at 3 a.m. or 4 a.m. or 5 a.m. right outside your window.
7. There are wild cats everywhere. We counted nine at least. A couple are friendly, most just ignore you or run when you approach them. However if you’re afraid of cats or allergic to them, this is something to consider.
8. While the owner promised wi-fi on location, my MacBook Pro could not find a signal and I had no trouble with wi-fi anywhere else in France. There is a small cafe in town called the Gybson Bar which has free wi-fi, just ask for the user name and password and, of course, buy something while you’re there. It is open as early as 8 a.m. so you can get a coffee and sit and use your computer if you need to.

The town of Livarot is a 10-minute drive away and has all the necessities, including a supermarket and several nice bakeries if you get up early and want to stock up on croissant, pain au chocolat or a nice apple tarte for breakfast. There’s an ATM right downtown and a newspaper shop which carries three English language newspapers but get there early as they seem to have only one copy of each in stock each day.
Livarot is one hour or so from everywhere. However, if you’re into the D-Day stuff, it’s 1.5 hours to the nearest landing beach and closer to two or three hours to places like St. Mere Eglise or St. Lo. So if D-Day is your main purpose, you may wish to find a place closer.
However, it’s just a quick hour to Trouville/Deauville and close to Honfleur, Caen, Lisieux and Falaise and St. Pierre sur Dives where the Monday market is not be missed.
(Note to casino enthusiasts. The card tables do not open until 5 p.m. - only slots during the daytime. And you will need your passport to get in at any time.)

We had a wonderful time with friends we had not seen in ages and again, while it’s quirky, we liked La Boursaie very much and the owners could not have been nicer.

Room Tip: Just ask. The owners are very helpful.
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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2010

One of the most delectable spots on earth. Wonderful vernacular architecture, magnificent views, rural idyll, difficult (impossible) to better. No traffic, no noise (except birds), nothing to detract, impossible to know, without seeing, how lovely are the environs and buildings.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: Heurtevent/Tortisambert, 14140 Livarot, France
Location: France > Normandy > Basse-Normandie > Calvados > Livarot
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Livarot
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Number of rooms: 5

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