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“France at its best in lovely cosy accommodation”
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Cottage -
2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 5
Vimoutiers, Orne, Basse-Normandie, Normandy

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jenny b
Gillingham, United Kingdom
1 review
“France at its best in lovely cosy accommodation”
Reviewed August 24, 2015 for a stay in June 2015

We spent week at Les Patis in June. We have never been to Normandy, usually going to the Loire Valley.

The gite was very comfortable, and one of the best equipped places we have stayed in. The owners were very friendly and helpful. Fishing was good and the grounds were beautiful to spend time in.

Will be back next year, when we hope it will be warm enough to swim in the pool.

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Liked best: The fact that it was so cosy, usually the furniture is well worn and not very comfy
Liked least: The weather could have been better
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 65+
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Dea S
Aarup, Denmark
2 reviews
“Wonderful for families with young children”
Reviewed July 27, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

We spent a week at Les Bambous and we had the greatest time!

The kids (boys aged 7 and 3) enjoyed feeding the fish, running around in the large garden and just having a great time.

Pat and Tony could even provide a bicycle for our oldest - what a joy! Pat and Tony are the most kind and welcoming hosts - always ready to chit chat even when they were working really hard to trim the place (Les Patis).

The pool area is very beautiful with flowers and sun beds. Unfortunately we didn't have the warmest weather, but the time spent in the pool was awesome

We went to Omaha Beach wich is recommendable. The Tiger Tank near the house is a must.
We also went to the zoo/safari park near Lisieux (45 min drive). With kids it is an awesome experience - they let you feed the giraffes!

We certainly recommend Les Patis and Les Bambous. We are sure to come back some time!

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Traveling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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Jan D
Lancashire, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Les Patis - lovely base in a beautiful region of Normandy”
Reviewed July 19, 2015 for a stay in July 2015

Our holiday at Les Patis in gite Les Bambus with our adult daughter and her partner in mid-July was both relaxing and historic. Our property was spacious with a lovely large main sitting, dining, kitchen room where we all came together each evening to eat. Having both a bathroom and an ensuite was perfect. Eating breakfast whilst watching the lake for the jumping fish, heron and kingfishers was idyllic. The facilities kept us all entertained - tennis, ping-pong, rowing and cycling but the hot tub was the main draw for the twentysomethings! A beautiful pool area framed by the extensive garden and pressoir was our favourite spot. We ventured into the local area and were surprised by the WWII history literally on the doorstep. The amazing location of the museum in Mont Ormel meant we could all empathise with the terrible realities and consequences of the battle in the Falaise Pocket. We journeyed further afield to Bayeux which took a little longer than we had anticipated but it is a stunning town and the tapestry is a must. This was followed by a visit to Arromanches to appreciate the scale and ingenuity of the Mulberry harbours. Vimoutiers itself is a compact town with excellent boulangerie and supermarkets. However, a big thank you to Tony and Pat for being such relaxed and welcoming hosts. Having only taken over Les Patis relatively recently, they are working wonders - no hidden 'extras' and Jess the dog is just gorgeous. Hope to be back again,

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Liked best: Peaceful location
Liked least: Leaving
Traveling group: Extended Family
Your age range 50-64
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Angela M
Ross - on - Wye
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“The ideal venue for those appreciating peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings.”
Reviewed August 29, 2013 for a stay in August 2013

I stayed here with my daughter, her partner and their 2 year old. Whilst toddlers require supervision because of different levels in the property it was just perfect for what we required. Everything is designed to be as natural and traditional as possible. Piping hot water on demand, comfortable beds, plenty of space and a genuinely relaxed atmosphere.

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: Not having enough hanging space or hook on the bedroom and bathroom door!
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Gonkie
Hertford, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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“Relaxing long weekend”
Reviewed July 17, 2013 for a stay in July 2013

We (4 adults) drove over for three nights from England, and could not have been happier with our choice of accommodation. Debs and her team ( thanks again to Nick for all his fabulous recommendations!) did absolutely everything to make our trip enjoyable. The house, situated on the lake, was spacious and comfortable. Sitting out on the balcony in the evening, eating cheese and drinking wine while watching the wild life, was an amazing end to each day. The town is a 20 min walk away, with everything you could need (try the squid from the fish shop - best we've ever eaten!). The pool at the property is huge and perfectly located for all day sunshine. We also managed a trip to Honfleur which was only an hours drive away. Highly recommended.

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Liked best: The location
Liked least: Having to leave
Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 35-49
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MauriceSw...
Wigan
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25 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Delighted as return visitors”
Reviewed June 25, 2013 for a stay in May 2013

This was our second visit to Les Patis and we have stayed in two different properties. We are very regular travellers to France. One has to understand at the outset that the setting is rural and in the countryside and, strangely, mice may exist here (obviously not in the Huntingdonshire countryside) and the grass may grow - but this is rural, gite-style, France, not the manicured gardens and bedding plants of the home counties (see previous review).
We had a great time - again. Les Bambous is spacious and well-equipped, the welcome is warm and friendly. Any reasonable request is provided for. Excellent local walking and cheese, cider and Calvados - what more could one want - oh, beer was OK too. The village of Camembert within walking distance and Livarot a short drive - put the cheese in the roof-box on the way home, it is particularly pungent but unparalleled taste.
We played golf at Pont l'Eveque (St Julien), Clecy and Houlgate - all excellent -and drank Calvados at Pere Magloire. Superb local restaurant at Le Camembertiere where the chef and his daughter entertained us with singing and squeeze-box, guitar and accordian late into the evening. Local village of Vimoutiers supplies every need.
So, from busy lives, take a chill-pill, a book and a glass - tolerate the field mouse, tickle the trout, smell the wildflowers, and, after dinner, with a glass and a slice of Livarot, have conversation (and leave your TV/DVD and MP4 at home - see previous review, where they belong), and listen to the wise owl - he knows a good place when he sees one.

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Liked best: The setting.
Liked least: The staircase - so I destroyed it.
Traveling group: Extended Family
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Jen9027
Huntingdon, United Kingdom
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“It may have been nice once, but it isn't now!”
Reviewed February 13, 2013 for a stay in September 2012
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We stayed for a fortnight last September and were very disappointed by the property itself and the gardens.
The location of the four properties is very pleasant but the gardens are very unkempt and overgrown and the fishing lake needs the banks cleared. Cutting the grass and the bushes back would have made a difference.
The communal indoor areas were damp smelling and did have considerable amounts of mouse droppings. The pressoir is a fantastic thing but I didn't like the grubby appearance of the sofas or the smell, so wouldn't have felt comfortable using them. I also would not use the utility room because of the mouse droppings.
We were disappointed that clean sheets were not provided unless we paid extra, luckily we had two bedrooms so moved to the second bedroom for our second week.
The very worst thing was the cold and the damp smell that you notice as you open the front door of Les Bambous and go inside. The property is spacious but the extra charge for heating was, we felt, extortionate. We borrowed two paraffin heaters from the owner which took the chill off the property but made it smell even worse.The windows were dirty inside and out and the heaters caused condensation. I would not think that these heaters would be appropriate for use with children.
We took our own radio, ipod and TV/DVD as there isn't anything in the property.
The owner offered us a different property for the second week of our stay but we refused as we knew that the oven door was broken in the other property and we would still have had to buy firewood.
I appreciate the owner had a broken ankle at the time of our stay, but the grounds were so unkempt and overgrown, this hadn't happened in a few weeks. The bamboo needed attention as did the Japanese water garden.and you could barely get near the river it was so overgrown.

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Liked best: The Fishing lake
Liked least: The fact that everything came with an extra charge- heating, clean sheets, wifi
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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