Cottages, 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12 + 3
- English, French
About Marian Clarke
D-Day tours can be arranged for our guests. The history of the area is extremely interesting and having taught history I enjoy explaining and telling stories of the things that have happened here. I was also a special needs teacher with many years of experience working with children and adults, especially dealing with learning difficulties, Asperger syndrome and autistic spectrum disorders. I taught and supported pupils and students with life and communication skills, helping to educate them to maximize their own potential. It is very important for everyone to feel confident in themselves and it is amazing what we can all achieve. I have worked with various communication programmes such as PECS, TEACCH and Makaton.
Marian Clarke purchased this Chateau / Country House in 2002
Why Marian Clarke chose Souleuvre-En-Bocage
I fell in love with the house as soon as I saw it. A 14th century stone building. Also apparently occupied by Honore V of Monaco of the Grimaldi Family in th 19th century who had links to Normandy in at this time. It needed alot of TLC so we set to and now have a beautiful place in undulating countryside surrounded by fields.
What makes this Chateau / Country House unique
I can give D-Day tours uniquely for my guests.c
Pool / Spa
Max guests: 15
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
Cozy home in Normandie
Historic old home overlooking the Beautiful French Country side!
Unique property/Great host
This property is fascinating and unique - you're staying in history. It is rustic, but everything works, with comfortable beds and hot showers and an ample kitchen. It's also handicapped accessible on the first floor, which is rare in a home this old. The owner is a lovely host who has been restoring the home carefully and lives on site. She not only provided us with some supplies we had failed to bring the first night, but made us strawberries and cream! And she shared the history of the place with us. Plus, it's perfectly located for a day at Mont St. Michelle and a different day at the beaches of Normandy. We're so glad we stayed here! It made a trip that necessarily included a lot of very touristy stuff really special.
Thank you Susannah and Family for your comments. They are really appreciated. It was a real pleasure having you all here. I hope you had a safe journey home
Great place very peaceful
Beautiful scenery very historic building. We had a lovely welcome basket and strawberry pavlova given to us on arrival
Thank you for your response. your comments are really welcoming
Great family accommodation in a lovely rural spot
Three generations of us, eight people in all ranging from 10 to 69 in age stayed here for a week in late August. The building has interesting history which our friendly host Marian was keen to relate. The part we stayed in has been renovated but other parts of the house are yet to be restored - very interesting to see.
The large living room kitchen is a cozy space that we were in all the time except when out in our garden, as weather permitted.The barbecue-cum-firepit was very popular - we cooked a grilled meat meal on it once but also had a couple of evenings with marshmallows being toasted at the fire.
The swimming pool was used by us on one day only, as the weather cooled after our first couple of days. Those who used it seemed to enjoy - you do need to climb to get in as it's an above-ground pool. It's shared with the owner, but only likely to be busy if her grandchildren are visiting.
The area has some decent family attractions, especially the 'luge track' at the viaduct park (which also has bungee jumping and giant swing as well as smaller play areas); look up Normandy Luge on the web to find details.
Local village market was just for fresh veg, eggs and fish when we were there, but the village butcher is good too. The bakery and charcuterie were both closed for the owners summer holidays so I can't comment about them.There's a useful 8-til-8 store (actually open until 19:30, not 20:00!) in the village and bigger supermarkets are just a bit further away.
Some of us made the trip to see the Bayeux tapestry and WW2 museum, again less than an hour's drive away through pretty Normandy countryside.
All in all a good location, excellent host and I definitely think we'll go again when we can get everyone organized.
Wonderful old house, peace and quite abound
We had a 4 generation holiday, (oldest 90 and youngest 5). Enough room for everyone and the downstairs bedroom and wet room was ideal for Mum as she was all on one level.
Marion was a great host. There when you needed her but not interfering. The welcome basket and the home made pavlova were really nice touches
Ideal location for many of the attractions the area has to offer. The local village has a lovely bakers and a small supermarket so everyday needs are close by.
The 2 swimming pools were used a bit, but unfortunately the weather was a bit cool so the pool was a bit chilly. Can't do anything about the weather but a bit frustrating after the heatwave.
If you want authentic old French nestled in the countryside then this is it.
Dear Gillian and family,
I really enjoyed having you as guests and I am glad you had a great holiday.( Sorry the weather was not so hot) I hope you arrived home safely. I would be pleased to see you again anytime.
Homely, welcoming and everything you could need
There were 9 of us which included 5 children ranging in age from 16 - 5, we all thoroughly enjoyed our stay and there was plenty to keep all of the children entertained. Marian is a lovely host, very welcoming and helpful offering as little or as much advice as you may require. The property itself was very homely, plenty big enough for us all and with everything we could need. We did need to use the car to venture out anywhere and there were a couple of towns near by that are worth a visit and a meal out if you fancy. The beach that was recommended to us was about an hour and it was lovely, supermarkets are near by with everything you could need. We also visited the zoo which was a highlight.
The pools were a great addition and the kids thoroughly enjoyed using them, they also loved the dogs and were sad to leave them.
Thanks again x
This lovely old Normandy house in idyllic surroundings is perfect for a quiet relaxing break or for outdoor sporting activities; golf, fishing, mountain biking, walking, para-gliding, horse riding, rock climbing, white water canoeing, water skiing, jet skiing. There are at least 10 fishing lakes and around 6 golf courses within easy reach.
It is ideally situated for sight seeing, with several historic towns within 30 mins drive such as Caen, Bayeux, Vire, St Lo. The landing beaches with their wonderful sandy expanses and the Mulberry harbour at Arromanches are about 40 minutes. Falaise, Mont St Michel and Granville are about 1 hours drive.
For younger children there is Festyland, Le Village Enchante, Zoological parks, Adventure parks, karting, pony trekking, Ouga Ouga indoor play area.
For those who are interested in Art and Culture, Normandy has much to offer. Monet's garden at Giverny being one example; Museums, Chateaux, historical buildings and restaurants abound. Caen has a great reputation for shopping and Paris is about 3 hours drive or 2 hours by train. With such diverse attractions there is something for everyone.
40 minutes from the Port of Caen
1 hour from Cherbourg
30 minutes from Bayeux
50 Minutes from the D-Day beaches
Local markets abound
there are zoos, museums, childrens play parks, lake fishing, sea fishing, bird watching and many more attractions close by.