A quiet getaway with local shops, well located for Normandy tourist attraction
About Ian Brand
Previously employed in Major construction (Terminal 5 and Venetian Macau to name but a few!) my wife and I took early retirement to run a canal boat company in Leighton Buzzard - UK. After that great success we have now settled in France to fulfil a dream for us - to own and run a Gite complex in Northern France.
Ian Brand purchased this Barn in 2015
Why Ian Brand chose Souleuvre-En-Bocage
We are very centrally located in Normandy just 20 minutes from Caen and 20 mins from the Omaha Beach. The property is located on Hill 309 - a major objective during the war as the allies broke out from the D-Day beaches. The views are stunning across the Vire valley but, whilst remaining a farming region (our neighbor is a dairy farmer) we are only 15minutes from 3 major towns offering all the shopping anyone could wish for.
What makes this Barn unique
Our gites offer the best of both worlds, providing a beautiful setting in which to unwind from the stresses of daily life whilst providing you with many major tourist attractions within an hour's drive.
Pool / Spa
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - We can provide travel cots and highchairs if req.We can provide travel cots and highchairs if req.
Pets allowed - Please advise us in advancePlease advise us in advance
No smoking - Smoking is not allowed inside the property but youSmoking is not allowed inside the property but you
Max guests: 8
A True Taste of Norman Life
When I was searching for a place to stay in Normandy, I was trying to decide between a beach house or something in the country. My husband and I had been in the area before but our three traveling buddies hadn't. This place was the perfect find! The three bathrooms were perfect for our group - two couples and a single man. The bedrooms were spacious; the beds comfy. It was only a couple of miles from the tiny little town that had an adequate market and an amazing bakery for fresh baguettes and croissants every morning.
Ian and Cecilia are gracious hosts who live right across the driveway. They answered all our questions, provided info on local WWII sites, let us use their washer and provided entertaining conversation.
In short, out of the six VRBOs that we have used on this trip to France and Portugal, this property was our hands-down favorite. The beautiful pastoral countryside, the welcoming people and the rich history of the area all combined to make this the most memorable part of our trip.
Thank you so much for your lovely review. We were thrilled to hear we were your favourite venue. We really enjoyed having you to stay at La Blancapierre and hopefully we may see you again some day.
Lovely, peaceful place!
Nicely renovated, with more renovations to come, apparently. Friendly and helpful hosts. Situated ~30 min from Bayeux in pretty countryside near a village with essential supplies. We enjoyed our stay very much!
My extended family and I spent 3 nights in the Owl Barn and we all loved every second of our short stay.
Ian was so welcoming and such a great host.... taking the grandchildren to feed the sheep, the goose, the chickens and they were so enthralled with it all, especially collecting the eggs.
The property itself was way beyond what we had expected and the main bathroom is simply gigantic. Everything was just perfect. The wood burning stove at the beginning of April was so homely and sinking into the huge sofa, well who would want to move. We cooked some great meals in the kitchen and everyone had masses of space with 4 large bedrooms.
When we left we spent the next few nights in a 3 bed mobile home .... the whole 3 bed mobile home which would have fitted into the Owl Barn's living room twice over!
Our sincere thanks to Ian for such a lovely few days.
Ruime vakantiewoning van veel gemakken voorzien
Mooie ruim huis, prima badkamers en keuken. Het ligt enigszins afgelegen. Boodschappen 20 minuten rijden. In april was het koud en is het huis moeilijk warm te krijgen. Zeer gastvrije en behulpzame eigenaars.
Thank you for your review. I am sorry you felt the house was cold. I notice you did not use the wood burner during your stay even though wood was provided and that would have made the house much warmer for you. We do advertise that we are in rural France and although the village (1.5 km away) is well equipped with an 'eight til late grocery store, butchers and bakery the nearest supermarket is a 15 minutes drive to Torigni.
Bedankt voor je review. Het spijt me dat je voelde dat het huis koud was. Ik merk dat je tijdens je verblijf de houtkachel niet hebt gebruikt, hoewel er hout aanwezig was en dat het huis veel warmer voor je was. We adverteren dat we op het platteland van Frankrijk zijn en hoewel het dorp (1,5 km afstand) goed is uitgerust met een acht tot laat supermarkt, slager en bakker, is de dichtstbijzijnde supermarkt 15 minuten rijden naar Torigni.
D-Day Beaches, Bayeux, and Caen