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A Farmhouse Gite Surrounded By Apple Orchards And Attractive Garden

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 1 - 5 nights


About the property

Holiday Cottage between Vire and Flers. Close To Many Places of interest

Tucked away in a rural hamlet near the village of St Quentin les Chardonnets, La Cidreraie forms part of a traditional old farmhouse, which nestles in the heart of the leafy, ‘bocage’ countryside that so typical of Lower Normandy.

La Cidreraie has a downstairs living are with cooking facilities, dining table and chairs and a comfortable sofa. Wi-Fi is available but please note that there is NOT A TELEVISION in the accommodation

Upstairs the mezzanine bedroom has a double bed and an ensuite shower / toilet.

This gite overlooks a pleasant garden with fruit trees and flowers where you can relax and listen to the sound of birds singing.

The quaint little town of Tinchebray is just 5 kms away and the bustling market towns of Vire and Flers are within easy reach. There are pleasant walks right on our doorstep and opportunities for fishing, horse riding, kayaking and other leisure activities available locally. For the children there are waterfalls to picnic by, lakes with paddle boats and several zoos are a short drive away.

Of course a holiday is not a holiday without a trip to the seaside and lovely sandy beaches can be reached in a little over an hour.

You are within easy reach of destinations such as Mont Saint Michel, the D-Day Beaches and Bayeux.

The owner is on site to help you make the most of your holiday so do let us know if you have particular interests.

This beautiful area of France really does have something to please everyone. Don’t forget to sample the local specialities; cheese, cider, calvados and biscuits are all produced nearby!

More Details

Alison Smith
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, German
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
21 July, 2018

About Alison Smith

Welcome to Orchard Gites here in beautiful Lower Normandy. I am delighted to be able to share a taste of the French lifestyle with you and feel sure you will fall in love with the peace and tranquility just as I have done. I had always wanted to combine my love of a rural lifestyle and my passion for Art and I was able to fulfil that dream when I came upon this lovely farmhouse on the border of Orne and Calvados.

Alison Smith purchased this apartment in 2008

Why Alison Smith chose Saint-Quentin-les-Chardonnets

I decided that this was the place for me after viewing only three other properties! This lovely, old stone farmhouse offered everything I was looking for. The property had been renovated 20 years previously and had been run as a gite business ever since, so it was already well established in the area. I love the fact that the coast is only an hour away and yet the gites are tucked away in the rolling Normandy countryside so it offers the best of both worlds for holidaymakers. Visitors always comment on how peaceful it is however, the gites are very accessible and not at all difficult to get to. I think most people are surprised at how much there is to do locally. I keep in touch with my local tourist offices and am able to help guests really make the most of their time here.

What makes this apartment unique

The garden here has proven to be a delight; from the appearance of violets, daffodils and primroses in early Spring followed by the apple blossom in May. There is abundance of flowers, fruit and vegetables throughout the season. It is wonderful to offer guests fresh fruit and vegetables as well as home-made jams and preserves!

The garden and surrounding countryside provide inspiration for the Art Courses I run in the summer.

Guests can develop their artistic skills in a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. This lovely location is ideal for anyone wishing to focus on a creative interest such as painting, photography or writing. The gites really are perfect for guests wishing to take some time out from the busy pace of everyday life and to experience a little peace and tranquility.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Your gite was a dream to stay in, so cozy, even in November. One week was not enough with the lovely walks, the birdwatching, the towns to explore and all the wonderful crafts you showed me. Celia, Bedfordshire, UK. Nov 2012

A lovely warm welcome from Alison with biscuits, cider and cake. Sylvia and Tony, UK. Sept 2012

Thank you Alison and Fudge for a wonderful stay, fantastic place and superb location. Andrew and Laura, County Durham, UK. June 2012

We couldn't have wished for a more idyllic and tranquil setting. Thank you for making us feel so welcome.....not forgetting to mention one of the most comfortable beds ever!! Linda and Jon, UK. June 2012

What a fabulous time time we have experienced while staying in your delightful paradise...Thank you for your kindness, for your helpful suggestions and for your inspiration during our 'mixed-media' Art workshop. Chris and Suzanne, Perth, Tasmania May 2012
Dec 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Saint-Quentin-les-Chardonnets in Orne

Property Type:
  • apartment
Building Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets considered
  • not suitable for children
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • There is an ensuite shower room with wc
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: A Farmhouse cottage which sleeps 2 Notes on bedrooms: La Cidreraie's mezzanine bedroom has a comfortable double bed with a pretty antique iron frame.
  • Books
  • Bicycles
  • Garden
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
This self catering accommodation is provided with quilts and pillows. Tea towels and cleaning equipment are provided. An end of stay cleaning charge of 40 euros will be made, however many guests opt to do their own cleaning making a holiday here with us very good value! All gites are equipped with electric heaters. An additional charge is made for electricity at the rate of 0.18 euros/Kw. Wi-Fi access is available. Well behaved dogs are welcome provided they are supervised on the premises. Please bring your dog's bed with you. We kindly ask that you do not allow your dog to sleep on the furniture. We welcome touring motorcyclists and provide off-road parking. Covered parking is available on request. Toiletries are available on request. Overnight grazing for guests with horses. Please contact the owner for further details. Outside: La Cidreraie looks out over attractive lawns with an abundance of flowers and fruit trees. There are garden tables and chairs, where you can sit outside and relax. We have a productive vegetable garden and fresh produce in season is available for guests to buy. There are pleasant country walks right on our doorstep and in the surrounding area.


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A Farmhouse Gite Surrounded By Apple Orchards And Attractive Garden
average rating of 4.75 based on 9 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We had a lovely stay! The place and beautiful and peaceful!

When we arrived we had a very warm welcome and presented with local biscuits and cider. The Gite was very prettily decorated and immaculate. The Location was perfect to see many of the attractions in Normandy. We hope to return very soon!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Farmhouse in France

  • 5 of 5

As we traveled by car in France, we wanted to be centrally located to visit Normandy coast and other sights as well as drive through beautiful, unspoiled villages away from the big cities. The farmhouse gite was perfect for us and very relaxing after our busy days on the road. If you want an authentic, memorable experience in France, this is the perfect spot for you. The hostess is delightful and her little dog will make you feel right at home.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review - I'm so glad you enjoyed your stay here. I'm pleased that you enjoyed the peace and tranquility of this little corner of the French countryside. It is a great place to relax after a busy day out visiting the various places of interest in the area All the well known tourist destinations are within easy reach so it makes a good base for a holiday ii Normandy.
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  • 5 of 5

Spent 3 wonderful weeks at orchard gites with my family ,could not have picked a better place for our summer holidays ,the owner Alison ,was very helpful with tons of information on best places to see and things to do , we had a great time here,and made lots of new friends ,these little gites Ar a hidden Jem in the heart of Normandy and a great location to explore what the surrounding area has to offer ....would go back in a heartbeat ...great memories that will last for ever

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: July 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was lovely to meet you and your family and I am so glad you had a great holiday here at Orchard Gites. I think everyone staying here enjoyed the Barbeque evenings and we all loved your musical contributions - certainly great memories for us too! I am pleased that you found plenty of interesting places to visit and hope that you can make it back over here in the not too distant future.
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Un véritable havre de paix

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé une excellente semaine dans la ferme d'Alison.

Cette dernière réserve un accueil convivial à ses hôtes et est attentionnée pour que le séjour soit le meilleur possible.

De même le cadre, dans les fleurs, le silence et la beauté générale des lieux, ajoute à ce que tout ne soit que volupté et bien-être. Merci Alison et nous espérons à bientôt.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: C'était un plaisir de vous rencontrer tous les deux (et votre petit chien mignon qui se comportait très bien) Je suis tellement heureux que vous ayez apprécié votre séjour ici et que vous avez pu explorer cet beaux région de Normandie.
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séjour 3*+

  • 3 of 5

il faut d'abord épingler l'accueil très sympa de la propriétaire : gentilles attentions et un sourire permanent;

ce gîte est au calme absolu, super pour des balades; nous avions choisi l'endroit, car près de rien mais de tout (Mt St Michel, Le Havre, débarquement), donc trajets équilibrés

si ce n'est le wifi, aucun luxe, mais le gîte est suffisamment équipé

un vrai retour à la nature normande

  • Review Submitted: 29-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Très agréable séjour !

  • 5 of 5

Accueil très sympathique, merci Mme Smith pour votre disponibilité. Très jolie maison et très joli jardin, intérieur rustique mais confortable et pratique. On est au calme et on peut profiter de la campagne environnante. Un très agréable séjour !

  • Review Submitted: 22-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Abritel, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
125 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
84 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
13 Kilometres
Nearest Train
13 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
68 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Art workshops are usually available throughout the year and can be tailored to suit your needs. We offer tuition in painting, drawing and printmaking as well as crafts such as mosaic and feltmaking. The cost for a half day session is 20 Euros with midmorning coffee provided.

Children have the opportunity for some creative fun on Wednesdays. A 2 hour, morning session costs just 10 Euros for one child and 5 euros for an additional child.

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to find out more about these workshop sessions.


Unspoilt beaches can be reached in a little over an hour by car. Children love the sandy beaches at Jullouville and Carolles: 1hr 15 by car

Granville, with it's beautiful coastal walk and seafood restaurants: 1hr 15 by car.

Don't miss the D-Day beaches: 1hr 15 by car.

Stunning Mont St Michel is a fabulous day trip destination: 1hr 20 by car

Walk to Mont St Michel with a guide from the beach at Genet: 1hr 15 by car. Picturesque Honfleur with it's pretty harbour: 1hr 40 drive


Ferry Ports:

Ouistreham: 1 hour. St Malo: 1 hour 30 mins. Cherbourg : 1 hour 45 mins. Le Havre: 2 hours. Dieppe: 2 hours 45 mins. Calais 4 hours.


Dinard (Great value service from Ryanair to Stanstead and East Midlands.) 1 hour 45 mins. Rennes: 1 hour 40 mins. Paris Beauvais: 3 hours 20 mins.


Vire to Paris Montparnasse: 2 hours 30 mins.

Vire to Granville on the coast: 40 mins


Tinchebray, our 'local' small town with narrow streets and an interesting history: 5km.

Vire has a thriving market offering an abundance of local produce: 13km.

Flers with it's cathedral which has stunning stained glass windows: 17km. Domfront, historic old town with a ruined castle: 30km (stop at Lonlay L'Abbaye on the way, where there is biscuit factory as well as the old abbey). Bagnoles de l'Orne, an attractrive spa town: 50km.

Ger has an interesting pottery museum: 17 km.

Further Details:

Delicious croissants and french bread can be bought from any of the four boulangeries in Tinchebray,which is just 5 minutes drive away. There is a greengrocer who sells fresh seasonal produce and a delicatessen, where you can buy local cheeses. There are several banks and chemists in the town and if you fancy a coffee or a 'croque monsieur' then try the Bar de St Remy in the centre. A Carrefour supermarket is situated on the edge of the town for all your day to day requirements.

Vire is a larger town with several supermarkets and a variety of shops. Market day here is Friday. If you want to eat out in the evening you have a choice of restaurants and small bistros. Le Vrai Normande offers traditional Normandy cuisine whereas La Robberie, with it's lively informal atmosphere, offers a more cosmopolitan menu. On the outskirts of town La Campanile Hotel has a great value buffet and is open on weekdays and Saturday and Sunday.

Flers is a short drive from the gites and the market days here are Wednesday and Saturday. Flers also has a variety of shops and restaurants.

Cider and Calvados are produced in the area and can be bought from local producers.

There are leisure activities to suit everyone in the area.

Walking is great way to see the countryside and there are marked walks of various distances locally. We can provide you with ordnance survey maps and walking guides.

Alternatively, why not bring your bikes or borrow ours.

If you enjoy horse riding there is a lovely western style ranch approximately half an hour's drive from the gites. The horses are well behaved and the western saddles are very comfortable!

If you enjoy fishing there is a well stocked fishing lake just 15 minutes drive from the gites.

Hire a canoe on the river Orne at Pont d'Ouilly, which is half an hour drive.

A great way to spend a Sunday is hunting for vintage bargains at the local 'vide-greniers'.

If you enjoy birdwatching, bring your binoculars as there are a variety of birds.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
An end of occupancy cleaning charge of 40 euros is to be added if you prefer not to clean your gite at the end of your stay. Bedlinen and towels are provided. A 25% deposit will secure your booking. The outstanding amount is to be paid 4 weeks before your stay commences. A 100 euros / £100 refundable guarantee is to be paid at the start of your stay. Payment by cheque or paypal. Check in: after 3pm. Check out: by 11am.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is usually our changeover day, however there is always some flexibility especially out of the High Season. Please contact the owner for further information.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property(s) per week in euros. Changeover dates are often flexible and short stays can be arranged. Check our website for Late Availability deals and Special Offers. Our gites are available for long Winter lets. Please contact the owner for details and every effort will be made to suit your requirements

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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