Le Gaudin

Campandré Valcongrain, Calvados
Bed & Breakfast


A relaxed retreat in the Normandy hills, with dreamy gardens and a lake you may fish. Don't miss sociable dinners around the big table

Bedroom

4 rooms

Sleeps

Rooms sleep 2

The
Experience

Guests return because it’s fun to stay here with easy-going Clive at the helm – and a long sociable table for delicious dinners. Perhaps pear and Roquefort tartelette, followed by duck breast and seasonal veggies. Breakfast is a generous spread of pastries, charcuterie, yogurt and fresh fruit in a room off the salon, your host has the fire crackling if its chilly.

Clive has been here since the 1990s and has cleverly renovated this 18th-century farmhouse into a comfortable home. Every feature conveys the creativity of your British host: exposed stone walls; an old manger, now a wine rack; a chimney built from 4,500 bricks.

Deeply comfortable bedrooms have hand-sewn fabrics and fine French antiques. Fish in the wooded grounds; join the ancient pilgrims’ walk to Mont St Michel; go canoeing in nearby Thury-Harcourt.

Le Gaudin - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Long, lively meals around the table, cooked by Clive
  • Lounging in the big comfy sitting room in front of the fire
  • Wandering the four acres of grounds
Le Gaudin - Gallery

You should know

  • Not suitable for young children - Clive has a large collection of wartime artefacts
  • You'll need a car for the shops and trips

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Closed
January-March.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property
Meals
Dinner with wine, €38.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €70
1 Twin
From €70
3 Doubles
From €70

Reviews

Dining here is a must, Clive cooks an outstanding and sophisticated meal using local, seasonal produce. The huge fireside sofas are irresistible after dinner. A great retreat for a group of friends or equally sociable couples.

Nicola, Sawday's inspector

What a gorgeous B&B! Just got back from 3 nights at Le Gaudin and I can’t speak highly enough about it! The property is just gorgeous - well maintained and luxurious but comfortable too. The grounds are beautiful and have so much history. Clive was a wonderful host - very welcoming and full of local knowledge. If you’re in Normandy and looking for a top notch place to stay with easy access to all that Normandy has to offer, you won’t find better than Le Gaudin.

Tina, Nottingham

Just fabulous. Clive (the owner/chef) has created a truly lovely, comfortable, elegant and very special B&B. Huge rooms, all tastefully decorated. A vast main reception lounge, lovely gardens and so on. Clive is a terrific chef too, and his dinner (with good wine) is well worth having....as good as most 'top' French restaurants. Le Gaudin is also as short drive to the coast, ferries etc. Highly recommended, and my advice is book it!

Ian, Stroud, uk

We stayed at Le Gaudin during the 72nd Anniversary of D-Day. Clive (the owner) was a phenomenal resource for history and site recommendations. The B&B is a very charming place with a historical past. We highly recommend Clive's cooking. He is an amazing cook and it was by far the best meal we had during our 2 1/2 week trek around Europe. Our stay at Le Gaudin was definitely a highlight of our trip!

Kelsey, Denver

Clive is an excellent host who has done an amazing job in renovating this old farm, the rooms are comfortable, spacious and peaceful. His dinners are amazing, definitely good restaurant standard and excellent value for money. All in all we spent a wonderful 3 days at le Gaudin and would definitely recommend the place.

Adria, Middlesbrough

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Location

The neighbourhood

You're 4.5 kilometres from the nearest town, Aunay-sur-Odon for basics. Clecy is a bit further but prettier with a river, cheese producers and cider farms to visit, as well as restaurants to try and canoeing, kayaking and pedloes to hire. There's a miniature railway and museum here too. It's 15 minutes in the car to Château de Pontécoulant.

Local points of interest from Clive & Denise Canvin

  • Le Gaudin sits in the heritage area of Swiss Normande nestled in a valley surrounded by woodlands. The house sits on the site of an ancient Abbey. View a short video of the grounds here > https://youtu.be/U1-FR3Eosgw
  • Le Gaudin is situated 40 minutes from the Normandy Beaches.Le Gaudin is 30 minutes from historic Bayeaux and One hour from the historic Mont St Michel
  • Le Gaudin has a 5 star reputation for its delicious meals cooked by owner and chef Clive.
  • Ancient pilgrims' way to Mont Saint Michel passes the edge of the property.
  • Canoeing and kayaking in Thury-Harcourt - 8 kms. 18-hole golf course in Clécy - 13 kms..
  • Private lake on site with fishing .

Introducing

Clive & Denise Canvin

Clive moved here 20 years ago and set about a pretty daunting renovation. He enjoys welcoming guests and is a great cook. He's friendly, laid-back and has plenty of local knowledge at his fingertips.