I want to start with some positives, the location and look of the property are wonderful for a chilled and 'off the beaten track' holiday. The cottage itself is typical Normandy and set up a fairly steep track away from the main road means some peace and quiet (note some as will come to shortly) and the gardens are lovely and well maintained meaning sitting outside and enjoying the sunsets makes for a pleasant end of the day.
The location does mean very little is in easy reach, the nearest bar/restaurant that was open when were out is around 7 miles away in Saint Saens (there is a nearer one but this was not open once when we went through) and although the golf club was an option its also a fair drive to visit if you just want to sit outside and have a coffee.
The downside of renting this particular cottage however were the issues with a mouse/mice - also the owner's view that this is just 'to be expected' due to it being a country cottage. I do not feel that mouse droppings in the oven, a nest in the bottom of the oven, many droppings all over the single bedroom beds (even the top bunk bed) and nest materials on the window sill of the bedroom are acceptable. Even if you dont mind sharing your living accommodation with rodents, watching one run around at midnight whilst your family choose to be at the other end of the building was not my idea of a relaxing time! Sadly even when buying mousetraps to catch the offending animal we were unable to do so which meant ensuring everything was washed before use, we chose not to use the oven due to the mess inside. This has been noted by a number of previous visitors.
The BBQ was very rusty and so small, barely big enough to cook for two let alone more, there was apparently another one which we never saw and was not in the garage. The door lock was a nightmare to turn (5 mins of trying required most times)
Although we did not come on holiday to watch TV, having access to one was in the details yet often we would sit for a minute at a time whilst the sky picture froze.
As mentioned earlier although not the owners fault the yapping/barking dog at the cottage next door was a constant break in the tranquility, as with the above observations, noted by many other guests in the visitors book from the past couple of years.
This was not the worst place to stay by any means but the owner needs to take feedback more seriously and act upon it not just brush it aside as seems to be the case in our experience.