|La Petite Chaumiere||Self Catering||Saturday||1||4||1||Double sofabed in lounge|
A recently fully renovated character 'half-timbered' cottage in a peaceful location in the heart of the Normandy countryside. The cottage can sleep up to 4 people, but is ideal for a couple seeking a romantic break. The cosy living space is open-plan, and the cottage is fully equipped with a sun terrace and pretty garden. For spring, autumn and winter months, heating is by a wood burning stove with plenty of logs available, and there are also electric radiators if required.
A small but fully equipped kitchen with electric cooker, fridge-freezer and microwave oven.
A cosy living room with wood burning stove set in traditional fireplace.
A double sofabed provides extra sleeping accommodation.
One mezzanine bedroom with double bed, and hanging rail.
Downstairs shower-room including shower, toilet and wash basin and washer-dryer.
Electric radiators and wood burning stove.
Pretty private garden stocked with fruit trees, weeping willow trees, alder trees and a variety of shrubs.
Sunterrace with barbecue and garden furniture.
Ample parking on driveway.
I live in the north west midlands of England with my husband. I am a recently retired teacher of modern foreign languages, but my husband still works as a teacher of Economics and Business Studies. We fell in love with our little cottage whilst on holiday in Normandy in 2003 and still enjoy discovering the delights of the Pays d'Auge region of Normandy.
|Year property purchased||2003|
|Why this location?||We chose this area because of its close proximity to the ports, and for its beautiful countryside and peace and quiet. We enjoy walking through the country lanes and listening to the incredible variety of birdsongs. As well as benefitting from the peaceful location, there is also plenty to do. We are only 50 minutes drive from the ferry port of Caen; and the Normandy Landing beaches and Pegassus bridge are nearby. You can follow in the footsteps of the soldiers who fought in the Battle of Normandy, and visit the British War Cemetery in Bayeux. Don't forget to take in the Bayeux Tapestry too! We are a convenient location for day trips to the historic towns such as Honfleur, Caen and Lisieux. At Falaise, about 20-30 minutes drive away you can visit the chateau where William the Conquerer was born. Local produce such as cider, calvados and cheeses from local artisans are a must. It is close to beautiful coastline and pretty villages, and for horse lovers the Haras du Pin is not far.|
|Unique benefits of property||The property is a typical Norman half-timbered cottage set in pretty grounds in the heart of the Pays d'Auge. It has been recently restored and is ideal for a couple or small family. In the summer you can make full use of the terrace which is a real sun trap, and is ideal for summer barbecues and sunbathing. In winter months, the wood burning stove makes it very cosy; there is wood available in the wood store. The property, whilst being in a peaceful location is not far from amenities; the nearest town, St. Pierre sur Dives is only 5 kms away where there is a choice of supermarkets, lovely bakeries, butchers, gift shops, bars, cafes and restaurants. St. Pierre sur Dives is a historic market town with its 10th century Abbey and medieval market hall which hosts a market every Monday morning. We have our own local cheese factory just up the road, and farms producing their own cider and calvados are close by.|
Visit the town of Bayeux with its lovely shops, cafes, bistros and restaurants. Take in the historic and famous Bayeux tapestry and the Cathedral.
Go canoeing along the pretty river Dives. Canoe hire in St. Pierre-sur-Dives
A real 'must'! Only 1 hour away is the most picturesque port of France. Enjoy strolling through the narrow cobbled streets, eating in some of the best restaurants, visiting the museums of composer Satie, and painter Boudin, walking through the gardens on the way down to the beach or take a boat trip around the port where there are some very impressive sailing boats to see.
The market at St. Pierre-sur-Dives is a must every Monday morning with an amazing range of local produce from cider to cheeses from local artisans.
Book a table at 'La Grace de Dieu' in between Boissey and St. Pierre-sur-Dives, the nearest restaurant where in summer months you can try the 'Buffet Provencal" on the sun terrace. L' Relais du Billot' is set in a pretty rural setting serves traditional Normandy cuisine. The 'Hotel St.Pierre' in the nearby town Mezidon-Canon serves excellent meals especially recommended for a special occasion.
As well as the famous resorts of Deauville and Trouville, we particularly enjoy the smaller seaside towns of Dives sur Mer, Houlgate, Cabourg and Villers sur Mer. You can walk for miles along the beaches and through the sand dunes.
Take a tour of the D-Day landing beaches and follow in the footsteps of the soldiers who fought in the Battle of Normandy. It is well worth going to Arromanches to see the Floating Harbour, and the 360 degree cinema. Go and see the American cemetery at Omaha Beech, then take a walk down to the beach where you can really imagine the terrifying scenes of 70 years ago. The British War Cemetery at Bayeux is definitely worth seeing, and very moving. Go to Pegasus Bridge where you can have a coffee in the Cafe Gondre, and visit the sight where the gliders landed on 6th June 1944.
This is a real 'must' for horse lovers. The home of the horse, this famous stud farm is well worth a visit, and is only one of the many studs and equestrian centres to organise horse riding. There is a museum and a cafe for visitors and the extensive grounds are overlooked by a beautiful 18th century chateau.
The Fromagerie 'La Houssaye', just outside Boissey sells its delicious famous cheeses: Livarot; Pont L'Eveque; Pave d'Auge and Deauville. Guided tours around the cheese factory 'Le Grain d' Orge' at Livarot. Go to the annual Cheese Fair at the beginning of August, a lovely gastronomic day out!