My cottage originally was two farmers cottages but when we purchased in 1989 these two properties had already been made into one dwelling.
I believe they are probably about 300 years old, so are built of stone, have extremely thick walls, a slate roof, and oak beams, so lots of character.
In 1989 the access up to the main bedroom was up a ladder from the dining room, which was then a storeroom. We have made many alterations since then, including knocking a hole through the main bedroom on the main stair well. That was a huge undertaking.
Generally I don't rent out in the winter, and my season runs from April through to October.
The property sits in a large one acre garden and cider apple orchard. In front of the entrance into the kitchen, there is a gravel area, where there is seating and bbq.
This Autumn (2017) the Eco reed bed is being put into the garden, to connect up to the toilets and waste pipes. We continue to improve the cottages, to use them as often as we can, and to rent out when we are able to.
The kitchen was modernized in 2013 and has integrated cooker and dishwasher. It is very well equipped because we love to cook, and so do our families, so items such as fish kettles, electric mixers, pate making dishes, etc will be found as well as all the normal everyday kitchen utensils. It has a dining table in pine, and 6 chairs.
There is a dining room with frenchdoor out onto gravel area. This has a sideboard, shelving for books, heated trolley which I use a lot for entertaining in the winter, table and chairs.
Next to this is the oak beamed lounge, which has three piece suite, coffee tables, tv and dvd, sideboard, radio and cd player. In the winter we use the log burning stove a great deal.
The cottage has 3 bedrooms. The main bedroom is under the roof, with 3 roof windows and 1 floor level window, which is where, when the cottages were crofters cottages, the hay was thrown down during the winter for the animals. This room has a queen bed, is furnished with large chest of drawers, easy chairs, two bedside tables, and hanging space. The floor is wood laminate with rugs.
At the end of the room is a screened shower room, with bath, shower over, toilet and basin.
Bedroom 2 has twin beds, dressing table, side table, hanging space, and chest of drawers.
Bedroom 3 has stacker beds. One on top of the other - the second one sliding out when required, so virtually another twin bedded room. It has chest of drawer, bedside table and bedroom chair, and hanging space. I keep games and jigsaws in this room.
All rooms have pictures on the walls and are homely and cosy.
As well as the bathroom which is part of the main bedroom, there is also a ground floor shower room, in lemon and white. It has toilet, shower and basin.
The gas boiler is in this room in a sliding door cupboard, Here too is the washing machine, step ladder and ironing board.
Under the washbasin there is shelving for visitors toilet bags, I keep the iron here, together with cleaning materials.
The heating of water is by gas as is the heating of the home itself. The gas tank is outside by the gate.
I leave a selection of films and music. There are quite a number of books and novels, cookery books and guide books about local visits.
The space offered outside is very pleasant. There are reclining chairs for those that wish to relax under the trees. The property backs onto huge farm fields. You are not overlooked by any neighbours, as they are some distance away.
Visitors are able to park right outside on the gravel area, whilst unpacking, and afterwards put their vehicle into the orchard in the shade.
Suitable for children. Very suitable for families. Great for parents with two children and perhaps a grandparent or two. Strictly maximum sleeping 6. Staircase quite difficult for people with mobility problems.
My partner and myself have been together for 30 years, and Jean was born in St Lo, Normandy. We enjoy travel, and home making. Both of us are gardeners and have three gardens to keep us very busy. We live in Derbyshire and are both retired, Jean from University lectureship and myself from secondary education. Between us we have 9 children and 6 grandchildren, so we are very busy. We maintain four properties, three of them in Normandy. We use the winter to travel to warmer climates on holidays.
|Year property purchased||1990|
|Why this location?||We had Jeans' home just outside Port en Bessin and I wanted to have my own property|
|Unique benefits of property||Huge garden
Peace and quiet
Rural farming surroundings
Lovely homely atmosphere
Very well equipped because it is our home
2 shower rooms
Large living space
Very close proximity to Bayeux with all its attractions.
Very near to many tourist attractions including Monets' garden, Deauville and Trouville, and Caen
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