|La Sagerie||Self Catering||Flexible||6||15||4||Plus cot|
Carefully renovated 17th century farmhouse set in large grounds within the beautiful Normandy Bocage. Rated *** by the Tourist Board.
This part of Lower Normandy is ideal for country lovers and those interested in history, as well as providing interesting visits for children. You can watch birds in the garden and there are specialist bird watching areas nearby in the forests and marshes; there is good walking and cycling, you can catch fish for your barbecue, or simply chill out.
William the Conqueror was born in Falaise and buried in Caen, where he and Matilda had the Abbe aux Dames and the Abbe aux Hommes built; There are many sites connected with English history. The D-Day landing beaches are within easy reach and the whole Battle of Normandy was fought out in the area in 1944. The fabulous Mont St Michel is a 45 minute drive and Bayeux, with its old town and magnificent tapestry,is 45 minutes.. Beautiful sandy beaches are 20-30 minute drive. Champrepus Zoo is a 20 minute drive. Golf, riding and tennis are nearby. There are theme parks and the great Clécy model railway for children of all ages, all within easy reach.
There are shops and good restaurants from only 5 minutes drive away.
On the Ground floor is the large kitchen/dining room (cooker, fridge-freezer, microwave, dishwasher); the comfortable lounge with woodburner, Sky tv (English programmes), dvd player, cd player, iPod dock, a selection of books and dvds; wc and washing machine. Both diner and lounge have ample seating.
On the First floor are four bedrooms: 2 doubles, (1 with basin) and a king size; one bunk room with a shower and a separate shower room with wc.
On the Second floor are one twin bedroom with en suite shower/wc, one more twin bedroom and a full bathroom/wc.
There are also two z-beds and a cot available.
Outside there is a secluded 1 acre garden with orchard and meadow, the views are outstanding. There is a large patio with ample garden furniture and a charcoal barbecue and there is plenty of parking space for 2/3 cars.
We welcome dogs and have included a dog basket and dog bowls.
A highchair, cot, babybath and stairgates are available on request.
Duvets and pillows are provided. Bed linen hire is available for hire at an extra charge of €18.00 per bed per week, which includes a towel per person. And for that we'll make the beds ready for your arrival.
Free wi-fi is provided. Electricity, water and gas for cooking are included.
Electric heating is provided throughout the house in winter and there is a wood burning stove in the sitting room and it is beautiful and cosy. A welcome supply of logs is provided.
We have English-speaking caretakers.
Christmas in France is a real treat! And New Year is fun too with some fabulous places to go to eat and celebrate within 10 to 15 minutes' drive. Most restaurants are happy to organise a taxi for you if you don't want to drive home.
The kitchen is large and airy and fully equipped - cooker and hob, dishwasher, fridge-freezer and microwave - a large dining table which can easily seat 14 people. The washing machine is in a utility room off the sitting room.
Lovely large sitting room with wood burning stove and frenchdoors to the garden, with comfy furniture for lounging in! The tv receives English programmes and there are cd and dvd players and an iPod dock. There is a selection of books, dvds and games.
Three double bedrooms on the first floor, one with wash handbasin, 1 with king size bed. 2 twin rooms on the second floor, 1 with en suite shower and wc.. And there is a 'bunkroom' with shower on the first floor. A cot is available and there are 2 z-beds.
One bathroom on the second floor, one shower room on the second floor and 2 shower rooms on the first floor, 4 wcs (one on the ground floor).
There is a wood burning stove in the sitting room and electric heating is provided for the colder months. A starter load of logs is included.
Satellite tv (English programmes), dvd player, cd player - some dvds and cds are supplied as well as a selection of books, games and jigsaws. There is also an iPod dock. Garden games have been added to the outdoor facilities.
Large garden (about an acre) with fruit trees. Barbecue and garden furniture are on the large sunny patio. Some garden activities for children.
This is a great area for bird watching, and some unusual butterflies come form time to time.
There is ample parking for 2/3 cars.
This house is ideally suited to large family gatherings and celebrations, although we have several couples who return year after year for the spacious peace and quiet (of course the excellent local food and wine could have something to do with it too!) It is suitable for all ages - a cot, highchair, baby bath and stairgates are available on request.
A steep staircase to the second floor might make the top floor rooms difficult for those with mobility problems.
This area is ideal for birdwatchers, walkers, cyclists, fishermen and those who just want to enjoy the quiet tranquility of the Normandy countryside.
Dogs are very welcome but we have to make a small charge for them.
All electrical sockets are French, so you will need continental adaptors.
There is a dog basket and dog bowls.
We are a retired British couple who enjoy the bliss of peace and quiet in the countryside, amazing French food and really good reasonably priced wine!
|Year property purchased||2006|
|Why this location?||Its proximity to ports and major sights of interest, such as Mont St Michel, Bayeux and its Tapestry and the D-Day landing beaches. It is near lovely sandy beaches and is ideal for walking - with or without a dog.|
|Unique benefits of property||Spacious living accommodation, fabulous setting with fine views in a peaceful rural area.|
La Sagerie is in a quiet rural setting with a large garden and stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
The area is great for birdwatching and we have seen some unusual birds (kingfisher, hoopoe) in the garden itself. Saint Sever Forest has dedicated bird watching areas and there are sites that take guided bird watching tours in the Marais [marshes]. Butterflies, including the occasional swallowtail, are in abundance in season.
There are some wonderful walks and cycling too, with Saint Sever Forest nearby.
Riding stables are within a 10 minute drive of the property.
The lakes near Brécey provide fishing, where you can bring home you catch ready for the barbecue.
There is an excellent indoor swimming pool at Villedieu-les-Poeles and an outdoor pool in Brecey [in summer only] just 3km from the house.
Champrepus zoo, which is good to visit, is only 20 minutes away..
Le Mont St Michel is 45 minutes by car and is magnificent. The Bayeux Tapestry and the Normandy Landing Beaches are within an hour's drive, while Pegasus Beach is less than that. The whole Battle of Normandy was fought out in this area in 1944 and there are many sites of interest - for instance, the site of an American field hospital is just outside Brécey.
For those interested in English Hostory, William the Conqueror was born in Falaise Castle and is buried in the Abbe aux Hommes in Caen, which he endowed: there are many places connected with our history.
There are also beautiful sandy beaches within 30 minutes of the house.
Great activities for children within easy reach, such as the Ange Michel theme park at Saint-Martin-de-Landelles and the huge model railway layout at Clécy, both well worth a visit - and both are good for adults as well!
Most weekends there is a 'vide grenier' (car boot sale) nearby, where you can often get a reasonable meal with the locals.
There are two restaurants in Brécey, but for a real treat Villedieu-les-Poeles has a number of very good restaurants, including l'Agora next to the library, which is small but delicious! The St Pierre is also marvellous and the prices in both of these restaurants are very reasonable. Le Fruitier has rcently had a facelift and does very good and reasonably priced lunches. For a treat, we recommend the Feme de Malte and the Manoir Acherie in Villedieu, as well as the l'Athome in Heugeville sur Sienne, the Grand Hebert in Balinville sur Mer and la Toque aux Vins near Avranches. Details of these and many more marvellous places are listed with contact details in our information pack and on the otice board at La Sagerie.
The St Sever Forest is absolutely fabulous with lakes [with bird-watching hides] and picnic areas, an arboretum, a medieval motte, a cafe/restaurant and beautiful walks.
The Bayeux Tapestry is quite breathtaking, and Bayeux itself is a lovely town with great shopping and wonderful eating!
Villedieu has one of the few ctive Bell Foundries left in the world and you can visit it and watch the operations.
Pirou fortified manor house is being restored and is well worth a visit. It houses a modern-day tapestry that follows the events preceding those of its more famous caounterpart in Bayeux - why not couple this [as we often do] with a good lunch in Pirou Plage or in Balinville sur Mer - where you can see the workings of the oyster farms while you eat their produce!
The Lime Kilns [Fours a Chaux du Rey] at Regneville offer an insight in to the industry of tye middle to late 19th Century. An interesting maritime museum is on the same site.
There are castles and chateaux in plenty, such as the Chateaux of Gratot, Cerisy-la-Salle and of Bouceel, as well as great cathedrals in Coutances and Bayeux. The Abbaye Sainte-Trinite de la Lucerne is good to visit, too.
The National Stud is at Saint-Lo and there are frequent demonstrations of equestrian skill there.
For the children of all ages, there is the miniature railway [but huge!] in Clécy and ;l'Ange Michel, which has something for everybody.
The Souterrascope has underground grottoes.
And there are strill many, many more places to find and explore.
Le Mont St Michel is only a half hour drive (depending on traffic) and certainly worth seeing. We would advise though that you get there early - it gets really busy even in the winter. As a follow-up to a visit there, the Scriptorial in Avranches houses some of the magnificent illuminated manuscripts from the Mont St Michel with short films of how they were restored. The Normandy landing beaches and museums are fascinating and are approximately 1 hour away. There is a zoo close by, and a swimming pool in Brecey only 10 minutes away; you can do go-karting about 20 minutes away, and the beaches near Carolles are really beautiful. The Abbaye Blanche in Mortain is gorgeous; Fougeres has an amazing castle; Pirou has a fantastic fortified manor house. All these and more make for tremendous days out, and to help you decide there are lots of leaflets and an information pack at the property with recommendations and suggestions. But please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to know more.
Brecey [2km], market day on Friday. Villedieu [10km], market day on Tuesday. Villedieu is famous for copper cookware and has masses of lovely shops to tempt you. Avranches [18km] market day on Saturday and also has lots of lovely shopping including enormous Carrefour and LeClerc supermarkets..
Warm comfortable home. Information from owner excellent. Only hiccough was not knowing how to get more hot water for our large group when it was particularly cold at the beginning of the week without having to call the caretaker. Overall excellent for a large family group.
There is plenty of hot water capacity for our house capacity of 12 from two large hot water tanks; the larger is normally powered by off-peak electricity to avoid excess electricity charges for our guests – but this can readily be overridden to give permanent water heating.The Information Pack provided to our guests tells how to do this. Although the caretaker was called out, our guests had already adjusted the water heaters by the time he got there, making his journey unnecessary.
Just returned from a week at La Sagerie. We were a family of 10 with an age range of 3 to 74. It was a special' birthday and I wanted to take my children and their children away for the week. The house was in a lovely setting - very rural with nice walks in all directions. The nearest shops were just over a mile away. The garden had seating for all of us and there was a barbecue and large umbrella too. There was a swing/seesaw and a goal post - ideal for my budding 3 year old footballer grandson!
La Sagerie was described well in the advert and we found it clean and well maintained. We encountered a small problem with a radiator and as soon as it was reported to the caretaker it was rectified within the hour so good service there!
I would certainly recommend the property to friends.
In the nearby vicinity there were nice restaurants and plenty of places to visit such as Mont St Michel, beaches, two zoos close by and pretty little towns - our favourite being Villedieu les Poeles. Do go to the bell foundry there.
All in all a very good holiday and Normandy was as green and lovely as we had remembered! That Normandy butter was scrumptious!
The property was excellent with an abundance of crockery, glassware, cutlery etc. Our party was only four so more than adequate space. Our only disappointment was one of the mattresses but the owner is rectifying this.
The communication and service from the owner was also excellent and with very good instructions on finding the property.
Location for us was perfect as it was very quiet and peaceful - younger people may find it too quiet. The large garden was perfect for our dog to run around in.
The property is in reasonably easy reach of a number of attractions.
All in all an excellent week and would recommend the property.
Just to confirm that the mattress has been changed, and we hope that we can look forward to a 10 out of 10!
Wonderful garden for children and grown ups. All bedrooms very comfortable. Plumbing very reliable! Plenty of crockery, cutlery etc so we never ran out. Lovely house, barring the notes below.
First floor windows are still dodgy and a real worry with small children around, even with the padlocks on. We had to be really vigilant. The flies got us down, but we were there in a heat wave. The freezer was left in an icky state on our arrival, and later on we found 3 broken glasses in the cupboard at the back, obviously had been hidden - could have been quite dangerous if the children had got to them before an adult. The only really serious point here is the windows issue.
This is the first mention of any problems with windows. We have examined them carefully and they are both secure and safe when treated correctly. The caretakers are thorough in their cleaning but in the time allotted to them it is not possible for them to check every small detail, especially as the guests are supposed to leave the property as they found it. The comments left by the Rev in our visitors' book were glowing and stated "only downside = the flies!" (which are easily dealt with). Another member of her party also left a glowing report, saying that the only negative was that one bedside light had a lead that was too short: we rectified this as soon as we saw the comment.