Large farmhouse to let private pool Normandy - NM004399

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Vezins (7km from Ducey), Manche, Normandy Reference: NM004399 Advertiser since: 16 November 2015
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Le Fresne Self Catering Saturday 6 14 3

About this property

Stunning 17thC Large Farmhouse With Private Pool.. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Bursting with charm and character, Le Fresne offers large comfortable accommodation, having been lovingly restored to incorporate all modern facilities. 
Perfect for a special occasion be it a birthday, anniversary or family reunion and being within 20 -30 minutes drive of Le Mont St Michel and superb sandy beaches.

Ideal for outdoor dining in the Summer, with a covered terrace overlooking the pool and a large brick built bbq.

Equipment provided for babies and toddlers (please ask for details or visit my website).

Summer price is fully inclusive of linen, towels, gas, electricity, free use of pool table and sole use of pool.

Please see our website at www.lefresne.co.uk

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The kitchen/dining area has been carefully designed to be open plan and sociable. The farmhouse dining table seats up to 14 people. There is also a breakfast bar for quick snacks or to gather around for aperitifs.
We love to cook and appreciate how important it is to have the right equipment. Our kitchen is a real home from home with lots of preparation and storage space. Equipped with two fridges, dishwasher, hob and oven, microwave, coffee machine, toaster and much much more...

Living rooms

The lounge has a large original fireplace housing a log burner. A television with English Language channels, dvd player and plenty of dvds, books and games. If you have young children we will fit safety gates to the stairs and have lots of additional equipment (please ask for details).

Bedrooms

On the first floor you will find 4 bedrooms.
The first is a double with an extra day bed, then two further doubles in addition to a triple, with a bunk bed and a single bed.

Open tread stairs to second floor with baby gates top and bottom.

On the second floor are 2 further bedrooms, a twin and another double. These rooms have loads of character with exposed beams and trusses.
 
All bedrooms are furnished with wardrobes, storage chests, beside tables and lamps.  

Bathrooms

On the first floor there are 2 bright and cheery bathrooms, 1 with a bath, sink and loo, and a further bathroom with shower, sink and loo.

On the ground floor another bathroom has shower sink and loo and is ideal for use with the pool area.

Entertainment

Within the grounds is a games room with a full size pool table, which proves extremely popular with older children and adults alike.

Garden and outside

Outside the spacious grounds are fully enclosed. There is a level lawn to the front, and on a higher level to the side of the house is the large orchard with a variety of fruit trees, affording plenty of space for children to run around, but with lots of shade.

There is a football goal net, a small wendy house, a slide, a basket ball hoop and a triple swing, with baby swing. You will find plenty of garden furniture and a large brick built barbeque.

To the rear of the house the private solar heated swimming pool 8m x 4m is surrounded by a decked sunbathing terrace and is overlooked by a covered veranda, which is ideal for outdoor dining. The pool is securely fenced with access from the veranda and garden by double locking gates. There is ample garden furniture and a large brick built bbq.

Parking and garages

Ample parking is available on-site.

Visitor suitability

Family holidays, special celebrations, reunions, sharing with friends.

Ideal for families with babies and young children.

We have endeavoured to make Le Fresne a home from home for your little ones. The house is equipped with everything you might need avoiding the military precision packing that self catering holidays usually entail.

Facilities

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool

Activities

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp, Roach, Bream, Pike, Zander
Name of nearest fishing location: Lac de la Roche qui Boit
Distance: 3 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de Vire La Dathee
Distance: 40 km

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Many local walks, guide books and maps available

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Karen Hutchin

The day we first spotted the house, even with a tumbledown roof and the neighbour’s cows living inside, we knew it could be turned into a beautiful family home. We spent 8 years restoring the place to its former glory, and now our own family is grown you will find Le Fresne has been maintained to a high standard and provides everything you need for a relaxing and comfortable holiday.

Year property purchased 1996
Why this location? Why Normandy? When we first came here 20 years ago we fell in love with the area and the French way of life and we want you to love it too. We found Vezins to be ideally placed for all that Normandy has to offer, from lush rolling countryside to rivers and lakes, and yet still only 20 minutes from the glorious beaches of the Cotentin Coastline and the Bay of Mont St Michel.
 
Unique benefits of property Whether you are looking for total relaxation or adventure you will find everything you need in this beautiful corner of Normandy.

The Owner Recommends

Avranches

Just a short drive away Avranches has some wonderful streets for shopping, garden admirers and historians alike. From The Jardin des Plantes is a fantastic view across the bay of le Mont St Michel.

Ducey

6 km away is our nearest town. It is host to the historical Montgommery Chateau, which is often open to the public for exhibitions and tours. During the summer months the grounds are surrounded by magnificent floral displays. A supermarket is to be found here, as is a bank, two dispensing Chemists, a pizzeria, a creperie, two bars, an excellent restaurant specialising (not exclusively) in seafood, butchers, tabacs and of course boulangeries!

Further afield

There's still so much more to do: benefit from the sea air on the nearby stretches of sandy beach between Genets and Granville. Visit France's premier spa town of Bagnoles De L'Orne or the medieval town of Fougeres. An hour’s drive will take you to Bayeux, with its spectacular cathedral and tapestry, Caen, the cultural centre of Basse-Normandie and Rennes, the capital of Brittany Take a boat trip down the river Rance visiting the medieval town of Dinan. Further a field you can reach the Chateaux of the Loire in 2 1/2 hours or even Paris in 3 or a boat trip can take you to the islands of Jersey or Guernsey. 

Le Mont St Michel

Just 20 minutes (22Km) away by car, the island monastery is today the second most visited tourist attraction in France (after the Eiffel Tower) - and is a truly spectacular site located just off the coast of Brittany. It is delightful at any time, but particularly enchanting at night. Whilst it is quite a climb to the top the views over the bay are spectacular!

St Hilaire du Harcouet

to be found 9km away. Whilst a lot larger than Ducey it has certainly not lost its charm. With numerous bars and restaurants, the pavement culture is much in evidence. The local Wednesday market here is the biggest weekly agricultural market in Normandy.

The Bay of Mont St Michel

has many beaches and sights typical of the Normandy region. A little further west brings you to the edge of Brittany and the beautiful seaside town of CANCALE celebrated for its oyster farms. The coast road continues past some glorious beaches to the magnificent walled city of ST MALO with its abundant shops and restaurants.

8 Reviews
10/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.9
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9.9
  • Local Amenities: 8.6
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Karen Lloyd 13 September, 2019

We were lucky enough to stay at le fresne for the whole of June with family and friends. Our hosts Karen and Gill who own the property were extremely helpful in recommending places to visit, see and restaurants to eat at in the near vicinity. Not that we needed to go out because the house and gardens have everything you can possibly need for the young and the not so young! Plenty of choices to sit to enjoy a cup of coffee and a croissant in the morning, or perhaps lunch on the veranda and bbq and sit around the pool in the evening. Our niece learned to swim in the pool and others improved their swimming whilst there. I read a ton of books and cycled a lot. We could have lived off the strawberries and raspberries in the garden (ok I am exaggerating here). This place has it all. We have booked for next year and look forward to returning in plenty of years to come.

10 / 10 Bezzie 29 August, 2019

We were a family of 11 people, aged from 4yrs to 74yrs. Le Fresne exceeded our expectations. It is very well equipped with games, sky tv, everything needed in the kitchen for a large number and of cause the pool, games room and large expanse of garden to enjoy family ball games. For younger children there are swings and play houses. We enjoyed sitting together for meals inside and out around the large tables. The male members of the family barbecued on many occasions. Gil and Karen, the owners are delightful and although they live close by they are helpful and friendly without being intrusive. I very rarely give reviews but I cannot praise this Gite enough. Thank you Gil and Karen. We are planning to return.

10 / 10 WILLKERR 26 August, 2019

We visited Le Fresne this August with family ages ranging 73-10.
When we arrived at the property we were greeted by Karen and Gil our amazingly welcoming and friendly hosts, who keep the property and gardens so immaculate. They also were on hand to point us in the direction of some local 'must sees' L'Autrecafe was a must see!
The property was stunning with plenty of room for all 13 of us, all of the amenities were all provided, we were very grateful for the dishwasher, washing machine, and several bathrooms!
The pool and pool room were a great hit with all.
The size of the house allowed family dining, but also space so that we could spread out and have quieter times when needed.
The roads around the property were very quiet which meant that we could let the children (ages 10-14) play outside on bikes and skateboards without any concerns.
We would definitely recommend this property and hope to visit again.

Owner response

Dear Kerrie, Will and family
Thank you so much for your kind words. It was an absolute pleasure for us have you stay and to hear that you had such a good time. You have such an interesting and enthusiastic family. We are missing the banjo playing and the sound of you all having fun. Please send our thanks again to Rod for the sketches and we hope to see you all again one day.
Kindest regards
Karen and Gil

10 / 10 Bezzie 19 August, 2019

We were a family party of 11 people with the age range from 4 years to 74 years. This property was wonderful. The ambience of the building, the spacious garden with swimming pool, goal nets, play houses, room with pool table, sky tv, board games, cards, dvds and being able to sit together for meals around the large tables both inside and out was superb. The gite was spotless and very well equipped to suit the needs required for large numbers of all ages.The owners, Gill and Karen are delightful. Very helpful when needed, friendly but not intrusive. A lovely couple. The surrounding area has a lot of interest. Beautiful Normandy countryside, a good market on Wednesday at a nearby town, Mont St Michel is a big attraction, well run but very busy. Ducey, the nearby village has a recommended walking route and a chateau with a ‘Who Done It Quiz’ for children. Also a good Carrefour for provisions. Close by are attractions for adults, younger and older children. Everyone agreed we had a wonderful holiday and would return to this Gite. A very big thankyou to Karen and Gill for having such a great property.

Owner response

Thank you so much Beryl for your wonderful review, it is very much appreciated. We very much enjoyed having you stay at Le Fresne and would be delighted to see you and your family again in the future.
Very best wishes
Karen and Gil