|La Grande Metairie||Self Catering||Saturday||7||16||5||Cot, young childrens' beds (2)|
Big rural stone Normandy farmhouse built in 1603, in the Pays-de-Loire region of Basse (lower) Normandy, on the border of Manche/Mayenne. The house is reached via a private lane in a tranquil setting adjoining a working arable farm – no cattle or sheep nearby, although you will see the occasional deer if you are lucky! During the summer months you will be surrounded by fields of corn and wheat. Sleeps 14-16 in 7 bedrooms.
Upstairs there are 4 doubles (1 en suite, 1 king size bed, 2 double beds, 1 twin bed) & 1 single, 2 bathrooms – 1 with a shower, basin & toilet, the other has a roll top bath with hand held shower, basin & toilet.
There is an additional separate toilet upstairs too. 2 of the doubles also have a wash basin.
Downstairs, there are 2 further double bedrooms each with a bathroom next door to them 1 bathroom has a bath with shower over, shower screen wc & basin, the 2nd has a large hydromassage shower, wc and basin. There is a further toilet within the utility room.
Dog & child friendly enclosed front & rear gardens, parking for several cars. There is English satellite tv in the lounge, 3 of the upstairs bedrooms plus in 1 of the downstairs bedrooms.
There is a large lounge with a log burner, 3 good size comfortable sofas (one of which is a double bed settee for occasional additional guests).
There is a large well-equipped kitchens, a kitchenette for breakfast or an evening bar area, a utility room with large capacity washing machine & tumble drier, large party room/dining room – ideal for large gatherings/dining or even club or group get-togethers. Off the dining room is a games area in an old barn – ideally located for children to play separately but near enough to keep an eye on them!!
The house is centrally heated if it gets chilly, and each bathroom including en suite has a heated towel rail. Additional portable electric radiators are available if required.
A cot and high chair are available, plus 2 additional children’s beds which can be located in any room or bedroom of your choice.
The water supply is from a well – not recommended to drink, so bottled water is advisable, but great for showers/bathing, washing etc.
Outdoors you will find a fixed large table close to the kitchen door, plus other garden tables/chairs/parasols and loungers.
On arrival there will be a welcome pack to get you started containing milk, fresh coffee, tea bags (English), sugar, water, bread & butter, and some toilet rolls for your first day. The beds will be made up and towels provided to each bedroom. There will be tea towels in the kitchen too all included in rental. An initial amount of electricity is included in the rental as are the logs for the fire.
End of stay cleaning can be provided – ask us for details.
As is usual there will be a security deposit to pay, refunded on departure minus any cleaning and/or electricity.
For everyday provisions it is only 4k to each of the small towns of Le Teilleul & Fougerolles du Plessis, both of which have supermarkets (& fuel), boulangerie patisserie, butchers, bars, restaurants etc. There is a lovely little lake (plan d'eau) in Fougerolles which is a great local dog walk, with children's play area and equipment & fishing (licence available from local Marie).
Large dining room will accommodate 20 plus seated round the tables, also has piano and additional seating, log burner & convector heater.
Kitchen is equipped with a range cooker (8 burner gas 2 electric ovens, 1 fan), dishwasher, double sink, microwave, fridge freezer, kettle, toaster, filter coffee maker, utensils, oven dishes, pans, frying pans. Utility room off this has wc, washing machine 9kg capacity, tumble dryer (also a washing line outside; additional cupboard houses ironing board, iron, brooms etc. The kitchenette has another dishwasher, a fridge freezer and fridge, a single oven with rotisserie and electric hob with 4 plates, doble sinks, coffee machine, toaster, glasses, a few tea pots, bar with 3 bar stools, a smaller table & chairs for 4-6, a crockery and cutlery cupboard.
Large comfortable living room with log burner, 3 large sofas, large coffee table, smaller side tables and lamps. Stairs off to 1st floor.
Bedroom 1 Double, sleeps 2
Bedroom 2 King, sleeps 2
Bedroom 3 Double, sleeps 2 single beds
Bedroom 4 Single, sleeps 1
Bedroom 5 Double, sleeps 2
Bedroom 6 Double, sleeps 2
Bedroom 7 Double, en suite
Beds that aren't in bedrooms: Sofa bed, sleeps 2, Cot, 2 moveable childs beds.
2 downstairs: 1 with shower, wc, basin, 1 with bath shower over and screen, wc and basin .
Wc in utility room.
3 upstairs: 1 shower room with wc, basin; 1 en suite shower, wc, basin, 1 with roll top bath, hand held shower over, wc, basin.
Additional single wc
Basins in 2 front bedrooms.
Central oil, electric towel heaters in bathrooms, additional portable electric, log burners x 2.
Water heated by electricity.
Table tennis (indoors), boules, lawn croquet set, board games.
Outdoor loungers, seats, tables.
Parking for 6 or more cars.
Although not specifically aimed at people with disability, there are 2 downstairs bedrooms and bathroom suitable for older people or those with limited mobility.
Visit the landing beaches of June 1944 and follow operation overlord and the contre attaque. See Mulberry Habrour at Arromanches Les Bains.
Visit the medieval town and its castle ruins
See the amazing castle with its lovely gardens and Arlett’s Fountain. Follow the World War 2 history and learn about the pertinence of the closing of the 'falaise pocket'. Bustling Saturday market.
Incredible intact castle with moat and mill race.
Great area for canoeing and kayaking on the lake, or just enjoy beautiful walks in the stunning forest.
Parc de Loisirs - Walk around the park, mini golf course, zip wire over the River Colmont, children's activities/climbing/scaling.
The town is famous for copper production and has a weekly market - one of the largest in the area.
The world heritage site - Must not be missed
Wednesday a.m market, lovely lake for a stroll, supermarkets and shops, cafes, bars and restaurants and a swimming pool.
Passing through this area close to the Farmhouse from 2 July