|Le Ravillon||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||2||Double sofabed and single child bed|
The house provides excellent facilities and is welcoming for a quiet relaxing break or a family holiday. Attention has been given to provide all the little extras that guests would want to find.
The kitchen and dining facility is open plan. The large farmhouse table can seat 8 comfortably and the range cooker provides excellent gas hob as well as double oven. The fridge-freezer is located in a separate utility room next to the kitchen and this also houses the washing machine.
The main lounge is open plan to the kitchen with a feature stone fireplace incorporating a log burning stove. It has a double height ceiling with exposed beams and there are 3 comfortable leather sofas (one of which can be converted to a sofabed).
Feature lighting sets the scene and a mezzanine level with main bedroom is reached via an open plan staircase.
The second lounge is located at the opposite end of the site and again has a double height ceiling with exposed beams and a large stone fireplace with log burning stove. The lounge can be closed off and used as a third bedroom if needed.
The main bedroom is located on the mezzanine level, overlooking the lounge. There is a large king size wooden bed and a free standing bath, with velux window above so that you can relax and see the stars on a clear night. A dormer window provides both light and a view over the valley. The en suite contains wc and wash basin and there is a walk-in wardrobe with plenty of hanging space. This bedroom is accessed via an open plan staircase from the lounge.
The second bedroom upstairs is accessed via a separate open plan staircase from the hallway, although the entrance 'hatch' can be locked down and access is only then through the main bedroom, giving more security when small children are using this bedroom.
We also have stairgates so that even very small children can be accommodated.
As mentioned, the third bedroom is on the ground floor and doubles up as a second lounge. There are facilities to hang clothes and store bedding and it is located next door to the shower room.
There is a free-standing bath upstairs in the main bedroom and an en suite containing the wc and basin.
Downstairs there is a walk-in shower with wc and basin. This provides excellent shower facilities and is fully tiles apart from one wall which has been left in the original stone, creating a certain rustic charm.
Heating is by 2 log burning stoves set in each of the stone fireplaces (logs provided) and also by electric radiators.
There is a small television which can pick up most of the english channels and also a dvd player. We have an extensive range of dvds, books, games (both indoor and outdoor) for the use of our guests.
The garden provides excellent facilities for eating and playing.
There are several eating areas with tables and chairs and also a play area at the back of the property, providing trampoline, swings, slide and small wooden house for children to play. Also located at the back of the house is a wooden summerhouse containing chairs and books and bats, balls, etc.
There is a picnic lodge down by the stream, accessed from the house via pathways and wooden bridges. A pirates den is also located at the far end of the stream so that children can use their imagination and paddle in the stream.
On one of the 'almost' flat areas on the hillside, we have built a small 'crazy golf course' - only for fun!
We also are situated in an area where cycling is very good on the disused railway (as it is fairly flat) - the bicycles that are left at the property are not checked over by a professional and should be used as such. We use these ourselves and are quite happy for guests to borrow!
There is no problem with outdoor parking at the property.
We hope that all out guests enjoy their stay with us and hope that we cater for everyone, although we would point out that the staircases are open plan and therefore care is needed when using these. We do have safety gates available when small children are staying and have had positive feedback from our guests. Also the ground floor shower room which is situated adjacent to the second lounge/third bedroom is excellent for anyone who is not too mobile, although we would state that small steps are in the property on the ground floor and there is a gravel driveway, so please check if mobility is an issue.
We can provide:
Single foldaway bed
All bed linen, towels, heating, lighting, logs and a welcome pack are included in the cost of the rental.
We purchased this house in 2005 and set about renovating it over a period of 18 months. We thoroughly enjoyed the process and made many friends in the neighbourhood during this time. We spend quite a lot of time at the property during the winter months and during the summer months work in England, farming.
|Year property purchased||2005|
|Why this location?||We love the countryside around this area and whilst in a quiet location where time seems to stand still and a relaxing time can be enjoyed, there are also lots of interesting places to visit within easy reach.|
|Unique benefits of property||The property stands within its own grounds and has the benefit of a stream. The picnic lodge offers facilities to sit and while away the hours or bbq whilst the children splash around in the stream. The house itself offers a double height lounge and open plan living and the outside catering facilities include bbq and pizza oven. Children are not forgotten, with trampoline, slide and swings. There is a small crazy gold course and down by the stream there is a tiny 'island' with pirates den. For older children there is a tree house on 2 levels - plenty of room to stretch their legs and imaginations.|
All local market towns have their market days and local produce can be bought - several of the markets also still have a cattle/sheep section - a thoroughly good morning out for the family.
There are a number of designated walking/cycling paths - many along disused railways. Lake Dathee also offers a circular walking/cycling path around its perimeter.
Keen golfers can try out the golf courses at Lake Dathee and Omaha Beach and keen anglers can find plenty of local lakes for fishing.
Within an hours drive of the property, families can enjoy miniature villages, zoos, go-karting, bungee jumping and assault courses as as kayaking and water sports. A further half-hour drive will take you to the west coast with it's lovely harbours and beaches.
For anyone interested there are numerous places to visit, including Omaha Beach, Arromanches, the remains of the Mulberry Harbour, Pegasus Bridge and several British and American Cemeteries. Le Ravillon is situated in a village that was liberated by the Americans in 1944. You can still see a bullet lodged in the stone pillar of the middle window of the house.
Anyone wishing to take a gourmet break would not be disappointed in this area of Normandy. There are a number of extremely good restaurants to be sampled and the local bars serve excellent food at a very reasonable cost at lunch time.