Holiday cottage rental 4km Domfront - NO002992

Champsecret (21km from Domfront), Orne, Normandy Reference: NO002992 Advertiser since: 8 May 2012
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
18th Century Stone Cottage Self Catering Saturday 2 4 2

About this property

Detached Cottage in Rural Setting, 1hr Caen. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Detached cottage with private garden and terrace set in the heart of the parc naturel de Normandie-Maine at the end of a quiet road with immediate access to a green path for walking/cycling along the voie vert - a former railway track serving the 19th century iron forges.
The large salon features a tiled floor, fireplace with wood burning stove and exposed stonework. Well furnished for your comfort, you will find a good selection of books, games, dvds and local information as well as satellite UK tv and dvd. The salon also contains the dining area, which leads to the terrace and the barbecue area. The recently installed kitchen has a gas hob, electric oven, fridge and dishwasher. The washing machine is in the garage adjacent to the house. The modern bathroom, with large walk-in shower, sink and toilet is also on the ground floor.
The first floor offers 2 bedrooms, one double, one twin, with dormer and velux windows looking out onto the garden and across the valley. Both have exposed beams and electric heating. The double bedroom has a king size bed and the twin has 2 single beds plus en suite toilet and washbasin. There is room for a travel cot in either bedroom.
Local attractions include Belle Epoque spa town Bagnoles de l'Orne with restaurants, market, casino, tennis and golf (20 minutes). Domfront, a tiny medieval city with castle, restaurants and supermarkets (10 minutes). Bayeux, le Mont St Michel and the D-day landing beaches are also accessible in 1-2 hours.
Start dates can be flexible depending upon availability. Please feel free to enquire about dates that appear to be unavailable.



Kitchen and dining

The recently installed kitchen has a gas hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge and dishwasher. The washing machine is in the garage adjacent to the house. Dining area (6 place settings) is in salon.

Living rooms

The large salon features a tiled floor, fireplace with wood-burning stove and exposed stonework. Well furnished for your comfort with 3 sofas and coffee-table, you will find a good selection of books, games, dvds and local information as well as satellite UK tv and dvd. French door from salon leads to patio area, barbecue and garden.


The first floor offers 2 bedrooms, one double, one twin, with dormer and velux windows looking out onto the garden and across the valley. Both have exposed beams and electric heating. The double bedroom has a king size bed and the twin has 2 single beds plus en suite toilet and washbasin. There is room for a travel cot in either bedroom.


The modern bathroom with instant hot water, walk-in shower, sink and toilet is on the ground floor.


The property has electric heating upstairs, underfloor heating downstairs and a logburner in the salon.


The property has plenty of books and cds, badminton set and boardgames.

Garden and outside

Large garden with paved seating area, garden furniture and barbecue.

Parking and garages

Room for 2 cars to park privately on property.

Visitor suitability

No steps from drive to front door. One step from kitchen to salon. Wooden staircase to first floor.


  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed

  • Linen


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Bagnols de l'Orne
Distance: 20 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: not known
Name of nearest fishing location: 100 yds (subject to licence)


Name and address of nearest golf course: Bagnoles sur L'Orne
Distance: 10 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: several close by plus National Stud Farm
Distance: 10 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Voie Verte

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Susan Baylis

We're just ordinary people who like spending time in France. Over the last 30 years we've owned three French houses, moving eventually from the Dordogne to Normandy because it's closer to our home in Kent.

Year property purchased 2007
Why this location? Normandy is easy to access from Kent, where we live, and offers several good travel routes. There's always lots to see and do when we visit, whatever the weather. Our proximity to the Voie Verte means that we can easily go for a short (or long) walk or cycle ride, and there's also excellent cuisine within walking distance at the Manoir de la Nocherie.
Unique benefits of property A pretty, well restored cottage with good facilities set within a private garden. Parking for two cars, English TV, peace and quiet and plenty of birdsong. Lockable storage in the garage for bikes.

The Owner Recommends


Probably a day trip, this nice cosmopolitan town with a fantastic lace museum and plenty of restaurants to choose from. There's a circular wheat market and plenty of history to explore.

Bagnoles de l'Orne

Bagnoles de l'Orne is a 10 minute drive through the magnificent Foret des Andaines - 55 square miles of woodland with walks, equestrian trails, rivers, ponds, wildlife including boar, wild flowers and picnic sites. There is also a nice brasserie - La Foret - in St Michel des Andaines on the edge of the Foret. Bagnoles is a spa town, full of wonderful Belle Epoque domestic architecture, although some of the villas look a bit neglected these days. Plenty of gastronomy to explore or you might just like to watch the world go by with a glass of wine and steak frites at the Central Brasserie de Lido, along with most of the locals. Bagnoles also boasts a park, a casino, a boating lake, a fire engine museum, tennis courts and a swimming pool. There are various musical, firework and other manifestations in the summer - often free - and frequent antique fairs. The spa is open year-round for health and beauty treatments.

Bayeux Tapestry and Normandy Beaches

The Bayeux Tapestry is the best cartoon or graphic novel in the world. Go on a Sunday morning, when it's normally quiet and let the story unfold. Then pop along to some of the Normandy beaches, soak up the history and finish up at the Museum.

Chateau de Carrouges

This area is very proud of its heritage and its major attractions include Carrouges Castle, the 11th century Saint Margaret of Carrouges Church, the Priory with its Romanesque porch in La Lande-de-Goult, as well as the charming Saint Michel Chapel, surrounded by myth and the 16th century smithy at Champ-de-la-Pierre with its smelting furnace. The traditional hunting and fishing festival attracts thousands of visitors every year to its 24 hectare festival site in the grounds of Carrouges Castle. You will find dogs, horses and even hunting horns and on the Sunday during the festival, when a religious mass is held in honour of Saint Hubert.


A short drive (or a walk or cycle ride along the Voie Verte) is the pretty medieval city of Domfront with an interesting history from its association with William the Conqueror's son (later Henry I of England to the Battle of Normandy in 1944. Domfront also has 2 supermarkets and a variety of small shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. We like the unassuming pizzeria l'Echaugette in the Grande Rue but there are several restaurants including the Auberge de Ground Gousier and the well reviewed Brasserie de Donjon. There is a biennial medieval festival when local people dress up in costume for parades, jousting and feasting. The market is on Friday mornings and the Tourist Office in the ruined medieval castle provides good local information on everything from historic sites to farm visits and horse riding.


Flers is a busy market town just 15 minutes drive from the cottage. Plenty of shopping, and young fashionistas might find a bargain amongst the many clothes shops on the main shopping street. There is a market on Wednesdays and Sundays. The cinema sometimes shows undubbed English films. In the more commercial outskirts you'll find an indoor pool, large supermarkets and even Lidl and McDonald's if you must.


Take a day trip to the seaside at Granville with lovely walks, the Christian Dior Museum, an aquarium and boat rides.

La Fosse d'Artur

This historic natural site, linked to the legend of King Arthur, offers lots of walks, fabulous views, fishing by arrangement and is fun whatever the weather. The cafe's good, too.

Local Area and Iron Trade

All around you'll find pretty villages, farm shops selling cider and calvados (one of them just 2 minutes walk away). There is a strong history of iron mining in the area and you can visit les Forges de Varenne (free) just a mile or 2 away (or walk/cycle there along the Voie Verte). There's also an iron museum at la Ferriere aux Etangs - close to the Michelin-starred Auberge de la Mine.

Mont St Michel

Set out early and you can be there for lunch. Better still, stop at a restaurant on the way and enjoy the view from the lunch table. It can be very crowded in summer.

Nearest Market

Domfront, Flers 4km.

Manoir de la Nocherie

Three minutes' walk away. Beautiful setting with daily menu and cider produced on site. Do book in advance. Very favourable comments from guests.


La Ferriere aux Etangs: Auberge de la Mine (* Michelin Star) Domfront: l'Echaugette, La Grande Gousier, Brasserie de Donjon, Eric Andre, La Grange and the English fish'n'chip shop Flers: Beverel Inn, Al Dente, St Jean Bistrot, Le Saigon, Auberge de Vielle Pierres, Buffalo Grill (free wi-fi) St Michel des Andaines:La Foret (free wi-fi) Bagnoles de l'Orne: Le Bois Joli, Manoir de Lys, Taverne de la Paix, Le Roc au Chien, Le Clos Joli, Les Camelias, Le Lido.

St Frimbault

This pretty little village has an annual festival which includes rural pastimes, a classic car parade, family games and fabulous food. Check out dates in the tourist centre but, whether or not you are there at the time of the festival, it's worth a look.

Voie Verte

One of the best advantages of this property is its easy access to the Voie Verte - previously a railway line for the iron industry but now a wonderful network of pathways that can be walked or cycled to local places, such as St Bomer les Forges and Domfront, or further afield - all the way to Mont St Michel. You'll see wild flowers, funghi, herons and all sorts of birds. Take a picnic. Leave the house, walk down the path and voila! - your walk has begun.

3 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9
  • Comfort: 9.7
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9.3
  • Local Amenities: 8
  • Setting: 9.7
  • Value for Money: 9.3
9.2 / 10 Shaz99 5 August, 2015

A lovely stone cottage in a rural setting, very peaceful and quiet with nothing to disturb. Set in a lovely private garden, it was perfect for our little dog who was quite at home. Good facilities, cooker, fridge, microwave, etc., lots of useful utensils and crockery, everything you need for a decent self-catering break.

On the down side, the staircase is steep and a bit slippery, you need good shoes or it can be a bit tricky, but that's a really small thing, it didn't bother us once we got used to it.

Nearby there are a couple of small towns where you can buy provisions. We visited Le Mans, Bayeux and Mont St. Michel all on day trips from the cottage.

Overall, a wonderful base for a relaxing holiday, we will definitely use it again.

Owner response

Other nice places to visit include the Chateau de Carrouges and Alencon, which is a nice cosmopolitan town with a fantastic lace museum and plenty of restaurants to choose from. We also like going to the seaside at Granville,where you'll also find the Christian Dior Museum.

Nobody has ever commented on the staircase before! If you look at the pictures on HFD or on our web site you can see that they are open stairs but fairly solid.

9.3 / 10 T & L GW 17 October, 2014

This beautiful gite is quite remote and in a lovely rural setting about 5 Km from the local town of Domfront. The property was very quaint, two bedroom gite with all the features that you would imagine, woodburner, beams, with a lovely garden. It had all the facilites you could want and felt very homely. The area is not close to any local shops, but has some great walks and the scenery is fantastic and oh so quiet. - Recommended!

Owner response

If you run out of cider you can buy it at La Ferme de la Nocherie, which is one minute's walk from the house. Equally, if you don't fancy cooking, the Manoir de la Nocherie (next door to the farm) has a good restaurant.

10 / 10 EmmaandTom 10 August, 2014

My husband and I took our seven year old son and my sixty seven year old mother to La Goudousiere and we all loved it.

The cottage is absolutely beautiful and felt like home straight away. The advert accurately described it. It was clean and and well-maintained. We had good communication with the owners and met the English couple that look after the property - they gave us further suggestions about where to go.

We enjoyed playing badminton on the wonky grass and spotting birds of prey on the short drive to Domfront. We visited the chateau at Carrouges which my mum loved and spent a day at the Base de Loisirs at Ferte Mace (swimming in the lido, pedalos, football, biking) which our son loved. Were able to visit Mont St.Michel, Bagnoles de l'Orne etc. The best restaurant was the Bistro St.Julien in Domfront.

Highly recommended.

Owner response

Thank you so much for your review; we're so glad that you all enjoyed yourselves.