Holiday property rental in Normandy

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La Foret-Auvray (16km from Falaise), Orne, Normandy Reference: NO003118 Advertiser since: 28 January 2013
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L'Orangerie Self Catering Saturday 7 15 8 Two z-beds

About this property

Large Impressive House & Gardens & Magnificent Views. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

L'Orangerie is a large 7 bedroom rental gite, with 8 bathrooms (6 en suite). It is a perfect location from which a large family or group of friends can explore everything Normandy has to offer, or just to relax and take in the extraordinarily beautiful surroundings of the Suisse Normande. 
 
The house is over 300 years old, and was part of the historically important Chateau de La Foret Auvray, from which it was separated over 100 years ago.  It has 2 private gardens for use by guests, one within the walled garden of the house - for entertainment and leisure, and one outside with full sized goals for ball games. Young visitors adore the separate 300 year old gate house, now set up specially as a gamesroom for them at the bottom of the garden. Complimentary bikes are available for all ages.
 
Inside you will find the property to be very spacious, clean, and extremely well equipped. We understand that large groups need plenty of room to fully enjoy their stay. We have used top quality furnishings and linen, with some unusual items to make your stay interesting. For the cooler months, the logburner provides a great focal point for everyone to get together all in the same place. 
 
The dining room will comfortably seat 18 people, and the kitchen is very well equipped to meet all your catering needs, with 2 fridge-freezers and many cooking facilities, plus ample crockery and cutlery.
 
Six of the bedrooms have en suite bathrooms/shower rooms. The 7th has its own separate dedicated shower room adjacent to the room. Two of the bedrooms are on the ground floor, making access easier for those preferring not to use the stairs.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The kitchen has everything a large group will need-ample sized saucepans, serving dishes, crockery and cutlery. There are 2 fridge-freezers, a dishwasher, washing machine, tumbledryer, coffee-makers, 5 ring gas oven (large), separate grill and microwave, toasters and lots of work space to serve. The breakfast table seats 8 - most people use the adjacent large main dining room.

Living rooms

L'Orangerie has 2 sitting rooms. The main room is more than 80sq metres with a 5 metre high ceiling. The focal point is the huge fireplace housing the log burning stove. Plenty of good quality comfortable seating for all.

The separate sitting room has the 2 dvd players, book collection and 2 further sofas, making it another great place for people to find some private space, share a special moment together, or watch a video/dvd. This room houses a large collection of games and books for all ages.

Bedrooms

All bedrooms in L'Orangerie are very spacious. The furniture is good quality, and the bed linen is all by Dorma or Sanderson. The bedroom layout is as follows:

Downstairs: One double bed bedroom and en suite bathroom

One double bed bedroom and en suite shower room

Upstairs : One double bed bedroom and en suite

: Two x 2 double bed bedrooms and en suite shower rooms

: One bedroom with double and single bed and en suite shower room

: One bedroom with 3 single beds and separate shower room

All of the bedrooms have heating available, either from the main oil heating downstairs, or by separate electric heaters upstairs.

Bathrooms

L'Orangerie has 7 bathrooms plus one cloakroom, giving guests access to 8 toilets. Six of the bedrooms have en suite facilties and the 7th bedroom has a dedicated shower room, separate to the bedroom - this is mainly used by children.

All the bathrooms have an electric heated towel rail. Handwash is provided in all the bathrooms, together with a supply of shower towels included in the price.

Heating

L'Orangerie is heated by 3 separate sources. For the colder months between October and April, the oil central heating radiators are operational as necessary -included in the price. Outside of these months it is £25 pd extra to run. The electric radiators and wood burning stove are available for use throughout the year, as necessary.

Entertainment

L'Orangerie has a well stocked library and games area, with dvd and video players available. The wi-fi is complimentary for use by guests. The large supply of complimentary bikes is popular. We recommend you bring your own bike safety helmets, but there is a large supply at the house (particularly for children).

Younger children love to play in L'Orangerie's dedicated 'Clubhouse' at the bottom of the garden (safely within the walled garden so parents know where they are).

Garden and outside

There are 2 gardens at L'Orangerie. The main garden looks down from the house - you can just about see the neighbouring chateau and the River Orne. There are plenty of outside chairs and tables, and there are 2 bbqs (an open one and a Webber kettle one). The garden is a haven for seeing wildlife. Look up and you will always see kestrels, kites and buzzards in the skies. Of a night, the owls hoot away like crazy (particularly in Spring). The feeders are a magnet for blue tits, great tits, woodpeckers, nuthatches, redstarts, robins, chaffinches, goldfinches and so many more. Red squirrels, hares, badgers, and the occasional pine marten can also be seen by most groups. The main garden is always planted to give a display of colour. We have boule, skittles, croquet and badminton sets for use in this area.

Outside the main garden, you will find a separate field, with a large set of goals. This is perfect for football, rounders, cricket and any other energetic games.

Parking and garages

There is plenty of space within the main walled garden to park many cars, or for those who prefer not to look at vehicles, they can park next to the owner's car just outside the main garden (still within the private Orangerie property).

Visitor suitability

The property is suitable for large groups of multi-generation families (we often have special birthday or anniversary family gatherings), it is also popular with friends who wish to explore Normandy, walking groups, fishing groups.

The 2 downstairs en suite bedrooms are suitable for those with reduced mobility.

Information about any additional facilities

Strictly no pets.

Facilities

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Weekly vide-greniers, Clecy and Falaise brocante.
Distance: 14 km

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 14 km

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Various fresh water fish and fresh water salmon
Name of nearest fishing location: The bridge at the bottom of the garden

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Clecy
Distance: 14 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Various stables all around. Many choices
Distance: 8 km

Mountain biking

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR36 - one of France's most famous

Watersports

About the Owner, Mrs Jeanette Heydn

We are both retired from hectic City careers which took us all over Europe. We have a passion for doing things well, which we reflect in the way in which we manage our property. It is a great pleasure for us to hear that our guests have had a wonderful holiday, and that they return frequently and recommend friends is the very best compliment.

Year property purchased 2004
Why this location? We have had a small holiday cottage in the Suisse Normande since 1989 and we love the region. There is so much to do and explore of historical importance, that even now we still discover new things all the time. If you want to relax, the views are magnificent, and the quiet footpaths give endless opportunities to stroll along quiet countryside - or for the more athletic, there are challenging walks to be had almost on our doorstep.
The region is protected under French law - it is noted as an important location for wildlife and flowers, and it is not permitted to undertake any works that change this.
Unique benefits of property Unique benefits for L'Orangerie - where to start? The location is amazing, with stunning views. We are next to an ancient priory (7th century) and chateau (18th century). The house and gardens are large. If you are a big group, it is important to have plenty of space - our 80+ square metre main sitting room has all the space you will ever need. The gardens are spacious and colourful, plus there is a separate football field for ball games. We have a separate playhouse for young children in the main garden (which is walled, so is safe for young families).
Dare I be very cheeky and say one of the unique benefits of our property is that it has Andrew and I nearby and always on hand to assist whenever needed (although we leave you alone to enjoy the property, when we are not needed). From our many years of experience, we can help with the local region, what to do - where and when to go? We have helped with broken-down cars, lost passports - in so many ways.

The Owner Recommends

Arromanches les Bains - The Mulberry Harbours

If you only visit one museum and see one site relating to the Normandy D-day landings, then this is the one we recommend. Hugely atmospheric, you can touch the history on the beaches, and learn about it in the small museum - all housed in a pretty little seaside town with a lovely sandy bay and great coastline walks. Just 15 minutes down the road from Bayeux.

Bayeux Tapestry and Cathedral

This world heritage site is really a must to visit if you are staying. Housing the original tapestry and lots of interesting information, it makes a great visit to combine maybe with the cathedral, the pretty town, and the World War II museums and cemetaries.

Caen Memorial Museum

Allocate a whole day to this museum - take a lunch or eat there. It is advertised as a peace museum as they have tried to understand the dynamic of what brought about the World War conflicts. It has ever changing displays, and never fails to leave an impression.

Chateaux de Vendeuvre and Pontecoulant

There are many chateau visiting opportunities. Vendeuvre is home to the national 'miniature museum' in its Orangerie - a fascinating visit, and also has a hugely impressive elaborate and ornate 'animal bed' collection - including one of Marie Antoinette's. We have information on many more interesting Chateaux to visit in the region.

Falaise Castle - Birthplace of William the Conqueror

Falaise town has the superbly restored chateau where William the Conqueror was born. It also has 3 impressive churches, an art gallery, theatre, and also the National Automata Museum, full of clockwork exhibitions. The shops and restaurants are always welcoming.

Grande Randonnee

L'Orangerie is in the middle of the Suisse Normande. We can recommend hundreds of local walks, for varying levels of fitness (even wheelchair friendly ones). Wildlife and scenery is spectacular.

Honfleur

This pretty fishing village has some of the very best seafood restaurants around. It is about an hour drive away, but goes through the prettiest of scenery - stop off en-route and see the Lisieux cathedral - go down the coastline to Deauville and Trouville with the wonderful coastal houses - so reminiscent of the Victorian seaside days, and the marvellous Norman authors who frequented the shores (Maupassant, Flaubert, Zola).

Museum of Mont Ormel and Camembert Museum

Start the day with a visit to Mont Ormel - otherwise known as The Falaise Gap. It is a significant D-day trip, as it signified a real turning point for the allied landings. Have lunch in the little local bar (we recommend it) and then move on to an afternoon visit to Camembert, where cheese lovers can have a Normandy Degustation and taste 4 very different versions of the ever popular Camembert.

Ouistream Rive Bella

It is not just a port for the ferry, it has wonderful beaches, nice restaurants, and lots for everyone to do. Stroll for miles along the promenade, or soak up the sun on the sandy beaches. I prefer to start with a brisk walk, then while away the afternoon with a leisurely lunch.

Pont d'Ouilly

Visit this pretty little river town. In summer, there are Sunday afternoon tea dances (Guinguettes) by the banks of the Orne, and evening free open air musical nights. The bars and restaurants are very welcoming and it is a pretty place to visit. It is the centre for the National Kayak water polo team, so usually something interesting to watch, and is the start of a popular kayak trail down the river to Clecy.

Roches d'Oetre

This is a famous geological site with spectacular views. Less than 2 kilometres from the house. There are 10 major signposted walking trails, a restaurant, gift shop. Roches d'Oetre is a site classe, noted for its spectacular beauty. Close by is a 10th century Norman Church (a world heritage site).

3 Reviews
10/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Morganeers 26 September, 2016

Excellent accommodation and excellent hosts.
Quiet and relaxing location, would definitely recommend.

10 / 10 MG Cars 13 September, 2015

Our party of 12 friends had a great week at L'Orangerie. The directions from the port were excellent and we were so pleased with our choice when we first saw the property. Lovely setting, very quiet with loads of parking for the cars.
Andrew met us on arrival and we were given a very warm welcome and a tour of the accommodation. Instantly felt relaxed and were left to get unpacked.it is a beautiful property and equipped with everything you could possibly need.the location is great for exploring Normandy and we had great days out travelling on quiet roads and retuning later in the day to relax in the beautiful secluded garden ,and in the evening in front of the log fire in the lounge.
We would all highly recommend this property. Andrew was so friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable about the area and made our stay the success it was.
The Normandy Beaches, Bayeux, Hon Fleur and Pegasus Bridge and Falaise were the highlights and for a bit of fun try the Velorail.
An excellent place , great location , super equipped and value for money.

10 / 10 Richard cripps 24 August, 2014

This property exceeded expectations and was amazing for an extended family. We were 8 adults and 8 children aged 12 to 4 months . All the children had an amazing time. The hosts were attentive and responded to all enquiries without being intrusive. Andrew's treasure hunt and Jeanette's deserts were an especial treat. The space in the house and in the garden was wonderful and allowed us to have both communal and individual time and space.

We have already recommended L'Orangerie to other large families we know and would hope to revisit ourselves at some point.

Cars are essential as L'Orangerie is in a very rural area but once we got organised, that was not a problem.

The kitchen was generously resourced as was the garden with games and bikes for the younger ones.