Holiday property rental in Normandy - NO003118

La Foret-Auvray (16km from Falaise), Orne, Normandy Reference: NO003118 Advertiser since: 28 January 2013
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L'Orangerie Self Catering Flexible 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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals


Antiques/Brocante Market

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


Distance: 14 km


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


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



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


About the Owner/Advertiser, 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.


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).

6 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.8
  • Condition: 9.8
  • Facilities: 9.8
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Joe Osuch 28 September, 2019

10 of us stayed at the property (a group of friends).The property is very spacious and didn't feel cramped. The surroundings and views are fantastic and it was very peaceful. There was a little welcome pack (milk etc) waiting for us which was a nice touch. The weather was very good apart from the evenings got a bit cold but with the fire in lounge (which is very spacious with more than enough comfortable seating) this was not an issue (the owners provided the wood for the fire). The kitchen is a good size with everything you would need to cater for large groups.
As for the owners Jeanette and Andrew, they couldn't be more helpful and would like to say thankyou to them for all there help. They provided very good information on the local area and excellent directions to the house. Would I stay there again DEFINITELY

Owner response

It is very gratifying to read such a great review, and to know that everything was in place for a great holiday.
Andrew and I hope to be able to welcome back this lovely group of American Car enthusiasts.
Kind regards

9.5 / 10 JPR 9 September, 2018

L'Orangerie was exactly as described, and clean and tidy on arrival. Hosts Andrew and Jeanette were there when needed, and put on a treasure hunt for the children on our last day there. The cottage is in a lovely setting, very quiet and peaceful. Has brilliant facilities inside and out, and accommodated all our needs for entertaining. Would definitely recommend this accommodation and would return. Within easy reach of all the Normandy beaches and museums etc. Had a fantastic meal out at La Fine Fourchette in Falaise!

Owner response

We appreciate the time taken by these excellent guests to review our property. We very much hope to welcome them back in the future.

10 / 10 Jessica Surrey 30 July, 2018

We were 7 adults and 4 young children aging from 4 months to 4 years. L'Orangerie surpassed expectations an absolutely stunning property, beautifully and lovingly maintained by Janette and Andrew.
Absolutely everything had been thought of, there was more than enough crockery, cutlery, pots and pans. The bedrooms and bathrooms were spacious and the showers good with plentiful hot water. Good quality linen and towels too.
The garden was beautiful and of course we are experiencing an extraordinary summer. It was so lovely to throw the doors open and let the little ones have their freedom.
Janette and Andrew could not have been more helpful, their knowledge of the local area and activities was amazing.
The only teeny tiny downside was that you couldn't walk to a local boulangerie or shop, however once we'd filled the two huge fridges and freezers with our supplies it was hardly a hardship.
As a family we enjoyed the lake at Ferte-Mace and the river at Pont d'Ouilly, my husband also enjoyed fishing in the river Orne.
We would highly recommend this property for large family/friend groups there was more than enough room for everyone to find their own space and relax.

Owner response

We were delighted to welcome this lovely family, and we are so happy they had a good holiday. We really appreciate the time taken to leave this review. One member of the group is a keen angler, and he tells us he was not disappointed by the great fishing in Orne and just over the border in nearby Calvados.

We very much hope to see them again soon.

Jeanette & Andrew

10 / 10 Morganeers 26 September, 2016

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