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A beautiful 250 year old converted farmhouse set in idyllic countryside in the Orne department of Normandy. This fabulous, spacious house is spread over 3 floors and sleeps up to 12.
There are 4 bedrooms (2 en suite) plus a sofabed in a separate sitting room, a family bathroom, a large kitchen diner with sofas, tv and a wood burning stove and a separate pantry and utility room.
There are numerous reception rooms including a fully stocked reading room, an office and a large games/tv/dvd room. In the lounge, there are 3 large comfy sofas surrounding the wood burning stove.
The house is furnished to a high standard and fully equipped with most things provided, including wood for the stoves and fluffy towels in all the bathrooms.
There are large gardens to the front and back of the house with no other buildings in sight. Peace and tranquility at its best.
This was our family home for 10 years and is now our holiday home and is very special to us and to anyone who has ever stayed here.
On the lower ground floor there is a large kitchen diner with a dining area for 12, 2 sofas, wood burning stove, tv (Sky), dvd player. Electric cooker, 5 ring hob, double sink, dishwasher and plenty of work surface. The fridge, freezer, coffee machine and microwave are in the adjoining pantry.
There is also a separate, more formal dining room on the ground floor with seating for 12.
In a separate utility room is a washing machine and tumble dryer.
A large, bright living room with 3 large sofas, coffee-tables and a wood burning stove in original stone fireplace. Double doors to back patio.
A large games room with 3 sofas, flat screen tv, dvd and cd players (cds and dvds, board games, table football, gym equipment, running machine).
An office with 2 desks, wi-fi and phone.
Reading room with many books.
Bedroom 1 is a family room with king size bed, 2 twin beds and en suite bathroom with bath and separate shower. Tv and dvd.
Bedroom 2 has a double bed with en suite bathroom.
Bedroom 3 has a double bed.
Bedroom 4 has a double bed.
Sofabed for 2 in separate sitting room.
Main bedroom en suite with bath, separate shower, basin and wc.
Guest bedroom en suite with bath, over-bath shower, basin and wc.
Family bathroom with bath, over-bath shower, basin and wc.
Cloakroom with wc and basin on ground floor.
Central heating throughout.
Woodburners in kitchen and living room (wood provided).
Large flat screen tvs (with Sky satellite) and dvd players in the kitchen and gamesroom.
Cd player in gamesroom.
Hundreds of dvds, cds and books.
Board games, children's books, toys,table football, gym equipment, running machine.
Large, secluded gardens front and back.
Deckchairs and table and chairs for outdoor dining.
Parking is on the gravel drive at the front of the house.
Suitable for children.
Bagnoles de l'Orne is a beautiful spa town with a lake, a forest and park. There's a great selection of restaurants. Lots to do including a velo rail in the summer months and the “petit-train” – a tourist train which takes you round all the sites. There is a beautiful chateau, set in gorgeous grounds.
La Ferté Macé is a larger town with many amenities: banks, Post Office, at least 6 bakers, shops, bars and restaurants. There’s a small Carrefour supermarket in town and a larger Leclerc just outside. There is a great man-made lake here too with its own beach. A wonderful place to take children. There is a beach, play area and café. You can also hire pedaloes and carts to ride around the lake. It’s a lovely place to walk or take a picnic.
Domfront is a lovely medieval town with cobbled streets and a ruined castle. Described as “one of the most beautiful detours in France”. Alencon is the department capital, well worth a visit for the beautiful architecture, shops, restaurants and of course a chateau. Falaise is the birthplace of William the Conqueror. The castle has recently been renovated and is quite spectacular. They use iPad type tablets for the tour rather than headphones. The Haras du Pin is the most prestigious of the national studs. The show on a Thursday during the summer months is wonderful. You’ll see displays of the main 4 breeds: the Percheron, the Trotteur Français, the Selle Français and the English Thoroughbred. Even if you are not a horse owner this is a very interesting place. Good place to take a picnic.
Along the beautiful northern coastline are museums, memorials, and cemeteries telling this incredible story. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the D-day landings. The American Cemetary - nothing quite prepares you for this but you have to see it.