|La Drutiere||Self Catering||Flexible||6||13||3|
The 6 bedroom 300 year old Farmhouse is set in a small hamlet 2.5km from the market town of Carrouges in the Normandy Orne region. The property is situated amidst beautiful rolling countryside offering a total get away from it all holiday. The Farmhouse (10) & Gables (3) sleeps up to 13 in total. Offering the typical traditional charm & character of the region with contemporary, comfortable living. Setting our beautiful property apart, is the fabulous heated swimming pool (10m x 5m x 1.5m) for you to just relax by, or work off all those gorgeous cakes, tasty bread and French wine! The pool will be open between May and September.
For History enthusiasts there are plenty of tourist sites to visit; the D-Day landings are just under an hour away by car in Caen with the Bayeux tapestry the same distance again. Within 20 minutes, is the renowned Falaise Pocket Museum: and the Château Guillaume- the-Conqueror, the birth place of William the Conqueror. For motor enthusiasts the circuit of Le Mans is just 50 minutes way.The motor museum is an absolute must to see and when there is no racing on, why not take a drive down the Mulsanne Straight. For horse lovers the Haras du Pin National Stud is just 35 minutes away, offering guided tours of the stud and unmissable events throughout the year.
If it's exercise that you want there are numerous places to walk in the surrounding picturesque countryside and it has great safe cycling roads for those wishing to go further afield; the Tour de France came past our lane on it's way through to Carrouges in 2015. These are just a few examples of what there is to do in our region with lots, lots more to see and do.
The fitted kitchen is bright and sunny and is well equipped with cooker, dishwasher, washing machine, toaster, coffee-machine, fridge-freezer. All crockery and utensils to cook family meals or just prepare a snack. French doors lead out into the garden.
There is a sitting room/area in the Farmhouse and the Gables, each has a TV (Smart TV in the Farmhouse) DVD player and Freeview receiver, receiving English TV and French TV through the aerial.
There are 6 bedrooms.
In the Farmhouse there are 2 double rooms and one twin room on the first floor and 2 further double rooms on the second floor (one with en suite shower room). In the attaching "Gables" there is a Super King size bed and single bed in an open plan sleeping arrangement.
There are 3 bathrooms in total; the family bathroom is situated on the first floor of the Farmhouse and an En suite shower room situated on the 2nd floor of the Farmhouse is in one of the double bedrooms. The third bathroom is situated in the Gables. There is also a cloakroom on the ground floor of the main Farmhouse.
Oil fired central heating is available outside the summer season, October - May. There is also a woodburner in the main living room, with one complimentary bag of eco logs provided (Oct - May) and a charge of 10 Euros per bag used thereafter.
There is a bar football combination table,(combined with table hockey and small pool table) in the downstairs area of the Gables.
A big selection of family games and books are available in the Farmhouse living room.
Large spacious and secure garden ideal for families, however children should be strictly supervised around the poolside area. The heated swimming pool is fitted with an alarm which meets current French regulations and the pool is monitored by DAS for water quality. There are 2 patio areas and garden furniture is provided throughout. There are plenty of sunny and shady areas around the garden. There is a shady bbq area available for al fresco dining. Secure off-road covered parking for up to 4 cars and large gravel courtyard for further parking. The garden offers trees, bushes and flowers beds looking out over rolling French countryside. Outstanding views can be observed from the main garden / poolside area where amazing sunsets can be viewed on warm balmy evenings. There is a children's play area which includes a swing / slide combination, a full size trampoline with safety net. Also available is a table tennis table with bats and balls, badminton net, plus other outdoor games.
There is room for parking behind closed gates for 6-7 cars, 4 of which would be undercover.
Please contact owner for details.
The Farmhouse has oil fired central heating, available at no extra cost outside of the Summer Season Oct - May. Electricity, gas and water are included in the cost. Two travel cots, 2 highchairs and 2 stairgates are available on request. Two hairdryers available. Free wi-fi (whilst we ensure every effort to keep you connected there have been times when it has been out of our control). Heated swimming pool (24 to 25 degrees) 10 x 5 x 1.5m, strictly no swimming flippers to be used in the pool, due to the risk of tearing the liner.
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|Year property purchased||2015|
|Why this location?||We came to this region on various occasions on holiday. We liked the pace of life and the simplicity of day to day living and decided to jump in and have an adventure. The beauty of the area was another positive factor in promoting the Normandy region. The local French people are very friendly and welcoming. The local markets selling local produce and general buzz of village life is quaint and and traditional.
The house is set amongst the rolling countryside within a tiny hamlet and is very peaceful and serene. Offering that get away from it all atmosphere. However there are big towns about 30 minutes away if one finds country life to quiet.
|Unique benefits of property||The property offers a peaceful get away from it all atmosphere. The large garden looking out over rolling French countryside is very therapeutic and relaxing.There are area's on the property offering sun and shade and the garden is big enough to get away and be on your own. The heated swimming pool offers a refreshing dip when the heat gets too much. Later in the evening you can sit by the pool and sip some good French wine and watch the fantastic sun sets that this area offers.
The lovely spa town of Bagnoles is about 20 minutes from La Drutiere. It boasts some amazing restaurants and cafes, a lake side casino, a 9 hole golf course, a velo railway and a tree top walk with both the latter being suitable for children.
The very pretty market town of Falaise is approx, 35 minutes drive from La Drutiere. There you will find the castle of the birth place of William the Conqueror; there is also a very informative and interesting museum to visit .
There are many historical World War II sites in the area. Caen is less than an hour away, the Falaise Gap museum (Montmormel) is around 30 minutes away. The D-day beaches are as little as an hour away (Sword beach) with the furthest away (Utah beach) being approximately 1.5 hours by car.
First national stud farm built to provide France's king and his army with horses. Built around a charming 18th century castle overlooking the land and woods of Le Pin. The show on a Thursday is a must see for horse lovers
For motor enthusiasts the circuit of Le Mans is just 50 minutes way. The 24h race is held in June and the Classic race is held in July. The motor museum is an absolute must to see and when there is no racing on, why not take a drive down the Mulsanne Straight
Leisure Lake, including swimming, horse riding kayaking, archery and Forest aerial walking just an hour from La Drutiere
Nice little town with outdoor leisure lake, swing golf, horse riding, archery, crazy golf, volleyball, just 20 minutes away
If you want a lovely house with first class hosts, in a beautiful setting, then La Drutiere is for you. The house was our base for a week of D Day anniversary related activity and although an hour or so from the coast, the roads are great and it gave us opportunity to visit places not normally seen. Falaise, for example, home of William (the Conqueror) has a magnificent castle and you could easily spend a day there, with a nice long lunch of course.
Back to the house which was well equipped and very comfortable although words of warning - quite a few steps and steep staircases so challenging if mobility is an issue. The main kitchen was our evening haven, and the eight of us enjoyed some great suppers there, washed down with plentiful local wine and cider. The garden is a delight, with loads of space and much to keep the grown up kids entertained from Table Tennis world championships to water polo in the pool. Much fun was had by all.
Pippa and Gary were perfect hosts - welcoming and helpful when needed but unobtrusive.
We would have no issue in recommending La Drutiere to others and would certainly return.
An amazing, beautiful property. Would highly recommend. Ideal if you want to relax but also plenty in the area to do. Incredibly clean and very well equipped. Every last detail thought of so everything you need is there. The owners, Pip and Gary, are lovely. Available if you need them but at the same time very discrete. Would definitely visit again.
Thank you for such a lovely review, we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at La Drutiere and thank you so much for leaving the house so clean and tidy, it makes the changeover day a lot, lot easier, thank you! It was wonderful to meet you all and Tilly :-) and we hope to see you all again one day soon.
Pippa and Gary
We had a truly amazing time at La Drutiere and would highly recommend it as a v homely place to stay. We were made to feel very welcome by the owners and the farmhouse/gite was beautifully maintained and very clean. We particularly enjoyed the stunning panoramic countryside view from the bedroom and even though the weather was mostly cloudy/rainy we braved the outdoor heated pool and enjoyed playing ping pong outside and mini pool inside! It was very kind of the owners to have a Welcome food box of goodies for us on arrival too. Lovely local bakery and handy supermarket in Carrouges and we enjoyed visiting Le Pin-au-Haras horse show, Falaise WWII museum, Ferte-Mace lake,Bagnoles d'Orne spa town,the Carrouges Chateau, Honfleur and enjoyed dinners out at the recommended eateries. A thoroughly enjoyable stay - thank you Gary & Pip!
We consisted of four couples and we all had a wonderful week at La Drutiere. With warm weather we spent a lot of time in the extensive garden, round and in the pool and in the bbq area which both had large tables and seating for eating. We also enjoyed the table tennis and the bicycles which the owners Pip and Gary left out for us at our request . Pip and Gary live on site in an adjoining house but their presence was very low key and the garden area they used was at the opposite end of the buildings to the pool and large garden we had access was our own private area. They did however go out of their way to be helpful and left us a few surprises during the week which I won't spoil for others.
Cleanliness is only marked down a bit because the bbq hadn't been cleaned by previous guests. I have no doubt that if we mentioned it
Pip and Gary would have cleaned it for us but we were happy to do this ourselves. Everything else was clean and welcoming with fresh
flowers in the lounge and master bedroom.
There were 6 bedrooms but the dining table in the kitchen only comfortably sits 8 unless extended using a further small table. As it
turned out we ffrequently ate outside where there would have been
room to sit more people.
One person in our group who suffers with a bad back found the mattresses in the farmhouse uncomfortable and although she tried a different bed it didn't really help.
We had a delightful week at La Drutiere and would definitely recommend it. Thank you.😃