Beautiful Barn Conversion to Let, Normandy

9.5/10
Ceauce (19km from Domfront), Orne, Normandy Reference: NO003675 Advertiser since: 15 May 2014
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Conillet Self Catering Saturday 6 12 3

About this property

Beautiful Barn Conversion in Peaceful Location. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Conillet is a beautiful barn conversion with spacious accommodation and 'home from home' comforts. The large lounge area with central woodburner has a double height ceiling, plenty of comfy sofas and steps up to the dining room with 12 seater dining table and archway to the well appointed modern kitchen. There are 2 bedrooms on the ground floor (sharing a shower room and toilet) - one with doors opening out to the garden. Stairs from the lounge lead to a galleried landing with 2 bedrooms on one side of the barn sharing a bathroom/toilet and a bridge across to 2 further bedrooms that share a bathroom with spa bath, separate shower and toilet. 
 
The property is in a peaceful rural location with a south facing garden overlooking acres of countryside. Just 2km from Ceauce which provides for all of your everyday needs but also within convenient reach of the medieval town of Domfront or Mayenne with its bustling town on the river. Ideal central location for touring the historical sights of Normandy.
 
Conillet has been our home for the last 15 years and is full of memories - we hope you decide to visit and add your own.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Large and bright modern kitchen lots of cupboards and granite work surfaces. Range style cooker with electric oven and hobs, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, wine fridge, microwave and coffee-maker. There is a central island with extra prep sink. Just off the kitchen is a utility room with washing machine, tumbledryer, iron, ironing board, vacuum cleaner and all cleaning materials as well as an extra toilet with hand basin.

Living rooms

The lounge is in the centre of the barn with floor to ceiling glass where the old barn door used to be. Plenty of comfy sofas/armchairs, a large wood burning stove and bookcases stacked high with books, puzzles and games when you tire of watching the tv with English satellite. The lounge opens up into the dining room which has a dining table with ample seating for 12, created from a sweatshop work bench.

Bedrooms

First floor;

Bedroom 1 - king size bed and double sofabed. There is also a single z-bed, so this room could easily sleep a family with small children. Full length window overlooking garden.

Bedroom 4 - single bed that converts to a small double.

Bedroom 2 - double bedroom with full length windows overlooking garden.

Bedroom 3 - double bedroom.

Ground floor;

Bedroom 5 - twin room with full length doors opening onto garden.

Bedroom 6 - double bedroom

Bathrooms

First floor;

Bathroom 1 - spa bath, separate shower, hand basin and wc (shared by bedrooms 1 and 4)

Bathroom 2 - bath, hand basin and wc (shared by bedrooms 2 and 3)

Ground floor;

Bathroom 3 - shower, hand basin and wc.

Heating

Oil fired central heating with thermostatically controlled radiators in all rooms.



Log burning stove in lounge.

Entertainment

Tv (with satellite)

Internet access

Playstation

Lots of books, puzzles and games for all ages.

Garden and outside

The south facing garden is partly laid with gravel and also has a lawned area. Wooden garden furniture with umbrellas and a barbecue create the perfect setting for sundowners and star gazing. For the more energetic the gravel area is ideal for swing ball or boules.

Parking and garages

Plenty of space for cars to be parked (no garage).

Visitor suitability

Ideal for anyone who;

Just wants to chill and catch up on the latest novel.

Likes the outdoors from games to exploring the countryside, whether on foot, kayak or bike.

Has an interest in history (Normandy beaches, William the Conqueror, Bayeux Tapestry, Mont St Michel).



Please be aware that the garden is not fenced everywhere so may not be ideal for toddlers.

Information about any additional facilities

Linen is provided (including 2 tea towels and hand towel for the downstairs wc). Guests are required to bring their own towels. The barn will be cleaned between each let and there is no charge for the cleaning but guests are expected to leave it as they find it. A 25% deposit is required to secure the booking with full balance due 8 weeks before arrival. A security deposit of £300 is payable with the balance and will be refunded 14 days after the end of your stay provided there are no deductions for breakages or extra cleaning.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

Activities

Cycling

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Bagnoles de l'Orne
Distance: 22 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Ambrieres les Vallees
Distance: 9 km

Sports

Watersports

About the Owner, Mrs Kerry Hunt

I live in Surrey with my husband and daughter and work as a Payroll Manager.

Year property purchased 2001
Why this location? Although the ferry journey is longer than Dover/Calais, it can be done overnight and the drive from Caen to our property is less than 90 minutes. It is a very peaceful location but close to Brittany and a visit for wine tasting/buying in the Loire can be done as a mini break in the middle of a stay from our home.
Unique benefits of property Close enough to several small villages/towns for provisions but quiet for stress free peaceful breaks
Beautiful open living space - ideal for two families or groups of friends
Very well equipped kitchen suited to cooking whilst socialising
Ample parking

The Owner Recommends

Activities

There is rock climbing, kayaking, walking and many miles of decommissioned railway lines converted to cycle paths all within easy reach. There is also a municipal camping area just south of Ambrieres which has tennis courts for hire, crazy golf, outdoor swimming pool and a horse riding centre.

Bagnoles-del-Orne

The spa town of Bagnoles-del-Orne is a 30 min drive away with casino, lake and spa and 9 hole golf course. This elegant spa town is renowned for its waters (Les Thermes). It is also a gastronomic centre and has at least 16 restaurants listed on TripAdvisor along with many activities throughout the summer. Enjoy your lunch then walk around the lake, past the casino and up to the Hotel de Ville (town hall) which is a converted chateau in beautiful grounds. There are also walks through the woods at the edge of the town ideal for wildlife and bird watching.

Domfront

The medieval town of Domfront (just 11km away) dates back to the 11th century and was originally one of Frances strongholds, the castle grounds overlook the Varenne. Domfront has many fantastic restaurants, pizza houses and bars as well as its narrow medieval streets to explore.

Jublains

The Roman remains at Jublains which include baths & amphitheatre are well worth a visit. Interactive displays for the children to enjoy. Also close by is the Haras du Pin stud farm, with its weekly equine displays.

Normandy Landings

A great day out is a visit to the Normandy Landing Beaches. A good place to start is Pegasus Bridge with its impressive museum. Going west along the coast are Sword, Juno and finally Gold beaches. Then you will arrive at Arromanches, site of the famous Mulberry B Harbour. If you have time travel to nearby Bayeux, home of the famous tapestry and visit the Bayeux Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery.

Fun for the children - small and not so small!!

Try the velo-rail at St Loup de Gast (just a little south of Ambriere-les-Vallees) for some light hearted exercise to work off that cheese and wine. Round off with an ice cream by the river.

1 Review
9.5/10
  • Cleanliness: 9
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 9
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9
9.5 / 10 A M Woolgar 12 August, 2014

The property was lovely and exactly as described.Brilliant for famillies with lots of games to interest the children.Well equiped kitchen, cosy lounge with plenty of seating, great lay out ,children really liked the bridge between bedrooms.
The owner was great, really helpful and friendly as was the french contact.
Would definately recommend to friends.
Loved the velo rail which was near by, Mont st Michel also well worth a visit.