|Le Petit Ruisseau||Self Catering||Saturday||2||6||2|
Welcome to our lovely Gite “Le Petit Ruisseau.” Situated in a small hamlet just outside the historic town of Domfront in the Lower Normandy countryside, Le Petit Ruisseau has easy access from the ports of Caen, St Malo, and Cherbourg. Within a 1 minute walk is the river Varenne with good fly fishing and the Veloscenic cycle route that runs from Paris to Mont St Michel.
Located in it’s own large garden, the Gite is a 300 year old stone built house which consists of a lovely large well equipped farmhouse kitchen diner with fireplace and large farmhouse table. The comfortable lounge has a large fireplace with woodburner. On the first floor are two large light and airy en suite double bedrooms, one of which is also equipped with bunk beds. All rooms have garden views. Bed linen and towels are provided.
The large garden surrounds the property on 3 sides and is mostly lawn with several private seating areas to enjoy the peace and quiet and an area ideal for ball games. During summer months a plunge pool is available. Bisecting one part of the garden is a small stream. There is ample private parking. The Gite has full central heating, electric shutters and double glazing throughout. Heating and electricity are included.
Nature lovers will enjoy the huge range of birds and wildlife to be seen in the garden and surrounding area, including woodpeckers, red kites, red squirrel and occasionally an owl, as well as the more usual varieties. Lovely countryside walks on the doorstep and quiet lanes ideal for cycling. There are several bars and restaurants in Domfront 15mins walk away.
The large farmhouse kitchen/diner is decorated in a traditional style and has a large working fireplace. It is well equipped with all the modern conveniences including range gas cooker, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, microwave, filter coffee-maker, cd player and sufficient crockery for 6. A washing machine is available for use. There is plenty of storage space. The large kitchen table seats 8. There is also access to a covered terrace that overlooks the garden and also gives access to the garden. The rear and side windows overlook the garden. A highchair is available for use.
The lovely comfortable lounge, airy in summer with three windows on two aspects and cosy in winter with a wood burner and double glazing, is perfect for all the family. It is equipped with comfortable seating, a tv with UK channels, a dvd player with access to a selection of dvds, numerous books and games. The wooden floors and fireplace give the room a French rustic feel.
Situated on the first floor of the house, these lovely light and airy bedrooms have plenty of space.
Bedroom 1 has a double bed and two bunk beds, comfortably sleeping four. The en suite is equipped with a luxury shower, sink and wc. Garden views.
Bedroom 2 has a double bed and plenty of storage. The en suite is equipped with a luxury shower, sink and wc. Garden views.
Bedding and towels are provided. Please provide your own towels for pool use or use away from the gite.
A cot is available for use but please provide your own bedding.
There are two large en suite shower rooms. Each containing a luxury shower, wc and sink.
The gite is centrally heated throughout. There is a wood burner in the living room and a large open fire in the kitchen. Heating and electricity are included.
Wi-fi is available throughout the property. In the living room is a large tv with UK channels, a dvd player with a selection of dvds Books and games are also available. In the kitchen is a cd player.
The extensive south facing private fenced garden provides several seating areas and garden furniture to enjoy the peace and quiet as well as a lovely brook that bisects the west garden. There is small covered terrace at the side of the Gite equipped with table and chairs. There is a charcoal bbq available for use. A large garden table and chairs offers the opportunity for outside dining.
For children (and adults) there are garden games and toys as well as swings. There is plenty of space for ball games.
In the summer months of July and August there is a plunge pool available.
Ample private off road parking is available. Undercover parking is available for cycles and motorbikes.
The accommodation is ideal for couples, families and small groups of friends but due to the historic nature of the building this gite is not suitable customers with very restricted mobility.
There are 4 adult and 2 child mountain bikes available for use. There is fly fishing available from our own river bank situated at the end of the garden (permit required). For the more adventurous there is a tree swing. The owners are available for help and advice throughout your stay.
An information pack with local tourist information and services is provided in the gite.
Jean and I bought Le Petit Ruisseau (The Little Brook) in March 2016 having fallen in love with it at first view. Moving to France has been our dream for years having spent many years visiting on holiday and having retired we are now living our French rural dream. Part of this dream has been to introduce others to the lovely countryside of Normandy and we are delighted to be able to do this by offering our gite for rent.
|Year property purchased||2016|
|Why this location?||Our gite is ideally located in the quiet friendly hamlet of Le Pont de Caen which is only a short walk from the historic medieval market town of Domfront with its boulangeries, bars, restaurants and supermarkets. The hamlet is peaceful but not isolated with designated cycle and walking routes nearby. Nature lovers will enjoy the huge range of birds and wildlife to be seen in the garden and surrounding area, including woodpeckers, red kites, red squirrel and occasionally an owl, as well as the more usual garden varieties.|
|Unique benefits of property||Located in it’s own large garden, the Gite consists of a lovely large farmhouse kitchen diner with fireplace and large farmhouse table. The comfortable lounge has a large fireplace with wood burner. On the first floor are two large light and airy en-suite double bedrooms, one of which is also equipped with bunk beds. All rooms have garden views. The large garden surrounds the property on three sides and is mostly lawn with several private seating areas and an area ideal for ball games. Bisecting one part of the garden is a small stream. There is ample private parking. The Gite has full central heating and double glazing throughout.|
In the 11th century Domfront was the scene of much action and fighting, since it occupied an important point on the border between Brittany and Normandy. Hence Domfront castle, originally built at the beginning of the 11th century, was much fortified during the decades that followed. Much of the castle was destroyed as a result of the Wars of Religion but you can visit the ruins of the castle and stroll through the gardens which have lovely views of the surrounding countryside and the river Varenne. The town itself was also fortified, and many of the towers survive, along with sections of the ramparts, which now provide a good backdrop for the numerous medieval houses and buildings to be seen in Domfront.
Within the fortifications is the old town, an attractive region with narrow cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses and some grander townhouses, interspersed with pleasant cafes and open squares.
Stunning river and lakeside walk, through the woods, along a peaceful lane, with great views over the Domfrontaise countryside.
Lovely castle which can be visited throughout the year
Belle Epoch spa town with casino, chateau, thermal baths and numerous marked footpaths along the gorge. Also has an outdoor pool complex. There is also a hippodrome with racing meetings throughout the year.
Good for shopping and has Aquatic centre, bowling alley, cinema and numerous restaurants.
Leisure lake with beach, play area and cafe. Activities include water sports, mini golf, pedalos, cycle hire and walking routes.
Friendly family run restaurant serving local cider and Normandy cuisine with a lunch menu costing 13Euro. This restaurant is opposite our gite.
Great little bistro located in Domfront's medieval town centre. Open evenings and weekends.
Great for rambling, cycling, picnics and bird watching
There are weekly markets at Flers, La Ferte Mace, Vire and St Hilaire de Harcouet. Highly recommended if you want to experience real French life.
Lovely hosts and property was everything you need . One of the best self catering we have stayed in and would happily recommend to others
Thanks very much for your kind review, it was a pleasure to welcome you both to our gite. Jean and I hope to welcome you again in future.
A delightful,well equipped old farm house situated in a pretty village. All the rooms are spacious and
comfortable..High lights are the big wood burner in the sitting room and in the kitchen the large dinning table. It certainly exceeded our expectations
It is in easy reach of the medieval village of Domfront..a wonderful place to explore. The gite has a large garden with a separate children's play ares. There is a pool and lots of areas to explore. There is also a lovely walk along the disused railway line in easy reach if the house,
Steve and Jean are warm and welcoming hosts and did all they could to make our holiday a success.
I certainly plan to visit again.
Dear Rachel, thanks so much for your kind review. Jean and I would be delighted to welcome you again.
We have two young girls aged 5 and 2 and Le Petit Ruisseau was the perfect setting for our summer holiday. We spent many a sunny evening enjoying a BBQ in the beautiful garden, which is very spacious and safe for the girls to play in. The kitchen was very well equipped and we were pleasantly surprised with the lovely welcome gift which was left for us on arrival, perfect after a long journey.
The Gete is tastefully decorated to a very high standard, the bedrooms were lovely. The girls enjoyed sleeping in the bunk beds and we were very comfortable in the master bedroom, the bed was lovely and cosy. The showers are incredible! Everything was very clean and there was a real care in how the house was presented.
In the lounge is a cupboard with lots of games, suitable for all ages. Our girls particularly loved playing Pop Up Pirate. I managed to while away a rainy afternoon doing a puzzle, which was incredibly relaxing. The kitchen has a very comfortable sofa, which you can lounge in and day dream while looking out of the window. It is wonderfully peaceful.
Domfront is a beautiful town, there is a fantastic boulangerie, which we went to most mornings to collect pastries for our breakfast. There is also a large supermarket for all your supplies.
We used the Gete as a base to explore Normandy and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay there. We would recommend Le Petit Ruisseau to anyone.
Thanks very much for your kind review. We are so pleased that you all enjoyed your holiday at Le Petit Ruisseau and hope to welcome you back in future.
We had a wonderful week at Le Petit Ruisseau and Steve and Jean were perfect hosts.
The house is very well equipped and Steve had thought ahead to our bringing small children and installed stairgates - which was much appreciated. The welcome basket was also a very lovely touch. The beds were all mega comfy (my 5 year old is now complaining about both the mattress and the duvet at home - that they are not as good as on holiday!).
Our children loved the garden (the lawn, the swings, the pool) and as we were lucky to have good weather we also enjoyed eating outside on the large patio table. The area around Domfront was interesting to explore as was the old town and castle. We particularly enjoyed the biscuit factory tour.
I would definitely recommend this property to friends/family, and would love to return myself!
Thank you Steve and Jean!
Thanks very much for your kind review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your time at Le Petit Ruisseau and would be delighted to welcome you all back in future.