This location has multiple holiday properties
|Swallow Barn||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||1|
Set in the heart of the rolling Normandy countryside, this beautiful 18th century barn has been exquisitely converted into flexible holiday accommodation. Sleeps up to 6 people. Set within 3 acres of its own land, Le Bas Boulay is idyllically situated with stunning views. Secluded and peaceful, it is an ideal spot for families or groups of friends to relax and unwind.
Swallow Barn is a tastefully furnished apartment and is wheelchair friendly. This superb and spacious property is one of 2 self contained apartments, the other being Apple Loft. They can be booked together or singly and in total sleep 14. If only one apartment is required, the other will not be booked out to allow complete privacy. Please note that if you book Apple Loft and Swallow Barn together there will be a 15% discount.
An ideal base to explore the Normandy countryside, its villages, markets and chateaux. Within reach of the dramatic scenery of Suisse Normandy, the D-Day landing beaches and the famous Bayeux tapestry. It is a beautiful area in which to walk, cycle, motorcycle, horse ride, play golf and go fishing.
Swallow Barn has an open plan kitchen diner. The fitted kitchens are bright and extensively equipped. Swallow Barn kitchen has a gas hob with wheelchair space underneath and an electric oven. In addition there is a sink with drainer, again with wheelchair space underneath, toaster, kettles, hand blender and fridge with small freezer compartment. All crockery and utensils to cook family meals. Everything is provided for a relaxing self-catering holiday.
Swallow Barn has a round dining table which seats 6 people.
Dining can also be outside Swallow Barn where there is an outside table.
Swallow Barn has a living room area as part of the open plan kitchen diner. The property has been authentically converted keeping the exposed beams and stonework. There is a sofa and chairs along with a tv and Freeview receiver.
Swallow Barn living room has double french doors leading out to the patio area outside.
Swallow barn comfortably sleeps 6 people (no sofa beds), in three bedrooms, two of which are wheelchair friendly. Swallow Barn has one double bedroom and two twin bedrooms. There is a mixture of wardrobes, hanging storage (with plenty of hangers) and shelves. There is also a hairdryer in each apartment.
Swallow Barn has a shower room, basin and wc. This bathroom is designed to be totally accessible for wheelchair users. It has grab rails, a wheel-in shower and a pull-down shower chair and has non-slip tiling. There is a heated towel rail and wooden shelves for storage. There is also a convenient additional ground floor cloakroom with wc and hand basin.
Electric radiators throughout the property. Each floor has its own water tank.
There is also free wi-fi in the property and English satellite televisions with all UK channels, for those who want to connect to the outside world. Please note: due to the rural nature of the property, the wi-fi is not fibre-optic so the speed can be variable.
A variety of games is available along with boules which can be played on the drive.
Lovely meadow with stunning views across the Forêt d’Ecouves and surrounding Normandy countryside.
Outside table and chairs for eating al fresco. Swallow Barn has a patio seating area and the first floor has a terrace. The outdoor furniture is easily movable so that large groups can eat together outside on the patio. Two parasols and 2 barbecues provided.
South-facing property, set on a country lane, with no passing traffic. Short walk to the crest of the hill for 360 degree panoramic views. Easy access at the bottom of the hill to the road to Alençon and Carrouges.
There is ample room for parking on the drive.
Ideal for quiet, restful family or group holidays in rural setting with fabulous views. Quiet country lanes and surrounding countryside and forests for walking and cycling.
Swallow Barn is wheelchair accessible.
Suitable for all ages.
Towels (not beach/swimming towels).
Games and boules
End of stay cleaning can be arranged for an additional charge.
I lived with my family in France for a number of years running a holiday service with music for adults with learning disabilities. For a number of reasons we moved back to the UK and have now decided to let our properties again for holidays.
|Year property purchased||2004|
|Why this location?||We chose this location because it was near enough to the UK for our guests with learning disabilities to travel with their carers without the need of having to take a plane to go abroad.|
|Unique benefits of property||This property is unique because of the flexibility of the accommodation. It is in a beautiful location and is a spacious property. It has 2 self contained apartments, Swallow Barn and Apple Loft, which can sleep a total of 14 people and can be booked together or singly. If only one apartment is required, the other will not be booked out to allow complete privacy. Swallow Barn is fully adapted for wheelchair and disabled use with a wet room as a shower room and has previously been registered with the French label for people with disabilities. Being part of the Normandie-Maine national park it is in the midst of wonderful countryside with views to the foret d'Ecouves.|
This is our nearest village, although small, has a bakers, small supermarket, butcher, delicatessen, post office, newsagent, chemist and various bars and restaurants. Every Wednesday morning there is a small market in the square. There is an impressive chateau to visit dating from the 14th and 16th centuries. (5 minutes drive from Le Bas Boulay.)
Bagnoles de L'Orne, a spa town, is worth a visit It is in the Forêt d'Andaines has sophisticated shops, a large tennis complex, good restaurants, lake and gardens, plus a trotting stadium and casino. There is a 9 hole golf course, tennis courts and a swimming pool. For those who wish to go hiking bicycle touring or mountain biking there is the forest with a long market path. There is also tree climbing in the forest. A really fun activity is the velo rail. Set up on a disused railway line this is an 8km ride on an adapted pedal powered powered carriage, which takes you from Bagnoles de l'Orne to La Ferté Macé through the Andaines forest. There is a deck chair type seat in between the two bicycle type seats so the whole family can enjoy the ride. Really worth a visit. (25 minutes drive from Le Bas Boulay.)
Here you will find a large lake next to which is a great picnic spot. Shade can be sought next to the man-made beach where you can also swim (in the summer months a life guard is on duty in the afternoons) and where you have climbing frames and other children's playground equipment. Around the lake is a hard surface for walking, running, and cycling. Also available at this outdoor leisure area are fishing, sailing, wind surfing, pedalos, go-karts and mini golf. There is a small cafe for ice creams and hot drinks. (20 minutes by car from Le Bas Boulay.)
This is our nearest larger town with its outstandingly rich architectural heritage, its claim to fame being needlepoint lace making. Alençon's Fine Arts and Lace Museum presents a major collection of French and European lace from the 17th to the 20th century. The river Sarthe runs through the town and in the pedestrianised centre you will find the medieval charm of the old town, the Dukes Chateau, the Town Hall, the church of Notre Dame with its majestic Gothic flamboyant porch and its magnificent series of stained glass windows, as well as the Corn exchange. Alençon hosts a large number of shops, boutiques, restaurants, a hospital and train station. Commercial centres are on the outskirts of town where you will find hypermarkets and other large stores. A swimming pool, ten pin bowling alley and ice rink (winter & spring) can also be found. Alençon has markets on Thursday and Saturday mornings. (20 minutes drive from Le Bas Boulay.)
The largest military landing in history took place in Normandy on June 6, 1944. The British beaches, Sword and Gold, the American beaches, Omaha and Utah, and the Canadian Juno beach have retained their names in memory of those who fell fighting to free France and the rest of Europe. Monuments, museums, bunkers and cemeteries are a living commemoration to the Battle of Normandy. A visit to teh landing beaches can include Arromanches with its evocative ruins of the artificial harbour, towed across from England.
'Arromanches 360' is a circular cinema of 9 screens built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of D-Day. Pegasus Bridge can also be visited, the memorial dedicated to the men of the 6th Airbourne Division who were the first liberators to arrive in Normandy on the night 5th/6th June 1944.
At nearby Caen there is a museum for peace that gives an overall history of war from 1918 to present day. It is split into many different sections starting with a journey into history in the aftermath of WW1 and then moving on to various aspects of WW2 including the French Resistance and D-Day. Sections on the world for peace can also be visited. (1 hour + by car from Le Bas Boulay)
The Abbey of Mont St. Michel is perched on a 264 foot high rocky islet connected to the mainland by a causeway. Surrounded by over half a mile of massive walls and reached by a steep climb up winding streets, it remains a great sight seeing experience. (2 hours by car from Le Bas Boulay)
As well as known for its motor racing, Le Mans has also a preserved medieval town. It has many notable buildings including churches and a cathedral of historical interest as well as the Musée Automobile de la Sarthe. (55 minutes by car from Le Bas Boulay.)
Le Bas Boulay is within the Normandie-Maine National park which is over 8000 hectares of forest. This means it is the ideal base for cycling, mountain biking, walking and hiking groups. It's crossed by two Grande Randonnée hiking trails (22 and 36). For younger children there is also a gentle assault course and picnic area. (5 minutes by car from Le Bas Boulay.)
Situated in the heart of the Suisse Normande region of Normandy, you will find the small village of Clécy. It lies on the river Orne and is overlooked by stunning cliffs characteristic of the area. There are many outdoor activities available here including rock climbing, walking, horse riding, kayaking as well as the more gentle electric boats and pedalos. There are riverside restaurants. Just up the road from the river you will find the miniature railway museum which is really worth a visit. (50+ minutes by car from Le Bas Boulay)
In the heart of Alpes Mancelles, Saint Céneri is listed among France's prettiest villages where you will find delightful stone houses overlooking the winding River Sarthe. A village that since the 19th century has attracted artists. The Roman style church has beautiful frescos on the walls from the 12th and 14th century. Further along from the church there is a 15th century chapel. (25 minutes by car from Le Bas Boulay)
There are many days out that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. There are a number of zoos that can be visited. Zoo de la Fleche which is going south of Le Bas Boulay into the department of the Loire. (1 hour 20 minutes drive from Le Bas Boulay.) Another, north of Le Bas Boulay is Zoo de Jurques which is set in a woodland park. (1 hour 30 minutes drive from Le Bas Boulay.)
La Cité de la Mer in Cherbourg is where visitors will learn about the ocean bed and man's epic underwater activities. There is also a submarine you can visit. (About 2 hours 30 minutes from Le Bas Boulay.)
Festyland is near to Caen and is a small theme park based around the 1066 era of time with a viking ship roller coaster and many other rides on a similar theme. (50+ minutes drive from Le Bas Boulay.)
The town of Bayeux is built around the magnificent cathedral of Notre Dame and is home to the 200 foot long Bayeux tapestry. Bayeux miraculously escaped much of the WW2 bombings which is one reason why it is such an attractive town today. (1 hour 35 minutes drive from Le Bas Boulay.)
The birthplace of William the conqueror is where you will find his château. Guided tours are available. (40+ minutes by car from Le Bas Boulay.)
Although a long day out, you can have a wonderful time visiting all the classic sights in Paris including the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. To get to Paris you can either catch a train from Argentan, which will take 2 hours, or drive which will take approximately 2 hours 30 minutes from le Bas Boulay.