Renovated gite for 4 to let in rural Normandy - NO005494

5km from Lonlay-l'Abbaye, Orne, Normandy Reference: NO005494 Advertiser since: 17 February 2017
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The Barn At La Bouscaudiere Self Catering Flexible 2 4 1 Cot available for baby

About this property

A Beautifully Renovated Barn With All You Require. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

A purposefully renovated barn conversion, designed with the holidaymaker in mind, but with all of the mod cons that would make an accommodation feel like home.

Very bright and airy, with a comfortable lounge area, together with a well equipped kitchen diner.

The accommodation offers an enclosed pet/child friendly garden, together with a private patio for alfresco dining.

Everything you could wish for and more.



Kitchen and dining

Kitchen comprising plenty of storage, all the pots and pans you could wish for, there is also a built in oven, electric hob and extractor, microwave, toaster, kettle and cafetiere, there is also a dishwasher for your convenience.

There is a dining room, with a table seating up to 4 people.

Living rooms

There are two comfy two seater leather sofas, complete with 40" LCD television and full media storage system with free view and DVD player, there is also a dvd library available with up to 380 dvds available.


There are two bedrooms, one with a kingsize bed and the other with two singles, these are adult size single beds.

Both complete with bedside cabinets, wardrobes, drawers and lamps.


There is one shower room, with wc, wash hand basin and shower enclosure.


All rooms have electric powered, oil filled radiators.


There is a 40" LCD television and full media storage system with free view and dvd player, there is also a dvd library available with up to 380 dvds available.

We also offer free wi-fi.

Garden and outside

There is a large private garden, complete with private patio, with bbq, water feature and furniture.

Parking and garages

There is private off road parking for one car provided.

Visitor suitability

This property is suitable for couples and small families, 1 small well behaved dog is also welcome. No large parties accepted, apologies.

Information about any additional facilities

All towels and bedding is included in the price.

Although we don't actually charge a cleaning fee, we ask our guests to leave the property as you find it, thank you.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

* Vet details: Cabinet Veterinaire to Mont Margantin 2 Rue du Margantin Domfront 61700


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Domfront
Distance: 6 km


Distance: 46 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: unknown
Name of nearest fishing location: La Fosse Arthour
Distance: 11 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Bagnoles de l'orne
Distance: 25 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Domfront
Distance: 6 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 0.1 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: D22

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Stewert Matthews

We are Stewert and Sarah Matthews, we moved to France in 2014 to renovate a stone cottage and barn attached to our house, and basically live the French way of life, the Cottage is now fully renovated and ready to let to holiday makers, and we are in the process of renovating the Barn, we love France and want to share this beautiful part of the world with others.

Year property purchased 2013
Why this location? We particularly love the Suisse Normande region of Lower Normandy due to it being a very pretty part of France, with its National Forest and abundance of lakes and rivers, there are many opportunities to walk, cycle and drive in the most beautiful places. The Order river has carved dramatic meanders and gorges into the rocks of the area known as Suisse Normande, or Norman Switzerland. The highest areas in these parts reach over 1000 feet, making these the most elevated spots of Normandy. Sports enthusiasts will find plenty to amuse them in La Suisse Normande, The rivers attract canoeists, amateurs and professionals - the area even hosted the canoe polo world championships in 2014. Angling is another popular, quieter pursuit on the water. The rock attracts rock climbers, while hiking possibilities are numerous. La Suisse Normande also has its relaxing side, including appealing riverside restaurants and picturesque villages tumbling down the slopes.
Unique benefits of property This is a charming French converted Barn set in a small hamlet in the picturesque countryside of Lower Normandy on the edge of the National Forest. The accommodation offers tranquillity, amazing views, interesting walks and cycle routes on the doorstep. There is also a famous pilgrimage trail named Sentier Du Mont Saint-Michel that meanders through our hamlet, it begins in Paris and trails 250 kms through to Le Mont Saint-Michel.

The Owner Recommends

Lonlay L’Abbaye – 5 Minutes

Lonlay-l'Abbaye has a beautiful abbey and town square and is surrounded by walks and scenery, including the local viewpoint Fosse Arthur. It has a famous Biscuit factory open to the public on certain days of the month, it has a play area for the Children close to the ancient Cider press, there is a beautiful river running through the village, there is also a new terrace bar and boulangerie, and a couple of restaurants, there are also tennis courts and mini market.

Domfront – 10 Minutes

Perched on a hill above Varenne valley is the fortified medieval town of Domfront, founded in the 11th century. It has preserved many reminders of its rich past, making it a delightful place for a stroll: charming squares and narrow streets, a 12th-century Romanesque keep, remains of the old feudal castle, rampart towers, and picturesque half-timbered houses, mansions and interior courtyards. There is also a stunning view across the surrounding hedged farmland from Place du Panorama and the castle garden.
At the foot of the town, on the banks of the Varenne, stands the 11th- and 12th-century Notre-Dame-sur-l'Eau church, a superb example of Norman Romanesque art.
The hedged farmland around Domfront has been awarded the Site Remarquable du Goût (site of culinary excellence) label and is a must-visit area for its two specialties, perry and calvados – alcoholic drinks made using locally-grown pears and apples.
Domfront is also blessed with some nice restaurants and bars; there are well equipped supermarkets and tourist shops, our stunning local town.

Below the gorge of Domfront lies the nature walk/cycle route, which is very peaceful and abundant with nature, this is named Pont de Caen.

Ambrieres – 20 Minutes

Ambrières-les-Vallées only a 20 minute drive, this is a pretty town, situated in a spectacular location, with the beautiful Mayenne river running through the heart of the town, there is a picturesque weir and gardens below the Chateau, there are small bars and restaurants overlooking the river. There are many peaceful river walks. Well worth a visit.

Saint Fraimbault – 20 Minutes

Saint Fraimbault is a very pretty village located 20 minutes from us, the locals are very proud that this village has been rated as a e ville fleurie 4, and you can see exactly why as you meander into the village, so very pretty
There is a beautiful lake which has a child/dog friendly pathway around, there is also a snack bar/café overlooking the lake, where you can hire a pedalo.
The village has several restaurants and shops also

Bagnoles De l’Orne – 25 Minutes

The spa town of Bagnoles-de-l'Orne lies in a lush green setting in the heart of Andaines forest. As well as being famous for its water with beneficial properties and a great place for relaxation, it offers a raft of outdoor activities such as walking, horse riding, mountain biking, golf and tennis. You can also rent a pedalo and take a trip onto the beautiful lake in the centre of the town.
Specializing in the treatment of rheumatology and vascular medicine, its thermal baths are the place to go for medical cures. Meanwhile, wellness and fitness breaks are offered in the Espace Cerny centre.
Bagnoles-de-l'Orne is also architecturally interesting with a host of charming belle-époque and Art Deco buildings – witness the Casino, hotels and villas dotted around the stunning lake. Turrets, bow windows, attic windows, balconies and other architectural details bring undeniable charm to the town.
Also worth a visit is what were the Château Goupil, now the town hall, and its park/arboretum with over 150 tree species!
The town organizes an annual program of entertainment and festivities. The key events include the Vendryes’s de l'Été street performance festival on Friday evenings in July and August; the Clés de Bagnoles music festival on Sundays at 5pm in July and August; a music and fireworks show over the lake on Bastille Day; and the Automne Gourmand gourmet food festival every September.
One of our favorite places, definitely worth a visit.

Flers – 20 Minutes

Flers is our largest local town with an abundance of shops, bars and restaurants.

There is a beautiful Chateau surrounded by a moat, and amazing forestry gardens, the perfect place for a game of boules and a picnic.

There is also a very safe, well maintained play area for the children

La Ferte Mace – 25 Minutes

Nestling in a lovely spot in the heart of Normandie-Maine Regional Nature Park is the 28-hectare La Ferté-Macé lake which offers water-based activities such as swimming, pedalo boating, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking and fishing, as well as those on land: children's playground, volleyball, boules, mini-golf, a climbing wall and footpath around the lake!
There is a child friendly man made beach, perfect for paddling and picnics, with a lovely restaurant overlooking the lake.
There is a very attractive town with a stunning cathedral.

Lassay les Chateau – 25 Minutes

The castle (or château fort) of Lassay, built in the fifteenth century, is in a land of legends.
It was here at Lassay that St Fraimbault was buried, the saint who brought the Gospel to Maine in the sixth century, and whose life gave Chrétien de Troyes the idea for Launcelot of the Lake.

Its striking outline against the horizon, eight towers, curtain wall and barbican, always stays in the memory of those who see it – Victor Hugo was so impressed that he drew a famous sketch.

On a conducted tour, you will see how a military garrison lived in the fifteenth century. The guide will also show you furnished rooms – a dining room, a bedroom, an armoury and a kitchen which has a curious old granite stove and a fine collection of ancient copper utensils.

A walk in the unusually atmospheric park completes the visit.

Also a stroll into the town is essential, is it pretty.

Falaise – 30 Minutes

Falaise is one of the major local towns, with a beautiful town square, several cathedrals, a large chateau, and a very popular nature walk in the Valley running through the town.

Abundance of shops, restaurants and bars, very popular and well worth a visit.

Château de Carrouges– 35 Minutes

The magnificent brick, granite and slate Château de Carrouges, built from the 14th to 17th centuries, lies on the border of the historic provinces of Maine and Normandie in the heart of Normandie-Maine Regional Nature Park. Boasting a small, elegant Renaissance castle at its entrance, the château itself is surrounded by water-filled moats.
Surrounding the château is a lovely 10-hectare park with gardens, groves, an orchard and beautiful, well-preserved 17th-century wrought-iron railings.
A great program of events punctuates the year, including candlelit visits on Friday evenings during the summer season, concerts, exhibitions and entertainment for children.
The estate's key occasion is the hunting and fishing festival that takes place every first weekend of August in the château grounds, with a mass of St Hubert, demonstrations, shows, competitions and more.

Clécy – 40 Minutes

Located about 35 kilometers from Caen, Clécy village emblematic of the Suisse Normande, was designed by the meanders of the Orne who carved the rocks of the Armorican. On this river there practice canoeing and kayaking trips in the boats and pedal boats.
The beautiful wide spectacular river runs through Clecy with several weirs.
There is also a new forest hill toboggan ride, great for all the family adults and children can enjoy. There is also a lovely play area for the Children next to the toboggan ride, together with a café serving refreshments and snacks.
There is also a huge viaduct that spans the river, and along the banks of the river is it lined with restaurants bars, creperies and picnic areas.
An absolute must visit, again one of our favorite places.
The Crest Road and Sugar Loaf, hosting, among others, paragliders who throw themselves off cliffs into the arms of Aeolus or climbers eager for sensations.
The Rocks Parks are the first natural site climbing north of the Loire.
Angling enthusiasts will find here a paradise where pike, perch, trout, perch, carp and other fish going over the weir.
Located near the old lime kilns, the miniature railway museum offers a return to childhood. Hardy Museum, he is devoted to this painter from Clécy.
Cave cider: visit the orchard and winery, tasting products.
Lovers of high mountain activities can play with the giant zip line or climbing.

Oëtre rock – 40 Minutes

In the heart of the wild and peaceful Swiss Normandy (Suisse Normande), in the district of Saint-Philbert-sur-Orne, stands Oëtre rock, a natural viewpoint (with viewpoint indicator) offering a superb panoramic view over the Rouvre gorges and surrounding wooded landscapes. A footpath leads down to a lower terrace where you can admire the rock's human profile shape.
This classified site is the departure point for a number of walking trails.

Cerisy-Belle-Étoile – 25 Minutes

This beautiful village it is about seven kilometers from Flers.
Mainly agricultural, the Norman commune also has an interesting heritage that attracts every year many visitors wanting to discover the bocage and monuments of Cerisy-Belle-Étoile.
While walking in Cerisy-Belle-Étoile, one can also admire the church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste of the eighteenth century, as well as the ruins of a castle on the Mount of Cerisy, which is surrounded by a forest of Rhododendrons leading up to it, there are also picturesque gardens with natural ponds and bridges and forest walks, and a lovely play area for Children.
The Mont de Cerisy is a pleasant promenade with a breathtaking view of the surrounding area and various marked hiking trails.

Parc Zoologique et Paysager de ChamprŽpus – 50 Minutes

Located between Villedieu-les-Poêles and Granville, Champrépus offers adults and children a travel across the 5 continents. The park is organized in 5 luxuriant theme gardens designed according to biotopes offering animals (50 different species) conditions close to their original environment. A citizen and responsible park, Champrépus is an original and friendly garden ideal to relax, learn and have fun in family or with friends. A plant and animal haven in the heart of the Normandy bocage, which is not to be missed!

Dinan – 1 hr 30 minutes

City of Art and History, Dinan overhangs majestically the Rance valley. The medieval town, surrounded by high ramparts, has successfully preserved a multitude of old timber-framed houses. Everything is so magnificent and preserved so perfectly well! And how charming! The paved and very picturesque narrow streets are lined with pretty shops, but also with a large number of restaurants and creperies with typical and sometimes even medieval interior decoration. It's a fantastic place to just stroll around! The delightful small port, lined with tabac and restaurant situated below is really worth a visit.
On Thursday morning, the market spreads of the Champ Clos instead Duguesclin.
Many shops enliven the streets, and a small train runs from the port into the city, he will not fail to point out that the city is Dinan delicious and delicate lace crepes: the Gavottes.

The D-Day Landing Beaches – 1 hr 30 mins

On 6 June 1944, the beaches of the Manche and Calvados départements entered world history with the famous Normandy Landings when the Allied Forces came to liberate Europe and restore peace, but with heavy human loss. Numerous memorial sites such as Utah Beach (Manche) and Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword Beaches (Calvados), all dotted with commemorative monuments, Arromanches-les-Bains and the remains of its artificial port, military cemeteries, and the Hoc headland (pointe du Hoc), bear testimony to the scale of the military operations of the D-Day Landings.
A variety of museums recount the events relating to the Landings and the Battle of Normandy:
We have visited the beaches and Utah and Omaha are the most thought provoking places

Le Mont Saint-Michel – 1 hr

"Merveille de l'Occident" (Wonder of the West) and important pilgrimage site since the Middle Ages, the Mont-Saint-Michel is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts visitors from all over the world. Dedicated to Saint-Michel in 708, the mount is the most visited site in France today. Rising in the middle of a magnificent wild bay, the Mont-Saint-Michel arouses delight and admiration, with its abbey perched on top of a rocky island and its medieval town surrounded by ramparts. Once passed the fortified gates marking the entrance to the village, walkers and pilgrims discover at first the Grande-Rue high street, its old granite residences, its museums and its souvenirs shops. In this lively street, the Mère Poulard restaurant is a well-known place renowned for its omelettes. After climbing the hillside of Grande-Rue as well as the Grand Degré stair leading to the sanctuary, the visit of the abbey can commence.
If there is one place that you should visit whilst staying in Normandy, this is it.

Cancale – 1 hr 30 minutes

Fishing port and oyster farming centre, Cancale is renowned for its flat oysters that are enjoyed by all lovers of seafood. Situated in the Mont-Saint-Michel bay, Cancale is a seaside resort where it is good to, walk on the quays and piers of the little harbour of La Houle, stroll on the Douaniers footpath, relax on its beaches and taste its famous oysters.
From the top of the tower of the church, the view of Cancale, its port, its beaches and the Mont-Saint-Michel bay is superb.
Renowned for its oyster production, the commune of Cancale is located in Brittany, in the department of Ille-et-Vilaine. Fishing port, it takes place at the western end of the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel, on the Emerald Coast, about fifteen kilometers from Saint-Malo.
This seaside resort, which is very popular with tourists, is populated since the Middle Palaeolithic. Founded by Saint Méen, a Welsh evangelist, in the middle of the 6th century, the Cancale commune was renowned for its "great" fishing activity in Newfoundland as early as the 11th century. Serviced by the railway in the 19th century, the city is now famous for its tourist activity, as well as for its flat oysters extracted in deep sea bottoms.
The proximity with the Mont-Saint-Michel and the beaches gives Cancale a special place in the heart of tourists passing through this part of Brittany.
One of our favorite places to visit.

Saint Malo – 1 hr 30 minutes

Corsair town looking onto the sea, Saint-Malo is a renowned seaside resort today. Surrounded by ramparts, the fortified city of Saint-Malo was superbly rebuilt to its original style after 80% of it was destroyed in August 1944. The town of Saint-Malo forms a magnificent whole with its ramparts, castle and beautiful buildings. A walk around the ramparts is essential and offers stunning views of the sea, the sandy beaches below, the National Fort (built by Vauban), the port and the buildings inside the fortified city.
Visitors can also go to the Big Aquarium of Saint-Malo, a place entirely devoted to the marine world.
Every four years, the town of Saint-Malo is the starting point of the famous Route du Rhum solo transatlantic yacht race to Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe.
Cité Corsaire, capital of the sea, jewel of the Côte d'Emeraude... whatever the qualifications attributed to it, Saint-Malo has always been, in the course of its history, the rendezvous of all adventures, all dreams...
This is also a shopper’s paradise, absolutely stunning place to visit.

Dinard – 1 hr 30 mins

Pearl of the Emerald Coast, Dinard is an elegant seaside resort that has successfully preserved its belle-époque spirit, as illustrated by its numerous listed villas dating from the end of the 19th century.
Besides the beautiful beaches of Ecluse, Prieuré, Saint-Énogat and Port Blanc, holidaymakers can take advantage of magnificent coastal walks, such as those of the Promenade du Clair de Lune (Moonlight Walk), the Moulinet head point and the Malouine head point. These seafront walks are also a good way of exploring the belle-époque heritage and architecture of Dinard, a designated Town of Art and History.
The Dinard British Film festival is held every year in October