|Le Choisel||Self Catering||Flexible||4||8||4||Single fold-up bed|
Le Choisel is a spacious farmhouse perched on a hillside commanding stunning panoramic views of the lush Normandy countryside near the medieval town of Domfront in northwest France, where guests can relax in the comfort of the generously-proportioned traditional Norman farmhouse whose interior has been inspired by French artists and craftsmen.
Le Choisel also makes an ideal base for exploring northwest France’s rich diversity, incredible history and artistic heritage. Here, factual accounts of medieval history blend almost seamlessly into fantastical tales of myths and legend, or you can wander round WWII battle sites and sites related to the industrial revolutions. Its artistic heritage includes enchanting chateaux and classical churches, and was home to many of the French Impressionists as well as Christian Dior. Normandy also has an incredible range of mouth-watering regional delights for you to enjoy from a unique blend of Calvados to cheeses, biscuits and ice cream, while the more adventurous and energetic holiday-makers can enjoy rock climbing, sailing, golf, tennis, horse riding, walking and cycling.
The fully-equipped kitchen includes a range cooker, microwave, pressure cooker, toaster, toasted sandwich maker, coffee-maker, dishwasher and washing machine.
There is an informal dining area adjacent to the kitchen which is ideal for breakfasts, while the Van Gogh dining room seats 10 for formal dinners and family meals. Both rooms have French windows looking out onto the gardens.
The spacious lounge, comfortably seating 10, has English and French tv, a dvd player, cd player, library and range of games. The room features a traditional beamed ceiling, has a large wood-burning stove for heating, and French windows leading out onto a patio seating area and overlooking the garden.
Each of Le Choisel’s bedrooms are designed in homage to the French Impressionists. Traditional carved Normandy beds are the centrepieces to most of the bedrooms, and they are complemented by the exposed wooden beams that feature throughout the house.
Degas Room is a double room, which has the option of an additional “fold-away” bed. The room, which has panoramic views across the valley, also has a private bathroom with bath and shower and separate wc (not within the room).
Cezanne Room is a twin room with panoramic views across the valley and a private bathroom with bath and shower (not within the room).
The Impressionists' Suite comprises the Monet Room (a double room with views across the valley); the Renior Room (a twin room); private seating area looking out across the valley, with tea and coffee-making facilities and a bathroom with bath and shower.
There are 4 bathrooms, all with showers and wc. 3 bathrooms are upstairs and 1 bathroom is downstairs.
Heating is provided by a large wood-burning stove in the lounge and from oil-filled electric radiators throughout the house.
Wi-fi is available in the lounge, which also has English and French tv, a dvd player, cd player, library, table-top pool table, and range of board games; there is a radio/cd player for use in the kitchen or dining room.
Outdoor games include archery, boules and croquet.
There is a patio area with tables and chairs leading out from the French windows in the lounge so guests can sit and relax and enjoy the panoramic views across the valley. There is also a charcoal bbq for guests to use.
Off-road parking is available for up to 3 cars.
Le Choisel is ideal for large family parties or groups of friends.
It should be noted that the house is on two levels and the grounds include steep slopes, making it unsuitable for those with mobility problems or for small children.
Le Choisel is run by sisters, Caroline Murphy and Angela Birchall, who moved to Normandy from England in December 2014. We have turned this traditional Norman farmhouse into a holiday venue where we can host a variety of tutored holidays and day courses:
Caroline is combining her extensive knowledge from 30 years in the international wine and spirits industry with her passion for international cuisine gained from travels in Europe and the Middle East, to host our wine tasting and food and wine matching courses.
Angela’s career and passions have combined art and design with factual and creative writing, and she will be leading courses in painting, drawing and creative writing as well as giving formal tuition on the English language immersion courses.
It is possible for gite guests to book a wine tasting or food and wine matching session with Caroline, or to book classes with Angela in painting and drawing or for her to take you sketching on location (all payable locally).
Le Choisel is run by sisters, Caroline Murphy and Angela Birchall, who moved to Normandy from England in December 2014. We have turned this traditional Norman farmhouse into a base for exploring Normandy and a venue for various tutored holidays and day courses:<br/>Caroline is combining extensive knowledge from 30 years in the international wine industry with her passion for international cuisine, to host wine tasting courses. Angela is leading courses in painting, drawing and creative writing.
|Year property purchased||2015|
|Why this location?||Le Choisel makes an ideal base for exploring northwest France’s rich diversity, incredible history and artistic heritage. Here, visitors will find that factual accounts of medieval history blend almost seamlessly into fantastical tales of myths and legend, or they can wander round WWII battle sites and sites related to the industrial revolutions. The area's artistic heritage includes enchanting chateaux and classical churches, formal gardens and extensive parklands, and was home - and a source of inspiration - to many of the French Impressionists as well as Christian Dior. Normandy also has an incredible range of mouth-watering regional delights for you to enjoy from a unique blend of Calvados to cheeses, biscuits and ice cream, while the more adventurous and energetic holiday-makers can enjoy rock climbing, sailing, golf, tennis, horse riding, walking, swimming and cycling.|
|Unique benefits of property||Le Choisel is a spacious farmhouse perched on a hillside commanding stunning panoramic views of the lush Normandy countryside near the medieval town of Domfront in northwest France.
Visitors can relax in the comfort of the generously-proportioned traditional Norman farmhouse whose interior has been inspired by French artists and craftsmen, and enjoy the tranquility of Le Choisel’s gardens and extensive woodland walks leading down to the river that gives the property its name. Because the property is surrounded by fields and includes areas of woodland with the gurgling stream of “Ruisseau de Choisel” on the southern boundary; these elements have combined to create an ideal habitat for a myriad of wild animals and birds. Sit quietly and relax, and you may spot foxes, pine marten, deer, red squirrels, coypu, woodpeckers, hoopoes, hawks and owls. The “Ruisseau de Choisel” is classed as a category A fishing river (a permit is needed).
Historical facts from medieval times blend almost seamlessly with ancient myths and legends in Normandy. Wander round the castle that was the birthplace of William the Conqueror or follow the trail of Lancelot du Lac, hero of the Arthurian legends from the reputed site of his father's castle to that of his burial. Visit the remains of Eleanor of Aquitaine’s castle or take an enchanting walk through mystical woods; dare to picnic alongside the “Devil’s Table” or see the refuge of last practising witches in France!
Pick sites to explore from two world wars or various industrial revolutions to explore our rich historical heritage. The area around Le Choisel abounds in places and artifacts to fascinate, inform and capture your imagination from the Battle of Normandy sites from WWII to a wealth of industries from mining and bell foundries to the making of fine lace and pottery.
Lovers of arts and crafts, architecture and grand gardens can follow in the footsteps of the French Impressionists, Leonardo da Vinci or Christian Dior, discover traditional pottery, or explore enchanting chateaux, classical churches, formal gardens or majestic parklands. You can also book our resident artist and tutor for classes in painting and drawing or to take you sketching on location (payable locally).
Recreational activities abound in the region around Le Choisel, catering for energetic and adventurous holiday-makers and those who prefer to meander at a more gentle pace or spectate. Take your pick from rock climbing, watersports, tennis, sailing, cycling, football, swimming, horse riding, equestrian displays and contests, horse racing, paint-balling, bowling, walking, golf and fishing.
Mouth-watering regional delights from cheeses, biscuits and ice cream to a unique blend of Calvados are waiting to tempt the palate of the discerning holiday-maker. French food and wine producers are rightly proud of their distinctive, high-quality products and many of them offer conducted tours of their factories with free tastings at the end. All Normandy’s weekly markets have stalls selling local and regional produce, which also features on the menus of restaurants of every kind from bistros to a Michelin Star establishment. You can also book our resident wine educator for bespoke food and wine matching and tutored wine-tasting sessions (payable locally).
Gite is in a beautiful rural setting. Angela greeted us and throughout our stay was available to answer questions and suggest local visits. The gite is an old building and there are steps and two low beams - if you have limited mobility it would be wise to talk to the owner before booking.
The gite was comfortable and there was plenty of crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils for the six of us. The kitchen was a bit grubby when we arrived but there were plenty of cleaning products available to sort this out. The dishwasher and washing machine were a great asset. The bedrooms and bathrooms were well appointed and clean.
The gite is set in a large garden with a footpath down to the stream. We met the owners lovely dogs and horses. There is garden furniture which would benefit from a parasol as there is limited shade near the house.
The owner kindly organised bread for our arrival and also gave us a welcome gift of cider and cheese.
We visited Donfront and can recommend the large Intermarche for shopping. We ate at the bistro in St Julian place and also at Odins. Both were well priced and tasty.
We also visited the heavy horse spectacle nearby - we just went to the show. It was very good.
The area is perfect for a rural getaway and the gite provided a good family retreat.
We are delighted that you enjoyed your holiday with us in the gite and found it to be a good family retreat and a perfect rural getaway. We appreciate your feedback and always take note of comments in our endeavour to continue improving the service and facilities at Le Choisel. We look forward to welcoming you on any future return visit to Normandy.