|Gite Courlis - LeBelforest||Self Catering||Flexible||2||5||2||On the ground floor, double sofa-bed|
Sizing over 1 hectacre of land, our property LeBelforest is located right in the middle of " Le Parc Naturel Régional du Perche ", in lower Normandy, at only 2hrs drive from Paris and at only 1 from Le Mans, which is the biggest city around. (130kms from Caen, 246 kms from Cherbourg (via Caen), 280 kms from St-Malo (via Rennes and Le Mans), 200 kms from Le Havre and 430 kms from Roscoff (via Rennes).
As we make environmental balance a primary concern, we have renovated our buildings with materials respectful of local traditions of construction.
The existing farm-house dating as from 1811 as well as the newer outbuilding with half-timbered facade have been refurbished with environment-friendly products such as lime-sand, wood and baked earth, and natural paints.
In our vegetable-garden we make sure to use only fertilizers and treatments which are certified 100% ecological.
We are also a shelter for birds (LPO) and active members of AFFO (Association Flore et Faune de l'Orne).
At LeBelforest, we are lucky to see wild animals such as doe roe deer, fox, wild boar, badger and hare, but also owl, swallow, heron, and many birds such as tit and robin, goldfinch... and in our pond, frogs, toads, and fish.
We have recently planted a cormier which is a sort of apple-tree typical from Normandy, but rare, and said to be a kind of endangered species.
Do drop in and share our love for nature.
The property has a non fenced pond, so visitors need to be very watchful with their young children.
Our Gîte "Le Courlis" offers a south-oriented garden and orchard allowing a superb view onto the fields and forest.
Ideal place for a barbecue party and a nap under the trees!
We also run a "chambre d'hôte" called ZEN in the main house.
Sizing 108sqm our gîte " Le Courlis " has a fully equipped American kitchen with all necessary tools and machines for a pleasant holiday stay, including fridge, electric cooker and oven, extractor-hood, dishwasher, microwave oven, kettle, coffee-machine, freezer, washing machine.
The large dining-table can sit 8/10 people.
The spacious and light living room has a comfortable settee (which can sleeps 2 people), a coffee-table, a flatscreen television with a dvd player and lots of dvds available.
There is an independent toilet.
You can enjoy the warmth of a wood-stove during winter time.
We have now 2 bedrooms to offer for rent.
Bedroom 1 is upstairs, which can sleep 3 people :
Either a double bed for a couple or 2 separate beds (2x 80 x 200) + another bed (90 x 190) for a child, they are new and comfortable.
Bedroom 2 is downstairs, separated by a corridor, and opposite is the shower room adapted to disabled people.
Bed is 140 x 190, little storage area, foldable table and welcome tray (kettle, bottles of water, tea-bags and local biscuits)
Large brand new shower room adapted to disabled people, with private toilets.
The heating is electric, but a stove in the dining room is a plus, for a friendly atmosphere.
There are a lot of activities around :
Sports such as biking, trekking, horse-riding, swimming, golf etc... and even ballooning
Visiting " must to see" old manors (La Maison du Parc), a strange basilica erected in the middle of fields (La Chapelle Montligeon), abbeys and castles...
and the famous Haras du Pin (Percheron horse-breed).
Discovering the WW2 environment with "le Mémorial de Caen" and the D-Day Beaches, and Pegasus Bridge.
Visiting cider factories, learning about the story of Camembert.
And also, enjoying many Normand specialities such as black blood pudding, apple tarts.... and Calvados spirit.
There is an orchard with apple trees, cherry trees, pear trees, hazel bush and walnut tree. Plenty of flowers everywhere.
Our pond is a shelter for frogs, heron and lots of birds....
In June/July, fishermen will be happy to chase crayfish in the river next to the property, (you need to buy a temporary permit).
In summer, you will be lucky sometimes to see Bambi and the mother eating fruits in our orchard.
There is no garage but no problem to park your car inside the property, lots of places, no charge.
No discrimination at LeBelforest, we host all visitors from all over the world who want to discover our beautiful region.
In winter, we charge 60€ for a stere of wood, for a week stay, and 25€ for just the weekend.
Regarding electricity, here is our policy :
On arrival and departure, the meter shows a difference in kw/h which is charged 0,16€ (included is a flat rate of 8kw/h per day for the stay to be deducted from the total). The visitor will only pay the extra consumption.
At LeBelforest, we are visited twice a week (on Tuesdays and Saturdays) by a travelling baker who sells all delicious kind of breads, pastries, croissants etc ....
Her first job being a horticulturalist, Anne is passionate about plants and Nature, she loves animals, and is interested in old and traditional trades such as woodworking, spinning and weaving wool. To reinforce her knowledge in aromatic and medicinal plants, she has resumed long-distance studies. She looks forward to hosting you in her beautifully renovated farm-house in le Perche. She speaks French, English, also Spanish. Her partner Jean-Marie is a semi-retired language instructor in French.
|Year property purchased||2016|
|Why this location?||To enjoy beautiful landscapes in lower Normandy and get closer to space, Nature. The property is surrounded by fields, meadows and woods, just in the middle of "Le Parc Naturel Régional du Perche ", offering a breath-taking view onto " the Domain Forest of Bellème ".
We are both deeply concerned by the preservation of our environment, and we respect plants, trees, flowers, animals... in fact everything in relation with Nature.
|Unique benefits of property||At Le belforest, you can take a break and escape noise, stress, hustle and bustle of big cities. Silence is guaranteed but you will never get bored as there are many activities around. Our area is enriched with History (castles, manors and abbeys). You will be able to practice many sports such as horse-riding, biking and trekking, golf, fishing etc... You can even enjoy ballooning over le Perche area. You will appreciate visiting La Maison du Parc at Nocé, and the lovely Priory of Saint-Gauburge at St Cyr la Rosière, as well as a strange basilica at la Chapelle-Montligeon (erected in the fields). You will taste renowned local specialities such as cider, camembert (of course !), black blood pudding and many others....|
Open-air markets ' lovers will enjoy visiting Bellème (on Thursdays) and Mortagne au Perche (on Saturdays). Fresh local food products but also local arts and crafts.
In Belleme, among others , 3 restaurants are worth while dining out :
A la Dinette Gourmande : Tel +33 2 33 25 99 32
Le Pindi : Tel +33 9 80 68 08 79
Le Relais Saint-louis : Tel +33 2 33 73 12 21
At 3 kms from Eperrais there is a famous gastronomic restaurant named "La Croix d'Or " in le Pin La Garenne : Tel +33 2 33 83 80 33
In a small village named "Reveillon " (5 kms from Eperrais) jazz music lovers will be happy to enjoy a pint of beer at " Le Jazz café " which is run by an Englishman ...Bob ! Every Friday night they have a jazz session with a different band.
In Mortagne au Perche, you may want to test the following places :
Le Tribunal : Tel +33 2 33 25 04 77
Les Pieds dans l'eau : Tel +33 2 33 25 31 44
Metro Montreal : Tel +33 6 48 84 55 54
Bistrot des Ecuries : Tel +33 2 33 25 46 06
Café de France : Tel +33 2 33 85 58 03
Pygmalion : Tel +33 2 33 25 49 33
Le Perche is an area full of beautiful places to discover, enriched with History and Normandy is often compared to Devon (northern French Devon).
Lots of glorious castles, old manors and abbeys wait for your visit, and many cultural and sports activities are available around :
Le Manoir de Courboyer (Maison du Parc) Tel +33 2 33 25 70 10
The thousand-year-old embroidery of the Bayeux Tapestry.
The cathedrals of Rouen and Coutances.
Le Haras du Pin (Percheron horse breeding) famous all over the world.
For those interested in WW2, must-to-see Museum of War "Mémorial de Caen" in Caen, and also the famous D-Day beaches, and Pegasus Bridge.
For more details about this area, please see the link. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/03/25/travel/tmagazine/03well.perche.t.html
We have recently returned home after spending a very pleasant week in Le Courlis - Le Belforest. We found the gite to be clean, very well equipped with everything you need for day to day living. The setting of the gite is superb - it is in large grounds and the peace and quiet is absolutely wonderful. Anne and Jean-marie made us feel very welcome and indeed were very friendly and helpful throughout our stay. We will definitely recommend this gite to our friends.
Kathleen and Albert Tipper
7-14 September 2019
Dear Katleen & Albert,
Many thanks for your nice comment about your stay at leBelforest.
Anne and myself were very pleased to make your stay as comfortable as possible, (tomatoes swap was a good idea indeed....)
If you think we could improve our local amenities (9.0) please let us know.
Should you recommend our property to your friends, we will happy to host them with the same conditions.
Thanks again for your friendship.
Anne & JM