|La Bourdonniere||Self Catering||Saturday||4||6||1||Travel cot|
La Bourdonniere is a 200 year old Stone built French Farmhouse, It retains many of its original features including exposed stone walls, ceiling beams, slate floors and stone fireplace with log burner.
Well equiped kitchen with lounge/diner, games/sitting room, 4 bedrooms, large family bathroom and large balcony.
Gas central heating, UK anf French tv and wi-fi.
Large enclosed lawned garden with built in bbq.
Plenty of room for children to Play.
Large kitchen with fridge freezer, gas cooker, microwave, toaster,kettle. beamed ceiling, slate floor, exposed stone wall, superb french restaurant bar with bar stools, french dining table with seating for 6 and access to the garden.
A very large room with exposed stone walls, huge stone fire place with log burner, beamed ceiling, 2 large sofas easily seating 6. table and chairs for 8, tv with UK and french channels, dvd player, board games.
Sitting room/games room:
A large room with exposed beams, lovely fire place, slate floor, pool/snooker table and sofa.
Large room with double bed, exposed stone wall and timber frame, double wardrobe, chest drawers, tall boy. Bedside tables and lamps.
Large double bedroom with exposed timbers, double bed, bedside tables and lamps, original 19th century double armoire, chest of drawers, views to the countryside.
Large rustic french room with beams, oak floor, view to open countryside, beautiful 19th century armoire, dressing table and drawers.
Good size single room with view to open countryside, single bed wardrobe, tall boy, dressing table and lamp.
Familly french style bathroom, with exposed timbers, roll top antique bath, pedelstal sink, toilet and seperate shower, washing machine.
Large woodburner and gas central heating.
Uk and French tv channels.
selection of dvds.
selection of books.
Large garden laid to lawn completely enclosed with built in bbq, table and chairs outdoor lighting.
Large outdoor balcony with table and chairs.
Private gravel driveway with parking for at least 3 vehicles.
Suitable for all ages.
Hello, we are Richard and Tracey, We have lived in France for 18 months but have owned a property here for over 13 years. I am a retired Fire Officer having worked for 30 years in the service and my wife was a home carer for the elderly. We spend our time now working on our small holding here, running the Gite and hosting French students and of course enjoying France.
|Year property purchased||2005|
|Why this location?||It took us some time to chose the location, 3 years to be precise.We found the area to be very accessable being close to fery ports and airports to easy when travelling from the UK. We liked the area as although rural it is close to many attractions and places to visit. The weather in summer is warm and sunny without getting too hot so ideal for outdoor adventures. The area is rich in flora and fauna with many waymarked walking and cycling routes along old railway lines and river tow paths.
Infact we like the area so much that we brought a small holding here where we now live.
|Unique benefits of property||The property is totaly enclosed and private with no immediate neighbours. The house is over two hundred years old and retains most of its original features if not all.
It is situated in a quiet rural location but within a few minutes drive you can be in a pretty village or town.
It is a large spacious property ideal for families and couples alike.
All furnishings are of a high standard and are in keeping with character of the property.
We are only a 5 minute drive from the property so if you do need any help while here we are always available.
Within a 5 minute drive this pretty award winning village is truly lovely, it has won 4 stars for its floral contribution which is a competition run over the whole of France.
There is a beautiful boating lake which is lovely for a stroll, there are pedalos, crazy golf, fishing, childrens play area, tennis courts, football nets and a lakeside bar and cafe open in the summer.
Within a 15 minute drive is the 11th century town of Domfront, 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. Unfortunately much of the castle was destroyed as a result of the Wars of Religion.
In Domfront you can start your visit at the ruins of the medieval castle. Although you can now only see the remains of the walls and a part of the central logis of the castle, this is a pretty and evocative place. On the edge of the village and separated from it by a small bridge, there is a lovely view across the village from the gardens next to the castle.
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. The majority of the towers can be seen along the Rue des Fossés Pusson along the southern edge of the historic centre.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. It is easy to get your bearings, with with most of the buildings of interest along the two parallel streets and the alleys and squares that separate them.
Another historically interesting building in the town is the 11th century roman style church of Notre-Dame sur l'Eau. The church once formed part of an adjoining abbey, on an important pilgrimage route, and played host to such medieval dignitaries as Richard the Lionheart and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Be sure to venture into the church to see some impressive frescoes and carvings.
Other places of note within Domfront include the grand 19th century town hall, the 20th century church of Saint-Julien (a rather unusual style of architecture.
The town developed and prospered around its thermal spa waters and the health benefits they provide, above all with the building of the Grand Hotel and the associated lake, gardens and other facilities in the last decades of the 19th century.
Built beside a romantic lake, hiding in magnificent forests, this charming thermal spa town nestles in the Normandie-Maine Regional Nature Park. With an elegant casino and racecourse as well as its renovated thermal spa centre, Bagnoles-de-l’Orne makes for a lovely day out.
Medium size market town within a 10 minute drive Gorron has many restaurants, bars, Cafes, large supermarket, good selection of shops, midweek market, swimming pool, cinema, theatre, sports centre, leisure park with swin golf, zip wire course, paintballing and Kayaking..
Fougeres is around a 30 minute drive
The main reason to visit Fougères is to see its magnificent castle, one of the finest fortresses in Europe, but this little town on the Brittany-Normandy border also has a lovely medieval district and a lively Saturday-morning market.
There has been a castle in Fougères for more than 1,000 years as this site, on a promontory sheltered by hills and surrounded by marshes, was identified by the Duchy of Brittany as the perfect spot to defend its lands from the French. The current castle dates from the 12th century and consists of three enclosures whose walls are dotted with towers: the most impressive is the Mélusine Tower. The castle, where history is brought to life via images and sounds, is a must-visit for both adults and kids alike and a walk around the ramparts is not to be missed.
The old town
The medieval town sprung up to the south of the castle around the River Nançon whose waters were used by the cloth-makers, dyers and tanners; tanning was a by-product of cattle-breeding, which was a major industry in the surrounding area. The prettiest and most atmospheric part of the old town is Place du Marchix, which is lined with half-timbered houses.
The new town
These days the main part of Fougères is the upper town, which overlooks the castle. On the main shopping street, Rue Nationale, you’ll see a 14th-century belfry, which is the oldest one in Brittany. At the far end of this street is St Léonard’s church whose bell tower is open to the public in summer and offers fabulous views over the castle and surrounding area; at other times of the year the views from the adjacent gardens are almost as good.
One not to miss within a 1 hour drive.
The Mont-Saint-Michel is one of Europe’s most unforgettable sights. Set in the mesmerising bay where Normandy and Brittany merge, the island draws the eye from great distances.
The staggering location has long inspired awe and the imagination. The story of how the mount turned into a great place of Christian pilgrimage is colourful. Aubert, bishop of the nearby hilltop town of Avranches early in the 8th century, claimed that the Archangel Michael himself pressured him into having a church built atop the island just out to sea.
From 966 onwards, the dukes of Normandy, followed by French kings, supported the development of a major Benedictine abbey on the Mont-Saint-Michel. Magnificent monastic buildings were added through medieval times, one vertiginous section being nicknamed The Marvel. The abbey became a renowned centre of learning, attracting some of the greatest minds and manuscript illuminators in Europe. Vast numbers of pilgrims visited, despite warring cross-Channel royals. However, the ramparts at the base of the island were built to keep English forces out. Other fine buildings went up along the steep village street, now converted into museums, hotels, restaurants and boutiques for today’s tourists.
One of the joys of spending a holiday in France is to be able to visit one of the many weekly markets held in local towns and villages. Buy wonderful local, seasonal produce to cook back at your home from home or simply sit with a coffee or aperitif and watch the world go by.
Here is just a selection of the markets that take place locally;
Monday - Tinchebray, St James, Mayenne
Tuesday - Bagnoles de l'Orne, Passais, Ducey
Wednesday - St Hilaire du Harcouët, Gorron
Thursday - Céaucé, Le Teilleul
Friday - Domfront, Fougerolles du Plessis
Saturday - Alençon, Flers, Granville, Ambrières
Sunday - Alençon, Laval
There are a number of sandy beaches for a day visit from around an hours drive.
Carolles-Plage about a 70 minute drive located on the peninsula of Cotentin, south of Granville, in the bay of Mont Saint-Michel, and offers a picturesque and protected environment close to the seaside resort of Jullouville.
There is a nice beach in Carolles, bordered by a dyke with three rows of bathing huts. It has an aid station in summer. Time seems to stand still in this Channel resort, which was a fashionable destination in the early 19th century with sea swimming. The center of Carolles-Plages only has a few shops. There are mainly second homes (many old houses). The Endenville district in Jullouville merges with Carolles-Plage around Crapeu (nicknamed the Siamese twins).
One can enjoy the remarkable view of the coast stretching to Granville via Saint Pair sur Mer from the cliffs of Carolles. One can also see the islands of Chaussey thirty kilometres away (on a clear day one can even see the Jersey Islands). The Breton resort of Cancale is located west, and closes the bay of Mont Saint Michel on the other side.
Granville.A 1 hour 20 minute drive.
Nicknamed Monaco of the North because it is built on a rocky promontory, Granville forms a beautiful picture with the granite houses of its upper town surrounded by ramparts and fishing and sailing port below. Boasting a beach, a thalassotherapy centre and a casino, Granville is also a seaside resort.
There are numerous other resorts too many to mention.
You can pick up a ferry from the beach resort of Granville for a day trip to Jersey.
Manche iles express has regular crossings from Granville to the channel islands.