|L'Ecurie||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||1||Travel cot available by arrangement|
A beautiful newly converted gite in the Normandy countryside. A former stable, built with stone and colombage, the property offers modern and comfortable accommodation in a fantastic rural setting, with views of the ruined church of Le Mesnil Imbert, where Charlotte Corday (of French Revolution fame) used to worship.
In the heart of the Pays d'Auge, visitors can visit cider farms and cheese makers nearby. For those interested in WW2 history, there are also lots of sites to visit.
The area is a haven for wildlife and visitors are welcome to borrow a bat detector, moth trap or pond net for careful wildlife study in the garden, by arrangement with the owners.
The cottage is close to the owners' home (although we can only visit every six weeks or so, owing to work commitments).
The modern, newly fitted kitchen is light and airy with cooker, fridge, microwave, toaster, kettle and fridge with freezer compartment.
An iron, ironing board, airer, line and pegs are available.
The table has seats for four people. We provide plenty of utensils and lovely tableware for guest use, as well as basic supplies and a bottle of red wine!
The sitting room has three armchairs and a sofa, with coffee table.
Wi-fi (sometimes a bit slow - this is rural France!) and hifi are provided, as well as some games, varied books on wildlife and some novels and children's book.
The super efficient log burner makes the room cosy, even in winter.
The two comfortable bedrooms are on the first floor, with lovely views.
One room has a double bed, the other two singles. All bedding is provided and can be changed weekly for longer lets. A travel cot, with bedding, is also available on request.
The upstairs bathroom has a modern shower, wc and basin.
There is a heated towel rail and all towels are provided.
We also offer a potty and child's toilet seat.
The wood burning stove is easy to use and we offer a large basket of logs. Extra supplies are available for a small charge. There are also electric panel heaters in the sitting room and bedrooms for background heating.
Electricity is included in the rental price.
We offer wi-fi and hifi with a selection of cds.
There are some games and an inflatable paddling pool for children, as well as a selection of books.
We also provide plenty of information on local attractions, as well as an up to date calendar of local brocantes.
Wildlife equipment is available, by arrangement.
Guests may use the village tennis courts and boules court, by arrangement.
The large garden is a wildlife haven, with old apple trees and a pond.
The lawns lead down to a small river.
The river and pond are unfenced.
We provide an outdoor table with chairs and sunshade on the decking adjacent to the cottage.
Parking is on the gravelled area of the gardens.
The property is not suitable for visitors with mobility problems as the bedrooms and bathroom are upstairs.
Children must be supervised in the gardens due to the old buildings and unfenced pond and river bank.
A bat detector, moth trap (for study purposes) and pond net are available for use on site, by arrangement with the owners. Please bring your own binoculars for bird-watching - there are many rarities to see in this part of Normandy.
Field guides are provided on mammals, moths, birds and flowers, etc. If you are observant, you may spot the delightful garden dormice, deer, frogs, toads, newts, hares, bats and other creatures in the garden, as well as swallowtail butterflies and beautiful demoiselles. A barn owl often roosts in the wood shed and you may hear golden orioles and hoopoes, at some times during the year. We can offer advice on nearby wildlife watching highlights - please do ask!
I am a musician who has taken up wildlife consultancy, with a love of tennis and astronomy and of course we are Francophiles! With my partner, Sheila and daughter Sophie, we have spent many happy times in Le Mesnil Imbert.
|Year property purchased||2001|
|Why this location?||Having searched many departments for the perfect part of France, this was the best considering we wanted to visit as frequently as possible and it offers so much for naturalists, food lovers and history fans.|
|Unique benefits of property||Whist being peaceful, rural and full of wildlife it is close enough to big towns and amenities to fulfil all requirements. Best of all is that it is part of an amazing commune with so much going on, throughout the year.|
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