|La Grange||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||2||there is a sofa bed off one of the living rooms|
La Grange is set in the hamlet of Maintru, close to the Avenue Verte and the River Bethune. There is a large and secure garden enclosing the farmhouse itself, a half-timbered barn and a converted stable (which is used on occasion by the owner). The house was built in the 1790s in the traditional Norman style with exposed beams and an open fireplace. The ground floor accommodation comprises a large dining kitchen, bathroom, utility room, 2 living rooms and a tv/reading area with sofa bed. The upstairs accommodation consists of 4 bedrooms and a shower room.
The farmhouse is just 200 metres from the 'Avenue Verte', a 40 km cycle track that was once the railway line between Dieppe and Forges-les-Eaux. Neufchâtel (the home of Normandy's oldest cheese) is 10km to the south. Dieppe with its lively Saturday market and restaurants is 15km to the north; and further afield lie the cathedral cities of Rouen and Amiens, and the spa town of Forges-les-Eaux. Within easy reach are Monet’s house and gardens at Giverny, the charming port of Honfleur, Saint Saens, and Ry - the model for Yonville-L'Abbaye in Madame Bovary.
You can, of course, just stay in Maintru, dining al fresco in the secluded garden or simply enjoying the peace and privacy afforded by a location that feels remote, but remains so close to home.
Discounts on the advertised price are available for smaller groups and for stays of longer than one week.
Large and fully equipped farmhouse dining-kitchen
There are 2 living rooms, one of which has a tv/dvd and reading area that can be screened off for additional privacy.
Two double bedrooms and 2 with bunk beds.
The upstairs bathroom has a shower, w/c and handbasin. There is a family bathroom downstairs.
Wood burning stove and electric radiators.
There are dvd and cd players, together with an extensive collection of books and dvd's for use by guests. A range of indoor and outdoor games are supplied.
The grounds (3,500 square metres) comprise lawns, a barn and two small cottages which are not available for rent (but are, on occasion, used by the owner).
Parking for up to 4 cars.
The grounds are secure and are suitable for pets and small children.
The house, with its downstairs bathroom and sofa bed, is accessible for visitors with mobility difficulties.
I am a semi-retired university professor, living in Sheffield and working on a freelance basis both within the UK and overseas.
|Year property purchased||2007|
|Why this location?||
Our part of Normandy provides the perfect base for a very wide range of holiday activities. It is close to beaches, the delightful port of Dieppe (and its seafood restaurants), chateaux and castles, riding stables, golf courses, the Foret d-Eawy, the historic towns of Amiens and Rouen and, for cyclists, the Avenue Verte.
|Unique benefits of property||When we first saw the house we were struck by the privacy and seclusion that it offered within such a peaceful rural setting. And yet, because Maintru is only a half hour drive from Dieppe and less than two hours from Calais, it is readily accessible from the UK.|
The surrounding countryside is best explored on foot, by cycle or on horseback. The Foret d'Eawy, a vast tract of beech trees with trails for walking and riding, lies less than 5 miles to the west. (The stables at Pomerevoy are recommended). Extending from Dieppe to Fecamp and beyond is the Cote d'Albatre with its pretty seaside villages and spectacular chalk cliffs. This is an area that has 'a noticeable feeling of remoteness, with a sparsely inhabited patchwork of flower-filled meadows, verdant valleys and limestone bluffs' (Clare Hargreaves, Normandy).
Close to hand you'll find an abundance of gardens, chateaux and castles. Our favourites are: the Bois des Moutiers, a house designed in the Arts and Crafts style by Edwin Lutyens with gardens designed by Gertrude Jekyll; the Norman castle at Arques-la-Bateille; the sixteenth century Renaissance-style chateau in Mesnieres-en-Bray; and the house and grounds of the Chateau de Miromesnil. A little further away, near Rouen, is Chateau Gaillard, a medieval castle built by Richard the Lionheart.