Cottage | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 11
Apelle cottage is a rustic cottage situated in the 5 acre grounds of "La Fontaine"a stunning 17th century manor house which was once used as a stud farm and is known to be once the largest and most beautiful in france unfortunatly when the second world war broke out La fontaine was used as a air base mainly by the dutch and also held german prisioners of war which you can still see traces of today.After the war the estate was sold to madame perrier and ceased functioning as a stud farm,some of the old stable ruins and features can be seen today.The estate is now a family home offering holiday let facilities and in the process of being restored to its former glory.This self contained cottage has been elegantly decorated to compliment the period of the property and the origional charming features.The downstairs of the cottage has a dining area,a kitchen with breakfast bar,a living area with a log burning stove and a reading area all of which is open plan.It also has a downstairs toilet/bathroom.A beautiful original oak turned staircase will take you to the upstairs where there is 3 double bedrooms all with en-suite and 1 bedroom with bunkbeds and a single bed.The cottage has a private terrace and eating/bbq area with shared pool facilities.There is a wooden bridge off the terrace which takes you across the moat into a children's play area.The moat leads into a small lake where we have lots of fish,ducks and frogs!We have bicycles available for anyone feeling energetic and would like to go exploring the beautiful countryside or to take a trip down the new cycle path situated in our village which stretchs for 36kms!.We have 2 very friendly goats and 1very friendly old english sheep dog and plenty of wildlife.We are 3 miles from Alencon town centre.New for 2012 is our indoor games room which is 70metre square , it has a pool table childrens area football table and ping pong table ,darts and loads more its a great hangout for the kids(and adults of course).
|Size||Sleeps up to 11, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Caen 120 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Paris 200 km, Nearest railway: Alencon 3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Pool or snooker table, Table tennis, Games room, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Further details indoors|
Children's cot,highchair,bath available on request.Babysitting services available on request
|Further details outdoors|
English owners live on site
Swimming pool only available june/july/august
Gardens shared with owners
Outside table tennis table
12ft trampoline with enclosure
-All damages to be paid for or replaced
-All prices include /elec/laundry/wood/no hidden costs
-Weekends and short breaks available
-Fuel central heating available (on a controlled timer)from 1st november-31st march
The Normandy region
Normandy offers a bit of something for everyone ! It is traditionally known for its beautiful untouched countryside where you will find fields of apple trees growing to made local cider and calvados.It offers a pleasant climate with hot dry days throughout the summer and warm long evenings.Normandy also offers some of the finest and sandy beachs well known for the D-Day landings.Throughout Normandy you can find lots of historical towns and beautiful charming rustic villages offering lots of local cuisine such as bodin sausages,cheeses and fruit ciders.
Alencon town centre which is famous for "Lace making" and its stunning "Notre Dame"cathederal is a pretty market town with lots of good eating places,shops,brocantes and museums.There is an indoor/outdoor swimming pool and a lovely park which has animals and a play area it also hosts weekly events throughout the summer.There is a beautiful old train line that has been turned into a cycling/walking track with runs from Alencon through our village(semalle)and continues for 36kms.On the outskirts of Alencon you have the forest d,ecoves which is perfect for walking,cycling,pony trecking and picnics,The alpes mancelles is only 10 min drive and has the most increadable views of the countryside together with some of the most prettiest villages in france.Bangnoles de l"orne has a beautiful chateau and casino.The Harras du Pin is the national stud farm and is only 20min drive where you will see spectacular dancing horse events on throughout the summer.If you prefer a bit more excitement Le Mans which is famous for its 24hr motor racing is nearby and very accessable by train or car.
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3 Oct 2013
"The best holiday destination in France for a family!"
Wow, we stayed at Apelle Cottage last summer and loved every minute of our time, so coming back this year it immediately felt like home. Our children range in age from 10 to 17 and for two days we ha… More
Thanks so!! much for you lovely comments we are looking forward to seeing you all next year!!
30 Sep 2013
"Absolutely fabulous! !!"
Absolutely fabulous cottage in a wonderful setting. You can chill out and relax or take advantage of the amenities in the local area. The cottage is very well equipped and so comfortable feels like ho… More
28 Sep 2013
"Shabby chic, no just shabby!"
Whilst the hosts were helpful with information and the accommodation well equiped the standard of cleanliness left a lot to be desired. There were several cobwebs in most rooms, the rugs and sofas wer… More
I am extremeley disappointed in your comments as this review has a major effect on our buisness. Nobody has ever ever complained about our property and we get repeat booking year after year.I wish if you had a problem you could of told me without putting these comments on the internet. This property is a rental property we do not put 5 star equipment in it. I do think you choose the wrong path to stay in a rented cottage and maybe the standards you are used to is 5 star hotels.
6 Feb 2013
"A great stay at Apelle cottage"
You could not wish for better hosts,they made us feel like old friends.We had agreat week at Apelle,whilst attending a wedding.Great games barn for the children and me.Petra and Lee were great hosts very knowledgable about the area and a geat help,especially when we needed a trip to the hospital with our 11 year old son,Petra could not have done any more to help and we will always be grateful!.I would recommend the property to anyone and i am sure they would enjoy thier stay.
31 Aug 2012
"The most relaxing holiday ever!"
Wow what a find, Apelle cottage is a gem, beautifully renovated, comfortable, and so very easy to live in. It has stunning grounds, a moat and best of all a play barn which suited everyone from age 1… More
19 Aug 2012
"Everything was perfect!!"
The cottage was lovely. The pool and games room were an added bonus. The surrounding areas were also lovely to visit. The supermarket was close to get to by car as well the local services for petrol. We managed a day trip by train to Paris, which was reasonbly priced. The owners were very helpful and it was a pleasure to stay at Apelle Cottage with all its history. Beautiful.
12 Aug 2012
"A piece of Normandy Heaven"
From the word go this was an easy transaction. Petra was easy to comminicate with and answered all questions quickly. The house and surroundings themselves were lovely, very comfortable in a quiet are… More
5 Aug 2012
28/8/12 - 4/8/12 Had a wonderful weeks holiday with friends and family. Petra & Lee were perfect hosts, made us feel like part of the family. Rosie & katie their children were lovely, and having all t… More
29 Jul 2012
"Perfectly located in picture-perfect surroundings"
The cottage is located in absolutely beautiful surroundings at La Fontaine - we got some gorgeous family photographs with beautiful backgrounds. We were made to feel very welcome and very much at hom… More
7 Nov 2011
"Great place to stay with children and groups"
Two families shared the cottage for the week and there was plenty of space.
Great place to be for Fall in France. Enjoyed playing in the garden and on the trampoline. Good location for seeing sights in the area - spent a day at D-day beaches and a day at Mont St Michel. Otherwise went into the local towns and markets.
The owners and their family and pets are wonderful and really made us feel welcome.
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