House | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Recently-built, spacious Normandy-style house providing comfortable homely accommodation for up to 6 people. Set in a small village just 5 minutes from Brionne with its twice-weekly colourful market (Thursdays + Sundays), a choice of restaurants, supermarkets and a superb lake with a sandy beach, ideal for swimming, boating, windsurfing, fishing, also a children's play area, showers, WC + café.
Perfect for families - Child-friendly: Spacious mezzanine bedroom/playroom and a fully-equipped play area outside for the little ones with swings, playhouse + sandpit in an enclosed garden. Lots of baby/toddlers' equipment including 2 cots, 2 highchairs, a bath, potty, toilet seat, kids' crockery + cutlery, a stair gate etc. Plenty of toys + games (inside + out). There are 2 swimming pools, both a 15-minute drive.
Just right for couples: Visit the beautiful gardens of our local chateaux (4 within a 20-minute drive) or play golf on the 18-hole course. Wander around the quaint village of Bec Hellouin where time seems to stand still. You can buy the monks' hand-made pottery at the Abbey, have a crêpe and a bowl of cider on a terrace restaurant or search for a souvenir in the antique shops. Or if you enjoy sport try canoeing, wind-surfing, fishing, golf, tennis, horse-riding, swimming, or just a stroll in the local shops, mingle with the population, practise your French... ooh la la! Walk in the countryside, grab a bargain at a Brocante (Street Fair), play French boules with the locals, or just sip a glass of wine on a terrace café as you watch the world go by.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Brionne (sandy lakeside beach with amenities) 3 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Paris 150 km, Nearest railway: Brionne 3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Swing set|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors||
Recently built and comfortably furnished:
- Master bedroom with super-king-sized bed on ground floor next to bathroom with walk-in shower and heated towel dryer.
- Spacious bedroom on mezzanine with double bed + 2 single beds. (2 cots + highchairs, baby's bath, stairgate, potty, crockery + cutlery + other toddlers' equipment - available on request)
- House and bed linen provided (sheets, quilt covers + pillowcases, table cloth, dish cloths + kitchen towels etc).
- Please check with owner regarding bath sheets, hand towels + swimming towels.
|Further details outdoors||
- Patio (with garden furniture and barbecue) looking out onto green fields. Swings, sandpit and playhouse for children. French boules for adults. Feed the chickens (enjoy our free-range eggs) + tomatoes + cucumbers from the greenhouse in season.
- British owner's home just down the road (we're on hand if you need any help or advice) BUT with private garden, patio and car park. The privacy of our guests is respected at all times.
- + 2nd holiday home nearby: Sleeps 4/6.
- Bookings from Saturday to Saturday unless otherwise arranged.
- Holiday home available from 4pm on the day of arrival until 10am on the day of departure (unless otherwise arranged)
- No Smoking indoors please. Ashtray provided for the patio.
The Normandy region
Long, warm sunny days in the summer months - ideal for outside wining and dining. The weather can be variable and it is not unknown to experience glorious out-of-season sunshine.
In Le Batison you'll find plenty of brochures of all the activities and places of interest in the area, but to wet your appetite here are a few ideas:
The nearest towns are Brionne and Bernay - please see details below: "The Brionne Area"
Chateau d'Harcourt (6 miles) : Medieval castle and the oldest Arboretum in France in a wooded park of 100 hectares.
Le Bec Hellouin (6 miles) : Quaint Norman village with an 11th century Abbey where the monks make and sell pottery in their craft shop. Antique shops, an art gallery and a 30-mile paved footpath (suitable for wheelchairs) welcoming strollers and cyclists through forests and fields with picnic areas, benches + play areas. Bicycle hire available nearby.
Le Neubourg (15 miles) : The biggest market in the county is held here every Wednesday morning where anything and everything is on sale, from local products such as cider, cheese, fresh fruit and vegetables, honey, to shoes, handbags, typical table linen, ane even livestock such as chickens, ducks and rabbits! There's an indoor swimming pool with a shallow area with a small slide for toddlers and a long slide leading to a spash pool for older children. Nearby Chateau de Champ de Bataille, an 18th century castle + gardens with an 18-hole golf course.
Chateau de Beaumesnil (17 miles) : Beautiful castle built in 1640, with nicely furnished interiors and a unique collection of bookbindings, set in 120 acres of park and French formal gardens.
Lisieux (22 miles) : 20th century Basilica built in the memory of Saint Thérèse.
Cerza Wildlife Park (24 miles) : About 500 animals in natural surroundings set in 150 acres of woodland. Safari by miniature train. Well worth a day out. Picnic area and cafés + restaurants.
Rouen (32 miles) : Impressive architecture in the old town centre and a beautiful cathedral, museums and "Le Gros Horloge". "The Sails of Freedom" ("L'Armada de la Liberté") will be held from June 6th-16th 2013 with a gathering of sailing ships, warships and yachts.
Honfleur (37 miles) : A MUST ! An artist's paradise with its harbour and seafront restaurants and cafés. Often compared to Yorkshire's Whitby. Park with paddling pool and playground - great for young children.
Deauville + Trouville (40 miles) : Chic seaside resorts with long sandy beaches (see photos) + extravagant architecture. Free seafront parking Mon-Fri from September-June.
Giverny (56 miles) : Claude Monet's house and garden. A magnificent floral display in all seasons.
Festyland (58 miles) Caen - Carpiquet : An adventure park for all ages.
Bayeux (77 miles) : Discover the history of Willam the Conqueror in the famous Tapestry, also the Battle of Normandy museum and the Cathedral.
Landing beaches (approx: 80 miles) : About a 90-minute drive. D-Day memorials and mueums.
Versailles Palace (84 miles) : King Louis XVI's home + gardens. The "Hall of Mirrors" is a must.
Paris (86 miles) : Easily reached by train for a day-trip. EuroDisney (122 miles) about 2 hrs by car.
Le Mont Saint Michel (130 miles) : The "Wonder of the West" - Dominating the bay, the abbey boasts several marvels of medieval architecture.
Within walking distance of Le Batison : Water mill and 15th century Tithe Barn in the village and Castle + Gardens in the next village.
Brionne (2 miles. Population 5000) : has a twice-weekly colourful market (Sundays + Thursdays). Here you can buy some on the local cheese (Camembert, Pont L'Eveque, Livarot etc), choose some fresh fish + seafood or buy a chicken roasted on the spit with a French stick still warm from the oven. There's a leisure and sports area idyllically set by a lake where you can swim, fish, play tennis, crazy golf, hire a peddle boat or a canoe, cook your own food in the barbecue area or just relax under the trees. Several supermarkets, banks, chemists, restaurants and terrace cafés. The local tourist office is open daily (even on Sundays and Bank Holidays) and they have even more brochures than In Le Batison and plenty of information about local events.
Bernay (8 miles. Population 11,000) : Typical Norman architecture including an 11th century minster and several old timbered houses dating from the 15th and 16th centuries which now house shops and terrace cafés in the main street. Market town (Saturday mornings) with many local products on offer, many made by small family businesses - Cheeses : Camembert, Pont L'Eveque, Livarot. Drinks : Cider, Calvados + Pommeau. Two parks with play areas for children, one in the Museum grounds. An indoor and outdoor swimming pool with a paddling pool.
During the summer months almost every Sunday you can visit a Brocante / Foire à Tout (Local Street Fair / Flea Market) and get some amazing bargains for just a few euros.(Check with Maddie - she knows all the local haunts)