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Colombage house

House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 26 km
  • Great for children of all ages 5
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Situated in the Calvados countryside in the heart of the Pays d'Auge, the property is typical of the style of building found in this historic and picturesque region. Renovated with care and attention to detail, this spacious house is well equipped and very comfortable with many interesting features. The local village of Crevecoeur-en-Auge (a kilometre away) is the home of the most perfectly preserved medieval chateau in all of France. The nearby resorts of Cabourg, Dives sur Mer, Deauville and Trouville boast some excellent beaches and superb restaurants.

The house is the ideal base from which to discover the Pays d'Auge and offers all the comforts of home. Situated in over two-thirds of an acre of land, the property enjoys complete privacy and is not overlooked. After a long day exploring, a convenient ground floor bathroom enables guests to freshen up before an evening drink and barbecue on the terrace, where the warmth from the summer sun can still be felt on the cobbles.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 4 bedrooms
Nearest beach Cabourg 26 km
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Caen 38 km, Nearest railway: Lisieux 20 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

The property enjoys all the qualities of the traditional colombage style with exposed oak beams throughout on most walls and ceilings, but renovated with modern comforts in mind. The fully tiled ground floor helps keep the house cool in summer while the large rustic fireplaces, which dominate both the kitchen and the cosy sitting room, are a reminder of the harder winters of bygone days. In contrast, the elegant panelled dining room represents the ideal opportunity to enjoy a long French-style dinner as the scented summer air circulates through the large windows overlooking the illuminated terrace. Upstairs, both the double bedrooms and the twin bunk room are accessed by the oak staircase in the sitting room, and the master double-aspect bedroom shares an en-suite shower room and toilet with the bunk room. The other double bedroom is opposite across the stairs and has its own dressing room, which can ideally accommodate an infant or small child in the cot provided if required (a high-chair is also available). A fourth bedroom at the end of the house is accessed by a separate (steep) staircase and offers comfortable folding-bed accommodation for one at the additional cost of £75 per week.

Further details outdoors

A long gravel drive leads up to the house enabling easy loading and unloading of both passengers and luggage. There is ample parking space, and the garden is completely fenced off with surrounding hedges and trees ensuring total privacy and security. The property's grounds consist of fruit trees with the addition of shrubs and firs in the Norman style, and is often used for impromptu picnics on the grass under the shade of the trees. The fully cobbled terrace extends the length of the house and a large garden table seats six; especially handy when the Weber kettle barbecue is in use. An expansive parasol, assorted sun-loungers and side tables complete the necessary outdoor equipment required for complete relaxation.

Further details

A welcome pack of tea, coffee, milk and sugar will be provided upon your arrival.

The Normandy region

Calvados is steeped in history and it is difficult to know where to start, such is its diversity. From the birth of William the Conqueror at Falaise and his subsequent invasion of England in 1066 to the D-Day landings in 1944, Normandy has many connections with our own national experience. Cathedrals, castles, monasteries and churches contribute to an enviable architectural heritage, while impressionist painters were inspired by the iridescence of the coastal light. The attractive port of Honfleur (less than an hour's drive) is still a painters' paradise, as well as an excellent venue for a leisurely seafood lunch. Lisieux (fifteen minutes), the capital city of the Pays d'Auge, is well known for Sainte Thérèsa and a tour of the cathedral of St-Pierre should be included in a visit to the town. Lisieux also has frequent direct trains to Paris, with a journey time of about an hour and three quarters. Caen (the capital of Calvados) has risen again after the Battle of Normandy and is close to the famous beaches where the WWII Allied invasion forces landed. The smaller towns and villages almost all offer weekly markets, and there are many festivals in the summertime (often a couple of degrees C hotter than in the south of England). Museums, chateaux and gardens abound - a large selection within a short drive from the property - and many offer tourist and family discounts.


The Pays d'Auge prospers from its world-famous production of calvados (cider brandy) and cheeses such as Camembert, Pont l'Eveque, Pavé d'Auge and Livarot. The region's unique breeds of cows graze contentedly among the half-timbered buildings and orchards in a true rural idyll. Beuvron-en-Auge is a well-preserved traditional village typical of the region and has about forty half-timbered houses set around the central square. Nearby Cambremer has some beautiful gardens and a calvados distillery (free tastings) open to the public. In August, the Chateau Crevecoeur stages a medieval re-enactment, which is the most spectacular event in the village's calendar. Still in the village, the Auberge Cheval Blanc offers wonderful local dishes from set menus at reasonable prices, and daily bread and croissants from Mme Lepére's boulangerie are always a treat. A quality butcher and a village store (all closed Monday) are also on hand for your convenience.

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24 Aug 2012


"The perfect location and accommodation for a family with teenagers."

We stayed here for two weeks with a sixteen and a thirteen year old and it was ideal. Lots of space, both indoors and out and secluded without being totally off the beaten track.. We really liked the … More

Thank you for taking the time to write a review - I am pleased that the property exceeded your expectations, and that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay here.

24 Aug 2011


"Wonderful place to stay, giving a taste of French life."

On arrival we were all so pleased with the property. The grounds are fantastic for the children to play and they loved exploring the orchard finding large snails and pretty butterflies. The house is very spacious, clean and tidy and was perfectly equipped for our needs. We had fantastic weather all week and spent mornings and evenings eating on the full length terrace. It was the perfect place to relax at the end of the day after we had toured all the local sights, very quiet and completely private.

We would definitely recommend this property to family and friends and hope to return one day.

I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay and that you had a relaxing holiday at Le Lieu Mesnil. Thank you for your kind review and we would be pleased to see you return for another visit!

25 Jun 2011


"Just right for us."

We liked the website description of this property which proved to be exactly as described and shown in the photographs. From the impressive entrance gates and the drive through the orchards which surround the house we knew we had made a good choice. The house is full of character - it would hve been interesting to know a little of its history. Although there were only two of us the spacious living accommodation on the ground floor, comfortably and tastefully furnished, suited us perfectly. We soon adapted to the different levels and ceiling heights and the smallish, quirky food preparation and cooking area..
Steepish stairs lead to the two large double bedrooms (excellent beds, bedding and decor).
A drawback could be that guests using the second of these rooms can only access the shared WC/shower room via the main double room - off which there is also a small twin bunk room.. So anyone needing the bathroom in the middle of the night really has to go downstairs to avoid disturbing the occupants of the other two rooms..
We had lots of sunny days and enjoyed meals on the attractive terrace. We helped ourselves, as invited to do by the owner, to the apples , plums , pears and blackberries in the grounds to make delicious pies and crumbles..
The location is very convenient for exploring the Pays d'Auge and its many attractions - all of which are very close at hand.

I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay so much - thank you for taking the time to write such a detailed review.

13 Jun 2011


"What a great place to stay"

Everything was well organised and upon arriving at the house were delighted by its location, its grounds and the house itself. Ideal for relaxation once the driveway gates were closed you really felt that you were French and you belonged in Normandy. Very handy for some great days out along the d day coast whether from the point of view of the history or the beautiful beaches themselves. The local castle is good for a sunny walk and quite picnic in the grounds, and the cider tour is wonderful. The village has a couple of local shops and restaurant/cafes so all in all a wonderful place to stay.

We would have returned this year but when we looked at the website it was booked already.

Thank you for your kind comments - hope to see you again in 2012!

13 Jun 2011


"Beautiful, relaxing, a real feel of France"

We loved the peace and privacy of the cottage although it was still an easy drive to the coast & all our favourite D Day places. It was clean and comfortable and the owner was available by telephone if required. Visiting Beuvron-en-Auge is a must, the prettiest villiage I've seen.

I'm pleased you enjoyed your stay and all that the surrounding area has to offer. Thank you for your kind comments...

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