"Sur les pas de Ravel" is a beautiful Normandy house facing the famous timbered building which Ravel occupied when he came to Lyons-la-Foret. This large house has a cozy feel and is ideal for couples, large families or several families alike for 7 nights or short breaks (minimum 3 nights) throughout the year. A few minutes walk from the very centre of the village, where there are several restaurants and bars, the house comprises a master bedroom with bathroom, a second double bedroom and a shower room, a games room with pool table, darts and card table. The games room can easily be converted into another bedroom with the use of an electric inflatable double mattress. There is a lounge with wood burning fire, dining room and fully equipped kitchen with washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, oven and microwave. The fridge is stocked with refreshments for your arrival. There is plenty of parking in front of the house. The rooms downstairs lead onto a pretty paved enclosed courtyard. The house has free wifi throughout and a television in both the lounge and the master bedroom, along with a CD/Radio player. This is a non smoking house sleeping a maximum of 6 adults and animals are not permitted.
The house dates from the end of 19th century. Formerly a coaching inn, it is set against the boundary walls of the castle (previously occupied by Richard the Lion Heart and William the Conqueror's son, Henri). During the Second World War, it became the headquarters of the German Commandant until the liberation, when it became the headquarters of the French Army.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Dieppe 77 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Beauvais 60 km, Nearest railway: Rouen or Gaillon Aubvoye 33 km|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|General||Central heating, Wi-Fi available|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
Situated in a valley, the village of Lyons-la-Foret is surrounded by Europe's largest Beechwood forest. It is listed as one of France's most beautiful villages with most of the houses dating from the 17th and 18th century.
The countryside has rolling hills, sleepy villages, several chateaux, abbeys and museums. You can view spectacular scenery and there is something to see and do, whatever the weather.
The village is 1.5 hours drive from Paris, an hour from Giverney and Dieppe, 2 hours from Calais and 45 minutes from Rouen.
Places of Interest
Within the Village:
o Village Markets are held on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays
o Several restaurants, cafes, local shops, hairdresser and pharmacy
o Tourist Office and 17th Century Prison Cell available to visit
o Auction House on selected Sundays throughout the year
o Swimming pools (x 2), Tennis Courts, Crazy Golf
o Spa with massage, beauty treatment, aqua gym etc.
o Cycling, walking routes through the forest (route details provided within your room)
o Fishing – day/weekly licences available with advance notice (extra charge).
o Various WW2 crash sites of Lancaster and Mosquito aircraft & V1 launch sites can be visited
Outskirts of Lyons la Forêt:
Rouen, where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake, is only a 40 minutes' drive away. The town boasts a functioning port and fabulous cathedral, a medieval city centre and many other cultural delights.
Dieppe is 1.5 hours' drive away
Paris is 1.5 hours' drive away or accessible by train from Rouen or Gaillon Aubevoye in 50 minutes.
Les Jardins de Giverny - explore Monet's house and see the gardens that inspired his most famous paintings.
Les Andelys Chateau Gaillard (Now semi-ruined castle of Richard the Lionheart) offers spectacular views overlooking the Seine and is an ideal site for a picnic on a summer's day.
L'Abbaye de Mortemer: visit the monastery and its grounds around a lake, first built in 1134. Guided tours with English and French soundtracks of the main building telling the ghostly legends associated with this Abbey.
Chateau Vascoeuil - renowned for its Art exhibitions and permanent displays of Sculpture by leading 20th Century artists such as Jean Cocteau, Salvador Dali and Chemiakin.