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La Pépinière nr Domfront, Orne in Lower Normandy

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Excellent 5/5 Score from 2 reviews

Rural but not isolated this traditional cottage has many attractions within easy travelling distance

Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

This cosy 300yr old colombage cottage is situated in the verdant green countryside of Lower Normandy almost at the border with the Loire Valley, just 65 miles (1.5 hours) from the port of Oustreham/Caen. Located within the Parc Naturel Regionale de Normandie Maine, it is one of only four cottages in the tiny hamlet of La Pépinière, yet still has a shop for daily provisions within a short walk of less than 1 km. All other amenities can be found just 5 mile away in Domfront with its weekly market and medieval centre.

Oozing with character, the cottage has a huge open log fire, exposed stonework, and huge oak beams . The internal decoration is sympathetic to the ambience of the property, with a well equipped country style kitchen with range cooker and a multi-function shower and double handbasin in the shower room. Free WiFi and English channels on the TV, together with a DVD and Cd player are provided for your entertainment.

One double bedroom is accessed from the kitchen by an old curved staircase, while the second double room and twin bedded room are accessed from another staircase in the lounge. All have co-ordinated bedding and furnishings with views from the windows over the surrounding countryside.

End of stay cleaning is available for £45. Dishes must still be washed and rubbish removed.

Both the front and the huge rear gardens are securely fenced, and there is easy access for parking up to three vehicles at the front. In the rear garden there is a small wood, a very large grassed area with decking , a barbeque, netball post and many garden games.There is a large secure, storage shed at the rear suitable for 4 motorbikes, up to six bicycles or any other large equipment that you chose to bring on holiday.

Surrounded by fields of wheat and maize it is a haven for birds and wildlife. As many as ten buzzards have been seen in the skies above the garden at one time. Owls are heard frequently at night.

This location is perfect for sightseelng with many attractions locally such as chateaux, manor houses, lake-side beaches, cycling, forest walks, horseriding and studs, together with visits to Mont St Michel,The Normandy Beaches, The Bayeaux Tapestry and Monet's Garden at Giverney all being possiibilities.

The tranquility of this property could suit someone who wants a relaxing break but equally, there are so many attractions in the vicinity, suitable for adults and children, many of which are free, that those who like to be 'on the go ' would also find plenty to occupy them. A comprehensive folder in the lounge gives full details of opening times, location and routes to many destinations.

The summer temperature is noticibly warmer that the south of England and the cottage benefits from being in a micro-climate area making dining al-fresco something that can be enjoyed well into October.

A cleaning service is available for £45 at the end of stay although you are expected to have emptied the rubbish and done the washing up.

Size Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms
Nearest beach Lake beach and watersports 15 km
Access Car essential
Nearest Amenities 500 m
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Rennes 100 km, Nearest railway: Flers 25 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 3 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms
Furniture Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 7
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Secure parking

The Normandy region

This is a very tranquil rural area within the Parc Naturel Régionale de Normandie Maine. The cottage is surrounded by fields growing mainly wheat and maize.

This is the apple and pear growing area so orchards blossom pink and white in profusion in spring. Outlets for the sale of cider and Calvados (Cider brandy) abound from small farms to Cider sampling and guided tours of the distillery.

Production of President butter and Camembert cheese is another important business in this area and the distinctive Nomandy cows which produce the rich milk needed for that production are a frequent sight .

The temperature here is considerably warmer that the south coast of England as the area benefits from a micro climate.

The small village of La Baroche sous Luce is less than 1 kilometer away and provides a small depot de pain, post office and general dealers with a bar/cafe offering 3 course lunches for only 11euros.

Activities in the area include horseriding, canoeing, walking and cycle trails, and riverside picnic areas. There are many châteaux and manor houses to see locally, with farmers markets frequently held in the small villages.

Within easy travelling distance there are roman remains at Jublains, the most famous of all French stud farms commissioned by Louis XIV, the Sun King, at Haras du Pin, many impressive Châteaux, zoos, lace and fine art museums at Alençon

For day trips, Mont St Michel, the Bayeaux Tapestry, the Normandie landing beaches., Monet's Garden at Giverney are all possibilities together with many more.

A comprehensive brochure has been provided with details of activities for children and trips to be found locally, within easy travelling distance and day trips. Directions and maps are supplied for all venues.

Domfront

La Pépinière is the name of a tiny hamlet of four houses with the small village of La Baroche sous Luce within 1 km. There are other small villages in the area with the small town of Domfront just 5miles (9km) away. Domfront has supermarkets, garage facilities, restaurants, post office, cafes and other small shops, together with a ruined chateau, a medieval town centre and church with magnificent views from the old town walls.

The narrow roads near the cottage are ideal for cycling and exploring the local countryside.

Bagnoles de L'Orne is 15 mins away by car and is an elegant, picturesque spa town with markets, casino, tea dances, lake and pedaloes, velo rail , pavement cafes, swimming pool, and a small tourist train which does tours of the vcicinity.

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11 Aug 2014

5/5

"Lovely cottage in the country."

Lovely cottage in picturesque countryside. Had breakfast in the garden in lovely sunshine. Local shop had great croissants and French breads.

9 Feb 2014

5/5

"This cottage had it all"

At the end of June 2013, my wife and I travelled to La Pipeniere which is about 10 k from Domfront, in Normandy for a two week holiday. On arrival there we were delighted with the cottage. It had been restored by the owners to a high spec reflecting a typical French cottage.

The cottage was comfortable, spacious and well furnished throughout, the kitchen was modern and had everything that you need. Broadband and TV is available. Unusually the cottage had UK three pin sockets fitted throughout, which was very handy.

At the rear of the house there is a large secure garden, ideal for BBQ's, sunbathing and relaxing and it is very child friendly.

The local village, La Baroche sous Luce is a short walk from the cottage, there you can buy local bread and croissants.

The cottage is well situated for visiting St Malo, Mont St Michel and the Normandy beaches. Domfront is a medieval town with cafe's, bars and restaurants, worth visiting. We would recommend visiting Laval and La Mayenne as there is path which runs alongside the river between the two towns and has numerous picnic spots along the way. Brilliant for cyclists. Also Saint-Ceneri-Le-Gerei is well worth a visit.

If your into walking there are many walks in the area, the local tourist board at Domfront has maps, we used these and the French Ign maps which are available at local shops.

We could not fault this cottage and we had a great time there"

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