House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
My village house was built in 1808. Aside from being a family home for generations, it has also been a shop and is now a comfortable four bedroom house.
On the top floor of the house, the attic bedroom has beautiful exposed beams with a stunning view of the abbey and beyond to the wooded hills that surround the village. Outside, there is a pretty courtyard garden with a table and chairs and a gas barbecue so that you can enjoy meals outdoors. Inside, the dining room is perfect for a relaxed evening enjoying a home cooked meal and a bottle of the local Poiré Domfront (pear cider).
Unlike many holiday homes, this house has all the furnishings, books, games, kitchen utensils and homely touches that make it a real home-from-home.
A perfect day in the Orne..
When you wake up in the morning, why not join the locals and head to the bakers just a few doors down to get delicious fresh bread and croissants? After breakfast, keen cooks will enjoy visiting a farmers' market in one of the neighbouring villages where home grown seasonal fruit and vegetables as well as regional specialities such as cider, camembert and Normandy cream are on offer. Pick up a selection for a tasty picnic to eat in the grounds of one of the many chateaux in the area such as Carrouges or Lassay les Chateaux. Once back at the house, you could prepare a simple but hearty meal of coq-au-cidre - the Normandy version of coq-au-vin - one pot cooking at its best! Serve with a crusty baguette (La Pointe de Lonlay from the village bakers is perfect) and plenty of Normandy butter!
For more ideas for days out in Basse Normandie as well as recipes and foodie tips, visit my blog normandyvillagehouse.wordpress.com
Guest review: August 2013
"Hi Katie, just wanted to let you know how much we love your house. It is beautiful, and just what we were hoping for. We love the village too. My husband and I think it is the nicest holiday home we have ever rented. Our grandsons (15 and 13) think it's great here, and so does our son. Thank you so much"
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Deauville-Normandie (from City Airport) 135 km, Nearest railway: Flers 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, TV, CD player, Telephone, Wi-Fi available|
|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 (4), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
There are four bedrooms comprising of one room with a set of bunk beds (perfect for children), one twin room and two double bedrooms. The bunk room and one of the double bedrooms have ensuite bath/shower rooms and there is a cloakroom on the ground floor.
The kitchen has a large gas range cooker and all the utensils you will need to cook local dishes. The dining area has a table and chairs to seat 8 people and the lounge/snug has two three seater sofas. There is a TV in the sitting room and WiFi is available free of charge for guests to use. There is also a Sky box but guests will need to take their own Sky card if they wish to watch satellite TV.
|Further details outdoors|
The house is situated on the edge of the square, where there is free parking. There are usually plenty of available spaces right in front of the house.
This house has steep stairs and is not adapted for people with restricted mobility or wheelchair users. I cannot therefore recommend this house for anyone who finds stairs difficult to negotiate. Having said that, my Grandmother who has had a severe stroke and has difficulty going up and down stairs has stayed at the house and manages quite well. There is a sofa bed in the snug/lounge on the ground floor as well as a downstairs cloakroom. All showers and baths are on the first floor. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions.
The Normandy region
Normandy is a fascinating region of northwestern France and you will find many places of great historical interest here. From D-Day beaches to the great Bayeux tapestry, there is something for everyone to explore. Mont St.Michel, France's second most visited tourist attraction after the Eiffel tower, is just over an hour's drive from the house and there are around 600km of rugged coastline to discover.
With lush rolling pastures and cows grazing among the orchards, Normandy invites the visitor to 'slow down' and despite an annual tourist invasion every year to the main tourist hotspots, the region remains a largely untouched paradise. Locally, there are magnificent castle towns, ruins and cathedrals that make good stop off points when travelling around the region.
Normandy is also famed for being the home of Monet and other great artists including Renoir, Géricault, Pissarro and Braque. Many of the familiar scenes from these masterpieces were inspired by places in Normandy and the small town, Giverny, where Monet spent the latter years of his life is fascinating to visit.
My house is in the centre of the rural village of Lonlay L'Abbaye. Here you will find an excellent bakery, butcher, a restaurant two doors along from the house serving local specialities, a village pub and other amenities including a mini supermarket, hairdressers and the Mayor's office.
Lonlay L'Abbaye is famed for its beautiful abbey and the associated 'Biscuits de L'Abbaye'. For more history on the sablé normand and its connection with the village, please follow this link: http://www.biscuiterie-abbaye.com/en/Historique.aspx
Lonlay L'Abbaye is on the edge of the Calvados region of Normandy and is surrounded by wooded hills and valleys that form part of the Normandie-Maine Regional Natural Park, an area of natural beauty that extends to some 257 000 hectares. The rugged Brittany/Normandy coastline is just over an hour's drive away and there are several lakes with beaches within half an hour by car.
The region is best explored on foot or by bicycle and the keen cyclist will find well-established cycle routes including the Grand Itinéraire, Paris - Mont St Michel, which passes through nearby Domfront. For more details of this and other cycle routes in the area, you may find this link helpful: http://www.af3v.org/Itineraires-Eurovelo-en-France.html#13.
For more details on activities in the area, please do not hesitate to ask.