Orangerie Large Gite Normandy
Gite | 7 bedrooms | sleeps 15
Perfect for a large group, L'Orangerie sleeps up to 15 Adults plus children. It offers plenty of space throughout all its rooms and gardens. Built in 1703, and originally a part of Le Chateau de la Foret Auvray, it stands adjacent to this privately owned historic monument, with magnificent views of the original 8th Century Priory walls and towers.
The property has been restored to offer a hugely spacious and comfortable house for large groups of family and/or friends wishing to holiday together, yet have space for privacy. The main sitting room is 80+sqm. There is a second smaller annexed reading room, perfect for watching DVDs or relaxing with a book. The kitchen is large, and very well equipped - you should find everything you need to cater for large groups, including 2 fridge freezers. The separate dining room will easily seat 18.
All the 7 bedrooms are very spacious, all with at least a double, and most with two beds (a total of 8 doubles, 4 singles, and 4 quality z-beds) giving you plenty of choice regarding sleeping arrangements.
Two downstairs traditionally furnished en-suite bedrooms are perfect for those who may be slightly less mobile. Upstairs modern en-suite bedrooms all have exposed original beams (very rustic).
The size of this property allows everyone to come together in the same living rooms, but at the same time there is plenty of space for private time too! Stunning views from the house up the valley across the lush hillside forest allow you to enjoy the best of the Suisse Normande, from every angle - you don't need to leave the house and gardens!. Lots of local wildlife and birds (hares, martens, red squirrels, badgers, occasional wild boar). Close by are the Grand Randonnee 36 footpaths and many other walking/cycling paths. There is easy access to Normandy's lovely beaches (1 hr); and it is close to other historical locations (Falaise, Bayeux, landing beaches, Camembert, Livarot).
The house has all quality amenities you will need to bring a large group together for great holiday - summer sunshine in the big private gardens or warm winter break snug with the log fire and central heating. Good supply of books, games, guide books, and complimentary bikes (and hats) supplied for all ages.
We pride ourselves on the feedback received from our previous guests, reflecting how well equipped and clean the house is, and the very positive impressions made by the well maintained gardens.
Strictly no smoking or pets in property.
|Size||Sleeps up to 15, 7 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Ouistream 45 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Carpiquet 50 km, Nearest railway: Alencon 25 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
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 6 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (6), Double beds (8), Cots (1), Dining seats for 18, Lounge seats for 20|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
We recognise large parties need ample space and comfortable seating. In the sitting rooms, additional to the 3 complete lounge suites and various single chairs, there is a huge 4 metre low oak settle (from Liverpool Lime Street Railway Station - 1897) with cushions, that makes a perfect seat for reading and relaxing. There are plenty of informative books with details about the region, and a huge selection of novels (more than 150) to suit all tastes and a large variety of games for all ages. Additional to the oil central heating (for cooler months - October to April inc.) the main room has a large wood burning stove, which produces a massive 16 kilowatts of heat - perfect to take the chill off an early spring or autumn night, and truly cosy for the cooler evenings. All bathrooms have a heated towel rail, and the upstairs bedrooms all have electric heaters.
All but one of the 7 bedrooms (the triple single bedroom) have generous sized fully equipped en-suites including shower/wc/heated towel rail/basin and toiletries stand. There is a separate private bathroom supplying this bedroom which does not have its own en-suite.
There are 2 DVD players. We have a selection of DVDs in the house that will appeal to all ages - inlcuding an excellent stock of historical DVDs describing aspects of the Normandy Landings, and looking further back - the Norman Conquests.
IF YOU HAVE A SPECIAL CELEBRATION AND WOULD LIKE US TO ORGANISE FLOWERS, A SPECIAL MENU OR ANY OTHER LITTLE TOUCHES TO MAKE IT A REALLY SPECIAL OCCASION, DO LET US KNOW.
|Further details outdoors|
The gardens are large, and overlook the spectacular forest backdrop, which makes the Suisse Normande such a popular destination - rightly famed for its magnificent views. There is ample external seating for you to be able to soak up the surroundings, whilst having a relaxing drink. There are several private seating locations from which you can choose, or you can all sit together at the top of the house - enjoying the view down the gardens.
Adjacent to the property is a small cottage where we live, so if you have any questions at all during your stay, you can always pop down and ask us at any time during the day or night - nothing is too much trouble.
It is not unusual to see stunning wildlife, such as the local RED squirrels; Sangliers (local boar - less common, but occasional spottings); buzzards, red kites, kestrels, and hares and martens are frequent visitors. Other abundant birds include owls, blue and yellow tits, redstarts, woodpeckers, finches, robins, wagtails, thrushes and blackbirds.
From the bottom of the garden, you can see the remains of the 8th century priory - evidence of which is present in the window sill of the upper west bedroom, as they used the stones to build L'Orangerie and the neighbouring chateau.
This is a strictly no smoking and no pets property. It is not set up for severely physically disabled visitors, but could easily accommodate minor disabilities as the ground floor is completely self contained. We have had wheelchair visitors staying, and although we do have wheelchair ramps available, we do not have bed-hoists and extensive disabled washing facilities. If in doubt, contact us and we will see what we can do to help. Two of the beams upstairs are at 5ft 7inches, so anyone taller will have to duck under if using these particular bedrooms, although we have protector throws to help avert any accidents!.
We provide handwash for your use during your stay.
Pictures do not show it, but all bedrooms have wardrobes, dressers, mirrors etc. Stair gates can be fitted at the top and bottom of the stairs on request.
WE DO OUR VERY BEST TO ENSURE THAT YOU WILL REMEMBER YOUR HOLIDAY AT L'ORANGERIE FOR ALL THE RIGHT REASONS, AND THAT HOPEFULLY YOU WILL WANT TO RECOMMEND US TO YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY, AND RETURN AGAIN IN FUTURE YEARS TO EXPLORE MORE OF THE FABULOUS SUISSE NORMANDE.
The Normandy region
Normandy is steeped in tradition with many chateaux and museums to visit. What people mostly associate with the region is the D-Day Landings and D-Day Battlefields, or all the history associated with William The Conquerer such as the Bayeux Tapestry or his birthplace, Falaise Castle. Normandy also has quaint fishing ports like Honfleur - with its myriad of small art studios and galleries. Rouen and surrounding areas were frequented by the great authors like Flaubert; Maupassant and Zola.
La Foret Auvray
During your stay, we can suggest day itineraries developed from our knowledge of the region, and taking into account that you may not want to spend every moment of your holiday travelling, you may wish to spend some days just in the locale of L'Orangerie, or relaxing enjoying the views from the gardens. In 2011, ten villages in The Suisse Normande were designated as a Site Naturel - including La Foret Auvray. This is an indication of the region's significance for its extraordinary landscape, wildlife and plantlife, and is a preservation order to ensure its continuation.
Just a small selection of some places; sites and museums you might like to consider during your stay include:
*Visit Falaise Town, Museums and Chateau (birthplace of William The Conquer)
*Pont D'Ouilly - ville Fleurie and national Kayak polo centre and other riverside activities;
*Les Roches D'Oetre - famous geological site with a 'parcours sante' - or health mini-activities course for the more energetic
*WW2 war grave sites
*Pegasus Bridge & Cafe Gondret
*A choice of many additional WW2 museums (details available on request)
*Balleroy National Ballooning Museum
*101 Airborne Museum at St Mere Eglise
*Bagnoles de 'lOrne Spa town, lake and casino
*Arromanches Museum and WW2 floating Harbour
*Camembert, Livarot & Pont L'Eveque
* Honfleur Harbour and stunning town
*Memorial War (Peace) Museum at Caen
*Chateau de Vendeuvre (national miniature museum and great fun surprise gardens) and St. Pierre sur Dives for markets.
*Haras du Pin (National Stud)
*Day trip to Lisieux
*Day trip to Rouen
*Monet's Gardens at Giverney
*Clecy Vey for rock climbing; hang gliding, riverside activities (Supplementary Fee) and Miniature Railway Museum
*The Mont St. Michel
*A day trip to Paris
*A spa day at a local luxury spa
*A day Painting Course (with local tutor)
*A day Professional Cookery Course at Oui Chef
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19 Sep 2014
"Everything here says chill out, enjoy, relax. So we did!"
There aren't many places where six couples can share a holiday home and not feel like they're tripping over each other: L'Orangerie is the place. Top of our "must have" list w… More
24 Aug 2014
"A wonderful week"
This holiday exceeded our expectations and fulfilled all trip advisor recommendations and more. We were a family group of 8 adults and 8 children aged 12 years to 4 months. The accommodation is huge b… More
What a lovely review from this guest and her family. It was a great pleasure to welcome them to L'Orangerie, and it was good to know how relaxed the parents could be, secure in the knowledge that the garden is totally private and enclosed, so the children were safe.
Andrew ran one of his famous complimentary treasure hunts, and the children absolutely loved it - where do they get all that energy? A trip to the castle at nearby Falaise (birthplace of William The Conquerer), had the children equipped with rubber swords and foam maces, so they had many a re-enactment of the battle of hastings in the garden.
We are happy to read and hear that the holiday was such a success, this lovely family are considering returning - we would be delighted to see them here again.
We thank them for taking the time to post this kind review
15 Aug 2014
"Great hosts, fantastic holiday"
We stay here for a week in July with a group of 15 from ages 6 months to over 60. The give is fabulous large enough for us all to feel at homie and not on top of each other. Andrew and Jeanette are a… More
The nice thing about reading this review, is that it shows how flexible the accommodation is at L'Orangerie. Robust enough for very young children, spacious enough for teenagers to play badminton or boule, and relaxing enough for parents to just sit back and enjoy the views, maybe with a glass or two of local Calvados! Equally, it is good for walking groups, or just friends getting together.
We thoroughly enjoyed meeting this lovely family, and it is great for us to know that all the generations were able to get together and enjoy their precious time together. We very much hope to see them again one day in the future, and thank them for taking the time to share their experience with our potential future guests.
25 Jun 2014
We had a wonderful holiday with friends and family.. The house was huge, with en suites to all the bedrooms. The grounds were lovely, with lots of space for the children to run around, whilst we relax… More
It was a great pleasure to have these lovely people staying at L'Orangerie, and celebrating a special birthday. The children requested one of Andrew's treasure hunts (with a Harry Potter theme), and we were able to recommend excellent local restaurants and things to do during their stay. A visit to the castle in Falaise with its wonderful interactive individual Ipad presentations was thoroughly enjoyed, as was the day they spent at the landing beaches - starting with a trip to Pegasus Bridge and a coffee in Cafe Gondret, followed by lunch at Sword Beach (Ouistream) and a drive down the coast to see the Mulberry floating harbour at Arromanches les Bains.
We will be very happy to welcome them all back to L'Orangerie - hopefully in the very near future.
3 Jun 2014
Without doubt the best family house we have ever stayed in. The facilities were perfect in every respect and exactly as described in the listing. Andrew and Jeanette are superb and were a big hit with everyone in our family especially our three grandchildren. We have no negative comments at all! Thanks so much to you both we will definitely be back to see you both.
With best wishes
Tony, Anne and family
It is a great pleasure to receive such a glowing review from a discerning and well travelled family. To hear and read that L'Orangerie was (in their view), the best place they had rented over many years, is a delight. We were able to tell them about local places of interest to visit, and as some of their party had brought their archery equipment, we were even able to lend them a proper target, and Andrew (also an archer) was invited to join them in our football field, to shoot a few arrows once the children had safely gone to bed.
A complimentary treasure hunt at the end of their stay, left the children with good memories, and we appreciated the lovely thank you cards they drew for us.
We hope to see them all again in the future, and based on what they have told us, we are confident that they will return to see more of the Suisse Normande and spend more time at L'Orangerie.
4 Sep 2013
We had high expectations of LOrangerie, having read the reviews, and we were not disappointed! It is a wonderful, spacious property with character and charm, amply equipped with everything we could possibly need. The lovely garden too is fully equipped with bikes and games to keep the children happy, sun chairs, BBQ etc. Jeanette and Andrew are warm, friendly hosts for whom nothing was too much trouble. The meal they cooked for us at the beginning of the week was a real treat, so much so that they kindly agreed to do another one for us on our last night - a lovely end to a very special week. The area is beautiful and we do hope to be able to make a return visit some time. Highly recommended.
1 Sep 2013
"Stunning property set in beautiful gardens and countryside"
We stayed here in August 2013, with our extended family, to celebrate our parents' 50th Wedding Anniversary. The property is everything portrayed in the descriptions and photos and more. The property is simply stunning, well equipped and modern, with everything you could need. It is set in a quiet part of the Normandy countryside, but near enough to visit the beaches, sights and towns in the surrounding area. It is a great location as a base to explore cafes, patisseries, WW2 sites and local markets as well as sample the numerous local ciders and cheeses. But the best part about this holiday was provided by the owners. They provided two meals for us and they were amazing. We had more than enough to eat, as well as having local drinks to sample. But it was their humour and knowledge of the area that we enjoyed most, and they couldn't do enough for us. We would love to go back there and explore some more, or maybe just relax and let Jeanette and Andrew cater for us! Thanks.
2 Aug 2013
"Spotless, very friendly owners & fabulous grounds"
We were a group of 10 made of 2 families and the accommodation suited us perfectly. The en suite rooms were ideal and meant no queuing for the bathroom. The size of the L'Orangerie meant we could each find a quiet corner if we needed it and we found the accommodation was exactly as it was described on the website.
We made good use of the well equipped kitchen and were able to eat outside every night.
Jeanette and Andrew were fantastic, they were so helpful but not intrusive.
Thoroughly recommend this gite.
26 Jul 2013
"Wonderful property; exceeded our (very high) expectations!"
We rented L'Orangerie the last days of June and up to July 13th, 2013. During a one week period, 2 of our sons and their families joined us, for a total of 14 persons, including 2 teenagers and … More
Wow - how gratifying it is as a property owner to read such a complimentary review. We work hard to get it right, and reading how much this is appreciated, makes it all worthwhile.
We thoroughly enjoyed meeting this truly lovely professional American couple and their equally great family. To use their own words, we would welcome them back 'in a heartbeat' and we very much hope to see them again in 2014. This review has made our day.
1 Jul 2013
a most wonderful place to stay. the accommodation is fantastic luxuriously comfortable and spotlessly clean. The hosts Jeanette and Andrew are the most welcoming people. We are six gentlemen who go tr… More
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