Orangerie Large Gite Normandy
About the home
Perfect for a large group, L'Orangerie offers plenty of space throughout all its room. It was built in 1703, and was originally a part of Le Chateau de la Foret Auvray, and 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 2 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 14, 7 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Ouistream, 45km|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|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:||Sofabeds (1), Single beds (4), Double beds (8), Cots (1), Dining seating for 18, Lounge seating for 20|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set|
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.
We do not provide a full daily maid service for the bedrooms as standard. They are serviced prior to your arrival, and on your departure. If you wish to have additional cleaning, it is available at Euro 12.50 an hour, paid direct to the cleaning lady.
The Normandy / Orne 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.
The La Foret Auvray area
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
How to get there
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For UK guests, the nearest ferry port is Caen Ouistream - Brittany Ferries (1hr). Not much further away is Le Havre - L&D lines, or Cherbourg (1.5hrs). It is an easy route from the Channel Tunnel, all motorways through pretty landscapes (4hrs) with lots of good aires to stop over en-route. If you are arriving into Paris by air, the drive is about 3.5hrs via the A13.
Activities near La Foret Auvray
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
13 May 2013
We stayed with Andrew and Jeanette as a large family of 15, celebrating a 70th birthday - with ages from 70 down to 12months old. The house was perfect in allowing space for us all to come together to eat, relax, socialise - but also large enough for everyone to have their own space. The children loved their own playroom (as did the adults!). The rooms were large, comfortable - and also all but 1 had en-suite. The garden was a great place for the kids to explore and play, and they particularly enjoyed the treasure hunt that Andrew kindly organised one morning, as well as the halloween trick & treating (for kids & adults!) - which were just some of the many things that Andrew and Jeanette did to make our stay so memorable. As a large family, we decided against travelling to the nearest town for a meal, but organised a celebration birthday meal which Jeanette cooked at the house - which was a truly memorable night and definitely to be recommended. This is a fabulous place to stay, excellent hosts, you will need a car - but there's lots to do and see within an hour or so including the beaches, Mont St Michel, etc.
30 Aug 2012
Spacious bedrooms,wonderfully equipped kitchen,and large interior space. However, our group of 12 adults, 2 children and a baby were lucky enough to have fabulous weather and hardly used the enormous lounge, spending all our time (except one evening) sitting and eating outside, watching the stars in this peaceful haven.
Andrew and Jeanette's meals were lovely, beautifully cooked and served, with a few added treats that we didn't expect, and extremely generous portion sizes to fill even the most hungry diner.
The children loved having their own play house, lots of games to play and Andrew's treasure hunt was a huge success.
This is a wonderful part of France with an enormous range of activities, sites and attractions nearby to cater for everyone's likes and interests.
Fabulous - thank you for making my 60th such a success.
21 Aug 2012
We were looking for a large property which was capable of accommodating a family group of 11 with ages ranging from 21 months to grandparents in the their 70s. We have just come back from a week at L'Orangerie and not only found that it fitted our requirements perfectly but the holiday exceeded everyone's expectations.
We found the property itself to be clean and fantastically well equipped both inside and out. The owners have gone to great lengths to make the house safe and fun for toddlers with stair gates, high-chairs and a cot all provided amongst other things. The self-contained garden made for a very safe environment and the gatehouse at the bottom of the garden has been turned into a nursery room which my 21 month and 3 year old both loved. My older nephews and the rest of the group made good use of the wide selection of bikes, outdoor games and football nets in the field next door.
We found the house to be quiet, yet easily accessible and with lots of information on activities to suit all age ranges and interests. Less than 5 minutes up the road is La Roche D'Oetre which provides walking and mountain bike trails. There is also an excellent 'Go-Ape' venue just next to the visitor center which several of us spent a whole day at, returning to the house for lunch before going back in the afternoon. The main road between Caen and Le Mans is only a short distance away which made it easy to explore places further afield - we went out to the Normandy beaches on 2 of the days we were there. The variety of things to do allowed us to pick and choose within the group. Whilst we went for a buggy-friendly walk just down the road in Breel, another group were canoeing at Pont D'Ouilly and others were happy just relaxing in the garden.
We would definitely recommend this property and hope to be back again soon!
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 14|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|May & June late booking special price 2013||1 May 13||30 Jun 13||£ 895||-||-||1 Week|
|Sept 2013||1 Sep 13||1 Oct 13||£ 1195||-||-||1 Week|
|October 2013||1 Oct 13||31 Oct 13||£ 1495||-||-||1 Week|
|New Year 2013/14||29 Dec 13||4 Jan 14||£ 1750||-||-||1 Week|
|April 2014||29 Mar 14||1 May 14||£ 1395||-||-||1 Week|
|May to mid July 2014||1 May 14||31 May 14||£ 995||-||-||1 Week|
|D-Day 70th Anniversary week||31 May 14||7 Jun 14||£ 1495||-||-||1 Week|
|May to mid July 2014||7 Jun 14||12 Jul 14||£ 995||-||-||1 Week|
|12 July to 18 July 2014||12 Jul 14||19 Jul 14||£ 1295||-||-||1 Week|
|19 July to 22 August 2014||19 Jul 14||23 Aug 14||£ 1495||-||-||1 Week|
|23 August to 5 Sept 2014||23 Aug 14||5 Sep 14||£ 1950||-||-||1 Week|
|9 Sept to 30 Sept 2014||9 Sep 14||1 Oct 14||£ 1250||-||-||1 Week|
|October 2014||1 Oct 14||1 Nov 14||£ 1495||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
A 20% deposit is payable to secure a booking (or £250 whichever is the lesser). The balance is due by not later than 60 days prior to the commencement of your holiday, and is only refundable in accordance with the terms and conditions of our HolidayLettings standard booking contract.
We are able to accept credit card payments at no additional cost.
The property is heated by oil, wood fire, and electric central heating, which is run as necessary during the months of October to April inclusive and is already factored into the pricing structure.
If it is necessary to run the oil fired central heating outside this period, we will charge an additional £20 per day, just to cover the costs of the oil used, as it is unusual to need it, and is therefore not factored into our pricing structure. All other heating costs are included.Book
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