Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 8
The cottage, part brick, part half-timbered,and over two hundred years old, lies at the edge of the small hamlet of St. Julien de Mailloc on its own land, about half an acre. It is bounded on the south by a stream, on the west and north, respectively by fields and orchard, and was, for most of its life, the village school run by the Sisters of Providence.
This is a place to de-stress. The characteristic sounds are the stream, the birds, the fowl and animals in neighbouring gardens and farms and the occasional snarl of a chainsaw. Being here is being in the French countryside.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||30 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car advised, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: PARIS 160 km, Nearest railway: Lisieux 10 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (3), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors||
There is an electric water heating system plus electric radiators in every room. The upstairs bedroom has an additional single folding bed. The end bedroom has a mezzanine area where the two single beds are situated, suitable for children. There is an open fireplace in the main sitting/dining room and a solid fuel (wood/coal) burning stove in the second sitting room.
Outside by the brick footpath is a small patio and a little herb garden. The stream provides endless fascination for children. Beyond the church is the natural spring of St.Julien renowned for miles around for the quality of its water.
Nearest shop (5 min by car) has the basics. The proprietors make and sell their own cider and apple juice.
|Further details outdoors||
St. Julien lies midway between Lisieux, famous for its medieval buildings, including the cathedral and for its association with Ste. Therese who lived most of her short life, she died at 24, in the Carmel there - a basilica was built in her honour during the 1930s; and Orbec, a market town of much charm that with its narrow, winding streets, watercourses and medieval buildings has retained much of its ancient character.
The country embracing Orbec and Lisieux and the coast beyond is known as the the Pays d’Auge, an area of gently undulating pastures, orchards and woodland famous for cider and Calvados (apple brandy), high quality butter and cheese, fish and sea food and as France's principal horse breeding centre. The national stud, Le Haras du Pin, is about 40 mins away. The wide sunny beaches from Deauville to Cabourg are world famous. Tennis, golf , bathing, boating and horseriding/ pony trekking are all easily accessible and St. Julien is at the centre of a network of green lanes ideal for walking and cycling.
50% of rental secures booking, balance due three weeks before start of holiday.
The Normandy region
Normandy is a famous and varied region. Houlgate (about 40 mins away) has a huge, sandy beach. Dinghy sailing, sand yachting, pony riding are available (no radios allowed on the beach). Stately 19th C villas line the front, and William the Conqueror set sail from adjacent Dives. Cabourg (just a little further away) has another huge beach - the town itself is a late C19th creation of villas and hotels, with echoes of Proust. Deauville (also around the 45 min mark) is famous for its racecourse, Casino and the highlife generally (what Brighton was to London, Deauville and adjacent Trouville - a fishing port and marina - were to Paris). Bec Hellouin ruined but partly restored abbey has close links with Canterbury, and Lanfranc’s ministry as well as the local white stone were important among those links.
Falaise, with its castle, was birthplace of William the Conqueror and the beautiful ancient town of Bayeaux with Gothic, renaissance and later buildings, has a lovely cathedral and of course the tapestry depicting the battle of Hastings.
The other sites of note are those associated with the Normandy landings (Utah, Omaha, Juno, Sword beaches) and Mont St. Michel, tje world famous Benedictine monastery, built on a huge rock and cut off at high tide, which can rise very rapidly, faster than a racehorse, occasionally cutting off cars as it sweeps across the vast beach.
Orbec, just 15 minutes away, is an ancient and pretty market town witha C14th church and medieval C18th and 19th houses and shops. Largely passed by in the C20th it is now reviving and local amenities include a post office, banks, estate agents, patisseries, boulangerie, charcuterie and restaurants.
Lisieux (20 minutes away) is the traditional seat of the Sub-Prefecture, and has a famous Gothic cathedral as well as other medieval and later churches. It was the birthplace of St. Therese who spent her religious life in the Carmel and died there aged 24 - there is now a C20th basilica in her honour. The swimming pool, department stores and cinema provide convenient options for light entertainment and excellent food is available at the Saturday morning market at the place de la Republic.
Paris can be reached in about 2 hours by road and 1 hr 45 min by train from Lisieux.
The region offers a huge range of activities, from wine and brandy tasting to sailing.