Maison de la Providence
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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||Houlgate, Deauville, Trouville 30 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|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 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 C.20 th 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 on Place de la Republique.
Paris can be reached in about 2 hours by road and 1 hr 45 min by train from Lisieux.
The region offers a wide range of attractions - horse riding, rambling, exploring Gothic, Medieval and Renaissance architecture - Churches, abbeys, manor houses, Chateaux, beach -side sports and amusements, sailing, surfing, sand yachting, golf, tennis, cycling, WWII history (Normandy Landings), eco- agriculture and horticulture, gastronomic explorations - dairy (cheeses), seafood, cider and plenty of wine tastings..
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1 Oct 2012
"Property with lots of character in a quiet rural area but within easy reach of local towns and attractions (by car)."
We are a family of five with children aged 16,14, 11. The aim for our holiday in France was simple: Week 1- beach, Week 2 - rural/countryside, Week 3 -town/city. We chose Maison de la Providence for our rural week.
St Julien de Mailloc is a small and quiet hamlet but within easy reach of large towns and nearby attractions - a car is essential. The house itself is quirky and full of character with a large garden and a little stream. Plenty of dried provisions, oils, herbs etc were provided in the store cupboard on a replace as you use basis which was a nice touch. The older children loved the bedroom layout in the older part of the house with the combination of the double and the mezzanine twin, their own bathroom and direct access into the garden in the morning. We chose to use the second sitting room as a bedroom for our youngest who was delighted to have space to himself. The master bedroom is reached by a spiral staircase and is lovely - it was also great to open the shutters and look out onto the garden each morning. Parts of the house are two hundred years old so the taller members of our party had to watch out for some low door frames - don't worry there are cushions above the problem doors to protect you! Even with two days of rain during our week the house was warm and cosy so there was no need for us to use the stove and log fire that so many previous visitors seem to have enjoyed. We had no diifculties with shopping - the nearest boulangerie is five minutes by car and there is a choice of supermarkets in the Lisieux area.
Normandy itself has so much to offer - there is so much to see and do and we had a super week... Bayeux (Tapestry, British War Cemetery, Cathedral), the Landing Beaches, the beaches at Houlgate, Trouville, Deauville, the American Cemetery at Colville, Arromanches, the Mulberry Harbours. We also found time to explore the local area - we cycled through lots of the villages (can be quite hilly but a lovely area) and used the car to get to Orbec (lovely old buildings) and Lisieux. We really liked Lisieux Cathedral - we had used it as a landmark and driven past it most of the week. When we finally went inside we found it utterly amazing - well worth a visit!
We didn't want to leave Normandy but we had the next week of our holiday to look forward to!
The owner of Maison de La Providence was helpful throughout - directions and arrangements were clear and easy to understand and e-mails helpful.
19 Sep 2012
"Charming, quirky, unspoiled home in a tranquil location."
We stayed at the house with friends and our two children who spent most of their time playing in the stream running beside the garden. The house is surrounded by woodland and situated in a sleepy hamlet. It is great on arrival to be enveloped in the peace and tranquility of this place.
The house feels like a home and there is nothing there to spoil its ancient charm which is complimented by the quirky, well selected furnishings. We have now identified many different birds in the wilderness beyond the stream.
This was our second visit and we love the simple charm of the place.
5 Sep 2012
"Tranquillity at its Best"
A landlord that was very helpful when my bank lost the rent payment.. Well equiped kitchen and a very nice diningroom that easily sits 8 people. Beatyful and pieceful garden completely seald off from outside noice.. Wonderful markets in the vicinity. We bought fish, maeat,cheese and bread of excellent quality. This made us cook dinner at home every day of the week.
I would love to return next year! The only missing items are a barbeque in the garden and a WiFi connection.
27 Aug 2012
"Very dirty house"
The house has not been cleaned for weeks, everything was dirty and sticky. The owner ignored my email, not even appologised for the situation, but asked to leave earlier than previously agreed (10 o'clock instead of 12). I checked the review book at the house and it looks like I'm not the first to complain. Not recommended for anyone.
On 18 Aug., I informed this holiday maker that I understood the outgoing group had left a mess, had sent away the cleaning lady ( she maintains high standards) when she came to clean, thus leaving her much less time when she returned later in the day to do her job. In case of need,included in my email were my phone no. and the cleaning lady's. The next day the holiday maker emailed asking for compensation and refusing my request to leave earlier on change over day so as to avoid any risk of the previous morning's unpleasantness recurring. In my reply, I accepted his decision not to cooperate on timing. At the time of booking, I had at his request, already given him a discount on the rental.
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