Le Bourg, Saint-Simeon, 61350
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Barn | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Situated in the centre of a small village, next to the church and a working farm. Enjoy summer evenings on the West Facing patio barbecuing local produce such as Gorronaise sausages. Alternatively dine simply on steamed mussels purchased locally but shipped directly from Mont St Michel.
The larger tourist sites such as the Normandy Beaches and Mont St Michel are within driving distance for days out. More locally is the medieval castle at Domfront, the spa town of Bagnole d'Orne, the historic town and cafés of Mayenne, canoeing and pancakes in Gorron, waterfalls in Mortain and the lake and local cider in the flower village of St Fraimbault.
The house is a converted barn, it has 3 bedrooms with 2 double beds and a set of bunk beds. There is an additional sofa bed in the large upstairs landing that we often use when guests come to stay. The house is in a working village complete with dairy farm and church with working bells that have always added to the charm for us. The kitchen is full of timber beams and has a wood burner, large oven, microwave etc. it also has an 8 seater pine table and a central island with 4 stools. There is a utility room complete with tumble dryer and washing machine. There is a downstairs cloakroom, an ensuite with bath and a main bathroom complete with large bath. The lounge is massive with occasional chairs and a large L shaped sofa. There is an X Box and satellite TV with UK free view channels. WiFi is available at a cost of £40 per stay. On leaving we ask you to please make sure the house is tidy, all washing up is done and put away, but the cleaning and laundry will be taken care of by our caretaker this is a set cost of £120 we do not make any money on this fee. The house is in a good state of repair, traditional on the outside but modern inside. As with all these houses it is a work in progress. If you are looking for a comfortable, spacious house, child and pet friendly, with all mod cons and set in a traditional french rural setting. Then please consider our home.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Dragey-Ronthon 79 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Nearest Amenities||9 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Flers 39 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 10|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
About this location
The Basse-Normandie region
This region of France is a delight to visit. It is an easy ferry crossing from the UK followed by a 2-2 1/2 hour drive. Normandy is a Cider growing region of France, and I would specifically recommend the pear cider for its champagne like bubbles and light flavour. In addition there are some delightful local cheeses and more famous ones like Camembert. In addition the region is known for its savoury pancakes, try the local creperie in Gorron! Another savoury dish is rillette which is spread on bread and they make in a traditional way in the boucherie next to the pancake shop in Gorron. The Normandy beaches and Mont St Michel are worth visiting at some time during your stay.
More locally there are some delightful festivals through out the summer such as the Flower Festival in St Fraimbault in August. This village also has a lake with lakeside cafe where I recommend the rose wine with added grapefruit cordial whilst watching the kids on the pedalos in the summer. There is a medieval town called Domfront built on a rocky outcrop complete with ruined castle. Check out the tourist office here and the manhole covers which all have the town crest. There is a spa town, golf course and casino at Bagnoles D'Orne. A wide section of the Mayenne river, nice restaurant, outdoor swimming pool and historic orchard in Ambrees Les Vallees. A great supermarket, canoeing, creperie, high wire tree climbing and mini golf course at Gorron. Brilliant bakers and a pizzeria in Passais De La Conception. Finally just 1 minute walk from the house is a a standing stone that once formed part of a pilgrimage route. The house itself is very sheltered and benefits from the evening sun. There is a working milk parlour on the other side of the lane and you will hear the hum of them milking first thing in the morning. The church is next door and the bells chime through out the day and night as they do in this entire region of France. I guess at some stage this would have been the only way of telling the time. Opposite the house and next to the milking parlour is our field, which we are slowly turning into an orchard. Up the lane, the road is lined with sweet chestnut trees that can be roasted on one of the houses wood burning stoves.
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