Manor House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Les Hortensias is a beautiful 5 bedroom maison de maitre dating from the 1840s sleeping 8-10 people. Positioned in the village of St Vaast d’Equiqueville, it lies in the Bethune valley at the edge of the Pays de Bray and Seine Maritime and is about 20 minutes drive inland from the pretty port of Dieppe or an hour and a half from Calais.
Les Hortensias is set in 3 acres, which is a mixture of walled garden and paddocks, there is plenty of opportunity to relax and dine al fresco or explore the fields which are grazed by an old Camarguais horse and his pony companion.
The well appointed accommodation provides a kitchen / diner, a salon / diner and cloakroom on the ground floor. There are 3 generous bedrooms (2 doubles and 1 large single), a laundry room and a large bathroom on the first floor. On the second floor there are 2 bedrooms (1 twin and 1 single), a shower room and large relaxing / play area, with sofa bed.
There is a TV in the salon that receives terrestrial French TV and Astra satellite transmissions providing BBC & ITV programmes amongst others, along with a DVD and Cassette player and a large library of films. The kitchen diner has a stereo CD player with ipod connection. The 2nd floor has a selection of toys and a library.
|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Dieppe 18 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||100 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Beauvais, Nearest railway: Dieppe 18 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
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 11|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Further details outdoors|
Three garden tables & plenty of chairs. Some further outdoor games equipment.
Petanque / boule set.
An assortment of owners bicyles are available at users risk.
A large wooden climbing frame with slide, bridge and swings is located in a separate closed garden (the old potager).
The Normandy region
Picture postcard Normandy is traditionally famous for its apple orchards, cider and calvados, its lovely brown and white cows and typical timber framed long houses; the reality certainly lives up to the image and its lush countryside has been called the larder of Paris. Magnificent white cliffs edge the coast; many of the pebble beaches have large expanses of sand for several hours either side of low tide.The dramatic events of the second world war continue to resonnate particularly along the coast where the beaches used for allied landings are much visited. Locally the eeire V1 rocket site at Ardouval is well worth a visit.
Saint Vaast d'Equiqueville
The village of St Vaast boasts 2 bakeries, a village shop and bar for groceries and fresh fruit & vegetables, plus a church, village hall, petanque pitch, tennis court and football pitch. The small, sparkling Bethune river runs through the centre of the village.
Cycling is a national sport in France and Normandy is no exception, the majority of roads are a delight, uncrowded and well maintained. However roads are not the only place to cycle and the area is blessed with the Avenue Verte - a purpose made track that runs along the disused Dieppe to Paris railway and currently links Dieppe to Forges-les-Eaux, it passes through St Vaast and as well as being open to walkers is used for cycling, roller skating and horse riding. It is the perfect safe environment for all the family to take a cycle ride together. A recent development is that the village shop is now hiring out peddle go karts for 1,2 or 4 people, to ride on the Avenue Verte; its great fun and very useful for little ones who don't ride a bike.
Nearby Dieppe offers its dramatic Chateau Museum, many restaurants, boutiques, antique shops and hypermarkets along with its bustling Saturday market held in the pedestrianised Grande Rue - a great place to buy local produce. Quai Henri IV bordering the marina is lined with a mouth watering array of restaurants specializing in sea food and the famous moules-frites dish.
The new Thalasotherapy complex, on the sea-front opposite the Casino is great for adults and children. It has both indoor and outdoor heated salt-water pools and offers a full range of swimming (counter current , slide, etc. ) & treatment options.
Dieppe has a long promenade by the sea front with a large, pebbly beach, nearby are numerous smaller beaches, many with large expanses of sand, such as St Martin en Compagne.
Golfers are well served in the area with the excellent St Saens 18 hole course with its chateau clubhouse also offering an excellent restaurant and bar.
The local produce of the area includes the heart shaped Neufchatel cheese along with cider, calvados, honey, and of course the wonderfully fresh seafood.
There are many beautiful gardens to visit locally such as Les parcs de Moutiers at Varengeville, designed by Gertrude Jeykell and yes, the house was designed by Lutchens. At Giverny, which is about a two hour drive away, you can visit Monet's home and studio as well as his famous garden. There are some gorgeous chateaux to visit such as Mesniers and Miromesnille, both about 12 km away.
Other family attractions are Parc des Cleres (gardens and animals), about 1/2 hours drive away, Parc Asterix about 1 hours drive south and of course Euro Disney, about 2 hours drive.