About the home
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, 18km|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
Nearest amenities: 100m
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||May take pets - please enquire|
No smoking at this property
|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 bathroom and 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Single beds (4), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seating for 10, Lounge seating for 11|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Balcony / 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 / Seine-Maritime 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.
The Saint Vaast d'Equiqueville area
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.
How to get there
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Euro tunnel to Calais, then take autoroute A16 then A28 . Come off at junction 6 signposted Londinieres
Activities near Saint Vaast d'Equiqueville
Tennis in town
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
27 Feb 2013
We all fell in love with the place - it far exceeded our expectations. Beautiful building, beautifully furnished...
Our weekend there was lovely but too short and we will definitely be back.... more
26 Feb 2013
What a delightful place for a holiday! The house is gorgeous & the owners really have thought of everything. It was like staying in someone's own house, rather than in a holiday rental; comfortable beds & armchairs, real fires, well equipped, warm, full of character & charm, clean & PEACEFUL! All you can hear most of the time is birdsong, the occasional whinny of one of the horses & the odd passing vehicle. In the sleepy little French village of St Vaast, we could walk the dog, to pick up delicious, freshly baked croissants for breakfast from a choice of two bakeries. Nearby Dieppe was a short drive, with its pretty port & some super restaurants plus shopping. The countryside is unspoilt & we went on some long cycle rides around the lanes; some of which were open only to bicycles, walkers & horses. Just such a treat to get away from the hurly burly of normal life & spend a week in such a wonderful location. Ideal for families; loads of space in the house & a really thoughtfully designed COOKS kitchen with proper pans & an abundance of equipment,plus a giant fridge!
14 Jan 2013
We stayed for Christmas in 2012 for 5 nights with 2 other families and loved the place. The property is huge with 3 bedrooms on the first floor and a further 3 on the top floor. Downstairs the lounge/dining room has a large sofa with falt screen TV and dining table for 10 and the kitchen breakfast room is huge as well with open plan kitchen and a large breakfast area with a log stove. The house is a 20 minute drive from Dieppe and about 10 minutes to the nearest Carrefour. The village has a shop and bar about 2 minutes walk round the corner. A day trip to Paris is half hour drive to the station at Auffay and then its 2 hours to Paris with a change in Rouen. The property is very old so dont expect everything to be brand new but we found it to be a very nice mix of new (brand new kitchen with 6 burner stove) and old (the staircase is over 100 years old). There are lots of nice touches such as hundreds of DVDs, games for the kids, loads of books and the owners even went over and put up a tree and decorations for Christmas before we arrived.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 10|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|6 Jan 13||16 Feb 13||£ 800||-||£ 400||3 Nights|
|16 Feb 13||24 Feb 13||£ 1000||-||-||1 Week|
|24 Feb 13||29 Mar 13||£ 900||-||£ 450||3 Nights|
|29 Mar 13||14 Apr 13||£ 1250||-||-||1 Week|
|14 Apr 13||25 May 13||£ 1000||-||£ 500||3 Nights|
|25 May 13||2 Jun 13||£ 1250||-||-||1 Week|
|2 Jun 13||20 Jul 13||£ 1000||-||£ 500||3 Nights|
|20 Jul 13||1 Sep 13||£ 1250||-||-||1 Week|
|1 Sep 13||26 Oct 13||£ 1000||-||£ 500||3 Nights|
|26 Oct 13||3 Nov 13||£ 1100||-||-||1 Week|
|3 Nov 13||21 Dec 13||£ 800||-||£ 400||3 Nights|
|21 Dec 13||29 Dec 13||£ 1250||-||-||5 Nights|
|29 Dec 13||5 Jan 14||£ 1250||-||£ 700||3 Nights|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
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A refundable £300 damages deposit is applicable to all bookings.
Prices are inclusive of heating, bed linen, a towel for each guest and tea towels.
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The owner is based in the United Kingdom and has advertised with Holiday Lettings since 2008. This manor house has received 9 reviews from previous guests.
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