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.
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22 Feb 2014
"The Perfect Christmas"
We stayed at the wonderful French home Christmas 2013. We have 5 children and took the grandparents including great granny so the age group was 1 to 91. We had the best time! The house has lots of … More
27 Feb 2013
"Wow, what a fantastic house!"
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. We've… More
26 Feb 2013
"Our dream holiday house in France!"
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
"Beautiful French Manor House"
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.
7 Sep 2012
"Excellent House, but got ripped off"
There's no doubt that Les Hortensias is a wonderful holiday home, big, light and airy, with a friendly village shop, access to a lengthy off-road cycle track and a football court in the village w… More
This review and the one before it are from the same party - 2 families staying for 2 weeks in summer. They had a lovely holiday but unfortunately damage was done to the side of the kitchen work surface. The burn may have happened on the morning they were leaving, which would explain why they didn't notice it. They were sent a photo and it was slow in arriving due to logistical difficulties, the guests were kept informed of this so perhaps it came after the review was posted. We welcome constructive feedback and have fixed the door handle! Unfortunately accidents can happen, which is why people take deposits. It is very rare that we have had to retain any deposit and never has it been for more than a few pounds or with any disagreement, so this is a first for us. We like our guests to be happy and have a great experience in our dear old house, she needs to be loved and have joy and laughter ringing through her. We are sorry that these particular guests had their happy memory a little tarnished but hope that they will understand.
1 Sep 2012
"A lovely house in need of some TLC; owner never returned our deposit"
We really enjoyed staying in this house with our friends and family. It was quirky, with an almost faded grandeur about it. Some of the house and grounds clearly need some attention. The unstable brickwork on the pillar of the rear gate, for example, looks dangerously precarious. On a less worrying note, one night I thought I might not be able to get out of my bedroom as the door handle had come off the door!
I wouldn't bother mentioning any of these factors had the owner not refused to return our £300 damage deposit on the base of an unsubstantiated claim that we damaged a kitchen worktop during our stay. He promised to send us a photo of the damage but never did (this is over three weeks since our stay there). None of us recall any damage being caused during our stay so it was very disappointing to hear his claim, especially considering that the property is not in pristine condition and - as I say - seems in need of some attention throughout.
The local village - and the locals - are lovely. There is a great enclosed astro turf 5-a-side football court which our children made good use of during our stay.
Please see the response to the review immediately after, as these guests were in the same party.
31 Jul 2012
"Exceeded our (high) expectations!"
Our family group of seven (six adults, one child) stayed at Les Hortensias for a week in July and we wished it had been longer. The house is beautiful, very grand and sympathetically furnished, yet cosy and relaxing. The gardens and paddock are great and the view at the back of the house is stunning, we spent several afternoons and evenings just playing/lounging around at the property. Our four year old loved the play equipment and feeding the horse, he was also delighted with the amazing and unexpected selection of toys and children's books at the house, as were we.
The village is pretty and the local shop/cafe very handy. We hired bikes from the cafe and went for a 20km round trip along the Avenue Verte that goes right through the village; despite the fact that our group was of very mixed ability, this was one of the holiday's highlights (beware the buggies though - they are much harder to pedal and not as much fun as they look!). We went to a couple of lovely beaches (within half an hours drive), played golf, visited Dieppe and the nearby V1 rocket site in the forest. There is so much to do in the area, a week really didn't do it justice.
30 Jul 2012
"A gorgeous house for a family stay"
We were two families, and the house fitted our needs perfectly. A lovely lawn area sits outside the kitchen - perfect for aperitifs, looking out on the countryside. There was plenty of room for the ch… More
23 Sep 2011
"Les Hortensias is simply as good as it gets - the house and gardens are in a different league."
Our stay in Les Hortensias, St Vaast, was ideal, it is simply as good as it gets. We managed to wind down completely, our children trickled into the house, as if they had lived there forever, they loved the gardens, the horses and the play area – all contained and very safe and we all appreciated the relaxed pace and stunning surroundings. The village is a gem: petanque, play area, church, boulangerie and bistro bar, all within easy walking distance. There is so much to see in the local area, from the history, war memorial sites, Dieppe's very impressive spa and salt pool, to the beaches, Rouen, green cycle route etc. But really, the very best bit was being in the house itself and relaxing with family – fantastic; toasting in front of the log burner and just appreciating the beauty and peace of the space was very special. We count ourselves lucky to have encountered such a visually stunning home, however, it was more than just beautiful; it was also comfortable and relaxing. Les Hortensias is exceptionally well-equipped, plentiful hot water and powerful shower, laundry facilities, great kitchen, big comfortable beds, snuggle down sofas, formal dinning space and stunning views from every angle – better even than the photos can show, with delightful touches everywhere. We have stayed in many lovely places over the years – Les Hortensias is in a different league, it has everything, character, space, comfort and peace, difficult to describe and equally difficult to forget.
27 Aug 2011
"A stunning house in a beautiful area.. we were overwhelmed!"
A pretty and very characterful maison in a little village close to many interesting tourist attractions, well equipt and very much a home. We felt priviledged that Meryl & Tim allowed us to share th… More
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