Normandy Rural Retreat
Farmhouse | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
La Petite Hyronniere is set in acres, mostly managed by sheep, but with fully fenced terraces and gardens back and front so your children can play safely.
Stone built farmhouse, ideal for relaxing with the whole family, a group of friends or a romantic getaway. Large bedrooms on all 3 floors give everyone their own space, whilst the traditional French living kitchen and fully furnished terraces provide venues for relaxed meals and conversation.
The house is a mixture of modern comfort with vintage touches - you will find many authentic French treasures I hope will add enjoyment and a touch of style to your holiday - use the authentic champagne bucket to chill your fizz!!
As well as the above ground pool, children's sandpit and paddling pool can be available.
See www.normandyruralretreat.com for more detail and offers.
Shooting stars are common in this part of Normandy, which can make an evening magical.
The front terrace is the formal area, with tables and chairs plus the BBQ. It looks over lawns which reach the boundary hedges and fences. The surface is hard compacted.
The rear terrace is pebble, with armchairs, sofa and sunloungers and hammocks. There can be a sandpit and paddling pool in this area if you wish. The back grass area is fully enclosed and gated.
Beyond the gates the grounds are wild, with many lovely spots for quiet contemplation, impromptu picnics or just enjoying a drink & a chat! There's a range of portable furniture to make painting, reading, or even staging a "Chocolat" style evening meal setting as easy as possible .
Walk the old "Chemin de feu" line into St Hilaire du Harcouet (takes about an hour) and enjoy a coffee and a browse in this lovely market town. The old railway line runs up to Mortain and beyond, and down to Mont St Michel, it's great for walking, bicycling, or even horse riding.
The loft suite has its own large bath under a sky light, great for the starry nights here in Normandy!! The loft suite can also have an extra single bed if requested.
The first floor has a family bathroom with typical French suite - bath with shower over, basin, bidet and toilet in separate room. There is plenty of room to dry children in this generously proportioned space, and a soft washable floor covering makes it ideal for babies and young children.
The first floor has 2 bedrooms, a family room which has a double bed plus a single/daybed and a twin room. Both rooms have wind down shutters for total blackout, plus top locking windows for your peace of mind.
The landing has a reading nook, with a fully stocked book case. Read the bedtime story sitting in the comfortable chair, then retire downstairs, safe in the knowledge that there are stair gates on both staircases, and a baby monitor to know if anyone needs you - so relax with that ice cold drink on the terrace and watch the stars!
On the ground floor the large shower room has grab handles for the less mobile, and a "Rain " shower head. The wood panelled downstairs double room can also have an extra single bed if requested.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||20 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Dinard 50 km, Nearest railway: Vire 20 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, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (5), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The living kitchen has a full size electric oven, and dual fuel hob plus microwave, fridge and freezer, great for proper cooking - good range of kit too, help yourself to fresh herbs and salads from the pots on both terraces. There's a dishwasher too, with detergent provided. A large wood burning stove sits in the stone hearth,(safety guard available for families)adding atmosphere and warmth on chilly days & evenings. A generous supply of wood is provided.
The wood panelled double room and shower room on the ground floor are ideal for those who prefer not to climb stairs.A single bed can be added to make this room a twin if preferred - please let me know when you book.
Relax in comfort to watch a dvd or just chat. There's an ipod dock if you want to listen to your own music/talking book. English Freeview TV channels and French TV, wi fi are all included, as are a selection of DVDs.
There is a front loading washing machine and drying rack . A washing line and pegs are provided too.
The first floor has 2 bedrooms, a large double with a single daybed too and a twin, plus a family bathroom with a typical French suite including bath with shower over, bidet and basin plus separate WC cubicle.
All windows above ground floor are lockable, for safety, and roller shutters (ground & 1st floor) give a complete blackout - perfect for children and light sleepers. First floor bedrooms have ceiling fans, the loft suite has an air conditioning unit for night time comfort in the summer.
The ground floor bedroom has a floor standing fan.
All bedrooms are generously proportioned, with plenty of hanging space and storage.
There's a good selection of books - help yourself, but try to leave the same number as you take.
A range of dvds is available too.
Family games from monopoly to scrabble, Pass the Bomb to chess are provided.
NO EXTRA CHARGES FOR BED LINEN OR TOWELS
Our welcome pack includes locally produced food - we will tailor this to suit specific dietary requirements when ever we can, but the basics are all provided, from Normandy butter, bread from the village boulangerie, milk,, tea bags sugar, Normandy cider (or beer or wine) and a few treats. Dishwasher tablets, washing up liquid, dishcloths and tea towels, bin bags and toilet roll are all waiting for your arrival too - though you may need to replenish some supplies during your stay!
If there is a baby in your party, not only do we have a travel cot, 2 high chairs (one with it's own suitcase for dining out), robust change table, baby bath and baby alarm, we also offer a range of plastic bowls and cups, soft tip spoons and baby cutlery, and a rugged stroller to save you packing yours. Let us know and it will all be waiting for you on arrival at no extra charge. We will also provide a few extras to make you holiday a bit easier.
|Further details outdoors|
Front terrace has 2 large tables one with joined benches, the other with separate chairs, parasol provided, charcoal bbq . Lawns to property boundry. Pots with herbs and salad on terrace although contents are weather dependant I'm afraid - this year's lettuces all bolted and the tomatoes are - well petite!
Terrace and lawns are secured with unobtrusive fencing, gated across the drive.
Back terrace has armchairs, sofas and coffee tables,, sunloungers plus loads of brightly coloured folding chairs for transporting around the grounds. Grassed area enclosed by unobtrusive fencing. Toddler sandpit & paddling pool can be available.
Above ground pool on back lawn is available June - September ONLY. (The apple blossom makes it impossible to keep clean earlier in the year - sorry!). I have stated it is unheated, however it is background heated overnight but actual temperature will depend on the air temperature. It is never icy cold.
Orchards at both ends of grounds - mainly cider apples, but some eating apples and pears, which you are welcome to pick and eat during your stay, likewise cherries blackberries and raspberries in season.
Parking for 4 cars on large turning area by stables at bottom of drive.
Changeover day is Friday or Sunday, although other days may be possible; arrival 6pm departure by 10.00am. We will try to work with your travel plans, but this will depend on other bookings.
In June, July and August bookings for complete weeks are preferred.
Pets are welcome . An additional fee is requested for each pet, details provided on request.
The Normandy region
Normandy is full of sheep, cows and cider orchards.Local produce to try includes cheese, cider, pommeau and calvados. Climate in Milly seems to be a little milder than in England, but similar.
In Springtime enjoy the primroses and apple blossom as well as the traffic free roads, local markets, fine dining and crowd free heritage sights.
A surprisingly rich gastronomy in addition to history. all year round.
Mont St Michel is about 25 miles, but so are beaches for fun family days out. The D day landing beaches of WW2 are worth a day trip. Towards St Malo, detour to Concale, and try some oysters, shucked for you, with half a lemon, sitting on the harbour wall - affordable luxury!
If travelling by plane to Dinard in the summer months, consider a Sunday morning detour to the seasonal market in the lovely coastal town of St Lunaire (April to March), as well as food of every kind,there are numerous artisans offering clothing, artwork, linens and household items.
St. Hilaire du Harcouet, Manche
Wednesday mornings is the largest market in Normandy - buy fresh produce from local farmers, fishermen or butchers to make a glorious base for a meal back at La Petite Hyronniere, or just sit with a coffee (locals call a white coffee a "Grande Creme") and watch the people, clog making and other crafts. Children love the live rabbits, ducks and chickens.
St Hilaire has a heated indoor pool, range of supermarkets and individual shops, loads of cafes and bistros plus a couple of fine dining restaurants. There's a large lake with play beaches a short walk from the bustling town centre.Take a drive to Fosse d'artur - walk among the beautiful woods, or book a pony ride, in Mortain enjoy walking in stunning countryside, with waterfalls, or swim in the huge heated outdoor pool.
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26 Aug 2013
"Fantastic family holiday home, everything catered for."
Right from booking, the owner of this property went out of her way to ensure we all enjoyed a fantastic holiday. Even though we arrived in a torrential downpour, so violent that we couldn't see … More
I am so glad you enjoyed your holiday, it was a pleasure meeting your family. Hope to see you here again soon.
1 Aug 2013
"Comfortable and well equipped property in great location"
Arrived to find no running water. Contacted owner who suggested checking external stop tap in road. Stop tap had been turned off so problem solved. No caretaker on site when we arrived. Caretakers husband arrived at 10pm but new virtually nothing about property. Welcome pack did not meet our expectations. Subsequently enjoyed the good facilities. Great for our young grandchildren. Good location, lots of internal and external space and great pool.Comfortable outdoor furniture. Loved using the fire bowl for late evenings outdoors. Good shopping facilities only 5-7 minutes by car. Met the owner later in the week who responded promptly and comprehensively to the problems we experienced on arrival. Would certainly go back again
I am glad we resolved your initial problems and you enjoyed the house and garden with your family; as I explained I have changed the caretaking arrangements, so your experience won't be repeated. I look forward to seeing you in France again soon.
29 Jul 2013
"Fantastic family retreat!"
This holiday was easy to book and any query I had prior to arrival was addressed very quickly by the owner herself. The directions to the property were detailed and easy to follow and recommendations … More
Great to know the holiday was what you expected - thanks for all the helpful ideas I have now put into practise - hope to see you here again soon.
20 Mar 2013
"Baby's first holiday (with parents and grandparents in tow!)"
La Petite Hyronniere - trip advisor reviewLa Petite Hyronniere is a traditional French farmhouse on the edge of the little village of Milly. It is beautifully decorated and stocked with everything you… More
I am glad you enjoyed your first family holiday, and the baby equipment worked for you. I've added home made alcoholic lemon cordial to the welcome pack - great for a relaxing drink on the terrace for a mummy while others prepare a meal. I do hope you'll be back soon. Jane :-) x
26 Oct 2012
"A fantastic family holiday!"
Sorry it's taken so long to getting round to this. We had a wonderful week here in July. Three generations and our two dogs! We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The house itself is beautiful. I… More
Thanks for the review; I am glad the fully enclosed gardens meant you were able to relax with your family and pets, and the baby and toddler kit was right for your family. I felt it was important to provide all the basics such as a robust buggy, baby monitor, proper change table and even a portable high chair, so families don't need to fill their car with equiptment; I'm adding new items for 2013, based on suggestions from the lovely families who have stayed this year : ) Jane x
24 Aug 2012
"what a brill place for holiday"
jane made our stay brilliant the three young kids enjoyed the pool the house is very big.Plenty of room,lovely food ready on arrival food pack was all lovely as was the bread.As was all aspect off hou… More
It was such fun having your family to stay, and I have now got a football net and goal targets!! I try to provide the very best I can for my guests, and in the heart of Normandy it is great to be able to share the local produce in the welcome pack, and to help guests plan and enjoy the ideal holiday for their party - hope to see you again soon : ) Jane x
22 Jul 2012
"A home from home."
Stayed here first fortnight in July with my husband & 2 young children, my parents & my brother & sister in law with their 9 month old baby.Fantastic house & Jane has truly thought of everything to ma… More
3 Jul 2012
"The house was very well equipped, an excellent vacation experience"
We travelled to Normandy from Canada with our four teenage children. The Normandy Rural Retreat farm house is very well equipped and well located. During the day we found lots of things to do in the area, including Juno Beach, Falaise Castle, Mont St Micheal, some local markets & a few different beaches. In the evening we relaxed at the house, with the swimming pool, videos & walks. We all enjoyed our visit and would love to visit again if we return to France.
Really happy you had a good stay. We hope having a laptop made it easier for you to check on mail and research trips while you were away. We hope to welcome you back to Milly in the future.
6 Nov 2011
"A real treat."
Never mind Rural Retreat this was a real treat of a place to stay. Everything you could possibly want in the way of home comforts but with the just the right amount of seclusion for a totally relaxin… More
I am so glad you enjoyed your stay, Hyroniere is a great place to stay if you are travelling solo, even though it can accomadate many it really is a 'get away from it all location'. We're looking to put more seating in the garden and the pool should be fitted with heating later in 2012 for more a more relaxing and indulgent experience! Markets are always enjoyable, a real must see!
Hope to see you back soon!
1 Nov 2011
"A lovely holiday, I would definitely stay here again."
We planned for a relaxing week of sun-bathing, meals out and the occasional cosy night in with a DVD. The excellent weather, lovely restaurants only a short drive away and the rather large television made this the perfect holiday - exactly what we had in mind. The property's just secluded enough for wonderful views, peace and quiet and nature (owls in the barns were a real treat) but close enough to civilisation that we never felt isolated or bored. Most of all, it felt genuinely French.
Thanks for your review. So glad you enjoyed the owls, the farm and the area. Hope we'll see you in France next year.
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