Normandy Rural Retreat
About the home
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.
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.
New for 2013 a firepit is located on the front terrace for those chillier evenings - a supply of wood is provided.
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 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.
On the ground floor the large shower room has grab handles for the less mobile, and a large "Rain " shower head
|Size:||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider:||Corporate lets|
|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, Internet access, DVD player|
|Pools:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Childrens pool|
|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 bathroom, 1 en suite and 1 shower room|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Single beds (3), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seating for 8, Lounge seating for 8|
|Other:||Linen and towels provided|
|Outdoors:||Private outdoor pool (unheated), Balcony / 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, 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.
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. We offer English TV at no extra charge.
There is a front loading washing machine and drying rack in the utility room as well as a small tumble drier. 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 cheese and butter, bread from the village boulangerie, organic milk, free trade orange juice, tea bags, ground coffee for the coffee maker, 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 like bibs and sensitive skin baby wipes 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.
New for 2013 - fire pit with wood supply.
Back terrace has armchairs, sofa and coffee table, 2 hammocks, 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(background heat June - August inclusive).
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.
Parking for 4 cars on large turning area by stables at bottom of drive.
Changeover day is Sunday arrival 4pm departure by 10.00am. We will try to work with your travel plans, but this will depend on other bookings.
Pets are welcome . An additional fee is requested for each pet, details provided on request.
Pets are welcome, an additional fee will be requested.
Bins and bags are provided free of charge - please clean up after your pet.
Note that due to lambs born in springtime, dogs must be on the lead outside of the fenced garden area.
The Normandy / Manche region
An agricultural region, local produce to try includes cheese, cider, pommeau and calvados. Climate in Milly seems to be a little milder than in England, but similar. A surprisingly rich gastronomy in addition to history.
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.
The St. Hilaire du Harcouet, Manche / Milly area
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.
How to get there
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Dinard Airport near St Malo has regular Ryanair flights from East Midlands and Stansted airports. Frequent special offers.
Flybe operate flights to Rennes on the following routes:
Aberdeen to Rennes
Belfast City to Rennes
Dublin to Rennes
Edinburgh to Rennes
Exeter to Rennes
Guernsey to Rennes
Glasgow Intl. to Rennes
Inverness to Rennes
Isle of Man to Rennes
Jersey to Rennes
Kirkwall to Rennes
Leeds Bradford to Rennes
Sumburgh to Rennes
Manchester to Rennes
Newcastle to Rennes
Southampton to Rennes
Stornoway to Rennes
it is 60 miles away, and there are a wide range of hire car operators there - it's worth checking the airport and flybe sites as there are frequent special offers.
Brittany Ferries and Condor Ferries are convenient - St Malo is about an hour away, Caen Ouistream about an hour and a half, Cherbourg in the region of 2 hours - all dependant on traffic.
Brittany Ferries charge £16.50 for each pet each way
Condor charge £30 for the first dog and £15 for each additional dog for a return crossing.
LD lines use Le Havre, which is just over 2 hours drive away.
Ferries from Dover into Calais or Bolougne are considerably less expensive than into the Normandy or Brittany ports, but do bear in mind the 4 hour drive, with fuel and peage (toll road) charges.
Activities near St. Hilaire du Harcouet, Manche
Golf within 30 mins drive
Rural / countryside retreats
20 Mar 2013
La Petite Hyronniere - trip advisor review
La Petite Hyronniere is a traditional French farmhouse on the edge of the little village of Milly. It is beautifully decorated and stocked with... 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... more
26 Oct 2012
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.... 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... more
24 Aug 2012
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... 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... more
|Rental prices originally quoted in: British £||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 8|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Early 2013||7 Jan 13||15 Jun 13||£ 450||£ 85||£ 85||4 Nights|
|Summer 2013||15 Jun 13||16 Sep 13||£ 750||-||-||1 Week|
|Autumn 2013||16 Sep 13||20 Dec 13||£ 500||£ 85||£ 90||4 Nights|
|Christmas New Year||20 Dec 13||7 Jan 14||£ 1050||£ 175||£ 175||4 Nights|
|Early 2014||7 Jan 14||14 Jun 14||£ 500||£ 85||£ 90||4 Nights|
|high season||14 Jun 14||13 Sep 14||£ 880||-||-||1 Week|
|autumn 2014||13 Sep 14||20 Dec 14||£ 550||£ 90||£ 95||4 Nights|
|Christmas New Year||20 Dec 14||10 Jan 15||£ 1200||£ 200||£ 200||4 Nights|
|Early 2015||10 Jan 15||13 Jun 15||£ 600||£ 90||£ 95||4 Nights|
|Summer 2015||13 Jun 15||12 Sep 15||£ 880||-||-||1 Week|
The property's weekend rates apply to: Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
Rental rates include all linens including tea towels.
A generous welcome pack including many Normandy specialities is provided.
Baby alarm, child saftey gates, baby bath, robust buggy and 2 high chairs (one with its own suitcase for restaurant dining en famille) but no cot bedding or cot linen provided.
A supply of wood for the log burner is included for bookings to June and from September.
A discount is available if 2 consecutive weeks or more are booked between 1st September 2013 and 14th June 2014. Please contact the owner for details.
Discount available on Brittany Ferries crossings.
Accept GBP or euro cheques or electronic bank transfers, cash .(Prices are in GBP - exchange rate will be agreed for euro payment at the time of payment).
Credit card payment via PayPal - a small administration charge applies, please ask for details.
A deposit is required in addition to property rental; this will be returned within 14 days of the return of keys to the caretaker, less any deductions for damages or excessive cleaning.
A 25% deposit secures a booking, payment in full is due 8 week before arrival.
An additional fee will be charged for each pet - details on request.Enquire now
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