Normandy Luxury Character Gite
Villa | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Set off a quiet country lane in the Orne district of Normandy, ideal for those seeking peace and tranquillity, this romantic, delightful detached 18th century colombage retreat has been renovated to provide all amenities. Rich in original features, the property offers Louis Philippe décor, wooden floors and beautiful panelled rooms with wonderful high ceilings providing light and space. Large French windows lead out onto the terrace and surrounding private garden. The pretty town of Vimoutiers is only 3.5 kms, with its lively market, restaurants and Camembert museum.
Within easy driving distance are Lisieux with St Theresa Basilica Cathedral, and St Pierre sur Dives, giving the opportunity to browse around the antique markets or visit the 11th-century Benedictine abbey. • Free wifi. • All linen included • No smoking • The sandy beaches at Deauville and Trouville are less than an hour's drive.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Villers-sur-Mer 56 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3.5 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Lisieux 28 km|
|Family friendly||Suitable for children over 5, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Video player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden|
|Further details indoors|
Ground floor: Large dining room with wooden floors, rococo ceiling and log burning stove, French windows to covered terrace. Large panelled living room with log burning stove, and French windows to garden. Well-equipped modern kitchen. Large double bedroom with door to garden, en-suite bathroom, over-bath shower and WC. Twin bedroom. WC
First floor: Double bedroom with wash basin and en-suite bathroom, WC
• Large enclosed garden with covered terrace.
• Electric heating (by meter reading)
• Garden furniture
|Further details outdoors|
• Ample parking.
• Surrounding private, secluded garden with countryside views or fields all round.
• Mature garden with large trees including fruit trees: plum, pear and apple and a walnut tree.
Electricity by meter reading. Useage charged at cost price.
Optional final cleaning charge of €25 if you don't want to clean before you leave.
The Normandy region
The pretty town of Vimoutiers is only 3.5 kms, with its lively market, restaurants and Camembert museum. Camembert itself is only about 3 km away. Within easy driving distance are Lisieux with St Theresa Basilica Cathedral, and St Pierre sur Dives, giving the opportunity to browse around the antique markets or visit the 11th-century Benedictine abbey. It is under an hour's drive to the sandy Normandy beaches, including the popular holiday resorts of of Deauville and Trouville. Rouen is about an hour's drive. The renowned Cerza Zoo is about half an hour's drive.
The weather is similar to that of the south-west of England,maybe a degree or two warmer. In summer temperatures can reach in excess of 30 degrees C.
Jewel of the Pays d'Auge, the town of Vimoutiers was founded over one thousand years ago and now has approximately 5000 inhabitants.
In the northeast of the Orne départment, Vimoutiers is located in a wide valley, at the bottom of which the small La Vie river peacefully flows. The ground is clay but ferruginous, and is ideal pastureland. Apple trees fill the fields and the hillsides around the town. Vimoutiers is located on the D979 road, 17 miles (27 kilometers) south of Lisieux and 20 miles (32 kilometers) northeast of Argentan. It is the capital of its canton, a local administrative division.
The inhabitants are called the ‘vimonastériens’.
The name Vimoutiers appears to come from the old French moustier or monstier, from the Latin monasterium (which means monastery), combined with the name of the small river flowing through the town - the Vie. In old manuscripts, the name is spelled in various ways: Vimoustier, Viefmoustier, Viemoutier, Vieilmoutier, and Vimoutier. Even older parchments mention Vimonasterium, Viæ Monasterium, Vetus Monasterium, Vita Monasterium, and Vimosterium.
By the treaty of Saint-Clair sur Epte, signed in 911 AD, the French King Charles III gave all of Normandy to Rollo, the (Viking) Duke of Normandy. All the lands were thus gathered into the Duchy of Normandy. During the Middle Ages, one characteristic of the region was the presence of many monasteries. In 994, Vimoutiers belonged to the Abbey of Jumièges. In the Year of Our Lord 1024, Richard III (‘The Good’) confirmed the possession of all these lands and gave the monks of Jumièges the fortified manor that the Dukes had kept for themselves. After the Hundred Years' War (1337 - 1453), Vimoutiers became a prosperous town. Cheeses, such as Camembert, and other dairy and farm products ensured the town's fame. In the XVIIth century, Vimoutiers became even more well known thanks to the reputation of the Cretonne cloth (‘toile cretonne’), also called Vimoutiers cloth (‘toile de Vimoutiers’), invented in around 1640 by one Paul Creton, who was born in the town. The textile industry became so large that in 1867 a census showed about 5000 weavers in the region.
Until the Second World War (1939-1945), Vimoutiers had a strong economy and remained a prosperous municipality. Its output - mainly cheeses and ciders - contributed in large part to the worldwide renown of Norman gastronomy.
Unfortunately, on June 14, 1944, a bombing killed over 200 townspeople and destroyed 90% of the town. A rich and irreplaceable heritage was lost. Reconstructed rapidly, Vimoutiers is today still a commercial centre, facing the same challenges that all middle-sized rural towns have to deal with at the end of this century.
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