About the home
Les Frenes is set in 17 acres of gardens with heated swimming pool, tennis court, a lake for fishing and some lovely walks in the grounds among rare trees, flowers and birds. There is a Japanese Water Garden, as well as the River Vie flowing at the foot of the property.
Les Frenes is an attractive converted cider barn with exposed stonework and beamed ceilings. Set over three floors, it is open plan and spacious, with far reaching views across the gardens and swimming pool.
The pace of life in Normandy is slow, long leisurely lunches under a shady tree or in a little restaurant are an integral part of the day. The cheeses of the region are legendary and are named after many of our local towns Livarot, Pont L'Eveque. The village of Camembert is just 2 miles away . The North Coast with its golden sands and elegant seafront promenade is a pleasant drive away.
|Size:||Sleeps up to 12, 5 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach:||Deauville, 45km|
|Will consider:||House swaps|
Nearest amenities: 2km
|Family friendly?||Suitable for children of all ages|
Suitable for people with restricted mobility
|Notes:||No pets allowed|
No smoking at this property
|Pool:||Shared outdoor pool (heated)|
|General:||Central heating, Wi-fi available|
|Standard:||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities:||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms:||5 Bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 2 family bathrooms and 1 en suite|
|Furniture:||Sofabeds (1), Single beds (6), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seating for 12, Lounge seating for 12|
|Other:||Linen provided, please check with the advertiser regarding towels|
|Outdoors:||Shared outdoor pool (heated), Balcony / Terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Shared tennis court on site, Private fishing lake / river|
Further details indoors:
Les Frenes (the Ashes) is split over three levels offering generous accommodation and is ideal for a family gathering. It sleeps 10/12 people, there are 2 double rooms each with private bathroom and 2 twin rooms (one of these can be made up as a double on request) plus a further bathroom.
The upper level has three bedrooms (including en suite), a galleried landing and a further shower room. The mid level has a very spacious sitting room with plenty of comfortable chairs . There is a good sized kitchen (with microwave and dishwasher) and breakfast bar. There is also a large dining table beneath a galleried landing with windows and exposed beams above, it comfortably accommodates a large group. There are several windows, some overlooking the pine trees and some the grounds and lake, as well as a French door which looks over the pool terrace.
The lower level has one large double room with doors opening onto a terrace overlooking the garden and another twin bedroom There is a bathroom on this level as well as a small kitchen. This lower terrace has a barbecue and garden table and chairs to seat up to 12 people.
Further details outdoors:
There is plenty to do in the grounds which has a woods, lake, japanese water garden, rare trees and flowers and many nice walks to enjoy.
Please note that we have three further properties on this estate, these are two 2 bedroom cottages, Les Bambous and Les Chenes, and our 5 bedroom farmhouse, Les Pommiers.
The properties are ideal for an extended family gathering. Many families have chosen Les Patis to celebrate their special anniversaries and birthdays together. Please ask for details.
Bookings are from Saturday to Saturday, except in Les Pommiers which is Friday to Friday. Short breaks for a minuimum of four nights are available from October - April. We ask for a 25% non refundable security deposit upon booking with the balance due 8 weeks before your holiday.
The Normandy / Orne region
Our region is steeped in History and holds delights for all ages and interests. The Normandy Beaches of the historical D Day landings are an easy drive from here. Bayeux with its magnificent hand worked tapestry, majestic Cathedral and many restaurants, is less than an hour away.
Monet's House and Gardens at Giverney , though a little further away, are a memorable way to spend a day. Honfleur , with its charming fishing port, surrounded by first class seafood restaurants, is very close. A delicious lunch followed by a stroll around the art galleries, or a sight of artists painting in the streets is all part of the pleasure.
Experience the hot spa baths of Bagnoles de l'Orne in picturesque Swiss Normandy. Visit Falaise Castle , childhood home of William the Conquerer and the beautiful Chateau of Vendeuvre with landscaped water gardens and the largest collection of miniature furniture in the world.
The Vimoutiers area
Vimoutiers town is less than one mile away, and has a traditional square with a beautiful church at one end with double spires and vibrant stained glass windows. There is a choice of boulangerie shops with delicious bread, cakes and croissants, as well as a small supermarket and several little restaurants, cafes and shops. There is a large supermarket on the edge of the town.
There are lots of different activities to enjoy all within a short drive from Les Patis. The local horse riding stables has days out on horseback with a picnic, as well as one hour lessons in groups for all skill levels. The nearsest Golf course is at Clecy, about 45 minutes drive and is known as one of the loveliest in the area.
There are several Local Markets nearby selling fresh local produce. Cheese and Cider Making are local specialities. For the more adventurous there is white water Canoeing along the river, another really good day out. There is an apple fair in Vimoutiers in October each year, when an amazing feat of construction takes place in the town using only apples! Not to be missed!
A smart bicycle hire shop is open in the town, its cycles would not look out of place in the Tour de France! Fishing in our own lake will yield large and healthy carp, tench and roach. No licence is needed.
How to get there
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Brittany Ferries and L D Lines sail from Portsmouth to Caen and Le Havre (1 hour from Vimoutiers) Transmanche sail from Newhaven to Dieppe (2 hours away) and P&O Ferries and Speedferries sail from Dover to Calais and Boulogne (about 3 hours away)
Activities near Vimoutiers
Tennis in town
Rural / countryside retreats
Beach or lakeside relaxation
24 Oct 2012
Our extended family, including 4 grandparents and two kids, had a fantastic stay at Les Frenes in June, 2012. The house is big and the 3 floors allowed for flexibility in room arrangements so we... more
07 Oct 2012
The all pervading smell of damp and mould on the ground floor almost had me walking straight out before our holiday had even begun. The double downstairs bedroom had mould on the junction between... more
This is a detailed and damning review, and we are saddened and sorry that these clients found so much wanting in our much loved holiday property. We responded fully and immediately to the letter... more
03 Oct 2011
10 of us ( Family ) Stayed at Les Patis/ Les Frens, in the last week of September, The weather was perfect, the children all enjoyed the tennis, the fab pool, and the fishing. The town of Vimoutiers was easy to get to from Caen port and not too long a drive for the children. The place is steeped in history , the countryside in fantastic ( and we live in Pembrokeshire) , shopping is a doddle ,everyone is friendly . We all loved every moment of it and cant wait to go back.
|Rental prices originally quoted in: Euros €||Convert to:|
|Prices for group size 10|
|Period||From||To||Weekly||Nightly rate|| Minimum |
|Spring||23 Mar 13||26 May 13||€ 1210||-||-||1 Week|
|Early Summer||26 May 13||1 Jun 13||€ 1530||-||-||1 Week|
|Special June Offer||1 Jun 13||29 Jun 13||€ 1100||-||-||1 Week|
|Special July Offer||29 Jun 13||14 Jul 13||€ 1350||-||-||1 Week|
|High Summer||14 Jul 13||1 Sep 13||€ 1820||-||-||1 Week|
|Late Summer||1 Sep 13||15 Sep 13||€ 1530||-||-||1 Week|
|Autumn||15 Sep 13||3 Nov 13||€ 1210||-||-||1 Week|
The property does not have weekend tariffs.
NB: Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.
A 25% deposit is required upon booking (this is not refundable) the balance is due 8 weeks before your holiday. We ask for a 250 pound refundable security deposit for the property. DISCOUNT OFFERED FOR 2 WEEK BOOKINGS outside peak season Bedlinen is included but not towels. You need to bring your own tennis raquets and balls.
Please note that we have two further properties on this estate, two 2 bedroom cottages, Les Bambous and Les Chenes.. Also principal farmhouse sleeps 10 available for selected summer weeks. Please ask for details when you e mail.Enquire now
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