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La Foret-Auvray holiday gite rental with internet access, walking and log fire and rural retreat

Orangerie Large Gite Normandy

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Gite / 7 bedrooms / sleeps 15 Home 30830

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Gite / 7 bedrooms / sleeps 15

Key Info
  • Nearest beach 45 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Perfect for a large group, L'Orangerie sleeps up to 15 Adults plus children. It offers plenty of space throughout all its rooms and gardens. Built in 1703, and originally a part of Le Chateau de la Foret Auvray, it stands adjacent to this privately owned historic monument, with magnificent views of the original 8th Century Priory walls and towers.

The property has been restored to offer a hugely spacious and comfortable house for large groups of family and/or friends wishing to holiday together, yet have space for privacy. The main sitting room is 80+sqm. There is a second smaller annexed reading room, perfect for watching DVDs or relaxing with a book. The kitchen is large, and very well equipped - you should find everything you need to cater for large groups, including 2 fridge freezers. The separate dining room will easily seat 18.

All the 7 bedrooms are very spacious, all with at least a double, and most with two beds (a total of 8 doubles, 4 singles, and 4 quality z-beds) giving you plenty of choice regarding sleeping arrangements.

Two downstairs traditionally furnished en-suite bedrooms are perfect for those who may be slightly less mobile. Upstairs modern en-suite bedrooms all have exposed original beams (very rustic).

The size of this property allows everyone to come together in the same living rooms, but at the same time there is plenty of space for private time too! Stunning views from the house up the valley across the lush hillside forest allow you to enjoy the best of the Suisse Normande, from every angle - you don't need to leave the house and gardens!. Lots of local wildlife and birds (hares, martens, red squirrels, badgers, occasional wild boar). Close by are the Grand Randonnee 36 footpaths and many other walking/cycling paths. There is easy access to Normandy's lovely beaches (1 hr); and it is close to other historical locations (Falaise, Bayeux, landing beaches, Camembert, Livarot).

The house has all quality amenities you will need to bring a large group together for great holiday - summer sunshine in the big private gardens or warm winter break snug with the log fire and central heating. Good supply of books, games, guide books, and complimentary bikes (and hats) supplied for all ages.

We pride ourselves on the feedback received from our previous guests, reflecting how well equipped and clean the house is, and the very positive impressions made by the well maintained gardens.

Strictly no smoking or pets in property.

Size Sleeps up to 15, 7 bedrooms
Rooms 7 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms and 6 En suites
Nearest beach Ouistream 45 km
Will consider Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car essential
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Carpiquet 50 km, Nearest railway: Alencon 25 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player
General Central heating, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Furniture 1 Sofa beds, Double beds (8), Single beds (6), Cots (1), Dining seats for 18, Lounge seats for 20
Other Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair
Outdoors Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Swing set
Access Secure parking, Suitable for people with restricted mobility, Wheelchair users
Further details indoors

We recognise large parties need ample space and comfortable seating. In the sitting rooms, additional to the 3 complete lounge suites and various single chairs, there is a huge 4 metre low oak settle (from Liverpool Lime Street Railway Station - 1897) with cushions, that makes a perfect seat for reading and relaxing. There are plenty of informative books with details about the region, and a huge selection of novels (more than 150) to suit all tastes and a large variety of games for all ages. Additional to the oil central heating (for cooler months - October to April inc.) the main room has a large wood burning stove, which produces a massive 16 kilowatts of heat - perfect to take the chill off an early spring or autumn night, and truly cosy for the cooler evenings. All bathrooms have a heated towel rail, and the upstairs bedrooms all have electric heaters.

All but one of the 7 bedrooms (the triple single bedroom) have generous sized fully equipped en-suites including shower/wc/heated towel rail/basin and toiletries stand. There is a separate private bathroom supplying this bedroom which does not have its own en-suite.

There are 2 DVD players. We have a selection of DVDs in the house that will appeal to all ages - inlcuding an excellent stock of historical DVDs describing aspects of the Normandy Landings, and looking further back - the Norman Conquests.


Further details outdoors

The gardens are large, and overlook the spectacular forest backdrop, which makes the Suisse Normande such a popular destination - rightly famed for its magnificent views. There is ample external seating for you to be able to soak up the surroundings, whilst having a relaxing drink. There are several private seating locations from which you can choose, or you can all sit together at the top of the house - enjoying the view down the gardens.

Adjacent to the property is a small cottage where we live, so if you have any questions at all during your stay, you can always pop down and ask us at any time during the day or night - nothing is too much trouble.

It is not unusual to see stunning wildlife, such as the local RED squirrels; Sangliers (local boar - less common, but occasional spottings); buzzards, red kites, kestrels, and hares and martens are frequent visitors. Other abundant birds include owls, blue and yellow tits, redstarts, woodpeckers, finches, robins, wagtails, thrushes and blackbirds.

From the bottom of the garden, you can see the remains of the 8th century priory - evidence of which is present in the window sill of the upper west bedroom, as they used the stones to build L'Orangerie and the neighbouring chateau.

Further details

This is a strictly no smoking and no pets property. It is not set up for severely physically disabled visitors, but could easily accommodate minor disabilities as the ground floor is completely self contained. We have had wheelchair visitors staying, and although we do have wheelchair ramps available, we do not have bed-hoists and extensive disabled washing facilities. If in doubt, contact us and we will see what we can do to help. Two of the beams upstairs are at 5ft 7inches, so anyone taller will have to duck under if using these particular bedrooms, although we have protector throws to help avert any accidents!.

We provide handwash for your use during your stay.

Pictures do not show it, but all bedrooms have wardrobes, dressers, mirrors etc. Stair gates can be fitted at the top and bottom of the stairs on request.


The Basse-Normandie region

Normandy is steeped in tradition with many chateaux and museums to visit. What people mostly associate with the region is the D-Day Landings and D-Day Battlefields, or all the history associated with William The Conquerer such as the Bayeux Tapestry or his birthplace, Falaise Castle. Normandy also has quaint fishing ports like Honfleur - with its myriad of small art studios and galleries. Rouen and surrounding areas were frequented by the great authors like Flaubert; Maupassant and Zola.

La Foret-Auvray

During your stay, we can suggest day itineraries developed from our knowledge of the region, and taking into account that you may not want to spend every moment of your holiday travelling, you may wish to spend some days just in the locale of L'Orangerie, or relaxing enjoying the views from the gardens. In 2011, ten villages in The Suisse Normande were designated as a Site Naturel - including La Foret Auvray. This is an indication of the region's significance for its extraordinary landscape, wildlife and plantlife, and is a preservation order to ensure its continuation.

Just a small selection of some places; sites and museums you might like to consider during your stay include:

*Visit Falaise Town, Museums and Chateau (birthplace of William The Conquer)

*Pont D'Ouilly - ville Fleurie and national Kayak polo centre and other riverside activities;

*Les Roches D'Oetre - famous geological site with a 'parcours sante' - or health mini-activities course for the more energetic

*WW2 war grave sites

*Pegasus Bridge & Cafe Gondret

*A choice of many additional WW2 museums (details available on request)


*Balleroy National Ballooning Museum

*Bayeux Tapestry

*101 Airborne Museum at St Mere Eglise

*Bagnoles de 'lOrne Spa town, lake and casino

*Arromanches Museum and WW2 floating Harbour

*Camembert, Livarot & Pont L'Eveque

* Honfleur Harbour and stunning town

*Memorial War (Peace) Museum at Caen

*Chateau de Vendeuvre (national miniature museum and great fun surprise gardens) and St. Pierre sur Dives for markets.

*Haras du Pin (National Stud)



*Day trip to Lisieux

*Day trip to Rouen

*Monet's Gardens at Giverney

*Clecy Vey for rock climbing; hang gliding, riverside activities (Supplementary Fee) and Miniature Railway Museum

*The Mont St. Michel

*A day trip to Paris

*A spa day at a local luxury spa

*A day Painting Course (with local tutor)

*A day Professional Cookery Course at Oui Chef

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17 Apr 2015


"Fantastic gite for a larger group"

Wow! What a find. As a large family group we needed space and a variety of activities. This place provided both. The location is beautiful. Quiet and rural but within easy distance there are lots of things to do for all ages and Jeanette and Andrew were very helpful with suggestions. The house itself is well equipped and we wanted for nothing. Everything was provided so that we could settle in before worrying about provisions. Jeanette and Andrew are brilliant hosts. Unobtrusive when you want peace and quiet, easily available when we needed help and advice. The range of bikes, DVDs etc kept the younger members of the group happy and this allowed older members to take a break. I would thoroughly recommend L'Orangerie for a holiday no matter what age or group size.

What a wonderful start to the 2015 holiday season. It is so very gratifying to know that our first guests of the year had such a good time, and that everything was to their satisfaction. They booked a long time ahead to secure the Easter week, and we are so pleased that they not only liked the property, but also, the springtime weather was splendid. They have mentioned that they would like to visit again, and we would love to have them back. We thank this lovely group for taking the time to write such a complimentary review - we hope future guests find it helpful to know that we are continuing to invest time, effort and money into our property, to ensure that it remains a destination of choice for discerning visitors, now and in the future.

3 Jun 2014


"Absolutely fabulous!"

Without doubt the best family house we have ever stayed in. The facilities were perfect in every respect and exactly as described in the listing. Andrew and Jeanette are superb and were a big hit with everyone in our family especially our three grandchildren. We have no negative comments at all! Thanks so much to you both we will definitely be back to see you both. With best wishes Tony, Anne and family

It is a great pleasure to receive such a glowing review from a discerning and well travelled family. To hear and read that L'Orangerie was (in their view), the best place they had rented over many years, is a delight. We were able to tell them about local places of interest to visit, and as some of their party had brought their archery equipment, we were even able to lend them a proper target, and Andrew (also an archer) was invited to join them in our football field, to shoot a few arrows once the children had safely gone to bed. A complimentary treasure hunt at the end of their stay, left the children with good memories, and we appreciated the lovely thank you cards they drew for us. We hope to see them all again in the future, and based on what they have told us, we are confident that they will return to see more of the Suisse Normande and spend more time at L'Orangerie.

4 Sep 2013



We had high expectations of LOrangerie, having read the reviews, and we were not disappointed! It is a wonderful, spacious property with character and charm, amply equipped with everything we could possibly need. The lovely garden too is fully equipped with bikes and games to keep the children happy, sun chairs, BBQ etc. Jeanette and Andrew are warm, friendly hosts for whom nothing was too much trouble. The meal they cooked for us at the beginning of the week was a real treat, so much so that they kindly agreed to do another one for us on our last night - a lovely end to a very special week. The area is beautiful and we do hope to be able to make a return visit some time. Highly recommended.

1 Sep 2013


"Stunning property set in beautiful gardens and countryside"

We stayed here in August 2013, with our extended family, to celebrate our parents' 50th Wedding Anniversary. The property is everything portrayed in the descriptions and photos and more. The property is simply stunning, well equipped and modern, with everything you could need. It is set in a quiet part of the Normandy countryside, but near enough to visit the beaches, sights and towns in the surrounding area. It is a great location as a base to explore cafes, patisseries, WW2 sites and local markets as well as sample the numerous local ciders and cheeses. But the best part about this holiday was provided by the owners. They provided two meals for us and they were amazing. We had more than enough to eat, as well as having local drinks to sample. But it was their humour and knowledge of the area that we enjoyed most, and they couldn't do enough for us. We would love to go back there and explore some more, or maybe just relax and let Jeanette and Andrew cater for us! Thanks.

2 Aug 2013


"Spotless, very friendly owners & fabulous grounds"

We were a group of 10 made of 2 families and the accommodation suited us perfectly. The en suite rooms were ideal and meant no queuing for the bathroom. The size of the L'Orangerie meant we could each find a quiet corner if we needed it and we found the accommodation was exactly as it was described on the website. We made good use of the well equipped kitchen and were able to eat outside every night. Jeanette and Andrew were fantastic, they were so helpful but not intrusive. Thoroughly recommend this gite.

13 May 2013


"you'll be lucky to find a better house for a large group"

We stayed with Andrew and Jeanette as a large family of 15, celebrating a 70th birthday - with ages from 70 down to 12months old. The house was perfect in allowing space for us all to come together to eat, relax, socialise - but also large enough for everyone to have their own space. The children loved their own playroom (as did the adults!). The rooms were large, comfortable - and also all but 1 had en-suite. The garden was a great place for the kids to explore and play, and they particularly enjoyed the treasure hunt that Andrew kindly organised one morning, as well as the halloween trick & treating (for kids & adults!) - which were just some of the many things that Andrew and Jeanette did to make our stay so memorable. As a large family, we decided against travelling to the nearest town for a meal, but organised a celebration birthday meal which Jeanette cooked at the house - which was a truly memorable night and definitely to be recommended. This is a fabulous place to stay, excellent hosts, you will need a car - but there's lots to do and see within an hour or so including the beaches, Mont St Michel, etc.

30 Aug 2012


"Everything that we could possibly have needed was there."

Spacious bedrooms,wonderfully equipped kitchen,and large interior space. However, our group of 12 adults, 2 children and a baby were lucky enough to have fabulous weather and hardly used the enormous lounge, spending all our time (except one evening) sitting and eating outside, watching the stars in this peaceful haven. Andrew and Jeanette's meals were lovely, beautifully cooked and served, with a few added treats that we didn't expect, and extremely generous portion sizes to fill even the most hungry diner. The children loved having their own play house, lots of games to play and Andrew's treasure hunt was a huge success. This is a wonderful part of France with an enormous range of activities, sites and attractions nearby to cater for everyone's likes and interests. Fabulous - thank you for making my 60th such a success.

21 Aug 2012


"Fantastic place, thoroughly recommended!"

We were looking for a large property which was capable of accommodating a family group of 11 with ages ranging from 21 months to grandparents in the their 70s. We have just come back from a week at L’Orangerie and not only found that it fitted our requirements perfectly but the holiday exceeded everyone’s expectations. We found the property itself to be clean and fantastically well equipped both inside and out. The owners have gone to great lengths to make the house safe and fun for toddlers with stair gates, high-chairs and a cot all provided amongst other things. The self-contained garden made for a very safe environment and the gatehouse at the bottom of the garden has been turned into a nursery room which my 21 month and 3 year old both loved. My older nephews and the rest of the group made good use of the wide selection of bikes, outdoor games and football nets in the field next door. We found the house to be quiet, yet easily accessible and with lots of information on activities to suit all age ranges and interests. Less than 5 minutes up the road is La Roche D’Oetre which provides walking and mountain bike trails. There is also an excellent ‘Go-Ape’ venue just next to the visitor center which several of us spent a whole day at, returning to the house for lunch before going back in the afternoon. The main road between Caen and Le Mans is only a short distance away which made it easy to explore places further afield - we went out to the Normandy beaches on 2 of the days we were there. The variety of things to do allowed us to pick and choose within the group. Whilst we went for a buggy-friendly walk just down the road in Breel, another group were canoeing at Pont D’Ouilly and others were happy just relaxing in the garden. We would definitely recommend this property and hope to be back again soon!

11 Jul 2012


"Driving holiday base camp"

Lovely accomodation, with lots of character. Hosts were exceptional and they were most helpful. The meals cooked for us were the best we had during the whole of our stay in Normandy. Only negative was the distance from shops and restaurants. No local/walkable facilities in the area. So driving (ie non-drinking) was required. The price tyou pay for a lovely rustic location.

We thank this guest for his very complimentary comments about us, and in particular about our meals. We were sorry to read that he found our location a negative in what was otherwise a great holiday for this group - we are under 2 kilometres away from the nearest restaurant and under 3 to the next nearest in the other direction. The strength of the Suisse Normande for most is its unspoilt countryside - declared a 'site naturelle' in 2011 to preserve its unique atmosphere. We do note that a car is essential (although on their first night, Andrew did 3 complimentary return round-trips to take everyone in this group to the local restaurant, so that nobody had to drive), and we fully catered evening meals on 3 nights so I think we met everyone's needs, and we appreciate the very positive feedback about the meals and all other aspects of our property.

10 Jul 2012


"l'Orangerie par exellance!"

My wife and I stayed here with 8 friends for the first week in July 2012. We were met promptly by the proprietor who showed us around and informed us of everything that we needed to know including local towns, places to eat etc. The property was an immense building with 7 bedrooms including en suite or separate bathrooms. The communal areas were large and included 2 sitting rooms, large kitchen and large separate dining room. Everything was spotlessly clean and the kitchen (including breakfast table) had a vast array of crockery, glasses, cutlery, tools and utensils. It was also fitted with an excellent oven and hob range, washing machine, dryer, microwave and dishwasher. Outside there were ample grounds for games etc. including a B-B-Q and about a dozen bikes. The property suited us down to a tee as we could either join as a large group in the sitting room with its many soft chairs and sofas or "do our own thing". The location of the property is rather remote and a car is required for touring as there is no public transport and no villages or towns with amenities within several miles. However it is easy to visit local chateaus and the historic Normandy countryside/invasion beaches etc. due to the superb French highway system. The proprietors Andrew and Jeanette were excellent. Nothing was too much trouble and Andrew even ferried us to a local hostelry on our first night so that we could indulge in the local French cuisine and the local wine. Jeanette also agreed to cook for us on three nights during the week. The experience was without doubt three of the highlights of the week. Andrew served canapés and aperitifs and Jeanette prepared a lovely three course meal reflecting local specialities or a selection to our requirements. I cannot speak too highly of her cooking expertise as these meals were without doubt better than any that we had when dining out! I would have no hesitation in recommending this gite to anyone who requires a quiet place to stay off the beaten track but within driving distance of most of Normandy’s amenities and historical sites. Many thanks and well done Andrew and Jeanette

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