Situated in the small hamlet of Le Haut Fresnay, some 8 miles from DOMFRONT in southern Normandy, La Fermette is a stone-built, former farmhouse standing in extensive grounds, shared with helpful British owners. There are ponds and a stream, lawns and mature trees, and wildlife everywhere. You can see red squirrels, and birds of prey, and if you are lucky: hares, deer and even (rarely) wild boar! The peace and quiet is almost tangible. Our local village, Lore, with its small supermarket, is within walking distance. Ceauce, a small market town with a range of shops, a bank and a small weekly market, is a couple of miles away, and just to the north is Domfront, a mediaeval market town with a fine church and a castle. Also nearby you will find Lassay les Chateaux, with its picturesque castle, lake and rose garden. Bagnoles de l'Orne, about 15 miles away, is a spa resort set around a lake with a casino, many restaurants and smart shops. There is plenty to do in the local area, and information is provided in the cottage. Further afield, Mont St Michel, the D-Day landing beaches and some sandy seaside beaches are all easily accessible. Le Mans and some of the northernmost Loire Chateaux are within reach. Even Paris and Monet's garden at Giverny, are manageable in a (longish) day trip.
La Fermette is available for a maximum of 6 people (plus a baby). With 3 bedrooms and 2 shower rooms, the cottage is an ideal holiday property for 2 couples, or a family holiday. The ground floor consists of a large open plan area comprising the living room, dining area and kitchen. The cottage has electric central heating and there is also a wood burning stove.
In the living room, there is a sofa, comfortable chairs and coffee tables. The room is well lit by overhead lights, a standard lamp and table lamps, The large woodburning stove is set into a feature fireplace. The beamed ceiling completes the rustic charm of the room. A flat screen TV offers British satellite television and radio channels. A DVD player, board games and a collection of books complete the indoor entertainment.
The dining area has a table and six chairs with an overhead lamp. The huge oak sideboard has a carved door.
The rear window overlooks a patio and a meadow beyond, where cows are normally grazing.
The front window overlooks a small front garden, fenced and gated, to provide safety for small children.
The kitchen, with oak units, has an electric oven with ceramic hob, a washing machine, dishwasher, microwave oven, electric kettle and a 2-door fridge/freezer. It is well provided with cooking equipment. and there is plenty of matching crockery, cutlery and glassware.
Off the back hall, which also gives access to the garden and the stairs, is a shower room with hand basin and a separate wc.
Upstairs, off the spacious landing with its’ stair gate, there are three prettily furnished bedrooms, two with double beds and one with twin beds. All the bedrooms have wardrobes, mirrors, chests of drawers and/or dressing tables. Each bed has a bedside table with a reading lamp. All the rooms have electric heaters which can be controlled centrally if you wish.
The house bathroom is also off the landing and is accessible from all three bedrooms. It has a shower, hand basin and WC.
.A cot is available on request. All linen and towels are included in the rent, with the exception of cot linen.
Wireless internet access is available.
Outside, at the front of the house is a small fenced and gated courtyard garden, safe for small children. A garden table and chairs make it a delightful place to have breakfast on a sunny morning. At the back of the house is a patio with garden furniture and a barbecue. This is your private place to eat outside, or just to sit with a glass of wine, enjoying the birdsong and any passing wildlife. The rest of the grounds are yours to enjoy as well, and there are several places to sit and relax. Or take your own garden chairs and sit where you wish. There is a picnic table too, in the valley, close to the "bug hotel" - another place for a meal outdoors perhaps, after a stroll through the valley and around the wildflower meadow .
Our posted prices for La Fermette are for the cottage per week for up to 4 people. There is a supplement of £50 per person per week for additional people up to the house capacity of 6. Rent payments can be made either by bank to bank transfers, or by cheque (in Sterling or Euros). Discounts are available for stays of 2 or more weeks, other than during the peak summer holiday weeks.
Rent Payment Options:
The following payment options are available for UK residents wishing to pay in £sterling, and others resident outside the Eurozone:
online bank payment through BACs
manual bank to bank transfer
international bank payments through the CHAP system
If you are resident in a Eurozone country, and wish to pay in Euros, we are happy to accept payment in Euros, either by cheque or by CHAP bank payment. Sterling rent figures will be converted to Euros, and fixed at the exchange rate prevailing at the time of booking.
La Fermette is a comfortable home – indeed a home from home - from which you can explore Normandy, Eastern Brittany and the Loire Valley. And when booking your cross-Channel ferry, we (the owners of La Fermette) can offer you a 10% discount on Brittany Ferries fares. Please ask us for details.
Finally, please visit our own website for more information about La Fermette, the location and the local area: www.colmanscottages.com