Carentan Chateau / Country House Rental Photos and Description
Chateau / Country House, 4 Bedrooms + Loft, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 8)
A 16th Century, fortified Normandy manor house, complete with a tower, enormous fireplaces and beamed ceilings. Situated in a small hamlet in the Cotentin Regional Park, ST PATRICE DE CLAIDS is on the edge of a wood with a network of small lanes radiating out in all directions - ideal for walking, cycling and picnics. Just 6 kms from the town of PERIERS where there are local shops and restaurants, and within a 15 minute drive of both Saint Lô and the cathedral town of Coutances for larger shops, restaurants, swimming pools and ice skating rink in Coutances. There are wide, sandy beaches to the West and East and Mont Castre - one of the highest points in the Peninsula - is 5 kms to the North. The sandy BEACH at ST GERMAIN SUR AY is approx 20 minutes by car. There are golf courses at Marchesieux (9kms), St Martin de Bréhal, Agon Coutainville, and Granville. It is possible to go by ferry to Jersey in the Channel Islands from Carteret and Granville during the summer season and all year round from St Malô. The popular tourist attractions of the WWII D Day Landing Beaches, the Bayeux Tapestry and the famous Abbey at Le Mont St Michel are all within an easy 30-90 minute drive away. Paris and sophisticated Deauville are accessible by train or car.
The self catering accommodation comprises an enormous living room/dining hall with huge, working fireplace (starter pack of logs included), stone clad walls, beamed ceilings, tapestry, 2 x three seater sofas, occasional day bed, TV, DVD player, dining table and chairs. An archway from the living room leads to the newly fitted kitchen which has an electric hob and oven, fridge, double bowl stainless steel sink, microwave, kitchen table and chairs. Internet connection available.
Between the living room and the downstairs bedroom is another large room with large fireplace, leading through to a hallway with sep. wc and door to Bedroom 1 which has a double bed (140 cm), twin wash basins, and en suite shower.
On the first floor, which is approached via the tower, there are three other bedrooms all of a good size and full of character.
Bedroom 2 has two single beds (80cms wide), sofa/bed settee and a television – ideal for children.
Bedroom 3 has two large antique single beds (110cms wide), ensuite bathroom (bath, washbasin, wc)
Bedroom 4 has a double bed (140cms wide), wardrobe, chest of drawers and large granite fireplace. Bathroom (bath, washbasin, wc).
Outside there is a large garden area with table, chairs and BBQ. Plenty of parking space and garaging for 2 cars. Ideal area for bikes. Washing machine facilities.
Keywords: A restored, 16th century, fortified manor house set in unspoilt bocage country on the edge of a wood. Near WWII Landing Beaches, chateaux, abbeys, museums, beaches, horseriding, cycling, markets, local produce, fish restaurants
- children welcome
- non smoking only
- wheelchair inaccessible
About Lesley Edmunds
The owners, Richard and Sylvia Senior, are both retired. Richard worked as a designer in England, and Sylvia as a primary school teacher. Twenty years ago they found La Guerrie, with its architectural interest and fifteenth century origins still visible. They restored the house over a period of fifteen years, retaining all its original features. When first constructed, La Guerrie was double the size. At some point many years ago, the property was divided into two wings. In 2002, twelve years after Richard and Sylvia first purchased La Guerrie, the other wing became vacant and although in need of considerable renovation and refurbishment, they felt compelled to purchase and restore this side to its original grandeur. So although located next door, this part of the property is completely self contained with its own entrance and gardens. Each side has its own tower, one square and one round. There is only place where it is possible to access the other side and this will be made available when extra accommodation is needed for an extra two people. This is provided in a spacious, self contained loft conversion which has a large living room with corner kitchen, dining area and two single beds, plus a shower room.
Lesley Edmunds purchased this chateau / country house in 2002
Why Lesley Edmunds chose Carentan
Richard and Sylvia chose this property in St Patrice de Claids because they liked the sense of history, its tranquil setting and its convenience for local amenities. Their interests are reflected in the mixture of antique and classic modern furniture, pictures and library which the house contains.
They were also attracted to this part of Normandy for the numerous places of interest to visit including the World War II Landing Beaches, and the associated museums and memorials. There is also a great choice of leisure activities on offer such as golf, tennis, horseriding, swimming, sailing, windsurfing, horse trotting, fishing, cycling and walking either along the country lanes or on the many coastal paths. Parents and children alike will enjoy any one of the many safe and sandy beaches.
On most days of the week it is possible to wander around a market and buy some local produce to sample, and there's a huge range of restaurants serving all types of food but especially good are the locally caught fish and shellfish.
Richard and Sylvia will show you around the property and answer any questions you may have when you arrive. You will also find a welcome basket to help you to settle in.