Domfront Cottage Rental Photos and Description
Just for Two. Furnished as a lovely home, pretty meadow, views, walk to shops.
In the shadow of the Medieval Castle of King Henry II and Queen Eleanor of Acquitaine is our beautifully furnished and fully equipped large romantic cottage, le joli pre (the pretty meadow), with amazing views and special offers. On a hill in a private tranquil lane within a short walk to the shops, cafes, bars and restaurants of historic Domfront. Lovingly restored by a French architect and artisans, wholly respecting its feel and character. Thick insulated walls, cool inside in summer and cosy warm in winter with a log burning stove, modern thermostatic radiators and an integral air cleaning system. All modern appliances and fittings. Comfortable and tasteful furniture and decor with Emily's theatre-trained eye for sumptuousness, detail and cleanliness. For Graham, a professional garden designer and artist, Le Joli Pré (the pretty meadow), is an on-going labour of love, understated, with wild flowers, apple, cherry, plum trees, roses and cut curved paths. An idyllic setting with wonderful long distant views across the Normandy 'bocage' landscape, with the medieval castle above our meadow. Rental is for a couple, sorry, no children or pets. Be among our cherished guests to escape and relax in this beautiful cottage and meadow in nearby Medieval Heaven. 5-star reviews, all inclusive with no hidden extras, no small print and simple secure payment.
Last minute bookings: Early booking is recommended for this popular holiday cottage. For last minute bookings, please see our up to date availability calendar and please contact us as soon as possible to reserve your holiday dates. Please see our own website below, with special offers and to help you make an informed choice: www.OurLovelyHomeInFrance.com We want you to have a wonderful, relaxing, uplifting and uncomplicated stay at le joli pré. Sincerely, Graham and Emily.
- Long-term Renters Welcome
- Low Allergen Environment
- non smoking only
- not suitable for children
- pets not allowed
About Graham and Emily Swain
A little bit about the owners: Graham and Emily bought le joli pre in 2004. It was derelict. Their vision was for a complete sympathetic restoration using only the most appropriate materials and the best local French architect and French artisans. The house was completely gutted, including all the structural timbers, because of dry rot, leaving literally an empty box. The ancient staircase was retained from the first floor but the lower part sadly had to go. Everything inside has been replaced with state-of-the-art structural materials and is still very much in keeping with the original character.
Why Graham and Emily Swain chose Domfront
A little bit more: As treble soloist, Graham sang and recorded in all the major northern French cathedrals. His subsequent degree in Architecture helped him work with the French architect for the best resolution in challenging decision making. Emily studied French literature and language at the University of the Sorbonne in Paris. She drove this project forward towards the vision they had when they first saw this beautiful but sadly neglected house in probably one of the best locations in Domfront. The large meadow was an unkempt jungle and is now a very natural and relaxing sanctuary, with beautiful understated planting, wild flowers and cut curved grass areas to enjoy all-year-round. Emily, a professionally trained actress, who now works in professional theatre and Graham who paints contemporary landscapes, and designs and builds bespoke gardens, absolutely love le joli pré. Their hope is that all who holiday here will also appreciate fully this unique and very special and romantic home.
What makes this cottage unique
The ground floor is now open plan and all the rooms have been altered to make the most of the available space, views and natural light. The loft, now a studio, has been opened up and is also now open plan with six velux windows and more amazing views. The log burning stove was reinstated in the sitting room and now forms a functional focal point for cosy lazy days throughout the winter months.