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ROMANTIC COSY COTTAGE BY KING HENRY'S CASTLE IN MEDIEVAL HEAVEN - SPECIAL OFFERS

Graham and Emily Swain

Advertiser since: 2010
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Speaks: english, french, Emily speaks French.
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Graham and Emily Swain

Advertiser since: 2010
Speaks: english, french, Emily speaks French.
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ROMANTIC COSY COTTAGE BY KING HENRY'S CASTLE IN MEDIEVAL HEAVEN - SPECIAL OFFERS

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

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.

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Graham and Emily Swain (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2010
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Speaks: english, french, Emily speaks French.

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.

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Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights
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Reviews

4.9
based on 29 traveler reviews

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Romantic Cosy Cottage by King Henry's Castle in Medieval Heaven - Special Offers
average rating of 4.9310346 based on 29 reviews
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5

Beautiful house in an idyllic setting

  • 5 of 5
The house was lovely and with the beautiful Domfront just a short stroll away it was the perfect location. There were plenty of restaurants to chose from and it was lovely to stroll around the castle and old town, We loved returning each evening, sitting in the meadow with a glass of wine watching the sun setting. The house was fully equipped and very clean. I would certainly recommend staying here.
  • Submitted: Sep 8, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this wonderful, comprehensive review and are delighted you are recommending le joli pre to potential guests. Thank you again, Graham and Emily.
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5

A beautiful property.

  • 5 of 5
A beautiful, well furnished property with a gorgeous garden/meadow. Within easy walking distance of shops, bars and restaurants. A great base for for visiting local points of interest. The local pizzeria offers excellent food, well priced.
  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this lovely review of our home, le joli pre. This really does help inform potential guests. You are most welcome to holiday here again any time. Sincerely, Graham and Emily.
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5

Beautiful Cottage

  • 5 of 5
This is a beautiful cottage in an equally beautiful setting. We stayed for a few days looking at property in normandy, we were very spoilt and would like to thank you both for a enjoyable few days. Domfront is wonderful ,personally we would not advise a visit to Gorron but lovely villages all round.

Again thank you for letting us share your home
  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you appreciated our beautiful home and the beautiful surroundings. Wishing you all the best with your house hunting. Sincerely, Graham and Emily.
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5

A lovely place in a wonderful village

  • 5 of 5
Le joli pre is a very nice cottage with perfect size for a couple. There is a cosy living room and a well-equipped kitchen next to it. The romantic bedroom is above and in the attic there also is a nice place to read a book or just relax. We loved all the extraordinary decoration and arts and it took us some time exploring all the nice things in and around the Cottage. The meadow is lovely with different kinds of places to sit and great flowers, herbs and trees. The view is fantastic: You straightly look at the ruins of the Castle. The place is very calm, but still the old town is close, just a few minutes by foot. We definitely enjoyed the croissants and baguettes of the bakery in the old town, the market on Friday and the great dinner at le bistro st julien. The owners wrote very helpful hints so we could find it all easily! The people of Domfront are very welcoming and polite and the surrounding nature is well-wooded with some hills and is inviting for a trip or a jogging or biking tour!
We loved and enjoyed the stay very much and we're looking forward to staying at le joli pre another time!
Tanja and Niko from Cologne, Germany
  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Tanja and Niko for writing such a comprehensive and colourful review of your stay at le joli pre. It is a delight for us when guests fully appreciate our home, the meadow, the views and all that Domfront and the area have to offer. You are most welcome to holiday here again any time. Best wishes, Graham and Emily.
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Domfront Orne
4

A great property for two - very comfortable.

  • 4 of 5
Really enjoyed our week in Le Joli Pre - although the weather was mixed. A great place for two with all that you need for either eating in, eating out, sitting quietly or travelling further afield for things to see and do. Some nights we cooked in while others we walked into town to one of the number of restaurants - three good meals. A quiet interesting medieval town with the chateau clearly visible on the hill above the lovely quiet garden - great for sitting and relaxing.
We recommend: St Michael's Mount and abbey, the Bayeux Tapestry, the Caen Peace Memorial and Falaise castle - plus if you like gardens, the Jardin Retire in Bagnoles.
  • Submitted: May 14, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a positive review and for your lovely comments in our guest visitor book too. Thanks again, Graham and Emily.
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5

A wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5
We had a wonderful time at le joli pre and spent five days over Christmas there. There are lovely views from the top floor out to the castle ruins and we spent lazy days by the wood burner enjoying the peace and quiet. The house is well equipped with everything you need - we cooked a full Christmas dinner there and it was great to be able to walk into the town where there are a few restaurants, shops and supermarkets are all your needs. We didn't want to leave.
  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Christmas is a very special time and we are so happy you enjoyed the warmth, the views, a home cooked Christmas dinner and so much more. You are very welcome to holiday at le joli pre again any time. Thank you for writing such a warm and positive review of your stay. Graham and Emily

Map

Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Bars and cafes, a short walk
Nearest Ferry
107 Kilometres
Caen/Ouistreham car ferry
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Bagnoles de L'Orne
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Flers (Paris train and taxi to Domfront)
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Restaurants and shops, a short walk
Nearest Beach
61 Kilometres
Avranches (WWII beaches 1.5 hours)
Car: necessary

A delightful romantic cottage located in Historic Medieval Domfront in a prime position and an environmentally protected area. On a hill in a private quiet road, with amazing long distant views from the house and meadow and up to King Henry II and Queen Eleanor of Acquitaine's castle. The surrounding area is steeped in history, with a short amble up the road to shops, restaurants, bars, and the boulangerie...for your morning croissant. Please note: You have exclusive use of the house and meadow, the owners are not present. The one additional double bedroom is kept locked. The 'Housekeeper' lives nearby, she's very friendly and helpful. Competitively and reasonably priced, all-inclusive, with free WiFi, 5-star reviews and no small print. Look for special offers. Do book early to avoid disappointment. See our own website link below to help you make an informed choice (website: ourlovelyhomeinfrance.com). The large cottage is professionally cleaned and made ready for your arrival.

The garden is maintained by the gardener and designed by the owner, a professional garden designer.

Other Activities: Lovely restaurants, cafes and shops within short walking distance.

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Rates & Availability

From £71 Per night

Domfront Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
Per property
Rental rates quoted in:
GBP
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Christmas and New Year
Dec 17 - Jan 8
3 night minimum stay
£86
£602
 
 
January February
Jan 9 - Feb 28
3 night minimum stay
£71
£497
 
 
March April May
Mar 1 - May 31
3 night minimum stay
£86
£602
 
 
June July August
Jun 1 - Aug 31
3 night minimum stay
£96
£672
 
 
September
Sep 1 - Sep 30
3 night minimum stay
£91
£637
 
 
October November December
Oct 1 - Dec 16
3 night minimum stay
£86
£602
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£71
 

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit £50
Notes The price will not change once you have booked your holiday.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Amenities

Domfront Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 150 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Town
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Activities Guide
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Thermos Bottle
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Next to the bedroom.
  • Modern tiled bathroom with nice touches of French style, next to the bedroom with drinking water, high pressure and plenty of hot water for showering or a relaxing candlelit bath.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • Classic French King Henry II double bed with lovely linen and a bespoke comfortable mattress. Views from one window down the lane to the medieval church of Notre Dame Sur L'Eau where Thomas Becket said Mass. Views from the other window up to King Henry II and Queen Eleanor of Acquitaine's medieval castle. The guest bedroom also has direct easy access to the courtyard and meadow on the same level as the house is conveniently built partially into the hillside.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes:
The house is professionally cleaned and made ready for your arrival. The gardener maintains the meadow and the housekeeper provides you with the key on arrival. The kitchen is comprehensively equipped but if you do not feel inclined to cook, there are lovely restaurants, bars and cafes within easy walking distance. Free WiFi and iPod docking station. Free parking almost everywhere in Domfront. We send you full details on booking your holiday. See our own website link below to help you make an informed choice. Please feel free to ask us any questions any time, before and even during your holiday. Our own website is: www.ourlovelyhomeinfrance.com Sincerely, Graham and Emily.

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