La Foret Auvray House Rental Photos and Description
Sleeps 4. 2 bedroom village house with private courtyard and covered BBQ area. A quiet village overlooking the Orne valley. The nearest towns are Falaise and Flers. Bar and restaurant in the village and the next nearest village, St Honorine La Guillaume, has a small supermarket, while Putanges with its many traditional shops is only about 10-15 minutes away. There are many well sign-posted walks, a delight for ramblers, and water sports and rock climbing are also nearby.
L'Hirondellier is an attractive self-contained house. Furnished with antiques and original paintings, is in the centre of the village. It has a private courtyard and covered barbeque area as well as all the usual mod cons. There is a bar and restaurant in La Foret Auvray (which sells bread in the morning) and the nearest village, St Honorine La Guillaume, has a small supermarket, while Putanges with its many traditional shops is only about 10-15 minutes away. There are many well sign-posted walks, a delight for ramblers, and water sports and rock climbing are also nearby. The history of the D-Day Invasion can be followed by car and you are not far from Bayeux, with the world famous tapestry, and the castle in Falaise, the birthplace of William the Conqueror.
The central heating is oil-fired and is included in the rental cost throughout the year, as is wood for the wood-burner for autumn and winter breaks.
The supermarket chains Leclerc, Carrefour and Intermarche are to be found in Flers; Leclerc and Carrefour are in Falaise. Market day in Flers is Wednesday and in Falaise is Saturday. A visit to the market at St Pierre sur Dives on Monday is a must, if only to see the oak-beamed interior of the ancient market hall.
Our village restaurant is l'Auberge Auvraysienne, where chef Mark offers a Normandy menu de terroir , but with an occasional British influence!
A special place for a celebratory meal is the Auberge des Veilles Pierres in Flers.
There are chateaux to visit, at Carrouges and Caen for example. The Haras du Pin at Argentan is the national stud and has displays of driving and horsemanship on Thursdays in the summer.
The local delicacies tend to be apple or pear based - the aperitif Pommeau, and Calvados, (apple brandy) as well as cider and poiré of course. There are many chances to taste before buying. We can advise! There is also a English brewery at Joué du Bois producing a range of Real Ales to try. The other speciality of Normandy is cheese. Think of Camembert, Livarot, Pont l'Eveque, Neufchatel.
Regional dishes are based around chicken and pork, often with rich cream sauces, and shellfish. So much to taste and try, a week is not enough! Mont St Michel is the second most-visited site in France after the Eiffel Tower and is a magical if crowded experience. It is possible to walk across the sands of the Bay, but a guide is obligatory as the tides are fierce and fast.
A provisional booking may be made by phone or e-mail, and will be held pending payment of a non-refundable deposit of 25% of the letting fee. Full payment must be made 8 weeks before the arrival date and there is a security deposit of £100 (payable on a separate cheque). If we cannot amend/change a booking for you cancellation charges will apply: 50% of the total 29 days to 8 weeks prior to arrival, 70% of the total 8 days to 28 days prior to arrival ,100% 1-7 days prior to arrival.