Charming house with entrance, dining room, sitting room, shower room on the ground floor.
Local tiles throughout the ground floor.
Upstairs three bedrooms and bathroom.
Patio with flowers and clematis, etc.
Table, chairs and barbecue.
Original paintings by the owners on the walls.
Situated in the pretty village of Lyons-la-Foret, classified as one of France's most beautiful villages.
The village is located around the remains of the castle of Henri the first of England who died here in 1135.
Kings of France used to come here to the forest, which is the biggest and prettiest beechwood in France.
Few villages can be described as 'perfect' but Lyons-la-Foret, with its ravishing half-timbered houses, gets as near a place can get. There is hardly a modern building in sight. and its uniform beauty has led it to being chosen as the set for the film ' Madame Bovary '.Ravel, the composer, lived here
The centre of the village is called 'Les Halles', which date, under their present appearance, from the end of the 18th century. This is where the market takes place twice a week. Also antiques fairs, art exhibitions and flower shows..
In St. Denis's Church , which dates from the 12th century and was built on a Gallo-Roman site, there are often very good concert
Practically all the houses in Lyons date from the 17th and 18th century
The Town Hall dates from the 18th century and its decoration has stayed intact with its court furniture, chapel and, on the walls, a blue and gold 'fleur de lys' patterned material. It is classified as a French Historical Monument.
On the ground floor is the Tourist Office.
The vast and undulating Foret de Lyons, with ancient beeches and deep little valleys, extends over 10,000 hectares.
The forest was a favourite hunting ground of William the Conqueror and many other kings.
It is particularly lovely in autumn, with the beautiful russet and gold colours.
Wonderful for walking and cycling (you can pick up maps at the Tourist Office).
There is a newly opened spa, three minutes away, for massage, beauty treatment, aquagym; etc.
Tennis court and swimming pool.
Rouen, the beautiful medieval town, , is forty minutes' away and by far the largest Norman city and one of France's most important ports. .
Victor Hugo called it the city of a hundred bell towers.
Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake in the Place du Vieux -Marché. Visit the Joan of Arc Tower.
Worth visiting: the Musée des Beaux-Arts (Caravaggio, Velazquez, Veronese, Sislery, Degas, Renoir and Marcel Duchamp).
Museum Le Secq des Tournelles - extraordinary wrought-iron collection.
Ceramics Museum (Nevers, Delft, China, Wedgewood).
Dieppe, with its marina and fish restaurants is about an hour away
Paris can be reached by train from Rouen.
Disneyland is about two hours away
For those interested in gardens, there are fifty gardens open to the public, including