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Great Family Vacation: Charm, Comfort, Cooking in an 18th-Century House"

Bedrooms 6
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

6 large bedrooms, 3 full baths - Accommodations are for 14 persons.

'La Porte Rouge' is a large restored early 18th Century farmhouse (which belonged until this century to the Comtesse d' Auvers), situated at the end of a quiet country road and surrounded by landscaped grounds, gardens and fields in the small village of Auvers, near Carentan. The main house is a fully furnished two story structure with a large living room, a large L-shaped kitchen-living room. The master bedroom has a queen-size bed; one large bedroom has one double bed and two twin beds; the four other bedrooms have twin beds. The three complete bathrooms are spacious. The house is tastefully furnished with antique rugs and old Norman furniture. Ideal for family reunions or several couples/children and elderly people. All amenities are present for a comfortable stay. The house is surrounded by fields where cows and horses can be seen grazing throughout the year. The grounds are landscaped and there is an orchard full of fruit trees (apples, pears, apricots, peaches, cherries, chestnuts, hazelnuts and walnuts) and two ponds. Traditional French meals can be prepared by a cook of the village, at an additional cost, to enable you to spend all your days touring the countryside and come back to a warm meal in the evening!

Michele Lemmon
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 5, 2018

About Michele Lemmon

This house has been in my family since 1926 when it was given to my grandparents by their parents as a dowry. My husband and I purchased it in 1984 when it was put up for sale and, after extensive upgrades, we are happy to share it with others. It is truly a family house, full of history and memories. We hope that you will enjoy it as much as we do.

Michele Lemmon purchased this house in 1984

Why Michele Lemmon chose Auvers

Families and groups of friends can enjoy the privacy, space and charm of our restored early-18th century farmhouse 'La Porte Rouge' located in the small village of Auvers, 5kms from Carentan at the base of the Cotentin Peninsula.

What makes this house unique

Tranquility, privacy, comfort and space! Near many historical sites such as the D-Day Landing Beaches, the Mont Saint Michel and the Bayeux Tapestry. This is the area where the best cream, butter and cheeses are coming from! The coast provides fresh seafood: mussels, shrimps, oysters and crabs. Don't forget the fresh caramels and the calvados! This is the best of Normandy!

Guestbook comments from the owner

This was our second stay at the ivy covered La Porte Rouge. The last time was 19 years ago, and returning there was almost like coming home again. We had such fond memories of our last visit, and made many more happy memories this time too. It's a beautiful and roomy house, with lots of character and charm. It's private and a perfect place to unwind. We spent much of our time relaxing and enjoying each other's company in the house and garden, exploring the surroundings, playing badminton, sitting under the outside porch, or round the roaring fire in the evenings. Eating was a wonderful social affairs in the large open plan kitchen. It was a real treat to have a delicious French meal, prepared by Madame Touzard, on the first evening of our arrival. The owner and staff were very accommodating and helpful. We enjoyed visits to Carentan, Coutances, Caen and Mont St Michel. Someday we look forward to returning for another visit to La Porte Rouge!
Aug 2014
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Auvers House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 9:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Max. adults: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 10 ...
  • Not suitable for children ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Covered Parking
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Fireplace
  • Wood Stove
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 14 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom - toilet , tub
    Bathroom - toilet , shower
    Master Bathroom - toilet , tub , shower
  • Bathrooms have been modernized and yet keep their old charm. Each one of them has one marble toilet table and a large window with a view to the garden.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
    Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Bedroom - 2 twin/ single
  • Each bedroom is large, confortable with one armoire, chairs and antique rugs on the wooden floor. The house sleeps 14 adults. We do not have beds for small children.
  • Books
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Barbecue
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Groups
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
The house is fully furnished for large groups of people. One large additional refrigerator/freezer is located in the go-down, along with a washing machine, an iron table, etc. All linens are provided. Other services are provided: Catering services are available and should be requested at the time of reservation. Traditional French cuisine initiation is available. Baby-sitting can be arranged. Guide tours of the historic landing beaches can also be arranged, in French or in English, and with a van. WiFi is available. Smoking is encouraged outside the house.


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average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

Lovely house in a terrific location

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in September. The weather was cool with on and off rain, but the house was cozy with a fire in the fireplace. The garden and grounds are stunning. I highly recommend this house. And I highly recommend having Madame Touzard prepare a meal while you are there. Her cooking is fantastique!

The house is in the middle of the American sector of the Battle of Normandy and very near both Utah and Omaha beaches. It is incredibly moving.

Thanks to Michele for all the helpful advise and for providing such a charming house.

Elsie Patton

  • Submitted: Sep 27, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Remote, rustic, wonderful.

  • 5 of 5

The second time I've been to the red door was full of lovely things to re-explore and a few new surprises from being there in a new season. The late autumn gardens still blooming, the marshes foggy and beautiful, the bike rides crisp and sunsets spectacular.

We kept the home fires burning, cooked and ate until our bellies bulged and found moments for singing and communion in all parts of the property. Plenty of space for hunkering down and cozying up.

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Gorgeous magical place

  • 5 of 5

What a gift this place is.

I've twice had the opportunity to stay here with groups of friends – it's an ideal spot for a retreat or vacation.

I'm well familiar with the property and area as it's been my grandparents & aunt's property, so I've also been there many times for family reunions & vacations... the whole region is gorgeous, and the home is just enchanting.

There's wonderful things nearby like the market in Carentan and easy day trips to beautiful places and historic sites (D-day landing beaches, the memorial museum in Caen is fantastic, both the tapestry and cathedral in Bayeux, Mt. St. Michel etc) ...

Really my favorite things are to wander the hedges picking blackberries, walk around the "block" aka a few mile loop through the marshes, do some yoga on the lawn and read a book by the fire.

It's a magical place of retreat that nourishes the soul. Well worth a stay!

  • Submitted: Jan 3, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2016
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If I could move here, I would!

  • 5 of 5

La Porte Rouge is everything it claims to be and more! The house itself is fantastic. It was clean and well-maintained. It is at the end of a narrow road and, quite frankly, I have not slept so well as I did here. We spend a wonderful Christmas week and enjoyed home cooked meals, fabulous French wines, game nights, and fires in the fireplace and wood-burning stove.

La Porte Rouge is conveniently located and we were able to see the Bayeux Tapestry, D-Day beaches and museums, and Mont St. Michele. We were also closed to the center of Carentan, which provided access to two supermarkets and the local boulangerie.

We arrived late on the 20th, but the Lemons have a contact (Madame Touzard) who was able to provide a home cooked meal (with wine) and deliver it to us at the house shortly after our arrival. The meal (roasted leg of lamb, mashed potatoes, haricot verts, and a great bottle of wine) for five people was under 100 euro. Having just come from Paris, that was an amazing deal and the food was awesome.

There really aren't enough superlatives sufficient to describe La Porte Rouge and our stay there. There is still so much for us to see and do in Normandy so we will definitely be back and plan on staying here again.

  • Submitted: Jan 11, 2015
  • Stayed: December 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad that you love our home as much as we do! Thank you for your review and come again!
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  • 5 of 5

This is a beautiful house on a beautiful estate, large enough to accommodate many guests. It is privately tucked away but still very very close to all the attractions of Normandy. We were able to bring our whole family and another family along with us, and we all had plenty of space. The house is well equipped for anything you need to live, and we were so fortunate to hire the cook that the owners recommended. We fell in love with Normandy. You will love this house.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
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Everything We Could Have Wished For

  • 5 of 5

Our group of 13 could not have been more impressed with the house and the location. The interior (6 bedrooms, modern kitchen, room at the dining room table for everyone) was extremely well maintained. We had expected that it would be, but we had no idea how beautiful the multi-acre grounds would be, including the manicured lawn where we had evening croquet matches. We opted to have Madame Touzard provide dinner for us every night. A wise choice: her meals were sumptuous (we generally spent about 2 hours at the dinner table each evening, enjoying her cooking and multiple bottles of wine) and far more reasonably priced than eating out. Everything in Normandy was within easy driving distance (15 minutes to Utah Beach, 30 minutes to Omaha Beach, 1 hour to Mont St. Michel), and there were too many interesting sites to see them all in a week. The mid-August weather was cooler than in most U.S. locations (high 60's or low 70's most days, with occasional light showers about half the days), so we never had to worry about too much sun or too much heat. You have the sense of being in a rural area, but Carenton is only five minutes away, so supplies were readily accessible when needed.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
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Nearest Airport
50 Miles
Paris-Charles de Gaulle
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
20 Miles
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Golf of Omaha Beach
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Autoroute de l'Ouest Paris-Cherbourg
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Sainte Marie du Mont (or Utah Beach)
Car: necessary

Many enticing attractions are within easy reach: the D-Day landing beaches, WWII museums, Mont Saint-Michel, Bayeux tapestry, the English Channel Islands, etc. Sports such as horseback riding, bicycling, tennis, golf, swimming and sailing are available nearby. The beaches, 10kms away, are very safe and quite beautiful.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $250

320 euros per night or equivalent in US dollars + cost of electricity usage and a cleaning fee (250 euros)
Cleaning fee and Electricity usage must be paid in cash prior to departure. All Linens and other utilities are included in the rental price.
Local government has recently set a tourist tax fee ("Taxe de Séjour") at the level of 0.75 euros/per person/night. This tax does not apply to children under 18 years.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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