|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Set in the depths of the countryside and surrounded by beautiful gardens, trees and fields, la Guiltiere is the perfect place for a really relaxing holiday. Give a carrot to the horses, throw some corn to the chickens, wander about the garden or just go for a walk in the quiet country lanes, la Guiltiere is the perfect place to 'get away from it all'.
A four bedroom, (three double, one twin), fully centrally heated house. Three bathrooms and downstairs toilet/cloakroom, TV, and internet.
New modern easy to use and well equipped kitchen opening on to dinning room with open fire.
The first floor has two double bedrooms each with its own bath/shower and dressing room.
The second floor has two bedrooms and shared bathroom and although each bedroom has high ceilings, watch out for the low doors and mind your head.
The house sits in three acres of beautiful gardens and is surrounded by rolling countryside. The front garden is enclosed.
La Guiltière is a fabulous four bedroom 'Maison de Maître' deep in the heart of the Normandy countryside. Although recently redecorated and modernised, we have tried as far as possible, to retain its original and traditional style.
The kitchen is well organised and equipped with electric range cooker with 5 gas burner hob, dishwasher, microwave, coffee maker, and all you would expect in a proper usable kitchen. Cutlery and crockery is of a good standard but not irreplaceable should accidents happen.
The dining room, with open fire, is connected to the kitchen by a large opening giving the impression of being open plan. This is a great space and even for the larger party means that the poor old cook isn't left slogging over a hot stove alone.
The hallway has a fabulous oak staircase leading to the upper floors.
The sitting room also has an open fire TV, DVD, internet, comfy sofas and original hand stencilled walls!
Downstairs loo and cloakroom. Back kitchen for washing wellies, washing machine and tumble drier.
Outside terrace with barbecue table and chairs.
The first floor has two double bedrooms each with its own sitting room/dressing room. Bedroom one has a bathroom, bedroom two has a big shower.
The second floor has one twin bedroom and one double bedroom. There is a shared bathroom with great views over the countryside.
Originally from Buckinghamshire, We moved to France in 1990. The kids were 6 and 9 back then. They were dispatched to the local school and became Frenchyfied in no time. It took me a little longer.
In '92 number 3 arrived, new house new baby. That was a long time ago and the kids have left home now.
I suppose it was the empty nest that made me move into the little house next door and let the house for holidays. (that and the enormous heating bills) the thought of moving away was not a question.
I love living here. I quite like being the token foreigner. It makes life easier in many ways. If anyone comes looking for me and askes for directions they will be told, 'Ah oui, l'anglaise avec les chevaux, La Guiltiere, par la'.
Sometimes I feel a real need for shops and crowds and noise and I'm very lucky to have a grown up son living and working in Paris. The call goes out, 'mother needs retail therapy, will be arriving in Paris this weekend'. The funny thing is that I can only manage 2 days now. And when I get home, I wonder why I would ever want to be anywhere else.
Jennifer Stocks purchased this house in 1990
When we first saw La Guiltiere we knew we were destined to live there. The fact that it was the only property we were shown that had a roof, bathroom and central heating (kind of) helped. Looking at old photos now I think we must have been mad but it was really the neigbours who clinched the deal. Maurice and Marcelle were wonderful then and are even more wonderful now.
We didn't realize at the time but the house has a fascinating history. We are only the second family to own the house since it was built at the turn of the century. We still have visits from people who want to see the hand stencilled walls or just see inside. Madame Messiere( the last owner), had a reputation for being a little strict and few got further than the kitchen door in her day.
It's a fabulous house and I forget how lucky I am. It's so peaceful but when you need a bit of life we have a little gem just 10 mins away, Bagnoles deL'Orne. It's not to everyones taste, very old Parisienne and Poodle, but it's great for people watching and a lot closer than Paris.
Merci infiniment pour ce séjour bucolique et plein de charmes.
C'est un ilot de calme, de simplicité, de beauté où que les yeux se posent ;
l'agencement des allées, les fleurs, les arbres, les chevaux, l'âne, les lapins, les poules, les chiens, les chats, l'harmonie de tout et tous...
La maison confortable, décorée avec tant de goût et de personnalité,
c'est un petit coin de paradis et par les temps qui courent c'est bon d'en connaître un qui ne soit pas sous les tropiques.
Merci de tout coeur,
vivement qu'on y revienne,
Best holiday house ever. We loved this house. We are a family with twin boys aged 4 and a 6 year old girl and we loved it. So much space inside and out, the kitchen was well-equipped, the house was spotless and stunning. There were DVDs, jigsaws, games, books, dressing up clothes (for the kids - mostly girls stuff - our boys looked great in fairy dresses). The gardens were huge with lots of passages and secret places to hide away. We used the bbq almost every night, there was a hammock, garden games, chickens, a donkey, rabbits, a dog ... We had to make a real effort to get out to see the sights. And even when we did, we raced home again.
Our hosts were wonderful and didn't (seem to) mind the screaming and screeching of our vocal boys and at night, it was SO peaceful. Saw an owl. First time ever.
Also, when my husband left his camera behind, it turned up a couple of days later in our next location. Thank you Jen. You were wonderful. We'd love to come back and are already planning a return trip for 2017.
A family with twin 4 year olds and a six year old, we stayed for a week in mid August. It was stunning. Easily my favourite holiday house ever. Huge gardens, loads of space both outside and inside. Spotlessly clean and well-equipped. Toys, puzzles, games books and DVDs galore.
Our daughter loved the rabbits and collecting chicken eggs.
Beautiful gardens with amazing flowers, great veg and a gypsy caravan for the kids to play in. Plenty of space for ball games too.
Our hosts were wonderful. My husband forgot his camera and Jen posted it to our next location the next day. They were great with the kids and put up with barrages of questions about everything.
Beautiful, peaceful, characterful. Loved it. Loved it loved it.
Eight of us stayed at La Guiltiere for a week in August.; and what an incredible week it was too! The house and gardens were full of charm and character, well equipped and incredibly comfortable. We spent the week walking, kayaking, horse riding, vello railing, playing badminton and cricket, visiting nearby towns and obviously feasting and drinking! Our kids(4 teenage girls) cycled around the area everyday and made friends with Jennifer's horses, donkey and Wonka the dog! It was a truly fun-packed week- the icing on the cake being Jennifer the owner and her lovely family who live next door. Jennifer was incredibly warm and welcoming, highly efficient in helping us organise activities and just terrific to have around! We would most definitely recommend this property and would love to return for more!!
We stayed at the beginning of June for a week The property is located in a very quiet part of Normandy, with very large grounds for the kids to play in. The house was very clean and tidy, with more bedrooms than people! The kitchen has everything that you could need.
Our children loved playing the the garden, particularly collecting the eggs in the morning and playing with the rabbits that the owner keeps. The gypsy caravan was a great touch full of dressing up gear for them.
The weather wasn't the kindest to us, but we had a great time. Had the weather been hot and sunny, we doubt we would done any sightseeing at all! The grounds are perfect for a long sunny day with a bottle of wine whilst the kids play in the garden.
A couple of weeks after returning home, the owner emailed to let us know that one of the children had left behind one of their toys. It arrived through the post a few days later!
Many thanks for a great holiday. We hope to return.
We (six addults, three childeren 3-5 years old), stayed in the country house the first week of may 2016. We felt really welcome by the owner. The house is situated in a tranquille area, with hardly anny traffic driving past. Bigger towns for chopping are not far away. The garden (with rabbits and a circuswagon) invited the children to explore and play. The terras has sun all day. The house itself is big. The and open plan dining area with the kitchen, makes it cosy to be there as a family. The living room offers good comfort. The house also has plenty of toys to play with. The bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms were spacious en comfortable. I would reccomend this house to annyone!
For nature (bird) lovers, various owls can be heard during the night and a Cirlbunting was singing in the garden.
Noordwijk, The Netherlands
Had a great week in a nice gite run by the marvelous Jennifer and her two sons Oliver and Emile. The property is spacious, well equipped and very restful! I had issues with my car and Jennifer couldn't have been more helpful in liaising with the garage and taking me to pick up my car. Would I recommend this property to a friend or relative? Yes I would and I hope to return next year and may even try the new gite!
La Guiltiere is a real rural retreat and the house is set in 8 acres of its own gardens and fields. We have chickens and rabbits, cats and dogs, horses and last but not least Cerise the donkey. Our cut flower garden is wonderful in the summer and all the children are facinated by all the butterflies, bugs and bees.
The Gypsy caravan was a great hit last year and provided hours of fun with all its dressing up clothes and treasure.
Whats best of all here is the space. Simple things like feeding the animals, playing badmington, or just swinging about in the hamac chairs. For me these things are our biggest attractions.
The lanes around the house are very quiet so great for cycling, walking and jogging seems very popular with more energetic guests.
Most of all this is a place to relax in and let the children play?
So when you're chilled out enough, here's are a few suggestions of othere things in the area you may like to go and see.
Lassay les Châteaux (7kms south) has its own fortified castle dating back to medieval times and is steeped in history.
Bagnoles de L'Orne (11kms north) is set in the 4120 hectares of the Forest d'Andaine. A wonderful old 'Belle Epoque' spa town where you can enjoy mud treatments and mineral waters, golf, tennis,swimming and tree climbing, Roll a dice in the casino, as well listen to the many concerts and other entertainments which run throughout the summer months.
Domfront (19kms) Market town with ruined castle and loads of funny little medieval streets.
Harras du Pin (88kms) Part of the National stud and must for any horse lover.
Mont St Michel.(110kms) Well worth a day out just to taste the incredible mussels and oysters.
Bayeux Tapastry and the Normandy Landing beaches are approximately 140 kms away.
You can find a market in one of our nearby towns practically everyday of the week selling local produce from Camambert to Calvados and for the collector of the unusual, on most Sundays you can find a brocante or antique /car boot sale in the vicinity. So whether your passion is food or antiques, if you're a bit of a history boff or a nut for animals and nature, or maybe you just want to chill out in the garden with a good book and a glass of wine, La Guiltiere is the place for you.
Contractual booking deposit of 50% to secure booking and the remainder to be paid on arrival.