Four bedroomed country house with large garden
- english, french
About Jennifer Stocks
Originally from Buckinghamshire, We moved to France in 1990, our boys were 6 and 9 . Kids dispatched to the local school and became Frenchyfied in no time but It took me a little longer. After almost 30 years i'm getting there. The accent remains firmly in place and apparently my use of the french language can at times be rather imaginative.
Jennifer Stocks purchased this House in 1990
Why Jennifer Stocks chose Thubœuf
We fell in love with the house right from the start. The fact that it was the only one we saw that had a roof, bathroom and central heating (kind of) helped. Looking at old photos now I think we must have been mad. It was the neigbours who clinched it for us. There is a great sense of comunity here and I guess because we are all rather spread out, people makemore of an effort. This time of year is especially neigbourly with the great exchange of garden plants and produce. We didn't realize at the time but the house has a fascinating history. We are only the second family to have lived in the house since it was built at the turn of the last century. We still have visits from people who want to see the hand stencilled walls or just see inside. Monsieur et Madame Messiere were the last owners. Monsieur was a Mayor of Thuboeuf and Madame 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 try not to 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.
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Such a lovely place for a family holiday
Beautiful property in a lovely location. The house and gardens are everything I'd hoped for and more. Just a very short drive for any supplies and gas. Many activities and sights to enjoy all within an easy drive, and returning after a day out felt like coming home. The peace and serenity of this property afforded me true relaxation. The owner, Jennifer, is an absolute gem - so warm and welcoming. I look forward very much to staying here again.
My favourite holiday house ever: Perfection
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.
Perfect summer house
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.
La Guitiere is a wonderful property full of charm and character!
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!!
Lovely secluded property
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.
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, dogs and horses. 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 child fun with all its dressing up clothes and small treasures.
What's best of all here is the space. Simple things like feeding the animals, playing badmington, or just swinging about in the hammock 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. Town square with little bars and restaurants which are perfect venues for people watching.
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 and take in 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.