|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
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Two-bedroom, guest house in a 16th century farm complex on 7 acres of Normandy's greenest pasture, situated in the middle of a national park. The guest house was fully renovated in 2008 but maintains the look and feel of the original building.
Original stone walls, original beams and antique tiled floors combine with a 21st century kitchen and bathroom plus roomy bedrooms to make this an authentic and comfortable home away-from-home.
Downstairs offers a large kitchen/dining room and salon. Upstairs you will find one queen-bedded room, one twin-bedded room and one bathroom with shower. Luxurious sheets and towels provided.
The farm is not a working property. Our neighbor grazes his prize charolet cows on 5 fenced acres. The animals do not have access to our courtyard nor the private garden area. There is an apple and pear orchard behind the guest house. Garden furniture and barbeque provided for you to enjoy the long, warm summer evenings.
Our area: Le Perche is truly the unsung gem of Orne, birthplace of the majestic Percheron horse breed and second home to many savvy Parisians, artists and writers. In fact, the New York Times calls Le Perche, 'The Last Terroir.' If you Google ''Le Perche'' you will see an article from the New York Times Magazine dated March 2007 which fully describes the charms of this region.
Things to do: Nearby you'll find a challenging 18-hole golf course in Belleme, well-kept tennis courts, trout fishing, the National Stud Farm, famed forests with mushrooming expeditions in the autumn months, untold numbers of country manor houses and castles to explore, reasonably-priced antiques, fine dining, organic cheese makers, chocolate makers, organic farmers, even an organic snail farm.
Where you'll be staying: Our farm is in the tiny hamlet of Le Gue de la Chaine, 3 kilometers from Belleme and 6 kilometers from the regional capital of Mortagne au Perche. Traveling by car, you are 2.5 hours from Paris, 3 hours from the channel coastal resorts and landing beaches and 2 hours from the Loire Valley. There is good train service to all parts of France from the neighboring town of Nogent le Rotrou.
We enjoyed our time in your lovely cottage. Everything was so restful for us. Thank you for your sincere thoughtfulness. We'll miss the birds waking us up, the lilacs, our walks through town and especially this cozy cottage.
We thoroughly enjoyed the beautifully decorated and warm and comfortable cottage. Our hosts, Margaret and John, could not have been more gracious and helpful. We stayed almost a week and had new adventures every day. If you are looking for an experience in the beautiful French countryside, this is the perfect spot.
This wonderful petite maison was everything and more as was described on the listing. Just perfect! Clean, well furnished, great kitchen, great upstairs, and great setting convenient to most everything. Great spot from which to explore lower Normandy. Margaret and John are great hosts and always made sure we were accommodated with anything we needed. It was nice to arrive with pasta ready to go with nice bottle of wine and cheeses etc in the frig. The countryside is lovely, the village markets fun, venues on every hand. Easy to get to the Normandy beaches. I could go on but if one chooses this place you will be happy you did.
We had spent seven days in Paris in a comfortable apt and the four of us, myself, wife, daughter and son-in-law, then rented a car and drove to Margaret and John's stone cottage for six days in the latter part of July. The cottage, restored three years ago simply has it all. No detail has been overlooked. I have restored three major houses, two stone and one frame, and I know what it takes to lovingly restore and create this most homey and well designed abode.
The kitchen had everything a cook would need, plenty of all types of pots and pans, excellent cutlery, even a set of four escargot holders which we did use, buying a box of frozen escargot at the wonderful supermarket that is located a mile from the cottage.
All the beds were great. We all got great sleep and rest after hectic Paris and it's street noise, none of that here. We are talking serious quiet , night and day.
The bathroom was the only thing I was worried about before arriving because of the photo shown in their advertisement, but, surprise! Very well appointed and all fixtures were modern, a great shower, also, the room features a skylight that opens to the outside.
We picked this location because of its centrality to the North, West, and South. It all played out as we hoped.
Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn't mention Margaret and John's super friendly hospitality. They made us feel like part of the family. Thank you Margaret and John, we are coming back.
This property has been extremely well renovated. It has been very tastefully furnished to a very high standard and decorated as befits an old cottage but at the same time has a very well equipped kitchen with everything one could possibly want during a self catering stay (including a perfect and much appreciated welcoming pack) + a lovely modern bathroom. A lot of attention to detail is evident in the bedrooms and the beautiful lounge. The standard throughout is excellent - you won't be disappointed and I
would definitely recommend to friends and relations for a stay in this lovely rural area with charming villages close by excellent restaurants providing wonderful food and wine (as only the French can do) and a national park/forest to walk or cycle it off! Thank you for a wonderful stay.
After a week in Paris, this was just the place we need for relax and exploring the french countryside! The cottage was very clean and we loved the decoration. My Children loved this place better than in Paris, they loved the cows in the farm next to us and almost fed them everyday! We were able to pick apples, pears and plums from fruit trees in the backyard! There were few towns just 5-25 km away from us, and you can get the map around this area at the information center in Belleme, The lady there can speak English and will help you a lot for this trip. We had a wonderful week to stay in this cottage!
In writing this review, I am only sorry that I am limited to five stars. From start to finish, our stay was simply perfect. From the first contact, Margaret was responsive and helpful. She went out of her way to find answers to questions for which she did not have an immediate response.
The cottage was lovingly restored, impeccably clean, well appointed, perfectly equipped and well kept. Our week was a complete escape from the demands of our work-a-day world and into one with old-world charm, a relaxed pace and natural beauty. We had a wonderful time poking around charming market towns, taking walks through the woods to simply beautiful medieval towns, discovering lovely churches, biking past impresssive manor houses on a rails-to-trails "voie verte" and visiting an delightful escargot farmer on an late summer evening.
We were very lucky to have Margaret and John in town while we were there. We arrived rumpled and hot from a car ride from Paris to find a welcome package with enough food for our first dinner. That care and consideration endured throughout our week. They were quick with recommendations for hidden gems in the countryside and enhanced our time in a significant, but inobtrusive way. Quite honestly, we were so comfortable in the cottage that it sometimes took an effort to leave!
For those individuals who like to travel, but not necessarily be a tourist, I strongly recommend this cottage in Le Perche. You will immerse yourself in French food and culture in a way that will leave you longing for a return.
Adjacent to Belleme, 2.5 hour drive from Paris.
Other Activities: Mini golf, shopping.
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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
|clean if less than7 days||$150|
Quoted rate is for two people For additional guests, using second bedroom, please add $25/person/night.
For stays of under 1 week, please add $150 for cleaning. (Cleaning fee is included in weekly rate.)