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16th Century Stone Cottage in the Heart of Le Perche National Park

Bedrooms 2
Space 905 sq ft
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4

Adjacent Belleme, in Le Perche National Park, you will find your cottage on a 16th-century farm complex amid 7 acres of Normandy's greenest pasture. The cottage 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 friendly 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 cottage. 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 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 Belforet-en-Perche, 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.

More Details

Margaret Fabian
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 16, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.
Apr 2011
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Le Gué-de-la-Chaîne Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Accommodation Type:
  • Guest House
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 905 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Village ...
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Free Local Calls
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • MP3 Dock
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • 4 garden chairs
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • live theater
  • museums
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • miniature golf
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Unsuitable for small children as there is an unfenced pond and river on the property.


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16th Century Stone Cottage in the Heart of Le Perche National Park
average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews

Charming cottage in the French countryside

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nashville, TN

What French country living is all about !!!

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Oct 10, 2015
  • Stayed: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Virdent and Bucolic

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2014
  • Stayed: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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West Sussex UK

A gem of a rural retreat in idyllic surroundings

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 19, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Love the Cottage and Peaceful French countryside

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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iowa City, IA

Delightful week in a perfect setting

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 9, 2013
  • Stayed: July 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
200 Kilometres
Paris Orly or Charles de Gaulle
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
next door - in the village
Nearest Golf
3 Kilometres
Normandy Country Club
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nogent le Rotrou
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Relais St. Louis
Car: necessary

Lower Normandy

Le Perche National Park

Village is adjacent Belleme

2.5 hour drive from Paris CDG

A mecca for antiquing.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

clean if less than7 days $150

For stays of under 1 week, please add $150 for cleaning. (Cleaning fee is included in weekly rate.)

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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