About the property
- House3767 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
7 Bedrooms (6 En-suite Bathrooms + 2 additional) Normandy Self Catering Rental
L'Orangerie was built in 1703, originally part of the local historically important chateau and 8th Century Priory. It is a stunning base from which to experience the best that Normandy and the Suisse Normande has to offer.
The house is over 350sq metres of living space. The huge 80sq metre+ sitting room, and separate sitting room make it possible for everyone to sit together, or apart and have personal space. The dining room has ample space for everyone to eat together in the same room. The 7 large bedrooms and 7 bathrooms (6 en-suite) give you the privacy of a hotel room, with the advantage of your own house and gardens.
The formal garden is always colourful, with a large adjacent garden for ball games.
Visit William The Conquerer's birthplace and the Bayeux Tapestry; Operation Overlord and the D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches & museums. Take one of the many local walks, or relax and make the most of the extremely well equipped house, its gardens and enjoy a leisurely evening meal at L'Orangerie or a local restaurant
ACCOMMODATION - You have exclusive use of our impressive (historically important) large, quality furnished, house and gardens. Downstairs the ceiling height is 5 metres, and upstairs, the spacious bedrooms and corridor have been designed to show the original beams, dating back to 1703. Six of the seven bedrooms have been equpped with en-suite facilities : 5 upstairs and 2 ground floor bedrooms. The seventh bedroom (with 3 single beds) has its own dedicated separate bathroom.
We have tried to provide everything you could possibly need during your stay. There is ample crockery, cutlery and glassware, plus plenty of big cooking pans, and serving dishes - we understand what is needed for a large group. We have two large fridge/freezers - so plenty of room for all your food and drinks.
MEALS - We can organise extremely reasonably priced fully catered (and cleared) 4 course evening meals - all with a local flavour, You can sit back, relax, and enjoy the evening with friends and family.
Why choose us and L'Orangerie for your holiday? We go out of our way to make your holiday memorable for all the right reasons. We have many guests who have made repeat bookings, and recommended us to friends and family. Our very positive feedback is highly gratifying, and guests always tell us that the pictures do not fully convey the size and the impressiveness of the house and location (I keep trying).
We have a background of working at senior levels in large multi-national organisations, including working in France, Belgium and The Netherlands. We are widely travelled, and we understand the importance of delivering a top quality product and service, for a good value price. We always seek to exceed your expectations in all we do, because we want you to leave happy that you chose us and L'Orangerie for your holiday (we know it is a big decision).
We are in our early 50s, and we live in an adjacent 3 bedroom cottage - if you need anything we are available at any time, but we also understand you will want privacy to enjoy the property and its pretty gardens.
LOCAL ATTRACTIONS : Of major significance to this area are the close ties with William the Conquerer, plus the D-Day Normandy Landings during WW2.
There are a number of tourist routes to follow - the DD Landings routes; the cheese routes; the cidre routes; the granite routes. All of these pick up themes pertinent to the history and traditions in this area. Visit important Chateaux, Cathedrals and Historic Ports.
Closeby is the Roches d'Oetre - a geological site that has been developed to include a tourist centre and starting point for many fabulous walking and cycling routes (we are close to the GR 36); mountain biking; horse riding, fishing and kayaking. The region was declared a 'site-naturel' by the French Government in 2011. This exclusive status recognises that the surrounding countryside contains an important and rare mix of wildlife and plantlife, which is now protected by law from any development that may threaten its character.
We have a mixture of great local restaurants and bistros. Local markets are definitely worth a visit. After more than 25 years in the area, we still find something new to do and explore all the time. The house has a wealth of tourist information and brochures about the various activities available in the region, and we are always happy to work with you before or during your stay, to help you maximise your time in Normandy.
Further afield is Paris and Disneyland, Honfleur, Versailles, Monet's Gardens at Giverney, the Mont St. Michel and the Loire Valley.
Jeanette & Andrew Heydn
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- May 22, 2018
About Jeanette & Andrew Heydn
Andrew and I are in our mid 50s. We both had hectic and successful City careers, working in an international business environment, but decided that after 30 years we would abandon all the commuting and meetings, to develop our property in the Suisse Normande, and do something completely different. Many of our guest comment that we really are living the dream. We have a passion for doing things very well, and truly are happy to read the wonderful guest feedback, telling us that we are getting it right. We strive to continue to improve what we do, always seeking and listening to guest feedback. Our biggest gratification is when guests return themselves, and when they recommend us to family and friends. It sounds like a cliché, but a large group in 2012, celebrating a 50th birthday with friends here, said that they were surprised and relieved that we delivered on all the things we said we would prior to their arrival. It seemed obvious to us, but apparently for some, it has not always been their experience. We believe that guests put a lot of trust in us delivering on all the things we promise, and we really do strive to do everything we say, and more wherever possible. Providing the background for a special family celebration, or a large group holiday is a big responsibility, which we fully recognise.
Jeanette & Andrew Heydn purchased this House in 2004
Why Jeanette & Andrew Heydn chose Saint-Aubert-sur-Orne
We chose La Forêt Auvray as we know the region and what it has to offer very well. We have had another house locally - just 5 kilometres away for more than 20 years. When we decided to purchase something larger, we looked all over France, but came back to the Suisse Normande. We know there is plenty to do - something for everyone, of all ages and tastes. We ourselves still discover new things all the time. Normandy is a truly diverse region. Some visitors say it is like stepping back in time - there is a more relaxed pace of life for sure, and the completely unspoilt surroundings allow wildlife to flourish. In 2010 this region (The Suisse Normande) was declared to be a 'Site Naturel' by the French Government - effectively recognising and preserving its character, wildlife and wonderful hedgerows, rolling fields and forests. Closeby, we have a wealth of pretty small villages to visit - sitting by the river Orne at Pont d'Ouilly on a Sunday afternoon in the summer, listening to the music from the local 'Tea-Dance' known as a Guingette, is a simple but delightful pleasure. Slightly further away (about 14 kilometres) is the lovely town of Falaise - birthplace of William The Conquerer. The chateau has been fully restored, and is a greatly impressive historic visit. All around you will see monuments to those who lost their lives in WW2, particularly during the D-Day Landings. All nationalities are remembered with great respect.
What makes this House unique
The Orangerie firstly appealed to us firstly because it is situated in a fabulous position, with truly magnificent views. Sometimes we almost have to pinch ourselves to realise that we really do wake up here of a morning. It is such a pleasure for us. Secondly it is a building that is hugely spacious and private. We looked at many large letting complexes, but this was the only one we saw that was big enough to have a large group all sit together INSIDE for meals and evening chats. This is not usually the case for smaller groups of properties. Even the best of friends and family may become tense if squashed together for long enough, so our large bedrooms, private bathrooms, and a total of 100sq metres of lounge area are really different from other properties. Atmosphere is also important. As we spent time in the property, we quickly understood that it has a really good, welcoming feel about the building - I call it 'happy bricks' but Andrew says that I am a bit whacky like that. Owning an historic property is a responsibility and a great joy. Planning permission from the Historic Monuments Board to undertake the conversion work was a challenge, but well worth it. Upstairs in the West bedroom, you can see gothic carvings in the window sills - from where they built the property using bits of the old 8th century priory next door. The exposed roof beams tell the story of the building's new roof design, added over 150 years ago when the house was a Nunnery. What we love the most is the wildlife - watching the birds in the garden is fantastic - at ground level there are the blue tits, yellow tits, great tits, nuthatches, woodpeckers etc. Look up in the sky and you will always see a kestrel, red kite, or buzzard making the most of the thermals from the hillside. The red squirrels and pine martens have quickly discovered the peanut supply, and the night chorus from the owls is what I miss the most when we are elsewhere.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:30 AM
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My family and I (13 in total including 4 kids), recently stayed at L'Orangerie. The house and grounds are absolutely amazing! The photos do not do it justice. Every single room was spacious, clean and comfortable, the kitchen equipment was vast and there were loads of books, cd's and games to keep everyone amused. The kids did not moan once that they were bored which is extraordinary. They spent hours in the huge garden and loved it. The house is situated in a quiet, peaceful location but there were surprisingly loads for families to do within a short drive and prices were good - much better than in England. However, the icing on the cake was definitely the hosts, Jeanette and Andrew. They cannot do enough for you and were helpful and friendly whilst respecting our privacy. Jeanette cooked for us twice during the week and the food was gorgeous, plentiful and so reasonably priced. The veal was outstanding. Andrew was wonderful with the kids and did a treasure hunt with them as previously mentioned in other reviews. What I didn't expect was the huge treasure trove he gave the kids. They were thrilled. I cannot praise this property or the owners highly enough and would recommend L'Orangerie to anyone. We will DEFINITELY come back at the first opportunity. Thank you Jeanette and Andrew so much.
Having been letting L'Orangerie for more than 10 years now, it is such a compliment to be still receiving such wonderful reviews. We work hard to try and ensure our guests have a great time, and are not disappointed, and reading this super review really makes it all more than worthwhile.
We thoroughly enjoyed meeting this super family group, and we very much hope to welcome them back again in the future. Their kind words, and the time spent writing this comprehensive review, is so very much appreciated. We thank them for being such great guests - a real pleasure.
The property was ideal for our stay. This was an excellent Car Club base for Seven couple.
A Big thank you to Jeanette and Andrew for their help and hospitality before and during our stay.
This was one of the best accommodations we have used in the many years we have driven in France. A remote location which gave us ample opportunity to drive many routes to the coast and villages within easy reach but still within 10mile of a large town and supermarket.
The accommodation is comfortable, clean and spacious providing ample space and excellent kitchen to produce your exquisite meals.
We all enjoyed our stay and would be more than happy return for a further stay.
We thank this Car Club for having chosen L'Orangerie, and having taken the time to write such a great review. The Suisse Normande is a fabulous location for exploring by car, motorbike (or cycle - if you are fit enough for the hills!). It was a delight to see all the wonderful cars lined up at the bottom of the garden - they certainly turned heads as they toured around.
We very much hope to be able to welcome this super group back. It was a delight to have them stay and enjoy everything that L'Orangerie has to offer.
We had an amazing time in this fantastic property! There were 16 of us (3 families) and we couldn't have been made more welcome. Nothing was to much for Jeanette and Andrew! The house was lovely and warm when we arrived with a roaring fire going in the sitting room. Nearly all of the rooms have en-suites which was such a blessing and the heated towel rails were an extra bonus. The grounds are fantastic and the house is well equipped for out door activities: even bicycles were provided!
Jeanette and Andrew cooked us all a meal worthy of a top restaurant, and they arranged for a fantastic treasure hunt in the grounds for the 2 children in our group.
We wholeheartedly recommend this house to anyone who wants to have a fantastic time in a larger group. The kitchen is well equipped and there is lots to do in the house for those days when the weather isn't as nice as we would like it to be!
We are hoping to return next year!
We are so very pleased that this delightful family had a great Easter break at L'Orangerie, and that they are seriously considering returning next year. It is always gratifying to know that our guests are happy, and it makes all our efforts worthwhile. Our 2017 season is off to an excellent start, and we aim to continue to please.
We thank this kind lady for taking the time to leave such a detailed and complimentary review.
Fantastique séjour en Suisse Normande
Nous avons passé un magnifique séjour à l'Orangerie. Bien sûr la météo a été généreuse et a joué pour une part non négligeable mais nous ne pouvons minimaliser la part de Jeanette et Andrew dans cette réussite. Dès le départ ils ont été disponibles pour satisfaire le moindre de nos désirs, tout en restant extrêmement discrets. La moindre question trouvait sa réponse, tout problème avait une solution rapide. Tout a été conforme au descriptif, l'accueil a été plus que convivial, nous ne pouvons que recommander ce havre de paix au milieu de la campagne normande. Un excellent rapport qualité-prix pour découvrir la région (plages du débarquement, Mont St Michel, Cherbourg, Deauville, Etretat...), notre groupe de 12 personnes a trouvé son bonheur à l'Orangerie et nous ne pouvons que vous la conseiller !
Wow - quelle excellente façon de commencer notre année 2017. Nous avons vraiment apprécié rencontrer ce charmant groupe d'invités de Belgique, et j'espère les revoir. Nous sommes reconnaissants pour leurs commentaires complémentaires sur L'Orangerie (et à propos de nous). Oui, le temps était incroyablement chaud pour la fin de mars, mais je pense qu'ils auraient passé un bon moment, peu importe la météo. En un week-end, ils ont pu visiter de nombreuses destinations de liste de souhaits à partir d'ici et avoir une belle promenade locale. Nous les remercions d'avoir pris le temps de décrire leur séjour, et nous l'apprécions vraiment.
We had a wonderful stay at the Orangerie. Of course the weather was generous and played a significant part but we can not minimize the share of Jeanette and Andrew in this success. From the beginning they were available to satisfy the least of our desires, while remaining extremely discreet. The smallest question found its answer, any problem had a quick solution. Everything was in conformity with the description, the reception was more than convivial, we can only recommend this haven of peace in the middle of the Norman countryside. An excellent value for money location to discover the region (landing beaches, Mont St Michel, Cherbourg, Deauville, Etretat ...), our group of 12 people has found its happiness in the Orangerie and we can only advise you !
The property was excellent and met all our expectations.
It was clean, spacious and had all the facilities and more as described internally and externally for us to have an excellent holiday. Badminton area in the beautiful grounds was used by our younger members whilst grandparents watched on the sun beds in the quiet tranquil valley. We had many trips out to Normandy landing museums and sites but always looked forward to returning in the evenings to this tranquil property. We also visited Arramanches beach and many of the local villages and experienced the tea dance by the river. Our party ranged from 6 years to 70 years and one week was not enough for us to explore all the areas we would have liked to visit. We were very well looked after for the week with helpful advice and information and would certainly recommend this to friends and family.
We are so very pleased to read this review. It is always gratifying to see that our guests have had a great holiday. We work had to try and get everything right, so that on arrival and during their stay, guests feel well supported, and are very happy with the decision to spend their holiday at our property.
These kind words from our latest guests are greatly appreciated, and we hope to be able to welcome them again in the future.
Perfect place for a holiday with family or friends
This was our second visit to L'Orangerie as a group of 14. It is a wonderful, peaceful and beautiful place and the description does not do it justice. Plenty of space, wonderful hospitality from our very generous hosts, Andrew and Jeanette for whom nothing is too much trouble. Comfortable and very clean with a fantastically well equipped kitchen for those of us who love to cook. We will definitely return.
It was a pleasure to welcome this super group back to l'Orangerie. It is always a compliment to have return guests and to read that they are again planning to come back and stay is very gratifying.
We are in the SUISSE NORMANDE - famous for its pretty woods, rolling verdant landscapes, mature trees and varied abundant wildlife. Badgers; red-kites; kestrels; buzzards; pine martens; red squirrels; owls all visit our gardens. Many pretty walks are possible from our property - if you don't want to see a car for hours, we can point you in the right direction, behind the chateau along the riverside, and then wind your way gently up the forest behind us, coming back via another pretty forest path. As an alternative, you could go up to La Foret Auvray, via 'Spooky Alley' - a tree lined old road, that is not only open to vehicles in one direction (there is now a new road that meanders up to the village). For spectacular views, an informative visitor centre, more stunning walking routes, and also a 'Go Ape' high wire activity centre in the pine trees, the Roches d'Oetre is less than 2 kilometres away (go by complimentary bike from L'Orangerie). Visit nearby Falaise Castle, birthplace of William The Conquerer; Bayeux and the tapestry and all the World War 2 D-Day Normandy Landing Beaches and museums. Stroll along Gold, Omaha, Sword, Juno and Utah beaches, Point du Hoc, Sainte-Mere-Eglise, Pegasus Bridge, Monet's Gardens, Le Mont St. Michel. There are so many visitor destinations and historic trails to follow all around this area. Paris is easily accessible for the day - even Disneyland. Alternatively we intersect the Grand Randonnee GR 36 famous rambers footpath. Follow our detailed walking maps - have a guided walk with Andrew - take out one of our many bikes. Other Activities: Canoeing; Velo-Rail; rock-climbing; Spa treatments Golf: There are a number of Golf courses in the region. In particular, our guests like to play at the course at Clecy, which is about 15 kilometres away from L'Orangerie, but is hilly. Bagnoles de l'Orne and Flers are also reasonably local. Caen Sequeville is 30 kilometres (but a fast direct route, so accessible in 30 minutes).
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
For cancellations, we have a strict policy, but if we are able to secure an alternative booking to replace your cancellation, we will refund your payment, minus any costs we have incurred in securing the replacement, which includes but is not limited to additional advertising costs, and having to offer discounts for replacement bookings. It is not our aim to profit from your cancellation and we will strive to refund your deposit and any other payments wherever possible. Sterling or Euro equivalent. We also take credit card payments via the HomeAway on-line payment facility. A 25% deposit per week to book, and at the time of paying the balance (by not later than 60 days prior to arrival) , we also request a separate £250 cheque by way of damage deposit. £25 per day extra for oil heating May to September (no charge Oct to April inc).