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Mr Alan Wilkins

Member since: 2008
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Speaks: english, french

Charming and fully equipped rural gite with heated pool free WiFi

22 Reviews
Sleeps5
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Bures Cottage Rental Photos and Description

1 family bedroom cottage + pool, sleeps 5,or couple, in Normandy countryside

Recent conversion 2003, fully equipped centrally heated, large 2 floor (6 x 6 metres) one bedroom gite sleeping 2 adults and 3 children. Large garden shared with other gite, inc child swing, table tennis, badminton and football goals Private terrace with fixed charcoal BBQ and use of on site owners heated pool 10m x 5m and 1.8m deep. The pool, used by BOTH gites, can accommodate 5 or 6 adults children easily Situated in small village 10 miles from Mortagne au Perche, in quiet surroundings. Big Super U supermarket 10 mins away. Owned by a British resident family - plenty of bird watching, without moving from your terrace, families of buzzards, and red squirrels in the garden, fishing available in local lakes and rivers, and cycling and forest walks. Le Mans 24hr course 1 hour away. Equestrian centres 1 and 5 miles, go kart track for kids and big boys 6 miles away. Laserquest and Paintball in nearby Alencon. Flexible changeover day, by arrangement with owner, and possibility of 8, 9, 10 day holidays - to take advantage of cheaper midweek ferry tunnel fares. See also our other 2 bedroom gite The Cottage at same location reference 730812. Free WiFi is available on site plus free hotspots in nearby Mortagne or Alencon. Sample our home grown cider, and visit our orchard with the flock of Ouessant sheep, with our hand-reared lamb ''Cutlet'', who likes to play football.

2015 - Full size table tennis table in shelter.

New for 2016, a childrens slide and a youth/adult basketball hoop

The gite is typical norman style - with exposed beams downstairs and upstairs, and pierre apparent (exposed stone) walls upstairs, tastefully converted in 2003 from old stable. It is fully centrally heated so is fine for winter lets. We offer complimentary coffee, tea, milk and sugar (along with a bottle of local cider on arrival for all bookings of 1 week or more) . Downstairs: Fully equipped kitchen with washing mc, gas cooker, fridgefreezer microwave and dishwasher, plus kettle toaster and coffee machine with all utensils. CD radio player. Dining area with seating for 6. Gas central heating and hot water. Separate shower room with washbasin and wc. Upstairs: A large 6 x 6 m bedroom, sleeping family or friends 2 + 3 - with double bed and childrens bunk beds and a spare bed (adult or child) Seating area with DVD player and screen.

Outside: Private patio to rear with table and 6 chairs and parasol, with brick built barbecue and tools.

Large garden area with child swing set, football area and goal, plus badminton volleyball net, swingball tennis game

Private parking, plenty of lawn, (children can camp on request)

Swimming pool (20 metres from gite) Tenants have use of owners private heated 10 metre pool open May - Sept equipped with sun loungers and parasols.

The gite is in a small village of about 30 houses and 12 farms. Nearest towns Laleu with bar restaurant and shop at 1.2 miles and Ste Scolasse sur Sarthe with bar, grocers shop, post office, bakers, delicatessen/charcuterie and hair dresser (about 1.5 miles away). Largest town nearby Le Mele sur Sarthe (5 miles) with garage, pharmacy, hotels, banks, bars restaurants main post office and hotel plus many shops (inc english newspaper shop) and 2 supermarkets with petrol/diesel lpg.(at Intermarche nest to RN12 dual carraigeway)

There is also the lake at Le Mele, open afternoons in Summer, and weekends May - Sept. It has beach, safe swimming, games, and also pedalo and kayaks. Free entry

To find us enter BURES 61170 or BURES ORNE in GPS sat nav. This will take you to centre of our village by the church and we are just 5 metres from the church (dont worry - the bells dont ring out) facing the Mairie (town hall). If you are coming down the A28 autoroute from Rouen (Calais Boulogne) DO NOT exit at the Gace junction, which the GPS SAT NAV always indicates but continue to the Sees junction, and follow signs for Mortagne au Perche or Bazoches It is faster and easier. From the autoroute motorway at Sees it is only 11 or 12 miles, and since Feb 2011 a new connecting road bypasses Sees making it even easier- although not always on your old GPS

Please note: If you arrive at Beauvais airport and use GPS it may try to take you through Paris as it calculates it to be 2 minutes faster. Dont believe it - come via Rouen and the A28 autoroute

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Mr Alan Wilkins (Owner)
Member since: 2008
Call Owner
Speaks: english, french

About Mr Alan Wilkins

We live on site so are there to help you

Mr Alan Wilkins purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Mr Alan Wilkins chose Orne

Peaceful - plenty of wildlife especially birds, and butterflies

What makes this cottage unique

We have transformed the place and created the 2 gites to be a quiet place to enjoy a break - but not far from amenities

Reviews

5
based on 22 traveler reviews

Charming and fully equipped rural gite with heated pool free WiFi
average rating of 4.9545455 based on 22 reviews
5

Comfortable, welcoming and relaxing place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed staying at this gite. It was very comfortable and clean. Alan and Heather were so welcoming and helpful and we felt at home straight away. We relaxed by the pool most days but also managed to explore the nearby villages and towns. We couldn't have asked for a more wonderful place to stay - it was a perfect French getaway.

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
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5

Great holiday in Normandy

  • 5 of 5

Lovely family cottage in a quiet French village. Alan and Heather are great hosts and really make you feel welcome. Our 2 year old and 6 year old loved the garden and pool. We found loads to do in the area especially the Lake at La Melle and the green cycle route that ran through there.

  • Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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5

Tranquil

  • 5 of 5

This is our third year staying at the gites. As always Alan and Heather were very warm and welcoming. This gite has a lovely rear patio which means you get the late evening sun, we managed to use the bbq for some lovely home made pizza! We would recommend a trip,to Saint Ceneri Le Gerei which has been officially classified the most beautiful village in France.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
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5

Charming Gite in a lovely rural location

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I with our 18month old daughter stayed at the gite for two weeks and had a fabulous time, it was a great place to base ourselves from to go and explore the Normandy region. Plenty to see around and about within 30mins drive, further affield are the Normandy beaches.

The terrace at the back was lovely to relax in and enjoy the evening after a busy day exploring, the pool was ideal for a morning swim or for an afternoon siesta, quite a liitle sun trap.

Alan and Heather were great hosts and a mine of local information on whats what.

We really enjoyed our stay and felt well rested from the hustle and bustle of busy UK life. Definately recommended for anyone looking for a relaxing break.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2013
  • Stayed: Aug 2013
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5

Fabulous choice for a relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

We can highly recommend this gite - we stayed in the 2-bedroom 'cottage' (August 2012).

Very comfortable (including the beds), well-equipped and Alan & Heather are the perfect hosts. Our 12-year old rated the pool as the 'best ever'!

We greatly enjoyed the area - lakes with pedaloes, canoes & even sand (!) nearby plus lots of pleasant small towns within easy reach (20 minutes or so) giving a wide selection of markets, restaurants, shops ..

  • Submitted: Aug 26, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
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5

3 aussies in France

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here when our son competed in Essay in the U18 Go karting World Championships in August 2011. We loved everything about our accommodation. From the moment we arrived Alan and Heather made us more than welcome. We loved all the little surrounding towns that Alan told us about and also ate at many of the restaurants that he recommended. Heather also did a great job in translating our menu. (my french is very bad) Our gite was well stocked, when we arrived there was complimentary wine and local apple cider. We loved the accommodation in the old stable, Alan and Heather have done a great job in restoring it. We had a huge thunder storm one night and felt warm, cosy and comfortable while the storm raged outside.

The only down side to our stay was that it was not long enough. There was so much more that we would have liked to have seen around this amazing part of France.

We will return again one day.

Thanks again Alan and Heather for going the extra mile and making our stay great.

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
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Map

Nearest Airport
100 Miles
Paris CDG ORY
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Laleu
Nearest Ferry
72 Miles
Caen Ouistreham
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Belleme
Nearest Train
18 Miles
L'Aigle
Nearest Motorway
10 Miles
Sees
Nearest Restaurant
5 Miles
Le Mele
Nearest Ski
700 Kilometres
Alps
Nearest Beach
72 Miles
Ouistreham
Car: recommended

Lakes with leisure facilities open summer - 5 and 10 miles away. Horse riding and full tuition at farm equestre centre 6 miles. Forest walks and birdwatching - large buzzards a regular sight overhead, harriers and hoopoes also seen along with red squirrels and other natural fauna and flora. Easy to visit the D Day beaches about 1.5 hours (Sword) or 2 hrs (Omaha Utah)drive away. Plenty of local markets available everyday of the week (more like UK farmers markets but with a french flair) Swimming pools with flumes etc 10 and 15 miles. Go kart track rally cross course (suitable children as well as bigger boys) Essay 5 miles.

Le Mans 24 hr course and museum 50 miles.

Golf courses 20 25 and 30 miles. Mont St Michel about 2 hrs away. Bayeux Tapestry 2hrs Tennis courts in Le Mele s Sarthe. Mortagne au Perche, a walled medieval town 9 miles is the centre of the Boudin Noir (black pudding) festival Mid march. Le Mele sur Sarthe Percheron horse festival pony fair first weekend December

Other Activities: Professional go kart track adults and children

Golf: Belleme golf course - has been highly recommended by golfers we know

Hara du Pin - the national stud and equestrian centre home of the World Equestrian Championships in Aug/Sept 2014 is just 20 minutes away

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Rates & Availability

Bures Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Mid season
Sep 1 2016 - Sep 30 2016
2 night minimum stay
$450
 
 
Low Season
Oct 1 2016 - Apr 30 2017
2 night minimum stay
$292
 
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$292
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning fee $34
Refundable damage deposit $169

Change over any day  arrival 1600, depart 1000 or by prior agreement with owners.
Extra days or (long)weekends by agreement with owners. Guests are expected to leave the property clean and tidy. (cleaning equipment is provided)

A deposit of 25% rental (or full amount if for a long weekend etc) is payable in advance. When making a booking the proper

Payment of deposit at time of booking (within 7 days) and balance due 8 weeks before arrival. Short stays, less than a week, payable at time of booking.

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Amenities

Bures Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (semi-detached)
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 80 m²
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Farm Holidays
General:
  • Alarm Clock
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Shower room with shower cubicle, wash basin and wc. Hair dryer provided.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , 3 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon , Family
  • One double bed and one single bed suitable for adults plus bunk beds suitable children up to 14/16yrs
Entertainment:
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
Outside:
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • 4 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • water parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
No smoking inside the building - outside or on patio fine (ashtrays provided) Mini football goal and net (plus football) suitable for the young and not so young. We got challenged last year to play England v France, and had to explain my wife is Scottish and didnt like the England label! Swing set for small children under 9's and plenty of space to run around, and badminton net and table tennis table for kids WiFi is available on site, or Mortagne au Perche has free wifi hot spot in centre of town

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