An attractive, tastefully converted Normandy barn, located in a half-acre field, in a tranquil, unspoiled area of Orne, near to the medieval towns of Argentan and Sees. Access to the cottage is via a quiet track, usually only used by local farmers and horse riders. It offers a peaceful country hideaway, and is ideally situated to explore the local countryside by car, cycle or on foot, to read, fish or just to relax!
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Cottage in Mortree, Orne, Normandy - Ideal Country Retreat in France
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- english, french
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- Jun 20, 2018
We are a British couple who first moved to Paris in 1976 with our work, enjoying eight years there in teaching and human resources roles. We fell in love with France, and spent much of our free time playing sport and making the most of living in the fantastic city of Paris, and France generally. Our daughter was born in Paris and as a family we returned to the UK in 1984. Since then, we have spent a lot of time back in France, having bought an old farmhouse in 1979, spending many weekends and holidays renovating this derelict acquisition. In 1989, we acquired a dilapidated barn in the adjoining field to our home, and have been renting it out all the year round since 2006. We know how important it is to be comfortable. We have endeavoured to provide quality, comfort and style.
Why Owner chose La Bellière
We were attracted to the Orne area by its rural environment and tranquillity. Family and friends were puzzled by our enthusiasm for our home there, until they visited when they became total converts and understood completely our fascination for the area. Why do we like it so much? It is very private and quiet; we have helpful but unobtrusive neighbours within 400 metres who have applauded our hard work; the village, which has no shops, is sparsely populated (about ten houses). However, within about eight kilometres, there are towns with markets, restaurants, shops, riding stables, chateaux. Also,the Normandy beaches are about an hour away by car, and Paris is about 2 hours by train. It is easy to reach the cottage from coastal ports, airports and stations.
What makes this Cottage unique
The garden (a field, in truth) has ample space for children and adults to play and relax, with very little passing traffic other than the odd tractor and horses in the nearby lane. Comments made by our visitors – some of whom have returned 2 or 3 times, include: What a wonderful location, far from the crowd and quiet enough to hear yourself think. Had a fantastic time in this gorgeous cottage – visited the chateaux and local markets and chilled – will definitely return again. We have all enjoyed our week here. The children love playing in the garden, we love the wonderful birdsong and fire in the evening. The local area is beautiful to walk around. A delightful and very comfortable gite in a tranquil setting, with a huge range of fascinating places to visit within easy reach.
A beautiful holiday home in rural Normandy, brilliant for cycling, bird watching and chilling.
We had a really refreshing time - whether watching the abundance of birds in the garden or cycling round the local lanes and into the beautiful Foret d'Ecouves. The house is very well equipped and comfortable (if a little spidery!). We found the layout user-friendly and the owners very responsive to any queries. The beautiful town of Sees is a short drive away. We've stayed in quite a few places before and this is the best yet. Best bit: dusk in the garden, listening to cuckoos and turtle doves and the other beautiful birdsong. We've returned super-chilled. Our thanks to Helen and John.
We thank you for the review and we were delighted you enjoyed your stay. I hope you will come to Normandy another time.
lovely home away from home
Had wonderful two nights here. It was a perfect stay for two families with very young children and we will definitely come back (and stay for longer!). Lovely location, very homely feel...
wonderful home away from home
We had two nights in this wonderful cottage, drinking wine, eating cheese, sitting by the fire and feeling very much at home. It was a perfect stay for two families with very young children. Will definitely come back and stay for longer.
Great family holiday
The cottage and surrounding area are just lovely. We had a fantastic Easter break here. We received a lovely welcome and the cottage was spotless. The garden is huge and we had great fun using the space playing rounders, cricket, badminton, etc. We were right in the countryside and we had never heard so much bird song. We had warm days and cold evenings as it was early spring. The terrace is ideal for outdoor eating. In the evenings the real fire in the living room was cosy and welcoming with plenty of free logs for our use. The owners were so helpful and kind when our car broke down taking us to the local garage and staying with us until it was mended. We visited Mont St Michel, Bayeux, Caen and beaches. More locally the Forest d'Ecouves are wonderful for the whole family to explore. Would highly recommend a family holiday to this lovely cottage.
Tranquille et calme
Très jolie maison en pleine campagne , pas de chauffage à notre arrivée très froid et la cheminée pas de tirage . la maison pas très propre .les chambres bien et une très bonne literie , problème de lampe de chevet électricité .
Cottage Hyper calme
Très bon séjour dans un calme absolu.
Gite agréable , confortable et spacieux , nous étions 4 adultes.
Nous remercions madame Cuvellier pour son accueille chaleureux.
Petit bémol concernant la literie dans un lit de 2 personees.
Sinon gite à conseiller sans problème , il est possible que l'on revienne ultérieurement .
Merci, nous sommes heureux que vous ayez apprécié votre séjour. Nous vous accueillerons à une autre occasion. Pourriez-vous nous expliquer 'petit bemol' nous avons eu des problèmes avec la traduction.
The cottage is approximately 1 hour by car from Ouistreham/Caen and its beaches, plus the museums and monuments to the Normandy landings. Miles of beautiful hard sand and calm seas make it ideal for children, the beach is supervised by lifeguards, and there are many entertainments, including crazy golf, horseriding, windsailing, cafes etc.
Paris can be reached in 2 hours by train from Argentan, or the same by car. The nearest channel port is Ouistreham - 1 hour from the cottage (a 6-hour crossing from Portsmouth), alternatively there is Cherbourg, Le Havre (about 2.5 hours), or Calais/Boulogne (3.5 hrs.), all of which are shorter crossings. Road access is easy with the N.158, and newly developed motorways (A28 & A88) can be accessed about 10 kilometres away.
The nearest town is Mortree, about 8 kilometres away, which has small shops including tabac, boulangeries, butcher, small supermarket, church etc. The larger towns of Argentan and Sees offer a wide range of shops, supermarkets, cafes etc. plus impressive monuments and churches. Thriving markets are held each week in both of these larger towns, and Mortree has a small Sunday morning market, all offering a wide range of local produce including cheese, honey, vegetables, meats, fish etc.
Around the area, there are countless magnificant chateaux, including Sassy (3 kilometres) which has the largest private library in France, turreted Carrouges which frequently hosts music and food festivals, Medavy - the list can go on.... Antique shops and "brocantes" abound if you like to browse for bargains.
There are many and varied restaurants in the area, from simple cafes and bars, to more gastronomic spots.
Horse breeding is one of the most popular occupations in this region, and horse riding is available locally at very reasonable prices, for beginners to experienced riders. Horse trotting is a local popular sport, with hippodromes in the nearby town of Argentan, and the National stud of Haras du Pin is only 15 kilometres away, with a magnificant horse museum and breeding facility. There is a swimming pool in Argentan, plus boating lake in the nearby spa town of Bagnoles de l'Orne which also has a nine hole golf course. There are tennis facilities in nearby Sees, and a leisure lake (plan d'eau) at Ferte Mace (c.20 kilometres). This is also good cycling country, and bikes can be hired from Argentan station. Visits to the famous cheese-making areas of Camembert, Liverot, Pont L'Eveque are popular, and local produce includes cider and calvados - anything to do with apples!
Helpful Tourist Board offices are available in Sees and Argentan.
There are banks and cash machines in all the nearby towns.
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: Prices are given in £ sterling. Special prices can be negotiated for long winter lets and special breaks. 20% deposit, balance due 8 weeks prior to holiday. Changeover Day: Normal changeover day is Saturday, but it is possible to be flexible out of high season. Short breaks can be arranged, and longer winter lets are also available.