|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
Free wifi and free phone calls to land lines in most countries. Les Challonnières is a beautiful half-timbered cottage built in approximately 1750 and is situated in the National Park. It is set in half an acre of enclosed gardens with swings for the children and there is an orchard with apple, pear and damson trees. About 2 miles away is the local village of Lonlay L'Abbaye with its famous biscuit factory, bakers, butchers, post office, mini supermarket, and 4 miles away is the medieval town of Domfront which has all the shops you could want including 2 supermarkets. The cottage has been tastefully restored yet has every modern convenience, most importantly it retains all the character including oak beams and a huge stone chimney with log burner and open fireplace so typical of the area. It is furnished and equipped to an exceptionally high standard and provides every home comfort. There is a large selection of books, DVDs, cds, games and jigsaw puzzles available for you to use. Please note that the weekly rate only applies to bookings starting on a Saturday. For bookings starting on any other day the nightly rate applies; unfortunately the Owners Direct quote system cannot take this into consideration so please contact us directly and we will be more than happy to confirm the price.
Owned by Brian and Sue and our daughter Amy.
Sue spent 10 years teaching French and always wanted to live the life rather than spend all her time talking about it.
We decided in spring 2007 to either buy our dream home, or stop talking about it!
We've never regretted it for one minute. As it is our home and not just a holiday let we have furnished and equipped it accordingly - we hope you enjoy your time there as much as we do.
Sue Johnson purchased this cottage in 2007
Had a wonderful relaxing holiday. Cottage beautiful & well equipped. R & C Davies, Wales
Lovely, well equipped in an idyllic setting. Helen & Steve, Kent
The best equipped cottage we’ve rented in France in some 40 years. P & M Waite, Bucks
Had a lovely holiday here in Normandy, lovely cottage & peaceful surroundings. Findley & Downing families, Devon
We had a wonderful week enjoying the peace & tranquillity. Crewe family, Twickenham
It was absolutely amazing - a slice of tranquillity! .. once again thank you for the use of your slice of heaven. Will definitely recommend your place to friends. Jasmine & Mark
Lovely house in very pretty setting. Anne & Phil
A cute cottage with beautiful garden space for lounging in the sun. Martin & Laura
Had a wonderful stay in your Normandy cottage. Beautiful area – and you have lovely neighbours. Cynthia & David.
We have holidayed in cottages/gites several times in France and done similar in Italy, the USA and at home in the UK. In France we've found a huge variation in the comfort and quality of holiday rental accommodation. We've come to the conclusion that English-owned properties are often better (or at least better suited to us). This is particularly the case when the owner uses the property themselves So it proved with Les Challonnières.
This place is brilliantly well furnished and equipped with nothing left wanting. There are super comfy and large sofas in a spacious lounge with a glorious fireplace. The kitchen has every pot, pan and gadget you can think of. The pictures on this site are a fair representation of how the property looks.
The bedrooms are smallish (they have been created in the roof space with dormer windows) and the main is unusually accessed through a very low doorway over 3 steps to get over the roof beams. There is an ensuite shower room which is small but nice. There are two sofabeds on the mezzanine outside the main bedroom, The other proper bedroom is access by its own staircase from behind the kitchen. Kids will probably love the idea of benig in their own space. There is a 2nd large bathroom on the ground floor with bath.
The front gardens are shown in the pictures and we spent quite a lot of time relaxing there. The gardens front on to a small single track lane, but there is hardly any traffic and only one neighbour. The main road 1/4 miles away can be heard a little but it doesn't spoil relaxation. There is also a large back garden which I don't think is shown in the pictures. This is surrounded by woods and is again very peaceful.
We couldn't have been happier with the cottage and hope to return.
The area does not have much on the doorstep in terms of towns to visit/things to do unless you make your own fun with walking/bikes. But one can travel a little further and find enough to enjoy. This worked for us as ours was a short trip and we did not want to travel further from the port on this occasion (atypical of our French trips).
Lonlay-l'Abbaye is very close, small but pretty. Domfront is worth a short wander. The church in the centre of the old town is a real surprise. Also consider Lassay-les-Châteaux (a bit further) if going that way. We also visited Bagnoles-de-l'Orne on market day which was not really our cup of tea, but check it out on Streetview if interested to get an idea.
We chose this property because we wanted a house full of character but still with all the modern home comforts.
It was everything we wanted and so much more. There is plenty of space inside and out to make yourself at home and everything we needed was provided.
The house is in a very rural area but is close enough to a few towns so supermarkets etc are not far away and there is plenty to see and do within easy reach. We visited the D Day beaches, Bayeux, Saint Malo and they are all within about an hours drive.
The owners of the property were very helpful, answering all our questions so we didn't need to worry about anything when we arrived.
I would recommend this property to anyone interested in visiting this area but who also wants to get away from it all and enjoy the peace and quiet of the lovely countryside.
We spent three nights in May at the lovely restored cottage of Les Challonnieres in the Normandy countryside. It it well-appointed, very clean and comfortable and a wide range of brochures and books were available on the area. The free wifi and landline calls back to New Zealand was appreciated. I would recommend having a torch handy at night. It rained throughout our stay but we enjoyed walking the lanes, discovering the roadside plants and the birdsong way a treat. The cuckoo had arrived for spring! Nearby Lonlay Abbey has an interesting history and its village is pleasant to explore. We wandered the medieval village of Domfront and had lunch in its impressive castle ruins overlooking a delightful valley. We enjoyed a delicious three-course dinner at the Auberge de Grand Grousier in Domfront and would recommend this restaurant for its food, staff and ambience. The Chateau de Carrouges and the adjacent apple and pear tree collection were well worth the visit. The pear cider from this region is most pleasant. We could easily have spent a week in this area as there is so much to discover.
We had a fantastic week at this beautiful cottage. The setting was extremely peaceful and we enjoyed listening and watching the 'buzzard or kite' that soared above the cottage most days. We were lucky enough to enjoy fantastic weather and the garden was a great place to relax, play some badminton and have a BBQ in. The property was located near lovely towns and villages. Domfront was just a short drive up the road and is a great medieval town with bars and restaurants and also a couple of well stocked supermarkets. We ventured to Mont St Michel which took only 40mins on quiet roads, Ducey is a lovely place to stop for lunch on the way. If you love walking, you can walk the quiet roads around the property for miles and miles in fantastic countryside without the worry of traffic, there really isn’t any.
The cottage is full of character and very comfortable. It has everything you need to just start your holiday without worrying about ‘I forgot the…’, there was basically everything you need to just get on and enjoy your holiday.
Sue and Brian were great with the booking process and making sure we had all the information required before we left. A week was not long enough! Thank you Sue and Brian.
A very well appointed and comfortable cottage restored to a very high standard. We enjoy cooking and found that the kitchen had everything we could possibly need - far better than a typical holiday rental.
The loction is beautiful, very tranquil but in close proximity to lots of points of interest. We very much enjoyed walking in the area as well as exporing the beautiful local towns and villages. Thank you Sue and Brian - we will be back!
Cottage spotless on arrival. Beautiful countryside to walk in and peaceful garden to site in. Lots of interesting places to visit. The weather wasn't brilliant but it didn't matter. Enjoyed cosy evenings by the fire.
The Normandy landing beaches with their museums and war cemeteries are about 1 and half hours away by car. Granville, a picturesque seaside resort is about 1 hour by car to the west, as is Mont St Michel. There is a lake at La Ferté-Macé (20 mins drive) which also has a small beach and lots of activities for all of the family.
Approx driving time from channel ports: Caen 1 and 1/2 hours; St Malo 1 and 3/4 hours; Cherbourg 2 hours. Discount available on "Brittany Ferries" fares, please ask for details.
Approx driving time from airports: Dinard 1 and 3/4 hours; Rennes 2 hours; Paris 3 and 1/2 hours.
Domfront, (about 4 mls away) is a pretty medieval town with narrow streets, half-timbered houses and castle. It holds a medieval festival every 2 years in August . Bagnoles-de-L'orne (25 mins by car) is a spa town where people come to take the waters. The focal point is the boating lake by the casino. La Ferté-Macé (20 mins by car) has a large leisure lake offering sandy beach, pedaloes, kayaks, swimming (life guard), as well as a climbing wall, children's play area, mini-golf and a bar.
There are so many places of interest to visit in the surrounding area providing something for the whole family: the Château at Carrouges, Fougères castle, Harras du Pin (the National Stud), pottery museum at Gers, fishing, canoeing, rock climbing, zoos and aqua parks - far too many to mention! La Fosse Arthour (5 mins drive) offers climbing, fishing, a lake, walks through pretty woodland and alongside waterfalls. Of course the Normandy Landing Beaches and Bayeux are also great for a day out. There is a good selection of restaurants in the area: creperies, pizzerias, bistros, and others for the real gastronomes; all offer exceptional value for money. The area is famous for apple and pear cider, and calvados all of which can be bought directly from the local producers.
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$247|
Non-refundable deposit of 50% to confirm the booking. Full balance is due 40 days before arrival plus £200 damage deposit which will be refunded after departure dependant on a satisfactory inspection of the cottage and return of the keys. Rentals beginning 3rd October to 30th April: any electricity usage over 210 KwH per week (30 KwH per day) will be charged at cost i.e.10 cents per KwH and deducted from the damages deposit; the remainder will be refunded subject to receipt of a satisfactory report from the local agent and the keys being returned to the key safe.
In the peak season changeover day is Saturday, but this can be flexible out of high season and also at Christmas and New Year when the nightly rate will be charged.
Please note: if booking for 7 nights and your arrival day is not a Saturday the price quoted on the website will not be accurate as it should be calculated at the nightly rate and not the weekly rate.
Arrival time is after 2.00pm and departure before 10.00am.
Cleaning is included.
Bed linen and towels included.
Logs can be provided: £30 per wk.
Free wifi is provided.
Telephone: calls to land lines only in most other countries can be made free of charge. Charges for calls to mobiles will be deducted from the damages deposit.