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18th Century Half-Timbered Cottage, log fire, free wifi and land line calls.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights


La Haute-Chapelle Cottage Rental Photos and Description

18th century cottage near Domfront, Orne, Normandy, France. Peaceful But Not Isolated, 2 Mls To Local Village, Lonlay L'Abbaye, 4 Mls To Local Town, Domfront

NEW FOR 2016: 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.

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Sue Johnson
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
December 1, 2016
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About Sue Johnson

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

Guestbook comments from the owner

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.
Sep 2007
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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(15 traveler reviews)

18th Century Half-Timbered Cottage, log fire, free wifi and land line calls.
average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews

A beautiful house in a great location

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Nov 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for such a great review. It's lovely to hear you had a great time and appreciated our cottage which we consider to be our home, not just a holiday let - that's why we've gone to great lengths to make our guests feel comfortable there from the outset. As you say, it's in a lovely location with lots of interesting towns and historical sites within an easy drive.
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Lovely cottage in the countryside

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jeanette, thanks very much for such a complimentary review of our cottage and the area. In your short stay you certainly seem to have made the most of visiting the lovely local villages, tourist attractions and the the lanes which are right on the doorstep and ideal for walks and cycling along. You're absolutely right about how dark it is at night as there's no light pollution and that's why we provide a torch but you need to know where it is! We hope to be able to welcome you back some day so you can discover even more of the delights Normandy has to offer both near (Bagnoles-de-L'Orne, Villedieu-les-Poêles, La Ferté-Macé, Granville) and a little further afield (Bayeux, the Normandy Landing Beaches etc.)
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Amazing, relaxing, beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a fantastic review and it's great to hear you all enjoyed your holiday at our cottage. We really do try to make it a "home from home" by making it as comfortable as possible and by supplying all the essentials for a relaxing holiday. It's good to know you enjoyed the peaceful garden and also watching the birds; we like to watch the woodpeckers who are regular visitors! As you rightly point out there's lots of open countryside in the immediate vicinity to enjoy either on foot or on the bikes we provide. Travelling a little further afield there's historic Domfront with its medieval streets and castle and the Abbey at Lonlay L'Abbaye is a must. The Normandy landing beaches draw thousands of visitors each year as does Bayeux and they're both great for a day out. We really appreciate you taking the time to write your review which we're sure prospective guests will find most helpful.
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Beautiful rural cottage with all the home comforts

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Peter, thank you very much for your glowing review of our cottage. We're so pleased you enjoyed Christmas there and hope you found the chocolates we left on the tree for you!! Like you I love cooking and that is why the kitchen is so well equipped. As for the rest of the house it's our home and want to create a real home from home experience for our guests so we have furnished it accordingly. As you say, there's so much to do and see in the area and all within very easy reach. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back.
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A very well appointed cottage, full of character.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Stayed: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review - I will pass on your comments about how clean the cottage was. As you say there are lots of beautiful country walks close by, including in the Andaines Forest and after that you can just relax in our lovely peaceful garden.
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Adorable country cottage.

  • 5 of 5

Before booking this cottage we reviewed the comments of previous holiday makers. Every favourable comment was absolutely correct. The cottage is fantastic, ideally situated in beautiful countryside with wonderful villages nearby to explore, that's if you can bare to leave the gardens which are so peaceful with ample furniture to enjoy meals outside, listening to the birds singing and soaking up the sunshine.

The interior of the cottage is immaculate, extremely clean, with every room well furnished and equipped. The bathrooms and kitchen are excellent, in fact probably the cleanest cottage we have ever rented.

Very easy journey from the channel ports along great roads (why no pot-holes in French roads ? )

I only arrived home yesterday and have already recommended it to friends who are keen to visit - as long as they don't want the same week as us, as we will definitely return.

I cannot recommend this cottage highly enough.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for such a fantastic review. As you say, Les Challonnières is ideally situated to benefit from lovely places to visit such as the Andaines Forest with its beautiful walks, pretty villages within a very short drive and a little further afield the Normandy Landing beaches and Bayeux with its famous tapestry. Then you can just relax in the peaceful garden with a glass of whatever takes your fancy - perhaps the local pear cider or Calvados? We couldn't manage to make it a real "home from home" without our changeover lady and gardener who do a fantastic job so I'll pass on to them your remarks - they always appreciate it when guests comment on how nicely they maintain the cottage and garden. Looking forward to receiving you and your friends sometime soon.
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Nearest Airport
70 Miles
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Lonlay L'Abbaye
Nearest Ferry
65 Miles
Caen or Saint Malo
Nearest Golf
16 Miles
Nearest Train
15 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Lonlay L'Abbaye
Nearest Beach
50 Miles
Car: necessary


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.

Further Details:

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.

Rates & Availability

La Haute-Chapelle Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
low season
Oct 29 2016 - Dec 16 2016
3 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Year
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 6 2017
7 night minimum stay
low season
Jan 7 2017 - Feb 17 2017
3 night minimum stay
half term
Feb 18 2017 - Feb 24 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
low season
Feb 25 2017 - Apr 7 2017
3 night minimum stay
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 21 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
mid season
Apr 22 2017 - May 26 2017
3 night minimum stay
half term
May 27 2017 - Jun 2 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
mid season
Jun 3 2017 - Jun 30 2017
3 night minimum stay
peak season
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
mid season
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
3 night minimum stay
mid season
Sep 30 2017 - Oct 20 2017
3 night minimum stay
half term
Oct 21 2017 - Oct 27 2017
7 night minimum stay
low season
Oct 28 2017 - Dec 15 2017
3 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Year
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 5 2018
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $254

Booking Notes:
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.

Changeover Day:
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.

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La Haute-Chapelle Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - toilet , shower , Ensuite to master bedroom
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , This is on the ground floor
  • Ensuite to bedroom 1 with shower cubicle, hand basin, wc, radiator and towel rail. Main bathroom is fully tiled and has bath with shower over, hand basin, wc and heated towel rail.It is situated on the ground floor.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - King size bed and ensuite. Hairdryer
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , Bedroom is large enough for a cot. Hairdryer. Own staircase
    Mezzanine - 2 twin/ single , On mezzanine level.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6/8 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed and ensuite. Bedroom 2 with double bed and its own stair access Mezzanine level with 2 full size single day beds. Double sofabed in lounge. 2 hairdryers
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
NEW: free wifi and land line calls to most other land lines (but not mobiles). No smoking or pets allowed. Heating is via a wood burning stove in the lounge, oil filled radiators in the lounge and dining room plus electric radiators in the bedrooms, kitchen and bathrooms. Two cooling fans are provided in the bedrooms and there is a ceiling fan on the mezzanine. 2 hairdryers provided. Outside: The garden surrounds the cottage with lawns to the front (south facing), two sides and rear with lots of trees providing shade. To the rear of the back garden an arch leads to a small orchard providing apples, pears, damsons and blackcurrants (please help yourselves!). This backs onto woods on 2 sides and our neighbours' garden on the 3rd. The dining room and sitting room both have doors leading to the south facing patio; in the garden there are 3 tables, 14 chairs, 2 parasols and a garden bench. We also provide a BBQ, 4 sun loungers, 2 relaxers, boules, badminton, volleyball, quoits and a swing set which consists of 2 swings, climbing rope and rope ladder. The front garden overlooks fields but is hidden from the small lane by shrubs. NB: there is a very small pond to the side of the house. A double gate leads onto the driveway with parking for 1 car, there is an additional double gate to the garden with parking for several cars. Cleaning / Towels / Linen: End of let cleaning charge included. Bed linen & towels provided. Please bring your own beach towels. Logs can be provided: £30 per week. Other: Rear hallway - Cupboard with boiler, ironing board, iron, hoover. Extra shelving for storage, large cool bag with freezer packs, outdoor games: boules, badminton, quoits. Spiral staircase to bedroom 2

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