About the property
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- Minimum Stay1 - 7 nights
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
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.
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- English, French
- Calendar last updated:
- May 22, 2018
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
Why Sue Johnson chose Rouellé
Les Challonnières is a beautiful "chocolate box" house with lots of character. There is so much to do and see in the area and the Normandy Landing Beaches are a must to visit.
What makes this Cottage unique
The cottage is situated on a quiet lane with very little passing traffic and is surrounded by lovely countryside. We have an orchard with apple and pear trees and lots of space for children to play in.
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Check-in: 2:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Great cottage in an idyllic location
The cottage was everything we expected from the photographs and reviews but with some other quirks - like the steps over the beams to access the master bedroom - which only added to the charm. It was clean, tidy, well equipped and cosy - everything one would hope for in a holiday home. The surrounding area is full of things to see and do and we could definitely have spent longer exploring; a week was simply not enough!
Thank you for such a complimentary review - we greatly appreciate it as will our change-over lady when we pass on your comments about the cottage being clean and tidy. As you say there are so many things to see and do in the area and we hope that one day you might return to explore more of them.
Lovely cosy property
We stayed in November on a house hunting trip. The cottage was centrally situated for ease of travel to all areas around Domfront. The cottage was very well equipped with all the items you would need and the kitchen was full of all mod cons. The house was cold when we arrived, but once the woodburner was going it soon warmed up and the house was then warm and cosy. A big new Intermarche supermarket was only about 10 minutes away and smaller shops were even closer, just five minutes down the road. All in all the cottage was perfect for what we were looking for and in a calm and peaceful part of the countryside. I loved standing outside at dusk listening to the owls hooting . . . . . ,
Thanks very much for your great review. We're really pleased you enjoyed your stay there and found our cottage cosy and well equipped. As you said it is nice and centrally placed especially for all the great touristic attractions in the area such as the Normandy landing beaches, Mont St Michel, Bayeux etc. We hope you were successful in your house hunting trip.
Quaint and beautiful
We enjoyed the 4 nights we stayed in September.It ended up cooler than expected and rainy but we were warm and comfortable. Minor issues popped up but were handled quickly by Sue and Brian.They were always available.The cottage is very well equipped and in a quiet, lovely and convenient location . We enjoyed visiting Domfront, just minutes away. It was less than 90 minutes to the Normandy beaches and about 60 minutes to Mt St Michel. Both bedrooms upstairs(one up a spiral staircase...so cute!) allow for privacy. Thank you Brian and Sue for a lovely stay.
Thank you for your kind review. It's good to know you found our cottage warm, cozy and well equipped. As you say it's in a great location being both peaceful yet also very handy for all the sites of interest such as the Landing Beaches, Bayeux, Mont St Michel, Fougères Castle etc. It was a pleasure having you as guests.
The cottage and surroundings where beautiful. Could not of asked for a better location
The cottage was well equipped. Everything you needed.
The area was beautiful. So quite on a night.
A lovely and relaxing holiday all round.
Thanks very much for your great review. Pleased that you found the holiday so relaxing and that the cottage was equipped with everything you needed. There is so much to see and do in the area and as you pointed out it is so beautiful.
Beautiful cottage in a fantasic rural location yet 5 mins from local village. Perfect.
Thanks for your kind words and so pleased you enjoyed your stay at our cottage.
Beautifully restored half-timbered property with garden all sides in a peaceful countryside location
This was the ideal property for four old friends to spend a week catching up, relaxing and pottering round the local sights.
The cottage was comfortable and well equipped, obviously used by the owners themselves rather than just a source of income as a holiday let.
The area itself is not overly touristy but one felt rather that one was getting the genuine Normandy experience with plenty of local produce and reasonably priced bars and restaurants.
Domfront, Lonlay LAbbaye and Bagnoles sur L'Orne are within easy reach of the cottage and the château at Carrouges, set in beautiful parkland is well worth a visit. However, we did venture further afield to Mont St Michel, about an hour and a quarter's drive away for the full-on tourist experience.We were fortunate to go on a beautiful, hot summer's day and although busy, luckily not to maximum capacity ,we were captivated by the abbey and its magical setting. The whole week was perfect , made more so by glorious weather.
Thanks very much for your kind words. Great to hear you enjoyed the cottage and managed to make the most of all the area has to offer. As you say - it's right at the heart of Normandy with lots of lovely villages to visit as well as the landing beaches to the north. Not to mention all the local produce such as the cider and calvados and some good value restaurants all close by.
Coast/Beach: 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. Travel: 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. Distances: 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
Additional information about rental rates
Booking Notes: 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 30th September to 27th April: any electricity usage over 210 KwH per week (30 KwH per day) will be charged at cost i.e.17 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 so please ask us for an accurate quote. Arrival time is after 2.00pm and departure before 10.00am. End-of-let cleaning (3 hours) is included. Bed linen and towels included. Logs can be provided: £35 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.