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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


About the property

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.

Sue Johnson
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
August 9, 2017

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 Orne

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.

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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Rouellé Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
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 ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 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 6
  • 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 (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. 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
  • 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
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. End of let cleaning charge included (3 hours). Bed linen & towels provided. Please bring your own beach towels. Logs can be provided: £35 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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18th Century Half-Timbered Cottage, log fire, free wifi and land line calls.
average rating of 5.0 based on 23 reviews

Great cottage in an idyllic location

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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Fantastic cottage!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful cottage in a fantasic rural location yet 5 mins from local village. Perfect.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words and so pleased you enjoyed your stay at our cottage.
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Kendal, Cumbria

Beautifully restored half-timbered property with garden all sides in a peaceful countryside location

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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.
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Perfect break in a wonderful cottage

  • 5 of 5

We have rented many cottages in Normandy in the past 25 years and this cottage is without doubt one of the best we've stayed in. Perfect in every way and so quiet and peaceful. The wonderful garden, superb furnishings, local walks, medieval towns and villages, we could not fault anything.

Thank you Sue and Brian.

We will definitely be back!

  • Submitted: Jun 9, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for your fantastic review. It's great to hear you enjoyed your holiday so much - not just the cottage but also the lovely towns, villages, walks and countryside surrounding it. We look forward to welcoming you back sometime in the future.
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Great place to stay.

  • 5 of 5

This was a wonderful, cozy cottage located on a peaceful country lane. It is close to historical sites and quiet little villages.

  • Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review - good to hear you enjoyed not only the cottage but also the local towns and villages.
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  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Dec 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write such a complimentary and comprehensive review of our cottage - we really appreciate it. As you say, Les Challonnières is our (2nd) home so it is furnished and equipped as such, not as a typical holiday home. You will find everything you need to make it feel like a "home from home" - satellite TV (offering both English & French channels), lots of books, DVDs, games for all the family (indoor & out), comfortable furniture, and for the chef of the family, a kitchen with all the pots and pans etc you could want. Just to clarify: on the mezzanine there are 2 single day beds with proper mattresses (these are not sofa beds and so do not require you to make them up). The large garden surrounding the house is fully enclosed and offers plenty of shade if required and lots of different seating areas in which to relax. There are pictures on the website of the back garden which has a swingset for the children, and beyond that an orchard. The nearest town of Lonlay L'Abbaye is just 2 miles away and here you will find a small supermarket, bar, restaurant, deli, pharmacy, bank and a beautiful Abbey. Domfront is about 4 miles away: this is a pretty medieval town offering 2 supermarkets, restaurants, castle and every other service you might require. Further afield there's plenty to keep the whole family occupied: Normandy Landing Beaches, Bayeux, Châteaux at Carrouges and Fougères, children's toy museum at La Ferté-Macé where you will also find a lake with pedaloes, beach, mini golf etc. and the list goes on.... We are so pleased to hear you couldn't have been happier with the cottage and we look forward to welcoming you back some time in the future.
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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

Rouellé Cottage Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
peak season
Jul 1 2017 - Sep 1 2017
7 night minimum stay
mid season
Sep 2 2017 - Sep 29 2017
4 night minimum stay
mid season
Sep 30 2017 - Oct 20 2017
4 night minimum stay
half term
Oct 21 2017 - Oct 27 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
low season
Oct 28 2017 - Dec 22 2017
4 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Year
Dec 23 2017 - Jan 5 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
low season
Jan 6 2018 - Feb 9 2018
4 night minimum stay
half term
Feb 10 2018 - Feb 16 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
low season
Feb 17 2018 - Mar 23 2018
4 night minimum stay
Mar 24 2018 - Apr 6 2018
5 night minimum stay
mid season
Apr 7 2018 - May 8 2018
4 night minimum stay
Ascension Day
May 9 2018 - May 11 2018
3 night minimum stay
mid season
May 12 2018 - May 25 2018
4 night minimum stay
half term
May 26 2018 - Jun 1 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
mid season
Jun 2 2018 - Jun 29 2018
4 night minimum stay
peak season
Jun 30 2018 - Aug 31 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
mid season
Sep 1 2018 - Oct 5 2018
4 night minimum stay
mid season
Oct 6 2018 - Oct 19 2018
4 night minimum stay
half term
Oct 20 2018 - Oct 26 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
low season
Oct 27 2018 - Dec 21 2018
4 night minimum stay
Christmas & New Year
Dec 23 2018 - Jan 4 2019
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit $257.86

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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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