|Property type||chateau / country house|
|Minimum Stay||3 - 7 nights|
This Norman Manor has been a family home for 3 generations and has original features dating back to the 15th century when it was built. Despite its age it has light and airy interiors, and It enjoys a peaceful setting in a very private location in the Broglie forest. It was restored to a high standard some 20 years ago, with modern interior fittings, in harmony with the original timber beams, and traditional brick and flint construction.
The fittings are in the French country house style with fabrics on the bedroom and living room walls chosen by the owners, who are interior decoration specialists. The mature gardens are carefully landscaped, and the fine extensive lawns stretch to the edge of the forest. A particular feature is the large 13x 5.5m pool, set away from the house, behind hedges surrounded by flowerbeds. Next to it is the pool house with a thatched roof and half timbered construction.There are flowering climbers on the walls, and inside a leisure / games room with a bar and a separate bathroom
All 5 bedrooms are on 1st and 2nd floors, and have a private bathroom with wc, bath or shower. They are airy and light, but have good traditional shutters on the windows as well ! The main bedroom has a unique bathroom, and a private study with a single bed. The internet Wifi facilities are located here.
The ample living room has a large traditional fireplace, and comfortable armchairs and sofas. There is a drinks cabinet, and fine furnishings. A door leads directly onto the garden where the owners often lunch or dine in the summer months.
Right next to the living room is the dining room which seats 10. It has a large table, comfortable dining chairs, bookcases and a TV. There is also an unused fireplace backing on to the one in the living room
Next to the dining room is the kitchen. It has all the usual modern amenities, and benefits from a breakfast room separated by a work surface with cupboards below for glasses and cutlery. The pantry is where cleaning materials and crockery are stored. It also has a washing machine with a separate dryer. The back door from the pantry leads to the small herb garden and the large parking area.
The extensive gardens are a delight with attractive vistas and well maintained lawns. Some distance from the house is the large swimming pool and next to it a a pool house with a thatched roof. It has a leisure area, bar and bathroom with a shower and WC.
This is altogether a unique and exotic property ... which will enchant children and adults alike
Not far from the manor houseis a baker, butcher and newsagent, all located in the period village of Broglie (7km).
Bernay (12km) has a wide range of shops and supermarkets and some antique and traditional craft shops which are well worth a visit. You will also find other points of interest: mediaeval churches, shrines and ancient houses in and around the town of Bernay. A feature of the town is an excellent market on saturdays, where the fish and meat produce are particularly fine, as well as local charcuterie specialities
I am an economist, educated in England, but live in Mexico, even if I make frequent visits to Europe. My children now have their own homes, so we now happily invite guests to share the comfort and pleasures of the houses we have enjoyed for many years - and, God willing, will continue to do so !
I travelled a lot as a child, and also later in life in the banking and investment industries. My wife and I enjoy entertaining family & friends, and share a keen interest in history, current affairs and older civilisations. Travel stimulates our curiosity in these subjects. I once played sports - occasionally well - fencing and tennis in particular. But now just some golf from time to time. Some friends also call me a cook / food enthusiast & linguist, even if I am also more inclined to music, our local church, history and philosophy
My wife is French / Italian and enjoys art, politics and literature She is a successful former banker, but then became a magazine editor of some note. She now enjoys writing articles on contemporary Art & Architecture, and enjoys movies, politics and European classic literature.
My mother in law is a highly regarded interior designer, & has won many commissions in France and Mexico. She has inspired much of the charm and harmony in our homes
Mungo Lockhart purchased this chateau / country house in 1960
This is a unique and lovely manor house. We were drawn to it for its atmosphere of peace and seclusion. The Manor House was built in the Norman style over 500 years ago. We enjoy its location in woods and fields which, like the house, have barely changed in centuries. But the garden has been thoughtfully landscaped with the house, and the ensemble has created a unique, timeless feeling of 'la vieille France'
But if the setting is traditional, the fittings are all modern and comfortable ! The decoration, the design of the pool and and pool house, and landscaping of the grounds were all carried out to a high standard. Guests will enjoy a unique combination of comfort and old world charm.
The railway station is 12 km away, and 15 minutes beyond is a motorway to Paris and Caen.
I am sure you will enjoy this gem of a property as much as we do!
The manor house is a unique, traditional building, and an ideal place for guests to relax comfortably,and enjoy its peaceful and rural surroundings. If then more adventurous, guests can enjoy the benefits of local historic, gastronomic and sporting activities. The walks nearby are fun, and for sport there is tennis and golf nearby. Further afield, and if sophistication is sought, then Deauville, Honfleur and the Norman coastline are close by
Today Normans take great take pride in their historic heritage, coupled with a love of food, and drink. Guests can sample such produce, and enjoy the wide variety of goods on offer: fresh fish, charcuterie, lamb & beef, cheese, cream, apples, cider & Calvados - all local delicacies are typical.
Our friendly housekeeper comes 2 hours or so daily except w/e. She will welcome you on arrival, & help with any information you need. She is a fine cook, & will also buy and prepare meals - you make arrangements directly with her. She is an efficient and kindly lady, with a young family, and maintains the house & garden to a high standard. We have known her since childhood, and is part of our family. Please treat her well !
We had a lovely week in Broglie. The house is magnificent, the grounds extensive - the children loved to cycle around them. The pool is ample big enough, and the pool house makes for a convenient place to dry off and change (and has a fridge to chill your post-dip drinks!)
Mme Paysant, the housekeeper, was a delight, charming and welcoming, and lovely with the children. Nothing we asked her seemed too much trouble.
The house itself is large and very much feels like a 15th Century Manor House, as billed. Big rooms, open fire places, the four-poster was magnificent. It was a little quirky at times; it felt like the owners had left on their own holidays that morning, with pictures and things around the place, even a few ties and spectacles in one of the wardrobes, but that just added to the homely charm! Some of the electric circuits took some getting used to; you have to switch on a wall switch to activate the sockets so you can switch on the standard lamps, for example. These are the only reasons it gets 4 stars, not 5 - amongst the possessions left behind were some tablets, so we had to block off a couple of drawers to keep the children away from them.
The surrounding woods are also extensive (you could quite easily get lost in them!) and contain deer, owl, rabbits and mice. And probably more, but our 5 & 6 year olds were quite noisy!
We went to celebrate mum 70th and my parents golden wedding. The house is amazing and is decorated so beautifully. The gardens are beautiful are so well maintained. The house met all of our needs for 3 families without us all being on top of each other. Sandrine the housekeeper was v helpful, she cooked for us one evening and attended everyday to clean the pool and empty bins. Really good communication with the owners. We have had such fun, thank you for allowing us in your gorgeous home. We will b back
Very helpful housekeeper and owner. I would happily recommend the house. It is secluded and quiet. Easy to get to from Cherbourg.
The property was as described. I felt I was sharing a piece of French history. We went as a family of 8 and had more than enough room in the house and the grounds were superb for games. Cycling/walking from here was an ideal way to see the local countryside. The weather was cool in the evening but with the big open fireplace was a delight to sit and be together.
The only negative was that the pool not being heated was too cold for the softer ones in the family to swim.
I will go again.
The extensive Normandy beaches, which are generally sandy, are about 3/4 hour away, including those of the D Day landings. Deauville is 3/4 hour by car. There are attractive fishing villages along the coast: try Port-en-Bessin and Arromanches.
By car, Calais is 3 hours, Cherbourg 2½ hours, Le Havre 1¼ hours, Ouisteham (Caen) 1 1/2 hours, Deauville ¾ hour, and Paris 2 hours.
Train station (15 mins by car/taxi)in Bernay (Paris 1 hour and 20 mins) with regular trains to Paris and Cherbourg. There are airports in Paris, Deauville Beauvais and Rouen.
Broglie is 7km for some limited everyday shopping - baker, butcher, and Friday market. Bernay is 12km away, (train station) Neubourg 25km, Beaumont le Roger 20km. Lisieux is 30km and Deauville, Honfleur and the Normandy beaches are 70km. Paris is 150 km
Bernay has an excellent Saturday morning market, and an attractive period town centre, with a number of traditional grocery and antique shops. It also has supermarkets and a few restaurants. Broglie is smaller: a period town with some good shops, (baker and butcher) Neubourg (25 minutes by car) has an important and lively market on Wednesdays.
Norman specialities centre round the sea, apples, dairy produce and game. Fresh fish is available in all markets and the larger towns, and the local lobster is a particular treat. Normandy is famous for its apples: 'Tarte fine aux pommes', and 'Tarte Tatin' are particular favorites, both may be prepared with Calvados, which, when properly matured, is a very fine apple brandy. Dairy products, such as butter, cream and cheese, are well known in the region, typified by such names as Livarot, Pont l'Eveque and Camembert, which when made and matured from unpasteurized milk take on a delicate and subtle flavour.
For sightseeing the well preserved Norman abbey of Le Bec Hellouin (whose abbots were in times past appointed to the Archbishopric of Canterbury) is one hour away, and well worth the journey. Rouen is a large town with an old city centre, cathedral, cafes and restaurants: all well worth a visit. It is in the Seine valley over which Norman and French dynasties fought in the Middle Ages. The area is now more tranquil, and provides delightful excursions.
Further west and north are other historic locations such as Bayeux with its famous tapestry, and the mediaeval town of Caen.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jul 1 2017 - Jul 28 2017
7 night minimum stay
Jul 29 2017 - Sep 2 2017
7 night minimum stay
3 night minimum stay
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable damage deposit||$630|
All 2 week stays except July and August have a reduction of 7%
Payments in euros and us$ also possible
Cancellation or postponement
- 45 days or more from arrival date: 20% of the rent is payable on cancellation or postponement, with a minimum of £200.
- less than 45 days from arrival: the full amount is payable unless relet (20% or £200 charge applies)
It is recommended guests take out 'no show' insurance, in the event you cannot travel. This is often included in normal travel insurance.
Heating, if required: euros 40 per night plus one night
Cleaning and Laundry (payable to the housekeeper) :120 euros of up to one week, 200 per fortnight, or 80 / 120 euros for parties of 4 or less, or for 3 or 4 day rents.
Security deposit is £500 or euros 700 - normally a sterling or French cheque which is either cashed or torn up on departure. Otherwise included in the final payment, and returned to the account indicated by the guest.
The friendly housekeeper is grateful for a gratuity - at your discretion, of course ! - provided your stay has been a good and pleasant one!
A gratuity is good for morale, and ensures a 10% discount on your next booking - which applies to you & all guests introduced by you !
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.