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Large Rural Barn Conversion

Bedrooms 3
Half Baths1
Property type barn
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Barn Conversion in Ceauce, Orne, Normandy, France - Close To The Village Of Ceauce That Provides The Essential French Idyll

Lovingly renovated during 2009 this large three bedroom property contains many of the original buildings features. Oak beamed ceilings, handmade oak staircase and wood burning stoves have been fitted to give a traditional feeling, with central heating and a fully fitted modern kitchen providing all the comforts of home. Patio doors lead directly from the lounge and kitchen straight onto an enclosed gravelled patio area with barbeque and seating areas. There is parking for at least two vehicles at the front of the property leading onto a large grassed area overlooking stunning views of the countryside. The village provides bakeries, cafe, butchers and a small supermarket. We have friendly English and French speaking contacts available. A great place to unwind or a base to explore the region. Complimentary local sourced welcome pack is provided.

Nick Monelle
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Calendar last updated:
April 26, 2017

About Nick Monelle

We live in Weymouth in Dorset and have a teenage son.

We purchased our small gite in 2005 after looking for a property within a short distance from Dorset and fell in love with the area. Attached to it was a large barn that we have now converted. We worked on the project with a fantastic local builder and are really proud of the finished article!

We regularly take our friends and family with us to the house and enjoy chilling.

We both work so getting away on a quick trip to France is what attracted us the area.

Nick Monelle purchased this barn in 2005

Why Nick Monelle chose Orne

Fell in love with the area and pace of life - everyone is so chilled out.

We live in Dorset but even that is fast paced compared to Ceauce - the people are lovely and the countryside is beautiful.

We have friends in the area who look after the house.

What makes this barn unique

Plenty to do for everyone - we have a teenage boy to amuse as well as the grandparents.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"This house has seriously got the wow factor - we were stunned when we walked in. The area is lovely and quiet but plenty to do within a short distance"

Kerry & crowd from Poole, Dorset

"If you are looking for a truly relaxing holiday or break away then this is the holiday let for you.The accommodation is superb, contemporarily decorated but retaining the original features of the building, it's fully equipped and extremely comfortable.It boasts a rural setting and is positioned nearby to two residencies lived in by locals.There are plenty of places to eat (if you decide not to use the fully equipped kitchen) in the beautiful towns within short driving distances from the barn.You could easily spend every day visiting the many towns, cities and landmarks in the area (Mayenne is a beautiful day out) or alternatively you could relax with a glass of wine in the completely secluded garden at the barn! - Kevin & family
Jan 2011
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Ceaucé Barn Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • barn
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Toilet 1 - toilet
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • Main bathroom with full size bath and separate shower, wc, sink and light mirror with towels provided. Master bedroom en-suite with double shower, wc, sink and mirror with towels provided.
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6/7 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: full height vaulted ceilings, king size bed, futon, dressing room & en-suite shower room with double shower. Bedroom 2:double bed, sofa, furniture & LCD TV & Freesat Bedroom 3: Large with double bed & single bunk bed, TV with freesat & DVD.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Games
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • forests
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • gambling casinos
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Notes on accommodation: Full central heating. Electric and gas included in rental. Secure parking and enclosed terraced . Hairdryer in dressing room. A basket of wood is available for the stoves however, further wood is available at a small charge. Outside: Large gravelled terrace with barbecue. Outdoor table and chairs with parasol and solar lights. Large grassed area surrounding property. The neighbours are very friendly. There are fishing lakes and a leisure park within 10km. Rotary airer with clothes pegs. Utility Room: English washing machine, iron, ironing board and airer. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Clean towels & linen provided and changed weekly for house use only. No maid service. House should be left as clean as you find it please, for next guest. Other: Stunning entrance with cloakroom & wc & beautifully crafted hand made oak staircase leading to 1st floor. Table football upon 1st floor landing. Outdoor games, table tennis table, dart board & boules.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(10 traveler reviews)

Large Rural Barn Conversion
average rating of 4.9 based on 11 reviews

Excellent holiday home

  • 5 of 5

Lovely barn, modern, comfortable and very well equipped. We all had a great holiday and would recommend to anyone looking for a lovely place to stay in France. Lots to do within the house and a lovely house/garden to relax in. If the sun comes out the garden is the perfect place to be, so peaceful. Children will also be entertained and lots of lovely places to visit in the surrounding areas. Hope to go back again one day.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

What a superb barn conversion - everything is clearly of high quality and the workmanship is excellent. We enjoyed the spacious rooms, each uncluttered yet tastefully and comfortably furnished. The housekeeping was all one could hope for and the owners couldn't have been more helpful.

And what a peaceful spot - just what we wanted. The whole area is beautiful with a plethora of varied scenery and much to see.

We would, without hesitation, recommend this property to anyone who was looking for tranquillity in rural Normandy.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Hidden Gem

  • 5 of 5

Julie and Nick have a truly hidden gem in La Dadillere, near Ceauce, France. We have stayed in a few property's in France but have always found them to be quite basic and in need of a good clean, but this property surpassed all our hopes. Set down a country lane the converted farm building offers all you could wish for in a holiday home. Spotlessly clean, comfy beds, superb quality furnishings and fittings. A huge lounge with very comfy sofa's, a large screen tv with sky and a games console to while away the evenings. The well appointed kitchen has everything that you need. Two sets of double doors lead from the lounge and dining area onto a small courtyard where we spent many hours over a lazy breakfast or lunch. A gift of local bread, cheese and cider was very welcome after the journey down.

Although off the beaten track the property is within reach of some lovely day out destinations, we drove to Mont Saint-Michel although didn't take the climb to the top, then onto St Malo, with its beautiful beach and old fashioned shops. But make sure you travel south to the zoo at La Fleche, a couple of hours drive but so worth the journey, very clean, well laid out, and to see the big cats, penguins and seals so close up was a real treat, most of the enclosures have massive glass panels so that you can get some fantastic photo's, but star of the day was the polar bear, huge glass panels mean that you can stand next to him as he swims past - we were fascinated.

In the house there is a book with lots of comments about places to visit and where to eat, we tried the Grill in nearby Domfront which was open most days and served good honest food, the waitresses have an understanding of English so that helped. A good range of pavement cafes and restaurants were in Bagnoles de L'Orne, a very pretty lake to walk round followed by hot chocolate and crepes whilst watching the world go by.

La Dadillere is the type of holiday home that you can just walk into unpack and get on with your holiday, we didn't want to leave at the end of the week and will definitely be booking again in 2016.

  • Submitted: Jan 18, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Superb barn

  • 5 of 5

A really superb conversion, well equipped and extremely comfortable. In a lovely quiet location, we had a superb week, many thanks to the Monelle family.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Very quiet location, very comfortable super quality barn conversion with everything you could possibly need to hand, tastefully decorated and furnished. Lovely area of France to enjoy and explore.

Would highly recommend this property and doubt anyone would be disappointed.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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"Le Rêve Français"

  • 5 of 5

This truly is a beautiful barn renovation in an idyllic setting. The property has everything on offer that you could wish for to make for a relaxing stay and you really feel at home. The village is a only a short distance away and offers 2 bakeries, a butchers and a small well stocked supermarket. Plenty to do in the surrounding area as well as further afield and the roads are a joy to drive on. Can't wait to visit again very soon ( already booked :-) ).

This property does really does offer a slice of "the french dream".

  • Submitted: Jun 1, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
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Man made beach at La Ferte Mace 25 km away on the side of a large freshwater lake . The other beach is at Suille La Guillaume. Further beaches at Caen & Mont St Michelle and not forgetting the Normandy beaches to visit the War memorials and exhibition centres. There are many lakes and rivers throughout the area which can be fished with the correct permits.


Caen and St Malo are 1.5 hours easy driving away. Cherbourg is approximately 2 1/4 hours and Le Harve is probably 3 hours. The roads are excellent from all 4 ports and the main route National 176 runs through Domfront down to Mayenne.


Ceauce is approximately 2km from the property and has all of the essentials. The medieval town of Domfront is 10km and is great for a leisurely lunch, a wander amongst castle ruins and shops.

Ambrieres Les Vallee has a wonderful leisure park with swimming pool, kayaking, mountain biking about 20 minutes. Access to Paris is 2.5 hours by train from Flers. Mayenne is very picturesque and is a 25 minute drive. Mont St Michael 1.5 hours.

Further Details:

Within easy access of some lovely walks, cycling, lakes and forests.

There is a bank,small supermarket, bakeries, bars,butcher and pharmacy in Ceauce.


Rates & Availability

Ceaucé Barn Rental Rates

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Rate 1
Jan 8 2017 - May 13 2017
7 night minimum stay
Rate 2
May 14 2017 - Sep 9 2017
7 night minimum stay
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7 night minimum stay

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