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Traditional Normandy farmhouse with extensive and secluded grounds

Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

Quiet rural location, close to the coast and ideal for cycling, walking and riding. Discounts for longer stays..

The farmhouse is set in the hamlet of Maintru, close to the Avenue Verte and the River Bethune. There is a large and secure garden enclosing the farmhouse itself, a half-timbered barn and a converted stable (which is used on occasion by the owner). The house was built in the 1790s in the traditional Norman style with exposed beams and an open fireplace. The ground floor accommodation comprises a large dining kitchen, family bathroom, utility room, two living rooms and a TV/reading area with sofa bed. The upstairs accommodation consists of four bedrooms and a shower room.

Colin Raban
Member since: 2013
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2017

About Colin Raban

I am a semi-retired university professor, living in Sheffield and working on a freelance basis both within the UK and overseas.

Colin Raban purchased this farmhouse in 2007

Why Colin Raban chose Osmoy-Saint-Valery

When we first saw the house we were struck by the privacy and seclusion that it offered within such a peaceful rural setting. And yet, because Maintru is only a half hour drive from Dieppe and less than two hours from Calais, it is readily accessible from the UK.

What makes this farmhouse unique

Our part of Normandy provides the perfect base for a very wide range of holiday activities. It is close to beaches, the delightful port of Dieppe (and its seafood restaurants), chateaux and castles, riding stables, golf courses, the Foret d-Eawy, the historic towns of Amiens and Rouen and, for cyclists, the Avenue Verte.

When we're feeling less energetic, the house and gardens provide a sanctuary for reading and relaxation. (My thirteen year old son can be safely left to his own devices, exploring the Avenue Verte and surrounding countryside, and making friends with the local children!)

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Best getaway ever. Maintru is a beautiful hamlet with stunning scenery, perfect for those who like to get out and about for a walk, run or cycle. I would especially recommend La Grange to families as there's loads to keep kids entertained and also to groups of friends who can both enjoy and respect the property as it's a beautifully maintained 18th century farmhouse on well-kept grounds.' KP, London.

'Fantastic, relaxing week. We've had a great time'. M and K McD, W Yorks

'Charming area of France. Very comfortable stay'. J and M W, Suffolk

'Have thoroughly enjoyed my visit and will be recommending this beautiful house to other Canadians'. JS, Ontario.
Dec 2013
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Osmoy-Saint-Valery Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • First floor bathroom with shower, washbasin and w/c. Ground floor bathroom with bath/shower, w/c and handbasin.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 baby crib
    Reading/TV room - 1 double , This area on the ground floor can be screened off.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed, Bedroom 2 with double bed, Bedroom 3 with bunk beds and Bedroom 4 with one or two single beds. There is an area off the sitting room which can serve as a fifth bedroom.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting small game
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Outside: The house shares its 3,500 square metre grounds with a traditional Norman half-timbered barn and a converted stable. The garden with its lawns and wooded areas is secure and child-friendly. A barbecue is provided and there is a private patio with garden furniture. Various outside games, including croquet, are available. Utility Room: Fridge/freezer, washing machine, iron and ironing board, cleaning equipment including vacuum cleaner. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen is included. The house is cleaned prior to the arrival of guests. Additional cleaning services and changes of linen can be provided on request and for a small extra charge. Other: Off the larger of the two living rooms there is a reading/TV area with a collection of books, games and DVDs for use by guests. This area can be screened off to serve as a ground floor bedroom.


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Traditional Normandy farmhouse with extensive and secluded grounds
average rating of 5.0 based on 4 reviews
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Beautiful house - 5 Stars!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at La Grange for a week in May with our 2 young children (16 months and 3) and dog. We had a fantastic time, the house is very clean, well equipped and very comfortable. The enclosed garden is amazing and it was great to be able to turf the kids and dog out and know they would be completely safe as the garden is completely enclosed.

The house is just a couple of minutes from the Avenue Verte, and we made good use of our bicycles, our 3 year old even learnt to ride without her stabilisers whilst we were there.

Colin the owner was around and he made us feel very welcome. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend a stay, in fact we're going again next year for 2 weeks!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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La Grange Revisited

  • 5 of 5

La Grange is a delightfully spacious house with a well equipped kitchen, a lovely garden to relax in and a supply of books and DVDs. There's plenty of room for adults and children.

The house is very close to the Avenue Verte for walks and cycling, and just up the road from the village shop at St Vaast which sells croissants, fresh bread, home-cooked meals and much more. There are plenty of good restaurants in the villages round about for eating out, and excellent supermarkets within easy driving distance.

This was our second stay in Maintru. We were able to revisit the marvellous Gertrude Jekyll garden at Varengeville-sur-Mer, in brilliant sunshine this time after previously sloshing around the rose and rhododendron gardens in the rain. Le Bois des Moutiers is one of the many delights of this Seine-Maritime region. But there's so much more...

This is Flaubert country - the little town of Ry with its Galerie Bovary Musee d'Automates is a revelation. There are typical French seaside towns, the port of Dieppe, walks in the Foret d'Eawy (a huge area of beech trees situated between the rivers Varenne and Bethune), châteaus with helpful tours, and, a little more distant: the Bayeux Tapestry to the West, Monet's Garden at Giverny to the East, and Rouen to the South.

It's a great place to stay with much to return for on subsequent visits.

  • Submitted: Jun 23, 2014
  • Stayed: June 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Set in a charming area of France, this spacious house and grounds is perfect for visiting local towns, forests and coast or, just put your feet up and enjoy the quiet.

Benefits from large separate kitchen. Toilets on both floors. Clean. Spacious grounds for dog (or children).

No TV, not a problem for us.

If you are keen cyclists the Avenue Verte is ideal and virtually on the doorstep.

Shops just a short drive away. Large supermarkets and English speaking vet at Neufchatel en Bray. Local cheese recommended.

  • Submitted: May 29, 2014
  • Stayed: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
St Vaast d'Equiqueville
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
12 Kilometres
St Saens
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Car: recommended


The Cote d'Albâtre with its spectacular chalk cliffs and beaches lies to the west of Dieppe. It is a half hour drive to the nearest beaches at Dieppe, Pourville and Varengeville.

For sailors, Dieppe has a large marina and a trailer/sailer could be parked in the grounds.


Maintru is just off the D1, less than twenty miles from Dieppe. There are ferry services between Newhaven and Dieppe, and from Dover to Calais/Dunkirk; there is also the Eurotunnel service from Folkestone. The distance from Calais to Maintru is about 100 miles (1.5 hours).

There are Ryanair flights to Paris Beauvais from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Manchester. Beauvais is just over an hour's drive from Maintru.

We will send you detailed directions when we confirm your booking.


Dieppe - 15 miles

Neufchatel-en-Bray - 10 miles

Rouen - 35 miles

Le Havre - 70 miles

Calais - 105 miles

Paris - 100 miles

Further Details:

La Grange is set within the Pays de Bray. This is an area that has 'a noticeable feeling of remoteness, with a sparsely inhabited patchwork of flower-filled meadows, verdant valleys and limestone bluffs' (Clare Hargreaves, Normandy).

The house is just 200 metres from the 'Avenue Verte', a 40 km cycle track that was once the railway line between Dieppe and Forges-les-Eaux. The long term plan is to extend the Avenue Verte to connect London with Paris.

Neufchâtel (the home of Normandy's oldest cheese) is 10km to the south. Dieppe with its lively Saturday market and restaurants is 15km to the north; and further afield lie the cathedral cities of Rouen and Amiens, and the spa town of Forges-les-Eaux. Within easy reach are Monet’s house and gardens at Giverny, the charming port of Honfleur, Saint Saens, and Ry - the model for Yonville-L'Abbaye in Madame Bovary.

The surrounding countryside is best explored on foot, by cycle or on horseback. The Foret d'Eawy, a vast tract of beech trees with trails for walking and riding, lies less than 10 miles to the west. (The stables at Pomeroy are recommended). Extending from Dieppe to Fecamp and beyond is the Cote d'Albatre with its pretty seaside villages and spectacular chalk cliffs.

Closer to hand you'll find an abundance of gardens, chateaux and castles. Our favourites are: the Bois des Moutiers, a house designed in the Arts and Crafts style by Edwin Lutyens with gardens designed by Gertrude Jekyll; the Norman castle at Arques-la-Bateille; the sixteenth century Renaissance-style chateau in Mesnieres-en-Bray; and the house and grounds of the Chateau de Miromesnil. A little further away, near Rouen, is Chateau Gaillard. This is a medieval castle built by Richard the Lionheart.

You could, of course, just stay in Maintru, dining al fresco in the secluded garden or simply enjoying the peace and privacy afforded by a location that feels remote, but remains close to home.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We offer a range of booking options from short breaks to longer stays and can be flexible on changeover day, particularly out of season.

For holidays outside the peak periods of July/August and Christmas/New Year, you can make a no-obligation provisional booking. We will, however, ask you to confirm the booking within six weeks of your holiday, or earlier if we receive another request for the dates you have selected.

Changeover Day:
Although Saturday to Saturday bookings are preferred, other possibilities can be agreed subject to availability.

Notes on prices:
There is a discount for early bookings (for holidays in 2016). This discount will be available until the 20th December 2015.

Discounts are available for groups of 4 or less, for bookings of two or more weeks duration, and/or if you should prefer to bring your own bedlinen.

Payments can be made by cheque, bank transfer or through PayPal.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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