The Big House Normandy
''On the road to Rouen''
- english, french
About Anita Fenton
My husband and I lived in Jakarta Indonesia for 25 years and bought this ruin as a 'project' which we worked on during our vacations. We enjoyed the rural retreat as a stark contrast to Jakarta's teeming millions. The house has been host to many family and friends and some wonderful memories.
Why Anita Fenton chose Fontaine-en-Bray
If you discount the Channel :-) The houses are in effect incredibly close to England! Just 25 miles to the port of Dieppe. You could cycle there along the flat Avenue Verte cycle path. The ferry leaves from the port of Newhaven (10 miles from Brighton) and takes 4 hours to Dieppe - or take the ferry from Dover to Calais (90 minutes and then it's a two hour drive.) It serves as either a Celebration House or a retreat.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
Home from Home. Tranquil. Neat, modern, efficient whilst retaining rustic charm. Romantic. Nice views. Good atmosphere.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Fantastic rural retreat
Great house with large garden. Large lounge and dining space to accommodate big family groups. Tranquil setting but only 1 hour 45 from the Eurotunnel. Well equipped house. Fantastic view across the Normandy countryside. Good walk down to the river, bit take your wellies. Close to village and Fontaine en Bray for shopping needs
Perfect house for all ages and needs
We were a large group ranging from ages 9 to 82. We also had a wheelchair user. The house was perfect, everything you could need or want to cater for such a large group was provided. Neufchatel had plenty of good shops and we managed to eat very well - including a big turkey dinner. There are no shops within walking distance but plenty within a 5 minute drive. We even found a bakery open on Christmas day.
The village nearby was quiet and there were lots of quiet roads to walk the dogs. The house is cosy and warm, the fire is easy to manage and added a special cosy feel to the house.
We had a wonderful time making memories with family and friends.
Could not fault it
Great character lovely location recommend it to anyone how wants to have a getaway from it all holiday and relax or use it for a base to see France at it's best
It's a wonderful house, very well equipped, and in gorgeous open countryside.
We had a wonderful time. It is obvious that a huge amount of care has been devoted to making sure whoever stays "on the road to Rouen" has everything they need. The facilities are first class and we really wanted for nothing. We were 10 the first week, 11 the second week and 14 the third week. It is worth stressing that maybe 14 adults is a few too many.Two of the bedrooms are better suited to children than adults and I should have picked this up from the information I was sent. The hypermarket in Neufchatel is first class and there are good restaurants in the area. I am still thinking of the avocado bavarois! We did easy journeys to Dieppe, Rouen, Giverny, Etretat and Honfleur. The ferry crossing from Newhaven to Dieppe was very good and others who did the Dover to Calais crossing, or came through the tunnel, found it very straightforward. I was incredibly impressed with the supply of hot water to the house. With so many people I expected there to be an occasional lack, but there was never any hitch. My friends are still telling me what a wonderful time they had and I have some great photos to remind me of what a special time I had. I warmly recommend this house to anyone looking to have a special house party holiday.
Lovely, cosy, rustic New Year break
We had a fantastic few days over New Year 2017/2018 in these charming country cottages. The big house is welcoming, spacious, comfortable and full of rustic charm. I especially liked the owner's furniture and the many heart-shaped items throughout the house.
There were 13 of us (3 families ranging from 9 to 76 years old) and the two houses were very well equipped for us all. Plenty bathrooms, crockery, cutlery, glasses, pots and pans etc. There were 2 fridge/freezers and 2 dishwashers in the big house alone as well as plenty seating for us all.
The house has a very cosy feel in the winter. We were all very grateful for the huge log burner in the lounge with the weather being pretty wet (plenty logs/kindling) . The location is stunning and very peaceful - just a shame we could not make more use of the outside facilities.
The owner Anita was very helpful in providing information about both the house and the area and was keen that we all had a lovely time in her house - which we did. Serin was very helpful when we arrived and is very kindly returning items we left behind to us, for which we are very grateful.
A very enjoyable few days for us all - thank you!
Perfect house for large families
We had a wonderful fortnight here in this beautiful part of France with family and friends. It has all the comforts of home and the kitchen benefits from two fridge freezers and two dishwashers which is very unusual.
The owner was easily contacted and any problems or queries were answered promptly. The beds were very comfortable and we all had our own shower and loo. We can highly recommend it.
Dieppe – is a must see Day Trip – The beach and the sea!
The Castle- the town and harbour is very picturesque.
The outdoor and indoor excellent swimming pool. The Saturday morning market is well worth getting out of bed for and Moule et Frites for lunch is a wise choice. Il Va Bien being a good place for lunch. The owner speaks English.
Neufchatel-en-Bray is just 25 miles from the port of Dieppe ( the ferry takes 4 hours to Newhaven – which is 10 miles from Brighton.)
The house is situated 2 hours from Paris, and also 2 hours from Calais by motorway. Dover to Calais takes 1 hour by ferry.
Folkestone to Calais ferry takes 35 minutes.
The use of a car is essential unless keen cyclists.
I have now purchased an outdoor table tennis table.
Nearest beach – Dieppe 25 miles
Lots of information and leaflets/information as to where to go or what you can do are available.
Nearest amenities 6 km in the town of Neufchatel-en-Bray
Nearest travel links.
Nearest airport Charles de Galle Paris.
Nearest railway Rouen 40km
Nearest port – Dieppe – 25 km or Calais (120 km) 2 hours by motorway. Le Havre (ferry to Portsmouth)
Neufchatel-en-Bray – Shops, Bars, Restaurant, Tourist office, Swimming pool. Quad bikes hire.
+ Turkish kebab restaurant, coffee shops, patisserie bakers, butchers, delicatessens and Micro boutique ‘computer needs’ shop.
Le Clerc supermarket. Lidl and Aldi all in same road + the ubiquitous Mac Donalds.
Wednesday – Fish market
Saturday – town market – poultry for sale and Farmers market.
Special interest holidays:
Arrangements can be made for : Activity weekends. Learning whilst holidaying.
Thai cooking weekends
Cake and desert making
Yoga and Meditation
And even Belly dancing workshops