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"A wonderful Normandy experience".*10% discount for couples for 7 days or more.

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights

Overview

About the property

Cottage in Torchamp, Nr. Domfront, Orne, Normandy, France - Deep In The Normandy Countryside On A Quiet Lane With Easy Access To Local Amenities

Absolutely stunning "Chocolate Box" property rated 4 star by 'Normandie Qualitie Tourism'.

Le Cottage Normand is a beautiful, traditional Colombage cottage. It is believed to date back to the late 17th Century with later additions made in the 18th Century.

The property has been sympathetically restored to a high standard by the current owners who believe that guests will love it as much as they do. Both cosy and comfortable the combination of traditional Normandy charm and the convenience of 21st century living make this a fantastic place to relax, away from the hustle and bustle of modern living.

The ground floor comprises a spacious, comfortable lounge, kitchen/dining room, cloakroom, toilet and utility room. The original goat barn has been converted into a snug that is accessed from the lounge and ideal for even quieter moments!

The first floor is accessed from the lounge and has three bedrooms. The master bedroom has a bath and en-suite WC and washbasin.

There is a separate shower room and 2 further bedrooms.

Le Cottage Normand is ideal for families who seek peace and quiet in a calm, rural setting or perhaps even a romantic location for a honeymoon couple!

It is ‘far from the madding crowd’ but provides an excellent base to visit the many attractions of the region. The village of Torchamp is 8 minutes away where there is a small shop and Bar and Restaurant. In the opposite direction, the beautiful medieval town of Domfront is a 7-minute drive. Here you will find supermarkets, chemists, restaurants and hairdressers but the real joy is the history. The castle (with dungeons!) is linked to William the Conqueror and the 100-year war and the square in the centre of town is simply beautiful, with cobbled streets and timber houses everywhere. The view from the castle is spectacular.

A short walk through the castle grounds takes you to a house built into the side of the cliff where you will find a plaque that commemorates the hiding of airmen, by the French resistance, during WW11.

20 minutes from Domfront, you find the ‘belle epoque’ spa town of Bagnoles de l’Orne and 1 hour in the other direction sees you at the Normandy coast.

Please note Check-in time is after 4.00pm and Check-out time is 10.00am, however suitcases etc can be left at the house at an agreed time.

More Details

Owner
Lyn Brannan
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, french
Calendar last updated:
December 7, 2017

About Lyn Brannan

My husband Mike and I moved to France 14 years ago. We love the place, the culture, the people, and you betcha, the wine! The local community welcomed us which is why we feel so at home here. Many of our neighbours take full advantage of the opportunity to practice their English on us....great fun!

Lyn Brannan purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Lyn Brannan chose Torchamp

We wanted a renovation project and a place in the country. The Cottage ticked both those boxes and more! We spent 3 years painstakingly renovating the house and loved every minute of it. Our neighbours are fantastic and have become good friends.

What makes this cottage unique

To sit outside on a clear night with a glass of wine and watch the Milky Way is breathtaking! It is so peaceful; it’s often possible to hear nothing other than the sounds of the birds and cows in the neighbouring field.

Whilst feeling peaceful and relaxing, The Cottage is only an 8 minute drive to the nearest village......extremely convenient when you run out of bread and milk!! The lanes around the hamlet are ideal for walking and cycling

There is a wonderful sense of history in and about the house.

Amenities

Torchamp Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Shower room 1 - shower
  • Shower room with modern cubicle shower antique style toilet and washbasin. Ball & Claw bath, (this is in the master bedroom), en-suite antique style toilet and washbasin .
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master Bedroom. Dble bed (140cm wide) Fabulous panoramic window. Ball & Claw Bath, En-suite WC. with hand basin. Room 2. Double bed (150cm wide). Room3. Double bed & 2 single beds
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub ...
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: The house is centrally heated by electric heaters throughout and fully double glazed. The house is situated in a quiet, small hamlet called La Fiaudiere. All windows and doors have mosquito/fly nets fitted. Due to the construction of the house it is not possible to have a stair gate fitted. If you wish to book for Christmas and would like Lyn to deck the house for you just ask. Outside: The cottage nestles in a pretty garden and has unrestricted views over the surrounding countryside. There is a patio area by the front door with picnic table, chairs and parasol, perfect for eating out on those balmy summer days. Don't be surprised if you have an audience of cows watching from the field over the lane! Sun loungers and chairs are provided and for the sun worshiper's there is a secluded area next to the house which is perfect for sunbathing in private. There is a washing line situated on the land through the hedge. Car parking is available, on site, for several cars. Domfront has many excellent grills, restaurants, pizzerias & creperies. Some supermarkets and bars and patisseries. Utility Room: Double sink, washing machine/tumble dryer. 2nd fridge/freezer, iron and ironing board Cleaning / Towels / Linen /: The house is fully cleaned before guests arrive. Visitors are expected to leave the cottage as found on arrival. Bed linen is provided. Each bedroom has 2 bath towels and 2 hand towels. More towels are available on request. Other: There is an open barn opposite the house (next to the bbq) that is ideal for outdoor dining on rainy days or just to sit in the shade with a glass or two of the local cider perhaps! A secure shed is available for motorbikes and/or pushbikes.

Reviews

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"A wonderful Normandy experience".*10% discount for couples for 7 days or more.
average rating of 4.9375 based on 16 reviews
5

Beautiful Relaxing Stay

  • 5 of 5

What a fabulous cottage in a rural setting with every home comfort you could wish for

Lyn and mike the owners made us so welcome and would definitely

Recommend le cottage Normandie

10 out of 10

That is a very rare score for us !!!!!!!

  • Submitted: Sep 17, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Malcolm & Jane were just THE perfect guests. Their comments in the Guest Book gave us an idea as to what they'd been doing during their stay. They'd totally immersed themselves into the experience of Normandy, visiting numerous towns and attractions. We met them on a lane just as they were leaving and we were arriving. It was here that they told us that they had had such a lovely time in the Cottage. The house was immaculate when they left. Many thanks to them both.
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5

Beautiful looking property that doesn't disappoint

  • 5 of 5

Has a wonderful old world charm with all the present day comfort, with everything needed to have a wonderfully relaxing holiday. Everything was clean,tidy and in full working order. The garden is just perfect to relax in and enjoy alfresco meals.

Lyn and Mike are great hosts, made us so welcome,they were always contactable for any queries, should there be any, lots of help with local information and places to visit.

Can't believe we found such a jem of a holiday location with great helpful owners. Can recommend this holiday cottage without any reservation.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pat & Dave were just lovely people and absolutely great guests. They stayed for 2 weeks at the Cottage so it was necessary for Lyn and myself to arrive a few times to cut the grass and change a gas bottle. Each time we went Pat & Dave were in the garden either sunbathing or playing cards, really enjoying the quiet and tranquility. They treated the Cottage with the utmost respect and left it as they found it. We're delighted that they enjoyed their stay. Come again any time Pat & Dave.
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5

All we hoped for and more. Wanted to stay forever.

  • 5 of 5

The house and gardens, decor and comforts all made our stay here one of the best we have experienced. We were welcomed by Lyn and Mike and provided some basics, including wonderful French bread and butter. But our favourite was having Lyn and Mike return for a visit. Even without the pastries they brought, it was the highlight because of what fun, kind, interesting people they are. We dream of returning. Thank you, Lyn and Mike. May you prosper from all your hard work.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Fantastic

  • 5 of 5

This wonderful cottage wraps itself around you as you arrive. The peace and quiet is tangible and feeds your feelings of well being. On our arrival Mike and Lyn made us feel very welcome, they are lots of fun,helpful and kind. We have stayed in many Owners Direct properties and none has been as well equipped and delightful as this charming cottage. The photographs on the website are not exaggerated in fact the cottage and gardens are better in real life. We strongly recommend this property to anyone who reads this review. We had a wonderful stay and hope to be back.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ann, Tony & Chris were absolutely great guests. They used the Cottage as it should be...to the full and treated it with respect and care! Hopefully they WILL return and Lyn & I look forward to that. Thanks to you all
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5

Tremendous.

  • 5 of 5

Absolutely fantastic. House so pretty, clean, spacious, great character, great location, well equipped, well kept by its fantastic owners Lyn and Mike, so friendly, a lot of hard work was put into this house to make it what it is today.

Lots of brochures in the house about locality and surrounding areas, great information of what the house was before tremendous work carried out to maintain its natural look.

No hesitation in recommending this 17th Century Normandy Farmhouse for holiday breaks, may even return myself someday.

Lovely local pubs, shops, church and walks. Fantastic customer service.

Berni

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Berni, Stephen and the guys were absolutely great guests. Polite, immaculately clean and totally respected the Cottage. Come back whenever you want to!
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5

Wonderful, attractive, interesting, comfortable, unique, well equipped, perfectly located.

  • 5 of 5

What a delight! In 14 or more years of travelling through Europe and beyond we have never stayed at a holiday home which had such interesting history and been restored, presented and equipped to be extremely comfortable for any number from 2 to 8 or even 10!

We were towards the end of a three week holiday starting in north west Spain and had already had three holiday homes (the second a replacement for the first which had no hot water, nor anyone to fix it on a bank holiday weekend!). The third was a big improvement and in the lovely Dordogne area. La Flaudiere was very well described on the Owners Direct website but nothing could have prepared us for the reality.

If the cottage itself wasn’t enough we arrived to see the owners running into the road, apparently so glad to see us, not because we had been lost or were late, but because they had just been accosted by two cars full of French people whom they mistook for us. What the French wanted we never discovered, but suffice it to say that after a 300 mile drive we were delighted not only to have such a welcome but to find the property after only one wrong turn! And what a property! We live in a 1780 thatched cottage but it is nothing compared with a genuine French wood framed cottage. Of course, the cottage alone is not the full story.

What Lyn and Mike have created is such a perfect example of style and comfort that you would not believe that is could also contain so many examples of technical and artistic flair that there is always something new to discover. it would be enough if the simple requisites of holiday living were catered for in impeccable style, but there are extras! Without giving away any secrets, a feature in the snug (converted goat shed!) could only be described as un-neccessary, unusual, unexpected, but is in fact inspired and so perfectly executed that it could be the most attractive feature of any holiday home anywhere!

The history of the property is a story in itself, indeed relatives of the very first owners still live very close and have passed on most if not all the house’s past, including occupation by the Germans in WW2. We wish we knew even something about what has happened to our house before 1982 when the previous owners bought it.

Especially after a busy three weeks we could perhaps have been forgiven for staying in, however we did venture out to Domfront and Bagnoles-Mayenne. There is all you could want in this area from the Normandy beaches southward.

  • Submitted: Jun 4, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Map

Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

The Normandy landing beaches are approximately 2 hours away and most certainly worth a visit. Arromanches is 1hr 35mins away. St. Malo historic town is 1hr 54mins. Le Mont St Michel is about the same distance and an absolute 'must' to see. The beaches on the Normandy stretch of coast are delightful. (We do have a 'beach' much, much closer in a town called La Ferte Mace. It's man-made by a lake and is actually very pleasant with café, swimming, pedalos and canoes....worth a trip).

Travel:

AIRPORTS

The nearest international airports are Dinard (Pleurtuit) flying from, Leeds, London Stanstead, East Mids. and Rennes (St. Jacques) flying from Manchester, Dublin, Cork, Southampton and Exeter. Both approx. 1.5hrs. away. Paris (Beauvais) is 3.5hrs. and Paris (Charles De Gaulle) 3.5hrs. mins.(Car hire is available).

FERRY PORTS

The nearest port is Caen (1.5 hrs.) Le Havre (2 hrs.) Dieppe (2hrs 36mins) Cherbourg (2hrs. 10 mins) St. Malo (1hr. 49 mins.) Calais (3 hrs. 56mins.)

Distances:

From the cottage to:-

Torchamp village is 5 mins (3.5kilometres)

Domfront is 8 mins (5 kilometres)

La Ferte Mace is 26 mins (26 kilometres)

Bagnoles de l'Orne is 23 mins (24 kilometres)

Le Mans is 90 mins (122 kilometres)

Chateaux in the loire valley are approximately 2 hours away

Further Details:

Restaurants, supermarkets, banks, chemists, petrol stations and most other similar amenities can be found in Domfront (5 mins.).

There are lots of leisure activities available in and around Domfront including pony trekking, mountain biking, archery, hiking, tree top walks, rock climbing, fishing and tennis. Canoes & kayaks are available to hire in Torchamp.

We have a set of 'petanque' balls (or boules as they are called in France!) for your use. There are a number of bicycles for the use of. There is a collection of books, board games, cards etc.

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Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $267.67

Booking Notes:
A 30% deposit is required to secure your booking (non refundable). Balance is due 12 weeks before arrival date both payable by cheque or bank transfer
A £200 security deposit is also required with the balance, which will be fully refunded within 7 days of departure date subject to the house being left in a satisfactory condition.


Changeover Day:
Changeover days are Saturdays (can be flexible for short stays and during low season) Departure time 10.00 a.m Arrival times from 4.00 p.m, earlier may be possible but cannot be advised until nearer the time of arrival

Notes on prices:
10% discount is available for bookings of 2 people only for weekly bookings.

Please note there will be an additional fuel surcharge of £30 per week on bookings in the months of November, December, January, February, March and April to cover extra heating costs.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Canceled bookings will not receive a refund