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Romantic country cottage gite for two

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


Minimum Stay
4 - 7 nights

About the property

Quiet self-catering gite for a romantic couple

Our half-timbered, self-catering cottage, which we use regularly ourselves, is set on a gentle incline in its own half-acre field, bordered by our 2 acre forest. It's perfect for walks and cycling straight from the door. People who've stayed here say it's like a Hansel and Gretel cottage. It's at the end of a track, surrounded by valleys, trees and meadows as far as the eye can see - yet less than an hour from Rouen, Honfleur and the sea. Pont-Audemer, the 'Venice of the North', with its canals and medieval buildings, is just 10 miles away. And it's only 3 kilometres from the historic village of St-Georges-du-Vievre, which has shops, post office, bank and a bar. The cottage is small and simply furnished, with all the basic essentials. Bedlinen & towels, and cleaning before and after your stay are included in the rental price. The living room has a beamed ceiling and wood-burner. The shower-room/WC is on the ground floor. And up steep stairs, into the roof space, with beams and 2 windows, is the double bed . Outside is a patio with furniture and a forest view to die for. Sit here with a glass of wine and listen to the birds. Bliss.

Jennifer Murray
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french
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January 14, 2017


Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(38 traveler reviews)

Romantic country cottage gite for two
average rating of 4.5526314 based on 38 reviews

Great little get-away

  • 5 of 5

Property was great, just a we imagined :-)

Lovely watching the cows coming down the hill in the mornings, feeding the horses in the neighbouring field and hearing owls calling at night.

Was really impressed with the kitchen facilities. Lots of pans, cutlery and a very clean oven.

Perfect for a peaceful break but if you want to explore the are lots of places to visit just a short car ride away.

Would definitely stay again, recommended.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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rustic but not too remote

  • 3 of 5

Superb location. Some facilities could do with updating, particularly the shower cabinet. This is the first time I have had to go out on Sunday morning to buy a frying pan and a sieve to drain vegetables. No saucepan lids, four spatulas and no draining spoon!

  • Submitted: Jul 19, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: This is a mystery to me as I wrote back to this holiday-maker when she mentioned after her stay that there was no frying pan. In my email to her I explained that the frying pans, pans and their lids are in the drawer next to the oven. How strange that she would now write to repeat this after she knew that she had not looked in the correct drawer. I admit that the shower cubicle is not brand new but, on the bright side, the shower is wonderfully powerful and gives you a good drenching. While still on the bright side, I'm glad this holiday thinks the location is superb. It's off a lane, off a lane, ending in a little-used footpath which passes the garden. It is in its own little valley with a lovely view across the meadows to the forest. Note to the next holiday-makers - THERE ARE FRYING PANS AND LIDS! :)... Jennifer
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Peace and Tranquility

  • 5 of 5

if you are looking for a place to get away from it all,then this is the place for you, this rustic cottage has oodles of french charm, with all the necessary mod cons to have an enjoyable stay without the distractions of modern communication.

With only the sound of birds a heard of cattle and 2 adorable horses as neighbors it is in the ideal place if you are looking to escape the rat race. We had a lovely stay as it was like stepping back into the 1960's with the surrounding areas all having their own small shops and no rushing, it was as if everything was in slow motion, we would definitely be looking to stay here again in the coming year. .

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's great to know that people who stay at our cottage can wind down from the hectic lives we all live. If you crave a bit of a buzz while you're there, there are plenty of places to visit, including Rouen and Honfleur. We have kept the 'rustic' charm of the old cottage, while adding the amenities you'll need while on holiday. Jennifer
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  • 4 of 5

This is a characterful Normandy cottage with bags of atmosphere. It feels like somebody's holiday home not a bland holiday let. It's isolated and quiet but not too far from shopping and interesting places to visit. The only reservation is that you need to be able-bodied to user the staircase / ladder which takes you up to the bedroom particularly if you're carrying luggage.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's peace and quiet that we were looking for when we bought the cottage over 25 years ago. But there are lots of things to do and see within easy driving distance. As for the stairs, they are steep, yes, but each step is broad and flat, and not like a ladder rung. I like you to check with me before booking if you have any reservations about the stairs as I want you to be happy there. Jennifer
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A holiday to Remember.

  • 3 of 5

We Holidayed for two weeks in the charming rural Bakehouse, it was a completely relaxing experience ,and a cosy warm log burner was a bonus in the evenings. We really welcomed all the local information that was provided.

A holiday to remember. R&A Brown

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Judging by their positive words our guests se to have liked the cottage but I do wonder whether the five star system encourages people to compare self catering properties with hotels. Of course The Ol d Bakehouse is not like a hotel which by the way would be judged down in the star system for not having a hairdryer, for instance. The Old Bakehouse is a simple cottage in a magic valley with a lovely view and very steep stairs up to the bedroom! I do try to describe the cottage fully so that peoe know what to expect . Jennifer
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Delightful little Madison Normandie

  • 4 of 5

lovely little gite in a secluded setting for those who love peace and quiet and wish to escape from the world! No TV, the outside world ceases to exist if you so desire! We had a peaceful week only interrupted by the odd owl, horse or cow sound. Bliss! Was a shame to have to go out exploring but Honfleur, Evreux, Pont Audemer and the surrounding locality is worth a visit. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Sep 12, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We do say that if the peace and quiet of the cottage gets too much, there's always the high life in Honfleur and Pont Audemer to look forward to! Jennifer
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Nearest Barpub
3 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Le Havre
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Our typical Normandy colombage cottage sits in splendid isolation at the end of a track, with a view across to the forest, a kilometre from the tiny hamlet of St-Benoist-des-Ombres. Unlike many holiday-lets, our rental charges are fully inclusive of cleaning and heating. It is one of only three properties in the valley known locally as 'La Vallee Perdue' because no one else knows it's there, it's so off the beaten track. It's 2 miles from the traditional village and food shops of St-Georges-du-Vievre, famous for being a Resistance stronghold during the 2nd World War. The nearest supermarkets are in BRIONNE (5 miles) and PONT-AUDEMER (10 Miles). But don't forget the open-air markets. ROUEN is less than an hour away, famous for its cathedral, painted so often by the Impressionist Monet, whose famous house and garden you can visit at GIVERNY. The ancient leisure port of HONFLEUR is a 50-minute drive away, with its attractive port and plethora of restaurants. Enjoy the sandy beaches of TROUVILLE, or have a flutter in the DEAUVILLE casino. Also within easy driving distance are several chateaux, museums, the PARC DE BRETONNE (including JUMIEGES), MONTFORT FOREST, the 'Cheese Trail' and the monastery you can visit at LE BEC HELLOUIN, one of the 'plus beaux villages de France'.


Rates & Availability

St-Benoît-des-Ombres Cottage Rental Rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Spring 2017 (low)
Mar 1 2017 - Apr 12 2017
4 night minimum stay
EasterEarlySummer 2017 (mid)
Apr 13 2017 - Jun 30 2017
7 night minimum stay
Summer 2017 (high)
Jul 1 2017 - Aug 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Autumn 2017 (mid)
Sep 1 2017 - Oct 31 2017
7 night minimum stay
Winter 2017 (low)
Nov 1 2017 - Nov 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $120

The rental fee are fully inclusive of bedlinen and towels, heating and cleaning. There is a returnable security deposit of 100 GB Pounds. The stairs to the bedroom are very steep. The shower room and WC are on the ground floor. Between Easter and October, changeover day is Saturday with a minumum stay of 7 nights. During March and November, changeover day is flexible with a minimum stay of 4 nights. The cottage is not available to rent during December, January and February.

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St-Benoît-des-Ombres Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 30 m²
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • The shower room is on the ground floor. It has a white suite, with corner shower.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
  • The bedroom is up some very steep stairs, in the 'cathedral' loft space with original beams and oak floorboards. It has two windows in the roof. There is a chest of drawers and hanging space. Bedlinen and towels are provided, included in the rental price.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • 2 beach chairs
  • pets considered
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • swimming
  • tennis
There is patio furniture - a sun umbrella, tables and chairs, and two lounger chairs. The living-room has a traditional wood-burner, a beamed ceiling and quarry-tiled floor. Wood is supplied. The kitchen is fitted with a solid oak counter, oven and hob. There is a lovely view from the patio and living room window across the meadow to the forest and valley beyond. Perfect with that glass of wine!

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