Großes, komfortables Ferienhaus in der schönen Gegend der Drei Wälder in der Basse-Normandie
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Obviously smoking ok in garden
But there are other dogs & some sheep nearby.
Play barn makes it very suitable for children
Max. Anzahl Gäste:6 (Schlafplätze für bis zu 5 Erwachsene)
Replace chopped logs
100% Erstattung für Stornierungen bis zu 60 Tage vor Anreise. 50% Erstattung für Stornierungen bis zu 30 Tage vor Anreise.
We planned for a quiet week in charming house in a small village in the French countryside, and that is exactly what we got. The garden was a good location to play, for our two small children (2 & 3 years). The nearby (20min.) outdoor swimming pools and lake were also very appreciated. We were lucky to be there during the "fête de La Guibray", with music, a parade and a very nice second hand market.
Dear Mr Doggen, Thank you! My 5 year old granddaughter enjoyed herself very much as well. Best regards Penny Matheson
Half term trip to visit my children
The location was very peaceful and had lovely views across the fields to the Chateau. Rooms were clean and the house was equipped with most things you would need.
A washing machine would have been useful but we got by. Unfortunately the weather wasn't great but we still got out and about.
The village had everything you would need in terms of shops.
I would stay here again
Dear Ashley, Thank you very much for writing us a nice review. We were very anxious about having a guest so late in the season, particularly after all that rain. Also this year, because of my husband's death earlier in the year, we haven't been able to go out there as often as usual to check up on everything. If you enjoyed it now despite short days and poor weather, do try again some time in the summer months. Best wishes Penny
Could be lovely
Others have really liked this place, but I am afraid we were a bit disappointed. Damp musty smell on arrival, tired utensils and too much clutter in the kitchen which could easily be sorted out.
On the plus side, nice bedrooms with comfy beds, and plenty to do and see in the surrounding area.
A relaxing, rural retreat
Barn Cottage is a great place to unwind and slow the pace a little.
Its situation is very private with two secluded garden areas, and a beautiful view across fields to the nearby chateau. The cottage is well equipped and maintained, with a lot of rustic charm. The upstairs bedrooms were light and airy. Loved the availability of table tennis and bikes.
I would certainly recommend this property, although the addition of a washing machine would be useful for families with young children. It is also worth flagging up that there is a short, but very steep descent to the lane leading to the house.
Dear Karen, Thank you so much for writing your review. I am so glad that you found it so relaxing. I know that the lack of a washing machine is a bit of a nuisance but to be honest, given that our rent is still on the low side, we have balked at the cost of buying and installing one. Perhaps the fact that we don't have one is the reason that we have had suprisingly few bookings for families with small children! But we will bear your comment in mind.
Thank you again for taking the trouble. Best regards Penny Matheson
Peaceful, spacious and perfectly located
The cottage is rustic, spacious, welcoming and well equipped, sleeping our family of 6 very comfortably. It is situated in it's own courtyard, along a short private drive and next to a very quiet rural road in a hamlet on the edge of Carrouges. It feels very private, calm and quiet. The house has it's own large garden, gravel courtyard and barn which has been set up as a play area with table tennis and swing. The neighbours are friendly, helpful but completely unobtrusive. The cottage has been welcoming visitors for several decades, as the bulging visitors book will quickly testify. It was quite obvious that many of the visitors had been many times, and that tells you most of what you need to know about the place. We were also furnished with a reassuringly comprehensive set of instructions from the owners.
Carrouges itself is in the Normandie-Maine Regional Natural Park and there is so much to see and do in the immediate area, beautiful walks, places of interest, villages and towns, churches and cathedrals, good food, lakes (and lake beaches for the children where they can swim, paddle and play in the sand). The beaches of the Normandy coast and Mont St. Michel are only 90 minutes away too. Although we didn't go with bikes, I imagine that it would be an almost perfect spot for a biking holiday. The roads are blissfully quiet and well-maintained!
The house is surrounded by wooded farmland (bocages), with beautiful views across fields and over to wooded hills. It is situated about 1.2km from the centre of the town. There is a local supermarket, shops, baker, butcher and weekly market as well as other amenities. On the edge of Carrouges is the main tourism office for the whole of the regional park, so you will not run out of ideas if you want things to do. The house is less than half a kilometre from the Chateau de Carrouges where you can visit the beautiful grounds free of charge (there is also a tour of the chateau available, free for children and very inexpensive for adults).
In summary, the cottage offers a very versatile base for holiday in a beautiful part of lower Normandy. If you just want rest, quiet, peace and space it is perfect. If you want to walk or cycle it is also well situated. There is also enough to do to keep you interested if you want places to visit and things to do with the kids.
I would highly recommend it!
Beautiful cottage in quiet countryside
The cottage was lovely and was clean and tidy throughout. It is much bigger than it appears in the photo's and there was plenty of room for the five of us to eat, sleep and relax. The kitchen was fitted out with everything we needed to prepare our meals.The garden was very pretty and full of flowers and butterflies.
The Butcher, Bakery and Supermarket in Carrouges were great for basics but we had to drive to Ferte-Mace a couple of times to do a "big shop".
The lake and beach at Ferte-Mace kept us entertained with swimming and Go-karts for the whole family.
The Velorail at nearby Bagnoles de l'orne is great fun for anyone looking for a bit of exercise in forest surroundings.
Penny (The owner) gave really good directions and a detailed explanation of how everything worked and where things were.
I would definitely recommend the cottage (and have already done so) to friends and family.
Küste / Strand:
Es gibt einen Süßwasser-Badesee 15 Minuten mit dem Auto entfernt am Strand von Ferte Mace mit einem Strand, Windsurfen, Minigolf und Go-Karts. Mit zwei neuen Autobahnen, etwa 20 Meilen entfernt, sind solche Städte wie Honfleur, Deauville und Granville leicht zu erreichen. Es gibt Außenpools in Ferte Mace (beheizt), Argentan (auch drinnen) und Bagnoles.
Nutzung des Autos unerlässlich. Carrouges ist etwas mehr als eine Autostunde südlich von Caen und zwei Stunden von Cherbourg (beide von Britanny Ferries) und 4-5 Stunden Autobahnfahrt vom Kanaltunnel und Boulogne entfernt. Es gibt jetzt auch eine schnelle Überfahrt von Portsmouth nach Cherbourg und möglicherweise Newhaven / Dieppe (ca. 3 Stunden Autofahrt entfernt). Für Besucher gibt es eine gute Zugverbindung von Paris nach Argentan (knapp 2 Stunden).
Der attraktive Kurort Bagnoles mit schönen Geschäften, See, Tretbooten, einem 9-Loch-Golfplatz, auch Minigolf und Casino und umliegenden Wäldern ist ca. 12 Meilen entfernt, die Stadt Alencon und das Nationalgestüt Haras du Pin etwa 15 Meilen und Mont St. Michel nur etwas mehr als 2 Autostunden entfernt. Carrouges mit einem Bäcker, einer Bank, einer Post, 3 Restaurants, einem Metzger mit Delikatessengeschäft und einem Delikatessengeschäft mit Metzgerei befindet sich nur einen Hügel von unserem Ferienhaus entfernt.
Die Gegend, die sehr ländlich und bewaldet ist, hat viele ruhige Straßen und Waldwege und ist ideal zum Wandern, Radfahren und Reiten. Abgesehen von dem Wasserschloss Chateau of Carrouges mit einem Grad 1, 15 Minuten zu Fuß von unserem Haus entfernt, gibt es eine Reihe von schönen Herrenhäusern und Gärten in sehr einfach zu besuchen Entfernung mit dem Auto. Eine oder zwei Autostunden entfernt liegt Bayeux mit seinen Wandteppichen und den Museen und Sehenswürdigkeiten des Zweiten Weltkriegs in Arromanches und Caen. Die nächsten größeren Städte sind Argentan und Alencon (20-30 Autominuten entfernt). Alencon verfügt über ausgezeichnete Kleider-, Schuh- und Geschenkläden sowie einen großen Hypermarkt. Beide haben Freizeitzentren mit Hallenbädern. Alle Städte, einschließlich Carrouges, haben gute wöchentliche Lebensmittelmärkte und preiswerte Restaurants. Im 14 km entfernten Ferte Mace gibt es einen Hypermarkt.