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La Belle Grange - large luxurious converted barn with orchards in rural Normandy

Overview

Property

Updated: 26-Nov-2016
Sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms with 3 bathrooms in spacious secluded grounds

Enjoy the perfect holiday in La Belle Grange, our newly renovated beautiful stone house, sleeps 8 in 4 bedrooms - 2 doubles, and 2 twins plus small child’s bed and cot - and 3 bathrooms.

La Belle Grange has been sympathetically converted from an ancient barn into a very special unique holiday home. Set in very quiet and beautiful countryside, with panoramic views over a delightful unspoiled valley, to distant wooded hills and small farms.

La Belle Grange combines the beauty of this historic building with the luxury of modern facilities, without losing any of its charm, or unique character.

The magnificent two story entrance hall with double glazed doors has a cathedral ceiling showing the massive three hundred year old oak roof timbers, and a beautiful oak staircase sweeping up to the minstrel gallery on the first floor.

The house is flooded with light, from all of the large double glazed windows.

In order to make La Belle Grange into a luxurious open plan living space, we removed an internal wall, creating a large kitchen/living/dining room.

It has been furnished with a very chic combination of quality antique and modern furniture, including chaise longue, comfortable sofas, and chairs. There is a striking 3 meter oak table which seats 8.

For your family entertainment we have a new flat screen television, with English and European channels and WiFi is available.

The modern, extremely well equipped kitchen has everything you will need. You will enjoy using all of the new kitchen equipment, such as the washing machine, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave, kettle, cooking utensils, toaster, and cafetière. Whether you are an expert cook, or just want some easy food it will make your holiday dining effortless and perfect.

The ancient granite fireplace has a new extremely efficient wood burning stove and full central heating.

La Belle Grange is insulated to the highest possible standard, so you will be cool in summer and toasty warm even in the coldest winter.

Sitting in this tranquil luxury, with the faint sweet smell of burning apple wood, and perhaps enjoying a delicious glass of wine, can be the perfect end to a day. Just relax, and enjoy smiles, happiness and good times, which always come as part of your holiday at La Belle Grange.

All bedrooms have very comfortable beds to ensure perfect sleep, and luxurious, high quality Egyptian cotton bedding. The double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, on the ground floor, has easy access through French doors to the garden.

The master bedroom on the first floor has a lovely en-suite bathroom has a large roll top bath, with shower, antique art deco wash-stand with a free standing oval sink. You can enjoy a relaxing bath whilst gazing at the stars through the window above. Or enjoy lying in bed watching the morning sun-rise filling the valley with light and glinting on the small stream.

Also on the first floor there is a twin bedroom, with en suite shower, and beautiful views over the valley. The smaller bedroom on the first floor with bunk beds is ideal for children.

Outside we have a very large deck area with table, chairs, sun umbrella, sun loungers and barbeque. Stroll in the large grounds, in an orchard of apple, pear, and plum trees.

Enjoy the lower terrace, by the beautiful small sparkling stream below the house, with table and chairs, which makes a perfect spot for lazy lunches or afternoons in the sunshine listening to the sweet tinkling sound of the water. As the stream is only 6 inches deep, it is not ideal for fishing.

There is virtually no light pollution here so the views of the stars on a warm evening, are magnificent and magical.

It feels as if you are deep in the heart of the French countryside, it is so quiet, and peaceful, but it is only 5 minutes from Brécey, a small and pretty market town with everything you need to help you enjoy your stay. Brécey has 2 supermarkets, a newly opened quality restaurant Le Gourmand, lovely patisseries, for delicious homemade cakes or perfect fresh croissants for breakfast.

It has two Banks with ATM machines, bars for a drink or relaxed meal, boulangeries, charcuteries, a chemist, hairdresser, garage, hardware, and all of the usual French small town shops. There is a market in the town square with local produce every Friday, selling cheeses, fresh vegetables, and stalls with delicious hot food.

Local attractions

There is a supervised outdoor swimming pool for adults, children’s pool and paddling pool just a few minutes down the hill from us. You can buy crêpes here for about 1 euro. There’s also a small children’s play area with slides there.

Near the swimming pool there is a river, and a pretty lake, surrounded by a footpath perfect for picnics, or relaxing easy walks. The equestrian centre, opposite the lake, has gymkhanas, jumping and cross-country competitions.

There are lovely walks from the house, in the extensive beech woods 5 minutes walk away, with small streams, pools, and shady quiet areas. If you are lucky you will see kingfishers, woodpeckers, squirrels, trout, deer, a big variety of fungus, some edible (if you know what you are doing) or more rarely, a French farmer driving a small three wheel tractor along the many wide tracks in the woods as there are still one or two cultivated fields on the edge of the woods. It is very easy to spend hours there in the lush tranquil green spaces, ideal for a picnic, a paddle, or just some quality peaceful time, and so accessible.

Enjoy the lower terrace, by the beautiful small sparkling stream below the house, with table and chairs, which makes a perfect spot for lazy lunches or afternoons in the sunshine listening to the sweet tinkling sound of the water. As the stream is only 6 inches deep, it is not ideal for fishing.

There is virtually no light pollution here so the views of the stars on a warm evening, are magnificent and magical.

It feels as if you are deep in the heart of the French countryside, it is so quiet, and peaceful, but it is only 5 minutes from Brécey, a small and pretty market town with everything you need to help you enjoy your stay. Brécey has 2 supermarkets, a newly opened quality restaurant Le Gourmand, lovely patisseries, for delicious homemade cakes or perfect fresh croissants for breakfast.

It has two Banks with ATM machines, bars for a drink or relaxed meal, boulangeries, charcuteries, a chemist, hairdresser, garage, hardware, and all of the usual French small town shops. There is a market in the town square with local produce every Friday, selling cheeses, fresh vegetables, and stalls with delicious hot food.

Local attractions

There is a supervised outdoor swimming pool for adults, children’s pool and paddling pool just a few minutes down the hill from us. You can buy crêpes here for about 1 euro. There’s also a small children’s play area with slides there.

Near the swimming pool there is a river, and a pretty lake, surrounded by a footpath perfect for picnics, or relaxing easy walks. The equestrian centre, opposite the lake, has gymkhanas, jumping and cross-country competitions.

There are lovely walks from the house, in the extensive beech woods 5 minutes walk away, with small streams, pools, and shady quiet areas. If you are lucky you will see kingfishers, woodpeckers, squirrels, trout, deer, a big variety of fungus, some edible (if you know what you are doing) or more rarely, a French farmer driving a small three wheel tractor along the many wide tracks in the woods as there are still one or two cultivated fields on the edge of the woods. It is very easy to spend hours there in the lush tranquil green spaces, ideal for a picnic, a paddle, or just some quality peaceful time, and so accessible.

Places to visit.

Avranches, 20 minutes – an old market town perched on a hill, has great views from the Jardin des Plantes towards Mont St. Michel.

*The second most visited place in France, the beautiful Mont St Michel, is 40 minutes. Go on a weekday if possible!

*William the Conqueror’s castle in Caen is an hour. Caen is also a very good shopping centre. There is a very large and renowned World War 2 museum on the outskirts of the town.

*The D-Day beaches, and Bayeux tapestry are about 50 mins, and well worth a visit.

*Explore the famous “Route de la Baie” following the coast near Mont St Michel, and enjoy a delicious meal in one of the cliff top restaurants. Enjoy the views or visit one of the many spectacular beaches.

*Nearest long, sandy beaches about 35-40 mins – one of our favourites is Carolles.

*St Hilaire du Harcouet 20 minutes is a lovely market town with a large, local market on Wednesdays. Perhaps the best market in the area. It has a large church and lakeside park.

*Enjoy walking along a disused railway track footpath from Paris to Mont St Michel,which is easily accessible from St Hilaire, or Mortain, both about 20 minutes away. It’s good for walks or cycling - you can hire bikes from Neufbourg, just before you get to Mortain.

* Abbeye Blanche – a lovely old Abbeye about 15 mins away and the waterfall walks are very pretty and not too taxing.

* Fishing-15mins, at a trout farm in the Val de la See, or 20 mins. at a very large lake at Lac Clement.

*Go Karting- 20 mins, on the Mortain road.

*Le Village Enchante-15 mins, at Bellefontaine on the Mortain road, a small theme park with many various activities, horses, rides, zip wires, and more.

* Parc L’Ange Michel-30 mins. A larger theme park with over 30 rides near St Hilaire.

* Swiss Normandy 20 mins north on the A84 towards Caen, very good for walking, exploring the small towns and has spectacular views.

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Good Evening Alan,



Just a quick email to say we loved La Belle Grange, we very much enjoyed

our stay. It was very beautiful. ..the weather was delightful and the cows came to say hi often too.



Kind Regards

JB (from UK)

email dated 12/08/2015
Jul 2015
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10 Reviews

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based on 10 holidaymaker reviews

5

Peaceful and luxurious.

  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a lovely week at La Belle Grange. The weather was superb and the facilities excellent: tasteful and spacious accommodation and lovely grounds. We especially liked the large outside table where we managed to sit for every one of our meals. It was also well equipped for our two year old grand daughter. We have some great memories of the holiday and hope to be back next year.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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5

Great Active Days, Great Night Sky

  • 5 of 5

Six of us, (four adults, two children), have just returned from a really enjoyable week at La Belle Grange. Loads of room both inside and out. The house is well equipped and nicely furnished. We had a pretty 'green' holiday with lots of walking in the woods nearby and plenty of cycling - the house is not far from the 'voie verte', a former railway line that's part of the Paris-Mont St Michel cycle route. (It's also a pleasant 15 minute ride in to Brécey to buy the daily croissants). It was a delight also to sit out on the deck at night looking at the stars - no light pollution here! We recommend La BG highly.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
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5

A Normandy Gem!

  • 5 of 5

The first impression of this substantial house is nothing to when you enter its cavernous interior! The combined living room/kitchen/diner is magnificent. Talk about open-plan living. With a vaulted ceiling and tremendous fire surround we just couldn't be anything but impressed.

It's set up for a large family. Infact it demands it, with really well equipped bedrooms and a stately master, together with toilets, showers and a roll-top bath! It's practical too, with everything we needed and more, such as dishwasher and washing machine and a really large fridge/freezer.

It was cool-ish when we were there which gave us the excuse to fire up that log-burner. It really is a delight and the warmth stays in the stonework all the next day.....superb.

Of course, you go there because it's in the Normandy countryside and perfectly peaceful with farms, apple orchards and forest all around, but Avranches is only a few miles away and when we visited a lovely local market was in full swing. The Botanic Garden is a must see too. It isn't huge but there are interesting plants and trees to see and you can look out from the panoramique to gaze at Mont St Michel with the two rivers meandering through the coastal plain to join it. (I would avoid going to M St M. at weekends as it really is a tourist hotspot - the second best in France!

So book it now and you won't regret the decision. And don't forget to take ALL the family and make use of that grand dining table - we did!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Agréable maison au calme dans la campagne normande

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé une très agréable semaine dans cette belle maison, bien restaurée, grande, confortable et bien équipée (même si, à mon avis, il manque une cafetière électrique et un soufflet pour pouvoir utiliser correctement le poèle).

La région est sympa. Il est possible de faire de jolies promenades sur les petites routes au départ de la maison mais aussi de visiter Mortain, les plages du Débarquement ou le Mont St Michel en partant à la journée...

Je recommande cette location!

Géraldine

  • Review Submitted: Feb 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Fantastic & peaceful!

  • 5 of 5

Having stayed in a number of Gite's across Normandy & Bretagne we found La Belle Grange to be the perfect place to stay. We were there over the festive period for 10 days & the location & facilities were brilliant. The huge log burner was a real winner along with the open planned living area.

The Location was close to lots of places of interest (including our favourite Le Mont Saint Michel) but was rural enough to come away from the busyness & enjoy the scenery and quiet. Brecey itself was beautiful especially with the Xmas lights & the village people were very warm & welcoming. Nice bars and a relaxed atmosphere.

The centre was easily walkable and services accessible.

The gite was well furnished and really comfy, we'll be looking to rebook.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 8, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
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5

La belle Grange.Hhappy memories of a special plac

  • 5 of 5

What an introduction to France! . Our first impression was the great atmosphere created at La belle Grange. Oak beams, minstrel gallery.. its high ceilings, hand crafted staircase and wood fired stove with its comfortable sofas made it is a perfect place to relax on vacation

The barn has been recently converted and equipped to a standard throughout that more than met our expectations. The silence of this woodland location and the starlit nights was particularly captivating for us.

For the practicality of self catering we went to the quaint town of Brecey where the good value Super U supermarket seemed to have everything. We also enjoyed local food specialities from the town square and its Friday market.

We visited the waterfalls of Mortain , the coffee bars of Avranches with is view of Mont Michel from the plantes du jardin gardens, and the long sandy beaches of Carolles. All are easily accessible by road from the house.

These are just words though. It is the feeling ..the memory we took away.. France .. La Belle Grange is truly a beautiful place. Vive la difference. For us this difference was such a good memorable experience, it will be long remembered.

Vincent & Beverly

  • Review Submitted: Oct 8, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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Location

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Dinard, St Malo at 71 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : at 2.5 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen at 80 Kilometres Nearest Golf : at 20 Kilometres Nearest Train : Villedieu-les-Poeles at 20 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : at 2.5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : at 30 Kilometres Car: necessary

Nearby Brécey has 2 supermarkets, lovely patisseries for delicious homemade cakes or perfect fresh croissants for breakfast. It has two Banks with ATM machines, restaurants, bars for a drink or relaxed meal, boulangeries, charcuteries, a chemist, hairdresser, garage, hardware, and all of the usual French small town shops. There is a market in the town square every Friday with local produce selling cheeses, fresh vegetables, and stalls with delicious hot food.

Local Leisure Facilities:

There are two safe open air swimming pools and a paddling pool with life guards, tennis courts and a park with a lake all within 10 minutes walk or 3 mins drive of the cottage. Opposite the swimming pool there is a horse show-jumping arena where events are held. Also within 10 minutes drive there are specialist fishing lakes en route to Avranches.

Within 3 minutes walk of the cottage, up the quiet country lane, are magnificent and extensive beech woods set on a hill overlooking beautiful rolling countryside. There you can walk or stroll in the cool shade of the beech trees and enjoy relaxed family picnics.

Gastronomic Delights:

Near Saint Pois, about 10 minutes drive away, is the Moulin de Jean a superb gourmet restaurant within a beautifully restored water mill which offers great value and service.

In Brécey try the restaurant Auberge des Sports which serves homely French fare. There is also a newly opened quality restaurant, Le Gourmand.

Avranches, about 20 minutes by car, offers a range of restaurants including La Belle Epoque for good food in an interesting setting; Saint Marco for good food in nice surroundings; and Le Port.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Low season
22 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£151
for 3 nights
From
£50
£336
 
 
Christmas/New Year
17 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£420
for 7 nights
£420
 
 
Low season
7 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£151
for 3 nights
From
£50
£336
 
 
Easter
8 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 
 
Mid season
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 
 
High season
27 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£563
for 7 nights
£563
 
 
Peak season
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£673
for 7 nights
£673
 
 
High season
2 Sep 2017 - 22 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£563
for 7 nights
£563
 
 
Mid season
23 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£450
for 7 nights
£450
 
 
Low season
21 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£151
for 3 nights
From
£50
£336
 
 
Christmas/New Year
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
£420
for 7 nights
£420
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
£151
for 3 nights
From
£50
£336
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £282

Due to fluctuating exchange rates visitors from the United Kingdom please note:
We have fixed weekly prices in British pounds which may be slightly different than when the prices in Euros are converted at the current exchange rate. Please contact us for our British pound prices.

We send our Booking Terms information when a booking request is made.

Bed linen and towels are provided on request for a small extra charge of 7.50 euros per person per week.

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Facilities

Property Type

  • house

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities

General

  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • arboretum
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
  • waterfalls
  • zoo

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 Master Bedroom ensuite - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Roll top bath with hand held shower
  • Bathroom 2 Bedroom 3 ensuite - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 Bedroom 4 en suite - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • The master bedroom on the first floor has a lovely en-suite bathroom, with a large roll top bath, with shower, antique wash-stand with art deco tiles and a free standing oval sink. You can enjoy a relaxing bath whilst gazing at the stars through the window above. On the first floor there is a twin bedroom, with en suite bath and shower, and beautiful views over the valley. The third bathroom is en suite the ground floor bedroom.

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed, 1 Child Bed, 1 Cot, Child bed folds into a chair
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Child Bed, Bunk beds
  • Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed, Bedroom 4 is on the ground floor with French doors to garden
  • All bedrooms have very comfortable beds to ensure perfect sleep, and luxurious, high quality, Egyptian cotton bedding. The double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, on the ground floor, has easy access through French doors to the garden. The master bedroom on the first floor has a lovely en-suite bathroom. On the first floor there is also a twin bedroom, with en suite bath and shower. The smaller bedroom on the first floor is ideal for children. Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Master bedroom has a large double bed and also a cot and small folding bed for a child. Bedroom 2 has a double bed and French doors to the garden. Bedroom 3 on first floor has twin beds and spectacular views. Bedroom 4 has bunk beds.

Outside

  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Outside: Large deck with teak table chairs & umbrella. Barbecue, sun loungers. Terrace next to stream with table chairs and umbrella. Small table and chairs on west side of house.

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