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Traditional "Colombage" Style House with 7 En-suite bedrooms - sleeps 15



Updated: 26-Oct-2016
Outdoor Heated Pool, Snooker and Games Rooms. Free Wi-Fi and Satellite TV

Ideally located for exploring all the sights of Normandy or staying in for a relaxing holiday in a well appointed country House. Lounge with Satellite TV, DVD and Video player, bar/ library area and oak furnished dining room. 4 Double and 3 Twin bedrooms with Satellite TV, Tea/Coffee making facilities and complimentary toiletries. Well equipped Kitchen with Breakfast Bar, American Fridge/Freezer. Large grounds

  • Sleeps 15
  • 7 Bedrooms
  • 7 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

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9 Reviews

based on 9 holidaymaker reviews


Beautiful home away from home.

  • 5 of 5

This was our second visit to Maison Theresa in as many years and we have loved both holidays. Both times we stayed we were a mixed group of family and friends with ages of 18 to 74 and everyone loved the accommodation, from the out door pool to the games room. There was enough of everything you could every need, from cycles to picnic hampers, mussel pots to paella burners and pans. There is room to lose each other in the house and grounds. Fresh pastries and breads from the bakery every morning, BBQ in the afternoon sat around the outdoor table. The hosts, Richard and Shelagh were very welcoming, always pleasant and always helpful if required.

If you want a relaxing getaway for a large group you could not find anywhere better.

Thank you Richard and Shelagh for opening your beautiful home to us.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 22, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Wonderful stay at Maison Theresa

  • 5 of 5

My family had a great stay at Shelagh and Richard Shirley's Maison Theresa. The house is located about half way between Paris and Normandy. It is a beautiful and well maintained older property with a large swimming pool. There was plenty of room for 8 adults and 7 children. The kitchen and dining room are spacious and fully equipped. The village of Bourth with a bakery and restaurant is in biking distance (bikes provided), and there is a full size grocery within a half hour drive, as well as several other restaurants. Paris is a 45 minute drive to Dreux and then an hour train ride. Normandy is about a two hour drive. We visited Versailles and Giverny which are both about an hour and a half drive. Our only regret is that we tried to do too much in terms of trips away from the house; we would have been better served (particularly the grandkids) to stay at the house, play pool and ping pong, swim and just enjoy ourselves. Shelagh was at the house when we were there and is a gracious host, and a very nice person. A plus for us was the dog Jack, who is a friendly older guy who likes to chase balls. Maison Theresa gets our highest recommendation for a larger group like ours.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We have just returned from a short half term break. The weather was not good but we were very impressed by this quirky and attarctive property. The property was clean and all equipment worked properly. The level and quantity of equipment was exceptionally good - by far the best of any of the properties I have rented over the years. The grounds are extensive and very well maintained down as far as the ancient orchard (which starts well beyond the end of of swimming pool). The pool was impressive and crystal clear but the chilly weather prevented us oldies from testing it. The property is an easy 15 minute walk from the centre of the tiny village of Bourth which is useful for morning baguettes and croissants but it is very quiet and probably unsuitable for those who enjoy a lively nightlife. That said we did explore by car some small towns nearby and even had a daytrip to Rouen (well recommended). The owners were on site living in an upstairs flat which has its own entrance entirely seperate from the entrance to the main building. They were friendly and helpful and not at all intrusive.

All in all we would highly recommend this property for the large party who want a quiet restful break especially if some decent weather can be arranged!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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A Great Place for a Group Holiday

  • 5 of 5

We have rented this property for a week each year for the last 5 years. We find it excellent for our needs as a group of mature cyclists. The house is well furnished and very well equipped in terms of leisure activities and kitchen equipment. We particularly like the dining room and the external dining area with large barbecue and table under an arbour. The pool is a good size for swimming and we enjoyed sitting in the well maintained garden when the weather is good. The full size snooker table and table tennis have entertained us on wet days. In fact the property has everything we needed for a great holiday. The house has some history and quite a bit of character, although it might not be to everyone’s taste.

I think the website description with the photos give an accurate representation of the property, apart from one narrow bedroom which is not in the photos. The owners have been helpful and easy to deal with. We have always found the house clean and tidy and it has been excellent value for money. This part of France is short on major tourist attractions but we enjoyed the peaceful rolling countryside and quiet roads for easy cycling. I definitely recommend the house for groups like ours.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Well what can I say about this property.

The house is fabulous. We pulled up the driveway and thought what a magnificent house. The children were the first to run in and explore all the rooms. The living room was comfortable with lots of seating, there was a large TV with a range of DVDs to watch. The cupboard in the hallway was full of various games to play. The bedrooms were furnished beautifully and the bed linen and towels were clean and fresh. There are tea/coffee making facilities in all the bedrooms along with a trouser press/iron/ironing board and TV.

The dining area seated all of us, and it was nice all sitting round the table. The kitchen had 3 cookers (1 which you could use as a grill as well as an oven), a gas stove and hot plates. There was plenty of plates/dishes etc for us all to use.

The children had many games of pool and snooker in the pool room, they also enjoyed playing table tennis. There were bikes for us to use which we put to good use, having many a bike ride around the country lanes.

The swimming pool was great and being blessed with good weather spent many a day in there. There was enough sunbeds for us all to use. We used the BBQ on several occasions. There are lots of seating areas outside too.

All in all my family and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Maison Theresa and hopefully will go back again.

If you are looking for a relaxing holiday to enjoy with a large family/friends then I would highly recommend staying at here.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Very good value for money

  • 4 of 5

I hired this property, having stayed there before a few years ago, and again was not disappointed, particularly since the owners have enhanced the house considerably with new bathrooms and furnishings including a Family room in the courtyard.

This time it was my wife and I, our two children and the six grand children plus two dogs. My son and his wife and his two toddlers used the Family room which was ideal and we were able to spread the other young teenagers into their own rooms which gave us adults lots of space.

As we had had before, the rooms were all very neat and tidy and had been recently redecorated in a very homely fashion and the televisions in all the rooms, showing UK channels, kept the children occupied to a reasonable time in the mornings.

We were fortunate with the weather and spent a considerable time outside in the well maintained garden using the outside dining area ( it is interesting to note that the owners provide plastic glassware for external use) , the barbeque and in particular the swimming pool. The children were fascinated by the pool cleaning device which kept it absolutely spotless apart from the odd leaf that blows in.

During our one rainy day, it was encouraging to find that the owners have thoughtfully provided numerous books, CDs, videos and board games which kept the children fully occupied.

The local area is quite interesting and it is a joy to be able to stroll down to the village to get fresh bread and croissants, hot from the oven, for breakfast.

One of the local towns, L'Aigle, hosts the most amazing street market every Tuesday and is a must visit. Some incredibly cheap clothing ( the children spent all their money ) and all types of other products including fruit and veg.

The other nearest town, Verneuil, in the opposite direction has some interesting architecture and both towns have a good selection of good restaurants of all types. There are also a number of supermarkets in both towns where you can get anything that you need. Unfortunately French prices have increased like everywhere else.

Further afield there are many other interesting places to visit, The children particularly enjoyed the chocolate factory in Damville.

We will certainly be looking to come back to this home from home again.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 5, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : at 60 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : at 60 Kilometres Car: necessary


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
September & October
3 Sep 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
November to Mid December
29 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Christmas & New Year
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
January to April
7 Jan 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
April & May
8 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
July & August
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £0
Refundable Damage Deposit £250
Stay tax £1 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 13 years.

Downpayment / Deposit requested. Security deposit requested
Stay tax is charged. Transaction/credit card fees are charged to the client.
Change over day is Saturday

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Updated: 26-Oct-2016
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Property Type

  • house


  • Family


  • Baby Gate
  • Fan
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kettle
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • rural


  • cinemas
  • museums
  • theme parks

Leisure Activities

  • horse riding

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • fishing
  • golf

Floor Area

  • 600 m²


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 4 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 5 - Shower Enclosure, shared by bedrooms 6 & 7


  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Bedroom 6
  • Bedroom 7


  • Bicycles ...
  • Cellar
  • Garden Table & Chairs
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Parasol
  • 14 bicycles


  • Self-catering

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