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18th Century Half-Timbered Cottage, log fire, free wifi and land line calls.

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights


About the property

18th century cottage near Domfront, Orne, Normandy, France. Peaceful But Not Isolated, 2 Mls To Local Village, Lonlay L'Abbaye, 4 Mls To Local Town, Domfront

Free wifi and free phone calls to land lines in most countries. Les Challonnières is a beautiful half-timbered cottage built in approximately 1750 and is situated in the National Park. It is set in half an acre of enclosed gardens with swings for the children and there is an orchard with apple, pear and damson trees. About 2 miles away is the local village of Lonlay L'Abbaye with its famous biscuit factory, bakers, butchers, post office, mini supermarket, and 4 miles away is the medieval town of Domfront which has all the shops you could want including 2 supermarkets. The cottage has been tastefully restored yet has every modern convenience, most importantly it retains all the character including oak beams and a huge stone chimney with log burner and open fireplace so typical of the area. It is furnished and equipped to an exceptionally high standard and provides every home comfort. There is a large selection of books, DVDs, cds, games and jigsaw puzzles available for you to use. Please note that the weekly rate only applies to bookings starting on a Saturday. For bookings starting on any other day the nightly rate applies; unfortunately the Owners Direct quote system cannot take this into consideration so please contact us directly and we will be more than happy to confirm the price.

Sue Johnson
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
25 April, 2017

About Sue Johnson

Owned by Brian and Sue and our daughter Amy.

Sue spent 10 years teaching French and always wanted to live the life rather than spend all her time talking about it.

We decided in spring 2007 to either buy our dream home, or stop talking about it!

We've never regretted it for one minute. As it is our home and not just a holiday let we have furnished and equipped it accordingly - we hope you enjoy your time there as much as we do.

Sue Johnson purchased this cottage in 2007

Guestbook comments from the owner

Had a wonderful relaxing holiday. Cottage beautiful & well equipped. R & C Davies, Wales

Lovely, well equipped in an idyllic setting. Helen & Steve, Kent

The best equipped cottage we’ve rented in France in some 40 years. P & M Waite, Bucks

Had a lovely holiday here in Normandy, lovely cottage & peaceful surroundings. Findley & Downing families, Devon

We had a wonderful week enjoying the peace & tranquillity. Crewe family, Twickenham

It was absolutely amazing - a slice of tranquillity! .. once again thank you for the use of your slice of heaven. Will definitely recommend your place to friends. Jasmine & Mark

Lovely house in very pretty setting. Anne & Phil

A cute cottage with beautiful garden space for lounging in the sun. Martin & Laura

Had a wonderful stay in your Normandy cottage. Beautiful area – and you have lovely neighbours. Cynthia & David.
Sep 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in La Haute-Chapelle in Lower Normandy

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Ensuite to master bedroom
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , This is on the ground floor
  • Ensuite to bedroom 1 with shower cubicle, hand basin, wc, radiator and towel rail. Main bathroom is fully tiled and has bath with shower over, hand basin, wc and heated towel rail.It is situated on the ground floor.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - King size bed and ensuite. Hairdryer
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , Bedroom is large enough for a cot. Hairdryer. Own staircase
    Mezzanine - 2 Single Bed , On mezzanine level.
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with king size bed and ensuite. Bedroom 2 with double bed and its own stair access Mezzanine level with 2 full size single day beds. Double sofabed in lounge. 2 hairdryers
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • waterfalls
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountaineering
  • swimming
  • tennis
Free wifi and land line calls to most other land lines (but not mobiles). No smoking or pets allowed. Heating is via a wood burning stove in the lounge, oil filled radiators in the lounge and dining room plus electric radiators in the bedrooms, kitchen and bathrooms. Two cooling fans are provided in the bedrooms and there is a ceiling fan on the mezzanine. 2 hairdryers provided. Outside: The garden surrounds the cottage with lawns to the front (south facing), two sides and rear with lots of trees providing shade. To the rear of the back garden an arch leads to a small orchard providing apples, pears, damsons and blackcurrants (please help yourselves!). This backs onto woods on 2 sides and our neighbours' garden on the 3rd. The dining room and sitting room both have doors leading to the south facing patio; in the garden there are 3 tables, 14 chairs, 2 parasols and a garden bench. We also provide a BBQ, 4 sun loungers, 2 relaxers, boules, badminton, volleyball, quoits and a swing set which consists of 2 swings, climbing rope and rope ladder. The front garden overlooks fields but is hidden from the small lane by shrubs. NB: there is a very small pond to the side of the house. A double gate leads onto the driveway with parking for 1 car, there is an additional double gate to the garden with parking for several cars. End of let cleaning charge included (3 hours). Bed linen & towels provided. Please bring your own beach towels. Logs can be provided: £35 per week. Other: Rear hallway - Cupboard with boiler, ironing board, iron, hoover. Extra shelving for storage, large cool bag with freezer packs, outdoor games: boules, badminton, quoits. Spiral staircase to bedroom 2


Exceptional! 5/5 -
(17 traveller reviews)


Great cottage in an idyllic location

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was everything we expected from the photographs and reviews but with some other quirks - like the steps over the beams to access the master bedroom - which only added to the charm. It was clean, tidy, well equipped and cosy - everything one would hope for in a holiday home. The surrounding area is full of things to see and do and we could definitely have spent longer exploring; a week was simply not enough!

  • Review Submitted: Feb 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a complimentary review - we greatly appreciate it as will our change-over lady when we pass on your comments about the cottage being clean and tidy. As you say there are so many things to see and do in the area and we hope that one day you might return to explore more of them.
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  • 5 of 5

We have holidayed in cottages/gites several times in France and done similar in Italy, the USA and at home in the UK. In France we've found a huge variation in the comfort and quality of holiday rental accommodation. We've come to the conclusion that English-owned properties are often better (or at least better suited to us). This is particularly the case when the owner uses the property themselves So it proved with Les Challonnières.

This place is brilliantly well furnished and equipped with nothing left wanting. There are super comfy and large sofas in a spacious lounge with a glorious fireplace. The kitchen has every pot, pan and gadget you can think of. The pictures on this site are a fair representation of how the property looks.

The bedrooms are smallish (they have been created in the roof space with dormer windows) and the main is unusually accessed through a very low doorway over 3 steps to get over the roof beams. There is an ensuite shower room which is small but nice. There are two sofabeds on the mezzanine outside the main bedroom, The other proper bedroom is access by its own staircase from behind the kitchen. Kids will probably love the idea of benig in their own space. There is a 2nd large bathroom on the ground floor with bath.

The front gardens are shown in the pictures and we spent quite a lot of time relaxing there. The gardens front on to a small single track lane, but there is hardly any traffic and only one neighbour. The main road 1/4 miles away can be heard a little but it doesn't spoil relaxation. There is also a large back garden which I don't think is shown in the pictures. This is surrounded by woods and is again very peaceful.

We couldn't have been happier with the cottage and hope to return.

The area does not have much on the doorstep in terms of towns to visit/things to do unless you make your own fun with walking/bikes. But one can travel a little further and find enough to enjoy. This worked for us as ours was a short trip and we did not want to travel further from the port on this occasion (atypical of our French trips).

Lonlay-l'Abbaye is very close, small but pretty. Domfront is worth a short wander. The church in the centre of the old town is a real surprise. Also consider Lassay-les-Châteaux (a bit further) if going that way. We also visited Bagnoles-de-l'Orne on market day which was not really our cup of tea, but check it out on Streetview if interested to get an idea.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for taking the time to write such a complimentary and comprehensive review of our cottage - we really appreciate it. As you say, Les Challonnières is our (2nd) home so it is furnished and equipped as such, not as a typical holiday home. You will find everything you need to make it feel like a "home from home" - satellite TV (offering both English & French channels), lots of books, DVDs, games for all the family (indoor & out), comfortable furniture, and for the chef of the family, a kitchen with all the pots and pans etc you could want. Just to clarify: on the mezzanine there are 2 single day beds with proper mattresses (these are not sofa beds and so do not require you to make them up). The large garden surrounding the house is fully enclosed and offers plenty of shade if required and lots of different seating areas in which to relax. There are pictures on the website of the back garden which has a swingset for the children, and beyond that an orchard. The nearest town of Lonlay L'Abbaye is just 2 miles away and here you will find a small supermarket, bar, restaurant, deli, pharmacy, bank and a beautiful Abbey. Domfront is about 4 miles away: this is a pretty medieval town offering 2 supermarkets, restaurants, castle and every other service you might require. Further afield there's plenty to keep the whole family occupied: Normandy Landing Beaches, Bayeux, Châteaux at Carrouges and Fougères, children's toy museum at La Ferté-Macé where you will also find a lake with pedaloes, beach, mini golf etc. and the list goes on.... We are so pleased to hear you couldn't have been happier with the cottage and we look forward to welcoming you back some time in the future.
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A beautiful house in a great location

  • 5 of 5

We chose this property because we wanted a house full of character but still with all the modern home comforts.

It was everything we wanted and so much more. There is plenty of space inside and out to make yourself at home and everything we needed was provided.

The house is in a very rural area but is close enough to a few towns so supermarkets etc are not far away and there is plenty to see and do within easy reach. We visited the D Day beaches, Bayeux, Saint Malo and they are all within about an hours drive.

The owners of the property were very helpful, answering all our questions so we didn't need to worry about anything when we arrived.

I would recommend this property to anyone interested in visiting this area but who also wants to get away from it all and enjoy the peace and quiet of the lovely countryside.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much for such a great review. It's lovely to hear you had a great time and appreciated our cottage which we consider to be our home, not just a holiday let - that's why we've gone to great lengths to make our guests feel comfortable there from the outset. As you say, it's in a lovely location with lots of interesting towns and historical sites within an easy drive.
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Lovely cottage in the countryside

  • 5 of 5

We spent three nights in May at the lovely restored cottage of Les Challonnieres in the Normandy countryside. It it well-appointed, very clean and comfortable and a wide range of brochures and books were available on the area. The free wifi and landline calls back to New Zealand was appreciated. I would recommend having a torch handy at night. It rained throughout our stay but we enjoyed walking the lanes, discovering the roadside plants and the birdsong way a treat. The cuckoo had arrived for spring! Nearby Lonlay Abbey has an interesting history and its village is pleasant to explore. We wandered the medieval village of Domfront and had lunch in its impressive castle ruins overlooking a delightful valley. We enjoyed a delicious three-course dinner at the Auberge de Grand Grousier in Domfront and would recommend this restaurant for its food, staff and ambience. The Chateau de Carrouges and the adjacent apple and pear tree collection were well worth the visit. The pear cider from this region is most pleasant. We could easily have spent a week in this area as there is so much to discover.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Jeanette, thanks very much for such a complimentary review of our cottage and the area. In your short stay you certainly seem to have made the most of visiting the lovely local villages, tourist attractions and the the lanes which are right on the doorstep and ideal for walks and cycling along. You're absolutely right about how dark it is at night as there's no light pollution and that's why we provide a torch but you need to know where it is! We hope to be able to welcome you back some day so you can discover even more of the delights Normandy has to offer both near (Bagnoles-de-L'Orne, Villedieu-les-Poêles, La Ferté-Macé, Granville) and a little further afield (Bayeux, the Normandy Landing Beaches etc.)
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Amazing, relaxing, beautiful cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week at this beautiful cottage. The setting was extremely peaceful and we enjoyed listening and watching the 'buzzard or kite' that soared above the cottage most days. We were lucky enough to enjoy fantastic weather and the garden was a great place to relax, play some badminton and have a BBQ in. The property was located near lovely towns and villages. Domfront was just a short drive up the road and is a great medieval town with bars and restaurants and also a couple of well stocked supermarkets. We ventured to Mont St Michel which took only 40mins on quiet roads, Ducey is a lovely place to stop for lunch on the way. If you love walking, you can walk the quiet roads around the property for miles and miles in fantastic countryside without the worry of traffic, there really isn’t any.

The cottage is full of character and very comfortable. It has everything you need to just start your holiday without worrying about ‘I forgot the…’, there was basically everything you need to just get on and enjoy your holiday.

Sue and Brian were great with the booking process and making sure we had all the information required before we left. A week was not long enough! Thank you Sue and Brian.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 5, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a fantastic review and it's great to hear you all enjoyed your holiday at our cottage. We really do try to make it a "home from home" by making it as comfortable as possible and by supplying all the essentials for a relaxing holiday. It's good to know you enjoyed the peaceful garden and also watching the birds; we like to watch the woodpeckers who are regular visitors! As you rightly point out there's lots of open countryside in the immediate vicinity to enjoy either on foot or on the bikes we provide. Travelling a little further afield there's historic Domfront with its medieval streets and castle and the Abbey at Lonlay L'Abbaye is a must. The Normandy landing beaches draw thousands of visitors each year as does Bayeux and they're both great for a day out. We really appreciate you taking the time to write your review which we're sure prospective guests will find most helpful.
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Beautiful rural cottage with all the home comforts

  • 5 of 5

A very well appointed and comfortable cottage restored to a very high standard. We enjoy cooking and found that the kitchen had everything we could possibly need - far better than a typical holiday rental.

The loction is beautiful, very tranquil but in close proximity to lots of points of interest. We very much enjoyed walking in the area as well as exporing the beautiful local towns and villages. Thank you Sue and Brian - we will be back!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Peter, thank you very much for your glowing review of our cottage. We're so pleased you enjoyed Christmas there and hope you found the chocolates we left on the tree for you!! Like you I love cooking and that is why the kitchen is so well equipped. As for the rest of the house it's our home and want to create a real home from home experience for our guests so we have furnished it accordingly. As you say, there's so much to do and see in the area and all within very easy reach. We look forward to welcoming you and your family back.
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
mid season
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
half term
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
mid season
3 Jun 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
peak season
1 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
mid season
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
mid season
30 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
half term
21 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
low season
28 Oct 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas & New Year
16 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
Deposit of 50% to confirm the booking. Full balance is due 40 days before arrival plus £200 damage deposit which will be refunded after departure dependant on a satisfactory inspection of the cottage and return of the keys. Rentals beginning 30th September to 28th April: any electricity usage over 210 KwH per week (30 KwH per day) will be charged at cost i.e.15 cents per KwH and deducted from the damages deposit; the remainder will be refunded subject to receipt of a satisfactory report from the local agent and the keys being returned to the key safe.

Changeover Day:
In the peak season changeover day is Saturday, but this can be flexible out of high season and also at Christmas and New Year when the nightly rate will be charged.
Please note: if booking for 7 nights and your arrival day is not a Saturday the price quoted on the website will not be accurate as it should be calculated at the nightly rate and not the weekly rate.
Arrival time is after 2.00pm and departure before 10.00am.

End-of-let cleaning (3 hours) is included.
Bed linen and towels included.
Logs can be provided: £35 per wk.

Free wifi is provided.
Telephone: calls to land lines only in most other countries can be made free of charge. Charges for calls to mobiles will be deducted from the damages deposit.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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