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Traditional Normandy Colombage

Overview

Property

Updated: 27-Nov-2016
Farmhouse in Orival, Seine Maritime, Normandy - Peaceful Location in a Beautiful Valley

‘Les Aubépines’ is a traditional Normandy Colombage, set in its own grounds on the edge of a tiny hamlet, near the forest of Eavy, overlooking the beautiful Varenne Valley. There is a safe enclosed front garden next to our sheep-field and apple orchard and to the rear of the house a further garden with breakfast patio and small vegetable plot. We also have a games room with table tennis, darts and basketball net. The area is ideal for bike rides and country walks, with the extensive forest of Eavy just up the footpath behind the house. There’s a children’s play area and free tennis court in the adjacent village, golf, horse-riding and fishing a few minutes away. You can arrange to canoe down the river or visit the nearby “Reve de bisons” on a buffalo safari. Sailing, go-karting and quad biking are also within easy reach, near Dieppe. The local villages all have weekly markets and excellent restaurants. Dieppe with its beach, busy market and superb fish restaurants, 25 mins.

  • Sleeps 12
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

David Groome and Glenys Law are a married couple living in North London. David writes books on Psychology and Glenys is a retired language teacher, now running the Nostalgia Holiday Rentals business.

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Speaks English, French, German, Italian, Greek

Guestbook comments from the owner

We really loved our week at Les Aubepines, Bert & Morag (Brighton)



We had an absolutely fab time, we all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We thought the house was just gorgeous and in an amazingly beautiful setting. If we could do it all again - we wouldn't change a thing. We left just happy, positive comments in the visitors book and truly had a 10/10 experience . We enjoyed cooking for 8 on the aga and absolutely loved the table tennis.Thank you so much for allowing us to rent your beautiful home, katef@blueyonder.co.uk 08.04.12



Just a short note to say a very big thank you, the house is lovely and in one of the best locations in northern France. We are keen cyclists and the area as you know is perfect for this type of activity. As for walking in those woods at the back" breath taking" once again thank you.

mickcooper01@googlemail.com
Feb 2008
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12 Reviews

4.4
based on 12 holidaymaker reviews

Glouceter
4

Pleasant stay near Dieppe

  • 4 of 5

The Aubépines is in a quiet rural location with views over the valley. Cattle in adjacent field and geese and chickens in garden next door.

Easy access up newly tarmaced drive with parking at rear of house for one large SUV vehicle.

Property in reasonable condition.

Ample seating in lounge and dining area. Comfortable double bedroom on ground floor (there was only 2 of us staying) but lacking in wardrobe space. TV via Sky satellite kept dropping out. Only 2 DVDs available for grown-ups. Unfortunately there is no wi-if in the property.

The kitchen is fairly well equipped although we missed a dishwasher.

Shower was hot with good water pressure.

Garden a bit untidy in places especially the back garden which is dominated by an overgrown tree.

Location is a very suitable base for exploring Normandy and the Alabaster Coast with some good restaurants nearby. The town of Auffay, a few minutes away by car, has rail station with free parking and good service to Rouen - it also has an interesting Friday market.

Our greeting by Nadine, the key holder, was warm and welcoming.

The deposit was refunded promptly.

We had an enjoyable week in September, with good weather and feel that the house was good value.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for providing this helpful information for future visitors. We would like to point out that the parking space does have room for two smaller vehicles rather than one SUV if needed and that there is also a free lay-by where vehicles can park just off the main road. The main bedroom has a built in wardrobe with lots of hanging space, although it is not very convenient to use. In our information sheets which we send out before the holiday we do advise visitors to bring their own DVD's. It is hard to predict what the tastes and interests of others may be.
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4

Rural Retreat

  • 4 of 5

Just returned from an 8 day break at Les Aubepines. What a place! Superb accomodation in wonderful scenery, a really relaxing hide-away yet ony 20 minutes from Dieppe! Thankyou Genys and David for all your help and assistance.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Everything we had imagined....and more

  • 5 of 5

Location was superb and easy to find, perfect for two families joining together for a child centred holiday. The Englanders came across on the Newhaven to Dieppe ferry and it only took about 30 minutes to reach Les Aubépines. The garden is lovely and secure for children (we had 4 with us) and in glorious sunshine every day, we were able to eat outside and enjoy the view.

The house was well equipped and we had everything we needed. Those in the Loft conversion had to remember to take precautions and either duck or wear hard headgear. The property was ready and prepared in plenty of time by Marie-Claire and Nadine and Claude were on hand to help with any queries. Glenys responded quickly to our initial enquiries. Thanks to them all.

We visited the beach near Dieppe, but didn't eat out locally, so cannot recommend any particular cafés or restaurants. The children all enjoyed a visit to Parc de Cleres Zoological park. I would recommend this property to anyone who did not want to do too much driving on holiday as it was so easy to reach from Dieppe (living in the south of England, the ferry did a lot of the hard work for us) Would definitely consider a return visit

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind words. We are glad you enjoyed Les Aubépines as much as we do!
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4

Rural France at its best.

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely weekend stay at this charmingly rural French house. We actually used it as a base to both tour the battlefield of the Somme and the D-Day beaches. Both of which are quite accessible from here. However there is plenty to do in the local area and the surrounding countryside is perfect for cycling and walking.

The house itself has everything you could want. Its very clean and well maintained, it is also equipped with everything from table tennis to Sky t.v.. The aspect is charming as is the local sheep population !

Both Glenys, the owner, and Nadine who we met on our arrival were extremely helpful and pleasant.

For either a relaxing stay or for something more active i highly recommend this property. We hope to return sooner rather than later.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Darlington
4

Review

  • 4 of 5

We stayed at the property for a week and although the weather was not grand the house and surrounding areas provided much entertainment. There was lots for the kids to do either in the house with a tv and various books and games and the garage which boasted a good selection of games like table football, table tennis and dart boards, which kept the kids entertained when it was to wet to go out. You could have use of the bikes for rent if need be. There was lots to do in the surrounding areas such as the beach not being that far away. The supermarkets were also not far away. The view from the property was amazing and the fact that the sheep were just at the bottom of the garden was lovely. The war museums were only about an hours drive away and there is a zoo not to far away.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 18, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2012
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this detailed review. I know the weather in August is not reliable but if you would like to try again all our holidaymakers get a 10% discount on a return visit.
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East Midlands
5

Holiday Heaven

  • 5 of 5

WE RECENTLY HOLIDAYED AT LES AUBEPINES, NEAR DIEPPE IN NORMANDY AND WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS WONDERFUL PLACE.

THE EXTREMELY LARGE COTTAGE WAS ABSOLUTELY DELIGHTFUL, AS WERE THE GARDENS AND FAR EXCEEDED OUR EXPECTATIONS.

AS IT IS SITUATED IN AN AREA OF SUCH OUTSTANDING SCENERY AND NATURAL BEAUTY, IT PROVIDED US WITH MANY HOURS OF PEACE AND RELAXATION, MANY ENJOYABLE COUNTRY WALKS, FISHING AND SIGHTSEEING OUTINGS.

THERE WAS PLENTY TO OCCUPY US DURING OUR HOLIDAY, FROM VISITING THE LOCAL MARKETS AND BEAUTIFUL GARDENS, TO A TRIP TO THE V1 ROCKET SITE, A SHOPPING SPREE TO DIEPPE AND MANY SUPERB MEALS IN THE LOCAL RESTAURANTS.

WE WOULD HAPPILY RECOMMEND LES AUBEPINES TO ANYONE THINKING OF TAKING A HOLIDAY HERE AND LOOK FORWARD TO MANY RETURNS TO SOAK UP THE TRANQUIL ATMOSPHERE AND ENJOY THE RETRO CHARM.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2012
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Marmite, for your glowing review. We notice that you have not booked a holiday with us this year, so would like to point out that we do still have some Autumn weeks available and the forest looks lovely with its autumnal colours. Don't forget: all our returning visitors get a 10% discount.
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Location

From the Owner

We have always enjoyed the timeless beauty of the French countryside and the warm welcome given to us by the residents of Orival. Normandy is easy to get to, yet amazingly unspoilt. The views from our cottage are spectacular and we thoroughly enjoy just sitting and relaxing there.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : Bellencombre at 4 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Dieppe at 25 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Le Vaudichon at 6 Kilometres Nearest Train : Auffay at 7 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Saint Saens at 7 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Dieppe at 25 Kilometres Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

Half an hour's pleasant country drive will take you to a choice of unspoilt beaches. Enjoy the sands of Quiberville at low tide or the pebbles and rock pools of charming Veule les Roses. If you want the facilities of a large town choose Dieppe, with its bustling market, excellent seafood restaurants and engaging history. Nearby Pourville and Criel have all the charm of small traditional resorts with spacious beaches flanked by colourful beach huts, white cliffs and just a fish restaurant or two.

Travel:

The most direct ferry service is Newhaven – Dieppe with Transmanche Ferries. This crossing takes four hours and you then have a thirty minute drive. You can get cheaper crossings with P&O from Dover to Calais,, this takes only 50 minutes and you then have a 90 minute drive down the A16 and A28. It’s best to shop around and book ferry crossings online. The village of Orival is situated on the D154 between Bellencombre and Torcy.

Distances:

The nearest shops, boulangerie, bar and restaurant are in Bellencombre (4km), which also has a tiny market on Tuesday mornings. The nearest supermarkets and weekly markets are in the picturesque villages of Saint-Saens (7km) and Auffay (8km). Within cycling distance there is the Rosay Apple and Cider museum and a delightful goat farm. The historic town of Rouen is a half hour by train from Auffay. The beautiful animal park at Cleres and the amusement park at La Bocasse are a 15km drive away.

Further Details:

Although there's lots to do in the area for active youngsters and a temptation to do nothing at all but soak up the peace and tranquillity, Les Aubépines is a good base for a day-trip to Paris by train or a visit to Monet's garden at Giverny. Rouen makes an excellent day out too, it takes 30 minutes to drive or go by train.

This is also an ideal base for a fishing holiday, extensive fishing lakes are only half a mile up the road and you can buy a day's fishing licence on arival. There are also trout farms where you can catch your own fish for supper. There are many riding stables in the area and most of them let you hire a horse if you're an experienced rider or go on a guided group visit, if you're a beginner, on delightful excursions into the forest. For those who want a healthy holiday there is a spring at the edge of Bellencombre giving you free access to an unlimited supply of your own Spring Water.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rate 7
19 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
£320
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Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
 
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4 night minimum stay
£168
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

Booking Notes:
A deposit of £150 confirms your booking and serves as a refundable deposit against damages or excessive fuel use. The full rental amount is payable 8 weeks before the start of the holiday.You are advised to take travel insurance in case of unforeseen problems. Cancellation refunds: up to 8 weeks before – no cancellation charge. 4-8 weeks – 50% of rate refunded. 2-4 weeks – 25% of rate refunded. Less than 2 weeks – no refund. Sorry, we only accept bookings for the whole house during peak periods.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is changeover day, depart by 12 noon , arrive from 4pm. However weekend visits and alternative dates may be available off-season.

Notes on prices:
The low season price displayed shows a 25% discount for couples only.
Larger groups booking in this period pay the full £390.
The prices displayed are for the main house only, with 3 bedrooms and one bathroom.The new loft conversion with 2 more bedrooms, bathroom and lounge area with balcony is available at an additional cost of £100 -£200 per week.
We offer a 10% discount for a second week booked in the same season and for returning customers. Christmas and New Year are priced as August.

10% of the rent and the security deposit is paid on booking. The balance is then due two months before travel. We accept cheques and online payments. This information and a booking form will be sent to you by email.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Facilities

From the Owner

Our cottage is surrounded by fields and woodland. It is on the edge of the hamlet, but far enough away from other properties to feel secluded and private. It's a wonderful place to relax, but also a place where there are many opportunities to enjoy the countryside, visit places of interest, spend a day on the beach, enjoy numerous sports such as golf, canoeing, tennis, fishing, cycling, etc.

Property Type

  • cottage

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays

General

  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...

Kitchen

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

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room

Entertainment

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

Suitability

  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • walking

Sports & Adventure Activities

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

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room with hand basin and washing machine on the ground floor Separate WC. New bathroom, with bath and WC in the optional extra loft extension.

Bedrooms

  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Bedroom 5
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 to 10 (Max 12 ) (3 or 5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed. Bedroom 2 bunk beds and a single bed. Bedroom 3 an attic room with 2 single beds, accessed by an external staircase. Loft extension Bedroom with one double bed and children's room with two/ three singles.

Outside

  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 5 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

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

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: Heating is by electric radiators but logs are also provided for the wood fire in the lounge and the Aga in the kitchen if desired. Pets are welcome but must be kept under control as there are sheep and cows in the adjacent fields. You can buy eggs from the farm at the bottom of the lane. Outside: The house is located at the top of a quiet lane leading to the fields and forest. It has a parking space to the side/rear of the house with room for 2 cars. There is an enclosed garden to the front with flower beds and a view of the sheep field and valley. There is a garden table and chairs to soak up the sun here in the afternoon and enjoy the sunset with an aperitif in the evenings. This is a safe garden in which children can play freely. To the rear of the house there is a sunny breakfast patio with table and chairs, surrounded by a raised flower bed. Steps lead to a further garden area with a bench overlooking the valley and the adjacent farmer's field and forest. From the lane at the side of the house you should be able to walk across the fields into the forest, but the path is often overgrown and inaccessible. There are 5 bicycles available if you wish to pay a further deposit for their use and the area has many kilometres of picturesque cycle routes free from cars. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: You will find the cottage clean and welcoming on your arrival. You are requested to depart by 12 noon so that the cleaner can prepare for the next guests to arrive at 4pm. Bed linen and towels can be provided at a cost of £10 per person. Other: To the rear of the house there is a useful garage/games-room with a table tennis table, punch bag, dartboard and table football. Bikes that can be hired are also stored here.

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