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Traditional Normandy Colombage

Bedrooms 5
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Parking


About the property

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.

Glenys Law
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French, German, Italian, Greek
Calendar last updated:
11 May, 2018

About Glenys Law

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.

Glenys Law purchased this cottage in 1998

Why Glenys Law chose Saint-Hellier

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.

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, 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.
Feb 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint-Hellier in Seine-Maritime

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 12
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Fireplace ...
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 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.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 3 Single Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , accessed by the external stairs, no bathroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - 2 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , You need to walk through this bedroom to get to bedroom 4
  • 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, accessed by a separate front door. When the cottage is booked for five people or less the loft extension comprising bedrooms (nos 4 and 5) is not normally included. If you do want the loft extension, because of its nice balcony and extra bathroom, please enquire about paying a supplement.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room ...
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • 5 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • 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
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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Traditional Normandy Colombage
average rating of 4.3333335 based on 19 reviews

Home from home

  • 5 of 5

My son and I spent a couple of delightful days here in Normandy in our cosy little house. Wonderful views, fabulous sunsets, amazing forest . It is great to also report that two new bars have opened in our nearest village, one with a little grocery store and one with a restaurant! Good news. Still a wonderful place after all these years.

  • Review Submitted: 01-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming cottage in Normandy.

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for a week in early September. We found the cottage perfectly homely and clean, no issues with mice. The rooms were well laid out and very comfortable, it was peaceful and quiet.

But the yippy dog next door was a nuisance sometimes but the owners sorted him out.

We did have some issues with the loo and intermittent flushing, not sure if the cistern efficiently refills itself. The shower was lovely, plenty of hot water.

Having the TV was a nice surprise as some evenings were wet and damp so it was great to have some indoor entertainment. The pictures did freeze occasionally but it certainly did not annoy us.

I would recommend the owner retake some outside pics as much of the back garden and patio area is overgrown. The patio area as advertised is not representative of whats currently there.

This are really niggles. Glenys always promptly answered e mails and Nadine was lovely and kind to us when we arrived. This place is authentically Normandy and it was great to stay in such a characterful wee house.

I would heartily recommend this place to people.

  • Review Submitted: 15-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful cottage in la Belle France

  • 5 of 5

Really comfortable, clean, and well stocked. Easy to find. Thank you for a great week!

  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beautiful location but sadly some issues that spolit our stay

  • 2 of 5

I want to start with some positives, the location and look of the property are wonderful for a chilled and 'off the beaten track' holiday. The cottage itself is typical Normandy and set up a fairly steep track away from the main road means some peace and quiet (note some as will come to shortly) and the gardens are lovely and well maintained meaning sitting outside and enjoying the sunsets makes for a pleasant end of the day.

The location does mean very little is in easy reach, the nearest bar/restaurant that was open when were out is around 7 miles away in Saint Saens (there is a nearer one but this was not open once when we went through) and although the golf club was an option its also a fair drive to visit if you just want to sit outside and have a coffee.

The downside of renting this particular cottage however were the issues with a mouse/mice - also the owner's view that this is just 'to be expected' due to it being a country cottage. I do not feel that mouse droppings in the oven, a nest in the bottom of the oven, many droppings all over the single bedroom beds (even the top bunk bed) and nest materials on the window sill of the bedroom are acceptable. Even if you dont mind sharing your living accommodation with rodents, watching one run around at midnight whilst your family choose to be at the other end of the building was not my idea of a relaxing time! Sadly even when buying mousetraps to catch the offending animal we were unable to do so which meant ensuring everything was washed before use, we chose not to use the oven due to the mess inside. This has been noted by a number of previous visitors.

The BBQ was very rusty and so small, barely big enough to cook for two let alone more, there was apparently another one which we never saw and was not in the garage. The door lock was a nightmare to turn (5 mins of trying required most times)

Although we did not come on holiday to watch TV, having access to one was in the details yet often we would sit for a minute at a time whilst the sky picture froze.

As mentioned earlier although not the owners fault the yapping/barking dog at the cottage next door was a constant break in the tranquility, as with the above observations, noted by many other guests in the visitors book from the past couple of years.

This was not the worst place to stay by any means but the owner needs to take feedback more seriously and act upon it not just brush it aside as seems to be the case in our experience.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is indeed not surprising to see a mouse in a country cottage but we were shocked to hear about the nest in the drawer at the bottom of the oven! I made sure that my cleaner went straight round with both mouse traps and poison. A thorough cleaning has taken place and there have been no further mouse sightings by other guests. The BBQ's were new last year and kept in the outbuilding but I was not aware that a previous guest had left one out to get rusty. I have now asked my cleaner to pay attention to outdoor as well as indoor cooking facilities. The front door lock has been fixed. The neighbours are lovely and very considerate.You only need to mention any barking problems and they put their dog indoors or in the back garden instead of the front one. They obviously did not know there were people staying in our house with a dog walking by. Whenever there is a problem at Les Aubépines we recommend having a word with our keyholder, Nadine, who is always willing to help.
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so relaxing

  • 5 of 5

me and my family had one cool and relaxing time.if you are thinking about do IT its amazing

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jun-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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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: 01-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 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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Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
25 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Le Vaudichon
Nearest Train
7 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
7 Kilometres
Saint Saens
Nearest Beach
25 Kilometres
Car: necessary


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.


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.


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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Saint-Hellier, Upper Normandy

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Summer Holidays
22 Jul 2018 - 2 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
23 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest

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 and whole week 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.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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