Le Fournil (Sleeps 4. 2 Bedrooms)
Le Fournil has an open plan living/dining room with a separate though visible kitchen.
The living area, arranged around the original bread oven, which is lit inside, has a sofa, armchairs and coffee tables.
The room is well lit by overhead, standard and table lamps.
The dining area has a table, 4 chairs and a welsh dresser. The kitchen, with fitted oak units, has an electric oven with ceramic hob, a washing machine, dishwasher, microwave oven, electric kettle, toaster, and a 2 door fridge/freezer.
Upstairs, there are 2 bedrooms, a double and a twin. Each has a wardrobe and bedside tables with lamps.
The double bedroom has a dressing table, with drawers, a mirror and a lamp, and the twin bedroom has a chest of drawers.
The small landing has a stair-gate.
The bathroom has a shower, hand basin and WC.
A cot is available on request.
Outside there is a private patio with garden furniture.
The 3 holiday cottages are located in the extensive grounds of the owner’s home, with private patios, and garden furniture. There are ponds and a stream, lawns and mature trees, and wildlife everywhere. You can see red squirrels, and birds of prey, and if you are lucky, hares, deer and even (rarely) wild boar! The peace and quiet is almost tangible. The local village, Lore, with its small supermarket, is within walking distance. Ceauce, a small market town with a full range of shops, banks and a small market, is a couple of miles away. 8 miles to the north is Domfront, a mediaeval market town with a fine church and a castle. Also nearby, you will find Lassay les Chateaux, with its picturesque castle, lake and rose garden. Bagnoles de l'Orne, about 15 miles away, is a spa resort set around a lake with a casino, many restaurants and smart shops. Please visit our own website for more information, and many more photos; a link is available by clicking on the 'Facilities' button above, and scrolling down until you reach it, or you can copy and paste this address into your browser: www.colmanscottages.com
If you are thinking about booking one of our cottages, please note that we have been owners since 1996, starting with Corner House in Grinton, North Yorkshire, and then with our 3 properties in Normandy in France a year later. You will see from our own websites that we have received reviews from guests, many of whom have stayed with us many times over the years. You will find links to our own websites on our Owners Direct adverts.
Top Traveller Review
A Week in the Normandy Sun
Thank you for taking the trouble to write your review.
We hope we may see you again soon.
Nigel and Paula
About the Owner
About Gp Capt N A and Mrs P S Colman
We have lived, or had a home, in North Yorkshire since 1978, and have grown to love the Yorkshire Dales, especially Swaledale. We have led a nomadic life for many years, which is the nature of being in the RAF. Now, ‘retired’ and in our early 70s, we still have a nomadic lifestyle. In 1993, we purchased and restored a collection of old farm buildings at Le Haut Fresnay in Normandy. This is now our second home, where we spend several months of the year managing our 3 holiday cottages there. In 1996, we acquired Corner House in Grinton, to which we return each year to relax during the winter months. Grinton and Le Haut Fresnay are delightful places, each different, but both homes we love and cherish. We invite you to come and share our enjoyment of them. You will not find a warmer welcome!
Gp Capt N A and Mrs P S Colman purchased this cottage in 1993
Why Gp Capt N A and Mrs P S Colman chose Orne
After many holidays in France, during which we always had an eye open to the possibility of buying a second home, with outbuildings and land, we were drawn inexorably towards Normandy. Not only was it quite close to the UK, enabling us to remain within easy travelling distance of our families, but it was also - to us - a beautiful part of France. So it was that on a cold and damp November day we happened upon Le Haut Fresnay in the Orne region of southern Normandy. We knew what we were looking for, and Le Haut Fresnay fitted the bill. We took early retirement and embarked on our mission to create a nice home for ourselves, using a derelict barn, and at the same time to turn the other farm buildings into holiday cottages. All are well established and have been in operation for some 20 years.
What makes this cottage unique
Now, after 20 years and with all the hard work behind us, we have our lovely home and 3 holiday cottages, to which many of our guests return year after year. They, like us, enjoy in particular the peace and tranquillity that is a special feature of Le Haut Fresnay. It is a place to relax and shake off the shackles of everyday life, a place to soak up the atmosphere, whether it be on the terrace under a starry summer sky, or in the comfort of the cottage living room with a glass of wine and the woodburning stove for company. Our cottages offer a home from home, with every modern convenience. If you happen to be disabled we can offer you La Fresnaie, which we designed and built expressly for disabled guests. For our part, we offer a warm welcome and we can provide whatever help is needed.
The cottages can be booked only from Saturday to Saturday. The following conditions apply: a provisional booking will be held for 7 days. 25% deposit (non-refundable) is required to secure a booking. The balance is to be paid no later than 8 weeks before the date of occupancy. Bookings made within 8 weeks of occupancy must be paid in full at the time of booking. A security deposit of 120 Euros (£100 Sterling if preferred), in cash, is payable on arrival, and returnable on the day of departure.
Changeover day is Saturday, arriving between 4pm and 8pm, and leaving before 10am. Later times may be possible but only by prior arrnagement.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK Pounds. Our prices for "Le Fournil" are for the cottage per week, for up to 4 people.
Our prices for "La Fermette" and "La Fresnaie" are for the cottage per week for up to 4 persons. For each additional person add a supplement of £50 per week. Pay a 25% deposit to book. Discounts available for bookings of 2, or more, weeks at certain times of the year. Please ask for details.
We, the property owners, are unable to accept direct payment to us by debit or credit card. If you would prefer to pay this way, for the extra security, protection and peace of mind that it provides, you can do so by booking through Owners Direct. However, the company charges a service fee for card payments, and for any other type of payment made to property owners through them. Booking directly with us, through our own website, by means other than a card payment - for example by cheque or bank transfer - will not incur a service charge.
(6 traveller reviews)
A very peaceful place to stay,i
We enjoyed our stay here and if you want a relaxing holiday this is the place to be,we sat on the terrace and watched buzzards soaring above us and a fox crossing a nearby field.
Our host were very helpful and gave us plenty of information about the area,the cottage had all we needed for a comfortable stay and would recommend it to family and friends.
A Week in the Normandy Sun
Le Fournil is in quiet rural location, possibly remote by some standards, and offers everything you need for a relaxed break. The most curious internal feature is the old bread oven. Your hosts have an extensive local knowledge and are wonderfully helpful and thoughtful. Help was on hand to sort out both a flat tyre on our car and to track down somewhere that we could buy new pedals for one of our bikes! Not your average holiday mishap. The local town of Ceaucé is charming and has the most wonderful boulangerie from where breakfast croissants can be had. Further afield is the medieval town of Domfront where we were fortunate enough to enjoy a medieval fair, with knights on horseback parading through the town and archery stands where would be archers could try their skill. Further afield you can strike out for the coast at Mont St Michel should you wish to, though it is a full day trip. As would be heading further in land to the museum at Le Mans. There is plenty to do in and around the region and Le Fournil offers the ideal base for exploring Basse Normandie.
Excellent charming cottage
We had a lovely weeks stay at Le Fournil. Both Nigel and Paul were excellent hosts and had a very good knowledge of the local area. The gite was beautifully decorated and comfortable and the gardens were immaculate. My daughter Charlotte was particularly impressed and fascinated with the bug house. Thank you for a lovely week.
Another relaxing holiday
Once again we had a most enjoyable and relaxing time at Le Haut Fresnay and it was especially nice to renew our acqaintance with Le Fournil - it is our favourite of the 3 cottages. As always, everything was well prepared, beautifully presented and in excellent order and we were made to feel most welcome by Nigel & Paula. We'd recommend it highly to anyone seeking a complete "get away". Our favourite nearby place for eating out is Bagnoles and their are several really good restaurants there. We also had a great Sunday lunch at l'Auberge du Grand Gousier restaurant in Domfront. We'll be back!
Excellent accommodation in beautiful surroundings
We have visited Le Haut Fresnay now for 11 consecutive years, staying in Le Fournil. The cottage is clean, comfortable, well equipped and set in glorious surroundings. There is ample room for children to play and explore, and for adults to relax. This area of France is very peaceful and ideally suited for walking, cycling (numerous quiet lanes on hand close to Le Haut Fresnay so bring your cycles), visiting local towns and villages, but close enough for a day trip to Bayeux, Mont St Michel or the Normandy Beaches. This year we made a return visit to Vitre in Brittany (a drive of about an hour and a half) and enjoyed a lunch of galettes, crepes and cidre. Delicious and great value! Nigel and Paula are very welcoming, friendly and helpful hosts with an abundant knowledge of the local area and are always on hand to assist if necessary. We certainly recommend a visit to Le Haut Fresnay and intend to return again next year!
A découvrir absolument
Le Haut Fresnay est un lieu idéal pour se ressourcer après une année trépidante. Le parc est très agréable et les gîtes sont aménagés avec beaucoup de goût: l'âme normande a su être conservée et embellie par le charme anglais. Les propriétaires sont des hôtes discrets et très attentionnés qui vous aideront à découvrir les multiples facettes de cette belle région.
From the Owner
“After many holidays in France, during which we always had an eye open to the possibility of buying a second home, with outbuildings and land, we were drawn inexorably towards Normandy. Not only was it quite close to the UK, enabling us to remain within easy travelling distance of our families, but it was also - to us - a beautiful part of France. So it was that on a cold and damp November day we happened upon Le Haut Fresnay in the Orne region of southern Normandy. We knew what we were looking for, and Le Haut Fresnay fitted the bill. We took early retirement and embarked on our mission to create a nice home for ourselves, using a derelict barn, and at the same time to turn the other farm buildings into holiday cottages. All are well established and have been in operation for some 20 years.”
Activity and Interests
D-day landing beaches approx 1.5 hrs driving time. Sandy swimming beaches approx 1 hour driving time. Lake with leisure beach (swimming, crazy golf, walking, children's playground) approx 25 mins driving time (at La Ferté Macé).
By car via Portsmouth / Caen (1.5 hours driving). Portsmouth / LeHavre (2.5 hrs driving). Portsmouth / Cherbourg (3 hours driving). Dover / Calais (5 hours driving). Newhaven / Dieppe (3 hours driving). By air and hire car. Stansted / Dinard (2 hours driving). Manchester or Stansted / Rennes (2 hours driving).
Loré 0.5 miles. Céaucé (market town) 2 miles. Domfront 8 miles. Bagnoles de l'Orne (spa and market town) 15 miles. La Ferté Macé (market town) 16 miles. Mayenne (market town) 17 miles. Laval 35 miles. Normandy Landing Beaches 70 miles. Mont St Michel 55 miles. Alencon, Le Mans, Fougeres, Vitre, Le Haras du Pin, all within easy visiting distance. The Loire Valley 75-80 miles.
From the Owner
“Now, after 20 years and with all the hard work behind us, we have our lovely home and 3 holiday cottages, to which many of our guests return year after year. They, like us, enjoy in particular the peace and tranquillity that is a special feature of Le Haut Fresnay. It is a place to relax and shake off the shackles of everyday life, a place to soak up the atmosphere, whether it be on the terrace under a starry summer sky, or in the comfort of the cottage living room with a glass of wine and the woodburning stove for company. Our cottages offer a home from home, with every modern convenience. If you happen to be disabled we can offer you La Fresnaie, which we designed and built expressly for disabled guests. For our part, we offer a warm welcome and we can provide whatever help is needed.”
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Wood Stove
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Pantry Items
- Child's Highchair
- Dining Area
- DVD Player
- Games ...
- Satellite / Cable ...
- Television ...
- non smoking only
- pets not allowed
- wheelchair inaccessible
- bird watching
- gambling casinos
- horse riding
- paddle boating
- sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses
- medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities
- freshwater fishing
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
- Bedroom 1
- Bedroom 2
- 1 x double 1 x twin
- Golf ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: Le Haut Fresnay is a lovely place for family holidays, offering space for children to play, as well as privacy both outdoors and inside for parents. Whilst only La Fresnaie offers accommodation for the disabled and less mobile, La Fermette is spacious and is ideal for families. Also, with its 2 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, La Fermette will appeal to 2 couples holidaying together, or perhaps a 3-generation family. Le Fournil is a cosy cottage, ideal for a couple with, or without, children. For all our guests, we are on hand to offer help and advice about sightseeing, dining or even visiting the doctor if necessary. We can book restaurant tables and check opening hours. If you have a suitable device,you can access our wi-fi broadband. For the cooler months of the year, all 3 cottages have wood-burning stoves in the living rooms, with electric radiators as well in all rooms, controlled centrally in La Fermette and La Fresnaie, and individually in Le Fournil. Outside: The cottages all have private patio areas with garden furniture and barbecues, and are surrounded by extensive lawns and gardens, populated with trees, shrubs and perennial plants and there are several acres of grass meadow and woodland. The local fauna includes; red squirrels; deer, hares and rabbits; a wide variety of small birds; buzzards and occasionally, wild boar! A stream runs along the property boundary, opening into 2 ponds, one behind La Fermette, and providing even more wildlife. Birds of prey abound, buzzards and kestrels being the most common, but also sparrow hawks and hen harriers. As to larger birds, both types of woodpecker, and almost too many jays and magpies for the comfort of small birds. One of our guests listed 63 species of bird during his week here. We also see lizards, salamanders grass snakes and slow worms, but never (so far) an adder. At night, you can hear owls and midwife toads, and if you are lucky, find glow worms - on dark nights the stars are amazing.