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Farmhouse With Barn Conversion Whole House Is Rented whether for 2 or up to 8



Updated: 09-Jul-2016
Large property for a couple or 2 families in Peaceful Rural Location

We have owned this 3 bedroom gite near Ranes, Lower Normandy since 1991. Lovingly restored, into a great holiday home nestled in the Normandy countryside. Since we are fortunate to own 3 holiday homes and cannot be in two places at once. We have children so are tied to school holidays. These are our 'homes', not just holiday homes. The farmhouse retains it's rustic charm, whilst the barn has a contemporary feel. Outside there are 3 patio areas including BBQ and garden furniture. A grass area and parking for several cars. The holiday home is one hour from Ouistreham (Caen) it is a perfect base for exploring the local countryside, markets, chateau and the coast. Perfectly laid out for 2 groups wishing to holiday together whilst retaining independence and privacy.

We also have other properties on owners direct our own home in the New Forest for school holidays E21165, an appartment in Collioure Fr16322 and Chalet Dornen in Switzerland SZ169

  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

We are a family of four, we have 2 boys aged 21 and 17. We live in a cottage in the New Forest which we restored over 3 years and have subsequently extended.

We both had careers but enjoyed restoring our home so much that we carried on developing in the UK and renting out properties. It is now our means of income and way of life. Normandy was a challenge but worth it. The chalet in Switzerland was bought as a result of repeatedly visiting the same village year after year and wanting to be independent of rentals. Collioure was again the result of loving an area and our later years when we may enjoy the mild climate and some sunny weather... but we have just bought another property with a pool 1 hour inland from Collioure...In the meantime we want others to share our homes in our absence.

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Speaks English, French, German

Guestbook comments from the owner

We are nearing the end of what has been a truly wonderful three

weeks to be honest for once words failed me as we arrived to see your lovely

home. Our children described it as awesome which at 22 and 19 was quite a

surprise and they didn't want to leave. sept2013

I just wanted to let you know how delighted we were with your house, it was everything we could have wanted and more. The people in the village were really friendly and we had a lovely holiday. summer 2012

The garden setting was just perfect for our grandson to play in and he loved every second he was out there. Your house was the best equipped we have stayed in, the separation of the two halves, the barn and the old property, just works perfectly. June 2011

hi angela just a quick note to say we had a wonderful time and would like to book for next august could you let me know what availability you have please thank you August 2011 they have booked again family with 3 children
Mar 2009
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5 Reviews

based on 5 holidaymaker reviews


Excellent property. 10 out of 10!

  • 5 of 5

This property has been very well converted. We could not fault it in any way. It was well stocked with all you need for the ideal family holiday. There are plenty of books, movies, jigsaw puzzles etc to keep you occupied. The outside of the property takes in the beautiful countryside. There is also a barbecue area.

If you are looking for a peaceful location then you couldn't get more peaceful than this cottage. We were lucky enough to see a couple of wild deer in the field next to us during our stay.

For chilly nights, the log burning fire couldn't get much more cozy!

The Village of Ranes is only a 5 minute car journey (45 minutes walking). This is a quaint little village which houses a couple of bars and restaurants, a bakery, a butchers and a chemist.

We travelled in to La Ferte de Mace a few times (20 minutes by car) which housed a Lidl store and also a larger supermarket. There is also a park there which has a large boating lake and a man-made beach. Very nice day out.

The location of the cottage means that you can travel to many places if you so wish. We took the opportunity to visit Le Mont de St Michel which was well worth the drive. The lads in our party visited the 24 circuit at Le Mans whilst us girls went shopping in the city centre. There are many other tourist spots within driving distance. The Chateau at Carrouges was worth a visit.

All in all, we had an excellent holiday and couldn't have asked for any more at this property.

I would recommend this property with a 5* rating.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: That is just the sort of review I like, it shows that they are like minded and appreciate the same things as we do. I am very grateful for the very long review as it will help future guests looking for a property to rent, recommendations from former guests carry more weight than me' raving 'about the property and the area, thank you again, it is appreciated. Angela
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Great renovation!

  • 5 of 5

Outstanding renovation of a wonderful old property. Everything you could ask for was supplied. Extremely generous with all facilities. This property did not lack, in any way, of our expectations. It was such a calming atmosphere, in and out. Especially the beautiful, friendly cattle in the surrounding fields!!

Would love to return but will probably be difficult as this place will surely be booked way ahead!

Many thanks to Angela and her family for letting this wonderful property out for holidays at such a reasonable cost.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 19, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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fascinating and exciting house

  • 5 of 5

Something a little different and genuinely interesting. Great value for money

  • Review Submitted: Jun 2, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Yes I would agree, it is definitely different to most people's homes in the UK
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Familiar accomadation coming since 2003

  • 4 of 5

A complete get away from it all, always good to have the tranquillity of La Balerie we do not eat out but great to use local shops & supermarkets in La Ferte Mace market on Thurs bottle of wine & chill out, great baker in Putanges-Pont -Ecrepin best bread ever also have drink sat looking at river Orne.

Must do Falaise castle well worth the money to get in.

If you are into gardening the markets have fantastic plants I always bring some home.

Will be back as and when.

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Totally agree a great place to relax and enjoy the French countryside, food, wine, cider along with everything else Normandy has to offer. La Balayrie is an authentic French farmhouse with modern conveniences.
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La Balayrie review

  • 5 of 5

Excellent value for money. Quiet, secluded location, but still quite close to the pretty village of Ranes. Well equipped and spacious layout. Not too far from major attractions -- we visited Mont St Michel, Rouen, Bayeux, Caen, Honfleur; the Normandy beaches were also well within range had time permitted.

Can thoroughly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 10, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2013
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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From the Owner

After finishing the cottage and deciding we would never move, we needed another project. We spent a year searching the area of Normandy and eastern Brittany. We chose this area as we wanted to have the choice of ferry ports and routes and also no more than around 2 hours drive. We were specific in that we wanted beams, granite and peg tiles and lovely countryside. We didn't want a property which was too remote. The house is an easy drive from Ouistreham for us and is close to a village with everything that you need for a short stay and with larger towns close by to meet other requirements. It is far enough from the hustle and bustle of life without feeling vulnerable when the house is empty. We love the large skies and the rolling countryside with it's real farms and Normandy cows.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Barpub : Ranes at 2 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen Ouistreham at 91 Kilometres Nearest Train : argentan at 21 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Ranes at 2 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Ouistreham area at 91 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

We do not provide any activities, but we have attracted walkers, cyclists, artist and of course Francophiles Check our other property for 2 to 4 people on owners direct 8106543 which is in Collioure, an artists haven or our villa with a pool near Arles sur Tech 6111932

or our chalet in Switzerland mear Meiringen 8043089


The coast is one hours drive away. Along from Ouistreham there are some wide sandy beaches, which never seem to be very busy. At la Ferte Mace there is a fresh water lake, with beach and play area. The afternoon sessions have a lifeguard supervising the swimming. It is shallow and our children love playing there. There are pedalos - windsurfing, sailing, fishing, lovely walk around the edge. Mini golf, go karts to hire. The best thing is that it is free, parking is free and there are no queues.


We always travel by car, by ferry due to our proximity to Portsmouth and Caen. We allow one hour to drive between Ouistreham and La Balayrie, but this is usually at a time when there is little traffic around Caen. The use of a car is necessary. I can offer some discount through Brittany ferries, ask for the code. Use viamichelin/AA/RAC to plan route from your port of entry into France. I can give paper directions from near Ranes to the house.


The closest village is Ranes, approximately 2km away. La Ferte Mace is about 12 miles away.

Further Details:

Ranes has a bakery, charcuterie, pharmacie, huit a huit (8 til 8) - like a Tesco express - has a bit of everything - but does have a butchers counter -the meat is very good and the sausages are excellent - for BBQ or normal meal. There are 2 hotels with restaurants, A restaurant and two bars. There is a post office and a cash point to get those euros. There is a park with a tennis court, outside table tennis, mini golf. Football area, basketball and small play area. You may be 'lucky' enough to be there when Ranes hosts horse racing on a Sunday - it is quite a spectacle - not something we have here - as they are racing horses with small 'carts' behind - 'trotting'.

There is also a fishing lake which can be used by the public - day tickets can be purchased at the lake or at the 8til8 -trout caught can be eaten, there and then if you wish.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
4 Sep 2016 - 24 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £2 per night, per additional guest
25 Jun 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £2 per night, per additional guest
3 Sep 2017 - 23 Jun 2018
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £2 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
When holiday has been agreed, we request 25% deposit to be be paid, by internet/phone banking, cheque or paypal. The balance is due 6 weeks before the start date of the holiday. The rent is in pounds. We have a euro bank account if needed. We do not taking security deposits as it just creates work, we hope that guests respect our home and replace anything that is broken or a contribution is offered. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU PURCHASE CANCELLATION INSURANCE .REFUNDS ARE ONLY GIVEN IF THE WEEKS(s) CAN BE RE-LET. In winter we ask for £25/wk towards heating the barn area.

Changeover Day:
Saturday is the preferred day. Arrival after 2pm and departure by 10am. We can be accommodating if these times are difficult, but by arrangement only.

Notes on prices:
The above is for a guide, it shows the 'from price for to 2-4 people', July and August £425-£475,the rest of the year £325-£350. The higher figure is for occupancy 5-8. Less than 7 days is possible sometimes. Linen, cleaning and heating(electric/logs) included . Longer let discounts are available, including 10% discount for second week at certain times. Email or phone to discuss. There are no hidden extras or 'damage' deposits.

Check out our other properties our Collioure appartment 8042317, a swiss chalet in Hasliberg - 8043089 and a villa with a pool in Arles sur Tech - 6111932

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From the Owner

The property is close to the village of Ranes which has a butcher, baker, pharmacy and small convenience store. It also has a couple of hotels, restaurant and 2 bars. There is also a tennis court and children's play area in the grounds of the chateau of Ranes. It's main advantage is that it is great for either 2 families or groups sharing who want some independence and privacy. It is effectively 2 homes, but whether you are 2 groups or one - you get the whole building. I would hate to rent a gite and find that you were sharing the garden/patio with another family - so rather than look to earn as much money as possible , we have chosen to offer incredible accommodation for a fair price and it is totally 'detached' so it can be enjoyed on your own. There is incredible space inside and out.

Property Type

  • house


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Fireplace ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered ...
  • wheelchair accessible ...

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • forests

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • tennis


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, ground floor
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Bidet, upstairs
  • En-suite bathroom to bedroom 1 with new roll top freestanding bath, wc, bidet and sink. Bathroom 2 with modern bathroom suite and shower cubicle.


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed, 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot, we have a travel cot
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and two singles. bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 with 2 single beds.


  • Balcony ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Tennis ...


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: In the summer the house is lovely and cool due to it's granite walls.However the farmhouse has a wood burner, which heats the house beautifully, should the weather not be kind. There are electric radiators in every room. The barn has programmable, modern electric heating - we can even telephone through to turn the heating and water on. We have 2 children and they have been going to La Balayrie since they were babies - we have a good supply of entertainment there, and plenty of space inside and out, whatever the weather. The farmhouse has the original steep stairs, so care needs to be taken here - we have multi height hand rails. The surroundings can be enjoyed from every aspect so the sun can be followed all around the house. We now have a trampoline with enclosure and a swing. outside:The house is in grounds of one acre, there are three patio areas, with two sets of garden table and chairs, and odd chairs and swinging seat. BBq,trampoline with enclosure and swing. Utility Room: Cave (store area)with wood, toys etc. The washing machine is inside the barn. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen provided at start of week, subsequent weeks by arrangement. Property cleaned before holiday by local English caretakers. Welcome pack. Other: Look at the photos, La Balayrie is unique with it's beautiful beams in it's A frame structure, with a spectacular barn living area and mezzanine. Granite fireplace and walls in the farmhouse. Bedrooms upstairs open up to the ridge with exposed beams.

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