|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
Fernleigh is a large property benefiting from recent and on-going sympathetic modernisation with a large private heated swimming pool and terrace. Located on the outskirts of the village of Graignes-Mesnil-Angot and within easy access to the beautiful walking and cycle routes of the Normandy Peninsula. Graignes-Mesnil-Angot is easily reached from the ports of either Cherbourg (40 minutes) or Caen (75 minutes). A quiet village, with bakery and general store and supermarkets at Carentan and St Lo. Normandy is known for its WWII history and there are many monuments and museums for the discerning visitor - none more so than The Normandy Landings beaches to the north. The owners regret that smoking is not permitted in the property and pets are not allowed.
We live in England and have always had a passion for all things French. Our three children have all but left home. Following many happy holidays in France (with a caravan) we bought the house in 2001 and have been slowly but surely turning it into a 2nd home where we can relax, share it with friends and share it with you - our clients. We like to get to France whenever we can especially for short weekend breaks away from the daily grind and this house in this location is just the ticket. We enjoy walking and cycling and do a lot of both when we are in France.
Ian Sellars purchased this farmhouse in 2001
We chose this area of France because it is easy to get to and it is steeped in history - if you like World War II History, then this is the area for you. Whilst the village of Graignes is not a typical "chocolate box" French village it is a normal, everyday agricultural working village. The main road users are tractors with the occasional cows, sheep and the occasional school bus. To hear the sound of donkeys and chickens in the morning is a real change from cars and lorries. The house is 40 minutes drive from the Normandy landing beaches to the north and beautiful long sandy beaches to the west. It has its own heated pool and there is a Baker and General Store in the village. Supermarkets can be reached in Carantan and St Lo - both within an easy drive.
Fernleigh is a large 4 bedroomed farmhouse dating from about 1800. Built from COB - a traditional building material - it has been surrounded by block walls to re-enforce the structure and a new roof was added in 2008. It is modern on the inside with a beautiful farmhouse kitchen/diner with original structural oak beams. There is also a large lounge on the ground floor, whilst upstairs there are 4 large bedrooms - 2 with en-suite facilities - and a large family bathroom. Outside there are ample lawn space and a superb private heated swimming pool (10 x 5m) with spacious terrace area. The pool is treated using natural product filters therefore minimising the use of Chemicals. There is plenty of poolside furniture, inflatables and toys for the kids whilst in the pool.
"....very sad to have had to leave Fernleigh this morning, it is an amazing house and a credit to you in all that you have achieved at the property. Everything was perfect and so well equipped. We have rented properties for many years in Spain, Portugal and France (Provence) and Fernleigh has ticked all the right boxes for us."
"Everything was more than perfect, a wonderful place you have there, yes we had more than we needed and there was nothing we could have wanted for. We won't forget the pool as our 5 year old great-grandaughter learnt to swim in it. All week coaxing her and on the last day she mastered it. We would love to return sometime."
"I just wanted to thank you to you and Alison for the use of your French getaway. Your home is fabulous and we trust we left it as we found it. We wish you and yours many happy happy years there."
Our family of 6 adults & 2 children stayed at Fernleigh & had a wonderful relaxing holiday.
Journey time a little over 4 hours Poole to Cherbourg then the drive to the property taking less than an hour on very good roads.
On arrival the house really delivers the ‘wow’ factor! Pulling up outside the size of the place really hits you, it's HUGE. Inside we found treats in the kitchen including French sticks, pate, cheese & wine. All very welcoming.
The house is lovely & clean & really spacious. Good sized bedrooms, with plenty of room for the 2 travel cots we took along. The kitchen was well equipped with all mod cons, only thing we needed to supply was our food! Excellent guidance about where to shop in the welcome pack & we took advantage of this advice soon after our arrival.
Fernleigh is well positioned for exploring the Normandy region & visiting the local beaches & WW2 visitor’s centres, a very humbling & in our view, essential part of the trip. The soft sand beaches are so vast, clean & beautiful it's hard to imagine the contrast to their fairly recent history.
We also visited Mont Saint Michelle, a FABULOUS day out thoroughly enjoyed by us all. Lots & lots of steps to climb, but well worth it for the vista from the top and the delights as you wind your way down the inside of the structure. It is the most enchanting place, an absolute must during a stay in this region.
In addition, we took trips to local markets & visited Barfleur, taking our return journey along the coast & stumbling upon Saint Vaast which we really liked, stopping here for lunch & enjoying a lovely view over the marina whilst eating the freshest mussels. We also spent a quiet afternoon sipping coffee in the square in Isigny-sur-Mer, another very pretty little town nearby.
When we were not out & about we spent most of our time in the wonderful pool. Our grandsons had such fun in there. It really is so lovely & was great to have use of all of the ‘toys’ in the pool house too! Definitely our favourite part of the whole holiday was just having fun in & relaxing poolside.
We spent our evenings taking full advantage of the huge array of board games we found, such good fun, leaving no requirement to watch any of the wide selection of dvd’s on offer for viewing.
All in all, Fernleigh offered a great opportunity to experience a real slice of French life. We all had a fabulous time and would have no hesitation in recommending it to family and friends.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£200|
All enquiries will receive a Booking Form and Terms and Conditions by return. A non-refundable deposit of £100 is required per booking. The balance of the rental is payable in full not less than 6 weeks before the start of the rental period.
Where ever possible the changeover day is a Saturday. Arival - not before 2pm and departure not after 10am to give the house-keeper a chance to complete a thorough clean and change of linen.
Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week (7 nights) in UK pounds. Part weeks priced on request.
Payment by cheque or Internet Banking transfer. £100 deposit with signed Booking Form with balance payable 6 weeks prior to arrival date. £200 security deposit also required 6 weeks prior to arrival date, refundable if no damage to the property identified