Charming 200 Year Old Stone Rural Cottages are set in rural countryside at the end of a quiet lane. The cottages are grouped around a courtyard, together with the former farmhouse, which is occupied by resident owners. The hamlet is surrounded by Norman cider orchards, rolling fields and stream near by. Wildlife is everywhere. Red squirrels, birds of prey, herons and hares Near by villages of Carrouges and Ranes are 5 kilometres away with all facilities. Town of Argentan is 20 kilometres. D.Day beaches, The Bayeaux tapestry, Mont St.Michel and the Loire Chateaux are all easily reached.
After living on a farm in Rhodesia/Zimbabwe for over 45 years, but with the change in Government, we decided to look for a place to retire. We had family living in the region who suggested we come and look near Carrouges. We came over on a 5 day visit and fell in love with everything and after looking at several places decided on L'Etre du Bois. Over the next 13 years, coming over for the summer months, we slowly renovated the buildings, until 2002, when we had to leave Zimbabwe as our farm was repossesed. Have lived here permanently since. We have had a fantastic time through all these years. Making good friends. with neighbours and artisans. We count ourselves so lucky to have found such a peaceful,tranquil region. To be woken in the morning by the birdsong is really magical.
Margaret Kennedy purchased this farmhouse in 1980
L'Etre du Bois is in the center of the Natural Park Region of Normandy with it's acres of National Forest, stud farms, blossom orchards, hedged farmlands and lanes covered in wild flowers and beauty all around.
We had visited many other parts of France in the past but this region has something special. Now after 22 years with nearly all the hard work behind us, we have a comfortable home and 2 holiday cottages to which guests return year after year. Most come for the same reasons - a place to relax. John and Margarite Kennedy Welcome you to L'Etre du Bois.
Wonderful stay in a wonderful home. Beautiful surroundings. Well within reach of all necessary amenities. Fun for children who cycled around many times. Great garden to relax and play in.
A very good first time visit to Normandy. ( Ashton 2009)
As always a wonderful time in France. Excellent trip to Paris, train 11.00 from Argentan and back at 20.00, many hours of walking. Alencon market excellent for food as well. We will be back in October.( Lorraine Brinley 2008)
Thank you both for your kindness and hospitality. We loved it here, the countryside and your neighbours. We loved the Chateau at Carrouges (it was free to visit) We wish you good health and prosperity and perhaps we will see you again. (Pauline and John Winslow Sept. 2008)