Cottage in Vieux-Port, Near Rouen and Honfleur, Eure, Normandy, France - Beautiful Quiet Village Location between Honfleur and Rouen
This fairy-tale cottage is situated in one of the loveliest villages along the famous Route des Chaumieres (Thatched Cottage Route). It is located in Eure, near the border with Calvados and Seine-Maritime. The cottage has four bedrooms and can sleep up to 8 people. There is a garden of about an acre running from the cottage down to the banks of the Seine River. The village is within the Boucles de la Seine national park, and there are cycling and hiking trails along the river and into the forests from the doorstep. Less than an hour to Honfleur, Deauville, Etretat, Le Havre and Rouen, the pebble beaches of the Alabaster Coast and the sandy beaches of the Cote Fleurie. A perfect base for walking, cycling, golf, horseback riding, and exploring Norman history, culture and gastronomic delights.
Top Traveller Review
Stunning, cosy cottage - perfect for a quiet holiday away from it all.
About the Owner
Guestbook comments from the owner
Les Iris is an idyllic cottage in a beautiful location. It is an ideal base for exploring the Normandy coastline and the pleasures and treasures of the region. This is our fifth trip to the region and I can honestly say this has been one of the best. I cannot recommend a stay at Les Iris highly enough. -Family from UK, August '13
An idyllic fariytale cottage. The garden was beautiful, we ate every meal outside. Nearby attractions satisfied all parties--beaches for the sun seekers, beautiful cities such as Rouen and Paris for the sightseers, and historical sites and lovely walks nearby too. Have fallen in love with Normandy, and look forward to visiting again soon. Thank you! -2 families+dog from Germany & UK July '12
Absolutely Charming Home and Village! Booking was very easy and owners responded quickly to questions. Perfect place to escape and relax. Thank you Les Iris for sharing your wonderful home. -Family with young child, April '12
5 based on 7 holidaymaker reviews
Stunning, cosy cottage - perfect for a quiet holiday away from it all.
We spent a week in this lovely cottage with our kids (5yrs and 2yrs). The village is like something from a fairy tale and is great for day trips - we went to honfleur, bayeux, pont-audemer (great Saturday market). 5 mins drives from Bourneville where you can buy fresh bread/pastries. The house is simple, warm and cosy, with spectacular views of the Seine which is right at the end of the garden. You can go for nice walks along the river. The garden is brilliant for kids to run around in (just the job for an Easter egg hunt). The kitchen could have done with some basics that would have been helpful (sharper knives, peeler, garlic crusher, tin foil/cling film, more ovenware options), but we did fine. The owner was lovely and helpful in all communications. A real treat to stay in a proper thatched cottage and get to know Normandy.
There were 4 of us, 2 couples, all in their 70s, none of whom had been to Normandy before. We intended to use Vieux Port as a base camp and it was perfect for that purpose. Beaches, Honfleur, Etretat, Pont l'Eveque, Pont Audemer, and many others were all welcoming as well as fascinating. We had a lot of meals in the kitchen where we could watch the Seine traffic out the window. The Wi-Fi worked well, Bourneville, the closest village was fun and perfect for small grocery needs and everyone we met was fantastic . We started out with a flat tire on the rental car (French rental cars do not have jacks) and one set of neighbors (who we had never met) took the wives into town for groceries while other neighbors and new friends invited us for dinner. EXTRAORDINARY! The Rue des Chaumieres is a fairyland on its own with thatched roof cottage after thatched cottage and lots of flowers and fairies and friendly gremlins around every corner. Les Iris's location, facilities and atmosphere were all as advertised and as anticipated. Merçi beaucoup, Jean-Marc. Tip: of the two restaurants across the street from each other, the less fancy one on the corner is superior in food, atmosphere and joie de vivre. We were kidding the chef about hamburgers so on our second visit, he offered us "leetle am-boo-gers." We each had pate de foie gras on little crackers! Delicious and droll.
Les Iris A Wonderful French Cottage
What a wonderful cottage, location and base for touring this part of France. Our party was from 4 years old to 81 years old and the Cottage catered perfectly for everyone. Its comfortable beds and hot showers were the perfect end to busy days. the garden was perfect for the children to run off some energy and the adults to let the tension wash away. Also the local riverside walks start through the gate at the bottom of the garden, with an area that is a local beauty spot. In the local village of Bourneville you will find a wonderful restaurant with great food and that catered for the children wonderfully (Risle Seine) as well as all your local provisions (also cheap fuel - especially diesel). Wonderful Rouen is 40 min drive away as is Yvetot where there is good shopping and restaurants and you can park for free and take a train to Paris. At Pont Audemer you will find a great swimming pool for the children with large shallow pool and cool water slid as well as good shopping opportunities. We will certainly be returning to continue our exploring of this wonderful part of France.
Les Iris, Vieux-Port
We had a fantastic holiday in France...and this house was truly spectacular. We have stayed in many cottages over the years and I must say this ranks amongst the most beautiful. It is the first time we have stayed somewhere where visitors stop and take pictures! Picture postcard cottage and village. Lots to do close and afar. Even drove to Disneyland Paris!
Christine (who prepared the house for us) was very welcoming despite our limited grasp of the French language.
Owner very helpful with lots of suggestions on what to do and where to go.
I am sure we will visit again soon.
Charming and Comfortable
We had a wonderful time staying at Les Iris! The accommodations are modern, and the character of the thatched cottage has been beautifully preserved. We enjoyed exploring the beautiful little towns nearby, especially Honfleur, where we enjoyed a meal at La Fleur de Sel. In the evenings we loved sitting out in the garden, having a glass of the delicious local cider, and watching ships go down the Seine. We would recommend Les Iris as a great base for exploring Normandy, and a relaxing place to get away from it all.
Wonderful half term holiday
We stayed in Chaumiere Les Iris, a beautiful thatched cottage in an impossibly picturesque village on the banks of the Seine, over Autumn half term. The cottage was wonderful, with a big garden for children and dogs to run around in, and excellent walks from the front door. Meanwhile the area is so full of history and lovely towns and villages, that every day there was something new and unexpected to discover. Highly recommended.
Activity and Interests
Normandy beaches start a 30 minute drive away. Miles of smooth, clean sand and friendly seaside towns such as Deauville and Trouville. Normandy D-Day beaches along same coastline. Going north are the beautiful pebble beaches at Etretat, Fecamp and Saint-Valéry-en-Caux as painted by Monet and the Impressionists.
Nearest airport: Deauville, 40 minutes
Le Havre: 30 minutes
Dieppe: 1 hour
Calais: 2.5 hours
Paris: 1.5 hours
Pont-Audemer: 15 minutes
Honfleur: 30 minutes
Jumieges: 30 minutes
Rouen: 30 minutes
Deauville: 40 minutes
Paris: 1.5 hours
Caen: 1 hour
Giverny (Monet's garden): 1 hour
Paris: 1.5 hours
Bayeux: 1.5 hours
Disney Paris: 2 hours
There is an excellent range of friendly shops including bakery and butcher within 10 minutes drive. There are top-notch restaurants ranging from family to Michelin star in nearby towns. Large and good supermarket at Pont-Audemer. Weekly market on Mondays and Fridays in Pont-Audemer.
The cottage and village were recently featured on Des racines et des ailes, a national French TV programme about the most beautiful villages in France.
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
17 Dec 2016 - 9 Jan 2017
6 night minimum stay
for 6 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Additional pricing information
|Firewood - 2 bundles||£25|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£200|
Contact by email or phone for a booking form, email preferred. 50% deposit to secure booking. Balance and refundable £200 damage deposit payable 8 weeks before arrival.
Notes on prices:
Pricing includes pre and post stay cleaning. Linens and towels can be arranged for a fee. Bundles of firewood can be purchased for 15 EUR each.
Owner's Cancellation Policy
- Available arrival
- Away From It All
- Fireplace ...
- Hair Dryer
- Heating ...
- Internet ...
- Iron & Board
- Living Room ...
- Washing Machine
- Coffee Maker ...
- Kitchen ...
- Dining ...
- Dining Room
- DVD Player
- children welcome
- non smoking only ...
- pets considered
- suitable for elderly or infirm
- botanical garden
- horse riding
- scenic drives
- sight seeing
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
- Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
- There are two bathrooms with wc and walk-in showers, one upstairs and one downstairs. A baby bath is available for very young children.
- 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
- Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot, Downstairs bedroom with ensuite shower room
- Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed, Upstairs bedroom
- Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed, Upstairs bedroom, low beams
- Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed, Upstairs bedroom, low beams
- Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: There are 4 bedrooms. On the ground floor is a bedroom with two single (twin) beds and an ensuite bathroom. The remaining 3 bedrooms have double beds and are located upstairs. A child's cot is available.
- Golf ...
- Garden ...
Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website
- Notes on accommodation: Supply of games and toys for young children. Some DVDs. Ground floor has central heating, electric heaters if needed in 1st floor bedrooms and bathroom. Wifi is available. Outside: One acre garden, mostly lawn, leading from the cottage down to the River Seine. Patio with barbecue and furniture to sit on and watch the boats go by on the river. Lovely views. Utility Room: The utility room has a washing machine, drying rack, shelves for storage and an additional sink. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels and linen are not included. Duvets and pillows are included, but bring own covers and sheets or can be hired. Property is cleaned between stays, this is included in the price. Bundles of firewood can be purchased for 15 EUR each.