|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
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This fabulous, spacious house is spread over 3 floors and sleeps up to 12. It’s furnished to a very high standard and fully equipped with everything you need, including wood for the stoves and fluffy towels in all the bathrooms.
The property comprises
1 master bedroom with a double bed, 2 twin beds and an ensuite bathroom with bath and separate shower
1 double bedroom with an ensuite bathroom with bath and over-bath shower
2 more double bedrooms which share a separate family bathroom with bath and over-bath shower
Dining room with seating for 12
Large lounge with wood-burning stove and 3 comfy sofas
Office with 2 desks (the best room to pick up the WIFI signal)
Library with many, many books!
Games room with TV, DVD, X-Box, music system, dvds, cds, table football, games and toys
A further sitting room with a double sofa bed
Lower ground floor
Large kitchen diner/family room with sofas, TV and a wood-burning stove and dining space for 12. The kitchen is fully equipped with all the utensils you’ll need and quite a few you won’t. Dishwasher, oven, 5-ring hob.
Separate pantry with work surfaces, cupboards and full height fridge and freezer
Utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer.
We are a family of 4 currently living in the UK. We lived in the house until 2011. We were married in the local church in St George's d'Annebecq and the children were born and went to school in La Ferte Mace. We all love the house and the area and go back whenever we can.
Michelle Blackie purchased this house in 2000
This beautiful house is situated in idyllic countryside in the Orne department of Normandy. This was our family home for many years and so is furnished and equipped to a high standard.
Over the years we’ve had many visitors, hosted many parties (including our wedding), and generally had the best of times. Everyone that visits loves it, feels at home immediately and wants to come back at the earliest opportunity. It’s a sociable house with a family room where everybody congregates while the cooking is going on, and a huge lounge with 3 big squidgy sofas. But you can also escape from everybody and have a bit of quiet time in one of the reception rooms, the library or in the garden. Children tend to disappear either to the games room, the trampoline or on the top floor landing where we have kept all of our children’s books. Teenagers will gravitate towards the table football or the X-box.
There’s loads to do in this unspoilt area of France but there’s also always the temptation to stay in and enjoy the house and gardens.
Les Buards (old French for “The Buzzards”) was built on the foundations of a chateau for an English Lord. The chateau was razed to the ground after the French Revolution and the farmhouse was built directly afterwards using the huge square-cut granite from the old chateau - some of it a gift from the Earl of Warwick. The original coat of arms still sits above the main entrance to the house.
For many centuries the house at Les Buards was the centre of a thriving farming community which stretched for miles in each direction.
During the Second World War Saint Georges D’Annebecq was occupied by the Germans and Les Buards was the home to the local SS officers.
The village saw terrible and bloody fighting on the night of August 14th 1944. According to reports at the time from both American troops and local villagers the SS dressed in black, burned the school, the town hall and several houses in the village, knowing that they were surrounded. The church tower was twisted by artillery fire and still is. Les Buards came under attack. When liberated the residents of Saint Georges D’Annebecq greeted the soldiers of the the US 3rd Armored Division with bottles of cider and homebrewed calvados and pommeau. The bell, originally from the chapel, rang out at Les Buards to celebrate the good news.
The house is very spacious and well looked after. Well equipped kitchen for those who love to cook and the games room will keep most kids happy.
Plenty of books and films will keep you entertained indoors if the weather doesn't allow to be outside.
We regularly rent houses for our summer holidays and this was by far the best and previous experiences weren't bad but a few boxes always remained unticked but not in this house. We definitely considering to come back-the whole family loved it.
The location us rural but plenty of villages and small towns nearby. A market is never further away than 15-20 minutes drive.
It was exactly what it said on the box and the communication and booking process was very good
We were a party of 7 adults and one child, and this spacious, fun and well equipped house was the perfect base for our week away. The premises was clean and tidy, and exactly as described. There was plenty to entertain everyone when we stayed in, and the local area is simply beautiful in which enjoyed many bike rides in the sunshine, returning home to make use of the provided BBQ on more than one occasion. There's plenty of cultural highlights in the region and numerous restaurants, albeit a drive away, to sample the local delicacies. The owners were always available over the phone and happy to help if we had any queries, which went a long way with us. I would thoroughly recommend this property to anyone, and like to think I will return one day.
Lovely house and perfect location for a rural holiday with the family. House was clean, had all amenities and was spacious. Grounds and views were fantastic and had a trampoline for the kids. Local village has all essential shops and an expected French Bakery. Nearest town has large Supermarket. Lots of places locally for day trips, this rental holiday home was ideal for a great week away.
There's no better testimony for this house than my kids still asking "when are we going back to that great house in Normandy". Even after three months they still remember their fun times playing in the yard, or in the playroom, or reading books upstairs, or watching the corn grow, or the harvest of wheat in the surrounding fields. This is truly a great house for a family vacation. It is homey and functional, extremely spacious and generously fitted out. Quietly set back from the road, surrounded by fields, you feel a world away, yet you are a scenic drive from a range of sites and activities. The owners are great, the house and grounds immaculate. A very safe bet for an enjoyable stay. I join with my kids in hoping we will soon go back to, "that great house in Normany".
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Les Buards. The house is very well appointed and spacious. We were struck by the generous attention to detail the owners have put into making sure the needs of those staying there are met: the best we have come across in 15 years of renting homes in France & Spain.
Close to nature too - we saw deer feeding 50 metres from the house.
It's a beautiful part of France and Les Buards provides an excellent base from which to explore - be it the D-Day beaches and the subsequent breakout or historical France. From the house there are jogging & cycling routes and we came a cross a goodly range of places to eat in nearby Bagnoles-de-l'Orne.
We were three families with 5 kids under 5. Our dream was to stay in a farm house, in a remote farm area, with little to do other than reconnect with family and friends within a safe and comfortable environment - with all the trappings of the French lifestyle – local wine, croissants, cheese and of course our own attempts of speaking French to locals. Les Baurds completely delivered. A wonderful location – interesting to get there of course in the dark from Paris CDG – but a dream when you wake up in the day light. Kids squealing as they find the toy room – their sanctuary for the holiday. Completely fitted out house in every way, kitchen, laundry, outdoors and of course the book room. A fantastic memorable holiday with many short day trips when we felt like it to keep us all entertained. Happily recommend this place to all subsequent vacationers. It is truly a beautiful house. Thank you Michelle, Mark Brady
|Rental Period||Minimum Price||Additional Nights||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly||Event Price|
7 Jan 2017 - 29 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Apr 2017 - 16 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£150|
Refundable £150 security deposit
We can accept payments by cheque or bank transfer in GBP or Euros.
Bookings are normally Saturday to Saturday at peak times. However during the off peak season we can be flexible.
Check-in time is after 4 pm and checkout is 10 am
Please no smoking or pets in the property
A security deposit of £150 is required due with final payment due eight weeks before arrival. This is fully refundable within (14) days of departure, provided the following provisions are met.
No damage is done to property or its contents, beyond normal wear and tear.
No blockages of septic tank due to flushing anything other than toilet paper
No charges are incurred due to illegal activity, pets or collection of rents or services rendered during the stay.
All debris, rubbish and discards are placed in rubbish bin, and soiled dishes are placed in the dishwasher and cleaned.
No linens are lost or damaged.
There has been a reasonable use of heating and logs provided
The maximum number of guests is limited to 12.
Heating (reasonable use). Please switch off heating on leaving the property.
Logs (reasonable use)
Rates include a one-time linen & towel setup. Please bring beach towels as we do not permit towels or linens to be taken from the property.
Water and septic tank
The house has a septic tank for all waste water. The septic system is very effective; however, it will clog up if improper material is flushed. DO NOT FLUSH anything other than toilet paper. No feminine products, nappies, wipes etc. should be flushed at anytime. If it is found that anything other than toilet paper has been flushed