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Spacious, Elegant Farmhouse in Beautiful Parc Naturel Du Perche, South Normandy



Updated: 19-May-2017
  • Sleeps 10
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 2 Separate Toilets
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

About the property

Preaux du Perche, L'Orne, Southern Normandy, France - Private, peaceful location, 5 Minutes Walk To Village

Large, elegant 19th century farmhouse, known as `La Basse Passiere', is set in a fabulous imposing courtyard surrounded by typical `percheron' farm outbuildings. There is a large garden ( with swings, trampoline and inflatable 12' pool- on request), and adjoining paddocks. There is a large outside dining table with chairs. This is a much loved second home, `shabby chic' in style, comfortable and well -equipped. Very spacious and light rooms, with large shuttered windows; full central heating ( mainly cast iron radiators), open fires, wood stove. Furnished and equipped as a home. The 4 bedrooms are all large; the two bathrooms are new; carpeted upstairs; traditional tiled floors downstairs. The kitchen is immense with its own walled courtyard with outside table and chairs; huge kitchen table and efficient wood stove; an adjoining sitting/ dining room with open fire; a large and light drawing room with open fire. At the back of the house is a scullery and cloakroom area with laundry. There is no shortage of storage space. Despite its size, this house is very well heated, with central heating on continuously during winter stays. There is stabling and grazing available for your own horses (by special arrangement) . The house is completely private with no overlooking properties, yet easy walking distance to the village, through a charming conservation park with a fishing lake, for your morning bread and croissants. The house is situated at the end of a no -through lane; outside the entrance gates you can set off along a pathway on foot, bicycle or horse to explore the surrounding countryside. The village has a boulangerie with grocery and restaurant where many musical events are held. Nearby there is the ancient presbytery and `eco-museum' of St Gauburge, which hosts community rural events throughout the year. The beautiful `Manoir de la Lubinere' is our nearest neighbour and can be seen from the garden. Le Perche Region is a unique conservation area, with its ancient cider apple orchards and pastures, Percheron heavy horses, meandering rivers and numerous fortified manoirs and chateaux. Rural markets, wonderful restaurants, fabulous walking, cycling and riding. The property is near to dynamic and beautiful towns, offering many holiday activities; canoeing, lakeside swimming with a man made beach, outdoor swimming pools; excellent restaurants. There are many local events and sites of interest in this rural but dymanic region. Le Jardin Francois- a beautifully laid out and peaceful garden retreat of international repute is 4 km away. Haras du Pin, famous stud farm with spectacular horse shows, 50 minute drive; Nogent le Retrou, at 8 km., is the nearest large town with a fabulous saturday market, and indoor and outdoor swimming pool and leisure centre. 20 minutes to a man made beach with swimming lake.1 hour to Le Mans with its famous car race; medieval town and - for children and adolescents- a fantastic high ropes park.Paris is a 1 1/2 hour train journey away, from Nogent le Retrou( a 10 minute drive).

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About the Owner

Jenny Hemans
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
19 May, 2017

11 Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(11 traveller reviews)


Relaxed Christmas

  • 5 of 5

We spent a very relaxed and enjoyable Christmas at Preaux du Perche. This was our second stay in the house - this time with friends and their small children. The large house was ideal - clean, warm, a well equipped kitchen for all our needs with a comfortable drawing room where we lit a wood fire everyday - very relaxing. The house is in an ideal location, very peaceful and rural with an easy walk to the village bakery which sold good unusual bread and fine pastries. Sadly the restaurant was closed for the Christmas period. We visited the nearby town Belleme which had a Christmas market and excellent supermarket. We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay and look forward to our next visit hopefully in the summer when we can use the outside facilities and go cycling. Highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 6, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2015
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Perfect holiday farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

Lovely comfortable and cosy house. Plenty of room for 4 adults. Clean and well furnished. We made delicious fruit crumble from apple trees, blackberries and plums from the garden. We visited Paris by train from Nogent le Rotrou and we drove to Monet's garden which is one and a half hours away by car. The local villages were beautiful. Would highly recommend this holiday house. Doyle family, Dublin and Wicklow.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
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Relaxing family holiday, undiscovered area.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful place, just as in the photos. Couldn't believe the space when we pulled up, inside and out. Lots of room for all of the family - just a few minutes walk to the village with very friendly boulangerie and small cafe. But no neighbours to disturb when the children were on the trampoline at 7am.

House is very comfortable, clean and well equipped, and good outside areas for sitting out, eating and barbequeing. Also can attempt a (slightly sloping) game of boules on the drive if you don't want to walk to the village boules area.

Lots to explore in the local area - Belleme forest and market, lake at Ferte Bernard, Le Mans museum etc. Highly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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  • 5 of 5

I wanted a relaxed week in a beautiful rustic farmhouse, with good friends, as many croissants and pain au chocolat as I could eat and to see my kids running wild and laughing and enjoying themselves. That is precisely what I got! We had a lovely week at this wonderful house. It is well kitted out, very comfortable and located in a beautiful part of France. There is much to see, lots of lovely quaint villages to visit (we barely scratched the surface but Belleme is lovely) and to be honest the kids would have happily spent the whole week at the house playing in the pool and running around in the corn fields (maybe I shouldn't have mentioned that last bit!). Go!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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A gem of a farm house

  • 5 of 5

The farm house exceed my expectations and we have an great holiday despite the rain it did not spoil our enjoyment of the house and the surrounding area and the village.

The location is very idyllic and has a degree of privacy but the village is a short walk away.

The dog loved the space and the walks around the farm and thoroughly enjoyed chasing the rabbits.

The locals are friendly and go out of the way to help.

We would definitely go back and for a longer period as there are lots to do and see.

This is a great place for the family as it is large enough to accommodate the extended family, kids and pets.

Loved it will go back!

  • Review Submitted: Aug 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
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A Great Place

  • 5 of 5

We had a very comfortable and relaxing time at this beautiful farmhouse.

It was a great place - the house was equipped to a high standard - clean, spacious and every requirement catered for. Fabulous kitchen with all amenities in place and a lovely outside eating area for sunny days. I liked the two sitting rooms so there were quiet areas too. There was a wood burning stove, open fires as well as central heating so I think it would be a lovely place to visit in the winter months as well. We had really good weather so went on some great local walks to a nearby Priory and Open Garden through beautiful countryside. The nearby town of Berd’huis had a great bakers, butchers and small shop to buy the usual groceries. The local restaurant and bar looked interesting which we will definitely try next time. I would highly recommend staying in here.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 28, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2014
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Activity and Interests


20 minutes to lake and man made beach.


Paris-Orly 2 hours. 2 1/4 hours Caen/Ouistreham. 2 1/2 hours Le Havre; 4 hours Cherbourg; 4 1/2 hours Calais.


2 minutes walk to village; 1 1/2 hours Paris; nearest town Nogent le Retrou 10 minutes drive; Chartres 1 hour; historic Belleme and Mortage au Perche within 30 minutes drive; ecomuseum and ancient priory of St Gauburge 2 minutes drive/ 15 minute bike ride. Manoirs and Chateaux, Percheron Horse farms all nearby; internationally renowned stud farm Haras du Pin 1 hour drive. Canoeing and lakeside-beach swimming 20 minutes. Many local outdoor swimming pools.

Further Details:

Please contact owner Jenny Hemans 01278 671010. Information pack on site.

Please email for supplementary photos and pdf.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
mid season
18 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Rate 2
1 Jul 2017 - 29 Jul 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 4
30 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Rate 5
3 Sep 2017 - 14 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £15
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner Jenny Hemans on 01278 671010 for information
There is an expectation that the property will be left clean and tidy upon your departure please.
Changeover Day:
Saturday in high season; low season by arrangement.
heating supplement will be charged during winter months- please ask owner directly
3 baskets of logs are supplied with your rental; thereafter logs are 3 euros a bag to be left in `honesty box'

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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Updated: 19-May-2017


Property Type

  • farmhouse


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...


  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Toys ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome

Location Type

  • rural
  • village


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Toilet 2 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • Large family bathroom (adjoining bedroom 1 but accessible from landing) with bath, large tiled shower cubicle, 2 sinks, separate adjoining w.c;


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8/10 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed; bedroom 2 with double bed; bedroom 3 with single bed ( guest bed can be added on request); bedroom 4 with double bed and single bed. All bedrooms large enough for additional guest beds if required.


  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue


  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Non smoking only


  • Outside: Very large courtyard surrounded on 3 sides by stone barns; large walled lawn area and gardens on third side. Adjoining paddock and further stream- fronted field. Additional small walled kitchen courtyard. Garden furniture, including large dining table. Swings, Trampoline. Inflatable 12' dia. swimming pool can be supplied. Bicycles and tandem- additional charge. stabling and grazing available for your own horses, with fabulous riding locally. Utility Room: Washing machine; tumble drier; additional sink; pantry and general storage area. / Towels / Linen /

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