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Charming Colombage House In Neuville Sur Touques on Calvados/Orne border

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Property

Updated: 04-Dec-2016
Colombage House in Neuville sur Touques, Orne, Normandy - Peaceful Rural Location Giving An Ideal Central Base For Exploring All Normandy Has To Offer

Tucked away on the outskirts of the little sleepy village of Neuville Sur Touques, on the Calavdos/Orne border in Normandy, just 8km south of Vimoutiers is "La Petite Maison". A typical totally detached Normandy colombage house with the oldest part being over 200 years old, with lots of characteristic wooden beams throughout. It sleeps 8 comfortably with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and has all the amenities you could need, including wi-fi and all other modern comforts. Set in 2500m2 of secluded lawn garden, that contains many fruit trees, an enclosed children’s play area, a 10ft trampoline and a long private gated driveway. It has beautiful views over farmland and countryside, with local woods all around...the perfect way to relax in what is a peaceful and tranquil environment. A pretty house with lots of character and plenty of space for a large family or a group of friends to chill out and relax in, and is available to rent all year round. Supermarkets, bakers, butchers etc are only 10 mins away.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

After more than 20 years of holidaying in Normandy and staying in other peoples gites along the way, we have finally taken the plunge and bought our own. Having spent so many years doing this, we feel that we know exactly what people expect, not just with the Gite itself but also from the experience of a Gite holiday.

Our aim in time is to live here permentantly ourselves, but untill we do, we want to share our home with others, not only so you can enjoy the same experiences we have had ourselves over the years, but to also get to explore the real France and enjoy the many things it has to offer.

We hope you enjoy our home as much as we do.

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14 Reviews

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based on 14 holidaymaker reviews

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A beautiful house in stunning location

  • 5 of 5

La Petite Maison is a stunning house in a beautiful and tranquil location. Our family had a perfect two week stay. I have no criticism to make. The house has everything you could possibly need. The owners are incredibly professional and have been a pleasure to deal with. Would highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Beyond expectations

  • 5 of 5

We loved the property. Beautiful exterior, beautiful interior, everything working as expected, amazing garden and stuffed with things to do. We visited with 4 adults and 2 young kids (< 3 years old). With a trampoline, playground, garden, air-inflated swimming pool, games, books, barbeque, dvds it was very comfortable staying at this property. Even during some of the hot days there was an air-blower to keep the sleeping rooms a bit cool. It really feels like the owners go all the way to give you a great experience and we are very thankful we were allowed to stay here.

The property is well-situated in the center of Normandy which means a lot of interesting places to visit are within reach. However, none of these places are really close, expect to travel at least 45 min for the more interesting places (Falaise, Caen, Rouen, D-day memorials, or children activities like the zoo or Festyland). We knew this was the case so didn't mind, and the driving is pretty easy in the area.

The nearby town of Vimoutiers has everything you need (bakery, butcher, superstores, gas stations and a lovely center) and is about 10 min drive away.

One thing we struggled with was finding nice areas for extended hiking / walking. Although there are some natural areas pretty close we couldn't find a lot of information online or in leaflets. We did find a really nice place for walking though in the end which is La Roche D'oetre but that was about 1 hr drive away.

All in all the place itself was really amazing, you are guaranteed to have a great time if you decide to stay at this property

  • Review Submitted: Aug 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Satisfied customers

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed two weeks with our four young children in this delightful gite with beautiful views over the surrounding Normandy countryside. It is very well appointed inside (lots of useful bits and pieces), comfortably furnished and plenty of interesting character. The large, well-maintained garden, provided ample space for the children to expend energy and make as much noise as they liked, and there was plenty of garden furniture for the adults to relax on. The separate play area with swings etc was enjoyed by our youngest (3 and 6y) and there was an Aladdin's cave of outdoor entertainment in the garden shed enjoyed by adults and children alike. The trampoline was another winner!

We found plenty to do on our days out within an hour or so's drive - chateau, cheese factory, zoo, beach, castle.

We've stayed in alot of gites over the years and would happily return to this one.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 16, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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La Petite Maison

  • 5 of 5

We were a group of 8 retirees spending a week of sightseeing in Normandy and usually eating a substantial lunch at restaurants and bistros in the surrounding area, including Argentan, Sees, Gace, Falaise, Lisieux, Orbec and Honfleur. We were delighted first with the excellent communication and direction we received from the English owners and found the house easily. The price was very good but of course it was the low season when properties in the north are least popular. The house is charming and comfortable and was accurately described beforehand. Since it is in deep country, every day saw us drive a good distance, but with two cars we found that quite acceptable. In the evenings we enjoyed group suppers in the delightful kitchen/dining room and often stayed at the table enjoying a glass or two afterwards. There were two log-burning stoves, which were used throughout and it was well worth paying for a good supply of logs. One of the burners is in a very comfortable lounge (an feature which is seldom found in houses with French owners). The bedrooms and bathrooms were comfortable and even though one room does not have an en-suite bathroom, there is easy access to the separate bathroom as well as the other en-suites. There is an extensive garden, both with plenty of room for children to play in warmer weather and for sitting and eating outdoors and there was enough parking space for about 3 cars. We would certainly recommend the property to people of a similar age to ourselves as well as to young families who were looking for a restful holiday in a safe area with enough room for children to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful countryside. We were pleased too that we paid for cleaning by a local lady after we left the house since it would have been a considerable chore on the last day. We were also very impressed and grateful to the owners some time later when some lost property was returned safely to us. Many thanks for a good experience all round.

  • Review Submitted: May 14, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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great new year

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic house with plenty of space and everything you need. And all the appliances worked. Little touches such as soaps in each bathroom and tea and coffee already there it was like a home from home. Even down to the Xmas decks throughout was a lovely touch. The house was well positioned to explore and we had a lovely walk in the forest around the house on new years day to walk off dinner and the champagne. Great place for a winter retreat. We will be going back. Kevin and Sarah the owners are really efficient and Leah is on hand locally with great knowledge to answer any questions. The WiFi worked a treat so kept our teenager happy as well as the older ones who got new tablets for Xmas!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Great Christmas in Normandy!

  • 5 of 5

From first contact with Kevin and Sarah, the owners we had a good feeling about La Petite Maison in Normandy. They were extremely helpful and accommodating from the start.

The gite was decorated for Christmas throughout which was lovely and very inviting. The location of the gite was remote but in a beautiful part of Normandy. The directions given made it easy to find.

The gite was extremely well equipped, nothing was needed to make a Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Dinner and it was beautiful and very warm and welcoming. Unfortunately we did not meet up with their local representative due to delays at the airport but she kept in touch via texts.

There was plenty of games, dvds and books provided for entertainment along with a play park for younger visitors. I believe there was also deckchairs and tables along with a large paddling pool, this we didn't require being December! There is plenty of land around the gite which I am sure would be in full use in warmer weather.

There was a basket full of information leaflets and guide books, along with plenty of French dictionaries and phrasebooks. The owners also left us cider, cheese and some Christmas crackers which was great, and very thoughtful.

La Petite Maison is a great base for exploring Normandy. Be prepared for a lot of driving though, this was not too bad as the roads were very quiet and our satnav did take us through some very small villages which was great for photographs. Bayeaux is approximately 1.5 hours drive away and Arromanches around 1.75 hours drive. We thought we could do this in one day but did not appreciate how long Arromanches would take. It is a long drive but well worth it. There are several towns and villages between 10 and 30 minutes drive, one of them being Camembert.

I would definitely recommend La Petite Maison to anyone who would like to visit Normandy, a great gite, a great base and great owners. We will be back again!!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 4, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
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Location

From the Owner

Location is key to a good Gite holiday and we feel where we are, it could not be better placed to explore all that Normandy has to offer. Close enough to get to from most of the ferry ports and centrally located to be within travelling distance of the many points of interest Normandy has to offer. The house itself is perfectly located in a beautiful rural location, giving peace and quiet when you want it, but having enough going on around you so you dont feel isolated. Ideal for both familiy holidays, or just chilling with a group of friends, where you can do as much, or as little as you please. Children have their own safe play area where they can tire themselves out whilst you relax and enjoy your holiday.......possibly with your feet up and a glass of wine on the go !

Activity and Interests

Coast/Beach:

The nearest beaches to visit are about an hours drive away along the northern coast between Ouistreham and Honfleur

Travel:

Caen ferry port 45 miles (1 hr 5 mins)

Le Havre ferry port 63 miles (1 hr 20 mins)

Dieppe ferry port 110 miles (1 hr 40 mins)

Cherbourg ferry port 121 miles (2 hrs 15 mins)

St Malo ferry port 145 miles (2 hrs 40 mins)

Eurotunnel near Calais 215 miles (3 hrs 10 mins)

Distances:

Vimoutiers: 8km about 10 minutes, town with lots of shops, supermarkets, petrol, tourist office, banks, bars and places to eat

Gace: 10km 15 mins, also a town with lots of shops, Supermarkets, petrol, banks, bars and places to eat

Le Sap: 8km 10mins, a large pretty listed village with two bakers, a butcher and small convenience stores

Further Details:

Normandy has a wide variety of places to visit and things to do, for all ages, interests and walks of life, including beaches, Chateaux, historical towns, museums, local produce with the cider and cheese routes, markets, animals, gardens, and in particular lots of historical sites surrounding WWII.

Chateaux - all within 45 minutes to an hours drive away including Vendeuvre, de Sassy, Beaumesnil, Carrouges, and de Canon

Honfleur: 1hr, an old fishing port that is like a living museum, tall houses surrounding the port lots of cafés and restaurants, speciality Moules Fritte, numerous antique/art galleries and a tropical butterfly house

Camembert: 20 mins, a tiny village famous for it's delicious cheese with 2 main attractions, the President farm museum giving the history of the cheese and it's inventor Marie Harel, and the House of Camembert museum.

Rouen: 1hr 10 mins, historical capital city of Normandy on the River Seine. Once one of the largest and most prosperous cities of medieval Europe and where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake

Deauville: 1hr 5 mins, with it's long sandy beach, is the Cannes of the north with it's yearly film festival. A Casino, designer boutiques and antiques shops

Monets Garden at Giverny: 1hr 50mins, a beautiful place to visit, Giverny is a delightful little town but Monets garden is of course the main attraction, one of the most visited places in the whole of France

Bayeux: 1hr 20 mins, famous for the Bayeaux Tapestry, the town filled with beautiful half-timbered buildings that escaped the bombings of WW2

Mont Saint-Michel: 2hrs 15mins, a UNESCO world heritage site, a long trip but worth the visit

Falaise: 45mins, the Birthplace of William the Conqueror. The Castle perched high above the town with its recent renovations including a glass floor

Lisieux: 35 mins, world-famous thanks to Sainte-Thérèse-de-l'Enfant-Jésus. with it's Basilica built in her honour

Le Zoo de Cerza – Hermival les Vaux: 45 mins, a conservation zoo nor

Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:

A 25% deposit is required to secure your booking (non refundable within 8 weeks of arrival date), balance is due 8 weeks before arrival date both payable by cheque or bank transfer

We operate an optional cleaning charge of £60 if you wish the house to be cleaned after you have departed, however if the house is left in the condition it is found then there is no charge. This charge is payable with the final balance of the holiday

A £200 security deposit is also required with the balance, which will be fully refunded within 7 days of departure date subject to terms and conditions.


Changeover Day:
Changeover days are Saturdays (can be flexible for short stays and during low season)
Departure time 10.00 a.m
Arrival times from 4.00 p.m, earlier may be possible but cannot be advised until nearer the time of arrival

Notes on prices:
10% discount on advertised rates for returning clients.

10% discount on advertised rates for 2 week stays.

Please note there will be an additional fuel surcharge of £35 per week on bookings from the beginning of October untill the end of March to cover extra fuel for Central Heating & for extra Firewood usage.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

The house is very easy to find, and to get to, and within 10 minutes of 2 towns with all the ammenities you could possibly need. It has everything you would need for a family holiday, for adults and kids alike, which is important to us. There is a safe kids play area that will keep the young ones entertained, and a 10 ft trampoline should they still have some energy left to use up. With all the bedrooms well spread out over the house each person will get their privacy if required, but it also has commiunial areas where everybody can be together for family fun

Property Type

  • house

General

  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area

Entertainment

  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • restaurants

Bathrooms

  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 3 - Shower Enclosure
  • 3 Shower rooms in total Bathroom 1: Ensuite to Bedroom 1 with shower, basin & wc Bathroom 2: Ensuite to bedroom 2 with shower, double basin & wc Bathroom 3: Family shower room with basin & wc Separate downstairs wc with basin Baby bath available

Bedrooms

  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: Kingsize bed with ensuite Bedroom 2: Double bed with ensuite (Ground floor) Bedroom 3: Double bed Bedroom 4: Twin with 2 singles (Ground floor) 2 travel cots also available

Outside

  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 2 bicycles

Meals

  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website

Notes:

  • Notes on accommodation: With an open plan kitchen diner it means that cooks and diners alike can be part of the conversation and entertainment, leaving no one left out of the fun. The bedrooms are well spaced out around the house and each upstairs bedroom has it's own staircase, allowing everyone some privacy if needed, whilst also keeping a cosy family feel to it. Outside: The house is set in 2500m2 of secluded and secure lawned garden with various trees, many of which are fruit, with views over the countryside and the grazing cattle. There is an enclosed bark floor childrens play area with a wooden slide & swing set, childrens picnic bench and separate baby swing. Also in the grounds is a 10ft trampoline, a garden swing chair, tree hammocks, Sun loungers and 2 patio areas with garden furniture and parasols. Various outdoor garden games and a paddling pool are available. It has a long illuminated driveway with secure gates offering ample safe parking. A large woodpile can be found at the rear of the house for those colder autumn/winter nights Utility Room: Second fridge, freezer, washing machine, tumble dryer, oil fired central heating boiler, iron and board, clothes airer, hoover, cleaning equipment, first aid box, fire extinguisher, wine rack, cloakroom and back door leading to garden and woodpile Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: The property will be clean upon your arrival and we request that you leave it as you find it. Cleaning equipment is provided. If you do not wish to do any cleaning an extra charge of £60 will be required. Bed Linen and tea towels included in the price Other: A Garage where you can find a BBQ, outdoor games, a paddling pool, tree hammocks, Mountain bikes and two childrens high chairs.

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