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Traditional Normandy farmhouse with extensive and secluded grounds

Overview

Property

Updated: 25-Nov-2016
Quiet rural location, close to the coast and ideal for cycling, walking and riding. Discounts for groups of 4 or less.

The farmhouse is set in the hamlet of Maintru, close to the Avenue Verte and the River Bethune. There is a large and secure garden enclosing the farmhouse itself, a half-timbered barn and a converted stable (which is used on occasion by the owner). The house was built in the 1790s in the traditional Norman style with exposed beams and an open fireplace. The ground floor accommodation comprises a large dining kitchen, family bathroom, utility room, two living rooms and a TV/reading area with sofa bed. The upstairs accommodation consists of four bedrooms and a shower room.

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Pets considered
  • Wheelchair access
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

I am a semi-retired university professor, living in Sheffield and working on a freelance basis both within the UK and overseas.

Speaks English, French, Spanish

Guestbook comments from the owner

'Best getaway ever. Maintru is a beautiful hamlet with stunning scenery, perfect for those who like to get out and about for a walk, run or cycle. I would especially recommend La Grange to families as there's loads to keep kids entertained and also to groups of friends who can both enjoy and respect the property as it's a beautifully maintained 18th century farmhouse on well-kept grounds.' KP, London.



'Fantastic, relaxing week. We've had a great time'. M and K McD, W Yorks



'Charming area of France. Very comfortable stay'. J and M W, Suffolk



'Have thoroughly enjoyed my visit and will be recommending this beautiful house to other Canadians'. JS, Ontario.
Dec 2013
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3 Reviews

5
based on 3 holidaymaker reviews

Burley in Wharfedale
5

Beautiful house - 5 Stars!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at La Grange for a week in May with our 2 young children (16 months and 3) and dog. We had a fantastic time, the house is very clean, well equipped and very comfortable. The enclosed garden is amazing and it was great to be able to turf the kids and dog out and know they would be completely safe as the garden is completely enclosed.

The house is just a couple of minutes from the Avenue Verte, and we made good use of our bicycles, our 3 year old even learnt to ride without her stabilisers whilst we were there.

Colin the owner was around and he made us feel very welcome. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend a stay, in fact we're going again next year for 2 weeks!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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5

La Grange Revisited

  • 5 of 5

La Grange is a delightfully spacious house with a well equipped kitchen, a lovely garden to relax in and a supply of books and DVDs. There's plenty of room for adults and children.

The house is very close to the Avenue Verte for walks and cycling, and just up the road from the village shop at St Vaast which sells croissants, fresh bread, home-cooked meals and much more. There are plenty of good restaurants in the villages round about for eating out, and excellent supermarkets within easy driving distance.

This was our second stay in Maintru. We were able to revisit the marvellous Gertrude Jekyll garden at Varengeville-sur-Mer, in brilliant sunshine this time after previously sloshing around the rose and rhododendron gardens in the rain. Le Bois des Moutiers is one of the many delights of this Seine-Maritime region. But there's so much more...

This is Flaubert country - the little town of Ry with its Galerie Bovary Musee d'Automates is a revelation. There are typical French seaside towns, the port of Dieppe, walks in the Foret d'Eawy (a huge area of beech trees situated between the rivers Varenne and Bethune), châteaus with helpful tours, and, a little more distant: the Bayeux Tapestry to the West, Monet's Garden at Giverny to the East, and Rouen to the South.

It's a great place to stay with much to return for on subsequent visits.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Suffolk
5

Relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Set in a charming area of France, this spacious house and grounds is perfect for visiting local towns, forests and coast or, just put your feet up and enjoy the quiet.

Benefits from large separate kitchen. Toilets on both floors. Clean. Spacious grounds for dog (or children).

No TV, not a problem for us.

If you are keen cyclists the Avenue Verte is ideal and virtually on the doorstep.

Shops just a short drive away. Large supermarkets and English speaking vet at Neufchatel en Bray. Local cheese recommended.

  • Review Submitted: May 29, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Location

From the Owner

When we first saw the house we were struck by the privacy and seclusion that it offered within such a peaceful rural setting. And yet, because Maintru is only a half hour drive from Dieppe and less than two hours from Calais, it is readily accessible from the UK.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Beavais at 80 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : St Vaast d'Equiqueville at 3 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Dieppe at 25 Kilometres Nearest Golf : St Saens at 12 Kilometres Nearest Train : Auffay at 10 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : A28 at 12 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Londinieres at 5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Dieppe at 25 Kilometres Car: recommended

Coast/Beach:

The Cote d'Albâtre with its spectacular chalk cliffs and beaches lies to the west of Dieppe. It is a half hour drive to the nearest beaches at Dieppe, Pourville and Varengeville.

For sailors, Dieppe has a large marina and a trailer/sailer could be parked in the grounds.

Travel:

Maintru is just off the D1, less than twenty miles from Dieppe. There are ferry services between Newhaven and Dieppe, and from Dover to Calais/Dunkirk; there is also the Eurotunnel service from Folkestone. The distance from Calais to Maintru is about 100 miles (1.5 hours).

There are Ryanair flights to Paris Beauvais from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Manchester. Beauvais is just over an hour's drive from Maintru.

We will send you detailed directions when we confirm your booking.

Distances:

Dieppe - 15 miles

Neufchatel-en-Bray - 10 miles

Rouen - 35 miles

Le Havre - 70 miles

Calais - 105 miles

Paris - 100 miles

Further Details:

La Grange is set within the Pays de Bray. This is an area that has 'a noticeable feeling of remoteness, with a sparsely inhabited patchwork of flower-filled meadows, verdant valleys and limestone bluffs' (Clare Hargreaves, Normandy).

The house is just 200 metres from the 'Avenue Verte', a 40 km cycle track that was once the railway line between Dieppe and Forges-les-Eaux. The long term plan is to extend the Avenue Verte to connect London with Paris.

Neufchâtel (the home of Normandy's oldest cheese) is 10km to the south. Dieppe with its lively Saturday market and restaurants is 15km to the north; and further afield lie the cathedral cities of Rouen and Amiens, and the spa town of Forges-les-Eaux. Within easy reach are Monet’s house and gardens at Giverny, the charming port of Honfleur, Saint Saens, and Ry - the model for Yonville-L'Abbaye in Madame Bovary.

The surrounding countryside is best explored on foot, by cycle or on horseback. The Foret d'Eawy, a vast tract of beech trees with trails for walking and riding, lies less than 10 miles to the west. (The stables at Pomeroy are recommended). Extending from Dieppe to Fecamp and beyond is the Cote d'Albatre with its pretty seaside villages and spectacular chalk cliffs.

Closer to hand you'll find an abundance of gardens, chateaux and castles. Our favourites are: the Bois des Moutiers, a house designed in the Arts and Crafts style by Edwin Lutyens with gardens designed by Gertrude Jekyll; the Norman castle at Arques-la-Bateille; the sixteenth century Renaissance-style chateau in Mesnieres-en-Bray; and the house and grounds of the Chateau de Miromesnil. A little further away, near Rouen, is Chateau Gaillard. This is a medieval castle built by Richard the Lionheart.

You could, of course, just stay in Maintru, dining al fresco in the secluded garden or simply enjoying the peace and privacy afforded by a location that feels remote, but remains close to home.

Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Late Autumn
29 Oct 2016 - 16 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
£330
for 3 nights
From
£110
£550
 
 
Christmas and New Year
17 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
7 night minimum stay
£950
for 7 nights
£950
 
 
Early Spring
18 Mar 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
£330
for 3 nights
From
£110
£550
 
 
Easter Holiday
8 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
£650
for 7 nights
£650
 
 
Late Spring
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
£348
for 3 nights
From
£116
£580
 
 
Spring Half Term
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
£700
for 7 nights
£700
 
 
Early Summer (1)
3 Jun 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
£390
for 3 nights
From
£130
£650
 
 
Early Summer (2)
24 Jun 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
£450
for 3 nights
From
£150
£750
 
 
Summer Holidays
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
£910
for 7 nights
£910
 
 
September
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
£390
for 3 nights
From
£130
£650
 
 
Early Autumn
30 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
£360
for 3 nights
From
£120
£600
 
 
Autumn Half Term
21 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
£650
for 7 nights
£650
 
 
Late Autumn
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
£375
for 3 nights
From
£125
£625
 
 
Christmas
23 Dec 2017 - 29 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
£975
for 7 nights
£975
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We offer a range of booking options from short breaks to longer stays and can be flexible on changeover day, particularly out of season.

For holidays outside the peak periods of July/August and Christmas/New Year, you can make a no-obligation provisional booking. We will, however, ask you to confirm the booking within six weeks of your holiday, or earlier if we receive another request for the dates you have selected.


Changeover Day:
Although Saturday to Saturday bookings are preferred, other possibilities can be agreed subject to availability.

Notes on prices:
There is a discount for early bookings (for holidays in 2016). This discount will be available until the 20th December 2015.

Discounts are available for groups of 4 or less, for bookings of two or more weeks duration, and/or if you should prefer to bring your own bedlinen.

Payments can be made by cheque, bank transfer or through PayPal.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Facilities

From the Owner

Our part of Normandy provides the perfect base for a very wide range of holiday activities. It is close to beaches, the delightful port of Dieppe (and its seafood restaurants), chateaux and castles, riding stables, golf courses, the Foret d-Eawy, the historic towns of Amiens and Rouen and, for cyclists, the Avenue Verte. When we're feeling less energetic, the house and gardens provide a sanctuary for reading and relaxation. (My thirteen year old son can be safely left to his own devices, exploring the Avenue Verte and surrounding countryside, and making friends with the local children!)

Property Type

  • farmhouse

Suitability

  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting small game
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • roller blading
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis

Bathrooms

  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • First floor bathroom with shower, washbasin and w/c. Ground floor bathroom with bath/shower, w/c and handbasin.

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 with king size bed, Bedroom 2 with double bed, Bedroom 3 with bunk beds and Bedroom 4 with one or two single beds. There is an area off the sitting room which can serve as a fifth bedroom.

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

Notes:

  • Outside: The house shares its 3,500 square metre grounds with a traditional Norman half-timbered barn and a converted stable. The garden with its lawns and wooded areas is secure and child-friendly. A barbecue is provided and there is a private patio with garden furniture. Various outside games, including croquet, are available. Utility Room: Fridge/freezer, washing machine, iron and ironing board, cleaning equipment including vacuum cleaner. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen is included. The house is cleaned prior to the arrival of guests. Additional cleaning services and changes of linen can be provided on request and for a small extra charge. Other: Off the larger of the two living rooms there is a reading/TV area with a collection of books, games and DVDs for use by guests. This area can be screened off to serve as a ground floor bedroom.

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