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Traditional Normandy farmhouse with extensive and secluded grounds

Bedrooms 4
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Minimum Stay
3 - 7 nights

About the property

Quiet rural location, close to the coast and ideal for cycling, walking and riding. Discounts for smaller groups.

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.

Colin Raban
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Calendar last updated:
22 February, 2017

About Colin Raban

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

Colin Raban purchased this farmhouse in 2007

Why Colin Raban chose Upper Normandy

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.

What makes this farmhouse unique

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!)

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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5/5 -
(3 traveller reviews)

Burley in Wharfedale

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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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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  • 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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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Early Spring
18 Mar 2017 - 7 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Easter Holiday
8 Apr 2017 - 21 Apr 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Spring
22 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring Half Term
27 May 2017 - 2 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer (1)
3 Jun 2017 - 23 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Summer (2)
24 Jun 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer Holidays
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Early Autumn
30 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Autumn Half Term
21 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Autumn
28 Oct 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
23 Dec 2017 - 29 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

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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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Seine-Maritime, France

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 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.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 10 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.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 4 bicycles
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • wheelchair accessible
  • 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
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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