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4 Star Apartment****



Updated: 29-Jul-2016
Apartment in Bagnoles De L'Orne, (Chateau) Normandy, France (New Listing) - Located In A Pretty Bustling Square, Close To Restaurants, Pattisserie, Bars And Shops

The apartment is situated at the top of our Belle Epoque (beautiful era) house with a private entrance and has commanding views over the pretty square and the Normandy Church dating back to 1819. Lighting at night enhances this picture postcard vista. The square is meticulously maintained by the local council and flowers, plants and trees are in bloom throughout the year. Just over the road from the house is the absolutely wonderful Pattisserie and the smell of freshly baked bread (particularly in the morning!) is mouthwatering. Home made croissants, cakes, ice cream (try the local maccarons, you'll be hooked) are irresistible. The Pattisserie is a hive of industry. There is a quiet bar next door to the house and restaurants and more bars behind the Church. The local 'Viveco' is just across the road and is a general store selling all the basic foods and necessities needed. There is a Doctor's surgery in the square, just in case, and Dr Flipo speaks rather good English too! Within 100 metres is a bus stop where you can catch a SNCF bus that will take you to the train station and from there you could easily get to Paris in a couple of hours. If you just want to take a day off from touring the many different attractions why not relax in the large, mature garden with a glass of the local cider (pronounced cidre!)

Please note Check-in time is after 3.00pm and Check-out time is 10.00am, however suitcases etc can be left at the house at an agreed time.

More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

My husband Mike and I moved to France 10 years ago. We love the place, the culture, the people, and you betcha, the wine! The local community welcomed us which is why we feel so at home here. Many of our neighbours take full advantage of the opportunity to practice their English on. Great fun!

Speaks English, French

3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Lovely apartment,friendly owners and amazing bakery!

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our two weeks in Le Grande Chalet. The apartment is bright and welcoming and absolutely charming. The surrounding area is beautiful and although we have visited Normandy many times before, we found, with the help and local knowledge of Mike and Lyn, some really stunning places we might otherwise have missed. It was a great base for us as we like to travel and visit other areas too. We were made to feel at home as soon as we arrived and nothing was too much trouble for our lovely hosts. The boulongerie is a must, at your peril, your waistline will suffer!!

The town has some lovely bars and restaurants, for a special meal we particularly liked Café de Paris run by Bruno who is extremely helpful if French isn't your first language.

We will definitely go back.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Alan & Lin were just about the perfect guests! They made full use of their time over here in Bagnoles de l'Orne, out every day exploring the surrounding attractions and enjoying the local bars and restaurants. They left the apartment absolutely immaculate. In fact I wondered if they'd crept out at night and stayed somewhere else!!!!! I may be a little biased though because anybody who leaves me 6 cans of Guinness is always gonna get a good review! Always welcome to return. Thanks, Mike & Lyn
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Spacious, comfortable and quiet apartment in good location - ideal for exploring Bagnoles and beyond

  • 4 of 5

Ideally situated and very comfortable, well-equipped apartment with plenty of space. The owners made us welcome and were helpful with advice on local things to see and do. Quiet and with very comfortable beds. Sadly, our time was too short and we hope to return to Bagnoles in the not too distant future. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Outstanding property in outstanding location

  • 5 of 5

We stopped in the attached apartment to the house. The apartment is as described and beautifully furnished and more than enough home comforts to make your holiday even more enjoyable. 11year old daughter enjoyed full use of the garden, including a selection of bicycles and we enjoyed barbecue facilities in the garden. The house is situated right in the heart of the square with local amenities. We cannot recommend high enough stopping with Mike and Lyn, who are available to help enjoy your holiday stay with as much, or little, support as you require.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 27, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. Lyn and myself try hard to be available but not so that we are 'in your face' so to speak. It's often a fine line and it's really nice that someone has acknowledged that. Thank you again.
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From the Owner

Bought the house about 10 years ago and spent 3 years renovating it. After it was finished (is it ever finished!) the local Mayor thanked us for the renovation work and improving the square. We love the fact that the house is 'in the community' and we feel that we are a part of it. We were a bit of a novelty at first but that soon passed. The locals all know us and we spend a good deal of time shouting "Bonjour" out of the car window. Being so close to the forest is wonderful and we often take a hike down one of the forest paths. The solitude is breathtaking. Being able to walk to local shops, restaurants and bars is a bonus, especially if we've run out of milk. Living opposite the Church is great as we get to see weddings (and funerals!) and at night when it's lit up it's just beauti

Activity and Interests


The Normandy landing beaches are approximately 2 hours away and most certainly worth a visit. Arromanches is 1hr 35mins away. St. Malo historic town is 1hr 54mins. Le Mont St Michel is about the same distance and an absolute 'must' to see. The beaches on the Normandy stretch of coast are delightful. (We do have a 'beach' much, much closer in the next town to here, La Ferte Mace. It's man-made by a lake and is actually very pleasant with café, swimming, pedalos and canoes....worth a trip).



The nearest international airports are Dinard (Pleurtuit) flying from, Leeds, London Stanstead, East Mids. and Rennes (St. Jacques) flying from Manchester, Dublin, Cork, Southampton and Exeter. Both are approx. 2 hrs. away. Paris (Beauvais) is 3hrs. 15mins and Paris (Charles De Gaulle) 3hrs. 30mins.(Car hire is available).


The nearest port is Caen (1.5 hrs.) Le Havre (2 hrs.) Dieppe (2hrs 36mins) Cherbourg (2hrs. 10 mins) St. Malo (1hr. 49 mins.) Calais (3 hrs. 56mins.)


The charming medieval town of Domfront is just 18 mins. away. Full of history, (William the Conqueror lived there for a while) cobbled streets and ancient timber-framed houses. The famous city of Le Mans is 1hr.22 mins away. Bayeux and its tapestry is 1hr.26mins. The beautiful Loire Valley with it's magnificent Chateaux starts just 1hr. away. Visit Lassay-Les-Chateaux only 20 mins from here for Chateau on the doorstep or Carrouges, both with guided tours.

Further Details:

Normandy is steeped in ancient history, just too much to mention. Every town and every village has something to offer, water mills, stud farms, 2nd world war memorabilia, forests, beaches, restaurants (and more restaurants!) If you like car boot sales then you'll love the French equivalent Vide Grenier' (which means 'loft empty'). Every village and town has them throughout the summer where you can often pick up a bargain or two.

Bagnoles de l'Orne is considered to be the jewel of Normandy and is, without doubt, stunning. From it's Belle Epoque (beautiful era) houses, it's delightful floral displays, host of restaurants and bars to it's magnificent forests, remedial health and beauty spa and it's mysterious legend. There are plenty of very good shops, banks, a post office, Indoor & Outdoor Tennis courts, archery classes. A velorail is available.. Catch the firework display on Bastille day (14th July) and be amazed. There's nature trails and horse riding, mushroom picking (seasonal). A free bus runs around the town every 15mins. Horse racing at the hippodrome. Why not visit the 9th century Priory in the forest, St. Ortaire. About 15mins away is Haliene where you can go kayaking. For the more energetic why not have a go on the Tree-Top walks?

Fancy eating out at one of the local restaurants? Why not try the 'Lido' vibrant atmosphere, (outside tables near the fountain are most popular in the sunshine) friendly staff, good food and average prices make this a very popular venue. 'La Terrace' is a really nice eatery and Sylvia will make you most welcome.

If you fancy something a little more upmarket try the 'Café de Paris' near the casino (whoops!nearly forgot about the casino!) For the more discerning culinary diner you perhaps may want to try the Michelin rated 'Le Bois Joli.' "C'est superb!" There are many more places to eat if you just want a snack or a coffee.

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £5 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

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
A £100 security deposit is also required with the balance, which will be fully refunded within 14 days of departure date subject to terms and conditions.

Changeover Day:
Arrival and departure times are always flexible and we will try our very best to accommodate you throughout your stay. It is expected that guests leave the apartment in the same condition as they found it.

Notes on prices:
The prices shown are for 2 people. For more than 2 people there will be a supplement of £5 per night per extra person.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 29-Jul-2016
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From the Owner

The free bus passes our front door which takes you around the town and is a great way of meeting and interacting with the locals. Literally 100 yards from the house is a bus stop and from there you can go anywhere in the world as there's a SNCF bus which takes you to the train station and then off to Paris. Although the apartment is completely self-contained we are usually about if you have any questions or problems. You will, if you want, get to know local French residents very quickly, and they love to talk to you (sometimes in English) about family and where you live. If you need a doctor there's a surgery 50 yards from the house...Dr he speaks English!

Property Type

  • apartment


  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


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


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


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Stereo
  • Television


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Floor Area

  • 79 m²


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath with Shower, Shower Enclosure
  • Modern bathroom with over bath shower, WC. Vanity unit. Hairdryer. There is also a separate WC.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed, 2 Single Bed, 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: One room with double bed. One room with King-size bed and twin beds. All bedding is provided. Travel cot


  • Bicycles ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 5 bicycles


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: The apartment is exclusively yours for the period and you are responsible for day to day cleaning. Apartment to be left as found please. In the event of a 2 week stay a change of bedding is provided. A strict no smoking policy exists. No pets. Outside: Clients have full access to our South-facing garden. The garden is dominated by two very mature Beechnut trees (our very own nature reserve!) and there is plenty of lawn for sunbathing. There are sun-loungers, picnic tables, barbecues and a garden swing to enjoy. Utility Room: Mop & bucket, brush, shovel, vacuum cleaner, ironing board & iron, cleaning products & dusters, clothes maiden Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: All bed linen provided and changed weekly (or after changeovers!) 4 bath towels are provided. Other: The kitchen is large and contains a large, mahogany dining table with matching chairs. Fully equipped.

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