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On the road to Rouen, sleeps up to 14 people in the 2 houses

Bedrooms 7
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

7 beds /6 bathroom Farmhouse near Neufchatel en Bray Normandy, France - Enjoy this peaceful rural retreat

The BIG House. The accommodation offered serves as either an idyllic retreat or a ‘’Celebration’’ house or both!

• ‘’Home from Home.’’

• Enjoy this rural retreat but the good size nearby town of Neufchatel-en-Bray is just 6 kilometers away.

• Great for children. Ideal for multi-generational family gatherings.

Or two families or a group of friends.

• Private garden

• The Avenue Verte cycle path is within 6 km. Take a picnic! It’s flat ! You could even cycle to Paris or to the charming port of Dieppe.

• Easy access to motorways to visit Caen and the Normandy landing beaches. Bayeux and its tapestry. Rouen and its cathedral. Giverny - home of Claude Monet with its beautiful gardens and amazing collection of Japanese prints.

• Car essential unless keen cyclists.

• Wheelchair access – suitable for people with restricted mobility.

• Pets welcome

• Log fire

• 7 bedrooms – 6 bathrooms. (3 en-suite) .

• 4 dining areas. Gazebo. Patio, Conservatory and Kitchen/dining room.

• Furnished with Indonesian furniture/artefacts and textiles

• Internet access

• Wonderful vistas and views of rural French countryside

• Ample garden furniture. 2 pub tables. 2 Loungers. Hammock.

• Gazebo and patio for outdoor dining.

Paris and Calais are two hours drive.

Nearest beach Dieppe 35 kilometers away

More Details

Property Manager
Anita Fenton
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
25 May, 2018

About Anita Fenton

My husband and I lived in Jakarta Indonesia for 25 years and bought this ruin as a 'project' which we worked on during our vacations. We enjoyed the rural retreat as a stark contrast to Jakarta's teeming millions. The house has been host to many family and friends and some wonderful memories.

Why Anita Fenton chose Fontaine-en-Bray

If you discount the Channel :-) The houses are in effect incredibly close to England! Just 25 miles to the port of Dieppe. You could cycle there along the flat Avenue Verte cycle path.

The ferry leaves from the port of Newhaven (10 miles from Brighton) and takes 4 hours to Dieppe - or take the ferry from Dover to Calais (90 minutes and then it's a two hour drive.)

It serves as either a Celebration House or a retreat.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The Big House ! Sleeps 16 !

There are in fact two houses side by side under one roof in that ''long house'') suitable for expats who are on 'home leave.' A time where you want and need to see 'everybody' - i.e. friends and family but it is physically exhausting to 'make the rounds'. This way the family can all group together and share wonderful French memories at an affordable price.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Fontaine-en-Bray in Seine-Maritime

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 14
  • Min. age of primary renter: 30
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events allowed
  • Pets considered
  • Non smoking only
  • 1.Please strip any beds that have been used. 2. Please clean the BarBQ's before leaving (Special plastic pouch cleaning packs are provided.
  • Please submit a review asap after departure.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 6 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Ground floor - large ensuite bathroom to Bedroom 1 with large walk in shower + shower seat. 2 Upstairs Bathrooms (with bath) adjacent to double bedrooms. 3 ensuite shower rooms (WC, sink and shower) 1 separate WC, sink and shower downstairs
  • 7 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , Double bed with a futon bed in same room
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: 7 bedrooms - sleeps 14 Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 Double bed + single Bedroom 2 Double bed + single Bedroom 3 Double bed Bedroom 4 2 single beds Bedroom 5 Small room - 2 bunk beds The ''Other End House'' - Double bed + 1 single Double bed with bunk above it.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • ice skating
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: ‘’On the road to Rouen’’ is situated in typically picturesque Normandy’s lush green, undulating countryside. 1787 is etched in the lintel above the front door. It was purchased as a complete ruin – no gas, mains water, no electricity, phone nor bathrooms now it has been transformed into 2 (side by side) stunning houses. The ancient and the modern. The magnificent exposed beams have been lovingly restored and now revealed in all their glory. There are 6 double bedrooms and a small study room with 2 bunks. The houses are light, bright, airy and warm ! Conservatory, kitchen diner and lounge make it truly spacious. It is suitable for the elderly and has wheelchair access. The kitchen is fitted out with two dishwashers and two fridge freezers. The house serves as either a Retreat or a Celebration house. The house is not like most gites. We like to provide almost everything that you could need for a self catering holiday. There is even a bread maker. Outside: Large (football field size) lawn /orchard area. Gazebo. Secluded and wind sheltered patio which seats 16 outside the conservatory. ''The Other End'' house has a raised decking patio with pub table.) Bedding is provided and a fee is charged for laundry/cleaning and changeover. A fee of £60 is charged for our caretaker to Meet and Greet and explain how things work. They will also be there for key hand over/change over when you leave


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On the road to Rouen, sleeps up to 14 people in the 2 houses
average rating of 4.6875 based on 16 reviews

Lovely, cosy, rustic New Year break

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic few days over New Year 2017/2018 in these charming country cottages. The big house is welcoming, spacious, comfortable and full of rustic charm. I especially liked the owner's furniture and the many heart-shaped items throughout the house.

There were 13 of us (3 families ranging from 9 to 76 years old) and the two houses were very well equipped for us all. Plenty bathrooms, crockery, cutlery, glasses, pots and pans etc. There were 2 fridge/freezers and 2 dishwashers in the big house alone as well as plenty seating for us all.

The house has a very cosy feel in the winter. We were all very grateful for the huge log burner in the lounge with the weather being pretty wet (plenty logs/kindling) . The location is stunning and very peaceful - just a shame we could not make more use of the outside facilities.

The owner Anita was very helpful in providing information about both the house and the area and was keen that we all had a lovely time in her house - which we did. Serin was very helpful when we arrived and is very kindly returning items we left behind to us, for which we are very grateful.

A very enjoyable few days for us all - thank you!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Perfect house for large families

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful fortnight here in this beautiful part of France with family and friends. It has all the comforts of home and the kitchen benefits from two fridge freezers and two dishwashers which is very unusual.

The owner was easily contacted and any problems or queries were answered promptly. The beds were very comfortable and we all had our own shower and loo. We can highly recommend it.

  • Review Submitted: 20-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

A group of 12 bikers stayed here and the house worked very well for us all. The bedrooms are lovely and enough bathrooms/shower rooms for one per couple which was brilliant. The kitchen is stocked with more gadgets and equipment than we could possibly use, 3 fridges, 2 dishwashers and 2 ovens. There's even a drawer full of herbs and spices!!

Both the owner and property manager are lovely people and really couldn't do enough to help.

The surrounding countryside is beautiful and the nearest town is only 6km away and sells everything you could need.

All in all a fantastic property and a brilliant holiday.

  • Review Submitted: 10-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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A fabulous place for a big group holiday

  • 4 of 5

Our four families celebrated New Years 2017 at The Big House Normandy - it was great. The house coped well with our requirements, was in a beautiful location and the owner was a pleasure to deal with.

The only slight issue was the power - as it was very cold when we were there we had to use all the electric heaters available which, while using other normal appliances too, kept forcing the main electricity switch to cut out. Not a problem once we found out what was going on and I wouldn't have thought this would be a issue unless the outside temperature is -3 degrees all day (which it was while we were there).

Overall - thoroughly recommended especially for larger family groups.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A house of hearts

  • 4 of 5

We stayed with a family of 11 and had a wonderful time. The house is very well equipped and nothing is missing.And what is even more important, really everything works! Nothing out of order. Nice and quiet location with large garden. A house of hearts.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A family holiday in France

  • 5 of 5

We rented the house for one week for a family holiday of 10 people, ranging from an 18 month year old toddler to a 94 year old. We needed 7 bedrooms in total and found that this house worked well - in particular the disabled room on the ground floor for the 94 year old. The large garden kept the children happy and the gazebo was a popular feature. It was even hot enough for the children to go in the paddling pool! The large dining table in the conservatory was perfect for long lunches and the kitchen table perfect for late night games of scrabble.

The area is rural and we really liked how peaceful and relaxing the setting was - however it is still close to supermarkets and local A routes allowing easy access to pretty villages and the coast.

The variety of things to do in Normandy really impressed us and we would definitely come again to see/do things we weren't able to do this week.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
4.5 Kilometres
Saint Saire railway Station
Nearest Ferry
40 Kilometres
Nearest Train
60 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4.5 Kilometres
Saint Saire railway station
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

Arrangements can be made for : Activity weekends. Learning whilst holidaying.

Thai cooking weekends

Cake and desert making

Wine appreciation

Chocolate making.

Yoga and Meditation (marque available for yoga in the garden classes.)

French lessons

Whisky tastings

And even Belly dancing workshops!


Dieppe – is a must see Day Trip – The beach and the sea!

The Castle- the town and harbour is very picturesque.

The outdoor and indoor excellent swimming pool. The Saturday morning market is well worth getting out of bed for and Moule et Frites for lunch is a wise choice. Il Va Bien being a good place for lunch. The owner speaks English.


Neufchatel-en-Bray is just 25 miles from the port of Dieppe ( the ferry takes 4 hours to Newhaven – which is 10 miles from Brighton.)

The house is situated 2 hours from Paris, and also 2 hours from Calais by motorway. Dover to Calais takes 1 hour by ferry.

Folkestone to Calais ferry takes 35 minutes.

The use of a car is essential unless keen cyclists.

I have now purchased an outdoor table tennis table.


Nearest beach – Dieppe 25 miles

Lots of information and leaflets/information as to where to go or what you can do are available.

Nearest amenities 6 km in the town of Neufchatel-en-Bray

Nearest travel links.

Nearest airport Charles de Galle Paris.

Nearest railway Rouen 40km

Nearest port – Dieppe – 25 km or Calais (120 km) 2 hours by motorway. Le Havre (ferry to Portsmouth)

Further Details:

Neufchatel-en-Bray – Shops, Bars, Restaurant, Tourist office, Swimming pool. Quad bikes hire.

+ Turkish kebab restaurant, coffee shops, patisserie bakers, butchers, delicatessens and Micro boutique ‘computer needs’ shop.

Le Clerc supermarket. Lidl and Aldi all in same road + the ubiquitous Mac Donalds.

Wednesday – Fish market

Saturday – town market – poultry for sale and Farmers market.

Anyone who wants to go lake fishing in Normandy to catch Carp, Bream, Tench, Perch & Catfish


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Fontaine-en-Bray, Upper Normandy

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Xmas & New Year
16 Dec 2018 - 6 Jan 2019
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £50
Refundable Damage Deposit £250
Meet and greet £60
Cleaning changeover £140

Booking Notes:
Security deposit is required of £250 payable before arrival and will be refunded after a full inventory has been taken within 7 days.

Full terms and conditions will be sent along with the booking form.

Changeover Day:
Generally the changeover day will be Saturday. Check out by 10am.
Check in after 4pm (to give time for full cleaning.)

Manager'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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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