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The Barn, Boudet, Normandy, France

Details

The Barn is a much loved four bedroom property which has been beautifully converted to keep as much traditional character in place as possible whilst providing a high degree of comfort. We think this is one of the highest quality holiday homes available in Normandy.

If you are seeking a home from home the Barn is an ideal choice especially if you appreciate comfort, good design and decor and an eye for detail. Much of the furniture is bespoke.

Privacy is provided by use of the south-facing garden which has cider-apple trees and children's swing.

As you enter the impressive hallway with Cathedral ceiling and gallery handmade staircase you have the comfortable sitting room on the left with a magnificent open fireplace. Here you'll find two super large and comfy sofas arranged around the coffee table, a card table, desk (great if you need to do some work or homework), flatscreen TV with UK Freeview and DVD player.

To the right of the entrance hall is the open plan kitchen/dining room with an impressive 4-metre refectory table in wild cherry with fruitwood benches which comfortably seats 12 and the fully-fitted bespoke kitchen with maple worktops. There is a stable door to garden, fridge, dishwasher, hob and oven. There is a separate fridge/freezer in the storeroom.

Through the kitchen is the downstairs WC, utility area with sink and washer/dryer. Off this is the boot room/store with freezer, bicycles, outdoor games, garden furniture and barbecue.

Upstairs you'll find four bedrooms each with Shaker-style bespoke furniture and extensive built in cherry wood wardrobes and chests of drawers which gives a clean and sophisticated decor.

The first bedroom you reach is a double with an en suite shower room, the second opposite this has twin beds. Walking around the galleried landing you reach the family bathroom with a bath with shower over and twin sinks, the second twin bedroom and the fourth double bedroom with en suite shower room. This has a king size bed.

We have travel cots and high chairs available as well as an extra single bed should it be needed.

All towels and linen is proved and there is abundant cookware, matching plates and serving dishes.

Our local caretakers are on hand to help with any queries are are a real asset to us, leaving the Barn in immaculate condition between guests.

Local Area

Boudet is a great base to explore Normandy. We are moments from the Flers-Domfront veloroute or Voie Verte (a disused railway line cycle track) which forms part of an extensive network. This offers an excellent and safe opportunity to get about and explore the area - you can even cycle to Mont St Michel. Do bring your own bikes. We have some on site but they are better used for short local trips!

There is an open air swimming pool at Mortain (15 min drive), horse riding is available near Barenton. Bungee jumping can be found near Clecy.

Golf can be played at Clecy, Granville, Dol de Bretagne and Bagnoles de L’Ornes whose golf course is closest to us. It is a beautiful 9 hole course designed by Harold Becker in 1925 and situated in the middle of the Andaine forest. It is a very pretty, reasonably flat but physical course that dominates in the “doe-ford” glade. A river meanders through the forest and often borders the fairways.

For beaches Mount St Michel is about 50 minutes from Boudet. Carolles is the nearest beach 70 km away and the charming fishing town Cancale is 107 km from the property. Other recommended beaches are Deauville, Houlgate and Trouville-sur-Mer. Base de Loisirs La Ferte Mace is a 65 hectare leisure base centred around La Ferte Mace large lake which is a great alternative to a beach. It has lifeguards in July and August, a play area, volley ball, peddocs, mini golf etc.

More practically the local village, with all essential amenities, including a small supermarket is 2 km away. The historic towns of Domfront and Mortain (all facilities) are 12 km away.

 

Getting Here

 

Cars are essential when on your visit to Boudet as the property is in the heart of Norman countryside. We recommend travelling by ferry from the UK to Normandy as our property is less than an 1.15 minutes from Ouistreham (Caen's ferry port) and it is very relaxing and direct way to get to us.  We are members of Brittany Ferries' Voyage programme and can offer guests a 10% discount.

Travelling by Ferry:

Portsmouth - Caen (Britany Ferries). Ouistreham port 14km north east of Caen is 1.15 hrs away, served by Britany Ferries from Portsmouth. 6 hour day time crossing or 7 hour overnight. There is a high speed cat during the peak season. This is 3.75 hours.

Malo (Brittany Ferries. St Malo is about an hour and half from Boudet. The crossing is eight hours so this is a better option if you decide to travel overnight.

Portmouth- Cherbourg (Brittany Ferries and Condor Ferries). Cherbourg is about two and a half hours from Boudet.  During the summer Britanny Ferries runs a high speed service with crossings taking 3 hours (which we reccomend).

Poole - Cherbourg (Brittany Ferries Cherbourg is about two and a half hours from Boudet.

Dover - Calais (plentiful ferries including P&O and SeaFrance) and Euro tunnel. This is about a five or six hour drive from Boudet.

Flying

Rennes - within two hours. Served by Flybe from Southampton, Manchester and Exeter.

Deauville - within two and a half hours. Served by Ryanair from Stansted

Dinard - within two and a half hours. Served by Ryanair from Bristol, Birmingham, Stansted and East Midlands.

Cherbourg - within two and half hours. Served by Flybe from Southampton.

Paris - served by multinational long haul flights. Paris is about a four hour drive from the property.

Trains

Our local train station is Flers which is about 20 minutes from the property. Frequent trains from Paris take two and a half hours. Trains from Paris to Normandy leave from Gare Lazare and Gare Montparnasse. You will need to get a RER into the city centre and switch onto the Metro, or get a taxi!

 
 

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Rates

All prices include all high quality matching linen and towels, central heating, hot water and logs for the open fires. We also provide T towels and dish cloths, washing up liquid, detergent, a handful of dishwasher tablets and a few washing tables for the washing machines (please only use non-bio).

All the kitchens are well equipped for a holiday house with matching crockery and serve ware and plenty of wine glasses.  There is also usually olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and basic herbs in the kitchens.

Prices are in advertised in euros but we are happy to accept payment in pounds sterling.  We ask you to pay 50% of your rent on booking and a returnable 150 euro damage deposit and the settlement of your bill six weeks before your stay.

We accept a minimum three night stay except during the Christmas and New Year period where we have a five night minimum stay policy.  

We are happy for well behaved dogs to stay as long as you pick up after them.

Quoted Currency: Euros €

Rental rates are for the entire property.

Description From To Weekly Monthly Week Night Weekend Night Minimum Stay
25 Jan 19 19 Apr 19 €900 - €143 €143 4 Nights
Easter 27 Apr 19 24 May 19 €730 - €116 €116 4 Nights
Spring 25 May 19 31 May 19 €781 - €124 €124 4 Nights
Early Summer 01 Jun 19 12 Jul 19 €730 - €116 €116 4 Nights
Summer 13 Jul 19 06 Sep 19 €964 - €153 €153 4 Nights
Late summer 07 Sep 19 18 Oct 19 €781 - €124 €124 4 Nights
Autumn half term 19 Oct 19 13 Dec 19 €900 - €143 €143 4 Nights
Christmas and New Year 14 Dec 19 04 Jan 20 €1147 - €182 €182 5 Nights

Availability

Change over day: Flexible

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Guestbook

"We had a really great stay at The Barn and found it to be comfortable in every aspect with everything we needed provided. There were many lovely places to visit including local towns Domfront and Mortain. We visited Bayeux and saw the tapestry, spent a day at the fishing town Cancales and enjoyed a great day at Le Mont St Michel. We would definitely stay again and recommend to anyone wanting a relaxing holiday away from it all.”

"The Barn was a wonderful place for our family to meet for Christmas. It was wonderful to arrive to find a Christmas tree with lights and decorations to greet us.  It was perfect for ages 59 down to 1 — we spent a lot of time in front of the fireplace playing games and reading, at the big dining room table eating massive meals, and took nice walks around the farm.  It is also perfectly situated for day trips.  We managed to drag ourselves away to Omaha Beach and the American cemetery at Colville-Sur-Mere and Mont St. Michel.  But it wasn't an effort — the Barn was just so comfortable.  We also spent a happy couple of hours buying Calvados and pear juice — and getting a tour — from Daniel the farmer next door.  We recommend the Barn highly."

“Just 4km from the village of Barenton and about 10 from the town of Domfront, The Barn, and its adjoining properties, The Cider Press and The Farmhouse, make an ideal retreat for a gathering. The Barn is an excellent residence. With plenty of countryside and pretty villages to explore, this is an ideal place for anybody who enjoys getting away from it all, or exploring the joys of Normandy. While just my wife and I stayed on our first visit, which was actually in September 2013, I'm planning a bigger excursion with family and friends for my 60th.”



Enquiries


Sophie Curtis

boudetreservations@yahoo.co.uk

English, French