This property designed around an original cider press, has been sympathetically and imaginatively converted creating a beautiful studio for two.
The ground floor is open plan and features an original cider press, a galley-style kitchen with fridge, hob, microwave oven, Shaker-style breakfast bar and a comfortable seating area. There is a shower room with basin and WC on the ground floor and the original Cider Press is used as a feature in the open tred staircase which leads you up to the mezzanine level with double bed, sofa and clothes hanging space.
In the seating area is an i-pod docking station, TV with DVD (no aerial so this is just for watching DVDs on).
The Cider Press has a breakfast bar, rather than dining table but there is outdoor seating for warmer weather. As the stairs are open tred, for safety reasons, we do not encourage guests with children to rent this building - it really is designed for couples or as an annexe to The Farmhouse and Barn.
Guest staying at The Cider Press have full access to both gardens, the outside dining area and the bicycles stored in the Bakehouse.
For those taking the whole property The Cider Press is a little haven away from the other buildings, providing privacy and tranquillity!
This is a rustic area part of a National Park and a great base for anyone to stay at whilst exploring Normandy. Boudet is surrounded by apple orchards and pastures full of Normandy cows. Our neighbour makes and sells cider (using our own apples!).
Boudet is moments from the Flers-Domfront veloroute or VoieVerte (a disused railway line cycle track) which forms part of an extensive cycle network. This offers an excellent and safe opportunity to get about and explore the area - you can even cycle to Mont St Michel. You can use our own bikes but if you have some of your own do bring them. We have some on site but they are better used for short local trips!
Barenton, our local village has all essential amenities, including several boulangeries and a small supermarket, is just 2 km away. The historic towns of Domfront and Mortain have much larger supermarkets (Carrefour and Intermarche) and are 12 km away.
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 at Clecy, Granville, Dol de Bretagne and Bagnoles de L’Orne whose golf course is closest to us. This 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 nicest beach near us, 70 km away and the charming fishing town Cancale known for it's amazing oysters and mussels, with incredible seafood restaurants, 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, peddolos, mini golf etc.
Normandy is a beautiful part of France, seeped in history and with plentiful sights to go and visit. From the D Day landing beaches to the Bayeau tapestry the area has something to interest everyone. Children will love the charming castle of Carrouges and Chateau D’O and Le Haras du Pin, the national stud whilst adults might prefer a trip to Monet's garden (about 80km away) or the Apple and Pear museum. St Fraimbault, a village fleuries is about 20 minutes from Boudet as is Ambrieres-les-Valées, where there is an outside swimming pool, archery, mini golf and canoeing.
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 & hiring a car 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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All prices include all high quality matching linen and towels, central heating and hot water. We also provide T towels and dish cloths, washing up liquid and detergent.
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 150 euro damage deposit and the settlement of your bill six weeks before your stay.
We accept a minimum four 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.
Boudet is looked after by local bilingual caretakers.
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Rental rates are for the entire property.
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Rents include all towels, linen, heating and hot water. You are welcome to use communal BBQs and communal bikes.
“The Cider Press is an excellent place to chill out and relax it is set in a beautiful area surrounded by apple and pear orchards with far reaching views over the countryside. The bed is very large and comfortable so getting a good night sleep is easy. There are several good eating places within a couple of miles and the old railway line walk to either Mortain or Domfont is excellent for dog walkers and cyclists alike. Take plenty of books and DVDs as there is no TV.”
“A lovely bolthole for a week's writing in a very quiet rural location. Hope to return at some point, perhaps with family to stay in one of the lovely larger houses. Can wholeheartedly recommend.”
“We thoroughly enjoyed a week in the Cider Press which exceeded all of our expectations. It is a delightful cottage, tastefully renovated set in beautiful grounds and surrounded by apple orchards. The accommodation is spacious and very comfortable with good quality bedding, towels and kitchen equipment. The fridge is small but perfectly adequate for two people. A BBQ is provided and there are bikes at the cottage which we made use of cycling miles along the country lanes and the disused railway line. The cottage is ideally positioned to visit many of Normandy's famous places of interest such as Le Mont Saint Michel and the Normandy landing beaches at Arromanche. This is a cottage you will want to visit again. A perfect holiday destination which we have already recommended to friends.”