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About this listing

The space

La Vieille Ferme is an 18th Century farmhouse in the centre the village of Fresné-la-Mère, just 4km from the historic town of Falaise (the birth place of William the Conqueror) within the Calvados region of Basse Normandy. The property was a working farm until the early 90s and since then has been converted to a 5 bedroom Chambre D’ hôtes,(Bed and Breakfast), boasting 5 acres of land that guests are free to enjoy at their leisure. The days of it being a working farm might be over but a few farm animals still roam "Free range" throughout the grounds and you may even see some ducks and geese enjoying our small lake.
For those of you that do not already know, the French term "Chambre d’ hôtes" is not just a French translation for bed and breakfast. It is about being welcomed into the family home as a paying guest and probably originates from the times when farmhouses rented out their rooms to subsidize their incomes during hard times. Table d’hôtes therefore means taking a meal around the hosts table so the evening meal is not served restaurant style but more in the style of a dinner party.

We hope to offer you this traditional idea of being welcomed into our home combined with all the privacy and comforts of your own private suite, guest lounge, conservatory and garden

It is important to us that you feel relaxed and enjoy the house and gardens, but secondly have the privacy of your own ensuite room that is spacious enough for you to really enjoy.

La Vieille ferme is run by ourselves (Su and Peter Stevens) and we live in an apartment within the house with our two children. We moved here in June 2009 from just outside of London in England and we bring with us over 25 years of experience within the Hospitality Industry. Peter started his chef training in a five star hotel "The Hyatt Charlton Tower Knightsbridge" under the French Executive Chef Bernard Gome where he learnt how much passion and importance the French give their food. He has taken this with him throughout his career but although classically trained through other influences. We would describe our food as Eclectic European.

We are passionate about fresh ingredients and locally sourced produce including those from our animals and garden and we try to include this as much as possible in our menus. We also have the benefit of a local cider Producer a few doors away.

Our aim is to provide somewhere beautiful and revitalizing to stay in .Whether for one night before travelling onwards or for a longer stay to explore all the delights Normandy has to offer.

Below shows the distances from our place to the top delights of Normandy:

Camembert 15km. Livarot 20km. Arromanches 80km. Juno beach 64km. Bayeux 72km. Deauville/Trouville 65km. Omaha Beach 93 km. Pegasus Bridge 52km. Honfleur 77km. Le mans 124km. Mont St Michel 130km.


The space
Bathrooms: 5 (Private bathroom)
Bedrooms: 5
Beds: 10
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Cat(s) and other pet(s)
Room type: Private room

Amenities

Prices
Extra people: £23 / night after 2 guests
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House Rules
Check in is anytime after 4PM

There are no self-catering facilities.although we can provide the accommodation as self-catering during Christmas and New Year
We have a minibar should you wish to purchase any drinks and we will send you information about the meals we offer after a booking. Tea and coffee is provided free of charge in the lounge
There are also lots of restaurants and a launderette close-by in Falaise
We don't accept pets sorry.
We can cater to dietary requirements but please let us know in advance.
We cannot provide any food unless it is booked 24 hours in advance.
As a travel tip it is important to remember that it is difficult to eat in France outside the normal hours. Restaurants tend to serve lunch between 12pm and 1.30pm and dinner between 7pm and 8.30-9pm. After these hours they won't always take any new customers


Cancellations

Strict

Cancel up to 7 days before your trip and get a 50% refund plus service fees back.


Availability
1 night minimum stay

38 Reviews


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KiMike User Profile
June 2017
This is a beautifully restored farmhouse. Peter and Su made us feel at home right away and we really enjoyed our time with them. They prepared a wonderful dinner for us and it was very, very good. It also came with wine which added to the enjoyment. There is a main dining room table and there were 5 other guests staying there at the time. We were given separate place settings away from the other 5, but by the time we had finished our meals, we were best of friends with the other couples. Thanks to Peter and Su for such a nice stay!!!

Leonid User Profile
June 2017
We spent 1 night in this amazing place but wish we could stay way longer! We enjoyed the farm atmosphere, hospitality and delicious breakfast :) Our room was very clean and had all the essentials that we needed. We also enjoyed the common living room and the selection of books. Thanks again!
Peter And Su User Profile
Response from Peter And Su:
You are very welcome. It was a pleasue to host you all.
June 2017

Maddy User Profile
August 2016
what a fantastic location and what a lovely place to stay. we had a lovely dinner, enjoyed meeting all the animals and took a stroll to appreciate the sounds of this beautiful little village

Crystal User Profile
May 2016
Amazing place to stay! They are very nice and the breakfast there is incredible !!!!!! Thank you for hosting us and hope we can see you soon!!!!!!

Shaynna User Profile
February 2016
Beautiful quiet location full of character and charm- highly recommended! We enjoyed an amazing meal prepared by Peter, this is a must try on your stay here and is great value- also the breakfast was fantastic. Peter & Su were welcoming gracious hosts and had great suggestions of things to see and do in the Normandy area. The communal sitting room also was well stocked with information on local sights and happenings. Sad that we only had a few days here- we look forward to returning one day. Shaynna & Jack Sydney, Australia

Bethan User Profile
July 2015
We had a great stay here. Our particular highlights were the animals that our son delighted in, the delicious food which we were able to pre order (dinner, breakfast and packed lunch), and the availability of a guest lounge with hot drinks. Our room was spacious and clean.

Andreas User Profile
June 2015
Lovely old and not over-renovated farmhouse. Charming. Peter cooked us an excellent dinner and our stay was very pleasant.
Peter And Su User Profile
Response from Peter And Su:
Thank you so much for your comment. It was a pleasure to host you both
June 2015

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Falaise, France · Joined in July 2010
Peter And Su User Profile

We are a family of 4 living in Normandie. I am interested in food as I used to be chef.

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