living room on a winter's eveningliving room on a summer morning
Delightful old farmhouse and spacious garden
Delightful old farmhouse and spacious garden


7 guests

4 rooms

4 beds

3 baths


7 guests

4 rooms

4 beds

3 baths

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About this listing

The house is a traditional Normandy longhouse, made of granite, wood and tile. There are 185 square meters of indoor space. The farmhouse has been sensitively restored using traditional materials.

The location of La Pichardiere is in the heart of the Normandy countryside away from busy traffic and is set in a secluded two acre garden nestling in a corner of a regional park, equivalent to a National Park in UK.

I love its peacefulness and the presence of the natural world.


Amenities

Prices
Extra people: £15 / night after 4 guests
Cleaning Fee: £51
Security Deposit: £361
Weekly Discount: 15%

Description

The space

La Pichardiere respects the past by remaining rustic and rural but has modern amenities. The house has underfloor heating downstairs (radiators upstairs) with a large log burning stove for cosy winter evenings.

For the warmer weather outside there are sun loungers, tables, chairs, sun-umbrella and a hammock for your use. The two acre garden has many trees (including one Spanish chestnut with a trunk circumference of six meters). There is plenty of open sunny lawn area and woodland paths for children to explore in safety.

Guest access

The whole house (except the store room next to the kitchen) and the whole of the outside space is accessible to the guests.
A 400m long circular path runs around the garden near the perimeter.

Interaction with guests

I will phone to check that everything is ok after your arrival. There is an emergency phone number to the local house managers Rob and Ruth if by some chance I am not available.

The neighbourhood

The farmhouse is situated in the country in a lightly wooded rural area away from traffic and busy roads. The nearest town La Ferte Mace is 10 minutes drive with free civic parking (near the big church) for easy access to the town centre.
There are three supermarkets in La Ferte Mace and a couple of good eating places however, there is a wealth of choice for excellent restaurants to be found a few kilometers further south-west at Bagnoles De l'Orne.

A free and public bathing lido with a sandy beach is situated to the northwest of the town of La Ferte Mace and an indoor swimming pool is to be found by the college not far from the town centre.

There is trout fishing very locally (20 Euros per day) and several riding schools both for youngsters and adults nearby.

Getting around

A vehicle is necessary to get around and there is adequate parking space on site for several cars.

There are a couple of bicycles for your use in the utility room.

Other things to note

The farmhouse has no paved path to the front door, so in the winter, boots are a good idea and slippers for inside the house.

The washing machine and dryer are housed in the boiler room to the north of the building.

Just a suggestion:
Unless you are going out to a restaurant or arriving early, it's a good idea to bring or buy some food for the first evening since this saves having to go out again to the stores.


House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in time is 3PM - 10PM
Check out by 10AM

Departure strictly by 10am to assist the cleaning crew.

It is expected that the guests leave the state of the house in the manner they found it, including removing all rubbish off the site; there are two 'dechetteries' (local waste disposal sites) nearby.

All bed linen is supplied and hand towels are too but please bring your own bath towels. Bath towels are supplied when occupancy is for just one couple.

On departure please turn off all lights, close all windows, take your rubbish off site and the leave keys where you found them...thank you.


Cancellations

Strict

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


Safety features
Fire extinguisher

Availability
2 nights minimum stay

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Karen User Profile
February 2017
This is a wonderful place set rurally with so much lovely nature surrounding it. The house itself is extremely well appointed and has a very welcoming feel to it. David checked in with us to check we'd arrived safely and had everything we needed. We hope to return one day.
David User ProfileDavid is a superhost.
Response from David:
The farmhouse is available all year round and you are most welcome!
February 2017

Marc User Profile
February 2017
Perfect for a rest in the countryside !

Barry User Profile
December 2016
The perfect family house with a great garden and lovely surrounding countryside for walks. The house is well appointed with everything you need for a comfortable stay including good wifi and British tv!

Anne User Profile
October 2016
Beautiful farmhouse. very well renovated. Beautiful farm land around it. Very peaceful.

Daniel User Profile
October 2016
We had an excellent 5 night stay at David's house. The farmhouse is huge, well equipped and fantastic for a peaceful get away. The location is remote and surrounded by woodland and farm land. Lots of wildlife to see in the garden, including red squirrels and owls. The children adores their rooms and exploring the house and surrounding land. The wood burner was excellent for warm and cosy evenings. David's communications were perfect and he helped us settle in when we arrived. We would highly recommend for a family holiday and we will definitely consider staying here again. Thank you very much, David!
David User ProfileDavid is a superhost.
Response from David:
Glad you and your family enjoyed your stay at the farmhouse Daniel. Should you wish to return you will be most welcome.
October 2016

Nette User Profile
October 2016
When we first arrived our breath was taken away at how beautiful the property was. To have the gardens look that lovely in October is a testament to the gardener. From the moment we walked in the house there was an overwhelming sense of relaxing comfort. The kitchen was easy to work in and well supplied with a Sauter stove that made cooking a pleasure. The décor was perfect for the house and even modern updates that were made were done tastefully and to the period. All of our needs were anticipated and if there was something we needed David was only to quick to offer assistance and was only a phone call away. I have never been to the Normandy region before and because of our stay I have fallen in love with Normandy and will definitely come to stay again if I can. David was a delightful and charming host as well.

Tim User Profile
September 2016
The house was better than I had expected and it made for the perfect relaxing family holiday for three generations of adults. There were good instructions for the house and surrounding area and David kept in touch, despite travelling himself, to ensure that we arrived ok and had everything we needed.

England, United Kingdom · Joined in November 2015
David User ProfileDavid is a superhost.

Landscape designer, I am interested in art in all its forms, plants and the natural world, anthropology, prehistory, poetry, good food and good company... ( well who doesn't!)

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