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Villa 23026 Normandy, France

Sleeps: 14

Manoir La Poterie
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Surrounded by panoramic views of the rolling Normandy countryside, this spacious, seven bedroomed manoir is situated in a secluded location on the edge of the delightful village of Saint Evroult Notre Dame du Bois. The village is famed for its excellent local restaurants, markets, boating lake, and ancient Abbey ruins.

This Maison Maitre has good local amenities but charming, unspoilt, villages and the towns of Rouen and Le Mans are also within easy reach. Manoir La Poterie benefits from the privacy of having no immediate neighbours and sits in approximately one acre of grounds. However, it is still conveniently located for access to the local boulangerie in the mornings.

Built in the mid-19th Century at the height of the local Camembert industry, within the grounds of the property lies the traditional colombage longhouse that the Hubert family originally lived in. Prior to making their fortune producing their Camembert cheese, this was their home from the 18th century until the manoir was built. The original brick-built Fromagerie, still stands in the grounds, where the cheeses were allowed to air.

Interior and grounds

Upon entering the house through double doors, one stands in a large, bright hallway. Leading off this hallway, is the modern kitchen with plenty of space to socialise while preparing delicious French cuisine. The kitchen features a central island unit with a five burner hob, a larder, fridge, and dishwasher. The panelled dining room, which seats 14, offers both a bright and airy room for breakfast and an atmospheric setting with log fire, solid oak furniture and an ornate ceiling for lingering dinners. There is also a HiFi which enables guests to enjoy music whilst they dine. The spacious lounge has modern three seater sofas and a French enamel wood burner as its focus with. Also included are a TV, DVD and CD player and a library of books and DVDs, which guests are welcome to enjoy.

The first floor can be reached by way of the beautifully spiralled oak staircase. Guests will be struck by the light on the first landing reflected off the original parquet flooring. The first floor comprises of two double bedrooms, one twin room and a bathroom, all of which enjoy double aspect views. All the spacious bedrooms in the house are tastefully furnished with white embroidered bed linen, original wooden parquet floors, and double-aspect views over the surrounding grounds and countryside. All the rooms have sufficient space for a cot, if necessary.

Continue up to the second floor and you'll appreciate the incredible space and light are a main feature throughout this house. The top floor contains the three other double bedrooms and one twin room. There is also a modern shower room with a power shower.

The property stands in an acre of beautiful grounds, within which the original fromagerie building still stands. There are no neighbours so guests can enjoy the utmost privacy and quiet during your stay. Included are a barbeque, a hammock, a croquet lawn, bicycles available for guests use, and plenty of space for guests’ parking.

Location and local information

The manor house is located only 70km from the Port of Caen or 300km from Calais. The nearest town is St Evroult Notre Dame du Bois 5km away. It is a charming local village on the edge of a beautiful forest. In the heart of the Orne, Basse Normandie, it is the home to famous ancient Abbey ruins, large boating lake, a campsite with mini-golf, and mini-supermarket with a great boulangerie. Within the village is a fantastic restaurant, serving an array of local delicacies, and one further café/restaurant which offers excellent, good value food. In the village, the Viveco shop sells a wide range of provisions plus delicious freshly baked baguettes, pastries, rustic bread, croissants and cakes from the boulangerie. The nearby village of Ferte Fresnel has a range of shops including a butchers, pharmacy and bank, as well as another Viveco and boulangerie.

Opposite the lake in St Evroult, visitors can enjoy lunch or a drink in the café/restaurant, Le Lac des Cygnes. The village is also home to a new restaurant which serves set and à la carte menus at both lunch and dinner. For around 10 Euros, they do particularly good value set menus for lunch which includes wine and coffee. The locally renowned 'La Paradis' hotel/restaurant in nearby village of La Ferte Fresnel is extremely popular with local residents every night of the week. Delicious meals can be enjoyed at extremely reasonable prices. For a more memorable meal out, 'La Marigotiere' in the nearby town of Notre Dame du Hamel serves fabulous à la carte food. In the nearby towns of L’Aigle and, there are also several restaurants and takeaways. L’Aigle also offers two huge French hypermarkets and there is a smaller supermarket in Gacé. The nearest train station to the property is located in L’Aigle which provides excellent transport links into Paris and other parts of the region.

Throughout the year a range of events take place including food festivals, local fetes, night markets, and music festivals. Every Tuesday morning, L'Aigle hosts the 3rd largest market in France. Here you can explore the array of market stalls, selling clothes and gifts/souvenirs, along with the wide range of local produce including the locally produced and famous pink garlic, cheese, honey, cider, ham etc. Located a similar distance from the chateau, is the French National Stud at Haras du Pin. Famed for its history, grand architecture and a chance to see the promenades and horse processions which take place on Thursdays (at no charge). Also within easy travelling distance of the property are the wonderful beaches of Deauville and Trouville, ideal for a day trip. At only an hour away, the great shopping, nightlife, restaurants, galleries, museums and architecture of Rouen or Paris offer guests a fantastic trip before heading back to the peaceful bliss of the countryside.

Other attractions in the region include golf, karting, a Zoo near Lisieux (approximately 40 minutes drive away), a flying school - virtually any activities that might interest you on holiday! At the house we have information on these and many other local attractions.

Catering and services

Why not let us bring you a wonderful four-course meal to enjoy from the comfort of La Poterie without lifting a finger? We can provide a range of culinary delights to suit taste and budget, delivered to the door so you can spend more time enjoying the food and each others' company. We offer two different menus, each providing a wonderful selection of the finest French food prepared with fresh local ingredients.

Murder Mystery Experiences: A tailor-made evening's entertainment for up to fourteen guests. All you need to add is a few glasses of wine, some French cuisine, and a sense of fun! Not only are you guaranteed a unique insight into the interesting aspects of the house's history and the local customs and crafts, but you'll also discover the closely guarded secrets of your fellow guests in what is always an hilarious and exhilarating night. Choose from an evening of: 'La Chasse: The thrill of the hunt is in the chase', 'Whiffy Business: An ill fated foray into cheese making', or 'Dangerous Tipple: The highs and lows of cider brewing'. What will you choose?

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