4 Bedrooms for 6-10 people
There are 3 good double bedrooms in the main house and a large, comfy, dormitory - style one in the annexe, thus catering for a variety of family needs. If you are one or two couples, you may just want to use the main house which sleeps 6. If you are 2 families or a bunch of friends or have a load of teenagers, you will appreciate the extra space provided by the annexe which sleeps 4.
A Good Night’s Sleep
Comfortable beds are a priority. All are comfortable and well made with quality mattresses. The bed linen is cotton as are the duvet covers and all beds have extra blankets.
The 3 bedrooms in the main house all contain double beds. There are 2 double bed bedrooms on the first floor. The master room has twin aspect windows. The 3rd double bedroom is on the ground floor, also with twin aspect windows and deep window sills.
The bedroom in the annexe, with one double bed and 2 singles, plus its own bathroom, is very popular with teenagers or couples with young children. Noise from the annexe is never an issue.
All rooms have plenty of hanging space and 4 of the beds have storage drawers
The house has 3 bathrooms (to 4 bedrooms). The bathroom fittings are Villeroy Bosch. The upstairs bathroom, in the main house, has a full size bath with inset shower and a bidet. The downstairs bathroom has a very good shower and a bidet. The annexe bathroom is equipped with a shower and bidet.
Towels are supplied for all guests - NB: Please provide your own beach towels.
Living and Eating
The house has a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, enhanced by a mix of antique and modern furniture, set off by mellow stone walls. The ground floor is laid throughout with subtly coloured slate floor tiles, chosen to remove any anxiety about sandy or wet feet. (There is a hose outside the Cave door for rinsing down)
The Dining/Living room
Sejour in French, is semi open plan to the kitchen. In the sejour is an elm refectory table – once belonging to a nunnery - that seats 10. The dining chairs have cushions depicting scenes from the Bayeux Tapestry, (including the victorious laughing horses!) There is also a high back settee and a Boston rocker which, when fully back, is a perfect angle for reading. A huge, granite fire place, part of the original house, separates the Living area from the Kitchen. In the fireplace is a wood burning stove for cooler evenings.
The Kitchen has a multi-function Godin cooker, with double ovens and a BBQ grill. There is a good selection of casseroles and pans including several copper pans from nearby Villedieu les Poeles, where they are made (See Places to Visit). The kitchen is fully equipped with a large fridge/freezer, microwave and a dishwasher.
There is an ice machine, providing ice for drinks, in the Laundry room.
An elegant wooden staircase leads from the sejour to a galleried sitting room. This is a very pleasing room where there are several comfy chairs and a sofa. It is an ideal place for drinks before dinner. There is another large granite fireplace with an enclosed log burning fire. To the left of the fireplace is the full sized viewing window. From here you can see the Isle de Tatihou, a UNESCO site, with its fortified tower built to protect St Vaast from the English (See Places to Visit). The sitting room has a television and DVD player with plenty of DVDs including for children. A door by the top of the stairs gives access to the garden via an outdoor staircase.
Wherever you go in the house you will find plenty of books to read on a wide variety of topics.
A small terrace off the sejour gets the morning sun and is a good place for breakfast.
The Laundry Room
Is accessed from 2 directions – from outside via the Cave, or from the small loggia. There is a Bosch washing machine and a Bosch tumbler drier (this is a condenser drier and it is important to empty the water drawer after each drying)
The Ice Machine is the black box in the laundry room. It will provide as much ice as you could wish for!
There is under floor heating throughout the ground floor of the main house. 2 wood burning stoves, one in the salon and one in the sejour can throw out lots of heat if needed. Logs are kept in the stable. All the bedrooms have electric heaters. There is a constant supply of hot water.
A Weber gas barbeque is handily placed between the house and garden for easy summer cooking. (It can, of course be used all year round). The picnic table in the garden has 6 wrought iron chairs that live permanently outside. Extra deck chairs are kept in the garage.