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18th Century Granite Barn in Normandy to rent


 This French home is located in Basse Normandy, in the area of Manche, which is recognised as an area of great natural beauty. The barn is a 18th century granite stone farm building that has been recently totally renovated with a high level of French craftsmanship and furnished with modern appliances. It is set in the countryside, surrounded by grazing & pastureland, in a small commune and is peaceful and quiet yet close to large towns.  


Normandy is famous for its wonderful cider, green pastures, stone houses and delicious cheeses. The history of Normandy is of battles from William the Conqueror to the invasions on the D-Day beaches. The house is ideally located to explore the beauty and history of both Normandy and Brittany including Mont St Michel, the famous French monastery. Also close to Calvados, home of the delicious apple brandy and fine ciders. There is the opportunity for walking, horse riding and cycling locally.

The barn is located in a small rural hamlet in the district of St Clement Rancoudray about 300 km west of Paris. There is a wide choice of transport from both UK and Paris and the local airport at Dinard has daily flights from London Stansted. There are also UK sea ferries to Caen, Le Havre and St Malo several times a day, which take cars and foot passengers. The closest rail station is Vire, just 15 km away which has a direct train line to Paris (approx.3 hours).


The nearest big town with full services is Sourdeval, which is 3 km north.  Although relatively a small town, it is known as the Village of Flowers in summertime and services all our needs. Here you can find most things you require, including a patisserie and bread shops, a butcher, several bars, newsagents, post office, ATM terminals with a Credit Agricole bank, pizza shop, small cafes, and  2 supermarkets and garages. There is a Farmers Market on Tuesdays in town with a wide variety of produce and local fare. Choice of dining from fine authentic French Cuisine at the Moulin du Auberge (watermill.) through modern eateries in town centres to UK traditional fare at the Bella Fontaine with amazing outlook and sunsets.


Mortain is located south about 3 km, and has spectacular views over the countryside, including 2 famous waterfalls (Cascades) Avranche is only 45 mins drive and has some wonderful historical buildings and great views over the valley of Mont St Michel. The start of the Cherbourg Peninsula has a wide choice of beaches only 60 mins away. Mont St Michel is a comfortable hours drive and a site not to be missed. Caen (with its great cathedral) and the Bayeaux Tapestry are 60 mins in a northern direction. Vire has a great historic monument at it centre and a castle ruin close to the river. There are plenty of War memorials, battlefields and fronts in this area to satisfy the Historical tourist. Vire also has numerous bars, pizzerias and creperies, entertainment, cinemas and a museum.



The Barn is a comfortable, fully furnished, 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom granite stone renovation. Ideally suited to one or two couples for both long and short term rental.


On the ground floor there is a large open plan lounge and dining room with a terrific wood burning stove. The barn has underfloor heating throughout both levels, so suitable for summer and mid-winter stays.

There is French and English satellite TV and the house has Wi-Fi.

The kitchen is modern and fully equipped and there is a large refrigerator/freezer, a dishwasher and washing machine, ironing board and iron. The cooktop and oven are electric. All linen and towels can be provided.  Downstairs also has a separate WC.

Upstairs are two bedrooms, both with queen size beds. One has an en-suite with shower and the other has an en-suite with an enormous bath and a separate shower, both have heated towel rails. Both rooms have a walk-in dressing room or wardrobe. There is also a small study nook upstairs with a desk for internet or computer use.


A pleasant large garden surrounds the house, with two patio areas at the front and back to enjoy morning or evening sunshine with a view of surrounding fields and countryside.  Heaps of parking within metres of barn and a cider apple orchard just next door. For grocery shopping there is a supermarket on the northern outskirts of Mortain, which is easily accessible.

Sleeps 2-4 adults in two queensize beds. The house is non smoking.

Rates: A non-refundable initial deposit of 20% is required upon initial booking. A refundable security deposit of $200 for rentals of 1 week, and a $500 deposit for stays of 2 weeks or longer is required. This is fully refunded providing no damage has occurred and the barn is left in good order. No pets or children under 12.

Reduced rates overall apply for long stays (3 or more weeks).

March, April, May   $480 per week

June, July, Aug, Sept   $550 per week

Oct – Feb   $400 per week

Balance of payment to be made within 6 weeks of stay. No refunds given to cancellations less than 2 weeks from booked dates. Rentals during Oct to April incure additional $100 per week heating charge for gas underfloor heating. Departure cleaning fee of $120 charged if not left in clean and tidy condition.

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