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Historic Manor House in Normandy - Le Manoir Normand

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4 bedrooms
3 bathrooms
8 guests
7 nights minimum
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If you like history, you will enjoy staying in this ancient Normandy country house. Sleep beneath an authentic thatched roof; gaze out at the meandering river through an arrow slit once used for defense against attackers. After you've settled in to this small Normandy manor, venture out to explore a local village or pay your respects to our fallen heroes by visiting the beaches of Omaha Beach and San Malo. The property borders a national park that has several wonderful walks that you can take through the local countryside. (2.5 hectares) Built in the 16th century, this small manor house is located in the hollow of a valley-- a historic fortified house built during the Huguenot rebellion to fend off Blanchlande Abbey. They lost the fight and in 1597 the last nobleman of the manor was execu...If you like history, you will enjoy staying in this ancient Normandy country house. Sleep beneath an authentic thatched roof; gaze out at the meandering river through an arrow slit once used for defense against attackers. After you've settled in to this small Normandy manor, venture out to explore a local village or pay your respects to our fallen heroes by visiting the beaches of Omaha Beach and San Malo. The property borders a national park that has several wonderful walks that you can take through the local countryside. (2.5 hectares) Built in the 16th century, this small manor house is located in the hollow of a valley-- a historic fortified house built during the Huguenot rebellion to fend off Blanchlande Abbey. They lost the fight and in 1597 the last nobleman of the manor was executed. The manor became the property of the Abbey until the Revolution of 1789. The property has now been in the same family for four generations. Recently, the gardens and house were restored to their original beauty: stone walls, a genuine thatched roof, and even a corner tower with windows for shooting arrows and dropping boiling oil! There are a total of 2.5 hectares of grounds with a small river. Directly outside the house there is a courtyard terrace with garden furniture, a barbeque, and lovely views of the river and a copse of trees. The busy D-900 road is close by, so there is traffic noise when outside of the house. The interior of the manor has been furnished and decorated in 16th and 17th century style, but with attention to 21st century comfort! Many features have been restored to their original appearance, including the internal shutters and wrought-iron artwork on the windows. <b>Ground Floor:</b> A living room welcomes you with a Louis XIV fireplace in Valgnes stone, dating from the 18th century. The furniture is in Louis XIII style, and there is a satellite TV and DVD player in a Henri II dresser. The dining room has a 16th century granite fireplace. There is also a U-shaped kitchen, well equipped with a cook-top, oven, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, and mixer. Also on the ground floor there is a large twin-bedroom with an additional child's bed (0-6 years) and an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, and bathtub with a handheld shower-head. <b>First Floor:</b> On the first floor there are two bedrooms, each with a pair of twin-beds side-by-side. They share a bathroom with a sink, toilet, and bathtub. There is also a larger third bedroom with two twins, an additional folding bed, and an ensuite bathroom with a sink, toilet, and bathtub. Inside this bedroom there is an original 16th century stone lavabo liturgique, a basin characteristic of Protestant homes on the nearby Jersey Island. A laundry room with washer, dryer, and ironing facilities is located in an outbuilding. <b>Extra Services:</b> The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash. <ul> <li>Housekeeping: 12 Euros per hour</li> </ul> <b>Please Note:</b> <ul> <li>Included in high season (June - September): Housekeeping 2 hours per week, fishing license and free guided tour of the Contentin Regional Nature Park.</li> </ul> Additional amenities: Balcony/Terrace, CD, Cook Service Available - Extra Cost, Fireplace - Indoor, Free Parking on Premises, Housekeeping Available - Extra Cost, Independent Villa, Outside Area - Private, Outside Dining, iron and boardMore
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Languages spoken:English, Italian, Spanish
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Listed Since:December 2008
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Marilyn
Reviewed November 3, 2012

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Date of stay: October 2012
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Reviewed September 3, 2011

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Date of stay: August 2011
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Reviewed July 23, 2011

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Date of stay: July 2011
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Date of stay: June 2011
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Reviewed August 30, 2007

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Date of stay: August 2007
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This manor house is located in the heart of the Marais du Contentin and the Bessin Regional Nature parks (with wonderful paths for walks). A great wealth of endemic plants and animals make walks through this area a delight. The nearest village is Doville, which is within walking distance, but there are no shops here. The closest town with facilities is La Haye du Puits, where you will find a good many shops, including 3 supermarkets and a Wednesday morning market. There are also numerous restaurants around the area. Nearby sights include some 11th century ruins and Celtic stones at Lithaire, and a beautiful 14th century castle at St Sauveur-le-Viconte, in addition to many interesting abbeys. Along the coast you can find a variety of port towns and sandy beaches. From Portbail Harbour you ...
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