About this listing
My three storey village house is in the centre of rural Lonlay L'Abbaye, known for butter biscuits. Here you will find an excellent bakery, a restaurant serving local specialities, a bar and more. Experience provincial French life at your leisure.
My village house was built in 1808. Aside from being a family home for generations, it has also been a shop and is now a comfortable four bedroom house.
On the top floor of the house, the attic bedroom has beautiful exposed beams with a stunning view of the abbey and beyond to the wooded hills that surround the village. Outside, there is a pretty courtyard garden with a table and chairs and a gas barbecue so that you can enjoy meals outdoors. Inside, the dining room is perfect for a relaxed evening enjoying a home cooked meal and a bottle of the local Poiré Domfront (pear cider).
Unlike many holiday homes, this house has all the furnishings, books, games, kitchen utensils and homely touches that make it a real home-from-home.
When you wake up in the morning, why not join the locals and head to the bakers just a few doors down to get delicious fresh bread and croissants?
After breakfast, keen cooks will enjoy visiting a farmers' market in one of the neighbouring villages where home grown seasonal fruit and vegetables as well as regional specialities such as cider, camembert and Normandy cream are on offer. Pick up a selection for a tasty picnic to eat in the grounds of one of the many chateaux in the area such as Carrouges or Lassay les Chateaux.
Once back at the house, why not try cooking up a simple but hearty meal of coq-au-cidre - the Normandy version of coq-au-vin - one pot cooking at its best! Serve with a crusty baguette (La Pointe de Lonlay from the village bakers is perfect) and plenty of Normandy butter!
I am available by phone or email in case you need to contact me during your stay. On arrival, you will be met by my caretaker who will handover the key and answer any questions that you may have.
As the village is in a rural location, it is recommended that guests plan to travel by car.
Once you are in the village, you have a butcher's, bakery and grocery store within easy walking distance so you would not need to go out in the car every day.
The kitchen is equipped with everything you need to cook the local dishes, keen cooks will be happy!
Please note that the house is strictly non smoking and we do not allow pets.
My family and I have been on holidays to France every year for as long as I can remember. I love travelling and learning languages so I studied French and Japanese at University and spent time living in both countries.
When we are in France, we love to find great places to eat and fresh ingredients to cook with. Over the years, we have discovered the best markets, cafes, restaurants and farm shops near our chalet in La Foux d'Allos (Southern French Alps) and our village house in Lonlay L'Abbaye (Normandy). Feel free to ask for recommendations or to share your favourites with us!
We absolutely love skiing and have spent many holidays at our chalet in La Foux d'Allos during the ski season. My sister and I learnt to ski when we were still learning to walk and we've had some of our best holidays there. Surrounded by so much skiable terrain to explore, we are still finding new runs!
In the summer, we enjoy the peace and tranquility of the mountains and countryside in France. Due to its location on the edge of the Mercantour National Park, the flora and fauna around the chalet is incredibly diverse and many species of alpine plant that have disappeared from other regions are can still be found there. If you listen carefully you can hear the whistles of marmots and, if you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of a chamois.
From the house in Lonlay L'Abbaye, Normandy, there are some excellent walking and cycling routes known as 'voies vertes'. If you are feeling ambitious, you can follow the voie verte all the way to the Mont Saint Michel. The food and drink in this region is excellent and it's the perfect place to sample the local Domfront Poiré (perry). On a sunny day, we like to make a picnic and take the table, chairs (and tablecloth, of course!) to sit in the grounds of a nearby chateau.
I look forward to welcoming you to stay at our chalet or village house.