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La Vieille Ferme is an 18th Century farmhouse in the centre the village of Fresné-la-Mère, just 4km from the historic town of Falaise (the birth place of William the Conqueror) within the Calvados region of Basse Normandy. The property was a working farm until the early 90s and since then has been converted to a 5 bedroom Chambre D’ hôtes,(Bed and Breakfast), boasting 5 acres of land that guests are free to enjoy at their leisure. The days of it being a working farm might be over but a few farm animals still roam "Free range" throughout the grounds and you may even see some ducks and geese enjoying our small lake.
For those of you that do not already know, the French term "Chambre d’ hôtes" is not just a French translation for bed and breakfast. It is about being welcomed into the family home as a paying guest and probably originates from the times when farmhouses rented out their rooms to subsidize their incomes during hard times. Table d’hôtes therefore means taking a meal around the hosts table so the evening meal is not served restaurant style but more in the style of a dinner party.

We hope to offer you this traditional idea of being welcomed into our home combined with all the privacy and comforts of your own private suite, guest lounge, conservatory and garden

It is important to us that you feel relaxed and enjoy the house and gardens, but secondly have the privacy of your own ensuite room that is spacious enough for you to really enjoy.

La Vieille ferme is run by ourselves (Su and Peter Stevens) and we live in an apartment within the house with our two children. We moved here in June 2009 from just outside of London in England and we bring with us over 25 years of experience within the Hospitality Industry. Peter started his chef training in a five star hotel "The Hyatt Charlton Tower Knightsbridge" under the French Executive Chef Bernard Gome where he learnt how much passion and importance the French give their food. He has taken this with him throughout his career but although classically trained through other influences. We would describe our food as Eclectic European.

We are passionate about fresh ingredients and locally sourced produce including those from our animals and garden and we try to include this as much as possible in our menus. We also have the benefit of a local cider Producer a few doors away.

Our aim is to provide somewhere beautiful and revitalizing to stay in .Whether for one night before travelling onwards or for a longer stay to explore all the delights Normandy has to offer.

Below shows the distances from our place to the top delights of Normandy:

Camembert 15km. Livarot 20km. Arromanches 80km. Juno beach 64km. Bayeux 72km. Deauville/Trouville 65km. Omaha Beach 93 km. Pegasus Bridge 52km. Honfleur 77km. Le mans 124km. Mont St Michel 130km.


Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
1 queen bed
Bedroom 2
1 queen bed
Bedroom 3
1 queen bed, 2 single beds, 1 sofa bed
Bedroom 4
1 double bed, 1 sofa bed, 1 bunk bed
Bedroom 5
1 double bed, 1 single bed

The space
Bathrooms: 5 (Private bathroom)
Bedrooms: 5
Beds: 10
Check In: Anytime after 4PM
Check Out: 11AM
Pet Owner: Cat(s) and other pet(s)
Room type: Private room

Amenities
TV
Essentials
Heating
Free parking on premises

Prices
Extra people $31 / night after 2 guests
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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Not safe or suitable for infants (Under 2 years)
Check in is anytime after 4PM

We can accept infants at a charge of 10€. If you party includes an infant we will have to send a special offer for the booking
There are no self-catering facilities.although we can provide the accommodation as self-catering during Christmas and New Year
We have a minibar should you wish to purchase any drinks and we will send you information about the meals we offer after a booking. Tea and coffee is provided free of charge in the lounge
There are also lots of restaurants and a launderette close-by in Falaise
We don't accept pets sorry.
We can cater to dietary requirements but please let us know in advance.
We cannot provide any food unless it is booked 24 hours in advance.
As a travel tip it is important to remember that it is difficult to eat in France outside the normal hours. Restaurants tend to serve lunch between 12pm and 1.30pm and dinner between 7pm and 8.30-9pm. After these hours they won't always take any new customers

You must also acknowledge
Must climb stairs - bedrooms are on the 1st and 2nd floor
Pet(s) live on property
Some spaces are shared - shared lounge

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Availability
1 night minimum stay

42 Reviews

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Natalie User Profile
September 2017
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Peter & Su's. The house was lovely with so much history. The room had everything we could have wanted and bed very comfortable. The food was amazing! We opted for dinner at the house which Peter cooked and it was the best meal we had eaten in all of France! The breakfast was also amazing! It was a pleasure meeting other guests who were staying at the house so we could discuss our travels with each other. Su gave us some pointers of places to see in the area. We did a cheese tasting in Camembert a local town, and visited the D-Day battlefields at Omaha which was only a short drive. If you are keen to stay out of the city and explore the real France then this place is perfect! We will recommend staying here to anyone. Once again a big thanks for hosting us.

Robert User Profile
August 2017
Great hosts & accomodation We really enjoyed the food

Kate User Profile
July 2017
We stayed with Peter and Su for two nights and wish we had time to stay longer. The country farmhouse setting was lovely and the rooms were comfortable with everything we needed. We opted to have dinner there both nights and enjoyed conversing with the other couples who joined us at the table. The quality of the food (all 3 courses!) was excellent, including potential to have local cider and cheeses with dinner. The breakfast was also wonderful with warm croissants and homemade jams. If you are visiting Normandy and have hired a car I would highly recommend staying with Peter and Su.

Gerald User Profile
June 2017
Peter And Su are wonderful. Their B&B was perfect for our stay. We would highly recommend making a visit.

KiMike User Profile
June 2017
This is a beautifully restored farmhouse. Peter and Su made us feel at home right away and we really enjoyed our time with them. They prepared a wonderful dinner for us and it was very, very good. It also came with wine which added to the enjoyment. There is a main dining room table and there were 5 other guests staying there at the time. We were given separate place settings away from the other 5, but by the time we had finished our meals, we were best of friends with the other couples. Thanks to Peter and Su for such a nice stay!!!

Leonid User Profile
June 2017
We spent 1 night in this amazing place but wish we could stay way longer! We enjoyed the farm atmosphere, hospitality and delicious breakfast :) Our room was very clean and had all the essentials that we needed. We also enjoyed the common living room and the selection of books. Thanks again!
Peter And Su User ProfilePeter And Su is a superhost.
Response from Peter And Su:
You are very welcome. It was a pleasue to host you all.
June 2017

Maddy User Profile
August 2016
what a fantastic location and what a lovely place to stay. we had a lovely dinner, enjoyed meeting all the animals and took a stroll to appreciate the sounds of this beautiful little village

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Falaise, FranceJoined in July 2010
Peter And Su User ProfilePeter And Su is a superhost.

We are a family of 4 living in Normandie. I am interested in food as I used to be chef.

Languages: English, Français
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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