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Beautiful Country Home in Historic Normandy

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  • Minimum stay:5 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property description

Newsflash!!! Verneuil-sur-Avre was chosen as one of Michelin's '100 Plus Beaux Détours de France' in 2013. These are small villages that represent a deeply-rooted architectural/historical/gastronomic interest for those travelers seeking to spend time in quality French villages (population 2,000 to 20,000) known for their warm welcome and charm. I'm so pleased that our town has made the list, and you will see why when you choose to come to Verneuil-sur-Avre!

Our sweet country home is situated in the heart of cheese and apple country in Upper Normandy. Explore this perfectly-preserved medieval town, only 115 km from Paris (1 hour via direct train from the Montparnasse station) and relax in the private walled garden, surrounded by hollyhocks, honeysuckle and lavender. A small fishpond adds to the zenlike atmosphere as you sunbathe on the terrace or the lawn. Full patio with everything you need to grill and dine outdoors. Inside you'll find three bedrooms upstairs; two with queen beds and one with two twin beds. 1,5 baths; upstairs is toilet with shower; downstairs is toilet/sink. Everything furnished tastefully and in fine French style. It's a wonderful home that has earned it's nickname 'La Maison Du Bonheur', or 'The House of Happiness.'

Well-equipped kitchen with quality finishes; gas stovetop, quiet dishwasher, oven, microwave. Split-beamed ceiling adds to the authentic country charm of the kitchen, which looks out over the garden. Pop over the the village farmer's market (held each Saturday on the main square; a five-minute walk from the house) and fill your basket with local cheeses, fruit and vegetables, fresh fish from neighborhing streams, regional ciders, calvados, wine and organic meats and poultry. Then come back and cook up a feast!

The house combines the best of country living (quiet and private) while being conveniently-situated in the heart of a beautifully-elegant French village, so you are only a short walk down the lane to get to the bakery, the butcher's, the wine merchant and other splendid shops which serve the community. There is a cinema right down the street, in a renovated church. So while you have the benefits of being in fresh country air, you aren't far from a great cafe or an award-winning restaurant! You can also pick up English-language magazines at the local newsagents.

Looking for a less-expensive option to Parisian hotel prices? Many of our guests--especially those traveling with children--tell us they originally were planning to stay in Paris, but selected our home because of its proximity to the capital and the space a three-bedroom home offered vs. a hotel room. All for a much-lower overall cost!!! Families appreciated being able to have their 'own space' at the end of a day of sight-seeing...children up in their beds and the grownups downstairs, enjoying a glass of local cider.


We are close to Paris and Chartres; 1.5 by car to the historic D-Day beaches, chic Deauville, awe-inspiring Mont St Michel and all the coast has to offer. Verneuil-sur-Avre is the perfect central location for exploring Normandy and restoring your energy. This storybook house will welcome you and the memories you create while discovering this exquisite region of France will last forever.

Keywords: home, country home, France, Normandy, Haute Normandie, vacation home, Normandie, French countryside

Why VRBO

Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House
  • 125 m²

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome:

    There is a small fishpond on the property so toddlers must be supervised at all times. Owner accepts no liability for accidents related to the presence of this water feature....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 6

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Bathroom 2: toilet

    ...moreless

  • Bathroom 1: toilet, shower

    ...moreless

  • 1.5 The bath upstairs has shower and toilet; the downstairs has just a toilet and small sink....moreless

Other Amenities

  • Yamaha piano, board games, books in English and French This property is not handicapped accessible. There is a steep staircase inside the home so the property may not be suitable for elderly people or those with mobility/knee/balance issues....moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    Oh, yes! We read a lot....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    For both American and European formats...moreless

  • Games:

    Board games: Life, Boggle, Blokus...moreless

  • Music Library:

    CDs and lots of sheet music --there's a piano, too!...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television:

    Flat screen tv...moreless

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions

Attractions

  • Botanical Garden
  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Library
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Boating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking

Location Type

  • Downtown:

    The home is in the Centre Ville so you can walk to everything in town...moreless

  • Monument View:

    View of gothic church spire...moreless

  • Village

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Equestrian Events
  • Hiking
  • Roller Blading
  • Swimming

Dining

  • Dining:

    Dining area is part of living area on ground floor....moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 6 people

General

  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available:

    PC on site. WIFI available as well....moreless

  • Free Long Distance:

    Free calls to the USA landlines...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Central heat controlled by thermostat. Home is completely winterized and cozy....moreless

  • Internet:

    PC available for guest use as well as wifi ...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    Sofa seats three comfortably. Dining room chairs are easily displaced for additional seating...moreless

  • Parking:

    Free street parking. Home has no garage....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Free calls to the USA landlines...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    WIFI on site....moreless

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Drip coffee maker...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Gas stove, electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, quality cookware and chef's knives, raclette maker, electric griddle, two refridgerators....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator:

    There are two refrigerators on this property; one in the kitchen and another situated in the patio storage shed. ...moreless

  • Stove:

    Gas stove...moreless

  • Toaster

Outside

  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Old-fashioned (non-gas) bbq setup....moreless

 

Reviews

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My Standard Rate
5 night min stay
$150
$1,000

Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $200
  • Taxes Not included

Cancellation policy:

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.


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Location

150 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Charles de Gaulle or Orly
50 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
St Nom La Breteche
1 Miles
Nearest Train
right in town: Verneuil sur Avre
1 Miles
Nearest Motorway
N12
100 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Deauville, D-Day beaches

Car: Recommended

Well-regarded farmer's market in town square each Saturday, featuring regional products from local producers.

Special events hosted in Verneuil seasonally, most notably a Renaissance Faire held the last weekend in May, called La Fete des Gueux.

 

Owner info

Year Purchased: 2007

About the owner: I am an American expatriate who has been living in France for over 25 years. I work for an American university, overseeing their Study Abroad program, where I welcome 200 students each year. Because of my work and my love for my adopted culture, I am a great resource when you will be planning your trip.

Why the Owner Chose Verneuil-sur-Avre:
When searching for a vacation home, we wanted it to be near enough so anyone vacationing in Paris could jump on a train and explore the French countryside. This allows travelers to experience both the benefits of a big city such as Paris, as well as the unique beauty that is found in the French countryside without having to travel a long way. Verneuil-sur-Avre is easily reached by a short train ride, and my home is a ten-minute walk from the town's train station, so you don't need a car to access it. For those renting a car, it is an easy drive from Paris via the N12 (no tolls!) and takes 1.5 hours. I fell in love with this town the minute I saw it, and knew that it would be the ideal place to have a second home. We love this home and really like to see our guests first reactions when they open the garden gate and walk inside: 'Wow! I can see why you fell in love with this place!'

The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
Love the private, walled garden and its fish pond with tinkling waterfall. The town's gothic church spire is a wonder, as are the Tour Grise and other monuments. Verneuil-sur-Avre is rich in cultural history and architectural beauty.


Contact us

Speaks: english, french

Guestbook comments from the owner

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Photos

  • Dining on the terrace

    Dining on the terrace

  • Dining room/living room

    Dining room/living room

  • Kitchen - fully equipped, clean and modern

    Kitchen - fully equipped, clean and modern

  • La Chambre Rouge - bedroom facing the garden.  Queen size bed.

    La Chambre Rouge - bedroom facing the garden. Queen size bed.

  • Childrens' room with trundle bed pulled out.  Sleeps 3; giggling guaranteed.

    Childrens' room with trundle bed pulled out. Sleeps 3; giggling guaranteed.

  • Outside dining

    Outside dining

  • small water feature

    small water feature

  • Garden from upper floor of home

    Garden from upper floor of home

  • Be sure to go to the outdoor market on Saturday morning

    Be sure to go to the outdoor market on Saturday morning

  • 'Aux Delices de la Tour'.  Fantastic bakery; a 2-mn walk from the house.

    'Aux Delices de la Tour'. Fantastic bakery; a 2-mn walk from the house.

  • The Iton river and springtime wisteria

    The Iton river and springtime wisteria

  • Strolling around the village

    Strolling around the village

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Make some music during your stay!

    Make some music during your stay!

  • La chambre blanche; bedroom which faces the Gothic church. Queen-size bed

    La chambre blanche; bedroom which faces the Gothic church. Queen-size bed

  • Childrens' room.  Two twin beds + one trundle

    Childrens' room. Two twin beds + one trundle

  • Upstairs shower with garden view

    Upstairs shower with garden view

  • Breakfast in the sunshine

    Breakfast in the sunshine

  • Gate to outside world...and lavendar path

    Gate to outside world...and lavendar path

  • The main square of Verneuil sur Avre, a 2-mn walk from home!

    The main square of Verneuil sur Avre, a 2-mn walk from home!

  • Cheese!  You'll find many local producers at the Saturday morning market

    Cheese! You'll find many local producers at the Saturday morning market

  • La Tour Grise with the flag of Verneuil sur Avre; a 2-minute walk from the home

    La Tour Grise with the flag of Verneuil sur Avre; a 2-minute walk from the home

  • See those archways?  In the 19th century this home was a carriage house.

    See those archways? In the 19th century this home was a carriage house.

  • People describe our street as 'like a Disney set.'

    People describe our street as 'like a Disney set.'

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  • Sleeps
    6
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1.5
  • Property type
    Chateau / Country House
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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french
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  • Response rate 83%
  • Calendar last updated 04/25/2015
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