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Comfortable, Family-Friendly House In Peaceful Village - LE BATISON

Bedrooms 2
Space 807 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

Child-friendly Gite In Quiet Setting. Ideal For Visiting The Many Sites Of Normandy or just to Rest + Relax in the Garden.

Normandy-style gite providing comfortable, clean, homely accommodation for up to 6 guests. We have tried to make "Le Batison" as child-friendly as possible, thinking of all the things you will need for your baby/toddler when on holiday : 2 cots, 2 high chairs, baby's bath, stairgate, bed rails, a potty, children's plates, dishes + cutlery, lots of books, toys and games inside and out. Plenty to keep them busy while you enjoy a glass of wine on the patio. The ground floor bedroom has a comfortable king-size bed (150X200) and a cot, the bathroom is next to it with a large shower with body sprays, radio and lights, washing machine and towel dryer. Separate WC. Fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, large fridge-freezer, micro-wave oven, electric oven with vitro-ceramic hob, toaster, kettle, coffee machine and seating for 6. The living area has a comfortable 3-seater sofa and 2 armchairs, a flat-screen TV and DVD player. Wifi available.There's a spacious mezzanine bedroom/playroom with a double bed, 2 singles and a cot. Outside on the patio there's a barbecue, table, chairs + sunshade and sun loungers and a play area for children with swings, slide and playhouse. Not forgetting our ever-hungry hens which children love feeding, and then enjoying their fresh eggs.There are 2 swimming pools, both a 15-minute drive. Ideal for sightseeing: Honfleur + Deauville on the coast 1-hour away, the D-day beaches slightly further. Monet's house + gardens about a 1-hout drive, Cerza Wildlife Park a 45-minute drive, and several local chateaux (4 within a 20-minute drive) one with an 18-hole golf course. For sport-lovers there's the "Base de Loisirs" (lakeside sandy beach) 5 minutes away in Brionne for canoeing, kayaking, mini-golf, tennis and swimming, or just relaxing on the sandy beach. No entrance fee, just 3€ parking. Stroll in the local shops, mingle with the population, and even practise your French! Walk in the countryside, grab a bargain at a Brocante or Foire à Tout (Street Fair), play French boules with the locals, or just enjoy a glass of wine on a terrace café as you watch the world go by.

Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 25, 2018

About Maddie

I fell in love with France as a teenager on a school trip to Dordogne. The following year I came to Normandy on a school exchange trip (my penfriend lived near Brionne) and when I left school I just came over here to improve my French and enjoy life. Over 35 years later I'm still here ! I have done various jobs over the years, but have been teaching English to adults since 1991, working part-time now to have time to look after our holiday homes.

Maddie purchased this house in 2008

Why Maddie chose Aclou

I have lived in the Brionne area for over 35 years since I left the UK and just love the laid back way of life here in Normandy. There's so much space, too, with fields and forests all around, and the people are very friendly, on the whole.

When I met and married Bruno over 20 years ago I knew I'd made my mind up to stay here for good. We bought our own house then went on to build the holiday homes, hoping to provide comfortable, clean places to stay - just what we like to find when we travel with our two children. We've equipped them with cots, high chairs, stair gates, etc and many toys and games inside and out (swings + playhouse).

We live in the village should you need any advice/help during your stay but we respect our guests' privacy at all times.

What makes this house unique

Here in the village, it's very quiet and peaceful, but a five-minute drive takes you into Brionne where there are 2 supermarkets, lots of small shops, a twice-weekly market and several bars and restaurants. Not to mention the Outdoor Leisure Centre at thet lake with its sandy beach, children's play area, barbecues, peddle boats, canoes and mini-golf course.

Honfleur + Deauville are just an hour's drive as is Monet's Garden and Cerza - a great wildlife park. There are several chateaux (Harcourt, Champs de Bataille, Beaumesnil) within a 20-minute drive, one with an 18-hole golf course. Tha landing beaches are about a one and a half hour-drive as is Paris, or just one hour by train. However you'll find plenty of interesting towns and villages a lot closer to home.

Guestbook comments from the owner

- "The house and garden are beautiful and so well-equipped for us all. The girls loved all the toys and Sophie has learnt to swing on her own ! The area has so much to do and the children especially loved the Butterfly House in Honfleur." Mark, Helen Sophie + Lizzie. April 2015.

- "A very relaxing Joyeux Noël. The best equipped gite we have stayed at." Rob, Debs & Evin. Dec. 2014.

- "Our stay was most comfortable and enjoyable. Gite ideal for our requirements. Very clean + well equipped. Many thanks." Paul & David. October 2014.

- "What a fantastic week ! Lovely house - we had everything we could have wished for. Beautiful location + garden. The children really appreciated the toys. See you next July." Suzanne, Paul, Kirsty + Amos. July 2013.

- "I think we have visited all the places suggested (well nearly) in Maddie's list and can recommend them all. Cerza is particularly good for children and we loved Honfleur. We had excellent days at Disney and in Paris - who'd have thought it would be free to park in Paris in August? - Top tip Bruno! Thanks for being so welcoming and for all your useful hints + tips which made our holiday that much better". July 2011. Adam, Alison, Megan & Zach.

- "Fantastic base to explore Normandy - Honfleur was a real find and we loved exploring Rouen. Grace really enjoyed making friends with the chickens - the garden is toddler-heaven! Highly recommended for young families - everything is catered for, including toys!" June 2011. Clare, David & Grace Essex.
Mar 2012
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Aclou House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 807 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only ...
  • Our changeover day is flexible. Check in : 4pm. Check out : 10am. Can be earlier/later if no departing/arriving guests the same day. Please enquire
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Lake
  • Rural
  • Village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Cot available
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single , Cot available
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Tennis ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • arboretum
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • swimming
  • tennis
We have tried to make our holiday homes just what we would like to find when you go away. Bed linen is provided and the beds will be made up for your arrival. You'll also find a "Starter Welcome Pack" including your first breakfast : tea, coffee, milk, sugar, fruit juice, eggs from our hens, bread, butter, toilet paper, salt, pepper, kitchen towels, soap, washing-up liquid, dish-washer + washing machine tablets, charcoal for the barbecue etc. There's lots to do in the area and both holiday homes have plenty of brochures, or you can collect some from the local tourist office in Brionne where there's also free wi-fi. We live just up the road so are on hand if you need any help and we often call at the holiday homes especially in the summer season to water the garden and feed the hens, but we respect our guests' privacy AT ALL TIMES. Outside: The enclosed garden has two parts: a large lawn in front of Le Batison with a fenced pond and play area for children with a play house, swing set and toys and games. French boules or croquet for adults. Private patio facing west (sun afternoon + evening) with a barbecue, a table + chairs, sun loungers + a sunshade. Next to the car park is the hen run and feeding them proves to be a big hit with children. Help yourselves to fruit (raspberries, peaches, apples, kiwis) and we'll provide you with tomatoes + cucumber in season, and fresh eggs when our hens oblige.


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average rating of 4.9375 based on 17 reviews

A charming cottage

  • 5 of 5

A lovely cottage in a quiet village location. Family friendly, clean, with all necessities covered. Maddie is a welcoming and helpful host. We enjoyed our stay very much.

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review Youna. It was a pleasure having you and your family to stay.
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Lovely place in a convenient location for exploring Normandy

  • 5 of 5

A nice place with a very friendly owner and some cute chickens. Some sound from the dual carriageway, but when the door is closed it's very peaceful. Ideal for exploring the town and villages in this part of Normandy.

  • Submitted: Sep 15, 2018
  • Stayed: September 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Ferrybridge, West Yorkshire, UK

Lovely, comfortable home-from-home in the Normandy countryside

  • 5 of 5

Le Batison is a lovely little cottage set in a very peaceful Normandy village, central enough to be within reasonable driving distance of the many Normandy tourist attractions. All the home comforts are provided - washing machine, dishwasher, coffee machine, WiFi, and an awesome shower!! A lovely welcome pack of items for your first breakfast are provided, along with a ‘local surprise’ which was very welcome.

Maddie is very helpful and approachable and, while happy to pop round if there are any problems, doesn’t impose herself on you.

I can highly recommend this property and we will have no hesitation in returning - it is a lovely place to stay in an absolutely beautiful part of France.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2018
  • Stayed: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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A little piece of French magic...

  • 5 of 5

This lovely property had everything we needed for a relaxed holiday; it was well equipped and nicely laid out, with plenty of things to keep our two young boys occupied, both inside and out. It is well located for exploring all aspects of Normandy, and further afield if you wish. There are great supermarkets and markets all within a ten mile radius, although the town of Brionne two miles from the house has everything you need to get going, although Maddie's welcoming gifts of brioche, butter, jam, milk etc left is wanting for nothing on our first day!

We managed to visit Rouen on market day, Paris on the train from Bernay, the lake in Brionne and the Normandy Beaches among other things during our week.

If you are looking for an excellent value base to explore the Normandy region and beyond whilst feeling that you are well integrated into French culture you'd struggle to find somewhere as nice as Le Batison.... thanks Maddie, we hope to visit again very soon!

  • Submitted: Sep 3, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Simon, for your kind words. We are really pleased that you enjoyed your stay at Le Batison. Indeed we do try to make it as comfortable and welcoming as possible and it's always nice to know are efforts are appreciated. It was a pleasure having you stay and we're looking forward to welcoming you back in the future.
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Lovely homely cottage

  • 5 of 5

We had a great stay in Normandy with fantastic weather all week. The cottage was lovely and the mezzanine with vast amount of toys was very welcome to our 18-month old, who also enjoyed conversing with the chickens! Lots of walking and cycling in this great rural area.

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pleased you had a good holiday and that Evie enjoyed playing with the toys. Look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Best regards Maddie
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Very comfortable. Attentive & knowleable host

  • 5 of 5

Warm reception on arrival from Maddie, full of information about all the local area & places to visit - there are many, also about the local specialities in food etc. classic Normandie. The cottage is very well set up & extreemly comfortable, also lovely garden to have BBQ & relax.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
80 Miles
Paris Beauvais or Deauville (36 miles)
Nearest Barpub
2 Miles
Nearest Ferry
44 Miles
Le Havre or Dieppe (67 miles) (Calais 165 miles)
Nearest Golf
11 Miles
Champ de Bataille
Nearest Train
2 Miles
Brionne or (Bernay 9 miles)
Nearest Motorway
6 Miles
A28 (or A13 19 miles)
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Brionne (La Rivière Thibouville 2 miles)
Nearest Beach
2 Miles
Brionne or Deauville (36 miles)
Car: recommended


5-minute drive to sandy lakeside beach in Brionne with a play area for children, swimming area, water sports, miniature golf, café, WC + showers.

1-hour drive to the seaside resorts of Deauville, Trouville and Cabourg with their long sandy beaches.

1½ hour drive to the landing beaches and D-Day museums.


The cheapest and quickest way to get here is via the Dover-Calais Ferry: It's almost all motorway - just a 2½ hours drive after a 75-minute crossing.

The nearest is via the Portsmouth-Le Havre or Caen Ferry: Just a 1 hour drive (but a longer, more expensive ferry crossing).

Or Newhaven-Dieppe: A 1½ hour drive with a 4h crossing.

Flights into Paris or Beauvais (Ryan air) + a 1½ hour drive. Or Deauville (City Jet) + a 1 hour drive.


Brionne 2 miles. Chateau d'Harcourt 6 miles. Le Bec Hellouin 6 miles. Bernay 8 miles. Le Neubourg 12 miles. Chateau Champ de Bataille 15 miles. Chateau de Beaumesnil 17 miles. Lisieux 22 miles. Cerza Wildlife Park 24 miles. Rouen 32 miles. Honfleur 37 miles. Deauville + Trouville 40 miles. Giverny (Monet's garden) 56 miles. Festyland 58 miles. The Bayeux Tapestry 77 miles. D-Day sites + Landing beaches approx: 80 miles. Versailles Palace 84 miles. Paris 86 miles. Le Mont Saint Michel 130 miles

Further Details:

Within walking distance : Water mill and 15th century Tithe Barn in the village and Castle + Gardens in the next village.

Brionne (2 miles. Population 5000) : has a twice-weekly colourful market (Sundays + Thursdays). Here you can choose some local cheeses, fresh fish + seafood or buy a chicken roasted on the spit with a French stick still warm from the oven. There's an outdoor leisure centre idyllically set by a lake where you can swim, fish, play tennis, crazy golf, hire a peddle boat, canoe or kayak, cook your own food in the barbecue area or just relax under the trees. Several restaurants, supermarkets, banks, chemists, and terrace cafés. The local tourist office is nearby with free wifi and plenty of information about local events.

Bernay (8 miles. Population 11,000) : Typical Norman architecture including an 11th century minster and several old timbered houses dating from the 15th and 16th centuries which now house shops and terrace cafés in the main street. Market town (Saturday mornings) with many local products on offer, many made by small family businesses - Cheeses : Camembert, Pont L'Eveque, Livarot. Drinks : Cider, Calvados + Pommeau. Two parks with play areas for children, one in the Museum grounds. An indoor and outdoor swimming pool (depending on the season) with a paddling pool.

During the summer months almost every Sunday you can visit a Brocante / Foire à Tout (Local Street Fair / Flea Market) and get some amazing bargains for just a few euros.(Check with Maddie - she knows all the local haunts)


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $176.24
Stay tax $0.59 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 18 years.

Booking Notes:
- A Booking Form including our Terms & Conditions will be sent to you on request, or once you have completed your booking via the website.

- A 200€ deposit will be required to book the property

- Changeover Day:
Saturday is usually our changeover day but can be flexible. Prices shown are from 4pm on your day of arrival to 10am on your day of departure. If you wish to arrive earlier or depart later this may be possible depending on our other bookings. Please check with us.

Notes on prices:
Prices may be subject to change at the advertiser's discretion.

We have two cots available and babies (under 12 months) come free of charge.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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