Luxury Barn nr. Sourdeval, Beautiful peaceful surroundings in quiet location.
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About Suzanne Crown
We are offering our luxury home in France as a special place to stay and take in all that Normandy has to offer. The property was bought in 2006 and has been lovingly restored to a high level of comfort in 2010. The Barn is a great escape from the daily rat race ... and is a place filled with calm and tranquility. It has been enjoyed by Honeymoon couples and those wanting a special place to stay. We enjoy our own time in France, and are always planning the next project!
Suzanne Crown purchased this House in 2006
Why Suzanne Crown chose Sourdeval
We love the area, it is close enough to the ports and airport to make travelling there easy, yet it is in an unspoilt location. The surrounding countryside is beautiful, we are still exploring in all directions! It is not in tourist trap, and the smaller villages around retain their character even today. The locals are mostly French, friendly and welcoming. The country feeling abounds in the produce available in the local shops and markets.
What makes this House unique
The property is not just a place to stay .... it is a home. You can enjoy the quiet, peaceful area and yet be in the middle of a bustling town market within minutes. The countryside changes throughout the seasons and each one brings a different feeling to the house. In summer it is bright, open and sunny .... and in winter, warm, cosy and inviting .... We offer quality accommodation to enable you to explore and enjoy this region of France.
Please consider the following guidelines when booking this property:
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
Great stay in a well equipped gite
We booked this based on the reviews and we were not disappointed. The barn is very well presented and has all the amenities you can want. As we were a couple we only used one bedroom/ bathroom so can’t comment on second bedroom/bathroom. As we were staying over New Year we had an additional payment for the heating which worked well and kept the place very comfortable. The barn itself is situated just outside of Sourdeval and only minutes from Mortain for the larger supermarket if needed. Suzanne the owner was always quick to respond to the booking request and other questions and kept us up to date as we neared the holiday dates. Unfortunately as we arrived we were informed that there was a line fault with the telephone/internet and so we were without these for a couple of days while the providing company rectified the issue. Nothing the owner could have done but we were grateful for the updates. The barn was spotless and everything was in working order. Lovely hot shower with good water pressure, good oven and hob, dishwasher, large screen tv with UK freeview etc. The barn is within a small hamlet of around 6 other houses and was incredibly peaceful. We wanted a relaxing and quiet break after the busy Christmas and we certainly got it. One of the best places we have stayed in.
Beautiful holiday home in idyllic surroundings
We have recently spent a week at the Barn and can state that all previous reviews are entirely accurate. The property is luxurious and so much attention paid to detail. Whilst we ate out on a number of occasions we also enjoyed barbecues and cooking in the well appointed kitchen. The gardens and patio are so peaceful and you are surrounded by nature . We regularly saw deer only a short distance from the barn. Suzanne is so helpful and ensured that any queries were promptly answered, thank you again Suzanne.
Lovely barn with everything you need for very comfortable stay in a beautiful rural location.
Found the barn easily and everything as described or even better. There is plenty of outside space and you can move around for sun or shade as required and we ate outside for almost every meal. Local towns good for shopping with plenty of patisseries.
We found going south best for quiet and rural countryside with some lovely villages and small towns such as Lassay de Chateau. Granville and Averanches very busy.
The Moulin restuarant at Brioude was good and has a pleasant river walk too.
A great holiday!
A very attractive property in a quiet country location, fully equipped and tastefully furnished.
We spent a most enjoyable 4 weeks at the Apple Barn during May 2018.
The property has been renovated to a very high standard and is equipped with all the appliances necessary for a comfortable stay. The standard of decoration and furnishings are to an equally high standard. The house is located in a quiet setting in the heart of the Normandy countryside, yet is reasonably close to the facilities available in Sourdeval, Mortain and Vire and the major attractions including the DDay beaches and museums, the Mont St Michel and many others are within an hours car journey.
The area is spoiled with choices of good restaurants, ranging from local gourmand cuisine to more basic, yet interesting, food.
We played golf on several courses in the area and would particularly recommend Golf de la Dathee, near Vire. This course presents a real challenge, without being too long, and the scenery adjacent to the lake is really beautiful. Although we did not take advantage of it, there are many rural walkways and cycle routes to hand and the sites of historic interest are well presented and are readily accessible.
We were sorry to leave and would unreservedly recommend this property to prospective visitors.
Thank you so much for your review.
We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay, we try to make our guests feel welcomed into Normandy Barn and maintain high standards within.
I shall pass onto future guests details of the golf course you recommended.
Thank you again, Suzanne
A truly luxury property in a beautiful setting
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this stunning property. Just rural enough to be peaceful, but not far from the local towns and restaurants. The property has been renovated to the highest standard, quality fittings used.
Each bedroom having its own en-suite is a big advantage, and the log burner was very efficient.
All in all, a great property. Not the cheapest, but worth every extra penny to enjoy luxury.
Well done, Suzanne, for creating a stunning property.
Thank you so much, it is wonderful to have such appreciative guests.
We have tried to make the Barn much more than most, with high quality being our aim. The place is our own home in France.
I hope you will return again!
Gite made in Heaven
A superb barn renovation ensured this gite was the best we have stayed in. Delightful area, especially Sourdeval; a lovely place to spend an hour or two watching the world go by. Domfront offered a glimpse into the past plus we ate a delicious lunch at Bistro St Julien; l'Abbaye de Hambye was so interesting with a very human background story. Wherever we went we met with friendliness and a desire to help.
Thank you, we are always happy to know our guests have enjoyed our home as much as we do !!
There are so many lovely places to eat nearby ...... choice is the only problem. :)
Special interest holidays:
Ideal for Bird watching and walking or biking holidays.
Normandie-Maine Natural Regional Park is on the doorstep.
The beaches at Avranche and Granville are 60 mins drive away in a westerly direction..
There is an open swimming pool in Mortain .... with spectacular views!
Use of car is essential. Major car hire companies are at Dinard Airport and Vire.
Easy drive from Dinard airport.
Close to UK sea ferries at Caen, St Malo and Le Havre.
2 hr 20 mins direct line to Paris from Vire station (times suitable for long day trips!)
Driving distance are roughly:
Vire 20 mins
Mont St Michel 60 mins
Avranche - 45 mins
Caen - 60 mins
Bayeux - 60 mins
Rennes - 90 mins
Mortain - 7 mins
The nearest town with full services is Sourdeval.
This is a small town, it is known as a 'Village of Flowers' in summertime and can supply all your needs.
Here you can find most things you require, including a patisserie and bread shops, a butcher, chemist, several bars, newsagents, post office, ATM terminals with a Credit Agricole bank, pizza shop, petrol station, small cafes and 2 supermarkets.
There is a Farmers Market in Sourdeval on Tuesdays, with a good variety of produce and local fare and other markets on every day of the week in nearby towns of St Hilaire, Dol de Bretagne, Vire and Mortain.
There is a wide range and choice of food dining, from fine authentic French Cuisine at the local Moulin du Auberge (watermill) restaurant, through to modern eateries serving Pizza or Crepes in the town centres.
Traditional fare at local restaurants is within easy reach.
Mortain is located south about 3 km,and has an outdoor swimming pool, a well stocked supermarket, petrol station and many other shops.
Mortain also has spectacular views over the surrounding countryside and 2 famous waterfalls.(Petite and Grande Cascades).
Vire is a short 10 km away. (direct train line to Paris)
There is a museum here, and the town centre has a large clock tower monument. This pedestrian area is where the Farmers market is held and in summer time many free outdoor activites and displays are organised.
The barn is ideally situated for day trips to a wide variety of places including Mont St Michel.
In a westerly direction is a National Park, on the edge of Swiss Normandy and ideal for walking or cycling trips.