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Large comfortable cottage in the lovely 'Three Forests' Area of Lower Normandy
Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5/6 (3 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Double bedroom 1 (access by open stairs off sitting room) with vestibule area suitable for travelling cot (provided). En-suite WC and basin. Double bedroom 2 (access by wide spiral staircase from kitchen) plus extra single bed. Single bedroom downstairs.
- 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.
- 50% refund (minus the service fee) if you cancel at least 7 days before check-in.
- No refund if you cancel less than 7 days before check-in.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - Play barn makes it very suitable for childrenPlay barn makes it very suitable for children
Pets allowed - But there are other dogs & some sheep nearby.But there are other dogs & some sheep nearby.
No smoking - Obviously smoking ok in gardenObviously smoking ok in garden
Max guests: 6 (sleeps up to 5 adults)
Minimum age of primary renter:
- Replace chopped logs
- English, French, German, Italian
About Penelope Matheson
Returning to London after 3 years working in Paris 44 years ago, my francophile husband expected to suffer such withdrawal symptoms that he bought a cottage in Normandy within easy reach of a number of ferries. For 20 years, Barn Cottage in Carrouges was our main holiday destination as our 3 girls grew up. We live in London and loved the contrast of going to somewhere completely and old-fashioned rural where there were masses of birds in our trees and butterflies on our ox-eye daisies. As an artist, I have painted every part of the house and the surrounding countryside from every angle. With the children grown up, we have - slightly heart in mouth - embarked on letting the house to people we haven't met and hope they will enjoy being there as much as we and many of our friends have.
Penelope Matheson purchased this Cottage in 1975
Why Penelope Matheson chose Carrouges
We love the area because, with its small fields, tall hedges, orchards and quiet forests, it could be the setting for a Hardy novel (in fact it was used as a location for Tess of the D'Ubervilles some years ago). We like the fact that, while the large out-of-town supermarkets are amazing, most small towns still have a good baker with delicious cakes as well as French bread and croissants, excellent butchers and local fruit and vegetables at the weekly markets. We love the views and, although of course we have succumbed to WiFi and boxed sets there, we find we relax in the green countryside in a way which we cannot do anywhere else. And even after 44 years, we still find interesting places to visit and explore within easy driving distance.
What makes this Cottage unique
Our cottage has a few things that special to it, such as: 1. Our large barn across the drive where the children can safely play if the weather isn't fabulous (and this includes table tennis). This same barn stands between us and the small road up to the town so convenient but no traffic noise. 2. The wonderful view across the fields to the very pretty Michelin-starred Chateau de Carrouges. 3. The size of the rooms which, for a cottage, are large. 4. It has a lot of orignal pictures on the walls.