- Lisieux Gite
- Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms
- £150 to £350 per week
Varykino is situated in the peaceful, relaxing heart of Normandy, between Lisieux (of St. Therese fame) and Orbec. The house has been sympathetically restored to provide an excellent standard of accommodation.
The house is a typical, beamed Norman cottage with a large fireplace in the living room. The English fitted kitchen is well equipped with modern appliances. There are four bedrooms - two twins and two doubles - and sleeps up to eight people.
There is also a large garden with stream and orchard. There is plenty of parking space for at least two cars.
The living room is in the middle of the house, and is typically Norman in style, with its low beamed ceiling and great open fireplace. On cold days in the spring or autumn, or in the depths of winter the free logs blaze and roar in the stove. But don't worry if you would rather not spend your time sawing wood, as the house has central heating. A brand new settee and armchairs were provided a few months ago.
We have also supplied a satellite TV which picks up some Sky channels and a DVD/video recorder which will play both French and English films.
The first of the four bedrooms is on the ground floor next to the bathroom, and has twin beds. Above that is the main bedroom, with a double bed, velux windows and spectacular exposed roof truss. This bedroom also has an en-suite shower-room with toilet and washbasin. The fittings in the bathroom and en-suite shower room have been completely refurbished to a very high standard in March 2008.
In the middle of the house, over the living room is the half timbered bedroom. This has a double bed, beams, an ancient tiled floor (partly covered by a fine rug) and a little ornamental fireplace. One set of windows looks out over our lovely garden, and at night you can hear the wind whispering in the fir trees.
The fourth bedroom is over the kitchen. This is light and airy with pine furniture and fine views from all three of its windows.
All the bedrooms have excellent beds, chests of drawers and mirrors. All have double wardrobes except the bedroom on the ground floor. As in the rest of the house we have provided good fixtures and fittings.
The high quality fitted kitchen and breakfast bar is fully equipped with a fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine, microwave oven, modern electric oven, electric kettle, toaster and coffee maker. There is ample dining space for eight guests as the dining table can be extended, and good quality china glasses and cutlery are provided.
The garden has a large lawn, and is bordered by a well-kept hedge which in turn backs on to a clear stream. Many birds make their homes in the branches of the two huge fir trees. At one side of the garden is a small orchard with apple trees.
We have local French managers who are on hand to deal with any problems. There is a telephone in the house which takes incoming calls and from which you can make calls (local and emergency only).
The house is in good decorative order throughout. We have also provided four mountain bikes and one road bike,these are available for hire at the ridiculously low rate of 30 euros per week. We have also provided a video and DVD player which plays English, French and American tapes and DVDs;there is also a CD player.
The countryside surrounding Varykino (and the village of Tordouet in which it is situated) is ideal for walking or touring. There are many places to visit within easy reach of the house. Paris (and Euro Disney) are both only about two and a half hours away by car or train. The historic yet lively and exciting town of Rouen is much closer, it is noteworthy both for its flamboyant Gothic cathedral and for the charming and picturesque streets and half-timbered Norman houses of the Old Town.
Take a look at the up-market coastal resorts of Deauville and Trouville, with their extensive sandy beaches. Furthermore, the beautiful evocative port of Honfleur is well worth a visit. It is notable for the Old Dock, with its reflections of the tall houses along the Quai Saint - Catherine, and its host of slate roofs against the backdrop of the hillside. Bayeux, (famous for its tapestry and magnificent Romano-Gothic Cathedral) and Chartres are each within a days excursion. Falaise, with its massive Norman castle (birthplace of William the Conqueror) is also within easy reach.
The two towns in close proximity are Lisieux and Orbec, at eight and four miles respectively. Here there are restaurants, bars, markets and a variety of shops. There are also local fetes and other events during the season.
Basse Normandy 14290