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Charming French Country House in Normandy

The Old Mill House

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This incredibly cozy French country house to rent has every ounce of the atmosphere you long for: on the estate of a gorgeous chateau, you are transported back in time. Imagine yourself the inhabitants of this ancient mill-house, now transformed into a comfortable French holiday house, enjoying the bucolic sight of water running through the canals just outside your door. On the other hand, since you do live in modern times, you won't be slowed by carriage-travel when you leave this country house rental in France to explore the sights of the area!
Location Description

This house is located in quiet country setting in the heart of the Contentin peninsula, just a few minutes by car from the small, historic town of Valognes, where you can find all you need in the way of necessities. There is also a cultural center and a music festival in August. The port town of Cherbourg is also within easy reach, along with plenty of opportunities for visiting parks, properties, and historic cities such as Ste Mere Eglise, Bayeux, Coutances, St Lo, Caen, and St Malo.

Nearby Attractions: Valognes (shops, restaurants, cultural center, August music festival), Cherbourg, Ste Mere Eglise, Bayeux, Coutances, St Lo, Caen, St Malo, Tatihou Island, Utah beach.

Paris: 345 km/214 mi
Mont-Saint-Michel: 165 km/102.5 mi
Caen: 108 km/67 mi
Bayeux: 79 km/49 mi
St-Lo: 72 km/45 mi
Coutances: 57 km/35 mi
Utah beach: 35 km/22 mi
Ste-Mere-Eglise, Tatihou Island: 25 km/15.5 mi
Cherbourg: 20 km/12 mi
Valognes (train): 5 km/3 mi
Negreville: 3 km/1.9 mi
Exterior Description
(600 m2) Once the mill-house for the estate, this country house is a 16th century listed monument. Next to the house you can still admire the old canal through which the water flowed. Located on a larger estate with a grand historic chateau, the house looks out over the estate's park, including broad grasslands and trees. It has its own outdoor area with a table, chairs, and sun lounges for outdoor dining and relaxation.
Interior Description

(240 m2)
Ground Floor: Entering into this comfortable, rustic-style house, you will find yourself in a living room that includes a fireplace and a sofa-bed suitable for one. There is also a separate dining room with another fireplace and a long wooden table seating eight to ten. The kitchen is well-equipped with a breakfast table, cook-top, oven, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, and electric coffee pot. This floor also has a bedroom with a 160 cm queen-size bed. There is one bathroom on this floor with a sink, toilet, and shower.

First Floor: Upstairs there are two more bedrooms. The first has a 160 cm queen-size bed, while the second has two 90 cm single beds. These two rooms share a bathroom with a sink, toilet, and shower.

Features Description

Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.

  • Cook Service: 11 Euros per hour
  • Housekeeping: 11 Euros per hour; 15 Euros per hour on Sunday

Please Note:

  • This house is on the same estate as both The Bakery and The Orchard, which are both available to rent for larger groups.
  • There is WiFi internet connection in the Chateau's reception office ONLY. The internet service in the Chateau's Reception Office is available from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

Features and Amenities

  • Near the Water
  • Free Parking on Premises
  • Independent Villa
  • Wheelchair Accessible - Inside Home
  • Barbecue
  • Outside Area - Private
  • Outside Dining
  • Internet - Wireless
  • Dishwasher
  • Electric Tea Kettle
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron and Board
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace - Indoor
  • Firewood Available - Included
  • Heating - Whole House
  • Cook Service Available - Extra Cost
  • Housekeeping Available - Extra Cost
  • Reception Office
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  • Sat 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

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  • 5.0 Star Rating Overall
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Based on 15 Reviews

Customer Reviews

It was wonderful, better than the photographs. Owners very kind, helpful, and friendly.
Enjoyed Most:
The beauty, peace, and the experience of being in a very special place--one with history and renovated with love.
Enjoyed Least:
Surrounding Area:
We enjoyed going to Bayeux, Briquebec, Saint Vaast-la-Houge.
Nearby Events or Locales:
None of the small towns were walking distance, but several were a short drive.
Tips or Restaurants:
Kitchen and house are very well-equipped--no need to bring special supplies. Very good gourmet shop in Briquebec--Annick can recommend. Thought La Bisquinne in Saint Vaast was wonderful for oyster and fish fans.
Directions were fine--we did use GPS.
Check In Out:
It is helpful to have some French language skills--at least a bit.

Louise, July

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This property is part of a large extraordinary estate.
Enjoyed Most:
Bucolic setting, charming owners, breakfast in the main chateau (only 10 euro pp) where owner Annick makes her own yogurt, breads and jams, a tour of the main chateau living areas, owner Jean-Jacques' antique furniture refinishing work areas, and the exquisite grounds.
Enjoyed Least:
Somewhat remote. You must drive to everything off of the property. Cell service is not the greatest. We would sit at a bench near the chateau for best service. You have to ask for additional towels. There were only 2 rolls of toilet paper in each bathroom. We just bought our own, but we probably could have asked owner Annick for more.
Surrounding Area:
Tour of D-Day sites and Mont St. Michel (owner has a recommendation for a tour guide, which we took advantage of), Cherbourg, Barfleur, Port Bail (where we watched the Tour de France) and Carteret.
Nearby Events or Locales:
Negreville. Not withing walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
Owner Annick provided a list of restaurants, which were all very good. Our top two favorites were Le Cafe de Paris in Cherbourg, and Restaurant Le Cap in Carteret
Check In Out:
Very easy.

Robin, July

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We had a wonderful time. The property is amazing and the owners were very friendly.
Enjoyed Most:
We had a donkey and two goats in our backyard. The Chateau was amazing and the owners gave us a private tour.
Enjoyed Least:
No internet. But the chateau did have WiFi.
Surrounding Area:
We enjoyed visiting the D-Day sights, many charming small towns and Mont St. Michel.
Nearby Events or Locales:
No towns were within walking distance.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring books and board games. No internet or TV.
We had no issues.
Check In Out:
Very smooth. They let us check in 2 hours early.

Richard, August

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