Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 2390: Paris Perfect, Normandy Manoir
5bed/4bath manor house in Douvres-la-Delivrande, Normandy
September, 2006, One week
The Manoir is located in Douvres-la-Delivrande, a town with all the amenities needed for a vacation rental. It's very close to the D-Day beaches. There is a guest house on the property which is not visible from the Manoir. The caretaker and the guest house share the same driveway and parking area with the Manoir. The caretaker's home is adjacent to the property.
There was a nearby boulangerie/patisserie, perhaps a ten minute walk. The Super U is less than a five minute drive, very convenient!
We didn't visit any restaurants in the town except to pick up pizza one night.
The house belongs to a family living in the U.K. We are under the impression that the wife is French and that the Manoir might have been her family's home. It is definitely a family home and not decorated simply to be a rental property.
The property has been renovated to a very high standard. The rooms are beautifully decorated with many charming features - antiques, art, comfortable furniture, etc. The pictures on the website hardly do it justice.
Here is a direct link to Normandy Manoir.
The grounds are quite large. There are two seating areas outside beside the kitchen and there's a large greenhouse away from the house with comfortable seating which is not shown on the website. There is no pool. The outside space is very private and is surrounded by a huge lawn.
We were a group of seven and we couldn't begin to spread out over the living areas of the house. We used the ground floor sitting room, the large dining room, the conservatory off the kitchen and the kitchen as communal areas. In addition to these spaces, there is a lovely formal salon on the first floor and an enormous media room on the top floor.
The furniture was in excellent shape, the house was immaculate, and we all agreed that the house was the most comfortable we've ever rented.
The bedrooms were attractively furnished (the master suite was elegant!) and the beds very comfortable. With four full bathrooms and two powder rooms, the facilities were most adequate for the seven of us.
The kitchen is of the highest quality. There is a large table with seating, a gas cooktop, electric oven, microwave and dishwasher. An American style coffee maker was most appreciated.
There were plenty of dishes, glassware and cooking items. We cooked two nights while we were there. The wife of the caretaker cooked dinner for us on three occasions and it was delightful. For 20 euros a person, she prepared a four course dinner. We provided our own wine. It was especially convenient to have arranged in advance for her to prepare our dinner on the day we all arrived late in the afternoon.
Problems or Bonuses
There were no surprises except that the property far exceeded our expectations.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Paris Perfect was a delight to work with. (I've rented one of their Paris apartments for April 2007). They are most responsive to e-mail inquiries.
The caretaker does not speak English but we managed to communicate through my poor French and pointing to objects. The telephone was not receiving incoming calls and she diagnosed the problem in a very short time. We were aware of the problem because we received an e-mail from a person with whom we had an appointment while staying there. By the way, there's a computer available for guests' use and we were able to use our laptop with the Manoir's WiFi connection.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I would highly recommend the Manoir to anyone who wants to stay in a luxurious home in Normandy.
Things to do in this area
We have traveled to France many times but had never been to Normandy. We planned a very detailed itinerary for our week, realizing that we may not return to Normandy.
We visited le Mont-St-Michel, Bayeaux, Caen, Honfleur, drove the Route de Cidre, and had a most memorable day touring all the D-Day sites with Colonel Chilcott, a retired Brit who lives in Bayeux and is a WWII historian.
Our week at the Manoir was one we'll remember for years to come. It was just perfect! Even the weather cooperated. I was prepared for chilly, wet days and never wore the clothes I'd packed for that kind of weather.
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