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Romantic Warm Cosy Cottage by King Henry II's Castle in Glorious Medieval Heaven

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Just for 2 - A Lovely home, quiet lane, long meadow views, amble to shops, WiFi

A warm welcome to le joli pré, exclusively yours for your special holiday. Only £69 per night throughout the year. This is our low price special offer for bookings now and into next year before prices increase to our normal rates. This is to encourage early bookings. Plus a one-off professional cleaning fee contribution. No hidden extras. Once you have booked, the price you pay will not increase.

An unique location and rather special with all it has to offer, with 5-star reviews.

Tastefully furnished, professionally cleaned and maintained, Free WiFi, a beautiful meadow to relax in with wonderful views to the castle and far beyond, easy free parking and only a 3 minute amble to the shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. Efficient radiators and a log burning stove for cosy lazy days throughout the winter.

Across our tranquil meadow from the historic and important Medieval Castle of King Henry II and Queen Eleanor of Acquitaine is our beautifully furnished and fully equipped large romantic cottage, or gite, with amazing views.

On a hill in a quiet and private lane with easy free parking, just a short walk to the shops, cafes, bars and restaurants of historic Domfront. There are three boulangeries to choose from for your morning croissant.

Lovingly restored by a French architect and artisans, wholly respecting its feel and character.

Thick insulated walls, cool inside in summer and cosy warm in winter with a log burning stove, modern thermostatic radiators and an integral air cleaning system.

All modern appliances and fittings and Free WiFi. Comfortable and tasteful furniture and decor with Emily's theatre-trained eye for sumptuousness, detail and cleanliness. For Graham, a professional garden designer and artist, Le Joli Pré is an on-going labour of love, understated, with wild flowers, apple, cherry, plum trees, roses, lavender and cut curved paths.

An idyllic setting with wonderful long distant views across the Normandy 'bocage' landscape, with the medieval castle just above our meadow.

Rental is for a couple, sorry, no children or pets.

Be among our cherished guests to escape and relax in this beautiful cottage and meadow in nearby Medieval Heaven. Reasonably and competitively priced, with 5-star reviews, all inclusive with no hidden extras, no small print and simple secure payment. Please be reassured, once you have booked your holiday, the price will not increase.

Last minute bookings: Early booking is recommended for this popular holiday cottage. Now with instant booking, please allow just two days before the start of your holiday to give the housekeeper time to professionally prepare everything for your arrival.

Please also see our own website to help you make an informed choice: - Popular with Americans, Canadians, Europeans and Australians too because of the beautiful and unique location, the convenience and comfort among many other positive delights.

Just passing through? This is the perfect place to relax before heading off further south or somewhere else. Just about 1 hour or so from the ferries to or from the UK and just 45 minutes East of Mont St Michel. We now have a minimum stay of just 3 nights or more and Instant Secure Booking to make your holiday as simple and as smooth as possible. Many guests choose to stay longer, whatever you decide, you won't be disappointed.

We want you to have a wonderful, relaxing, uplifting and uncomplicated stay, and return over the years, as many do, to our lovely home in France, le joli pré.

If you have any questions, even during your holiday, please do ask any time.

Sincerely, Graham and Emily.

More Details

Graham and Emily Swain
Member since: 2010
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Emily speaks French.
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 September, 2018

About Graham and Emily Swain

A little bit about the owners: Graham and Emily bought le joli pre in 2004. It was derelict. Their vision was for a complete sympathetic restoration using only the most appropriate materials and the best local French architect and French artisans. The house was completely gutted, including all the structural timbers, because of dry rot, leaving literally an empty box. The ancient staircase was retained from the first floor but the lower part sadly had to go. Everything inside has been replaced with state-of-the-art structural materials and is still very much in keeping with the original character.

Graham and Emily Swain purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Graham and Emily Swain chose Domfront En Poiraie

A little bit more: Graham and Emily love France - As treble soloist, Graham sang and recorded in all the major northern French cathedrals. His subsequent degree in Architecture helped him work with the French architect for the best resolution in challenging decision making. Emily studied French literature and language at the University of the Sorbonne in Paris. She drove this project forward towards the vision they had when they first saw this beautiful but sadly neglected house in probably one of the best locations in Domfront. The large meadow was an unkempt jungle and is now a very natural and relaxing sanctuary, with beautiful understated planting, wild flowers and cut curved grass areas to enjoy all-year-round. Emily, a professionally trained actress, who now works in professional theatre and film and Graham who paints contemporary landscapes, and designs and builds bespoke gardens, absolutely love le joli pré. Their hope is that all who holiday here will also appreciate fully this unique and very special and romantic home.

What makes this cottage unique

The ground floor is now open plan and all the rooms have been altered to make the most of the available space, views and natural light. The loft, now a studio, has been opened up and is also now open plan with six velux windows and more amazing views. The log burning stove was reinstated in the sitting room and now forms a functional focal point for cosy lazy days throughout the winter months. Le joli pre has the advantage of being in the countryside and also very much connected with the historic town of Domfront, as once you arrive, you won't really need your car, with all the local facilities within walking distance. Please read the many reviews from our cherished guests over the years who return again and again to this sanctuary of comfort and delight.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage around the Domfront En Poiraie around the Orne

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 21
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • For security reasons, please send us your full names, full address and your car make, model and registration number.
  • We have an efficient air cleaning system permanently on, not air-conditioning in the strictest sense, but helps to keep the air clean and fresh.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • town
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking On Street
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Thermos Flask
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Next to the bedroom.
  • Modern tiled bathroom with nice touches of French style, next to the bedroom with drinking water, high pressure and plenty of hot water for showering or a relaxing bath.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
  • Classic French King Henry II double bed with lovely linen and a bespoke comfortable mattress. Views from one window down the lane to the medieval church of Notre Dame Sur L'Eau where Thomas Becket said Mass. Views from the other window up to King Henry II and Queen Eleanor of Acquitaine's medieval castle. The guest bedroom also has direct easy access to the courtyard and meadow on the same level as the house is conveniently built partially into the hillside.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library ...
  • Deck Chairs
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeper
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
The cottage is professionally cleaned and made ready for your arrival. The gardener maintains the meadow and the housekeeper provides you with the key on arrival. The housekeeper is just a phone call away should you have any questions. The kitchen is comprehensively equipped but if you do not feel inclined to cook, there are lovely restaurants, bars and cafes within easy walking distance. Free WiFi and iPod docking station. Free parking. Electric bikes are now available for hire at the chateau, just above our meadow. We send you full details on booking your holiday. See our own website link below to help you make an informed choice. Our own website is: Please feel free to ask us any questions any time, before and even during your holiday. Sincerely, Graham and Emily.


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Romantic Warm Cosy Cottage by King Henry II's Castle in Glorious Medieval Heaven
average rating of 4.8913045 based on 46 reviews

Pretty, comfortable, relaxing and well equipped house in a beautiful location .

  • 5 of 5

Spent 5 days in this beautiful accommodation, it was so homely and comfortable and very relaxing in this beautiful part of France . Would certainly return and recommend to family and friends.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: August 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for this review. We are so happy you had a lovely holiday at le joli pre, as this means everything to us. You are most welcome to holiday here again any time. Sincerely, Graham and Emily.
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Lots of character in keeping with historic Domfront

  • 4 of 5

The property was well situated within walking distance of restaurants / bars / shops etc. It had everything we needed for our short stay together with a lovely garden and beautiful view.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2018
  • Date of Stay: September 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this lovely review. Sincerely, Graham and Emily.
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Pretty, very comfortable and well equipped

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful home in delightful surroundings - we loved the cosy logburner. The property had everything we needed with great decorative touches.

Domfront was a lovely and very interesting town, with plenty to see and do in the area. We were very grateful for the walking maps and enjoyed many of the local walks, especially the one finishing at the biscuit factory.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Dec-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, such a lovely and encouraging review for us and future guests. We love the log burner too and the biscuit factory. Thanks again, wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year. All the best, Graham and Emily.
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Los Osos, California USA

Perfect location for a a Normandy getaway.

  • 5 of 5

Well appointed and cozy home situated right next to historical landmarks. This place has it all, and a charming garden to take it all in. Great views and comfortable furnishings made this the perfect vacation home to see the Normandy sights.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Julian, Thank you, you are most welcome to holiday at le joli pre again any time.
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Los Osos, California USA

The perfect location to exploring Normandy.

  • 5 of 5

Cozy and well fitted, clean and lovely cottage in a could not be situated better location in Domfront. Beautiful views surround from this delightful and romantic spot. The perfect cottage set below a medieval town for two to enjoy the surrounding historical spots.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Such a lovely review, thank you so much. You truly embraced everything around you with a wonderful and positive spirit of adventure. Please do come back soon.
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Character cottage in a fascinating corner of Normandy

  • 5 of 5

Well set up and maintained cottage with garden looking over meadow towards ruins of old Norman castle

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Barpub
300 Metres
Bars and cafes, a short walk
Nearest Ferry
107 Kilometres
Caen/Ouistreham car ferry
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Bagnoles de L'Orne
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Flers (Paris train and taxi to Domfront)
Nearest Restaurant
300 Metres
Restaurants and shops, a short walk
Car: necessary

A delightful romantic cottage located in Historic Medieval Domfront in a prime position and an environmentally protected area. On a hill in a private quiet lane, with amazing long distant views from the house and meadow and up to King Henry II and Queen Eleanor of Acquitaine's castle. The surrounding area is steeped in history, with a short amble up the road to shops, restaurants, bars, and the boulangerie...for your morning croissant. The garden is maintained by the gardener and designed by the owner, a professional garden designer.

Please note: You have exclusive use of the house and meadow, the owners are not present. The one additional double bedroom is kept locked. The 'Housekeeper' lives nearby, she's very friendly and helpful.

The large cottage is professionally cleaned and made ready for your arrival.

Competitively and reasonably priced, all-inclusive, with free WiFi, 5-star reviews, special offers and no small print. Do book early to avoid disappointment. When you book your holiday the price will not increase.

See our own website to help you make an informed choice (website:

Other Activities: Lovely restaurants, cafes and shops within short walking distance.

Cycling: Cycling is big in France and just below le joli pre is the converted railway line, now a flat cycle and walking track stretching for miles, all the way to the coast and Mont Saint Michel. Popular with all ages. Bring your own bikes for a wonderful experience or hire an electric bike now available at the tourist information by the castle just above our meadow.

This is an unique and special place for our cherished and discerning guests to experience and enjoy, with wonderful memories year upon year.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £45
Refundable Damage Deposit £50

Now with Instant Booking and discounts for longer stays. We have a cleaning fee of £45 for each booking, this payment helps towards the professional cleaning fee. The price of your holiday will not change once you have booked. We strive to remain reasonably priced and competitive. HomeAway adds on a booking fee which we have no control over. If you have any questions please do ask, even during your holiday, any time. We wish you a wonderful holiday at le joli pre. Sincerely, Graham and Emily.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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