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Lovely 'home from home' 4 bedroom detached house in large, child friendly garden

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Restored farmhouse 20 mins from near Honfleur, Eure, Normandy - Peaceful village location, 25 mins to great beaches, lots of beautiful gardens and chateaux nearby

Between Honfleur, Pont Audemer, Caen and Rouen, 'Bon Vivant' is located in a small, attractive village and within five minutes walk of a good range of shops including a superb boulangerie, boucherie, delicatessen, fine-dining restaurant, three small bars and a pizzeria.

The house is well equipped with TV (some English channels), stereo, games, swings, etc. This is an ideal location for a anyone wanting a quiet location but with many attractions nearby. These include, Honfleur, the Normandy Beaches, D-Day sites, Bayeaux, Rouen, Paris, Monet's Garden and many historic abbeys and places of interest.

Locally, there is a large lake at Pont L'Eveque (25 mins) where there is a little beach, swimming area, boat hire, fishing and pedalos.

Pont Audemer, locally heralded as the Venice of Normandy, is a lovely medieval town and only 15 mins from the house. There you'll find lots of local restaurants, as well as food shops, bars and a couple of supermarkets. A good spot for an afternoon beer and watch the world buzz around you.

Cerza Parc (Ouilly-du-Rouley - 25 mins) is a roomy zoo and a good day out, especially with kids. It has several different walking routes, as well as a cute train.

There are loads of lovely beaches nearby, including Deauville and Trouville (35 mins), Houlgate and Cabourg (both 40 mins).

There are lots of museums and galleries in the region including:

* the excellent Peace Museum (Caen)

* the maritime museum (Honfleur)

* the Museum of Art (Trouville)

* Maison Satie (Honfleur)

* Musee des Beaux Arts (Le Havre)

You can find swimming pools in Pont Audemer, Honfleur and Bretteville Sur Odon (near Caen) - which is also home to Festyland amusement park.

If you'd rather not drive to Paris, then it is only about an hour and a quarter by train from Bernay (25 mins).

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9 July, 2018

About The Owner

Three generations of us purchase Bon Vivant in 2002, and have lovingly restored it from a completely empty shell. It is our home from home.

The Owner purchased this house in 2002

Why The Owner chose Épaignes

We chose this gorgeous pocket of Normandy because we wanted somewhere we could easily escape to; an antidote to our busy working lives. Only 40 mins drive from Le Havre or three hours from Calais, its far enough to feel like we're really immersing ourselves in France, but its close enough to be within easy reach.

We particularly love the rural, gentle feel of the region. It is relaxing (I literally feel my shoulders drop when I step out of the car), yet there's lots to keep visitors occupied. We've been visiting for over 12 years and still delight in finding something new to experience and somewhere new to eat every time we go.

What makes this house unique

The village has everything you could need, day to day - an absolutely fabulous boulangerie and butcher, two 'corner shops', several bars, a fine-dining restaurant and, recently, a pizza takeaway. All within five minutes walk!

There are several large supermarkets within 11km and lots of wonderful cafes and restaurants to try. It's so nice to escape from the 'chain restaurants' we have in England, and eat real home-made, traditional Normandy food. Delicious!

Everyone is so friendly, and children are always welcomed.

We feel that the house offers a unique experience; you can relax with a glass of wine under the veranda and marvel at the peace, or hop into the car and visit beaches, museums, galleries, chateaux, beautiful gardens and the wonderful Honfleur, of course.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Probably the best rental we’ve had in Northern France due to great location, close to the coast, big garden for the kids to play in, not too far to go for ‘stuff’."Second visit, excellent two weeks. We've been 'doing' northern France for 20+ years, never found anywhere so relaxing".

"This is by far the best property we have rented in France. Brilliant house, location and view! Thanks so much".

"We returned on Saturday from two fabulous weeks at Bon Vivant. We were really taken with the house, especially the view of the church at night and we just loved the bakery with bread and cakes to die for!"

"We had a wonderful New Year break, and hope all that stay here enjoy their stay as much as we have. We hope to return very soon. Very cosy and warm".

"We found Normandy to be an excellent region for a holiday and we managed to pack in visits to Paris, Disney, Monet's Garden, Mont St Michel, D Day beaches, Bayeux and many trips to Villerville to sunbathe and swim".
Apr 2008
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Épaignes in Eure

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 7
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 7 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Additional toilet and shower - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Separate WC & basin with shower in neighbouring bedroom
  • Upstairs: Bathroom with bath, shower, washbasin, WC. Downstairs: Separate WC and basin. Shower in neighbouring bedroom.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 7 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 with double bed and cot. Bedroom 2 with double bed. Bedroom 3 with twin beds. Bedroom 4 with single bed and shower (downstairs).
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Veranda ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Notes on accommodation: Lots of games, videos and DVDs for children as well as two swing sets. Outside: One acre garden, mostly laid to lawn. Apple trees line the drive to the house. Veranda to laze under and watch the village world go by. Lovely view from front of house. There is an outdoor dining set of seven chairs. Although there is a £50 charge to cover a light clean inbetween guests, we expect everyone to leave the house as clean and tidy as they would like to find it.


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Lovely 'home from home' 4 bedroom detached house in large, child friendly garden
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Charming house, gorgeous garden

  • 5 of 5

Lovely little house, really full of character but the real showstoppers are the garden and the view. Our kids spent hours on the swings and it was fabulous to be able to walk to the Boulangerie in the mornings. The owners are really kind and refused to let us pay for a couple of plates our youngest child had broken. Highly recommend to anyone.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're so pleased to hear that you and your family enjoyed your stay at Bon Vivant. It is a special place, isn't it? We hope to welcome you again in the future.
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Lovely peaceful week

  • 4 of 5

We loved our stay in Bon Vivant, what a lovely peaceful spot, but close enough to walk into the pretty little town. We went to get fresh croissants every morning from the excellent bakery there. Our only slight downside was we found it difficult to cook easily in the rather small kitchen, which was very well equipped, but sadly lacking in worktop space, but then we like to cook, instead of eating out. The owner was very friendly and easy to contact. Would recommend. Many thanks.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: July 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review and your recommendation, Debbie. I'm so glad you found the house peaceful and, yes, it is well situated for the town, isn't it. I do hope you will consider taking a holiday with us again in the future. Wishing you all the best.
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Great location to many attractions

  • 5 of 5

A really great location! Epaignes is a really lovely town. We had a smashing week at Bon Vivant, plenty of room for the two of us and our 16 month old daughter. It's nice and pieceful. Brilliant size enclosed garden. Looking forward to returning in the future!

  • Review Submitted: 14-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely feedback, Joel. We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay. It is such a peaceful spot, isn't it, while being close to lots of places to visit. We think it offers the best of both worlds. We look forward to welcoming you again the future - it would be our pleasure.
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Exceeded expectations

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week in this warm comfortable property in a village with all amenities. It is well situated as a starting point for trips to the usual tourist haunts, but also to allow exploration of the delightful Normandy countryside. We four oldies enjoyed every moment.

  • Review Submitted: 23-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the house and the surrounding countryside.
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Like coming home again - but better

  • 5 of 5

My partner and I are great wildlife lovers, and we really enjoyed sitting under the veranda with a glass of wine and watching the show from the swallows swooping, wagtails scuttling about. Loads of other birds being busy too like woodpeckers, tits and buntings in the apple trees. Before you know it the owl is hooting and the wine bottle is empty! It is so peaceful, and you really get to relax properly.

You still have the wifi, TV, DVD and other mod cons if you want. But this is complemented by the sheer charm of the place.

You are also so close to some good places for days out like Honfleur - which is always fantastic - gardens, chateaux and some lovely local eateries. No chain restaurants around there! Try Cambremer for the "Pot people", lovely! Monet's gardens are a nice day out too. Beuzeville is just 10 mins up the road with a few good places to eat and supermarket and other shops.

The owners couldn't have been more helpful, and the neighbours, shop owners were very friendly and chatty!

I speak virtually no french but get along with sign language and my O level basics that I can remember, everyone is really happy if you try and smile.

I would thoroughly recommend here for a seriously chilled out holiday but not that far away.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We were touched by your lovely review. Thank you. We're so glad you enjoyed your stay, finding it restful. We hope you'll choose to holiday at Bon Vivant again.
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Lovely property, fabulous village, great setting

  • 5 of 5

We've stayed in August 2016 and it was our second visit. We first went in 2012 and the house was as lovely as we remembered. We like the new sofas and the new TV. The garden was gorgeous. On several days we didn’t go anywhere at all, just hung out in the house, popping to the local shops for bread and sausages for the barbie. We did go to Honfleur, Trouville, Houlgate, Les Jardins Pay d’Auge - great spot from which to explore. Felt like a home from home.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Oct-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lovely to welcome you back. So pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay and found lots to do while taking time to relax. We think Bon Vivant is perfect for both! See you again next year, I hope
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Normandy beaches start 25 min drive away. Miles of smooth, clean sand and friendly seaside towns such as Deauville and Trouville. Normandy D-Day beaches along same coastline.


* Nearest airports Deauville, Caen and Paris.

* Driving time from Le Havre = 35 minutes, Calais = three hours, Ouistreham = one hour.

* Cars can be hired at Bernay (20 mins)


Honfleur - 25 minutes

Caen - 1 hour

Rouen - 1 hour

Bayeaux - 1.15 hours

Pont L'Eveque - 20 mins

Paris - 2.5 hours

Monet's Garden (Giverny) - 1.15 hours

Disneyland Paris - 2 hours

Further Details:

Excellent range of friendly village shops, particularly wonderful patisserie and butcher. Stylish restaurant and three bars in the village. Nearest big supermarket 11 km. Excellent restaurants in nearby towns.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Épaignes, Upper Normandy

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
3 Jun 2018 - 14 Jul 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
15 Jul 2018 - 8 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
9 Sep 2018 - 22 Dec 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
23 Dec 2018 - 5 Jan 2019
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Cleaning £50

Booking Notes:
Phone or email to book. Deposit of £100 on booking. Final payment six weeks prior to holiday.

Changeover Day:
Saturdays in peak season.
Flexible out of season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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