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Farmhouse in La Drutiere with Heated Pool set In beautiful rural Landscape

Bedrooms 6
Separate WCs1
Space 2,798 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights


About the property

Farmhouse near Carrouges, Orne, Normandy, France - Peaceful Location, Set Amongst The French Countryside, Five Minutes Away From Local Village


The 6 bedroom 300 year old farmhouse is set in a small hamlet 2.5km from the market town of Carrouges in the Normandy Orne region. The property is situated amidst beautiful rolling countryside offering a total get away from it all holiday. The Farmhouse (10) & Gables (3) sleeps 13 in total. Offering the typical traditional charm & character of the region with contemporary, comfortable living. Setting our beautiful property apart, is the fabulous heated swimming pool (10m x 5m x 1.5m) for you to just relax by, or work off all those gorgeous cakes, tasty bread and French wine! The pool is open between the months of May and September. For History enthusiasts there are plenty of tourist sites to visit; the D-Day landings are just under an hour away by car in Caen with the Bayeux tapestry the same distance again. Within 20 minutes, is the renowned Falaise Pocket Museum and the Château Guillaume- the-Conqueror, the birth place of William the Conqueror. For motor enthusiasts the circuit of Le Mans is just 50 minutes way.The motor museum is an absolute must to see and when there is no racing on, why not take a drive down the Mulsanne Straight. For horse lovers the Haras du Pin National Stud is just 35 minutes away, guided tours of the stud and unmissable events throughout the year. If it's exercise that you want there are numerous places to walk in the surrounding picturesque countryside and it has great safe cycling roads for those wishing to go further afield; the Tour de France came past our road on it's way through to Carrouges in 2015. These are just a few examples of what there is to do in our region with lots, lots more to see and do.

Philippa Cubitt
Member since: 2009
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Why Philippa Cubitt chose Saint-Sauveur-de-Carrouges

We came to this region on various occasions on holiday. We liked the pace of life and the simplicity of day to day living and decided to jump in and have an adventure. The beauty of the area was another positive factor in promoting the Normandy region. The local French people are very friendly and welcoming. The local markets selling local produce and general buzz of village life is quaint and


The house is set amongst the rolling countryside within a tiny hamlet and is very peaceful and serene. Offering that get away from it all atmosphere. However there are big towns about 30 minutes away if one finds country life to quiet.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The property offers a peaceful get away from it all atmosphere. The large garden looking out over rolling French countryside is very therapeutic and relaxing.There are area's on the property offering sun and shade and the garden is big enough to get away and be on your own. The heated swimming pool offers a refreshing dip when the heat gets too much. Later in the evening you can sit by the pool and sip some good French wine and watch the fantastic sun sets that this area offers.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We stayed here last August. Despite the weather we had a wonderful holiday. The hosts were welcoming & friendly and we wanted for nothing during our stay. On the not so summery days we lit the real log fire and were happy to chill but were equally keen to get into the pool on the warmer days. The area is peaceful & perfect for sightseing and the local town has just enough to temp you to to live off wine, baguettes & cheese. Well, when in Rome! Review Submitted: January 20, 2009 Date of Stay: August 2008

Jun 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Saint-Sauveur-de-Carrouges in Orne

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 2798 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 13
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets considered ...
  • Non smoking only
  • No parties or events
  • All guests are responsible for their own safety around the house and particularly around the swimming pool
  • House to be left clean & tidy at the end of your stay and all rubbish to be taken away from the property.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Cloakroom - Farmhouse - Toilet
    Farmhouse Ensuite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Gables Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Farmhouse family bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • There is a family bathroom in the Farmhouse, on the first floor with a shower over the bath. On the second floor is an en-suite shower room with toilet and hand basin. A further WC can be found on the ground floor of the Farmhouse, just off the entrance hall. In the Gables end, on the first floor, is a bathroom consisting of shower cubicle, toilet and hand basin.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 13
  • Farmhouse - Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed
    Farmhouse - Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 2 Cot
    Farmhouse - Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Farmhouse - Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed
    Farmhouse - Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed
    Gables- Bedroom 6 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 13 (6 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: There are five bedrooms in the main Farmhouse. 2 double rooms and 1 twin room on the first floor. Two further double rooms on the second floor (one with en-suite shower room). Plus in the Gables there is a Queen sized bed, one single bed and a sofa bed. Two travel cots and one static cot are available.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: The farmhouse is fully oiled central heated. Electricity, gas and water is included in the hire cost. There is a fenced front garden with secure undercover parking for four cars and a large driveway for extra parking. Two travel cots, two high chairs and two stair-gates are available on request. No additional charge for the Internet / wifi. Heated swimming pool 10 mtrs x 5 mtrs x 1.5 mtrs; strictly no flippers or fins to be used in the pool. Outside: Large spacious and secure garden ideal for families, however children should be strictly supervised around the poolside area. The pool is fitted with an alarm which meets current French regulations and the pool is monitored by DAS for water quality. There are two patio areas and garden furniture is provided throughout the garden area. There are plenty of sunny and shady areas around the garden and a BBQ in the shade of Dingley Dell, available for alfresco dining. The garden offers trees, bushes and flowers beds looking out over rolling French countryside. Outstanding views and fabulous sunsets can be observed from the main garden / poolside whilst sipping French wine on warm balmy evenings. There is a children's play area which includes a swing/slide combinationand a full size trampoline with safety net. Also available is an all weather table tennis table with bats and balls plus other outdoor games. Drying area with rotary washing line with pegs available. Cleaning / Towels / Linen: Clean towels & linen included in the price and changed weekly, for house use only. The house should be left as you find it, for next guests.


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Farmhouse in La Drutiere with Heated Pool set In beautiful rural Landscape
average rating of 4.8125 based on 17 reviews

Lovely farmhouse with fabulous garden

  • 5 of 5

This is a fabulous property that caters for large groups or families. Our group of 11 people (6 adults and 5 children) thoroughly enjoyed the property. The garden provided endless enjoyment for the children. The hosts were exceptionally kind keeping the swimming pool open for us at the end of October. It will certainly be a long term memory for us swimming in the pool on a beautiful autumn day. The football goals, trampoline and ping pong table all provided entertainment for our children (and adults!). The Gables bedroom provided a perfect get away from it all atmosphere for the grandparents - waking up to beautiful views over the garden and Normandy countryside. Pip and Gary are extremely friendly hosts and go the extra mile to make your stay enjoyable. We would certainly recommend this property.

  • Review Submitted: 29-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jane, we hope you had a good journey home yesterday and hope the sea wasn't quite as choppy as on your way out :-) Thank you for such a wonderful review and making the end of our Summer/Autumn season such a pleasure and leaving the house so lovely and clean. We hope to see you again one day in the future. Wishing you all the very best Pip and Gary
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Bucolic Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

What a marvelous spot in the country! We thoroughly enjoyed staying here. Pippa & Gary couldn’t have been nicer. The House was spotless and everything was perfect. I highly recommend to anyone who wants a peaceful getaway in a central location in Normandy!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Tom for a lovely review and we are so pleased you enjoyed your stay at our Farmhouse. Hopefully one day soon, we might see you out here again with your family for a longer stay. Best regards Pippa & Gary
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Beautiful farmhouse in quiet location with fabulous private garden and pool

  • 5 of 5

We consisted of 4 couples aged from mid fifties to seventy and had a wonderful holiday together in this property from 19/8/17 - 26/8/17. The hamlet of La Drutiere is off a quiet D road with the house at the bottom end overlooking countryside and we loved the fact that there was no traffic noise. The house was beautifully presented on our arrival with fresh cut flowers in a couple of the rooms and a french stick, marmalade, a bottle pear cider and cheese awaiting us in the kitchen. We were lucky with the weather so spent a lot of time outside. The pool area was delightful and we made use of it every day. On the second day the pool was a little cold but as Pippa and Gary were in a house next door they quickly rectified this for us and it was a perfect temperature for the rest of the week. We also enjoyed the separate BBQ area and had fun with the table tennis and trampoline. At one point a game of penalty shoot out was going on in the children's size goal! There were six bedrooms but we chose to stick to our usual group of four holiday couples which worked very well as when we weren't eating outside we could all be easily seated round the farmhouse table in the kitchen. Each day we did a bit of exploring of the surrounding area and, on request, Pippa and Gary kindly supplied bikes when a couple of us went cycling. It's hard to find fault with this property, we had such a good time. However, if I'm being picky, one of our group with a bad back struggled to find a sufficiently comfortable mattress in the farmhouse. She checked the twin bedded room at the front of the house and the two smaller doubles but none of them offered the support that she needed, the rest of us were fine so I think this is only going to be an issue for those with back problems. The large gable room had the most fabulous view and the couple using it described it as being 'great for the soul' as they looked out on the star filled sky at night. Pippa, Gary and their daughter were very friendly, as was their little dog which frequently found a way to visit us but as he was well behaved we enjoyed his company. Thank you for a wonderful holiday, much fun and laughter was had by all.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect family getaway, lovely gardens and plenty of character

  • 5 of 5

We recently had a week long stay in this fantastic property. We took our 2 young children (6 year old and 8 months old) and both sets of grandparents also came (8 people in total) and we were spoilt for space and choice of rooms. The house itself was spacious and well equipped whilst maintaining its farmhouse character. The outside space was the part we loved the most as it was perfect for our 6 year old, there was so much space for him to let off steam and plenty of things to do (trampoline, climbing frame, table tennis, swimming, football)...he absolutely loved it. The owners were very helpful and friendly and had good knowledge of the local area - they provided a very helpful handbook with suggestions for places to eat and visit. Overall we had a fantastic stay and have already discussed a potential return...we loved this place!!

  • Review Submitted: 15-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Charming Carrouges Farmhouse

  • 5 of 5

There are no words to express how relaxing and peaceful our stay was in this beautiful setting. The tasteful decor and layout met every need. The family favorite was the pool, badminton, and picnic area beneath the trees. We were so close to everything in Normandy, and our hosts were so gracious and helpful. We will definitely share this hidden gem with friends and family.

Thank you, Pip & Gary!

  • Review Submitted: 07-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Peace and Tranquility

  • 5 of 5

Thanks Pip and Gary for a restful week at La Drutiere. We chose it for its isolation from the modern world. No nearby motorways or main roads or towns. The result was a glorious tranquility, especially at night when nothing moved. The lack of light pollution meant glorious views of the Milky Way and the sighting of several shooting stars.

Everyone enjoyed the large grounds and the room to find individual space while still being in visual touch.

We had wonderful lunches in the picnic/barbecue area and even better barbecues every night, even though the weather was a little cool for the time of year.

The kitchen was a great meeting place each morning for staggered breakfasts as different parts of the family rolled out of bed at different times. Everyone enjoyed their rooms but especially Shelley and I. As the bank of mom and dad were funding the whole exercise we thought it reasonable to sit up in the gables with its floor to ceiling Windows and doors. Wonderful views over the countryside by day and the moon and stars by night.

Thanks again Pip and Gary, our amiable hosts

  • Review Submitted: 26-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
132 Kilometres
Deauville- Saint-Gatien Airport
Nearest Barpub
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
75 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
18 Kilometres
Bagnoles de l'orne
Nearest Train
15 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
15 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
2 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
538 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
75 Kilometres
Car: necessary


The lovely sandy beaches of Normandy are 1 hour away if you would like to just relax and sunbathe and have the occasional French ice cream. If you are looking for the historic landing beaches of the Second World War Two beaches then these are 1- 1.5 hrs away. The sites alsohave interesting museums to visit; you can choose the British landing beaches or the American beaches further along the coastline. The sites are beautiful but yet sombre when one thinks of what happened there. Very moving!


The nearest port to La Drutiere is Ouistrium Caen, but many of our guests also come via Bologne, Dieppe, L' Harve or Calais.

Ouistrium is served by Brittany Ferries and is just over an hours drive from La Drutiere. Brittany Ferries run up to 3 Ferries a day to Oustrium including an Express service in summer months, that takes just over 3.5 hours.

L'Harve is 2 hours, Dieppe 2.5 hours, Bologne 3.5 hours, and Calais 4 hours by car.


Nearest village is Carrouges and the nearest town is Argentan. Paris is 2 hours by train from Argentan.

Nearby towns include: La Ferte Mace - Super markets, market and various shops 20 minutes.

Falaise - Super markets, market, various shops, William the Conquerer museum (half-hour).

Caen - the largest town in the region 1 hour. Bayeaux - shops, restaurant, museums etc 1 hour.

Further Details:

Carrouges is the nearest small town. It has Banks, Boulangery's, restaurants and a La Poste. Argentan is much bigger and is about 20 minutes from La Drutiere. It boasts a variety of shops, supermarkets and other large stores. Please note that most shops in the area close on Sundays, so please take this into account when planning what food and provisions to bring with you. There are some small supermarkets and the occasional Boulangeri that are open on Sunday mornings until midday. There is an abundance of things to see and do in the area. The local chateau of Carrouges is nearby. The medieval fortress town of Domfront with its historic buildings, traditional narrow streets with shops, bars & restaurants. Fantastic views can be seen from the fortress site at the top of the hill. Bagnoles de l'orne is a spa town where many people visit to "take the waters" apart from its health appeal the town offers a lake, street cafe's and restaurants & for those who like a flutter, a lively casino. There are lovely woodland walks with a treetop walk for those who are more daring. Swimming pool complexes can be found in Bagnoles, Ferte Mace and Argentan. The big town of Flers has a large shopping complex, a Chateau & a large cathedral. There are numerous markets held every day around the area. If one would like to visit Paris the railway station at Argentan offers free car parking and the train takes you into the heart of Paris within 2 hrs. This area offers various sporting activities, canoeing & kayaks, rock climbing, horse riding, numerous forests to explore either on foot or by bicycle. Day trips not to be missed are the famous landing beaches with their museums. Mont St Michel with it's world famous Abbey, La Mans with it's famous race track, car museum and its historic old town, St Hilaire du Harocout one of the largest out door markets/ street market in the area. For horse lovers the French national stud at " Haras du Pin" plus so much more to see and do!


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Pet Fee £20
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:

Bookings can be taken via email or by telephone.

Changeover Day:

Changeover day during High & Mid Season is Saturday, guests are requested to vacate the property by10:00 am. Arriving guests can occupy the property from 4:00 pm onwards. Flexibility on changeover days during the Low Season can be arranged.

Notes on prices:

During Low Season, the Farmhouse and Gables can be rented out as separate houses; please see our website for details:

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.