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Large Stone Farmhouse In Rural Location

Bedrooms 8
Separate WCs3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

House in Neuilly le Vendin, Nr. Bagnoles de L'Orne, France - Village Location Close To Spa Town In National Park

This magnificent old French farmhouse on the border of Normandy and the Pays de la Loire is an ideal location for parties, reunions and family holidays. The house is furnished with French antiques, comfy beds, large buffets and vintage chairs, and combines traditional country living with the comforts of modern life. To the front of the house is a large courtyard area, which provides ample off road parking, and a games barn, with table tennis table. To the rear of the property is a large walled garden with fruit trees, lawn area and nature garden. The house provides a relaxing home from which to explore the natural, historical and culinary delights of this beautiful area of France.

Approx 50 miles away is the Le Mans racing circuit and the house would be a good base for groups of motor cyclists or motor racing enthusiasts and the barn could be used for secure parking for motor cycles or Classic cars.

More Details

Helen Pickett
Member since: 2009
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
4 August, 2018

About Helen Pickett

This fine French farmhouse was purchased by Graham and Helen Pickett about 8 years ago. Initially its large barns were used as a Brocante (A French Antiques Shop) , the Pickett family business, but for the last 5 years has been run as a holiday let by Graham's son and daughter-in-law, David and Heidi. After visiting the area on antiques business for 20 years the Picketts fell in love with the region because of its beautiful surroundings, historical buildings, relaxed lifestyle and above all else the fantastic food.

Helen Pickett purchased this house in 2004

Why Helen Pickett chose Saint-Ouen-le-Brisoult

We bought this house initially because we came to it for our antiques buying, when it came up for sale we bought it straight away because we had always loved it and had friends and colleagues in the area. The surrounding area is full of lovely little villages, walking in the woods, bars and restaurants.

The house itself has always been a family home and we have had the most fantastic New Year and summer parties here with friends. A favourite spot is sitting on the front steps listening to the frogs.

Another consideration was its relative proximity to the French ports and well under a days journey from their home in the Midlands of England.

What makes this house unique

The size of the property means that families, or groups of friends, can find their own space or quiet area and with the large dining table can gather for meals together. The village amenities are a very short walk away as is the river. The enclosed courtyard and rear garden are good for games, the fish pond is lovely for sitting by.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"Its been one of the best weeks of my life, best 50th birthday week I could have wished for. What an absolutely beautiful house" - The Jacksons, May 2011.

"Great place for a big family get together and thanks for arranging lovely weather for us too" - The Coopers, April 2011

"A beautiful, uniquely different home full of character. People are so friendly and happy to help...loved the ping-pong as well" - D.W, August 2010
Oct 2009
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Saint-Ouen-le-Brisoult in Mayenne

Property Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 18
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • 3 Separate WCs
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 1 - Bath with Shower , sink , mirror and shaver plug
    Toilet 1 - Toilet , with sink
    Toilet 2 - Toilet , sink with shaver plug
    Toilet 3 - Toilet , with sink.
    Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure , sink and vanity unit ensuite
    Bathroom 3 - Bath with Shower , sink, mirror, ensuite
  • Bedroom 1 - En suite shower & sink Bedroom 2 - En suite bath & sink Bedroom 5 - sink in bedroom Large Family bathroom Shower Room 3 Separate WCs
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 18
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
    Bedroom 7 - 1 Single Bed
    Bedroom 8 - 1 Single Bed
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps up to 15 Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1 - king size bed & en suite. Bedroom 2 - double bed & en suite. Bedroom 3 - king size bed & single bed. Bedroom 4 - double bed. Bedroom 5 - double bed. Bedroom 6 - attic family room Bedroom 7-single attic room Bedroom 8-single attic room
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • swimming
  • tennis
Notes on accommodation: Although this is a family house children would need to be supervised near the fish pond although this is fenced off. There are on site caretakers living in a small cottage within the courtyard, although the guests have exclusive use of the house, rear garden and all facilities. Outside: The large back garden is partly grassed and is suitable for ball games and barbeques. Garden tables and chairs are provided as well as a barbeque and a portable gazebo. Utility Room: Ironing board and iron. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Bed linen is provided. There are also some hand towels and tea towels provided. We ask guests to bring their own bath towels. The property is thoroughly cleaned between parties of guests and fresh linen put on the beds and towels made available. Other: The property also benefits from a library furnished with a Chesterfield sofa and comfy wing chairs which is packed with English novels, as well as information and books about the local area of France.


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Large Stone Farmhouse In Rural Location
average rating of 3.5 based on 3 reviews

Typical French large rambling property with good outside space

  • 4 of 5

Great property for a family gathering . The kids loved the barn games room . The house had real charm and was enjoyed by all age groups . The attic rooms with very steep stairs and no toilet , some might feel would be unsuitable for younger children . The only other negative would be that the property is situated on a main road which has a lot of heavy traffic , particularly large lorries at night. The village is charming with a great bar which is a must . The whole area has much to offer from beautiful towns and villages ,wonderful chateaus and even a fabulous lake and beach. All in all the positives vastly outweighed any negatives .

  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Familie vakantie

  • 3 of 5

Groot huis, lekker de ruimte, beetje oud, krakend met sfeer, grote tuin. Leuke omgeving, veel te zien en te ondernemen.

Goed zwemmeer in de buurt, vlak bij de supermarkt.

Ideaal voor een vakantie met kinderen en kleinkinderen.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Aug-2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
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Car: necessary


Nearest beaches are the Normandy beaches approx 50 miles away.


The house is a 1 1/2 house drive from the port of Caen and a 2 hour drive from Le Havre. It is a 4 hour drive from the Channel Tunnel via the A16/A28 motorways. There is an airport at Dinard 2.5 hours away. Use of a car is recommended.


Bagnoles de l'Orne (approx 8 miles) - beautiful spa town with restaurants & sports facilities, including tennis, swimming, mini golf etc

La Ferte Mace (approx 10 miles) - A large market town with artificial beach and sailing facilities.

Chateau at Carrouges (approx 14 miles) - beautiful & interesting historical building.

Alencon (approx 25 miles) - Large historical town with many shops.

Forest of Andaine (approx 8 miles) - For beautiful woodland walks.

Further Details:

The house is ideally located near a number of small towns, providing shops, supermarkets, restaurants and banks.

For the more adventurous, there are many places of interest slightly further afield, including the Normandy Landing Beaches, the Mont St Michel, Bayeux and its Tapestry, Camembert and its cheese and the Calvados region with its apple related products, all within a couple of hours of leisurely driving through the beautiful French countryside.

Motor cycle and motor racing at Le Mans approx 50 miles away


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in Saint-Ouen-le-Brisoult, Pays de la Loire

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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please email or phone to make a reservation. We ask for a non refundable deposit of 25% of the total rental and the balance to be paid four weeks before departure.

Changeover Day:
Changeover days can be flexible but probably weekend preferred in the busy periods. The house will be ready for 3pm on arrival day but please ask if you are arriving in France very early in the morning and would like to arrive earlier.

Notes on prices:
The prices quoted are for larger parties of 8+ people. If you are a smaller party, please contact us as a discount may be available. We also offer short breaks out of the main holiday season.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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