Farmhouse in Sees, Orne, Lower Normandy, France - Self Contained Rural Retreat, 5km From Cathedral Town Of Sees With All Its Amenities
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About Caroline Hawley
My name is Caroline Hawley, I am married to John, have two grown up sons and a black Labrador! We run an antiques auction business from our home in Yorkshire and I am a BBC antiques expert on Bargain Hunt, Flog It etc.. Since I saw and fell in love with La Guelandiere I have spent the last seven years restoring the farmhouse. This has been both great fun and a great challenge!! There was no electricity, water or glass in many of the windows, guests will be pleased to know that we now have all three in abundance and lots more besides! John and I have spent quite a lot of time in France over the last few years but the demands of the business mean that we need to spend more time in England therefore we have decided to rent out the house. My family, friends and I adore spending time here and I am sure that you will too.
Caroline Hawley purchased this Farmhouse in 2003
Why Caroline Hawley chose La Chapelle-près-Sées
We especially love this area for its temperate climate, plentiful rivers and forests, abundant wildlife and delicious regional produce. The area is easily accessible from England. There is a quality of life which we seem to have lost in England. Life seems to move at a slower pace, allowing people to have time for each other.
What makes this Farmhouse unique
The farmhouse is set in splendid isolation in its own 4 acre, grounds, however a 7km drive will take you to Sees, cathedral town which offers everything you would require. In Sees there are shops, restaurants, banks, cafes and small cinema. The inland lake/beach of Le Mele is easy to find and good fun. A 12 minute drive can take you to the historic lace making city of Alencon, where tourist activities can be found, 40 minutes away is the famous 24 hr motor racing city of Le Mans. Paris can be reached within 2 hours. From this base you can enjoy great days out but also great days in! Should you not wish to venture far this rural retreat offers everything you would wish for a relaxing break, heated swimming pool, sauna, gym, huge open fireplace and plentiful supply of logs!
No smoking inside the house please
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
A great place to unwind with family and absorb the local culture
The property is simply idyllic set in its own private grounds in the lovely Orne region. Conveniently situated near Sees in between Argentan and Alencon provides so many options for things to do and see that a week is simply not enough.
The farmhouse has a lovely warmth and homely feel. It is equipped with everything you could need. We had a wonderful stay here and would not hesitate to recommend and or return next year. Thank you Caroline for sharing your beautiful home in France. It was our best family holiday to date and we look forward to returning again next year.
Our only criticism is that we only booked for one week!
Fantastic family holiday
Our second stay in the last two years and again our family enjoyed our stay. The farmhouse location and facilities are excellent. Highly recommended if you want a quiet place to stay, but with easy access to roads and rail.
Relaxing break in beautiful surroundings
We had a lovely stay in this property. The property is in an idyllic rural location but just a short drive to Sees with plenty of shops and restaurants. The property itself was clean with an authentic French feel, the outside was beautiful and a real suntrap round the pool. As is typical to French farmhouse type properties it was a little chilly inside downstairs in the evening so pack a jumper and a pair of socks if the weather isn’t great but if it is you’ll hardly spend anytime inside!! Thank you for a lovely stay
Wonderfully Peacful Property
Our stay offered us time to relax in a lovely peaceful setting. The outdoor space offered all we needed to relax with plenty of seating to follow the sunshine with the bonus of the pool, well equipped gym and sauna. The BBQ was great for al frecso cooking and dining, eating and drinking at the lovely large patio table surrounded by grape vines.
Sees was very close, providing all we needed from local supermarkets and a great bakery for our morning croissant whilst taking in the calm surroundings.
As a bonus we were lucky enough to watch deer graze in both the morning and evening. The one problem we had with the pool was dealt with very quickly by Paula the local contact with no impact on our enjoyment whatsoever.
Thank you for sharing your home.
Our 3rd stay and it never dissapoints!
Would highly recommend this holiday home if you’re looking for a family get away with a pool, it is really super.
Relaxing hideaway with great pool and facilities.
We spent a very enjoyable 10 days with old friends from the USA, at this well equipped property. The generous interior space and a number of terraces made for a variety of environments to spend time in as the sun moved over each day.
The heated pool was a big hit. As it was very hot we made little use of the gym and sauna which would have been a good alternative for cooler or rainy weather.
Outings to Sees and Alencon were good and we also explored other towns and restaurants in the area.
Caroline responded promptly to all our enquiries during the booking process and the local house manager Paula was on call for any issues during our stay.
A good overall experience. Thanks Caroline.
Ouistreham is the nearest coastal resort, with sandy beaches, at 98 kms from the house. The sophisticated coastal towns of Deauville(114km), Trouville(114km) and the picturesque port of Honfleur (125km) all with designer boutiques, galleries and seafood restaurants, make for splendid days out.
The Brittany ferry service from Portsmouth to Caen,98kms ,just over an hours drive from the house is very efficient and runs up to 3 ferries a day including an express service in the summer months (just over 3.5 hours) (Discounts available through the owners). Calais(359km), 3.5 to 4 hour drive. Boulogne(327km) and Le Havre(156km) are other ports that can be used. The use of a car is essential. We nearly always use the eurotunnel to Calais. The most convenient airport is Paris, Orly, car hire is essential.
Sees (7kms) is the nearest town to the house. Le Mans (71.5km), the home of the famous car racing circuit. Falaise (47km), has the William the Conquerer museum. Alencon (16.2km), is an historic lace making town. Paris(188km), there is a train from Surdon, (less than a 15 minute drive) which gets to Paris in 1.5 hours. Giverny and Monet's garden (154km), Haras du Pin, the national stud (25.1km), Bagnoles de L'orne, a smart spa town (25.1km), Normandy beaches, Rouen(146km).
Sees has everything guests would require, shops, banks, supermarkets, cafes and restaurants. During the summer months there is a spectacular sound and light show in the cathedral and a free open air musical concert by the river on Sunday evenings in the summer.
There is a riding stables 5 minutes drive from the house, Ferme les Tertes, where guests can go on anything from a 1 hour ride to a much longer hack.
Tennis is a 5 minute drive away at St.Gervais du Peron.
Alencon has canoeing, iceskating and an indoor and open air swimming pool. There are regular trotting events at the racecourse.
Rouen is a medieval city which inspired many of the impressionist painters and is where Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.
There are several swimming lakes within 20 to 40 minutes drive. Le Mele sur Sarthe has mini golf, pedalo hire. Suille-le-Guillaume has childrens' play area, boats etc. Souligny-la-Trappe has waterslide and pedalos.
At St. Leonard des Bois, in the beautiful Alpes Mancelles region there is Arbres et Adventures where kids and adults can enjoy climbing and swinging through the trees in a specially designed assault course.
Giverny, home of Monet's garden is a delight and around 2 hours drive from the house.
Guests can have a day in Paris, taking the train from Surdon, (15 minutes drive) arriving in Paris 1.5 hours later. We often take the 7.30 and return on the last train, around 10pm at Surdon.
At Lisieux, approximately 1.5 hours drive, there is a zoological park with a small train which takes people around the site to get close to the animals, included in the price of the entry ticket.
There are many walks and cycle tracks within a very short distance of the house.
St. Pierre sur Dives, less than an hours drive, has a fabulous weekly farmers market,every Monday and an antique fair the first Sunday of every month. Haras du Pin puts on spectacular horse and rider shows every Thursday afternoon during the summer.