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A little Gem of a house, just 10 min from Honfleur

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,184 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

2 bedroom detached character farmhouse, with garden, sleeping 4-5 flexibly

This attractive old beamed Normandy farmhouse, offers home from home comfort in beautiful countryside a short drive from Honfleur. The house is pretty, and full of character, and stands in a large enclosed garden, down a quiet lane. It is away from it all, but still only a 20 min drive from Deauville and Trouville. Upstairs are two spacious bedrooms, each with twin beds, or super king-size if preferred. Both bedrooms have front and rear facing windows, giving maximum light, and views to beautiful front and rear gardens. There is a family bathroom between the bedrooms, again with plenty of light.The ground floor is a large open area, with comfortable living room, ( Sat TV, and a futon offering an optional further sleeping arrangement) cosy chairs, and a good collection of books, mostly in English.

From the living room, behind exposed beams, is a dining area, with table and seating for 4-6 people. To the rear downstairs is a fully equipped kitchen, a washing room with washer and tumble dryer, a shower room with basin, and separate WC.

The owners of this property are Rob & Francoise Sanders, who live in their old pressoir within the grounds. The couple ran successful restaurants in London over many years, and Francoise's considerable chef skills are available by prior arrangement, with fish and seafood being her speciality.

More Details

Robert Sanders
Member since: 2011
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
24 February, 2018

About Robert Sanders

Rob and Francoise Sanders fell in love with the property upon first sight in 2007. The current farmhouse was their own home, whilst they completely rebuilt and converted the old apple press barn (pressoir) that is also located in the grounds. They moved into their pressoir in 2011, and now offer their original home for rent to holidaymakers.

Robert Sanders purchased this farmhouse in 2007

Why Robert Sanders chose Fourneville

The pretty Normandy countryside always held an attraction for Rob and Francoise, but this particular property simply sold itself. So pretty, with beautiful trees and plantings, a certain winner. Relaxation is high on the list of priorities here.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The views from any window are picture postcard, the garden is welcoming, AND, as a holiday home, just about everything is provided.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Fourneville in Calvados

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1184 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 11:00
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Rustic
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - Shower Enclosure , Wash basin, mirror, etc
    Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , New in 2012
  • The upstairs family bathroom was fitted out in 2011, and has a large bath, with shower unit and screen at one end, and a toilet. There is a bathroom cabinet, wash basin with mirror, and an electric radiator. The downstairs shower room has a shower cubicle, and a wash basin with shelving and mirror. There is also a separate WC, adjacent to the shower room. Towels are included in the rental price, and a hair dryer is provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , Super king-size is possible
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , Space for cot
  • The bedrooms are newly decorated, and the beds were new in 2012. The rooms are light and bright, with windows to both the front and rear of the house, and there are attractive views from all windows. Both rooms have two spacious single divan beds, but either room easily converts to an extra large Super king-size bed, if preferred. Bedroom one has a chest of drawers, old pine cupboard with shelf, and a clothes horse for hanging. There is also a vanity unit and mirror with chair, and bedside reading lights. Bedroom two has a dressing table with drawers, and a fitted wardrobe with hanging space. There are also two small bedside tables, with reading lights. Both bedrooms are of a size that would accommodate a children's cot if necessary. In the event of the need for more sleeping space, the futon in the ground floor living room converts to a medium size double bed. Bed linen and blankets are included in the rental price.
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Gated Community
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • 6 garden chairs
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • water parks
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • 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
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
This property is offered on a self catering basis, but on those evenings that you simply don't wish to cook, or use a nearby restaurant, Francoise will be happy to prepare good food, by prior arrangement at an agreed price. Her skills are considerable in the kitchen, and anything is possible, just ask. The owners will try to do everything to make your stay pleasant. When they are away, with your own key to both the property and the electric gates, there should be nothing to distract from a very enjoyable visit.


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A little Gem of a house, just 10 min from Honfleur
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 12 reviews

Well equipped and roomy

  • 4 of 5

A characterful cottage with a super kitchen and utility provision, spacious living/dining area and very comfortable bedrooms. Robert and Francoise are lovely hosts.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Aug-2017
  • Date of Stay: August 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks folks, comments appreciated. Robert and Francoise.
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A fantastic house with the best hosts

  • 5 of 5

To discover this house near Honfleur was the best experience of our past summer 2015.

There are many houses for rent in the area, more or less equipped, well located, with good views, but what makes this house unique is its host.

Rob and Francoise greeted with open arms and at the same time being able to assist us with sufficient discretion to make ourselves at home from the start. They got the balance right between being there and allowing the guests time to themselves.

They were attentive to any needs that we had, aware of our plans to know the area and be able to advise. And the surrounding area has a lot of places to visit. Better two weeks to visit everything ;)

The house has all the necessary amenities, along with the charm of a typical house in the area of Upper Normandy. A magnificent garden, which can have breakfast or dinner outside and a sublime silence.

Rob and Francoise invited us to dinner one evening at home, which was next to ours and it was an unforgettable evening, which we enjoyed with Spanish wine and Scottish whiskey.

Spending a week at the home of Rob and Francoise was by far the best experience I've had with my family these past years.

A highly recommended experience accommodation in the area.

  • Review Submitted: 09-Dec-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your generous comments, our new friends from Madrid. We saw only a few guests this year, probably due to being a long way down the list of available houses, but your visit was also wonderfully remembered by ourselves. We so hope to meet again sometime in the future, but again THANK YOU, and Best Wishes for Christmas and the New Year. Rob & Francoise
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Wonderful week in a home away from home

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we were greeted by Rob and Francoise to the emotional au revoir, we had a truly wonderful time. The cottage is full of character and charm, and equipped with everything one could need during their stay. There was even a welcome pack in the fridge which went over and above what could reasonably be expected. Rob and Francoise were excellent hosts, and got the balance right between being there and allowing the guests time to themselves. The surrounding area has such variety, with so many things to see and do and places to visit, although in such a relaxing environment, we also made sure we spent plenty of time around the cottage. There is also a lovely little bar and epicerie in the adjoining village, with a charming owner, Benoit, which we enjoyed visiting. Overall, a fantastic holiday, and a place we look forward to returning to.

  • Review Submitted: 13-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We truly do hope to see you again. Please do stay in touch. Thank you for your words. Rob & Francoise
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Fantastic house

  • 5 of 5

We had a fantastic week in this lovely house which contained everything you need for a pleasant holiday. A better emcees than Robert and Francoise you can not get. They were very friendly and very nice to talk to. We highly recommend this place for anyone who wants to have vacation in Normandy.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2014
  • Date of Stay: July 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We think that WE are very lucky with the guests that we have staying in our house. Always nice people. Thank you so much. Rob & Francoise
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Well appointed, comfortable, charming.

  • 5 of 5

This is a long overdue review prompted by looking back at summer holiday photos during a wet autumn weekend.

We had a wonderful ten day in July in This lovely cottage. We completely agree that Robert and Francoise are wonderful hosts. We felt completely at home and really enjoyed conversations about everything and anything! We had a superb meal cooked by Francoise and would highly recommend that guests take-up this opportunity. The location is excellent for visiting many of Normandy's historical sites. A lovely cottage, excellent hosts = recipe for great holiday. Valerie, Bryan and Steph.

  • Review Submitted: 24-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: June 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your nice review. We seem to be repeating ourselves a little, but, without genuinely nice guests, our own situation would be all the poorer. We can only hope for more guests like yourselves, and we hope maybe to meet you again in the future. Best wishes Rob & Francoise
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A perfect stay in Normandy

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week at Rob & Francoise's delightful farmhouse in Normandy. It was spotless, charming, and comfortable and the only house we rented in France that was completely stocked without extra charges, such as linens, cooking basics, and even a refrigerator stocked upon arrival with enough to make a simple meal. The owners have thought of everything - all you have to do is arrive and enjoy!

The farmhouse is located on a quiet country lane so that you feel as though you are away from it all; yet, by car, it is 5 min away from surrounding villages, and just a short drive to Honfleur. Rob & Francoise were the perfect, friendly hosts, who were interested in our comfort and gave us great advice on places to see in the area. We really enjoyed our conversations with them over a glass of wine, and our memories of our time here are some of the best in all of our years of travel. We would not hesitate in the least to recommend a stay here to our friends and relatives - it was just fantastic. Merci beaucoup, Rob & Francoise, from Richard, Carol & Cheryl from California

  • Review Submitted: 01-Oct-2013
  • Date of Stay: September 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We seem to write similar responses each time our guests are kind enough to post a review, but its true to say that we are so lucky with our guests. They arrive as strangers, and generally leave as friends. Thank you our "Californian Friends" Rob & Francoise
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Nearest Airport
215 Kilometres
Paris. Charles de Gaulle. OR Paris. Orly
Nearest Barpub
1.5 Kilometres
Le Theil en Auge
Nearest Ferry
30 Kilometres
Le Havre
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
St Gatien des Bois
Nearest Train
16 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
1.5 Kilometres
Le Theil en Auge
Nearest Beach
10 Kilometres
Car: necessary

Fourneville, in Calvados, is a peaceful rural village just 10 min drive inland (9 km) from picturesque Honfleur, with its Marina, and buzzing pavement cafes and restaurants.

The contrast between sleepy Fourneville, with its pretty old stone built church, and neighbouring Marie, and busy Honfleur is quite dramatic, but both have charm in abundance.

The surrounding countryside is green and pretty, and offers both good walking and cycling. By car, the attractions of Deauville and Trouville, with beaches, casinos, and horse-racing, are only 20 minutes away, and Caen, the D-Day beaches, and Bayeux are within easy reach. A day trip to Mont St Michel should not be missed.

Award winning cider and Calvados is produced by a neighbouring farm, less than half a kilometre away, and Golf at St Gatien is a 5 min drive.

Fourneville lies just 30 km from the car ferry port at Le Havre, and is just south of the spectacular Pont de Normandy, a journey of less than half an hour by car. Calais is 215 km, and a 3 h drive.

Quite simply, this is an ideal base for exploring the many attractions and historical sites of this beautiful area of Normandy, or for simply relaxing with nature.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Fourneville, Lower Normandy

Rental Basis:
per property
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7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

The owner of this property accepts payment in the original currency specified (British Pounds), before use of conversion tool. The conversion tool is provided for your convenience only. The owner may accept other currencies if specifically agreed in advance.

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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