Looking to simply get away from it all in a tranquil setting brimming with charm and history? Travel to beautiful rural Normandy and discover Le Fresney, a picturesque 16th century manor surrounded by 23 acres of fields and forest. Boasting 5 bedrooms, 5 baths, and 3,000 sq. ft., this welcoming home is half-timbered and stands in the midst of a fairytale setting amidst woodlands, gardens, pastures, an orchard, and peaceful countryside.
This home was recently renovated to include modern amenities (including WiFi) and luxurious finishes, while original hardwood floors and beams have been preserved. The main living room, lit by natural light through the windows and an intricate chandelier, has a comfortable sitting area and a large stone fireplace. A second sitting room also has a sizable fireplace, cozy couches for relaxing, stocked bookshelves, and a TV.
The dining room has a table with seating for 8 (extra chairs available if needed), and the counter bar along the kitchens center island is lined with four tall bar stools for additional seating. The dining room is adorned with beautiful artwork and has a small sitting area with two armchairs. the updated kitchen is equipped with modern appliances, and the large center island is inlaid with a sink.
Each of the 5 bedrooms have contemporary ensuite bathrooms (the master bath has a deep soaking tub). Several also have private fireplaces and sitting areas.
Outside, a long dining table under a covered patio can be set to seat your whole group for dinner parties, celebrations, etc. A separate uncovered brick patio area has a small dining table with chairs and a charcoal grill for your use. Two ponds are on property, as well as 9 hectares of gardens, fields, and woods.
La Fresnay is two and a half kilometers from Cambremer in a hidden valley, surrounded on both sides by hundreds of hectares of farmland a fifty hectare stud farm. Cambremer is a beautiful Norman village in the heart of the Pays d'aude, located at the between the Cider Route and the Cheese Route. During your visit, make sure to stop by the cider producers and and artisan cheese shops! Also nearby are Normandy beaches, restaurants ,shops and also several casinos, racetracks, and golf courses.
Estate with 3 levels
5 bedrooms, 5 baths, 3 square feet
King, Queen, Full, Full, and Twin
10 guests maximum
20 minutes by car
View of fields, forests, and the countryside (including horses and grazing sheep!)
Activities of Interest
- Take a tour (book the English tour if you don't speak French!) of Calvados Pierre Huet to learn about the facilities and their cider production process. Enjoy tastings as well!
- Watch racehorses perform their workouts on the beach of the English Channel at the Hotel Royal Barriere
- Stop by La Cave de Beuvron, a shop that touts excellent local products and supplies for a lovely country picnic
- Drive along the Cider Route...make plenty of stops along the way to taste Calvados! (apple brandy)
- Visit the Abbey of Saint-Étienne, one of the most notable Romanesque buildings in the area with its soaring towers
- Check out Château de Caen, former home of William the Conqueror and one of the biggest medieval structures/castles in Europe!
- Take a day trip to Versailles and enjoy lunch at the market, and have a stroll in the manicured gardens
Places of Interest
- Normandy landing beaches
- Cider and Calvados producers
- Deauville- quaint town in Normandy with a wide beach and boardwalk
- Les Jardins du Pays d'Auge
- Cliffs of Normandy
- Village of Cambremer
- Stud farms
Le Fresnay is a stunningly beautiful house in the most idyllic rural setting - if your dream of what a house in rural Normandy is matches mine then you are in for a treat. The house oozes atmosphere, is furnished in a relaxed but luxurious country house style and the welcome from Matteo is warm and friendly. Le Fresnay is set down a long driveway guaranteeing peace, privacy and amazing star gazing. The local village, which is 5 minutes drive and very pretty, has a wonderful boulangerie for the most delicious croissants, a butcher, deli and two restaurants. There are other beautiful Normandy villages on your doorstep and lots to see and do if you want to venture further afield - Honfleur is 30 minutes drive, Bayeux 40 minutes (the Bayeux Tapestry is a must see), you can reach both Giverny (Monet's Garden) and Versailles in 2 hours but actually the best thing about Le Fresnay is just being at Le Fresnay - we loved it and can't wait to go back. Thank you Matteo this is a really special place. ”
A truly unique getaway experience
My wife and I, along with three other couples, had the pleasure of making Le Fresnay our home for a week in early June. In advance of our visit, the villa’s owner, Matteo, had impressed us with his friendly and thoughtful communication, giving us optimism that we would be in good hands during our stay. Matteo was weeding a pathway upon arrival but quickly put away his “wacker” and walked us through all the intricacies of his extraordinary and idiosyncratic 1560 farmhouse. From the outset we saw that Le Fresnay would serve as the ideal, centrally located headquarters from which to explore the dramatic beaches of Normandy. Equally compelling was the opportunity to interact with the affable French citizens of this area who have rightfully earned the reputation for being hospitable to Americans, never forgetting the U.S.’s role in helping turn the tide of WWII. The house itself is extremely comfortable and homey with spacious rooms downstairs that include a very sizeable, up-to-date kitchen/dining area and a sprawling living room with massive fireplaces on either end. The living room couches are well worn but comfortable, and the space includes some period pieces. There are stacks of reading material everywhere, making it borderline cluttered, yet charming nonetheless. The entire main building oozes with character and is extremely homey… an ideal place to hunker down for the week. Four bedrooms with king and queen sized beds are spacious and bright, making for comfortable sleeping accommodations. The fifth, with twin beds and a smaller bathroom, would work for a fifth couple, or children, but in a bit tighter fashion. All five bedrooms are equipped with clean, modern bathrooms, each with a shower or a combination of shower and bath. The country roads leading to Le Fresnay are narrow and winding, forewarning us that we were heading to a retreat that is rustic in nature. The estate’s private driveway is rocky and uneven, and could be a bit of a turn-off for a visitor looking for a more smoothly honed and modern entry. The grounds of the estate are well maintained and provided a chance to congregate and grill a couple of meals in the great outdoors with no mosquitoes or other insects. Our evenings were relaxing and peaceful, surrounded by verdant countryside and rows of gorgeous rose bushes lining the walls of the estate’s three main buildings. The massive structures with rough-hewn beams truly transported us in time to an era that predated anything we had experienced in the States. Being eight hearty New Englanders we were captivated by the somewhat primitive but bucolic setting that allowed us to experience Normandy’s countryside the way we felt it should be, without superficiality and artificial trappings. For anyone wanting to be pampered in a five-star hotel, this might not be the perfect fit, but for us it was the requisite dwelling to provide the flavor for the region. We cannot speak highly enough about Matteo and his many efforts to brief us on the area and make sure that every detail was in place for our group. His estate is truly one-of-a-kind and is ideally suited for visiting Normandy. The French countryside is as charming as described in travel brochures, and the town of Cambremer, a five minute drive or a thirty-five minute walk, is among the most idyllic of the many quaint villages that we encountered. Warm memories of our trip to Normandy will stay with us and central to our positive experience was Le Fresnay. ”
- Chef's Kitchen
- Covered Parking
- DVD Player
- Outdoor Grill
- Pets (with Approval)
- Washer & Dryer
- Wireless Internet