‘Rene’ is a 200 year old former coaching inn set in the Michelin listed village of Balleroy and backing onto the Chateau grounds. It has a lovely south facing garden organised into two patios and surrounded by Normandy stone walls. The house is a comfortable and well-furnished family home with great character set in the heart of unspoilt countryside and forest. It has four bedrooms and central heating. There is a veranda outside the living room with lovely views over the château grounds and the Cerisy forest. 'Rene' is not primarily a 'holiday let' it is our family home in France so it is homely and very well equipped.
Its situation, in the historical village of Balleroy is ideal for exploring the rich heritage of the Normandy region. Although only having 600 residents Balleroy is well served with shops and amenities and there is no need to drive everyday to get your provisions. There are two boulangeries, a boucherie and a well stocked supermarket all within easy walking distance of the house. The Post Office has a cash point and public telephone. The highly acclaimed 'Manoir de Dome' restaurant is just 3 minutes walk away. The Chateau in Balleroy (** in the Michelin guide) and the museum of ballooning are just up the hill from the house and open to the public every day but Tuesday. Check the dates of the annual ballooning festival, held in the Chateau grounds behind the house each June.
The property backs on to the Cerisy Forest and there are miles of walking, cycling or horse riding right on the doorstep. There are many pretty villages in the area and miles and miles of unspoilt countryside. Traditionally hunting lands for the gentry, the area has many fine Chateaux (over 20 listed in Wikipedia) including Henri-Fontaine, Cerisy le Foret and Juare Mondaye. Bayeaux, just 20 minutes away, is very picturesque and of great historical interest with its tapestry, its Cathedral and its Medieval quarter and half timbered houses. There is a market every Saturday on the Rue St-Patrice and Rue St-Malo and there is a huge medieval festival which takes place during the first week of July each year. The war cemetery and WW2 museum are also well worth a visit.
From Bayeaux it is a short drive to the D Day landing beaches, beautiful sandy beaches from where the liberation of Europe started on 6th June 1944. That day is now famous as D-Day and has been the subject of many films, such as The Longest Day and Saving Private Ryan. The beaches have kept their coded names and are known as, from East to West, Sword Beach, Juno Beach, Gold Beach, Omaha Beach and Utah Beach. Many museums, cemeteries, memorials are scattered in villages along the sea, such as Arromanches-les-Bains, Colleville-sur-Mer, Port-en-Bessin, Ste-Mère-Eglise, Le Point du Hoc and Longues sur Mer.
‘Rene provides exceptionally comfortable accomodation: On the ground floor a small hallway leads to a well equipped and newly fitted kitchen with traditional solid wood cabinets, a new gas cooker, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, microwave, electric kettle and toaster. Off this there is a comfortable lounge/dining room with rustic stone fireplace, antique pine dining table, china cabinet and captain's chair. There are two sofas (one of which is a bed settee). a high chair is available for tiny guests. Satellite TV is available as well as a video player, DVD player and stereo Hi-fi. A utility room with shower and separate toilet leads off the lounge, with a laundry area and automatic washing machine. From the kitchen a back door leads onto a balcony, from which there are lovely views over the Chateau grounds and the Cerisy Forest. Steps lead from here to the garden providing a sunny area for alfresco dining or relaxing on the patio furniture provided. An antique polished wood staircase leads to the first floor and a large double bedroom with double bed (king size duvet), pine wardrobe and chest of drawers. A middle bedroom containing a junior bed provides access to the twin bedded room which has two single beds, a chest of drawers and a hanging rail, and a pretty single room with single bed, wardrobe, bookcase and chest of drawers. There is also a fold down bed which could be put up in the master bedroom or the twin room.
The property is easily accessible from Caen airport (20km away), and from Normandy ports (45 minutes drive from Ouistreham, and 90 minutes from both le Havre or Cherbourg.) A car is recommended to explore the richness of the area but all essential supplies are available on foot in the village.
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Traditional 4 bedroomed house near the D Day sites Balleroy, Normandy, France located in Balleroy, Normandy, France, but cannot be displayed on a map. Contact the owner for more details
Additional Location Information
The house is situated on the edge of Cerisy Forest in Balleroy, an attractive village of 600 inhabitants which is well served with shops and less than 30mins from the coast and all the D Day museums and beaches.
Excellent roads make it easily accessible from the ports of Cherbourg and le Havre (90 minutes) and only 45 minutes from Caen. It is situated in lovely unspoilt countryside and yet just 15 minutes from Bayeux. An ideal centre to appreciate this lovely area.
There are many tourist sites in the area-
-Bayeux. a lovely city with its ancient buildings, cathedral, its chic shops and it's range of restaurants
-D Day landing sites and museums
-miles of beautiful and unspoilt coastline
-lovely undulating countryside littered with historic villages and sites
-Caen with Wiliam the Conquerer's castle
-Suisse Normande for walking, canooing and climbing
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Last updated on December 11, 2014
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Left on 07/30/2013 for a stay in July 2013 | VanessaE
This property offers the basics, however a few things were lacking that would make it more pleasant for guests.
The towels left for us were hand-towel sized, and in places threadbare, stained or mouldy. Corners were dusty with dead insects, and the main bedroom carpet looked like it hadn't been vacuumed thoroughly. The musty "old" smell remained even after lots of airing. This could be from old floor and wall coverings, however a really good spring clean would probably help.
The stairs were a bit of a safety concern- not recommended for those unsteady on their feet or for children under 5. The biggest safety concern however was the lack of smoke alarms. Maybe these aren't a requirement in France?
I know that everyone's standards are different, however the things I've mentioned meant that the property wasn't a pleasant place for us to return to at the end of each day.
Left on 11/25/2011 for a stay in October 2011 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
This was our first visit to France and our stay here offered us delightful surprises. We found ourselves living in a small, French village with patisserie, tiny market, historic chateau, and a little river, the Drome. We could look out over the lovely hillside grounds of the beautifully-maintained, historic Balleroy Chateau right from our bedroom and livingroom windows. Everyone was so friendly and helpful to us. Our accommodation became a home away from home after sightseeing along the Normandy coast and in the busy city of Bayeux. We were able to relax and enjoy the charming touches in this 200-year-old "coaching house." There were many more points of interest right in the vicinity than we were able to do such as the forest and the home of William the Conqueror's father. We would like to go back and stay there again.
Left on 04/30/2011 for a stay in September 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
Situated in the Michelin featured village of Balleroy, this tradit5ional stone house is ideally situated for exploring many of the delights Normandy has to offer but also has all the essential amenities on the doorstep. We enjoyed the sheltered and private garden for al fresco meals and soaking up the sun as well as the lovely views across the fields to the picturesque Chateau.
The are a number of walks within minutes which enticed us into being more active. The local forest is stunning in the dappled tones of warm autumnal sunshine.
'Rene' reflects its two hundred year old history and retains many of its original features such as the polished wooden staircase, the thick stone walls and the extensive'cave'. We found there is plenty of room for a growing family or group of friends, including different options for dining. With a sofa bed in the lounge and a ground floor bathroom there is some scope for restricted use but the garden is not that easily accessed by wheel chair although it is well laid out in flat and spacious terraces, there are some steps to negotiate.
All in all, the house has a relaxing and restful ambience which adds to its charm and makes it a delightful holiday destination.
Left on 04/20/2011 for a stay in April 2009 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
I stayed at "Rene" in Balleroy in april 09 with some girl friends and had an absolutely wonderful time. The cottage itself is welcoming and comfortable, with plenty of space and a lovely garden, where we enjoyed many a glass of wine in the sunshine! We all felt at home straight away, and loved the traditional setting. We did have a car with us, which I would certainly recommend as we were able to visit Bayeux, the D-Day beaches and other beaches for trips out, to really make the most of the holiday. I'd recommend the house to anybody as its perfect for all ages, families, friends or couples - anyone looking for a bit of escapism yet with a home-from-home feel. The rental process was a doddle, and the owner was really helpful and everything was as described. Loved it!
Left on 04/10/2011 for a stay in July 2008 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
We had a fantastic week in this house, which had all the equipment and comfort to help us enjoy our stay. The property is very central to all of the site which we wished to visit and Balleroy is a charming place to spend time. The chateaux is well worth a visit and one can walk up the road in a few minutes to take in all the history and charm. Bayeaux is only ten miles away and we spent many days walking around here visiting the cathedral and having lovely food.
This property is well worth a visit.
A FlipKey verified reviewer
A homely and comfortable stay which was relaxing throughout.
Left on 04/07/2011 for a stay in September 2010 | A FlipKey verified reviewer
So obviously not a rental but someones' home. We felt at ease from arrival, and enjoyed the surroundings immensely. The house is not immense, but homely and comfortable and with lovely rural views from the back. Convenient to emenities, and other sights to be found in Normandy. A good visit, thanks.
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