This fairy-tale cottage is situated in one of the loveliest villages along the famous Route des Chaumieres The cottage has four bedrooms and can sleep up to 8. The garden runs down to the banks of the Seine. Close to Honfleur, Deauville, Rouen.
This fairy-tale cottage is situated in one of the loveliest villages along the famous Route des Chaumieres (Thatched Cottage Route). It is located in Eure, near the border with Calvados and Seine-Maritime. The cottage has four bedrooms and can sleep up to 8 people. There is a garden of about an acre running from the cottage down to the banks of the Seine River. The village is within the Boucles de la Seine national park, and there are cycling and hiking trails along the river and into the forests from the doorstep. Less than an hour to Honfleur, Deauville, Etretat, Le Havre and Rouen, the pebble beaches of the Alabaster Coast and the sandy beaches of the Cote Fleurie. A perfect base for walking, cycling, golf, horseback riding, and exploring Norman history, culture and gastronomic delights.
The cottage has four bedrooms and can sleep up to 8 people plus a child in a cot. There is wheelchair access to the ground floor bedroom which has twin beds and an ensuite shower room and W.C. Upstairs there are three bedrooms, each with a double bed, and a shower room with W.C. There is wifi in the cottage, but please note, the connection is weaker than in most urban areas. The village is not cabled and internet connections are weak. We have a satellite connection, and the signal can be very poor if the weather is cloudy / rainy. and at the best of times the speed is much slower than would be normal in Paris or London.
Outside is a one-acre garden, mostly lawn, leading from the cottage down to the River Seine. Patio with barbecue and furniture to sit on and watch the boats go by on the river. Lovely views.
Normandy beaches start a 30 minute drive away. Miles of smooth, clean sand and friendly seaside towns such as Deauville and Trouville. Normandy D-Day beaches along same coastline. Going north are the beautiful pebble beaches at Etretat, Fecamp and Saint-Valéry-en-Caux as painted by Monet and the Impressionists. Normandy has some of the best courses in France. Nearby courses include Etretat, Saint-Saens and Jumièges.
There is an excellent range of friendly shops including bakery and butcher within 10 minutes drive. There are top-notch restaurants ranging from family to Michelin star in nearby towns. Large and good supermarket at Pont-Audemer. Weekly market on Mondays and Fridays in Pont-Audemer.
How to get there
Nearest airport: Deauville, 40 minutes
Le Havre: 30 minutes
Dieppe: 1 hour
Calais: 2.5 hours
Paris: 1.5 hours
Pont-Audemer: 15 minutes
Honfleur: 25 minutes
Jumieges: 30 minutes
Rouen: 30 minutes
Deauville: 35 minutes
Paris: 1.5 hours
Caen: 1 hour
Giverny (Monet's garden): 1 hour
Paris: 1.5 hours
Bayeux: 1.5 hours
Disney Paris: 2 hours
The cottage and village were recently featured on Des racines et des ailes, a national French TV programme about the most beautiful villages in France.
Refundable damage deposit payable before arrival. Linens and towels can be hired for GBP 15 per person. A bundle of firewood can be purchased for 15 EUR.
All areas of the house can be accessed apart from a few cupboards marked 'private'. There is parking for two cars in the driveway.
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We can be phoned at any time if help is needed.
No smoking inside please - there is a terrace and large garden which can be used for this purpose! Please ask before bringing an animal. We are a dog friendly house, but dogs must be trained and must not go on the furniture.
There are some games, guidebooks and DVDs in the living room and the cupboard over the TV which you are welcome to use. Please return the books before leaving.
Please respect any items or cupboards marked ‘Private’. Les Iris is a family home first, and these areas contain personal items reserved for family use.
Please leave recycling and general rubbish in the bins beyond the end of the garden behind the church - just a few minutes' walk away (and not in the green gardener's bin).