26 October 2018 by Laura Habgood
Le Fresne, Manche, Normandy
Le Fresne is a stunning 17th century farmhouse with private pool, bursting with charm and character and offering large comfortable accommodation having been lovingly restored to incorporate all modern facilities you could need for your stay. Le Fresne can sleep up to 14 people in 6 bedrooms, making it the ideal retreat for a group of friends or an extended family holidaying together.
Open plan and sociable
The kitchen/dining area has been carefully designed to be open plan and sociable with the farmhouse dining table seating up to 14 people. There is also a breakfast bar that can be used for quick snacks or to gather around for aperitifs. The owners love to cook and appreciate the importance of having the right equipment, so you will find Le Fresne to be a real home from home.
Upstairs you will find 6 bedrooms including a triple room with bunk beds and single bed, perfect for children to share.
Outside, the spacious grounds are fully enclosed. There is a level lawn to the front, and on a higher level to the side of the house is the large orchard with a variety of fruit trees, affording plenty of space for children to run around, but with lots of shade. There is also a football goal, a small Wendy house, a slide, a basketball hoop and a triple swing including a baby swing to keep them entertained.
To the rear of the house is a private solar heated 8m x 4m swimming pool surrounded by a decked sunbathing terrace and overlooked by a covered veranda, ideal for dining al fresco! There pool is securely fenced for safety and there is plenty of garden furniture and a brick built barbecue.
Located in rolling Normandy countryside
Although Le Fresne is situated in rolling Normandy countryside its just 20-30 minutes’ drive from the glorious beaches of the Cotentin coastline and many tourist attractions such as Le Mont St Michel.
The nearest town of Ducey is just 6km away and has everything you need to enjoy your stay including a boulangerie, a bank, chemists and several excellent bars and restaurants. Ducey is also home to Chateau des Mongommery which is often open to the public for exhibitions and tours, and during the summer months the grounds are surrounded by magnificent floral displays!
The historic town of Avranches is also just a short drive away and well worth a visit.
Transformation to a beautiful family home
The property is owned by Karen Hutchin who purchased Les Fresne in 1996, and even with a tumbledown roof and the neighbour’s cows living inside, she knew it could be turned into a beautiful family home. Karen and her family spent 8 years restoring Le Fresne to its former glory, and now the family have grown, Le Fresne is available for guests to enjoy a relaxing and comfortable holiday.
Karen loves the lush rolling countryside and relaxed French way of life, and she’s sure you will too.