Places We Go : Normandy, France

Right about now, travel for fun is highly discouraged. So why does that make me yearn for an adventure? Here, in Oakland, we have rain - first time in 38 days - another reason why it's the perfect day to mind-trip! If you're game, how about a quick trip to Normandy?

Just so you know, we should rent GÎTE LE CERISIER in Normandy, about 90 minutes NE of Paris. A Dutch couple had their way with this property and it's absolutely perfect.

After a morning at the outdoor markets, how about making lunch in the cozy kitchen?

Upstairs, the master bedroom and landing. Loads of skylights wash the space with light.

A simple guest bedroom furnished with IKEA. Don't you love the green circle around the lamp?

I can't imagine a better bathroom anywhere.

The simplicity of the house decor really lets the architecture shine.

While there's loads of sightseeing, shopping and dining to do in Normandy, I'd just like to sit right here and soak it all in. Wish you could join me.

More about this house from the Boutique Homes website:

Price per week : from $648 to $1123

Sleeps 6

Winner of the Zoover Award Gold 2018 and voted one of its Top 10 Best Holiday homes in France, this vacation home for rent in Normandy is one of two very special gites restored by a Dutch couple who fell in love with the southern region’s unspoiled nature, beautiful beaches, culture and history.

After purchasing a historic 150 year old farmhouse, they set their sights on the adjacent farmhouse and stables which had been empty for over fifty years. Built from local granite walls over half a meter thick with oak beams and insulating hemp walls, the couple have restored the house with rustic natural materials and brocante detail that match the building’s history and tone, resulting in a lovely mix of authenticity and stylish modern comforts. Opening the spaces up to the light and adding a bit more high modern accents lends it atmospheric drama and contrast.

Nestled into lovely gardens in the heart of the Bocage Mortainais, this vacation home rental in Normandy offers peace and quiet and abundance of natural space, preserving the charms and authenticity of the French countryside in an area that hasn’t been overrun by tourists.

The historic cottage has been completely renovated with natural materials and smartly integrated modern updates that preserve its charm.

The ground floor spaces are intimate and warm with a beautiful Cantou (fireplace) of solid granite with a woodburner that’s romantic and comfortable for chilly evenings in the autumn and winter seasons. The large eat-in kitchen has been outfitted with the latest appliances with a modern bistro/country kitchen feel and benefits from underfloor heating and a second woodburner.

Upstairs has been brightened and expanded with skylights that flood the three bedrooms with lovely natural light.

Combining rustic warmth with vintage and brocante furnishings, the interiors are full of personality and an inviting mix of old and new.

The grounds are lush and private with outdoor dining and lounge areas to enjoy the flowering gardens in the warm Spring and Summer months.

https://www.boutique-homes.com/vacation-rentals/europe/france/esprit-du-bocage-gite-le-cerisier-mortain-normandie-france/

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