Situated in Normandy in the heart of the Pays d’Auge, not far from Deauville and only 10 minutes from the A13 motorway, our gîte, La Vie de Cocagne, is an 18th century timber-framed stable that has been totally renovated in keeping with the local architecture and retaining original features. Opening onto the beautiful surrounding countryside adds to its enormous charm.
The gîte is decorated in a style that brings together the idea of a family home (antique furniture, hunted-down artefacts, Farrow & Ball paintwork) with contemporary necessities (stainless steel kitchen appliances, wifi, flat screen TV, Sonos sounder, heated jacuzzi).
Living area with cathedral ceiling
This space is suffused with natural light and opens onto the garden, the terraces, the jacuzzi and the surrounding fields. Close by is the meadow home of our donkey Chocolat and our horse Zyanthi.
The furnishings include two chestnut glazed sofas, one large chocolate sofa and two Napoleon III armchairs, a wood burner, a large flat screen TV, an Apple TV with free access to Netflix, Prime Video, a Sono dock. Wifi access is free.
The dining room
The dining room adjoins the kitchen and the living area and opens onto the terrace.
The dining space seats a maximum of six people.
A baby chair can be provided if required.
Fully equipped with two slate counters, stainless steel appliances (refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, Owen, washing machine, filter coffee machine, Nespresso machine, toaster, kettle, mixer), the kitchen has all you might need.
The gîte has two main bedrooms with private bathroom on the ground floor and one guest bedroom upstairs (toilet and hand-wash basin but no bathroom).
On the east side, the “Chocolat” bedroom
Luxurious 160 thread count bedding, large upholstered bedhead, gilded porcelain sconces, white wood chest of drawers, wardrobe, antique engravings from Marrakech, small Louis XVI pouf, rich beige toile curtains, seagrass floor covering.
There is a private bathroom with a large slate tiled shower, towels, bathrobes and bedroom slippers. Shower gel, shampoo and hair conditioner are also provided.
Through the window you can gaze upon the meadow, home to our donkeys Chocolat and Kitty.
On the west side, the Grey bedroom
With luxurious 160 thread count bedding and a mirrored headboard, the Grey bedroom has white textured lamps, a small Louis XVI pouf, antique portraits, grey curtains and seagrass floor covering.
A private bathroom with a slate tiled shower; towels, bathrobes and bedroom slippers are provided along with shower gel, shampoo and hair conditioner.
The view is onto the garden of grasses.
Upstairs, the KID bedroom
Here you will find one 90cm bed with Louis XVI headboard, Sarah Lavoine reading lamps, 19th century portraits, poufs, a 19th century decorative screen, bedside drawers, seagrass floor covering. It is comfortable for kids but less for adults as the ceiling is not very high. This said, it may be convenient for an adult guest for one night.
Private toilet with hand basin. No bathroom.
The room looks out over the lime tree alley.
All bed linen is provided as well as towels and bathrobes.
A cot and baby bath are of course available upon request.
You will have your own southwest facing private garden at La Vie de Cocagne giving you the opportunity to benefit from the sun all day. The peaceful “Pastor-style” garden combines white flowers, box and grasses and offers a clear view of the meadow and the surrounding Normandy countryside. The lack of noise or visual disturbance brings a sense of calm and tranquillity.
The two terraces
Our charming gîte has two wooden terraces : the one close to the living room where you will find the Softub jacuzzi, two sun loungers and an umbrella. The second terrace has two iroko garden benches and a table as well as a table that seats a maximum of 6 people for outdoor dining and a large umbrell. Also provided is a Weber gas barbecue.
Access to the property is via a secure remote-controlled electronic gate and there is automatic external lighting.
La Vie de Cocagne is surrounded by equine stud farms. The village of Bonnebosq, on the ‘Cider Route’, is only 5 minutes by car or 10 minutes on foot. There you will find all you need for your stay (butcher, grocer, baker, paper shop, pharmacy, florist, bric-a-brac boutique).
Around our charming Normandy gîte you can discover the country lanes and pathways, timber-framed farm buildings and manors, orchards and equine stud farms as well as the lovely villages of Beaumont en Auge, Cambremer and Beuvron en Auge.
During your stay in Normandy you will find yourself relaxing into this land of milk and honey which continues to produce its famous cheeses (Pont l’Evêque, Camembert and Livarot), ciders and calvados, crème fraiche and of course we must not forget the magnificent local seafood.
Only a few kilometers from our gîte you can reach the wonderful Côte Fleurie (flowered coast) along which you will find Deauville and its celebrated boardwalk, historic Honfleur and its old port, Trouville and its famous seafood market. These three iconic locations allow you to enjoy the Normandy coastline at any time of the year with its boutiques, restaurants, markets, sporting and cultural activities.