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, Bose dock, 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 father and son donkeys Chocolat and Basilic (Basil).
The furnishings include two chestnut glazed sofas and three Napoleon III armchairs, a wood burner, a large flat screen TV with around 350 national and international satellite channels, a DVD library plus iPod, iPhone and Bose docks. 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 comfortably seats six people.
A baby chair can be provided if required.
Fully equipped with two slate counters, stainless steel appliances (refrigerator, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine, ceramic hob, a cafetière for filter coffee as well as a Nespresso machine, toaster, kettle, mixer), the kitchen has all you might need.
The gîte has three bedrooms, two on the ground floor and one upstairs.
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 and shampoo is also provided.
Through the window you can gaze upon the meadow, home to our two donkeys Chocolat and Basilic (Basil).
On the west side, the Green bedroom
With luxurious 160 thread count bedding and a mirrored headboard, the Green bedroom has white textured porcelain sconces, a small Louis XVI pouf, antique religious portraits, a 19th century prayer stool, taffeta curtains and seagrass floor covering.
A private bathroom with a slate tiled shower; towels, bathrobes and bedroom slippers are provided along with shower gel and shampoo.
The view is onto the garden of grasses.
Upstairs, the Red bedroom
Here you will find two 90cm beds with Louis XVI headboards, that can be put together to form a double bed, with Sarah Lavoine reading lamps, 19th century portraits of children, poufs, a 19th century decorative screen, bedside drawers, seagrass floor covering.
Private toilet with hand basin.
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 one wooden terrace where you will find the Softub jacuzzi, a teak garden table and two chairs. The second gravelled terrace has four chaises longues for sunbathing as well as a table that seats 6-8 people for outdoor dining. Also provided are a barbecue and a Weber outdoor firepit as well as parasols and cushions for the sun loungers weather permitting.
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.