LA GRANDE YVELINIERE, SAVIGNY, NEAR COUTANCES, NORMANDY

The house was built in 1676, and is part of an ancient corps de ferme, surrounded by the original barns. The owner Jean Yvelin was part of an illustrious family that extended this side of the Channel. He was cousin to the diarist John Evelyn, and another cousin was the French Queen's physician.
The house is just outside the village of Savigny, down a country lane. While offering privacy it is part of a small hamlet and therefore not isolated. The nearest shops are a short drive away in Belval Gare, or slightly further on in Cerisy-La-Salle, a charming cross country drive first thing in the morning if you are in search of croissants.
The rooms in the house are spacious, with original wooden-beamed ceilings and casement windows. It is furnished simply with local antiques and period furniture, but is also practical and extremely comfortable. The kitchen is large and well-equipped, and the seven foot high fireplace makes this room a great draw throughout the year, and most guests choose to light it in the evening, even during the summer. There is also a grill for cooking over the fire.
There is a large newly converted utility barn with two washing machines and a dryer, and a butler's sink that comes into its own when you arrive back from the beach laden with treasure and muddy boots.
Upstairs the beds all have proper feather duvets and pillows. There is a large bathroom with a claw-footed bath for relaxing, in addition to the downstairs shower-room.

Downstairs

Country kitchen with open fire and dining area.
Sitting room with wood-burning stove.
Children's playroom/fifth bedroom with DVD player.
Shower room/WC.
Ulility room with two washing machines/tumble dryer.

Upstairs

Large main bedroom with 6 ft bed and occasional bed.
Large second bedroom with 6 ft bed and occasional bed.
Small bunk bedroom, attached to second bedroom.
Single room with bateau lit.
Bathroom/WC.

France