Cozy 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom cottage (sleeps 2-4) with stunning panoramic views
- english, french, spanish
About Catherine Rigaud
In the 1930’s, my parents, Marie-Reine and Louis Rigaud, were buying, maturing and selling cheese on Parisian markets, in particular the famed Camemberts made by Alfred Marie of Montpinçon, in Normandy of course. Alfred travelled to Paris to meet these two young industrious cheese mongers who were so successful in selling his Camemberts, even during the hot summer days when the French do not eat so much fermented cheese and turn to “fromage frais”. A friendship developed between the cheese-maker and the cheese mongers. My parents had this dream urban people often had then to own a farm in not-too-distant Normandy. Alfred the cheese-maker offered to sell them any of his 200 farms. And so it happened that the estate of La Hoguette was purchased in February of 1940, complete with its 27 acres of apple orchards, farm buildings and farm-house for the farmer and his family. Most of the land and the farm were sold at my father’s death in 1966, and I inherited the maison de maître with the 9-acre orchard in 1985. I was living in Canada then, working as a translator for the Department of Justice. However, I decided that my parents’ dream of a country property in Normandy had to live on, that it would live on as a holiday home rental business. In 1992, the restoration of two of the outbuildings began, with the dedicated help of my two sons, and the first rental was in September of 1992. In the late 1990’s, I decided to come and live at La Hoguette on a more permanent basis: thanks to Internet, I could practice legal translation, even from a remote village in Normandy. I shall be happy to greet you at La Hoguette, to show you my favourite places, to explain the Norman way of life, the Norman countryside and history. Normandy is where I was raised and educated, before I left for Toronto in 1971. I provide an insider’s view, with lots of stories to be told and people to be met, and I endeavour to make your stay at La Hoguette an enriching adventure in Normandy.
Catherine Rigaud purchased this Cottage in 1940
100% refund if cancelled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if cancelled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Damage and incidentals
You will be responsible for any damage to the rental property that is caused by you or your party during your stay.
Children allowed - Children under 2 are not counted in the occupancyChildren under 2 are not counted in the occupancy
Pets allowed - Dogs are welcome (Pet Welcome Package mandatory)Dogs are welcome (Pet Welcome Package mandatory)
No smoking - Ashtray provided outside Ashtray provided outside
Max guests: 3 (sleeps up to 2 adults)
Dog friendly Norman idyll
Excellent location, setting and atmosphere
Our overall impression completely exceeded our expectations. We were welcomed warmly by Catherine, the owner, and given all of the essential information about the gite. Our little West Highland Terrier was made extremely welcome, and Catherine was extremely helpful recommending a vet to administer the required UK re-entry medication, and recommending places to visit.
Gites de La Hoguette really is luxury holiday accommodation, and we will definitely be returning.
Merci Andrea. I look forward to sharing La Hoguette with you again. Flambeau the boxer will be waiting for his play pal little Merlin. À bientôt! Catherine
petite maison cocooning pour un moment de repos au calme pour des ballades et le soir au coin du feu
Merci à Catherine Rigaud pour son très bon accueil chaleureux, très serviable et disponible si besoin.
nous avons passé quelques jours très sympathiques dans le pays d'Auge où nous avons encore beaucoup à découvrir.
Cette maison est très bien pour un moment de ressourcing.
Merci beaucoup Annie. Ce fut un plaisir d'échanger avec vous sur ma région de Normandie ... et sur nos roses trémières adorées ! Catherine
Séjour ressourçant dans un écrin de verdure
Outre l’accueil très chaleureux de Catherine, la propriétaire de cet adorable gîte, le séjour fut à l’image de ce que nous attendions : calme, reposant, ressourçant. Le temps s’est arrêté pendant quelques jours... Nous avons profité de la douce chaleur du gîte pour nous reposer, de balades dans la belle campagne environnante à aller saluer Printemps et Raoul, les 2 poneys de la propriété, friands de carottes et de caresses.
Le temps pluvieux nous a dissuadé de découvrir les environs plus éloignés. Mais nous avons maintenant une très bonne adresse pour revenir dans ce joli coin de campagne !
Merci beaucoup Virginie, à bientôt j'espère, quand les beaux jours seront de retour !