Sleeps 7: 4 bedrooms (2 doubles; 1 twin; 1 single), 2 shower rooms/WC
Arkadi de Rakoff
- english, french, italian
About Arkadi de Rakoff
We (Kim and Kadi) have lived here for 20 years - the Coach House is situated on a land (3 acres) and separated from our own main house. As the name implies, our holiday rental cottage is the original's coach man's house of our 1820's property. Kim has an antique's business and have a regular presence in the region's markets as well as selling in England. They are always on hand during rental periods to help and advise clients who want to visits the markets. Kadi has a fishing destination company and has access to all the region's best fishing
Arkadi de Rakoff purchased this Cottage in 1993
Why Arkadi de Rakoff chose Avernes-Saint-Gourgon
I'm a keen fly fisherman and I was looking for a lovely property that would offer me good access to region's wonderful trout rivers and one that would suit my wife's requirements of peace and tranquility and enough land for animals; That's how we ended up living in an 1820's with a outbuildings and a Coach House.
What makes this Cottage unique
This property is extremely well maintained and furnished and is ideally situated to take advantage of all the region's best tourist activities. Or or for relaxing and chilling out in a peaceful environment. The owners are always hand to help and advise if required and home animals are delight for children
Check-in: 2:30 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
PLEASE NOTE OWNERS CONDITIONS OF HIRE Bed linen included in rental price Towels not included Electricity consumption charged at 10 cents per metered unit – payable at end of stay in local currency? The Coach House to be left cleaned and tidy as found… Or €45 end of stay cleaning, payable in local currency at end of stay - confirmation of cleaning service required at time of booking Non smoking interior (exterior only)? £150 cheque to be deposited with owners on arrival? - (returnable in full at end of stay - subject to damages) Well behaved (clean) pets very welcome IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE: In our opinion it is always advisable to have cancellation insurance in place to protect against any unfortunate, unforeseen circumstance that could result in holiday cancellation and subsequent loss of deposit and balance payments already made
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
The coach house
We had great holiday at the coach house. It provided us with a good base from where we could explore Normandy. An hour from the beaches at deauville and wonderful little towns were within 30 minutes.
Kadi was very helpful with tips about restaurants and places to visit. The property had a great open plan living area and the bedrooms upstairs were more than adequate.
It had a great enclosed garden for the children to play in and the added bonus of the donkeys in the next plot, the kids loved feeding them carrots every day!
Beautiful character property in rural location
Great communication with English speaking owners who are very friendly and helpful both before we arrived and during our stay.
The coach house is beautiful and old with wonky sloping floors upstairs, plenty of space and lovely old beams. Nobody lives in the attached part of the property so we didn’t have to worry about the kids being noisy.
We arrived and the kids were straight out into the garden where Domino the donkey came over to greet us with a very quiet attempt at a bray! A lovely welcome!
Derek and Domino the donkeys at the bottom of the garden were a massive hit with the kids. The highlight of our daughters holiday was being taken into their field to stroke them!
The master, double and twin rooms all have views out towards the donkeys.
Very quiet hamlet.
Really easy drive from Calais euro tunnel. Roads so quiet and empty. Took us 3 hours 15. There were two tolls both of about 8.5 euros. Machines take cards and are easy to use.
On the way home we stopped at Le Crotoy in the Somme bay for our picnic lunch. Pleasant town to stretch our legs, have an ice cream and use the loos.
We did a fair few miles in the car during our stay but location of the property meant we could reach the north coast and also Paris.
We did day trips to Trueville (lovely sandy beach, 1.5 hrs) Bayeux and Arromamches, (1.5 hrs) Versailles (2 and a quarter hours) , Paris (by train from Bernay takes 1.5 hrs) crevecoeur with medieval joust (45 mins)
Book a timed passport ticket if you’re going to Versailles (saved us a massive queue). If you want to go up the Eiffel Tower jump the queue type tickets go on sale something like 5 weeks in advance.
Orbec is 15 mins away and has a carrefourre market (middle sized supermarket with petrol opposite) and a high street with several boulangeries and green grocer and small spar. Several shops/ restaurants were shut for their summer holiday.
NB Bring a hair dryer if you want one.
Restaurants don’t open until 7pm unless you are somewhere very touristy
There is no razor socket so bring an extra adapter.
Electricity bill wasn’t an issue
Had to be out by 10am for cleaner.
The Church bells (next to the property) do chime the hour and half past but stop over night so you get a good nights sleep.
There’s a green gauge tree with branches that overhang the car park space - yummy!! Saw bats, swallows (lots of other birds) and deer
Don’t forget to buy some carrots for the donkeys.
Dear Lizzie and family
It was a pleasure to host such a lovely family at the cottage and you certainly made the best use of your time here with all the wonderful place you visited.
Derek and Domino missed your kids five minutes after they left - braying a long , tearful goodbye and saying come back soon (and don't forget our carrots)
Very best wishes
Kim and Kadi
Absolutely perfect !
The property was absolutely perfect for our needs, great layout and good location, Orbec being 10 minutes drive away for all local conveniences.
The owners were lovely and more than accommodating during our stay. We had a child's 15th birthday during and Kim was very kind and helpful in liaising with a Boulangerie in Orbec who didn't speak any English, to organise a birthday cake.
I will miss waking up and walking into the garden with a coffee to have a chat with Derek the donkey in the adjacent field.
Lovely stay, very nice owners, already planning a return trip, what more can I say !!
Thank you Kim and Kadi
So glad you all enjoyed your stay, it was a genuine pleasure to have you here.
Derek sends his best and says come back soon :-)
Our best wishes
Kim and Kadi
Comfortable & welcoming
We have just returned after having a wonderful family holiday (seven of us at one point!) in the Coach House. The house is comfortably appointed with adequate parking space, large garden which was wonderful for the kids where they played, kept company with and fed carrots to Thellie the pony and Derek the donkey in the next field.
St Aubin is quiet and small, but not too far from the local towns of Orbec and Le Sap for supermarkets, bars and restaurants. Do not forget to visit the excellent market at St Pierre-Sur-Dive open on Mondays. Also Mont Ormel, Bernay, Pegasus bridge and Camembert are all definitely worthy of a visit. The surrounding countryside is pretty and you are not to far from the seaside resorts of Cabourg, Deauville, Trouville and Honfleur.
Finally our thanks to our hosts Kim and Kadi for their wonderful hospitality, entertaining and looking after us. We hope one day to return to the Coach House.
Kim and I so pleased you all enjoyed your holiday - it was a pleasure to have such a lovely family come stay with us. We loved to see you all again - so until the next time
Many best wishes Kim and Kadi .
very homely, comfortable clean, peaceful,
a lovely clean property in very peaceful surroundings . very relaxing and enjoyable the owners were very helpful and freindly would recommed a stay here at anytime. quaint little village neighbours very freindly and so were the animals. good value for money.
It was a pleasure having met you and yours. For the record, you're the most adventurous family we've ever had staying here - true British pioneering spirit :-))
Al the very best
Kadi and Kim
Perfect 5 Star Holiday!
We booked our stay at the Coach House for an extended family holiday. The Coach House was a perfect place to stay - peaceful, tranquil and comfortable. The area downstairs was lovely and roomy - plenty of space for us all to hang out in. And we loved the outside area too - again, lots of room for us and the little ones to run around! The highlight for the kids were Derek and Thelly (the donkey and Shetland pony), who were incredibly sweet and just a little bit fond of carrots!
The location of the Coach House is great. We spent all week visiting local towns and villages, and had lots of fun at the local markets which owners Kadi and Kim had recommended. The local countryside is really pretty and one of our favourite afternoons was spent splashing in a stream only 10 minutes away
We would definitely recommend staying here, and hope to return another time soon.
St Aubin is situated at the crossroads of Calvados, the Orne and the Eure and offers easy access to all the region’s tourists activities. The local town of Orbec with its restaurants, bars and shopping facilities is within seven minutes drive. A further 10 minutes will bring you to the delightful river town of Bernay - famous for its Farmers' Market, Antique Shops and a wide selection of Bars and Restaurants.
St Aubin is also within a 45 minutes drive of the delightful and historic coastal towns of Deauville. Trouville and Honfleur and magnificent white sandy beaches of the region. Plus a world class golf course and horse racing venue in Deauville.
For guests wanting to spend the day in Paris, travel is easy - only 1 hour 15 minutes by fast train from Bernay
The owner of the Coach House is a keen Fly Fisherman and can arrange Fly Fishing on a 3km private stretch of the Risle, Normandy's premiere chalk stream for trout.