La Vie de Cocagne

Bonnebosq, Normandy, France



Conjuring up the lyrics of a song by French actress Jeanne Moreau, La Vie de Cocagne inspires the simple pleasures of a country weekend home.  Less than an hour from the ferries, you can sink into the hot tub and take in the peaceful paddocks that surround this idyllic and beautiful Normandy farmhouse (perfect for four) near the lively (open all year) towns of Honfleur, Deauville and Trouville.

The Location

This peaceful setting in Normandy is just 15 minutes from Deauville, 20 minutes from Honfleur and 40 minutes from Le Havre and Caen. In the heart of the ‘Pays d’Auge’ region, this comfortable 18th century farmhouse is only five minutes from the A13 motorway exit, is easy to find and yet blissfully tranquil.

The local village, Bonnebosq, is a 10 minute walk away and on the Cider route. It has a butcher, grocery, newspaper store, doctor and pharmacy so is good for the basics. Jump in the car for 45 minutes and you can explore the D-day beaches and Bayeux; as well as the many seaside beaches.

  • This beamed farmhouse has a deeply relaxing setting.  With horse breeding pastures outside and an easy comfort inside, this is a lovely place from which to enjoy the simple things in country life – whether for a weekend or a week
  • With a froth of swaying white flowers and grasses, views from the elegant dining terrace will help your shoulders sink as you top up the glasses and enjoy some local fayre
  • To sample the best local ingredients, just ask your hosts to do a bit of shopping for your arrival and you can tuck in on your first day
  • The outdoor hot tub – perfect wind down material
  • The location near lively towns like Honfleur, Trouville and Deauville which are open year round means that you can pop out and enjoy a meal out when you just can’t be bothered to cook for yourselves
  • The farmhouse has two main bedrooms, very comfortably furnished with traditional French family furniture. The rooms are on the ground floor and open onto the garden with views of swaying grasses. They both have floor to ceiling slate shower bathrooms and luxury bedlinen. There is a third twin bedroom without its own bathroom which would be useful for the additional passing guest
  • A high beamed living room with floor to ceiling windows looks out across the horse paddocks and the garden. Wifi, Apple TV, a private Netflix access, sonos sound system, comfortable sofas and a wood stove make this an easy room in which to while away a couple of lazy hours
  • With a great view from the sink (with lovely slate work tops…), the open plan kitchen and dining area is perfect for cooking, drinking and chatting. Fully equipped with modern appliances and stainless steel pans, this has a warm, rustic feel with seating for six around the dining table nearby
  • Two terraces outside, one for seating with lounge chairs and one for dining, provide plenty of space from which to admire the horses in surrounding paddocks. But of course the best place from which to chat to the mares is the hot tub. This heated Jacuzzi is the perfect holiday hang out

Thierry graduated in international affairs and speaks French and English perfectly.  His first business revolved around opening the doors of private listed properties to corporate events and he now runs an event agency in Normandy and organises a wide range of events throughout the world for pharmaceutical, cosmetic and luxury companies.  He was born in Normandy and loves ensuring his guests make the most out of their stay.

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La Vie de Cocagne

Bonnebosq, Normandy, France


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    La Vie de Cocagne

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