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“A little treasure - Superb”
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Front view of the house from the garden
View looking up the valley
Large, comfortable dining area
Wood burning stove in the lounge area
The kitchen
Twin bedroom with space for z-bed
Double bedroom
Recently modernized family bathroom
The auberge in Le Bec Hellouin
Classic Norman architecture
The historic abbey of Le Bec Hellouin
The market in Brionne
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4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 10
Le Bec-Hellouin, Eure, Haute-Normandie, Normandy

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Mark S
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“A little treasure - Superb”
Reviewed June 22, 2015 for a stay in February 2015

We have enjoyed short breaks on 3 occassions at the Normandy Gite, all during winter months and have not been dissapointed at all.
Set on a quiet road leading into the village of Le Bec Hellouin this gite is equally ideal for people who want to relax and recharge the batteries or are looking to use as a base to discover the many gems the Normandy region has to offer.
If your forte is to conjure up a nice meal then it's market day in Pont Audemer on a Friday, get there before midday to pick up some local cuisine to cook up back at the gite that evening...take a stroll around the medieval town whilst you are there and marvel at the river that flows between local residents houses...sit in the local tabac with a coffee and watch people go about their business!
Honfleur is about 40 mins drive away and great for a day out. Enjoy a meal at one of the restaurants around the old harbour or visit the landing beaches and military batteries towards Caen.
Brionne is the nearest town which comes alive on market day (Sunday), you can buy your Sunday roast straight from the rotisserie!! The lake at Brionne offers facilities for swimming/watersports with walking paths around it's perimeter.
We enjoyed the short circular walk from the gite...turn right when you leave the front gates and walk along the road until you get to the voie-verte...turn left and walk the old railway line back to the Abbaye at Le Bec Hellouin...here you can wander around rhe Abbaye grounds or stop at one of the bar/restaurants in the village for a little refreshment before the short walk back to the gite. The voie-verte is 23km in total and runs all the way to Evreux, great for a bike ride!
For me the absence of a TV in the gite is great, time is spent communicating with friends/family and playing some of the many games that the owners have provided...that's not to say that you can't keep up with the outside world as free wifi is available to use.
The focal point in the lounge is undoubtedly the Norman fireplace with it's log burner...sit down on a winters evening and get the fire lit and let the flickering flames relax you (along with a glass of something fruit based).
The bedrooms/main bathroom located upstairs are spacious and clean, with great views of the surrounding countryside from the windows.
The property is located on a slope and this is part of it's appeal, it would prove difficult for people with limited mobility. However the garden at the front of the house is well maintained and the owners encourage their guests to use the feeds located in the garage to top up the bird feeders, you can then sit and watch from the lounge or outside terrace as the local wildlife visit for a meal.
Myself and my wife have enjoyed all 3 visits to the Normandy Gite, we have found this to be a great retreat to rest, relax and sample some of the fine cuisine that France has to offer.
On our most recent visit in February 2015 we brought some friends with us and they fell in love with the gite as well! We have booked again and will travel as an even bigger party in December!
My thanks to owners Helen and David for being so helpful with suggestions and local knowledge to help make our stay the most enjoyable experience.
Looking forward to our next visit and hope to return many more times thereafter!
Mark & Christine from Bournemouth

Travelling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
23 Jun 2015
Hi Mark. It has been a great pleasure to welcome you to Le Bec Hellouin 3 times now. We very much look forward to your next visit later in the year. Thanks for your kind comments on our home in Normandy.
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Michael N
1 review
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“A perfect week”
Reviewed June 14, 2015 for a stay in March 2015
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person found this review helpful

We truly enjoyed our stay in this scenic location. A well equipped and comfortable cottage offering more space than needed for the five of us. Set in a very pretty village with amenities for dining nearby it was a great location for touring. We were able to take in Giverny, Honfleur, Bayeaux, Normandy beaches, Rouen and many pretty towns and markets. A memorable week. The weather was excellent and waking to the sound of birds and the Abbey bells was enchanting. The Internet phone meant my daughter was able to keep in good contact with her two sons back home each evening. Thank you Helen.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
14 Jun 2015
Thanks so much for your kind comments. We are delighted that you had a wonderful stay and look forward to welcoming you again in the very near future. We very much appreciate your write-up in our visitors' book too.
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Judith S
1 review
“Would happily go back”
Reviewed May 27, 2015 for a stay in May 2015

Very good Gite for our party of four adults and a baby. Enough beds for four more people, but the living accommodation would perhaps then be a bit cramped. Well situated on a quiet road just outside the village. Three or four eateries within walking distance.

Steep steps to the house make it unsuitable for the very elderly or less able.

Some problems with the electricity tripping out, but the owner was available, concerned, and helpful. Didn't spoil our holiday, just a matter of knowing where the trip switches were. We got a fair refund for the inconvenience, and I understand repairs are imminent.

Would very happily go back, and would recommend.

Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
1 Jun 2015
Thanks so much for your kind review. We will be delighted to welcome you back to Le Bec Hellouin in the not too distant future. The occasional problems with the power tripping out that you mention are being addressed and we hope to have solved the problem before the end of the year.
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Emma L
Harpenden, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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“A great way to experience French village life”
Reviewed November 8, 2014 for a stay in October 2014

We loved spending a few nights at the french gite over half term. Gite located in a beautiful french village - we spend three days in France - we did a day trip to the Normandy beaches (D-day beaches) and a day trip to Paris.

The house was great - there was just us and our two kids but could have easily had more people there. Good and fast communication with Helen - the overall experience was a pleasant one!

Travelling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
12 Nov 2014
Thanks so much for your kind review. It's great to hear that you had a good time in France. I hope to be able to welcome you back sometime soon.
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Lesley D
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Lovely Gite in a delightful location”
Reviewed August 29, 2014 for a stay in August 2014
1
person found this review helpful

My partner and I stayed here with our joint families. A teenager, older siblings and 2 grandchildren. The Gite was very spacious. We didn't feel cramped and on top of each other at all. It was very well equipped with everything you could possibly need and with comfortable beds, a real home from home.

We were an hour or so from the beach at Deauville and about 90 mins from Omaha beach. We travelled into Paris and visited Euro Disney.

The village itself was a short walk away and was delightful with it's own Abbey. It's just a short drive away to a supermarket and next town for the bakery and other shops.

The Gite is in a lovely location if you want to relax and not do very much but also not so far off the beaten tracks for getting out and about, though the village, delightful as it is, may be a bit too quiet for youngers as there is not much there for them to do. The restaurants in the village stopped serving by 9pm which we thought was a bit early, so there was no babysitting duties for us grandparents during the evening while the youngers let their hair down as it was a bit too quiet for them, but overall it was a great place to stay, the owners were a pleasure to do business with and we had no problems at all.

We had a lovely holiday at the end of the day and that is the main thing.

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Liked best: Lovely village location
Liked least: Quiet for young people
Travelling group: Extended Family
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
Large groups
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Management Response
4 Sep 2014
Thanks so much for your kind review. I am very glad that you had an enjoyable visit and hope to welcome you back to Le Bec Hellouin sometime soon.
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333DAW
Peterborough, United Kingdom
1 review
“Delightful peaceful location”
Reviewed July 26, 2014 for a stay in July 2014

My wife and I together with our two teenage daughters enjoyed a lovely holiday in this Village Gite situated in a picturesque wooded valley. It was well equipped and the family enjoyed playing with the games and puzzles in the evening. It was a good base to explore the region and not too far to enjoy day trips to the coast including to Honfleur and Deauviille. A particular bonus was the efficient, friendly support provided by the owner Helen Piper who was extremely helpful and ensured that all the arrangements went smoothly. In summary I would thoroughly recommend a stay here and would certainly consider a return visit in the future

Travelling group: Teenagers
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Was this review helpful? Yes
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Management Response
6 Aug 2014
Many thanks for the kind review. I am so pleased that you enjoyed the stay in Le Bec Hellouin and it will be great to welcome you back next year or in the near future. Please contact us again when you want to book.
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Michaelin...
Gaborone, Botswana
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Lovely Gîte in a most beautiful village”
Reviewed February 27, 2014 for a stay in February 2014

I spent a wonderful eight days here with my teenage son who was studying for his mock A Levels. The Gîte is very comfortable and well equipped, with a lovely comfortable living area, comfortable beds, a decent bathroom plus another downstairs that also includes a washing machine. There is a good size garden set in a lovely area of the countryside.

There is a wonderful fireplace with wood provided and it was lovely to enjoy a nice warm fire most evenings. There is no TV which is in some ways a plus, but there is broadband internet provided. Linen is charged extra so it would be advisable to bring your own. Other than linen there are no extra charges unlike many other holiday rentals in the area.

There is bicycle hire available nearby at the camping ground in Pont Authou and I would highly recommend this as it is a wonderful area to cycle including a 40 km green belt along a disused rail line. There is plenty to do and see in the area and the owners have helpfully provided information about local attractions. I found David and Helen very helpful throughout and felt the rental represented very good value for money. For me it was also an advantage dealing with English speaking owners.

The village is exceptionally attractive set in some really beautiful countryside. I will certainly be back and can really say that I would have liked to stay longer.

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Liked best: Beautiful area and comfortable home
Travelling group: Teenagers
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
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  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
  • Did the property offer wi-fi/internet access?
  • Was your security deposit returned on time?
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Management Response
27 Feb 2014
Thank you for the very positive review, and it's great to hear that you had a good time in our home in Le Bec Hellouin. We hope to be able to welcome you back later this year.
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