This unique tower was built originally as a pigeonnier, or pigeon house, and was converted in 2006 into a comfortable and unique rental property. Up to four guests can sleep in two double bedrooms.
The tower is situated inside a private estate which was once a favourite hunting ground of French royalty. Two and a half hectares (six acres) in size, it is surrounded by the Andelle River, with quiet and picturesque grounds ideal for fishing and walking. Chickens, geese, and sheep roam the grounds, and there is always the possibility of fresh eggs for breakfast.
Inside the tower, the round walls expose the original red brick, stone lintels, and wooden beams.
The large living area features a fully equipped American bar-style kitchen with refrigerator, oven and plenty of cooking space.
The centre of the living area is at at the heart of the tower, and soars up 12 metres (40 feet) to the roof.
The home has two spacious bedrooms, each with a double bed and an ensuite bathroom, lit from automatically-controlled skylights. The home is furnished with contemporary and antique furniture.
Maps of the local trails are available at the tower. The tower also features a private entrance into an underground passage leading to the nearby village of Lyons la Forest. Completely restored while still retaining its original rustic allure, this home offers a balance of modern and historic character. The owners live on the property, and respect their guests' privacy, but are available for assistance and advice.
The nearby village of Croisy-sur-Andelle has about five hundred inhabitants. A butcher, baker, and grocery are available within two kilometres at Vascoeuil, and a supermarket is five kilometres. One can also buy milk, cheese, cream, chicken, and vegetables from local organic farms. Four kilometres away is a country market, which sells a good range of regional produce.
The nearby historic Château de Vascœuil is a national monument which welcomes many visitors to its gardens and contemporary art exhibitions. The area is dotted with excellent golf clubs, and anyone who enjoys walking will find a great choice of trails, with maps available from the owners. The quiet country roads are also ideal to explore on a bicycle. There is also a range of antique shops locally.
The region offers a wealth of historical and cultural places of interest. The town of Giverny, an hour's drive away, is where the impressionist painter Claude Monet lived for the latter half of his life. One can visit his garden, where he painted his many delicate and nuanced pictures of water lilies.
Other sites that inspired Monet are located throughout the region, including the city of Rouen, where he painted the great cathedral under ever-changing conditions of light. Rouen is also home to the oldest brasserie in France, and is where, in 1431, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake.
The city of Le Havre is located at the mouth of the Seine River and sits on the bank of the English Channel. This bustling city was once called Havre-Marat, in honour of Jean Paul Marat, one of the heroic martyrs of the French Revolution.
Within reasonable driving distance is the famous Étretat area, with its distinctive and recognizable cliff, featured in dozens of paintings and films. The house is also ideally located for a day trip to Paris, about two hours' drive away.
The region of Normandy is, of course, very significant to modern history as its beaches were the Allied landing point on D-Day, in June of 1944. Visit the many memorials and historical landmarks of this proud region, or take a walk along the beach and listen to the past.
From scenic drives to pleasant routes for walking and cycling, from tranquil farms to restaurants and museums steeped in history, the region of Upper Normandy is a place to relax and reflect, to enjoy a quiet vacation or a busy taste of modern French culture.
“Dear Rosalinde, thank you so much for a wonderful time here in your beautiful Pigeonnier. The roundhouse is spectacular and the grounds, plants and setting truly delightful. It is very rare to come to a holiday home and find it better in every way than expected.Your attention to detail and superb hospitality made our stay truly memorable. Hope very much to see you all again next year.”
Christine and Nigel P. - England, UK
“Thank you for a wonderful stay! After the rush and excitement of Paris, a week of rest and relaxation in your wonderful guesthouse was just what we needed. We enjoyed the beautiful and quite unexpected spring weather just as everything burst into life and our highlight was the local villages and cafés, drinking cider in the sunshine in Monet's village Giverny and a wonderful pcinic by the river on our last day! All good things come to an end, but we hope to come back one day!”
David H. - Toowoomba, Australia
“We have been looking at this pigeonnaire online for years, imagining what it could be like to stay here. It is rare and wonderful in life to experience something that is so much better than you had expected. We couldn't stop smiling as we turned to take in the view downstairs, then as we climbed the stairs and saw the elegant bedrooms.So much thought, planning and care has obviously gone into the restoration of this beautiful building and it is truly appreciated. Thank you for the experience!”
Kate M. - Arizona, USA
“Thank you for letting us experience this beautiful restored pigeonnier! We had a restful restorative week after travelling through the big cities of Europe!We will be recommending this beautiful plan to our friends!”
Joy B. - Australia
“What a wonderful place to stay and rest for a while!Tha atmosphere of this amazing accommodation and grounds was so calming and pleasant. The special extras like luxurious bathrobes, best pillows and of course the grand piano were a bonus! Thank you once again Rosalinde for allowing our family to stay at this bit of Paradise.”
Belinda and Stuart L. - Australia
“Thank you Rosalinde for allowing us the opportunity to stay in such a magnificent building. It is hard to believe that this luxurious building was once the home of many pigeons. The garden is an oasis of cool and calm - perfect for relaxing in on a hot day!”
Janette and Graham B. - Australia
“Many thanks Rosalinde for making our holidays so comfortable and enjoyable! The Pigeonnier is awesome! We all had the most relaxing time!”
Gerry L. - Dunegal, Ireland
“A magical place full of beauty and peace! We had an awesome time here!”
Rose D. - England
“Thank you for sharing this amazing Pigeonnier: so comfortable, peacefulland beautifully appointed. A week was just not long enough! Generally enjoyed a wonderful week!Thank you for the best of fresh hen eggs and fresh warm Brioche!”
Yvonne and David E. - Strathalby, South Australia
“Had a wonderful time here in your gite - especially enjoyed the daily sheep visit!The peace and tranquility here has restored our souls! ”
Ian and Sandy D. - United Kingdom
“ What wonderful memories we take with us.. We enjoyed cooking and eating outside, staying up late on the patio and telling stories with our children. The local museums and art galleries were among the highlights.Thank you for your kind hospitality!”
Paul G. - Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
“What a lovely holidays we have enjoyed at the ’Pigeonnaire’!Your warm welcome really helped us to relax and feel at home. The walks along the river were beautiful and we saw lots of wildlife. We enjoyed the peace and tranquility, beautiful surroundings inside and outside.”
Claudio C. - England
“Thanks for a delightful stay in your picture perfect pigeonnier! Everything was wonderful. It was nice to have fresh eggs for breakfast! We had time to relax, read books, walk along the river and go for day trips. We hope to return soon.”
Laura C. - Atlanta, Georgia, USA
“Your pigeonaire and surrounding gardens are beautiful.We have had a wonderful time exploring beatiful Normandy. We have enjoyed the cuisinie, lots of cheese, fish, eclairs, cidre, boudin, tarte de pommes and last but not least your Calvados.Thank you for a wonderful experience, we hope to return in spring to see the garden and apple trees bloom.”
Karen and Constantin F. - Switzerland
“Thank you for allowing us to rent your lovely La Ferme du Manoirfor four days. We have enjoyed it very much, especially all the nice things you had waiting to make us feel welcome! One day we hope to return!”
Marie and Robert - Sydney, Australia
“Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful place with us.We will surely be back!”
Melissa C. - Netherlands
“ We loved the house and the garden. After sightseeing coming home to the pigeonner was a great part of our stay. Thanks.”
Hanneke and Eric D. - Netherlands
“We have had a great week here. We have enjoyed the garden, the sheep feeding, the eggs and the homemade cake, and found the countryside and river Seine very beautiful. We will definately be back. ”
Jo and Anthony Williams - Grat Britain
“We loved our stay here, more than we can posssibly say! It truly exceeded our expectations. Your estate is a magical place. It was a delight to stay in this beautiful spot. ”
Carol and Jim K. - Atlanta, Georgia, USA
“A magical place. The attention to detail and to guests’ comfort is outstanding and we’ve so enjoyed the many extra thoughts.”
Sue and Clive W. - Tasmania, Australia
“What an amazing place to come and stay. Words cannot describe how beautiful this place is. This has been the most enjoyable, relaxing, entertaining and long avaited holiday. ”
MArtina B. - Ireland
“The property offered a very relaxing atmosphere, and was a great place to leave all your cares behind and unwind. This was a superb start to our married life together. We hope to vidsit again soon.”
Regina W. - Rosconnan, Ireland
“We are truly thankful to have found your little piece of heaven here in Normandy. Thank you for all of the comforts that you provided. We will look forward to our next visit!”
Kathy S. - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
“Our visit to La Ferme du Manoir was quite enjoyable. We were quite taken by the gorgeous setting rich in scenic beauty and the luxury of the round house. Our hosts have been charming and much appreciated. We look forward to returning one day.”
Marilyn and Richard M. - Australia
“We had a very relaxing stay and are sorry to leave such a beautiful place. We hope to come back sometime.”
Clare and Brian M. - Dublin, Ireland
“We had an amazing time here, it’s so relaxing.We’ll miss basking in the sun on deck chairs and enjoying the barbecue. The pidgeon house was beautifully restored with all the modern comforts. Thank you, we will definately be back.”
Jo G. - England
“Merci beaucoup for our wonderful stay in Normandy.We tried the strawberry jam, and it was delicious and very sweet and thoughtful of you.”
Gina and Don K. - Philadelphia, USA
“What a wonderful visit we have had here. The pictures do not do this lovely guest house justice.The owner has thought of everything to make staying here comfortable and pleasant. We couldn’t have dreamed of a nicer place or more pleasant stay.”
Debby and Harry L.M. - Kentucky, USA
“We spent a wonderful week. Mrs Steinfatt was a warm hostess who made sure we did not run out of fresh eggs from her hens and of calvados made from the apple trees of her estate. She was equally helpful with information about the region. This has been an idyllic week.”
Diane and Cecil J. - California, USA
“If we know of anyone wanting a wonderful place to stay in your region of France, we will definitely send them your way. Hopefully, we will be back someday as well. ”
Vickie and Bob B. - USA