Maison Sabotiere

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Sleeps: 6 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2


Great Value
Ideal for Kids
Pets on Request

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Experience the beauty of Le Perche as you stay in this chocolate-box cottage in Normandy on the edge of a vast forest, around 12km from the market town of Mortagne-au-Perche.

Maison Sabotiere dates back to the 19th century and was once a clog maker’s workshop. After a loving transformation, this pretty cottage and newer wing now sleep 2-6 guests yet it retains much of its original character as can be seen in the lounge with its exposed chestnut beams and original fireplace now with a cast iron wood stove. Upstairs there is a romantic double bedroom and en suite bathroom whilst on the ground floor a quad bedroom with two sets of blue bunk-beds, alongside a second bathroom, awaits.

The owners have taken great care in decorating the cottage with attractive pieces of furniture from local brocantes giving Maison Sabotiere a rustic yet highly comfortable ambience.  Outside, the south-facing garden is a pleasant spot for a spot of al-fresco dining by the barbecue or just relaxing in the sunshine with a coffee or glass of calvados.

On the edge of a tiny village just off the road leading to Tourouvre, close to the village church, you are near the edge of a vast forest ideal for long walks, hiking, biking or just appreciating its natural beauty and wildlife. Tourouvre is less than 5km away with its restaurant, shops, café-bars and Friday morning market whilst historic Mortagne-au-Perche is just over a 10-minute drive away, an attractive town known for its boudin noir which you can try at its Saturday morning market.

As well as soaking up the magnificence of this vast region, the Natural Regional Park du Perche, spend time visiting impressive towns such as Bellême, Sées and Alençon, or venture a little further to some of the highlights of Normandy from Honfleur and Deauville by the coast to Falaise, Caen, Bayeux and the D-Day Landing beaches.

Enjoy a day out in Le Mans or you could even spend time in the great city of Paris. That said, you may simply prefer to explore Le Perche’s glorious landscapes of old villages, hedgerows, orchards and ancient forest during your time in this captivating part of Normandy.

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What you should know…

  • This pretty house sleeps up to 6 guests across one double bedroom and one quad bedroom with two sets of bunk beds.

This home is a part of our Great Value Collection!

Our great value homes:

  • may be traditionally styled for a laid back feeling
  • may have some simple amenities and features
  • mean that you can enjoy top holiday destinations for less!

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet BBQ Ground Floor Bed & Bath Smart TV Working Fireplace/Woodburner Heating

Maison Interiors

Ground Floor

-    Lounge
-    Open-plan kitchen and dining area, well-equipped
-    Bedroom with two sets of bunk-beds
-    Bathroom with shower
-    Boot room/foyer

First Floor

-    Master bedroom with double bed and en suite bathroom

Outside Grounds

-    Al-fresco dining and relaxation area
-    Barbecue
-    Courtyard
-    South-facing garden


-    Wi-Fi
-    Heating
-    Wood stove
-    Smart TV
-    Board games and books


About the surrounding area of Maison Sabotiere
Rural Location Walking/Hiking Paths Cycling Fishing Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages Historical Sites
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Part of a little village/hamlet, opposite the village church, Maison Sabotiere is set within its own garden in a beautiful part of Normandy, just off the main road connecting Tourouvre and Soligny-la-Trappe. You are perfectly located for the incredible scenery of Le Perche, in the Orne department of France around 150km west of Paris.

Tourouvre (5.5km) is the nearest village with amenities where there is a fantastic boulangerie, a supermarket, pharmacy, épicerie, organic food shop, cafes, bars and a restaurant as well as mini-golf and a weekly food market on a Friday morning. Food-lovers should also spend time in Mortagne-au-Perche (12km), an attractive town with many historic buildings and a Saturday morning market where you can no doubt sample some of the town’s speciality, boudin noir (a type of black pudding).

The Natural Regional Park du Perche is one of France’s best kept secrets and a paradise for walkers, hikers, cyclists and mountain bike enthusiasts. Here you are right on the edge of a national forest and the nature walks are endless whilst L’Abbaye Notre-Dame de la Trappe is only 6km away. There is fishing as well as plenty of bird-watching opportunities. Locals also love to hunt for mushrooms. The forest just north of Bellême (30km) is equally beautiful whilst horse lovers should note there is a choice of equestrian centres across Le Perche.

A little further afield, spend the day in the handsome town of Alençon (45km), known for its heritage in lace-making, home to the impressive Musée des Beaux Arts et de la Dentelle, two excellent chocolatiers as well as a twice-weekly market. Other significant towns worthy of a visit include Nogent-le-Rotrou (45km) and La Ferté-Bernard (55km).

You could even venture as far south as Le Mans (95km), under a 90-minute drive away, with its remarkable old quarter perched above the city and the incredible Cathédrale Saint Julien, also home to Le Mans’ 24-hour car race. Alternatively, drive north towards the Belle Époque resorts of Deauville (110km) and Honfleur (121km), both within two hours, and even the famous D-Day Landing beaches of Normandy.

Not forgetting Monet’s captivating garden at Giverny (115km), also just under a two-hour drive away, and of course the great city of Paris (150km). Have a look at train departures from L'Aigle (21km), which usually take around 90 minutes to Paris Montparnasse.

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Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Paris-Orly Airport


Nearest Airport 2 Paris CDG


Nearest Ferry Port Caen-Ouistreham


Nearest Village Tourouvre


Nearest Restaurant Tourouvre


Nearest Supermarket


Nearest Town Mortagne-au-Perche


Nearest City Paris



History and gastronomy go hand-in-hand in Normandy, making it a great choice if culture and fine dining are what you’re looking for in a holiday! There’s still plenty on offer besides the food and tales of yesteryear, however – you can take a tour around some of the beautiful inland towns and villages or head to the coast, where you’ll find a mixture of wide sandy beaches and rugged, romantic cliffs. If you’re not already convinced to head to one of our villas in Normandy (or maybe if you’ve already booked) you’ll find a wealth of great things to do, see and eat in our ultimate Normandy travel guide!

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Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Kids Ideal for Teens

The surrounding region, the Natural Regional Park du Perche, offers endless opportunities for nature walks, hikes, mountain biking and cycling. Look out for a variety of fascinating flora and fauna as well as wildlife and so many birds. The house is situated very close to a vast forest for adventurous trips out.

The local village of Tourouvre is home to the very interesting Les Muséales de Tourouvre as well as a mini golf course and a pretty étang with picnic tables (perhaps pick up some lovely produce from the artisan boulangerie or Friday morning market first).

Mortagne au Perche has a public swimming pool you may wish to use. Meanwhile, look out for the nearby Base de Loisirs de Soligny-la-Trappe, open in the height of the summer for supervised swimming and other water based activities, as well as the impressive Abbaye Notre-Dame de la Trappe and its gardens.

Elsewhere, there is an ‘accro-branche’ (tree-top activity centre) at NoLimit Aventure Digny (46km) whilst horse lovers should note that there are various equestrian centres across the region - horseback-drawn carriage by the famous Percheron horses can often be seen across villages and towns.

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages
  • Historical Sites

Onsite Facilities

  • Board games


At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport pick-up/drop-off

Extras available at this property (payable locally):

- Extra cleaning (including mid-stay clean)

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

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Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €200 paid via bank transfer to the owner one month before arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time 4.00 p.m.
Departure time 11.00 a.m.
Energy costs included? Yes.
Heating costs included? Yes.
Linen & towels included? Yes.
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or rubbish disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Tax French Visitors Tax is included.
Changeover day Flexible.
Minimum stay 3 nights.
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Smoking Allowed? No.
Other Ts and Cs Weddings, stag/hen parties and any special events are not allowed.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 24th 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 £634 £845 £1,056 £1,366
Jul 1st 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 - - - £1,366
Aug 31st 2024 - Jan 1st 2025 - - - £1,366
Jan 1st 2025 - Aug 11th 2025 £634 £845 £1,056 £1,366
Aug 11th 2025 - Oct 26th 2025 £634 £845 £1,056 £1,366

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 24th 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 €686 €914 €1,143 €1,479
Jul 1st 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 - - - €1,479
Aug 31st 2024 - Jan 1st 2025 - - - €1,479
Jan 1st 2025 - Aug 11th 2025 €686 €914 €1,143 €1,479
Aug 11th 2025 - Oct 26th 2025 €686 €914 €1,143 €1,479

Prices based on an occupancy of 6 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Apr 24th 2024 - Jul 1st 2024 $734 $979 $1,224 $1,584
Jul 1st 2024 - Aug 31st 2024 - - - $1,584
Aug 31st 2024 - Jan 1st 2025 - - - $1,584
Jan 1st 2025 - Aug 11th 2025 $734 $979 $1,224 $1,584
Aug 11th 2025 - Oct 26th 2025 $734 $979 $1,224 $1,584

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.

Owner Profile

When did you become the owner?

April 2019.

What was it about the property that you first fell in love with?

The charm of the brick building, it reminded me of a typical English cottage.

Are there any interesting stories in its history?

The cottage used to be an old clog maker's workshop, usually found at the foot of the forest, as it was practical for the cobbler in search of wood. It originally had a mezzanine level which used to store newly carved clogs for up to 3 months, to dry out. The industrial sized chimney has now been reduced to a more residential size, this was usually running with burning wood all day and night to aid the drying process. So far there are only two of these workshops left in this region, this being one of the two. 

Have you ever had any famous guests staying?

Not yet.

For anyone coming to stay, is there anything you suggest that they really...

Must do?

One of the trails in the vast Soligny forest, starting from l'Etoile. In the right season, there are abundance of mushrooms to be foraged, it is also fascinating to come across a deer or two. 

Must eat?

Boudin noir and local goat's cheese.

Must see?

The picturesque village of Moutiers au Perche. 

What insider tip would you pass on about the property or the area?

The floorboards aren't actually floorboards, but are shelves that have been reclaimed from a Compte cheese farm, used for curing the cheese. The circular marks of the cheese can still be seen. It gets a lot of compliments without even knowing the story behind it.





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