La Bourdonnerie now has an outdoor grass tennis court to go with it’s heated outdoor pool
Over the past two years we’ve been planning our grass tennis court, and it was finished this year in time for Wimbledon. The ground is flat, and despite the odd dodgy bounce (it will improve with time and lots of rollering), it’s great fun to play on. When budgets permit, we’ll be putting a proper fence around it, and maybe even some floodlights, although during the summer months we’ve been playing on it right up to 10pm with no additional lighting. We have racquets, but if you’re serious about it you can bring your own. So if you’re looking for a holiday home in Normandy with a pool and a tennis court, come and stay at La Bourdonnerie.
Spring is (nearly) sprung here at La Bourdonnerie, and we’ve just said goodbye to our first guests of the season who were staying for a week in La Fontaine. It’s been a lovely start to the year, following a relatively dry winter, and all of the bloom is on the trees and bushes around the gardens. All of the daffodils are out, and the ducks are getting pretty excitable on the pond, which is always a sign that spring is finally here! If it stays warm, we’ll be firing up the heating on the pool and getting it ready to swim in, in the next week or two.
We’re getting very booked up for the summer period, with practically all of August, and a lot of September already booked. We have a few weeks free still right at the beginning of July, so if you’re looking for a fortnight where you can have a dip in the heated outdoor pool as well as in the sea, drop us a line soon to avoid disappointment!
April is always very popular here too, and we still have availability for most weeks in one gite or another. As is the case every year, we spend the winter making improvements to the property and the grounds. Over the winter we’ve been widening the bridge over the stream to the swimming pool, and we’re about to start on some landscaping work around the pool to make it even prettier. Last autumn we finished levelling the future grass tennis court, and then sewed it with special ‘wimbledon quality’ grass seed mix which has grown great over the winter months. We’ve just taken delivery of the special lawnmower for cutting the grass short enough (from England, ridiculously expensive but worth it!) and hopefully by summer time we will have a playable grass tennis court. Not Wimbledon, but Veslydon (or Vesly Garros!?). If you’re into tennis, bring your racquet!
Le Pressoir has also had a fairly major overhaul, we have replacement sofas in the living room following feedback from guests that the old ones weren’t comfy enough, and we’re also installing a dish washer and a large fridge freezer. La Vacherie is getting new carpets upstairs which we’re finalising next week.
As always, we’re looking forward to seeing guests, old and new, in the coming weeks and months!
Each year during the winter we work hard to improve La Bourdonnerie in some way. Last year we planned and started the outdoor heated swimming pool, the previous winter we were working on adding La Fontaine, our 4th holiday cottage. Every cottage gets a thorough spring clean each year, where everything is cleaned, checked and fixed ready for the next season.
Late in Autumn 2016 we started work on the grass tennis court, which should be finished and ready to play on in summer 2017. The ground has been levelled on the field, and we have sewn a special ‘wimbledon’ mix of grass seed on there. There’s still lots to be done: we need to buy a specialist lawnmower which cuts the grass to 8mm, and we have to put up fencing and nets etc, but it should be a lot of fun, if i can keep the rabbits and the moles away!
This winter the major improvement in the cottages is the beds. We’re putting a king size bed in La Lapiniere and La Vacherie, and we’re replacing the mattresses in all the gites. Getting the beds right is tricky, because individual guests preferences differ, but we’ve done our research and we’re confident you’ll get a great night sleep!
In early march work will begin again in the gardens. Sadly both Black and Decker died this winter, so we’re busy planning how we best replace them as they were great grass eaters as well as pets. We quite like the idea of dwarf goats, they’re a lot of fun and easier to handle.
We look forward to seeing you soon at La Bourdonnerie!
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with thanks to our wonderful guest Doris Muthig!
Spring is sprung!! We’ve had a few weeks of intermittently sunny weather now, and the garden is in full bloom. April and May are our favourite time of the year here at La Bourdonnerie: the primroses are in full bloom, and the greens of the grass and leaves are at their most vibrant as the various plants around the place burst into life. Our azaleas are looking amazing right now, and as we say goodbye to the last of the daffs, we have tulips everywhere.
All of the holiday cottages are in tip-top shape after their annual thorough spring clean, and the only ‘messy’ part of the garden is the orchard, where we’re currently building a swimming pool. Although, when i say ‘currently’… we’re having a few issues with planning consent which we’re trying to work through patiently with the various authorities, so for the time being, we have a large hole in the ground and not much else… we’re hoping work will recommence by the end of April, meaning we hope to have the pool ready for this summer.
We’re also working on a new chicken enclosure on the back field: anyone who’s been here will know that we have several beautiful chickens who wander freely around the property during the day. Unfortunately last year we lost the majority of them in May when the local fox needed food for his cubs and was bold enough to come into the garden during broad daylight each day to pick them off. So we’re hoping to ‘outfox the fox’ this year by enclosing them for the months of May and June.
We still have some availability in some of the holiday cottages in May between 30th April and 14th May, and we’ve discounted the rates heavily, so if you can drop everything and come at short notice, give us a shout quickly!
If you’re planning on seeing the Tour de France near Cherbourg from 2nd July onwards, we still have one of our holiday cottages available for a week (2nd to 9th July): La Vacherie is a self-catering gite which sleeps up to 6 (4 adults in 2 double rooms, plus a single room with bunk beds in it). We’re nestled in the Normandy countryside just 5km from Lessay, which is one of the few villages where the tour actually passes twice. Don’t miss it, get in touch quickly before it goes!