The village of Bourth, 10 minutes walk from the house, lies on the river Iton midway between the towns of L'Aigle and Verneuil (10 minutes drive) on the border of the departments of L'Eure and Orne. Although the population is less than 1,000 it is well served with a bakers, a butchers, a general store and 2 hairdressers. It also has a hotel, Le Cheval Blanc, a Creperie - great pizzas and cheap wine - and one of the best resturants in the area, the Auberge Chantecler, a "Tabac" bar, newsagents and post office.
The village of Bourth is situated in rural south-east Normandy just over an hours drive from Caen and Paris and 90 minutes from Disneyland Paris. The historic cities of Rouen, Chartres and Lisieux are all within easy reach as are the towns of Falaise - birth place of William the Conquerer - Alencon and Le Mans.
The Centre Parcs complex of Les Bois-Francs is only a few kms from the house offering the usual facilities to day pass visitors together with a 9 hole golf course.
The area is fairly flat and ideal for walking, horse riding and cycling. There are a number of rivers and streams in the area and fishing is a major pastime, whilst also offering the opportunity for a refreshing summer "dip" and picnic.