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FAMILY-FRIENDLY, SPACIOUS SITE WITH SWIMMING POOL AND PRIVATE GARDEN

Robin McGrother

Speaks French, English
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Sleeps11
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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FAMILY-FRIENDLY, SPACIOUS SITE WITH SWIMMING POOL AND PRIVATE GARDEN

Photos and Description of this 4 bedroom holiday cottage in Falaise - Domaine de la Hamberie

Five properties - 2 bedroomed accessible gite to 6 bedroomed farmhouse

Five beautifully renovated self-catering gites on a 17th Century Normandy farm, Ferme de la Hamberie, in the fertile lower Calvados region including three wheelchair accessible cottages. .

'LA DEMEURE' is a magnificent 17th century farmhouse with 6 en-suite bedrooms and is ideal for family celebrations.

Gite 'LE FOURNIL'(the old bakery) is fully accessible for guests in wheelchairs as is gite 'MARTIN', a farm building and part of the old stable block and probably the oldest building on the farm. Each of these gites has 4 bedrooms.

Gite 'LAROSE' (accessible for disabled people) and gite 'GOULET', each with two bedrooms, share a large old farmhouse.

The gites face a central green in the heart of the farm and each is provided with its own patio, parking area and private garden.

Guests have access to the outdoor solar heated swimming pool which is securely fenced for safety. A renovated 30 metre barn contains an indoor games area, library and many children's games.

Beautiful Calvados: The region abounds in ancient market towns, fetes and festivals, cider and Camembert. There are many places to visit. Arromanches, Omaha beach, and Monet's garden, the Bayeux Tapestry, Mont St Michel, the Memoriale to Peace in Caen, the National Stud, Horse racing in Deauville, the painters in Honfleur, all are favourites among our guests. The countryside is soft and lush leading to the wooded hills and river valleys of the 'Suise Normandie' with its delightful little riverside towns, ideal for a picnic. Falaise itself is the birth place of William the Conqueror with the castle open to the public.

The Road to la Hamberie: The nearest ferry port is Caen (Ouistreham) a 45 minute drive from the farm. It is served by Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth with three arrivals daily and a fast boat from time to time. Le Havre and Cherbourg are approximately 90 minutes and 2 hours drive away. A fast boat runs from Dover to Boulogne leaving a 3 and a half hour drive to the farm. The Dover ferries to Calais and the Channel Tunnel will leave you a 4 hour drive.

Discount fares are available for our customers, please ask for details.

In addition to all the normal provisions, Gite Larose, Gite le Fournil and Gite Martin are accessible for people in wheelchairs and were designed for this purpose. If you have special requirements, including for such things as monkey poles, hoists, electric beds or wheelchairs, we can arrange for these to be hired.

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Details for holiday cottage Gite le Fournil, 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11, 3 Bathrooms

Gite le Fournil is the renovated bakery of the hamlet of la Hamberie. The original fireplace has been retained in a lovely lounge which leads directly on to the private patio and garden. This gite has four bedrooms, a kitchen with all the expected facilities and a separate dining room. There is also full central heating. The gite is fully wheelchair accessible having two bedrooms on the ground floor. The gite is in the heart of the farm and overlooks the central green. For larger groups, gite le Fournil can also be hired together with any of the other gites on the farm. (see also gite Martin)
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered

Robin McGrother

This advertiser has been with HomeAway.co.uk since 2001
Speaks French, English
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We are the McGrother family and we live here at Domaine de la Hamberie. I am Robin and am Married to a lovely French girl called Melanie. We live here with Titouan, Zoe and the newest recruit is Ben. As this a small family business, both sides of our family help out in any way they can. Pictured above is my Mother-in-law, Joel, who often comes to stay and help. My mother, Caroline, joins us for the summer months to look after us and make sure we keep working hard.

Robin McGrother purchased this cottage in 1989

My parents bought this property with their partners in 1989 when it was a working farm with lots of cows. They saw the potential in the property and hoped to created a family holiday destination that would provide a safe environment for young families, large groups and guests with disabilities, of which this area of France had very few at that time.

Over many years and tremendous hard work, as well as cajoling countless friends and family members to lend a hand. Some came willingly, others had to be persuaded, but they all enjoyed some unique times here.

Now the site offers a huge playbarn for the children, a solar heated pool, and wheelchair accessible accommodation, with enough room to host large groups of more than 50 people.

The farm is a unique place. It has a rich history from the 14th century which includes it's use as a field hospital during the second world war,

The ancient cider press helps form part of our wall garden is beautiful, now home to several goldfish.

The pool and playbarn are great facilities that help to make a stay here special.

Our local village, Fresne-la-Mere has a bakery and general store that is only a 10 minute walk away. Freshly baked bread in the morning is a great way to start the day.

but another aspect is that as we live on site we are here to help make sure your stay is as enjoyable as possible. We have great experience of things to do in the area from World War 2 memorial sites to Soft play areas for the children.

We also offer a sense of security for our guests as my French wife is able to help with any cultural issue that arise, and we always on hand to lend a hand, make a call and if necessary help with medical emergencies.

Sleeps11
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms3
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
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Reviews

Reviews

4.8
based on 5 holidaymaker reviews

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Gite le Fournil
average rating of 4.8 based on 5 reviews
business
Gite le Fournil
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p2110
+33 0231903461
Falaise Caen area
Weymouth Dorset UK
5

Gite Le Fournil

  • 5 out of 5
We had a fantastic holiday we were made very welcome. It was ideal for young children, with superb grounds and playbarn to play in. The gite was lovely and had everything you could need. You need to travel to go to all of the attractions and restaurants but it was all very easy. I would recommend it to my friends and hope to return again in the future.
  • Review Submitted: 13-Nov-2008
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities
Owner's Response: It is our stated aim to provide for family friendly holidays so it is very encouraging to know that this is appreciated.
We know that our guests need to be confident that their children will enjoy their time here spent in a safe environment and we try very hard to provide this. So, if you are looking for somewhere for your family gathering, look no further!
business
Gite le Fournil
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p2110
+33 0231903461
Falaise Caen area
5

A great place for a relaxing fun family holiday

  • 5 out of 5
What a wonderful place, what wonderful people - a truly memorable holiday. Everything you need from the accommodation, family friendly pool and well equipped games barn. Sleepy, quiet and relaxing, but with plenty to do for the children. There is a very pleasant private garden at the back, where you can dine alfresco and cook on the BBQ.

All the Gites surround a central "village" green which serves as a point of focus for everybody and makes for a very friendly atmosphere. People wander out with a glass of wine for a chat about the day's events, and exchange ideas about places to see, places to go. Our four children spent a lot of time on the green, playing with new friends, including the farm pets - which were a huge hit and loved to chase a ball.

The owners (Robin and Mel) really couldn't do enough. I was even loaned a small telescope to take advantage of the stunningly beautiful dark skies - if you're an astronomer, you just have to take the telescope (i've not seen anything quite like it for some time).

A good location for activities with plenty to do all within an hour drive. A day Kayaking at Pont D'Ouilly is an absolute must. All the Normandy beaches are easily accessible. Bayeaux is also a real highlight, and not to be overlooked, Falaise itself, birthplace of William the Conqueror and home to a wonderful Chateaux (iPAD tour for the kids).

I would definitely recommend this place, and we will be returning sometime soon.
  • Review Submitted: 13-Sep-2013
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to host this wonderful family and we look forward to meeting them again.
business
Gite le Fournil
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p2110
+33 0231903461
Falaise Caen area
4

Family holiday - good time had by all

  • 4 out of 5
We arranged for 8 of our family (one wheelchair based) to all stay in Gite Fournil. It was clean and tiday and offered good space for us all. The little glitches with kitchen equipment were sorted quickly and we had a very comfortable stay. All the teenagers enjoyed the pool and play barn (tabletennis was a great favourite) and alfresoc dining in the private garden on a sunny evening was lovely. Robin and his wife could not have helped more. We would love to come back again and explore the area further. Falaise and the surrounding areas offer much to do and are all relatively close by - Honfleur is a must to visit! Would recommend to anyone for a relaxing break.
  • Review Submitted: 19-Aug-2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
business
Gite le Fournil
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p2110
+33 0231903461
Falaise Caen area
5

Family holiday

  • 5 out of 5
We were a party of 7 adults in the the Gite Le Fournil, two pairs of parents with one daughter and two sons respectively, so we had enormous amounts of room (since it can hold 11). Even fully occupied it would still be spacious, with a vast dining table and separate lounge. The web site descriptions are accurate, and the place was spotless on arrival.

The whole domaine is set away from the road, with all the properties grouped round what is in effect a shared village green, and from Le Fournil one can socialise on the green side of the building, or sit on the private patio at the back.

The furniture is very atmospheric, being collected from French farm houses over a number of years, and fits the building really well. The kitchen equipment is as described on the web site, and more than adequate for a self-catering holiday, while the play barn is an invaluable resource, especially in the event of rain.

The whole farm is easy to get to, and even when our return was re-routed from Caen to Cherburg because of ferry problems the adjusted journey times were quite reasonable.

We have no hesitation in recommending the Domaine as a place to stay, for its location, its atmosphere, the welcome you get from the owners and from the accommodation itself.

Richard and Barbara Seabrook
  • Review Submitted: 22-Feb-2012
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a great pleasure to host a large family celebration for Richard and Barbara and their extended family.

Our gites provided accommodation for a special anniversary and the whole family were able to share the special event together, but with the independence of staying in separate accommodation which we find can be very important for a successful holiday.
business
Gite le Fournil
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p2110
+33 0231903461
Falaise Caen area
London
5

Family Party 2009

  • 5 out of 5
In August 2009 I organized a family party to celebrate the 70th birthday of our aunt.
Our large family party of 36 booked all five gites for the week. Domaine de la Hamberie proved to be an ideal venue for a family celebration of this kind and everyone had a great time.
The facilities on the site are excellent. The pool is very clean and very well maintained. There are also a huge barn with games for if the weather is not so good. The whole environment feels very safe and secure.
We had a barbecue for the entire family which entailed us moving all the garden furniture and barbecues onto the green in the front of the house. This caused no problems at all for the owners who were more than happy to help with anything we needed.
Gite le Fournil was clean, well equipped and ideal for a family.
I would certainly recommend Domaine de la Hamberie to anyone planning this kind of event.
  • Review Submitted: 29-Nov-2009
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Pet-friendly, Sightseeing, Families with Young Children, People with Disabilities, Romantic Getaway
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Location

Location

Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Caen
Nearest Ferry
45 Kilometres
Ouistreham
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Argentan
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Caen
Nearest Beach
45 Kilometres
Ouistreham
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Fresne la Mere
Nearest Golf
31 Kilometres
Garcelles
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Falaise
Car: necessary

Each self-catering gite faces the central green of the farm with access to the heated pool and play barn.

La Hamberie is an ancient farm near to Falaise, the historic birthplace of William the Conqueror whose castle dominates the old town. There is a wealth of attractions in the area including local chateaux, Roman & Celtic archeology, Festyland for the children (a mini Alton Towers), the national Stud at Haras du Pin, bungy jumping, tree walking, canoeing, go-karts, golf, swimming, walking, cycling, horse racing and pony treking. During World War 2 Falaise and the region around the farm were the centre of the final battle of Normandy in 1944.

We often host veterans of these battles from the USA, Britain and Canada who come to visit the beaches. The picturesque Suisse Normandie and miles of fine sandy beaches are within 40 minutes drive. Deauville, Honfleur, Bayeux and Mont St Michel are within easy reach. The area is also a shopper's haven especially Trouville and Deauville

Other Activities: canoeing, Chateau, WW2 battlefields, markets.

Golf: Within easy reach of la Hamberie there are at least six good or excellent golf courses. These include Garcelles, Clecy, Omaha Beach and Deauville. Many groups of golfers have combined their stay at la Hamberie with a number of rounds of golf and all have very much enjoyed their stay.

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Availability & Rates

Availability & Rates

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Rental rates for this holiday cottage in Falaise, Caen area

Rental Basis:
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Rental Period Minimum Rate Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Rate
 
High Summer
19 Jul 2014 - 5 Sep 2014
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
£1,470
for 7 nights
£1,470
 
 
Late summer
6 Sep 2014 - 19 Sep 2014
3 night minimum stay
£570
for 3 nights
From
£190
From
£210
Fri,Sat
£980
 
 
Post Summer
20 Sep 2014 - 26 Sep 2014
3 night minimum stay
£402
for 3 nights
From
£134
From
£150
Fri,Sat
£590
 
 
Early Autumn
27 Sep 2014 - 17 Oct 2014
3 night minimum stay
£339
for 3 nights
From
£113
From
£140
Fri,Sat
£440
 
 
Autumn Half Term
18 Oct 2014 - 31 Oct 2014
3 night minimum stay
£432
for 3 nights
From
£144
From
£160
Fri,Sat
£660
 
 
Late Autumn
1 Nov 2014 - 19 Dec 2014
2 night minimum stay
£226
for 2 nights
From
£113
From
£130
Fri,Sat
£440
 
 
Christmas 2014
20 Dec 2014 - 2 Jan 2015
3 night minimum stay
£432
for 3 nights
From
£144
From
£170
Fri,Sat
£660
 

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee £50
Notes The gite is available from 16:00 on the day of rental and must be vacated by 10:00 on the day of departure.
Security Deposit =100 Euros - cash only on arrival
For those travelling by air, towels can be hired at £5 per person per week if required. Cots and highchairs are available free of charge - just let us know your requirements Equipment to support handicapped guests is available for hire.

Cancellation Policy

Policy available by contacting owner when booking.
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Facilities

Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Falaise in Caen area

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 130 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Family
  • Historic
General:
  • Parking Off Street
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room
  • Washing Machine
  • Fireplace
  • Sofa Bed
  • Parking
  • Heating
  • Linens Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Firewood
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Internet
Kitchen:
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Hob
  • Oven
  • Microwave
Dining:
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , wheelchair accessible
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en-suite
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , en-suite
  • The ground floor bathroom and toilet is wheelchair accessible with drop bars and a wheel in shower chair if pre-ordered The two upstairs bedrooms are each en-suite with a shower and toilet and wash basin in each.
Bedrooms:
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , wheelchair accessible
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , wheelchair accessible
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , put-u-up available
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed , put-u-up available
  • 2 twin bedrooms on the ground floor provide wheelchair accessible accommodation. 2 family bedrooms with showers and toilets en-suite, 1 cot, and 2 put-u-up beds available are on the first floor.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Toys
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Barbecue
  • 12 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • Events Allowed
  • wheelchair accessible
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Communal Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • zoo
  • playground
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • pond
Leisure Activities:
  • horse riding
  • walking
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • sight seeing
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • ATM/bank
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • rafting
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • hunting small game
  • golf
  • equestrian events
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
Notes:
Gite 'le Fournil' has two en-suite family bedrooms and two twin bedrooms, both the latter on the ground floor. There is a separate toilet and shower room also on the ground floor. The kitchen is equipped with a washing machine, dish washer, microwave, cooker, fridge-freezer, coffee maker, toaster, kettle, iron, and all cutlery and crockery needed. The adjacent dining room is overlooked from the minstrel gallery supported by the original oak beams. Garden furniture and BBQ are also provided. Le Fournil has full gas fired central heating. A cot & high chair are available free of charge if booked in advance. This gite is ideal for families and small family groups. Many guests who require wheelchair access have found this gite ideal for their needs. Bed linen is provided free of charge for June-August bookings, and is available to hire at 10€ per person out of high season.

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