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Family-friendly accessible Gites in Calvados, swimming pool - Gite le Fournil

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 2 - 4 nights



Gite le Fournil

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)

This is one of 5 properties at Domaine de la Hamberie which can all be hired together for large groups of up to 52 people.

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About the property

Domaine de la Hamberie

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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Robin McGrother
Member since: 2001
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
5 December, 2017

About Robin McGrother

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

Why Robin McGrother chose Fresné-la-Mère

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.

What makes this cottage unique

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.


Nearest Airport
25 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
500 Metres
Fresne la Mere
Nearest Ferry
45 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
31 Kilometres
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
25 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
45 Kilometres
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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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.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Fresné-la-Mère in Calvados

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 52
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Sofa Bed
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 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.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 52
  • 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.
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Toys
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Terrace
  • 12 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair accessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
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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Gite le Fournil
average rating of 4.875 based on 8 reviews
Weymouth Dorset UK

Gite Le Fournil

  • 5 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: September 2008
  • Source: HomeAway
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!
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Couldn't have been any better!

  • 5 of 5

We had such a wonderful stay. Gite Martin was a real treat. It had everything our party needed and more. We were made to feel welcome by Robin and his family - and of course the dogs!!! The pool and facilities were great, well maintained and accessible to all. Local amenities were easily located and we were able to use the farm as a base for our days out to the coast, castle and other local attractions. We will definitely be returning....we're missing the Goose already! Thank you

  • Review Submitted: 25-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The perfect people with the perfect approach to a family holiday. We've never seen a family group enjoy the pool as much and it was wonderful to see. It was a real pleasure to have this lovely family stay with us and we can only wish for similar customers in the future. We can only hope to accommodate them again. Thanks for spending your holiday with us, for the lovely review and the perfect condition you left the gite in.
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  • 5 of 5

Had a thoroughly good week owners are very helpful property is very good stayed in gite martin. My daughter is disabled the gite was perfect for her to get around my granddaughter love it would certainly stay there again.If I have one thing to be disappointed about it would be wish we could have stayed longer.W would thoroughly recommend .

  • Review Submitted: 09-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Really happy to hear you got home safely and had a good time too. We loved having you and your granddaughter was a treat. Thanks for bringing the good weather. Perfect guests make it all worthwhile. .
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Amazing hosts in a lovely location

  • 5 of 5

We were delayed by problems at the tunnel and Robin had made sure that we had a good welcome and the basics in the fridge. The children made good use of all the facilities and we managed to barbecue even though it rained.

We all loved the animals, particulary the cat who adopted us for the duration of our stay.

Unfortunately, we had an emergency when we were there and my dad had to be admitted to hospital in Falaise. Robin and his wife were amazing, they summoned the ambulance, helped translate, and Robin, who is an ex firefighter stayed with us until the ambulance took dad to hospital.

Despite the poor weather and the difficult circumstances of our visit, i wholeheartedly recommend these gites for a family holiday. If you are anxious about medical needs and need the reassurance of a sympathetic and supportive host, you could not do better than Robin and his family.

We took both Gite Fournil and Gite Martin as we were a group of 11 with my disabled father.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the lovely review and all the feedback. We really appreciate it. It's a pleasure to have met you all and we look forward to meeting you again.
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A great place for a relaxing fun family holiday

  • 5 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: July 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a pleasure to host this wonderful family and we look forward to meeting them again.
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Family holiday - good time had by all

  • 4 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: August 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
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