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Robin McGrother

Member since: 2001
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Speaks English, French

Family-friendly, spacious site with swimming pool and private garden - La Demeure

12 Reviews
Bedrooms 6
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights

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Photos and Description of this 6 bedroom holiday farmhouse in Calvados - 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 farmhouse La Demeure, 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14, 5 Bathrooms

LA DEMEURE This magnificent farm house which forms the centre piece of the farm has now been equipped as a self-catering gite to accommodate up to 14 people and has central heating throughout. There are 6 en-suite bedrooms, a large dining kitchen and a salon in the style of the 18th century. The entrance hall leads to an open stone staircase. The ground floor is paved throughout in Caen Stone. The fully equipped kitchen/ dining room, which can seat 14 at the large kitchen table, has a wood burning fire in the original fireplace. The salon also has a wood burning fire in its carved stone fireplace. Access is via the French windows to private garden & patio.
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Robin McGrother (Owner)
Member since: 2001
Call Owner
Speaks English, French

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 farmhouse in 1989

Why Robin McGrother chose Calvados

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 farmhouse 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.


based on 12 holidaymaker reviews

La Demeure
average rating of 4.75 based on 12 reviews

Good location but poorly maintained

  • 2 of 5

Gite is in a good location and should have been very comfortable but several issues caused problems.

Firstly the internet advertised is not actually in the gite but in a communal barn nearby. The barn was freezing cold as there is no heating and for the small cost of a range extender it would have been available in the warmth of the gite.

Second problem was there is not a document folder for anything including equipment such as washing machine, dishwasher and heating. The labels are all in French which we translated but this caused some frustration as the washing machine wouldn't spin dry and the dish washer didn't dispense the detergent tablet properly.

Third problem was the heating was on 24hrs/ day and the one in our room nearly cooked us on the first two nights. Tried turning the control knob all one way and all the next way the following night but didn't change anything. We solved the problem by covering the radiator with a duvet, pillow slips and damp washing as there is no clothes dryer.

Fourth problem was the ensuite bathrooms in a couple of rooms would not close properly and had no lock inside. No locks on the bedroom doors either. If you like to preserve your privacy this is not the place.

Lastly we sent a message to the owner regarding these issues but did not receive a reply even though they live on the property. A message was considered more appropriate as we wanted a written record and the owners were dealing with a recent family bereavement. Hard to say too much under those conditions but other guests will suffer if we don't speak up.

  • Review Submitted: May 2, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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New Year visit

  • 5 of 5

House was wonderful, for both adults and children, the scale of the rooms was entertainment enough, but the play barn terrific, even in winter. The owners were un-fussy, left well alone unless asked, and combined with William the Conqueror's Falaise castle, the clam and mussel beaches, and the odd Camembert farm, it was superb.

Nick Gillieron (visited with 14 family members 27.12.14 to 3.01.15)

  • Review Submitted: Jan 5, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our guests for New year in Gite Demeure were a delight. Even though they had a horrible journey to get to the gite, they didn't let it dampen their spirits and were determined to enjoy a family holiday. It was a pleasure to meet the whole family and we hope to meet again. It's great to receive such a lovely review from some 5 star guests.
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An ideal place to spend a holiday with friends.

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I have just returned from a most enjoyable week's break at La Hamberie. We were meeting up with old friends from our college days some 50 years ago. Our friends came from Australia. the UK and France. Our common link was singing! La Demeure was an ideal base for our group of 10, made up of five married couples in five en-suite bedrooms. The large dining area was also perfect, not only for eating purposes, but also for singing! We could then relocate in the sizeable living room and happily continue. Despite some inclement weather at the beginning of the week, things gradually improved until we could have a great BBQ in the back garden. The poor weather didn't stop our getting out and about to the various places of interest nearby. Falaise itself has much to commend it. Owner, Robin, could not have been more obliging and friendly. Any problem was dealt with instantly. I would certainly not hesitate in recommending this property to one and all.

  • Review Submitted: May 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the kind words. There was a wonderful ambiance about the whole place during your stay and we are certainly richer for meeting you and your lovely friends.
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Place, people, perfect

  • 5 of 5

Ten oldies gathering from around the world to relive happy times singing together almost 50 years ago proved a challenging venue search but this place proved ideal. The 5 en suites were utilised to the full (it's an age thing!) and reached the cleanliness standards expected by some seasoned world-wide travellers - as did the rest of the property.

The area provided many excellent excursion options of course but it was the ambiance of la Hamberderie than most impressed. The kitchen especially had the French feel we sought and the friendliness and helpfulness of Robin and family added to the sense of it being a 'home' for a while.

Surprisingly perhaps the play barn was used too - we all seemed to remember being top table-tennis players in our time - but the boules were more our pace now.

We would recommend the property to anyone, certainly not just oldies. As an aside: There is a super little shop a few hundred yards away in the village with an excellent home bakery section - do not miss this!

Thanks again Robin, well done for making the place and our time there such a success.

  • Review Submitted: May 19, 2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks for the kind words. It's a pleasure to have such lovely guests staying with us and enjoying themselves whatever the weather.
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Beautiful place

  • 5 of 5

we arrived late afternoon on monday feeling very tired but the moment we got there our sprits were lifted with how beautiful the place was and how relaxing it felt..we had our 85 year old disabled mum with us and our accomodation was ideal for her with nice wide doors to get the wheelchair through .this carried on throughout the guite .for all her comforts .robin and his family were lovley the pets are a lovley addition to the holiday as well (we wanted to bring the dogs home with us )the whole holiday was perfect THANKYOU

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We had a great time hosting Marilyn and her family, who arrived after a long journey but still in good spirits. They seemed determined to make the most of their holiday with us and I'm certain their positive attitude and kind nature is what made their holiday enjoyable, as much as the accommodation. We hope to meet again soon, and I know the animals will be delighted to see this family again. A great start to our season with some lovely customers is the perfect way to enter the busy summer period.
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A fantastic property in Normandy

  • 5 of 5

This is the second time we have stayed in this lovely large farmhouse. We returned there after two years because we were so impressed the first time. Yet again, we were not disappointed. It was clean and well appointed, with a lovely typical french feel to it. Robin (the owner) had added a 2nd fridge freezer and a hostess trolley to the kitchen, which made our cooking arrangements even better!! There is plenty of room for everyone (we were 11 adults and 1 teenager), and we all benefitted from an ensuite in each room. That's a real plus when you holiday as a group, as we've found out. Robin and his wife were extremely helpful every time we had a query. He even presented us with some wine to sample. Our group has holidayed together for 17 years, and as the organiser of these jaunts, I can honestly say that this is the best property we have stayed at. Never before this one, have we ever returned to the same one twice. I would definitely recommend this to anyone. Thanks robin and family. You may see us again!!! From the welsh/English/German friends.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 11, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Once again it was a pleasure to host this lovely group of international travellers. Our dogs and cats have never been so spoiled. Keep safe and we hope to meet again. Robin and Family
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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.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Falaise, Caen area

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
16 Jul 2016 - 2 Sep 2016
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Sep 2016 - 16 Sep 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
17 Sep 2016 - 14 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
15 Oct 2016 - 28 Oct 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
29 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
24 Dec 2016 - 7 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Pet Fee £50

We only accept 7 day reservations during July and August.
Arrival time is 16:00 on day of arrival, departure time is 10:00 on date of departure.

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Accommodation and facilities for La Demeurein Calvados in Lower Normandy

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 280 m²
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Fireplace
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 14 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • The two bedrooms on the second floor are en-suite with bathrooms containing baths and showers. The three bathrooms on the first floor are en-suite with shower rooms and WC
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 14
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , en-suite
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , en-suite
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , family suite
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , family suite
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Double Bed , en-suite
    Bedroom 6 - 2 Single Bed , en-suite
  • 2 double bed rooms en-suite, one with shower and one with bath & shower, 2 twin rooms, each en-suite , 2 one with shower and one with bath & shower, 2 family bedrooms, both with twin beds and room in one for a third bed and sharing an en-suite bathroom 1 sleeping gallery, 2 cots
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Toys
  • Child's Swing
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • 14 garden chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered ...
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
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
First Floor - Double bed room (en-suite WC & shower). Twin bed room (en-suite WC & shower) with room for 3rd bed. Family Suite of two twin bed rooms with room for 3rd bed in the larger one. En-suite WC & shower between the two rooms. Second floor (all original oak beams exposed) Lounge area. Double bed room (en-suite WC and bath with shower). Twin bed room (en-suite WC and bath with shower). Equipment - Kitchen: fridge freezer, dishwasher, large gas cooker, microwave, toaster, iron, kettle, coffee maker, crockery, tableware, cooking utensils, glassware, cutlery. Oil fired central heating. Bed linen is provided free of charge for June-August bookings, and is available to hire at 10€ per person out of high season. Check in time is 16:00 on date of arrival and departure time is 10:00 on day of departure.

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