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Family-friendly accessible Gites in Calvados, swimming pool - Gite Martin

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights



Gite Martin

Gite Martin began life as the oldest building on the site and dates from pre-revolution times. It has been used as stables and cattle sheds and store rooms. In 2000 we completely rebuilt it (except for the walls which are almost 2 feet thick!) Martin is wheelchair accessible with a delightful en-suite bedroom on the ground floor and three more bedrooms on the first floor. A spacious kitchen, dining room and lounge occupy the rest of the ground floor and the paved patio and garden are easily accessed from the french windows at the rear of the gite. (See also gite le Fournil).

This gite can accommodate up to 12 people and has full central heating and a wood burning fire in the lounge. As part of the farm there are 4 other properties that can be hired along with Gite Martin meaning that groups of up to 52 people can be accommodated for large family parties etc.

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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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
14 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 first day of rental and must be vacated by 10:00 on the day of departure.
Pillows and duvets are provided in each gite.
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Accommodation and facilities for Gite Martinin 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
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 12 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , fully wheelchair accessible
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 1 is en-suite with the accessible Bedroom . It is equipped with drop bars for shower and toilet and is fully wheelchair accessible. Bathroom 2 is en-suite with bedroom 2 Bathroom 3 is shared by bedrooms 3 and 4
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 52
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 Single Bed , en-suite accessible
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , 1 Cot , en-suite
    Bedroom 3 - 3 Single Bed , can sleep 4
    Bedroom 4 - 2 Single Bed , small room
  • One accessible twin bedroom with en-suite roll in shower room and toilet with support bars. One en-suite double bedroom with a single bed in the alcove and room for a cot. One large bedroom with 3 or 4 single beds One small twin bedroom Extra bed available Double futon available.
  • 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
  • Sand Pit
  • 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 Martin is fully equipped with garden furniture and BBQ equipment in the patio and garden overlooking the duck pond (safely fenced from roaming infants). The first floor with exposed original A-framed oak beams has three bedrooms, one of which is en-suite and the family room can sleep up to 4 people. The ground floor is tiled throughout with a wood burning fire in the lounge. The dining room can accommodate up to 12 seated for dinner. The kitchen has all the equipment you would expect including washing machine and dishwasher. A combi boiler provides instant hot water and central heating throughout the gite. A cot & high chair are available free of charge if ordered in advance. A roll in shower chair can also be reserved. 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 Martin
average rating of 5.0 based on 2 reviews

Hamberie Gites - brilliant!

  • 5 of 5

We visited La Hamberie in July of this year (2010) with our two children (aged 4 and 6), some friends and their three aged 3, 7 and 9. There was a really comfortable and welcoming feel to the place as soon as we stepped through the door of our gite - very clean and well presented. The children were at home straight away when they saw there was a pond (fenced off) outside our back door with ducklings! Then they found the playbarn and pool, both of which we were in every day.

We really couldn't have asked for a nicer place to stay and our trips to Omaha Beach and Mont St Michel topped it off brilliantly.

Mr McGrother went out of his way to see we had everything we needed, and we were genuinely saddened to leave the place. We will definately be back!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2010
  • Date of Stay: July 2010
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is very rewarding to receive such an endorsement. It is so good to know that the efforts we make are appreciated by our guests. Thank you.
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Our family review

  • 5 of 5

We discovered Hamberie in summer 2006.Since then we have returned with our two 6 year olds every Easter and also for our summer holiday in 2009.We have brought friends and family with us to 'show it off'.The combination of facilities and location are perfect. We have visited local museums,historic village markets,Normandy Beaches and slightly longer trips to Suisse Normande.The owners are always helpful and nothing is 'too much trouble'. It is so relaxing that sometimes the itinerary goes out ;the window and we just enjoy the pool and surrounding countryside and a leisurely lunch.We are looking forward to our visit this Easter.Hope to see you there. Ralph,Mandy and two 10 year olds.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jan-2010
  • Date of Stay: July 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
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