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Manor House with Tennis and Swimming Ponds near Ocean

Bedrooms 8
Space 9,000 sq ft
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 3 - 8 nights


About the property

6 bedrooms,4 bath/ shower rooms, sleeps 12 - (Guest cottage optional)

Set on 100 acres of luscious rolling countryside with its centennial oaks, streams, ponds, and just 3 miles from the Atlantic Ocean's beaches, this family house boasts a tennis court and fresh water swimming for the sportsmen, lazy afternoons tapping on the Steinway or perusing one of the thousand volumes in the great panelled library for the reflective. It is furnished with the family's collection of art and furniture that spans 4 centuries of French master craftsmen's work.

The current house is said to have been settled in the 14th century. All that remains of the older house is the part that is the kitchen today: wattle walls on a stone foundation sunken by the passing years. Extended mainly in the 19th and 20th century, the last 20 years of restoration and extension have yielded what you can see and enjoy today.

Supplementary guests...: Guest cottage, sleeping 3 is optional.


The rates above are standard rates only, not high season/ Christmas/ NYE rates.

Rates depend on occupancy and services required.

US Service-men and women: please apply for special rates.

More Details

Anthony Haden-West
Member since: 2011
Speaks English, French, Spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 May, 2018

Guestbook comments from the owner

A note from recent guests:


I want to let you know that we had a great time in your fantastic ‘Manoir’.

It’s a really good place for the group we came with. We used the tennislawn en basketball field a lot and the children even swam in de pool! We cooked a lot in the cosy kitchen and it was great that we could withdraw during serveral times, because 14 people can be noisy...

The beaches nearby where great and we had a wunderful lunch in the village of Carteret.

Thanks a lot and hope to visit your house again in the future!

Best regards,

Oct 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Besneville in Manche

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 9000 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 15
  • pets considered
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet
  • Wood Stove ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 16 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 4 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 5 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
    Bathroom 3 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • Further separate toilets.
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Tower Bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Large Double Bed , Green Bedroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Large Double Bed , Yellow bedroom
    Bedroom 6 - 1 Large Double Bed , Blue Bedroom
    Bedroom 8 - 1 Single Bed , Little yellow bedroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , Grey Bedroom
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Large Double Bed , Purple Bedroom
    Bedroom 7 - 2 Single Bed , Attic bedroom
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books ...
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Terrace ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • Tennis ...
  • Tennis Court
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • naturist beach
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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average rating of 4.8235292 based on 30 reviews

A perfect New Year!

  • 5 of 5

With a group of friends we had a wonderful time around New Year in La Croix Rompue. Arriving after Christmas we came to this peaceful place to spend a few days away from noise and work.

We found a beautiful estate, well equipped and decorated with charme and taste. We feld like beeing in a castle. We stayed nearly all evenings in the house, cooking and sitting next to the huge fireplaces.

The garden is a dream with the big lake and the swimming pond.

We could imagine how it would be in summer.

The owner, Anthony, was extremely kind and generous, the property manager, Daniel, was really helpful whenever we had questions.

A New Year to remember!

  • Review Submitted: 29-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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superb home and vacation

  • 5 of 5

As for our 40th wedding anniversay, we rented this manoir for a goup of 5 couples; I can not say enough good things about this beautiful place. While we were there the weather was perfect; we had daily excursion to various sites (all within 1-2 hr drive, normandy beach, Mont. St. Michell, Bayeux tapestry, etc); we gathered each evening by the pond with grogeous sunset, black swans in the water; our group was made of great cooks /foodies, so we cooked our dinners at the house. The kitchen is somewhat small but it was cozy, full of charm, and was well equipped with all cooking necessaries. The dining room and the living room were absolute joy to gather in at nights. The library is extremely well stocked with all manner of books. The steinway piano was a special treat given one member of our group was able to provide nightly music. Overall, I would go back to this manoir in a heart beat. The owner, Anthony, was so kind and helpful awnsering all our questions before our trip. The manager, Daniel, was resourceful in helping us arrange an overnight trip to Sark and providing useful informations such as various local towns' open market days. While all bedrooms were so charmingly and comfortably decorated; the tower master bedroom was exceptional with it luxurious tub and shower. Thank you Anthoy for opneing your home to us.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Few things please us as much as happy holiday-makers. As a family, we've been working on the house and gardens for 40 years. It's a real privilege to share them with travellers, whether it's for a celebration or just a holiday. We look forward to many more decades of improvement and enhancement. Many thanks.
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A Bit of Paradise in Normandy

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful place to bring together friends and family

If relaxed yet graceful living is your thing, then this is the place for you.

La Croix Rompue is a medium-sized estate in Lower Normandy, within easy reach of Cherbourg, the D Day Landing Sites and Mont Saint Michel.

The original structure which is over 400 years old been sympathetically modernized and extended over the last ten years to make a large graceful home with ample space for large gatherings. The house can comfortably accommodate 16 people between bedrooms in the main house and an adjoining guest cottage

The main structure has a well-equipped kitchen, which will suit the more adventurous cooks; modern appliances including a Nespresso machine that proved tremendously useful. Many companies in France have produced more economical capsules so this becomes an economical way to make great coffee, a godsend in the mornings. There are large living and dining rooms in the main house both with fully functional fireplaces, in particular the main living room is double height with a library at the balcony level. The bedrooms are comfortable, and furnished in period style. The many bedrooms windows afford wonderful views over the countryside. The bathrooms were clean and functional and also have great views.

The house is surrounded by a beautifully tended garden with large swimming ponds. To one side of the garden the owner has recently added an Astroturf tennis court; this was in active use during our stay. Beyond the formal gardens are surrounding pasturelands that are used by local farmers, this adds to the bucolic setting of the estate.

Within 10 to 15 minutes drive of the house all necessary services are to be found, this includes supermarkets and the weekly Saturday market in Barneville. There are also great local beaches, and at least one trip to the cliffs at Cap de Carteret, preferably at sunset, is mandatory during a stay.

Despite the beauty of the surroundings countryside, and we had planned to visit many more of the local attractions; we spent most our time in quiet seclusion enjoying the wonderful local setting of the house and it’s fabulous gardens, swimming ponds and tennis court. It was hard to pull ourselves away on the day of departure. All the more reason to look forward to future stays at La Croix Rompue.

  • Review Submitted: 05-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Cette propriété est tout simplement sublime. L'endroit est magique. Assez reculé dans la campagne normande, le manoir dégage une impression de paix. A l'intérieur, chaque objet, chaque meuble possède une âme et raconte une histoire. Ils ont tous été choisis avec amour par le propriétaire au gré de ses voyages.

Charmant et disponible, le propriétaire est bienveillant et ne manque pas de conseils forts utiles lorsqu'on ne connait pas la région. A recommander sans réserve !

  • Review Submitted: 03-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, unique, luxurious, secluded, dream home

  • 5 of 5

Le manoir is an absolute gem of a place to stay, we all felt so lucky to have found it, it is like the home we always dreamt of having! A glorious setting, completely private, it really feelt like we had discovered a hidden treasure. The charming Carteret and Barnville are near by with all the shops/food/cafes we needed and lovely walks along the cliffs as well. We were there in September and felt very fortunate to have a couple of days of sunshine, but to be honest we were just as happy next to the roaring open fire.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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An Enchanting Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, grand, elegantly furnished manor house in tranquil setting - lake with swimming area, large garden, tennis court, all surrounded by fields, sweeping horizons and close to lovely villages and stupendous beaches. This place is luxurious and spacious, yet relaxed and comfortable. It is also very private - a perfect escape from urban life! Lots of activities - we listened to music, played the Steinway, enjoyed parlour games, read books from the library, played tennis, swam, cooked, lounged by the lake or explored the Normandy beaches and excellent local restaurants and markets. A superb treat!

  • Review Submitted: 02-Oct-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Nearest Ferry
22 Miles
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Nearest Train
16 Miles
Nearest Motorway
16 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Car: necessary

Set on 100 acres of luscious rolling countryside with its centennial oaks, streams, ponds, and just 3 miles from the Atlantic Ocean's beaches, this family house can accommodate up to 15 adults and children in the main house and guest cottage. Tennis and fresh water swimming on the grounds for the sportsmen, lazy afternoons tapping on the Steinway or perusing one of the thousand volumes in the great paneled library for the reflective and cozy-minded. All of Normandy's delicious foods, all of Normandy's millenia of history, museums and monuments along with the delightful coastal villages facing the Isles of Jersey, Guernsey and magical Sark are close at hand. The house is furnished with the family's collection of art and furniture that spans 4 centuries of French master craftsman's work.

Local folklore has it that the hamlet of the Croix Rompue was settled before Roman times. It is said that the springs here never run dry, even in times of dire droughts.


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £216.66
Additional Guest Fee £29.88 per person per night
Pet Fee £70.97
Damage Deposit £747.1

Rates vary depending on occupancy and time of year.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.

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