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Family-friendly accessible Gites in Calvados, swimming pool - La Demeure

Bedrooms 6
Space 3,013 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Wireless Internet
  • Washing Machine
  • Heated Pool
  • Parking



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.

This farmhouse is one of 5 properties on the farm that can be rented all together for large family gatherings. This gite sleeps up to 14 people but the site can accommodate 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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
7 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 farmhouse 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 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.

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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.


Accommodation and facilities for La Demeurein Fresné-la-Mère in Calvados

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 3013 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
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • 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 52
  • 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
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
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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La Demeure
average rating of 4.714286 based on 14 reviews

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: 19-May-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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Great New Years Break

  • 4 of 5

Lovely holiday home with lots of character and charm. Ideal for large groups and special occasions. Very peaceful location in the middle of great countryside. The house was spacious, clean and well maintained. Owner communicated with us throughout the booking and was very helpful. Even in very cold temperatures the house was and comfortable.

We really enjoyed our stay and would certainly visit again.

Excellent value for money !

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jan-2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: This was a lovely family group who came to spend the new year and some special celebrations with us. It's a pleasure to have been able to help them enjoy this occasion..
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Excellent location and property

  • 5 of 5

La Demeure was an excellent property for a all 3 generations on our family holiday. Teenagers found plenty to entertain themselves with in the play barn and pool and grandparents enjoyed the quiet garden with both sun and shade. The en-suite bathrooms in all rooms were a real bonus- hot water and high water pressure. The accommodation was clean (when we arrived): and as described.

Falaise is an excellent local town - great butchers, fish shop, wine merchants, and an excellent chocolatier. Enough in the town to be interesting and but not too large with good access to Caen, and the coast. Overall and excellent spot to see most of Normandy from.

Having a great bakers in walking instance was another winner.

After my nervousness booking on the holidayrentals site we got an excellent property in a great location.

  • Review Submitted: 18-Aug-2016
  • Date of Stay: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We've been exceptionally lucky with all our guests this summer and this lovely group were no exception. They were determined to have a good time and the weather accommodated them wonderfully. A great family mix of ages and just wonderful people too. Makes it all worth while.
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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: 02-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: April 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are disappointed that our guests didn't have a good time. We are normally on site and available to deal with issues for all our guests and hope that other positive reviews reflect this. Normally we offer a comprehensive introduction service where we take the guests through the property and identify idiosyncrasies and help with how machines work but on this occasion this did not happen which led to many of these issues. We should have been able to offer advice and help with the heating issues but circumstances beyond our control led to these oversights. On review we now feel we should have cancelled this holiday rather than offered a less than 100% service. We made a judgement call at the time and now realise we made the wrong choice for these particular guests. On this occasion I had lost my eldest daughter earlier that month and had to leave France for a few weeks to deal with the arrangements. We would normally have dealt with most of these issues immediately or offered some solutions. We had jut installed the new wifi hotspot in the barn and these were the first guest to use this new method of providing wifi for all our guests so we apologise for the teething problems. We feel it's now working quite well and many of our recent customers have found it useful. Rural France doesn't offer very high speed internet so we have to make the best of the service we are provided. We moved away from Routers / Extenders for each of our 5 properties on site (as well as the business requirements) as this is simply beyond the capacity of service we currently receive from our Internet provider. We welcome comments and suggestions and most guests realise that we are providing for more than their particular requirements so compromises sometimes have to be made. We will look to provide locks where appropriate at the next opportunity, though many people in a family property prefer the bedrooms doors cannot be locked from the inside as children can lock themselves in especially in an unfamiliar home, but we will definitely give it some consideration. We did not receive the written message about these issues and I don't know what medium was used (Letter, email or otherwise ) but it would be very unusual for us to not deal with such things. This may have been overlooked or missed. We hope to be back to our expected standards now and will take all these comments on board as always.
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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: 05-Jan-2015
  • Date of Stay: December 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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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: 19-May-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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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.