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

Overview

Property

Updated: 26-Jun-2017
  • Sleeps 52
  • 6 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Description

La Demeure

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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About the Owner

Robin McGrother
Member since: 2001
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
26 June, 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 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.

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Notes

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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Location

From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Caen at 25 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Fresne la Mere at 500 Metres Nearest Ferry : Ouistreham at 45 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Garcelles at 31 Kilometres Nearest Train : Argentan at 20 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : Caen at 25 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Falaise at 5 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Ouistreham at 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.

Facilities

From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • farmhouse

Theme

  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions

General

  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Room

Entertainment

  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • Books for Kids
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Games for Kids
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Toys

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool
  • Heated Pool
  • Outdoor Pool

Onsite Services

  • Staff

Suitability

  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • rural
  • village

Attractions

  • 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

Floor Area

  • 280 m²

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

Bedrooms

  • 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

Outside

  • Child's Swing
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • 14 garden chairs

Meals

  • Self-catering

House Rules

  • Max. occupancy: 52
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...

Notes:

  • 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.