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"Exceptional Holiday Gites, Perfect for a Family Holiday" - Kestrel Gite (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4+cot orchild bed



Updated: 30-Oct-2016
Two Beautiful Gites and Bed and Breakfast in Bricquebec, near Cherbourg, Normandy, France - Just 15 Mins Drive from the Amazing West Coast Sandy Beaches; Also Close to D-day Landing Beaches

La Lande is a tastefully restored, French 18th century character farmhouse with 2 large beautifully appointed, well equipped holiday cottages and bed and breakfast accommodation. La Lande is 5* rated on Trip Advisor and described as "Exceptional" by Booking.com. Set in a peaceful hamlet away from traffic, 20 minutes drive from the port of Cherbourg and on the outskirts of the pretty, medieval market town of Bricquebec. Just 15 minutes away from the stunning, safe beaches of the west coast and the chiq seaside resorts of Barneville Carteret with their outstanding restaurants and ferries to Jersey. Both cottages are very spacious and light with high quality fixtures and fittings. Yet, at the same time retaining many original features. Particular attention has been made to ensure quality furnishings throughout with luxury bedding and linen. The gites stand in 10 acres of land with 2 acres of stunning gardens well away from any roads. There is a dedicated playroom for children and a covered barn with table tennis and table football. Both gites have private front and back patio areas with tables, chairs and sun loungers.

Details for holiday home Kestrel Gite (2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4+cot orchild bed, 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, 2 Bathrooms

A very large sitting/kitchen/dining room with 3 sets of french doors leading to your own terrace. Huge leather sofas; farmhouse pine table and 8 chairs and a well equipped kitchen. 2 double bedrooms upstairs overlooking the back gardens. The first has an en-suite bathroom and is large enough to sleep 3 people with a king sized double bed; and either a cot or child's bed. The second twin room has zip-link beds which can either be separate, or joined together to make a 6' king-sized bed as required. This room has an adjacent 'family' shower room with a power shower. All beds are supplied with high quality duvets and pillows.

A 37" LCD HD TV with DVD player, UK and French TV, WiFi, microwave, gas hob, electric oven, large fridge (with freezer), dishwasher, automatic washing machine; power shower, stair gates, travel cot, baby bath, listener, high chair, full central heating; barbecue. Private outside table and chairs, Trampoline, Swings, Table Football and Table Tennis.

  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Internet

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

After many years of holidaying in France with our children we decided to take early retirement and do something different and enjoyable.

Paul is a retired Headteacher and prior to that he was head of Physical Education. Val an ex Midwife, Health Visitor and was an Assistant Principal of a College. They have two children and four little grandchildren.

They bought LaLande because it is perfect for family holidays. Safe stunning beaches, a pretty village and beautiful countryside.

We believe that holidays are very precious. A special time for families to do the things they want to away from all the everyday pressures of modern living. We want parents and children to have a quality holiday, in a quality gite leaving fully recharged, refreshed with special memories to take home.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

From our Visitors' Book.

''Excellent accommodation & wonderful host & hostess. Highly recommended'' Richard Tromans.

''This is an absolutely beautiful cottage: love the 'homey' feel to it. It is a perfect place to get away & relax. Thanks & God Bless your family'' Bryony Valkrie.

''Well done you 2! It's been a pleasure meeting you both. We had a lovely time. All the very best - we shall be back'' Jean & Doug, Blandford Forum.

''1st visit to Normandy (after 7yrs of Brittany) & have had a fantastic time. Kestrel Gite was lovely & comfortable (& warm!) We will be back!'' The Clarke family of 5.

''What a wonderful stay! Thank you for your brilliant hospitality & help-you were amazing! We wish you all the very best in France & hope you go from strength to strength.'' Ross, Debbie, Keren, Hannah & Caleb
Mar 2008
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2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews

northern ireland

home from home

  • 5 of 5

Are only bad thing was that we didn't stay in same place for second week .Can not fault our stay absolutely beautiful place to stay . Close to every thing , and hospitality was great. Games and loads off room around place for kids to play but very safe. We got even to see a young wild deer one night as we where driving in that was special. Would highly recommended to all age groups as long as you have a car this is the place to be.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 14, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Idyllic location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at La Lande with our granchildren. Barn Owl is beautiful, it is more than a home from home, the grandchildren loved the toys and books and had a wonderful time playing in the garden. The nearby beaches are clean and safe and La Lande's proximity to Cherbourg make it a great place to introduce your grandchildren to France without enduring a long drive.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2013
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2013
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From the Owner

La Lande offers the perfect location for families. Hidden away with no road noise or passing traffic yet near to a charming village, shops, beaches and historical attractions. The Gardens are huge with areas dedicated to football, trampolines, secret gardens and areas to relax with a good book and glass of wine.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Cherbourg at 30 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Bricquebec at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Cherbourg at 30 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Barneville Carteret & La Glacerie at 15 Kilometres Nearest Train : Valognes at 10 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Bricquebec at 1 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Barneville Carteret at 15 Kilometres Car: recommended


Fabulous, clean, often deserted sandy beaches are plentiful in Manche. Choose from the many west coast Atlantic beaches, for swimming, surfing, sailing etc, from the Cap De La Hague down to Mont St Michel. Our closest beach (15 minutes) is at Carteret from where the boat sails daily to Jersey and there's a great little town there with lots of outstanding restaurants. Barneville Beach, Portbail, Hatainville & Surtainville are also within 20 minutes drive. The D-Day landing beaches are very close.


Brittany Ferries from Poole/Portsmouth to Cherbourg (20 minutes drive from La Lande) or Portsmouth to Caen (an hour's drive from La Lande). Approx 4 hours drive from the tunnel at Calais. Airports at Rouen, Caen, Dinard and Rennes. A car is recommended in Normandy as there is loads to see and do, spread out over a large area; although if you like cycling, the routes (many off-road) are great too.


Bricquebec; just under a mile. Several good restaurants and bars. A huge Monday market (the region's biggest) and a chateau. Also a museum and two large supermarkets. Valognes is just up the road (approx 12 mins drive) and is worth a visit. The market there is on a Friday. St Sauveur Le Vicomte is 15 minutes away with it's chateau, a huge forest with 8 or 9km of walks though it. Lots more info on our own website.

Further Details:

Normandy is a lovely place to visit at any time of year. Almost no crowds, lovely warm summer weather (we enjoy similar temperatures and climate to Jersey), miles and miles of great beaches, clean warm seas, plus loads of other things to do. The French are welcoming and proud to share their gorgeous country with visitors and any attempt at speaking French, however small, is met with enthusiasm, although you may not always understand their responses! The tourist office in Bricquebec has a comprehensive array of brochures and pamphlets on things to do in the area. There are several banks in Bricquebec; all with ATM machines. Banks are closed on Mondays in this region. Cherbourg's huge shopping park at La Glacerie with Auchan the hypermarket is 15 minutes drive from La Lande and its about 20 minutes from here into the centre of the city. Loads to do in Cherbourg, including an aquarium & a submarine at Cite De La Mere, underground caves, 3 great indoor swimming pools with slides and water chutes, bowling, cinemas (the Odeon shows films in their original language with subtitles), lots of restaurants, shops and tourist info. Mont St. Michel is about an hour and a half away by car; many of our visitors have done a day trip down there and it's very well worth a visit. There's a gorgeous zoo at Champrepus (under an hour) where you get to mingle with the lemurs in their enclosure; Closer is the little zoo at St. Martin where children can feed the animals, as well as also enjoy shetland pony rides and cart drives.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
29 Oct 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
1 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring Bank
27 May 2017 - 9 Jun 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Early Summer
10 Jun 2017 - 14 Jul 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
15 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer
9 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We require a 25% deposit upon booking; the balance is due 40 days prior to your arrival. A booking is confirmed when we have received your completed booking form and a deposit payment. At this time we will send you a confirmation letter by email. We do not take a security deposit as we trust our guests. Please just let us know about any breakages and replace where possible. Thank you!

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday in peak season but we can be more flexible the rest of the year. Weekend and long weekend breaks available out of peak season, as well as longer winter stays. Gite arrival 3.30pm and checkout by 10.30am.
B & B check in from 1.30pm

Notes on prices:
Bed and Breakfast is 95 Euro per night for 2 people for 1 night. 2 nights or more is 90 Euro per night. Family room available for 2 adults and 2 children 120 Euro per night and includes breakfast) B an B includes:
En suite with complimentary toiletries
Ample free parking
Free Wifi
Free complimentary tea/coffee and bottled water
Mini Fridge
UK and French TV
Daily housekeeping
24hr on site staff

Deposit of 25% required on booking. Balance due 6 weeks prior to arrival. All payments are by bank transfer.

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Updated: 30-Oct-2016
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From the Owner

A dedicated charming childrens' playroom with toys, books and beanbags. The playroom has a decked area for parents to relax while the children play. A huge barn offers undercover table tennis and table football.

Property Type

  • house


  • Internet


  • Dining Area

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • village


  • bay
  • botanical garden
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • marina
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2


  • Golf ...


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Both gites have an LCD TV with satellite reception; DVD; dishwasher; microwave; gas hob with electric oven; large fridge with small freezer compartment; automatic washing machine; power showers; stair gate; travel cot; high chair; full central heating; outside clothes lines; barbecue; swings; trampoline, table football, table tennis and outside seating a. Duvets, pillows, all bed and bathroom linen are supplied. (Please bring your own beach towels). Both of our gites and our B&B suite have ample parking. There is a selection of cycles to use and a range of toys, games, books and an extensive DVD library. B & B is also available in the gites for groups of 2 or more; fancy a break with no cooking? Let us cater for you and feast on our home cooked 3 or 4 course dinners in the evenings (prior booking necessary). Outside: The cottages each have grassy terraces with tables and chairs and there's lots of space. Additionally we have table football, table tennis, swings and a trampoline. Children can play safely in the large, landscaped gardens and paddocks. Each gite has a wooden garden table, chairs, umbrella and a barbecue. Fresh eggs available daily from our free range chickens (subject to hens! They do sometimes go off lay!) Previous guests have commented on how lovely it is for their children to be able to play outside, in so much safe space. We are a short walk, via a lane, from the Voie Verte, or Green Way which is a network of miles of disused railway lines throughout Manche, which have been converted to walking and cycle paths. It's a great place for safe, off road cycling and an excellent way to explore the area.

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