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Ideal for families, groups of friends and corporate retreats.

Bedrooms 10
Separate WC's2
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

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chateau / country house
Minimum Stay
2 nights

About the property

10 double bedrooms ensuite in 3 different buildings

The main house sleeping 12 is 309 square metres on two floors (it is big!), 6 bedrooms each with ensuite bath or shower rooms . Oak beamed ceilings and fired earth tiles throughout ground floor. Fully equipped open plan kitchen, 2 sitting rooms, dining room, utility room and 2 halls.120 square metres of open terrace with barbecue. The main house has a dining room for 20-22 and a kitchen large and efficient enough to cater for a group taking all the accommodation - satellite television, internet

The Little Barn is 86 square metres on two floors with three twin bedrooms and shower rooms, basin and loo. Terracotta tiled floors large covered terrace of 100 square metres with BBQ, sofa, dining table, ping pong and open views of the gardens and park .

The Chapel is 28 square metres and is a twin studio with shower room, basin and loo .

All weather, passive solar heated (28-30 degrees C) covered swimming pool from April to October. Secluded garden and parking, 100 square metres of additional covered terrace .

Table tennis, volleyball, access to 8 acres of land.

Linen, towels (beach and swimming pool towels not provided) weekly cleaning of bedrooms included. Cleaner available.

All are large beds, 3 doubles and 14 singles with hypoallergenic latex mattresses. Situated in a small rural hamlet 3km from the charming town of St Saens and the largest beech forest in Europe. 1 hour 45 from Calais, 1 hour Le Havre, 40 minutes Dieppe and clean unspoilt beaches.

More Details
Kate Blacker
741 Le Mesnil Benard, 76680
76680 St Saens Not applicable France
Meublé de tourisme, 7664801001.310
Registered through Gites de France inspection and the Prefecture de Dieppe , 3 etoiles - 4 etoiles .
VAT Reg No

Property Manager
Kate Blacker
Member since: 2008
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
20 February, 2017

Why Kate Blacker chose Seine-Maritime

The property was chosen for its location between London and Paris, proximity to an attractive town, motorway access (3 km), forest, coast and golf club. It is easy to reach though secluded in an area untouched by mass tourism. Fresh air, clear night skies and rural wooded landscape were all a draw. The property has space around it affording privacy, a history dating from the 12th Century though probably back to the Romans. It feels like a place that has been established for a long time. It is a project that is still evolving into a series of gardened places with mature trees. There are no plans for developing it further though we always look for ways to improve it. The place is remote but within easy reach of road and rail transport if you can gather the energy to leave it ....

What makes this chateau / country house unique

The designs for the houses evolved as we went, as family holiday homes with an emphasis on maximum efficiency for the tasks of living and most emphasis on relaxation and enjoyment. The one area we made no compromise on was space in the houses, the terraces and the green space around (8.5 acres). We built the biggest pool we could find and invented a passive solar heating method for it that makes it a unique and very pleasant environment to be in. We hope we have succeeded in offsetting our own and our guests carbon footprint by constant planting and careful use of resources. By limiting the amount of accommodation we offer we hope to have reached a happy compromise between tourism and nature where both benefit, we have the privilege of living and working here while being able to share it.

In addition to the houses the area offers many activities . There are two tree adventure parks within half an hours drive , the 18 hole golf course five minutes away , reservoir fishing ten minutes away , horse riding for the initiated or not and many historical buildings and landmarks , innovative gardens and the forest D'Eawy among others .


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(4 traveller reviews)


Group Stay

  • 5 of 5

Large group of us stayed at the property which was ideal for our needs, very clean and tidy and the owners could not do enough to make our stay a great one. I recommend the property that is well stocked in the kitchen and the dinning room was large enough to take us all. Definitely be back next year. Thanks.

  • Review Submitted: Apr 11, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: It was a great pleasure having you all . We have had many vehicle clubs here over the years as there is plenty of space to park and it was a magnificent sight seeing yours all lined up, a 'mod' splash of colour ! We are looking forward to another visit sometime and seeing you all again, thank you !
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Wonderful venue for a group holiday

  • 5 of 5

An excellent venue for a lovely holiday:

- Accommodation is spacious, with lots of history but beautifully restored and with modern fittings (all rooms en-suite), with very well-kept gardens.

- The owners are very helpful, they are English but have lived here for over 20 years so know the area very well. They live on-site so are available if needed but discreet otherwise.

- The pool is a real bonus, plenty warm enough in mid-Summer and a great size (12m long) for everyone to splash around in or to get some good exercise.

- The location is ideal: very well-connected (1h45 to Calais, close to local shops and autoroute) but also feels completely secluded with amazing view of stars at night.

- Really recommend: Clere village and stately home, Aubin-sur-Mer beach, many lovely local markets.

Would strongly recommend this to others.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Sometimes you just know there has been a perfect match between guests and place !
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Un paradis !

  • 5 of 5

Voilà deux fois que nous passons de longs week-end aux Écuries avec toute notre famille et, pour nous, c'est un paradis : beauté des maisons et de leur décoration, calme des lieux, grand confort des chambres et des lits, parc ravissant où nos petits-enfants peuvent jouer en toute sécurité, grande piscine très agréable et bien chauffée par tous les temps, environnement champêtre et, à 30mn à pieds, village charmant et accueillant... Que dire de plus ? Hôtes absolument charmants, à la fois discrets et disponibles. Et multitudes de châteaux, de plages, de sites intéressants à découvrir alentour... Je le répète : un paradis !!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 7, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Well equipped Gite with plenty of room

  • 5 of 5

The properties are well maintained and very well equipped. The grounds are extensive with several mowed areas suitable for sports such as rounders, volleyball, badminton and boules. The gardens are far more mature than the photos show and are interesting to walk around. The pool is a wonderful asset and was used a great deal during our stay. The main house is very spacious and came with enough chairs for everyone, even those staying at The Barn, which is a few meters away from the the main house. Both houses were clean on arrival. We really enjoyed our stay - with the weather being the icing on the cake. Would not hesitate to stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Prices & Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
9 Feb 2017 - 30 Apr 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
1 May 2017 - 31 Aug 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
1 Sep 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
1 Nov 2017 - 22 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
23 Dec 2017 - 27 Dec 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
New Years
28 Dec 2017 - 3 Jan 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
4 Jan 2018 - 30 Apr 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £424

This includes the price for the chapel studio for 2 . There are two rooms in the main house for 12 that have extra single beds making the maximum total of 22 beds .
Booking Notes:
500 pounds/euros as a deposit on the booking which doubles as a damage caution or deposit returnable after the booking. Full payment is required six weeks prior to the booking.

Changeover Day:
Les Ecuries: Saturday during peak periods otherwise flexible.
The Second to End Barn: Saturday at peak times otherwise flexible.
The little chapel: flexible.

Notes on prices:
Our high season rates work out at about 40 euros per person per night.Short stays are 50 euros per person per night for groups of 10 and over. Security deposit is 500 euros for the two houses . We ask you for this as a down payment which doubles as the security deposit returnable after your stay leaving the full rental to pay six weeks before arrival.The price of the Chapel is not included (add 400 euros to displayed price)
Tax de sejour is not included , it is 40 centimes per night per adult.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday chateau / country house in Saint-Saëns in Upper Normandy

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 5000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 22 people
  • 10 Bathrooms
  • 2 Separate WC's
  • Bathroom -
    Bathroom -
    Bathroom -
    Bathroom -
    Bathroom -
    Bathroom -
    Bathroom -
    Bathroom -
    Bathroom - Toilet , Downstairs loo
    Bathroom - Toilet , downstairs loo
    Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 10 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Bedroom small house - 2 Single Bed , shower, basin and loo.
    Bedroom small house - 2 Single Bed , shower, basin and loo
    Bedroom small house - 2 Single Bed , shower, basin and loo.
    Bedroom Chapel - 2 Single Bed , microwave, fridge, table and chairs. Shower, basin and loo.
    Bedroom big house - 2 Single Bed , bath, basin and loo
    Bedroom big house - 1 Large Double Bed , shower, basin, and loo
    Bedroom big house - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Single Bed , shower, basin and loo
    Bedroom big house - 2 Single Bed , shower, basin and loo
    Bedroom big house - 3 Single Bed , bath, basin and loo
    Bedroom big house - 1 Large Double Bed , ground floor, shower, loo and basin access
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Veranda ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Indoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • gambling casinos
  • horse riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming

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