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EXCLUSIVE USE, Spacious, 3 Acres, Ponies, Pool, Playroom, Archery, 5* Reviews

Bedrooms 5
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 2 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Private Pool
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

Peaceful farmhouse, 10 mins from beautiful lake with sandy beach & golf. FREE Pony Riding, Archery, Indoor Playroom. Limited availability!!

SEE OUR FANTASTIC REVIEWS (5 star 'Excellent' on Trip Advisor 2016)

FREE Pony Rides, Archery, Kayaks, Bikes.....

EXCLUSIVE USE - no sharing with other families

Ideal for two families coming together or for bringing grandparents with you

You won't beat our views!! Our peaceful farmhouse sits on a hill with stunning panoramic views and is set in 3 ACRES of beautiful grounds and old cider apple orchard to relax and play in plus we're located just 10 minutes from the beautiful Lake Dathee with its lovely SAFE SANDY BEACH, 18-hole golf course, 7km cycle track, sailing and fishing.

We are surrounded by countryside and there are many great cycle and walking trails around us plus a quality hard tennis court in our local village. On site we have PONIES to brush and ride, supervised ARCHERY and you can collect fresh eggs from our chickens.

We specialise in family holidays but adults without children are equally welcome, although we do not generally accept more than 6 adults at a time, and the farmhouse lends itself perfectly to two families visiting together. We are perfectly situated for cycling, walking, golf or fishing parties, or if you just want a relaxing holiday where you can enjoy the peace and quiet and embrace the gentle way of life in Normandy Hill Crest is perfect.

We consistently receive fantastic Trip Ad reviews and our visitors especially love the outdoor space for the kids to run around safely, the activities that we offer, the ponies, our friendly labrador who loves to join in the games, the indoor playroom, our hospitality and the fact that you don't have to share all this with other families!

We are a perfect base for exploring the key Normandy sites such as LE MONT ST MICHEL, the D-DAY LANDING BEACHES and BAYEUX.

DISCOUNTS available for single travellers or couples who do not require use of all the bedrooms or playroom but who still want to enjoy the spacious downstairs and outside space. B & B and HALF BOARD can be arranged - please enquire for details.

Features include a 12’ above ground splash pool (Vire Aqua Park is just 10 minutes away), climbing frame, trampoline and activity field. There’s also a well equipped indoor play room conveniently situated adjacent to the kitchen/diner so that you can easily keep an eye on your little ones, BBQ, garden furniture plus bikes, kayaks and windsurfers available to borrow.

The location is hard to beat – under an hour from major attractions - Mont St Michel, D-Day Beaches, Bayeux, Swiss Normandy and several quality zoos and family fun parks plus we’re only 10 mins from the bustling market town of Vire, and just over a 4 hour drive from the Tunnel and ports at Calais or just over an hour from Caen.

Please enquire for prices and see booking notes.

More Details

Nigel Collins
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French, German, Some French and German spoken
Calendar last updated:
2 September, 2017

About Nigel Collins

We are Nigel and Cathy and the owners of Hill Crest Farmhouse at L'Engraisserie. We purchased this property after years of holidaying with our children in France and enjoying the relaxed way of life here. We love the location of L'Engraisserie - it is so peaceful with amazing views and wildlife that we never tire of whatever the season, yet we are very close to lovely, typical Normandy towns and lots of tourist spots and coastline.

We have made the farmhouse a comfortable ‘home from home’ for you to make your stay as relaxing as possible. We are always willing to accommodate any special requirements you may have and offer you 'little extras' to make your stay an enjoyable one.

You can be assured of a warm welcome from us as all our previous guests will testify!

We look forward to seeing you

Nigel Collins purchased this farmhouse in 2012

Why Nigel Collins chose Manche

We chose this part of France as we love the beauty of the rolling Normandy countryside, it’s temperate climate and easy access to and from the UK, plus there is so much to do in this area – we are never bored.

Hill Crest Farmhouse is in a peaceful and stunning location, with miles of cycle and riding tracks and Lake Dathee on our doorstep, yet with Vire and Sourdeval only a 10 minute drive away we are close to all amenities too.

As parents ourselves we know exactly what makes the difference when you holiday with children, so we have tried to provide everything you need in order to make your stay as enjoyable and as stress free as possible and allow you that little bit of extra space in your car!

We live in the adjoining property and will be pleased to give you any help and advice you require during your stay, yet respecting your privacy also.

What makes this farmhouse unique


Spacious and well-equipped 5 bedroom farmhouse. Homely and traditional with beams and log burners.

Beautiful, peaceful location with stunning countryside views - the perfect place to 'chill' whilst enjoying a glass of wine, painting or just quietly observing the landscape. Listen to the owls, watch the wildlife and marvel at the amazing display of stars.

Splash pool (seasonal) and 3 acres of enclosed grounds to relax and play in.

Exclusive use so no sharing with other families!

'Family friendly' with lots of play equipment and toys to entertain everyone plus an indoor playroom situated adjacent to the kitchen/diner. We have equipment to borrow and ponies to brush and ride - bikes, kayaks, windsurfers....

Numerous things to occupy you all with lots of attractions and activities nearby - we challenge you to run out of things to do!! We have a well stocked visitor information book with up-to-date leaflets to help you choose and are always happy to help you arrange anything.

Easily accessible

Discounts available for single travellers or couples not requiring use of all the bedrooms but who still want to enjoy the spacious downstairs and outside space.

Short breaks available out of peak times - please enquire.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Review posted on Trip Advisor, February 2017 - see full review on trip advisor

We had a fabulous time at Hill Crest Farmhouse - this beautiful 'home from home' far surpassed our expectations - the wonderful playroom, all the little details (loved the Alice in Wonderland theme upstairs!), tasteful yet homely and comfortable decor and of course, the fantastic gardens, with Apple trees, splash pool, large trampoline, BBQ area and amazing views and so much space to run around in safely! Our 2 children (5 and7 years) were thrilled to have supervised pony rides and archery sessions and still now talk about (and miss) Boo the dog, a charming, very child-friendly pet to have around. The farmhouse is in the heart of the Normandy countryside, very peaceful but only an hour's drive to beautiful beaches and tourist sites. Within walking distance is a lovely trout farm where we spent a very emir able and fun afternoon.

Nigel and cathy, the onsite owners, have made this place what it is - a rare gem. They are wonderful hosts - kind, generous, helpful - never intrusive but always on hand for advice or just a friendly chat, as much or as little as the guest likes, and we were made to feel extremely welcome.
Aug 2016
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Nearest Airport
70 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
8 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
70 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
7 Kilometres
Golf de Vire At Lake Dathee
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
20 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
8 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
D-Day Landing beaches/bay of Le Mont St Michel
Car: recommended

Special interest holidays:

We cater for everyone from 0 - 100 years, babies to great grandparents! We specialise in family holidays, but having said that you don't need to have children to enjoy all that is on offer as it is the perfect place to chill out and relax.

Whether you are looking for a peaceful, rural and private retreat to recharge your batteries, or wish to have a more active stay, we have it all. If you enjoy painting or photography then our stunning views with soaring buzzards and the night time skies crammed full of stars won't disappoint. You'll be spoilt for choice with the selection of award winning restaurants nearby and if you really want to sample the local delicacies then visit one of the markets where you'll find amongst other things local cheese, dairy, fruit and sausages and, of course, the famous calvados brandy!

We are in a great location for exploring the main tourist spots in Normandy such as LE MONT ST MICHEL which is situated under an hour's drive away as is BAYEUX.

The D-D NORMANDY LANDING BEACHES and museums on the north coast are approximately one hour's drive away. If you want safe, sandy beaches with good facilities head for Carolles and Julloville just south of Granville with great views of Mont St Michel (approx 45 minutes drive). If you have time after the beach then head up to the delightful old town, ‘chic’ marinas, shops and harbours of Granville which are well worth the visit.


We are an easy drive from the ferry ports of St Malo and Cherbourg, and just a 4 hour drive from the Channel Tunnel and Calais.

Nearest airports are Caen (from London Southend - Flybe) Dinard and Rennes.

Train station at Vire with direct access to Paris.


Vire is our nearest town, about a 10 minute drive away, and as the capital of Calvados it has a good range of shops and restaurants plus a large gourmet market on Fridays, an impressive water park Aquavire, and a great conservation zoo nearby. You will also find a supermarket in our neighbouring village, less than a 5 minute drive away and pretty Sourdeval with its shops and restaurants is a 10 minute drive the other way. The historical and pretty Caen is 40 minutes' drive away.

Further Details:

The D-Day landings changed the course of World War II and without them, life for us may now be very different. The landing beaches are well preserved and tell the amazing story of what happened and the bravery and courage of the troops who took part. The beaches are about an hour’s drive and well worth the trip, especially if you combine it with a visit to the stunning cathedral and tapestry at nearby Bayeaux.

Mont St Michel – It’s a truly breathtaking place – be sure to pay extra to visit the lofty monastery at the top.

Swiss Normandy - This is a beautiful and spectacular area about a 30 minute drive from the gite with lots to see and do that owes its name to the canyons and lush valleys that have been carved by the rivers flowing through it. Head for Pont D’Ouilly for walking, kayak hire and cycling, and take a drive along the ‘La Route des Cretes’ to experience the best of the area.

Alternatively, follow the 19 mile circular ‘Gorges of Vire Route’ from Vire which takes in some of the more dramatic scenery of the area. For the more daring is a viaduct 20 minutes' drive away from the gite where you can bungy jump 60 metres or use the zip wire if you fancy it!

This is just a few of the activities nearby - please see out website for more ideas.

To book, we require a non-refundable £150 deposit which will secure your stay. The balance of your holiday is due 8 weeks before the start of your holiday. Within 8 weeks of the start of your holiday we regret the full payment is not refundable at all unless we can relet the property during that time when a small admin charge will apply. We also require a £150 security deposit to be paid prior to arrival which is refundable subject to no damages, breakages, extra cleaning.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday farmhouse in Vengeons in Manche

Property Type:
  • farmhouse
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Farm Holidays
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Double washbasin
    Shower room 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Ensuite shower room and toilet to separate double bedroom Family bathroom with bath and shower over, double basin and toilet on first floor
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 2 Single Bed , Due to shape of room, single beds cannot be pushed together
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Single Bed , Room for additional single bed or cot
    Bedroom 5 - 1 Single Bed , Room for additional cot
    Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 - 8 (5 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: 5 bedrooms sleeping 2 - 8 on first floor Space for two extra cots and additional single bed There are two staircases, one from the lounge up to a separate double bedroom with en-suite shower/wc. A second leads from the kitchen up to the bathroom & 4 more bedrooms - a double, a ‘twin room’ * & 2 single
  • Books
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Bicycles
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 1 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • waterfalls
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: For younger families we can provide cots, bedding, stair gates and other 'bits and bobs' available, so please let us know what you require when booking. The splash pool is located in the activity field which is separate and fenced off from the garden for safety. We have toy and activity boxes available for both indoor and outdoor play to save you having to bring these with you and an indoor playroom. We have garden toys and games to keep everyone occupied, the all important football net and trampoline, plus a selection of bikes, kayaks and windsurfers to borrow if you would like to. Please note - the 'twin' bedroom has a trundle bed, which is a standard single bed with low level bed under that can be pulled out. Due to the design of the room and the differing heights of the two beds, it is not possible to push these together to make a double bed. We respectfully ask that you do not smoke inside the farmhouse, thank you. Outside: With our 3 acres of orchards and grounds and an unbeatable range of things to do, there's plenty to occupy you and your family and space for the children to safely let off steam. There are also plenty of quiet areas for those of you who are looking to simply get away from it all, to take in the views, maybe paint, have a glass of local wine and enjoy some peace, quiet and relaxation. Facilities include: 12’ diameter above ground splash pool (Open May-September) – Ideal for cooling off, but if you want ‘big pool excitement’ Vire Aqua Park is just 10 minutes away Quality children’s play frame Trampoline with safety net Tree swings, garden games and activity field with football net, supervised archery, ponies BBQ Sun loungers and garden furniture Bikes, kayaks, windsurfer to borrow Owners on site. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Included: indoor towels, beds with sheets, duvets and pillows made up for you on arrival and changed weekly, cleaning materials, electricity and gas. Logs for the wood burners are supplied at cost. Please bring your own beach/outdoor towels. Other: Leading off from the kitchen/diner is a further lounge/playroom equipped with children's toys, games and art and craft materials to keep your little ones entertained


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average rating of 5.0 based on 9 reviews

Un très bon moment

  • 5 of 5

Nous avons passé un très bon moment. La maison est spacieuse, le jardin et la vue très agréables.

Cathy et Nigel sont très accueillants. Nous sommes ravies de notre séjour.

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Homelidays, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci Magalie, C'etait un vrai plaisir!
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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday farmhouse in Vengeons, Lower Normandy

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
1 Sep 2017 - 29 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
30 Sep 2017 - 20 Oct 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
October Half Term
21 Oct 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
28 Oct 2017 - 30 Nov 2017
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
6 Jan 2018 - 23 Mar 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
24 Mar 2018 - 13 Apr 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
14 Apr 2018 - 25 May 2018
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights
Early summer
26 May 2018 - 29 Jun 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
30 Jun 2018 - 13 Jul 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
14 Jul 2018 - 31 Aug 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late summer
1 Sep 2018 - 28 Sep 2018
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
for 2 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £200

Booking Notes:

For any further information at all please contact Nigel or Cathy on UK Tel: 07990 608206 or 07823 558777 and we shall be pleased to help.

A £200 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking please.

Full balance of payment is due 8 weeks before the start of your holiday. This is not refundable unless we can relet the property - we aim to be fair.
£200 refundable security deposit also required with the final payment and will be refunded subject to no breakages or extra cleaning. We ask our guests to please leave the farmhouse as they found it.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday for weekly bookings, flexible otherwise. Guests are welcome to arrive from 4.00pm and we ask that you leave at 10.00am on the day of departure. There may be some flexibility out of high season - please enquire.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week (or night) in UK £ based on up to 5 people sharing. For 6+ people, there's a surcharge of £25 per week each person over the 5 to cover extra laundry, utilities and wear and tear on the property/owners! No charge for babies in cots.

DISCOUNTS* may be available for SHORT/LONG STAYS or LESS THAN 4 PEOPLE (*sorry not available during school holidays) - please enquire.


Double ensuite B & B may be available in owner's adjoining property - please enquire.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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