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Walt Disney's ancestral home, Le Chateau de Monfreville - Rose Cottage

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,722 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Hot Tub
  • Internet
  • Parking



Rose Cottage

Bedroom 1 - Double bed

Bedroom 2 - Twin Beds

Open plan lounge with double pull out day bed

Shower & Bath with hand basin & separate loo.

Downstairs, loo and hand basin

Electric Cooker & hob & extractor fan. Fridge Freezer, toaster, 1/2 size dishwasher.

Washing Machine

Clothes rack / dryer

Iron & Ironing board


Cleaning products

Broom & dustpan

Lounge - sofa, & armchairs & double day bed, wood burning stove. Large old style tv with good old fashioned videos and a modern dvd player.

All linen, towels and tea towels are included in the price of the rental. Beds are made on arrival. Change over day is Sunday. If staying for a 2 week or longer period, then linen & towels will be change on the Sunday.

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About the property

Outstanding Holiday Cottages

The cottages are situated within the grounds of Le Chateau de Monfreville, the ancestral home to Walt Disney's family dating back a 1000 years ago. The cottages are spacious & tastfully decorated. The cottages have their own private gardens & patio area. The chateau overlooks a national park which has superb wild life and walks. Within the grounds of the chateau, there is a natural swimming pond, a hot tub, a ping pong table, table football and an honesty shop with the essentials. In the summer months, The Bread Fairy is out & about delivering pastries & French bread to your door every morning.

Monfreville is a 4km drive to Isigny sur Mer where you will find a delightful port with supermarkets, restaurants, markets & cafes. The Chateau was commissioned almost a thousand years ago by William the Conqueror & was once home to Walt Disney’s family & then later occupied by German soldiers during WW2. The Chateau is steeped with history & central to the D Day Landing Beach of Omaha & The American Cemetery and Utah Beach, close to the villages of Sainte Mere Eglise & Sainte Marie du Mont. The medieval town of Bayeux is home to The British Cemetery & the famous Bayeux Tapestry. Mont St Michel, Monet’s Gardens, Honfleur & Paris are all great for a day’s adventure & for fun times there are miles & miles of golden sandy beaches making this a superb vacation for all ages. Normandy is known as the bread basket of France and you won't be disappointed. Isigny sur Mer is home to world class butter, cream and cheese. There is also a caramel factory producing all things gorgeous! Fish markets are open every morning and there is always a market on each day of the week. Chateau de Monfreville is a special retreat for all those that visit. There are plenty of cider farms in the area where you can go and taste the delights of Cider, Pommeau and Calvados.

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zoe mckinley
Member since: 2014
Speaks English, French
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About zoe mckinley

.We have lived in the chateau since 2006. We bought the chateau from Zoe's mother who bought the house back in 1989. We have 2 children who have had a lovely childhood and who are now bilingual.

zoe mckinley purchased this cottage in 2006

Why zoe mckinley chose Monfréville

The Chateau has a unique charm. Its a wonderful property to be around & the grounds are beautiful. It is tranquility at its best. There is buckets of history to be had in the area and the chateau itself, which dates back to William the Conqueror & was home to Walt Disney's family.

What makes this cottage unique

.We live here all year round & are here to help in any way we can. Amazing bakery delights are delivered to your door every morning and probably a visit from Hector the labrador too!!

Guestbook comments from the owner

A truly unique place, extra-ordinary, thanx to the never ending, staggering thoughtfulness and genuine smiles & helpfulness of the McKinley clan! Enormous thanx for a memorable holiday. We shall recommend you hugely to friends with young families

Megan Whittingham & Family.

“A-M-A-Z-I-N-G” – you have it all so right here. The little details have given us so much pleasure. An absolute joy to stay here. Moules Frites night fabulous. What more can we say – we will definately be back.

Julia, Ian, Lucas & Imogen.

What a lovely time we had in Pond Cottage. This place is magical & we all consider ourselves fortunate to spend the week here. We particularly enjoyed the Bayeux Tapestry, Mont St Michel & of course exploring the beaches & museums of Normandy. And the food...... we have been spoiled on Isigny butter & can never go back! Thank you for your hospitality.

The McDonough & Ballinger Families.
Feb 2014
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Booking Notes:
A booking is made on receipt of a booking form together with a signed copy of ‘Terms & Conditions’ and a deposit payment of half the balance per week.

For bookings made within 6 weeks of the start date, full payment is required.

The balance is to be paid 6 weeks before commencement of hire.

Changeover Day:
Rose Cottage Change over day is Sunday
Pond Cottage Change over day is Saturday
Arrival is 4pm & departure 10am.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Monfréville in Calvados

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1722 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath (no shower) , Shower Enclosure
  • Shower in a small bath with glass screen and basin. Hairdryer & electric towel rail. Separate loo & basin.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Large double bedroom with library, double wardrobe and large chest of drawers. Twin room with large chest of drawers and hanging space.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 6 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • ice skating
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • bay fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Outside: Rose & Pond Cottage have their own private gardens and terraces. A webber BBQ and tools, a dining table and chairs plus outdoor furniture. Bikes are free to use. A shared natural swimming pond is situated in the gardens of the chateau along with a hot tub. Ping pong, table football are all free to use. The bread fairy works her magic every morning delivering pastries & bread. Moules Frites is cooked by Paul & Zoe every Thursday evening in peak season and is an evening of fun & laughter.


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Rose Cottage
average rating of 4.9166665 based on 13 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Zoe and Paul offer a warm welcome to their home.Rose Cottage is beautiful.everything you need for a relaxing holiday.the setting is very tranquil and a walk around the grounds a must.feed the and pigs...take a book to the hot tub.sit in your private garden with a glass of won't regret booking here.we felt as if we had been drugged we were so relaxed!!!!!!!!one of the best holidays we have had (and we have had a few!!))

  • Review Submitted: 21-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Gary for your very kind comments and we very much hope to see you again.
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Gorgeous and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

We have visited Chateau de Monfreville every year for the past 9 years. Words cannot express the beauty, the hospitality, and the comforts of rose and pond cottage. Both cottages are tastefully decorated, extremely comfortable for groups, and children, and come stocked with all the essentials. The location is superb, clean and easy to access all the tourist sites. The McKinley family are gracious hosts,problem solvers, and warm hosts. You will not be disappointed. We look forward to our annual visit, and find it difficult to leave this magical place.

  • Review Submitted: 22-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Perfect place for a relaxing holiday

  • 5 of 5

Our second visit to Chateau Monfreville...we love it! Rose Cottage is a perfect little hideaway, situated in the grounds of the Chateau. Everything you need for a totally relaxing holiday is right here. The cottage is fully equipped with everything you need...including a woodburner in the sitting room. Beautiful private little south facing garden with outside eating and barbq, bikes ...if you feel energetic, hot tub - great after a day exploring the Normandy beaches,, a little honesty shop, ping pong table, chickens and happy pigs who will sit on command....for food :-) and of course, Hector...the happiest dog in the world.

Zoe and Paul...the most charming hosts , who make you feel like long friends...always happy to share wine and a laugh.

If you haven't been yet...put this charming place on your to do list...

  • Review Submitted: 22-Mar-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jim & Sonia. We love having you to stay - we hope to see you again some time soon.
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homesick for my vacation spot

  • 5 of 5

wow is all I can say. We had a fantastic week stay at Rose cottage,all the comforts of home,up most hospitality and beautiful grounds. The history in the area is incredible and this is a perfect spot to be home port. We were planning our next time on the plane ride home..

Cindy and James Hillsborough North Carolina

  • Review Submitted: 09-Nov-2016
  • Date of Stay: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Sydney, Australia


  • 5 of 5

I stayed in Pond Cottage for a week with elderly parents , and enjoyed everything about the accommodation . The cottage has everything needed for a home away from home feeling. Well equipped, spacious, comfortable, and quiet. The property is only minutes away from major D Day sites, Bayeux etc. The owners Paul,Zoe and Molly are wonderful hosts, bringing us bread every day, and providing us with farm eggs and a great welcome pack. The chateau and gardens are really beautiful. I cannot recommend this property highly enough.

  • Review Submitted: 23-May-2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Everything was very well done

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time and enjoyed all that Rose cottage had to offer. It was the perfect ending to our France holiday . We celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary and could not of picked a better spot. We would highly recommend a visit here. Zoe and Paul have ticked all the boxes in offering wonderful hospitality.

  • Review Submitted: 27-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: September 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
118 Kilometres
Deauville and Caen
Nearest Barpub
4 Kilometres
Isigny sur Mer
Nearest Ferry
65 Kilometres
Caen & Cherbourg
Nearest Golf
18 Kilometres
Nearest Train
10 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
4 Kilometres
Isigny ur Mer
Nearest Beach
12 Kilometres
Omaha & Grandcamp Maisy
Car: necessary


15 - 20 minute drive will take you to some of the most beautiful beaches. Miles of white sand & huge tides. You can walk, swim, fish, fly kites, land yacht, surf, sail, boogy board, jet ski, wind surf, beach comb, make sand castles and on and on and on! Grand-Camp Maisey, Utah, Omaha, Arromanches, Juno, Gold, Sword.


Ships sail from Portsmouth, Poole, Dover, Newhaven & Ireland

Trains from London to Paris to Lison (12km from us)

Planes to Paris, Caen, Deauville & Dinard

We are about 4km east of Isigny sur Mer, a 45 minute drive from either ports of Cherbourg or Caen. Calais is a 4 hour drive.


4km Isigny sur Mer

20km Bayeux

65km Caen & Cherbourg

83km Mont St Michel

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For the Adventurous

Horseback Riding / Land Yachting / Sailing / Adventure Theme Parks

Tree Climbing / Body Boarding / Hot Air Ballooning / Golf

Biking / Go Karting / Fishing

A Little Bit of Culture

Mont St Michel / Monet Gardens / Honfleur / Deauville / Paris / Cherbourg / Caen / Bayeux Tapestry / Exploring Chateaux

History & Museums

D Day Landing Beaches / Sword / Juno / Omaha / Utah / Gold

Bayeux British Cemetery / Omaha American Cemetery

Canadian Cemetery / German Cemetery

French Life & Shopping

Cider & Calvados / Car Boot Sales / Markets / Horse Trotting

Cream & Cheese / Caramels / Angora Goat Farm / Bayeux / Cherbourg / Caen

Down Time

Sandcastle making / Picnics / Walks / Hot Tubbing / Swimming

Having a jolly good old sing song around a camp fire!!