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



Updated: 30-Nov-2016
Cottages in Isigny sur Mer, Bayeux, Normandy, France - Idylic Location. 20 minute drive to the landing beaches of Omaha & Utah

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.

More Details

Details for holiday cottage Pond Cottage, 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate WC

Sleeps 8

2 double rooms

2 twin rooms

  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 2 Bathrooms, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

.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.

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Speaks English, French

2 Reviews

2 holidaymaker reviews

New Orleans, LA

Normandy oasis

  • 5 of 5

Our family undertook an ambitious European vacation with our teenaged children. We truly enjoyed it, but we were desperate for some down time and needed a vacation from our vacation! We found an absolutely perfect respite at Chateau Monfreville. Zoe and Paul could not have been more hospitable. Rose Cottage was a perfect gem of a cottage with two beautifully appointed bedrooms upstairs and a very cozy living area and kitchen downstairs. The Chateau is stunning with flowers, gardens, acreage, animals, and nice open spaces. The cottage provides a perfect launching pad for touring Normandy: the D-Day beaches, Mont St. Michel, Bayeux, etc. I immediately began considering how I could possibly plan a return trip. Two nights were not nearly enough.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 22, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Our perfect week.

  • 5 of 5

We loved it! It's homely and generously sized with lovely spacious gardens. Great to meet Paul & Zoe, superb local knowledge and recommendations for eating. Remote enough to be peaceful yet very handy for the Normandy Beaches and such. Negatives? Our (double) bed was on the small side. Wouldn't stop us going back though!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 24, 2014
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2014
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From the Owner

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.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Deauville and Caen at 118 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Isigny sur Mer at 4 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Caen & Cherbourg at 65 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Omaha at 18 Kilometres Nearest Train : lison at 10 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : N13 at 3 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Isigny ur Mer at 4 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Omaha & Grandcamp Maisy at 12 Kilometres 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!!

Prices and Availability

Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
10 Sep 2016 - 15 Jan 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
18 Mar 2017 - 27 May 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
mid spring
28 May 2017 - 1 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
2 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Sep 2017 - 2 Dec 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate

Changeover Day: Saturday
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

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.

A deposit of half the rental is due on reservation with the remaining balance due 6 weeks prior to your arrival. Payment is quoted in UK sterling. Payment can be taken via paypal, sterling, euros or bank transfer. The Euro equivalent will be calculated using xe currency convertor.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Updated: 30-Nov-2016
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From the Owner

.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!!

Property Type

  • cottage


  • 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


  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool ...
  • Hot Tub
  • Outdoor Pool

Onsite Services

  • Private Chef


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets considered

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • rural


  • 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

Floor Area

  • 300 m²


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Toilet 1 - Toilet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • One double room has an en-suite bathroom which consists of a large shower, loo & basin. The other bathroom is a large room with full size bath and shower, loo and basin.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4


  • Bicycles ...
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • 8 bicycles


  • Self-catering

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


  • Outside: Pond Cottage has its own private garden with a covered patio area. 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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