Farmhouse & pool for holiday lets in Manche - NM001697

Hambye (5km from Percy), Manche, Normandy Reference: NM001697 Advertiser since: 20 August 2003
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Farmhouse Self Catering Saturday 6 14 4 + cot

About this property

18th Century Farmhouse & Heated Pool & 1 Acre Garden. This villa is in a rural setting.

This beautiful ancient stone farmhouse is peacefully set in an acre of mature gardens with lawns running down to a magnificent 10 x 5m private heated swimming pool. The surrounding countryside is Normandy at its best, rolling fields, apple orchards, spotty brown and white cows, and yet all less than 30 minutes away from superb sandy beaches that never seem to get crowded. Sailing, fishing, golf available locally.

We fell in love with this house as soon as we saw it. Previously belonging to the village doctor, it oozes character with tiled floors, exposed beams, and mellow stonework. It is furnished and equipped to a very high standard. Full central heating.

First floor. Five bedrooms -  Two double, 2 twin and one with 4 single beds.

Outside. Private heated pool, gas barbecue, garden furniture.

Close to town of Hambye and easy reach of Mont St Michel, Bayeux and landing beaches.

Peaceful unspoilt beaches only 30 minutes drive. Out of season discounts for small parties. Well-behaved dogs welcome. House and pool are both wheelchair accessible. Additional facilities available for disabled guests.

Non-smokers preferred.

Please note all prices are for 1 week inclusive of gas, electricity, water, logs, wi-fi and free calls to European landlines. Duvets and pillows are supplied, but linen which includes duvet and pillow cases, sheets, 2 towels per person and tea-towels and bath mats are available to hire priced at £18 per person.



Kitchen and dining

Spacious well equipped kitchen with attractive breakfast room. Hob, oven, dishwasher, fridge-freezer, microwave oven.
Separate laundry room with washing machine and tumbledryer.
Attractive beamed dining room with antique sideboard and magnificent old oak table seating 14.

Living rooms

Spacious well furnished living room with old beams and enormous Normandy fireplace.


Six bedrooms: One king size en suite, 1 double, 3 twins (one en suite) and one triple which is enormous and can easily take an extra bed.


Main bathroom with bath and separate shower and wc. Two further en suite bathrooms and a shower room on the ground floor.


Table tennis, boules, badminton, tv and dvd player. Private heated swimming pool. Wi-fi connection.

Garden and outside

Beautiful one acre gardens with apple orchards and magnolia trees leading to lower lawn and magnificent private heated pool. Terrace for al fresco dining.

Visitor suitability

Family holidays, couples, special celebrations, reunions and holidays for disabled people.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool



Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Coarse fish and in some areas game fishing only
Name of nearest fishing location: River Sienne, Hambye
Distance: 2 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de Vire La Dathee, Villedieu les Poeles
Distance: 8 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: La Caboche, Hambye
Distance: 1 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 5 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: Amazing local walks guide books and maps supplied


Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Cider and Calvados tasting trail near Vire
Distance: 10 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Susan Smart

We are farmers in the beautiful Dorset countryside in Southern England. We have three children and three grandchildren. We love France and in particular Normandy. It is so easy to get to Cherbourg from Poole and it is less then a 90 minute drive to the house. We therefore go for lots of short holidays and love it there.

Owner's website
Year property purchased 2003
Why this location? We love this very unspoilt part of Normandy with its spotty cows, pretty villages and beautiful coast. We fell in love with Le Mesnil Gonfroy from the moment we saw it. Owned by the local doctor and his family it oozes character and is a traditional French farmhouse with beautiful gardens and apple orchards surrounding it.
It is very spacious with a magnificent Normandy fireplace and beams in the huge lounge, dining room with a handmade oak table seating 14 and a large well equipped kitchen/breakfast room.
It has 6 comfortable bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, 1 en suite and 2 shower rooms.
On the separate lower lawn we have added a beautiful private 10 metre heated pool with south facing sun terraces.
We also realised that the house, with a few minor alterations could be made suitable for disabled guests too.
Unique benefits of property Le Mesnil Gonfroy is a really beautiful spacious house set in stunning gardens of one acre.
The house is perfect for family holidays or celebrations with family and friends.
The stunning gardens surround the house with lawns (perfect for badminton and games), magnolia trees and an apple orchard.
The lower lawn which is security fenced has a magnificent private heated pool with sun terraces, changing chalet and is shallow at one end for children. It is kept at 28 degrees in the summer months.
The house is a short cycle or car ride to the pretty town of Hambye with its weekly markets, shops, cafes, supermarket and amazing artisan boulangerie.
It is a short easy drive to the beautiful coast with so many unspoilt quiet beaches perfect for all ages.
We are surrounded by amazing restaurants including brilliant seafood restaurants for which the area is renowned.
Le Mont St Michel, D Day beaches and interesting old towns such as Villedieu-les-Poeles , Granville and Countances are all

The Owner Recommends


"We would happily recommend a day at Les Salines - miles of unspoilt sand and never very crowded."


"Lovely little town with amazing cathedral, shops and restaurant and beautiful floodlit gardens in summer. Good market on Thursday."

'Depot Vent at Coutances'

"Le Cle des Temps is a fascinating warehouse on the edge of Coutances selling second hand furniture and bric-a-brac. Prices are reduced every 4 weeks so look out for some bargains. Vide Greniers- Literally 'Clear the Attics' - equivalent to our car boot sales. Hundreds of stalls lining the village streets and there is one nearly every Sunday. Lots of bargains."


"Busy little market town with various restaurants, excellent butchers, boulangerie and other shops. Each Wednesday morning lively calf market with piglets, chickens, ducklings and the smell of delicious sausages cooking over the grill. Pannier market on Saturday."


"There is a small 9-hole course at St Martin-de-Brehal (by Les Salines)."


"Interesting old town on the coast. Excellent shops and seafood restaurant near the harbour."

HFD GUEST REVIEW - Carrington Family

Lovely house, lovely week lots of fun in the pool and lots of relaxing in front of the fire. Beautiful house, great location and there are great places to see and walk.

HFD GUEST REVIEW - Heselton Family

What a lovely place to stay. Simple, clean well-stocked house perfect for holiday. Countryside based – perfect for us, with walnuts, chanterelle mushrooms and a medlar tree in the garden. Although the weather was great, we lit the fire on wet days and lots of space, table tennis and games available. Locals in Hambye very friendly and helpful. Perfect for cycle rides, bikes in shed. Nearby Hambye abbey beautiful and good for picnics. Bayeaux worth a visit – especially the tapestry. We ran out of time to enjoy everything so I hope that means we return.


We’ve had a fine stay, checked out all the local villages and had an excellent dinner at the Auberge de L’Abbaye. We really look forward to our week next summer with the children and grandchildren – we now know we will all have a splendid time.

'Hotel l'Abbee at Hambye'

"Excellent restaurant with lovely ambience and interesting menus. Near beautiful ruined Benedictine Abbey and River Sienne."

'Jules Gommes at Reigneville sur Mer'

"This is a good restaurant with views of the estuary. Excellent seafood, gallettes etc. Outside terrace in the summer."

'La Baleine'

"Beautiful local village with speciality shops selling delicious local produce including the chitterling sausage which they make. There is also a mini crazy golf course in the botanic gardens which has a good creperie or bar - fun for all ages."

'La Barrate in St Denis-Le-Vetu'

"Lovely little restaurant serving delicious local specialities. Free aperitif for guests."

'La Passerelle at Les Salines'

"Probably our favourite seafood restaurant (serves meat too). Overlooking the salt marshes on the coast near Brehal."

'Le Krill Bar/Restaurant at La Baleine '

"A bistro style restaurant in a lovely village with meat and fish cooked over an open fire in front of you."


"Hambye-Tuesday and Friday, small village market Gavray-Wednesday, calf market and a few stalls. Saturday - Pannier market Villedieu-Tuesday, quite a big street market Cerences-Thursday, small village market Coutances-Thursday, street market in roads below Cathedral."

'Mont St Michel'

"Famous Abbey surrounded by water at high tide. Lots of little restaurants."

'Mussel Harvest - les Salines near Brehal'

"This area is famous for its seafood centre for the growing of mussels and oysters. At low tide it is fascinating to watch dozens of tractors tending their harvest miles away from the beach."


"There is a sailing school just by the golf course at St Martin-de-Brehal. Do sailing courses in summer months."


"The courts are situated in Hambye"

'The Normandy Landing Beaches'

"Are within easy reach with interesting museums at Arromanches and Caen."

'Villedieu Les Poeles '

"Famous for its copper and its world renowned bell factory. Lively street market on Tuesday mornings."

1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Supta1960 5 June, 2017

Cant fault this property or the owner one bit. Everything was first class from the moment I booked to the moment we left. Sue the owner was so helpful and replied swiftly to any queries I had and the booking was simple and quick. The property itself was fantastic. 6 of us shared but the property could comfortably hold many more, lots of bedrooms/bathrooms, large sitting room and 2 dining areas was fantastic. 5 mins away from the little village that has a small supermarket, tabac and fresh meat and bread/pastries. So glad we got some great weather because the pool was fantastic. Good base to explore both coasts or just to chill for the whole day which we did several times. Property has everything you need in way of kitchenware and we also made good use of the barbie as well. Nice and private as well for sitting out at meal times and when using the pool. Cant praise this place enough and am already planning another trip next year

Owner response

Thank you so much Garry for such a brilliant review. We are thrilled that you had such a great time and enjoyed the house, pool and local areas so much. We look forward very much to welcoming you again next year. Sue.