|Le Clos Castel||Self Catering||Flexible||6||12||6||1 additional childs bed, 2 x Z beds|
Le Clos Castel is an idyllic spot in the Normandy countryside. The large, imposing stone farmhouse sits in over 5 acres and has its own Camping a la ferme in a separate area of the grounds (6 pitches). The farmhouse is a fully renovated, 6 double bedroomed home. If you are looking for a tranquil holiday surrounded by nature then look no further. Walking, cycling, bird watching, creative writing, art and photography are easy in this tranquil spot. The house has its own large private garden and terrace for entertaining, watching the sunset and star gazing in the clear night skies above.
Le Clos Castel has a large kitchen opening out on to the private garden and terrace, the separate dining room will seat 12 in comfort and enjoys a double aspect view to the front and side gardens. It is brilliantly lit by the Normandy sunshine (usually!). The farmhouse kitchen is large and exceptionally good quality, the kitchen has a gas hob and oven. All crockery, cutlery and cooking utensils are in the kitchen along with the large fridge freezer and dishwasher. A washing machine and tumble dryer are supplied.
The large guest lounge is comfortably appointed with sofas, armchairs, side tables, book shelves cabinets, coffee table, a huge open fireplace with wood burner, tv, wi-fi, Xbox 360, dvd home theater, freesat satellite tv for English and French channels, we also have Netflix, prime video, etc if you have membership.
To ensure that everyone is kept happy and enjoys Le Clos Castel to its fullest the separate games room is fully kitted out with another Xbox 360 and plenty of games, DVDs, etc., etc.
The family room contains a separate single bed, whilst two comfortable z-beds are supplied for younger guests who may wish to share a room with Mum and Dad!
Bedroom 1 - Ground floor double bedroom with double Bed, en-suite toilet .
Bedroom 2 - Double bedroom with king size bed, en suite shower room and views over countryside to the side / rear of the property.
Bedroom 3 - Large double-aspect double bedroom suite with king size bed, sofa and private shower room. King size bed can be separated into twin singles. Views to front and side.
Bedroom 4 - Family room with king size bed / twin singles, a single bed and en-suite shower room. Views to front.
Bedroom 5 - Double bedroom with double bed and separate bathroom accessed across the hall. Views to front.
Bedroom 6 - Large double bedroom suite with king size bed, sofa and private luxurious bath room with separate walk-in shower. King size bed can be separated into twin singles. Views to rear over your private garden.
You will have 6 bathrooms in the house. 5 of the bathrooms have a shower in them, two have baths. There is a further toilet in the hall under the stairs.
All bath and hand towels will be provided.
Central heating via radiators in all rooms plus the large open fireplace in the living room fitted with a wood burner. The house will be cool in the summer but warm in the winter, do bring slippers - many of the floors are tiled!
Tv, satellite tv, 2 x Xbox 360, wi-fi (will not reach all around the property due to its size and solid construction), games, books, football with children's goal post, badminton sets.
Le Clos Castel is set in over 5 acres of its own private land, your vacation house has its own private garden (50m x 25m lawn) and terrace. The front of the property is landscaped with mature trees and shrubs and another large lawn.
Your own parking area outside the house, plenty of space for up to 6 cars with other areas available if required.
Families, groups of friends, spiritual groups, artists, writing groups, walkers, cyclists, photographers. Le Clos Castel is not wheelchair accessible although this is an aspiration for the future.
There is a house manual with information written in English and French showing instructions for tv, satellite, internet, washing machine, etc, also contains emergency contact numbers, useful information, tourist information, places to go, etc. There are plenty of places in and around Le Clos Castel for you and your children to explore.
Le Clos Castel is 1 hour from Caen (Ouistreham) and about 45 minutes from Cherbourg. The roads are generally clear with simple routes from the Brittany Ferries terminals at either. All guests booking their ferry and accommodation through Brittany Ferries will benefit from a 20% discount on their crossing.
I'm a British Army Officer, having served for over 26 years now since beginning my career as a Private Soldier always supported by my wife, Carol. We have traveled extensively. I am a keen cyclist (and John O’Groats to Land’s End veteran), ski instructor and Battlefield History student. I have established Le Clos Castel to offer its visitors time to relax, to re-connect with family or nature and find some peace and tranquillity in this non-stop, fast-moving world.
|Year property purchased||2019|
|Why this location?||Le Clos Castel is a fully renovated 20th Century, stone country house, with six bedrooms sleeping up to 12. We are twenty-five minutes drive to the west and north coast beaches; where there are miles and miles of sandy beaches to explore and enjoy.
Based just to the South of a protected national park with stunning views and amazing wildlife I fell in love with Le Clos Castel the moment I saw it. The farmhouse is a solid and imposing stone building finished to a very high standard, with all modern mod-cons. With great transport links it’s close to the D Day beaches, towns and nightlife to enable guests to benefit from the tourist attractions but still enjoy a peaceful stay.
There are local and historical places of interest to visit close by, nature on your doorstep, a perfect place for walkers, cyclists, bikers, or large family groups wanting the peace and quiet that this beautiful part of France has to offer.
|Unique benefits of property||A perfect location for exploring and enjoying the Normandy countryside, quiet but not out of touch, wi-fi and Satellite tv available in the property so you can keep in touch and get your fix of social media. Wonderful gardens and fields for you, your friends, family, and your children to get back in touch with nature, walking, running, cycling directly from the property. Nature on the doorstep, peace, calm and tranquil with perfect dark skies for star gazing. Photography, meditation, and spiritual practice are easy here and you will go home feeling totally refreshed and relaxed. So much to see and do within the area, fresh seafood, local produce easily available from local markets, supermarkets, artisans and producers, a large kitchen with all you will need, large dining area and outside terrace for al-fresco dining & sunset watching.|
There are so many places to go and things to do within a short distance of Le Clos Castel. The D-Day landing beaches of the north coast are within 25-40 minutes by car, the beautiful west coast beaches are within 20 minutes drive. There are many natural parks, historic houses, abbeys, sand yachting, horse riding, golf, fishing, walking, running, cycling, bird watching all available from Le Clos Castel’s doorstep, or you can chill out in the tranquillity of the house and grounds. Enjoy the wonderful local cuisines, cheeses seafood, wine and cider, oysters a local speciality.
Château Guillaume Le Conquérant (William the Conqueror's Castle): despite the name, the vast castle you see today was developed for the Anglo-French kings of England in the 12th century, then further extended in the 13th for French royals. It has been magnificently restored in recent years and the tour makes the most of modern technology to recreate the castle’s illustrious past and bring courtly life back to life. Well worth a visit.
Paratroopers rained down on this Norman village as D-Day operations began in June 1944 to liberate Europe from German occupation. Famously, American soldier John Steele was left dangling from the medieval church as his parachute got caught on its tower.
An amazing armada of Allied troops, British, American, Canadian and more landed on Normandy’s beaches on 6th June 1944 to begin the liberation of Europe from years of Nazi occupation. The five beaches; Sword, Juno, Gold, Omaha and Utah are all within easy reach.
The Benedictine Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel is one of the most remarkable examples of mediaeval religious and military architecture and was one of Christianity's most important pilgrimage sites from the 8th to the 18th century. The Abbey comprises a superb ensemble of clerical buildings including the abbey church, the cloister, the refectory, the monks' ambulatory and the gardens of what has been known as the "Merveille" (Marvel) since the 12th century. In summer, the Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel is best seen in all its splendour after sunset during the special “sons et lumières" shows. Designated world heritage site by UNESCO.
Open: 2nd May to 31st August: from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. 1st September to 30th April: from 9.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Last admission 1 hr before closing time. Closed: 1st January, 1st May and 25 December.
A unique artefact of its kind, the Bayeux Tapestry is an embroidery of wool yarn on woven linen, made in the 11th Century. It is 70 metres long and 50 centimetres high, and recounts the tale of the conquest of England on 14th October 1066, led by William the Conqueror, the Duke of Normandy. Remarkably well preserved, the Bayeux Tapestry features on UNESCO's "Memories of the World" Register.
Monet’s house and gardens in Giverny are well worth a visit. You can see the water lilies that inspired the painter and stroll through the stunning gardens that were Monet’s muse for so many of his well-known pieces of artwork.
Fabulous French Zoo to visit with plenty of room for animals to roam. Loads of penguins and children (and adults) can visit the animal petting zoo... 55 minutes by car (60 km South of Raids). http://www.zoo-champrepus.com/en/the-zoo/
Lots of rides (from gentle to thrilling), a full day's entertainment for the whole family. A brilliant outing and only an hour from Le Clos Castel (85 km on the outskirts of Caen). https://festyland.com/discover-festyland/