Bedrooms 4, Sleeps 12, Ratings 2 9.8/10
This location has multiple holiday properties
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Balbouet is one of 3 gites within the historic Normandy estate of Haras du Gazon, making it suitable for both large parties and celebrations. The other gites are called Alme and Double Espoir.
Balbouet is hidden away in the heart of rural Normandy, yet easy to reach: immerse yourself in the fabulous French countryside at the Haras du Gazon, only 45 minutes drive from the bustling Channel port at Caen, and less than 3 hours from Paris airport (Charles de Gaulle). Ideal for those who prefer the tranquillity of ‘la terre’ (countryside) to the Tourist buzz of ‘la mer’ (the coastline), basing yourself in this privileged position in the geographical heart and centre of the region, allows you to make interesting day trips to all of the famous sights and discover the varied scenery of this ancient French province, just across the English Channel.
Baloubet sleeps up to 8 guests: 2 en suite double bedrooms and one bedroom with 4 single beds with toilet and shower. Cot and baby equipment available if required. Modern kitchen, washing machine, dishwasher, 2 tvs and dvd players. Gas central heating, broadband internet.
First, make yourself at home in the stylish gites/self-catering apartments and enjoy the glorious rural setting. Then take in the stunning grounds, gardens, shared swimming pool and tennis courts of this fabulous, historic Normandy countryside estate. Later on you can then venture further afield to explore the renowned sites of the region.
A curving oak staircase takes you up to the first level and living area. This is a spectacular, stylish living space with a balcony overlooking the lake and fields and featuring a mezzanine floor high above in the oak beams. An open plan modern kitchen with flagstone tiles and dining area merge with comfortable sofas and armchairs on polished wooden floors to create a lovely light space for dining, relaxing or watching tv/dvds.
The living area extends onto the balcony overlooking the lake. Table and chairs allow you to enjoy breakfast in the morning sunshine or watch the sun go down with an aperitif in the evening. Two large carpeted double bedrooms are also on this level, each with a view. The 2 big windows in the green bedroom overlook the formal parterre. Or draw back the silk curtains and shutters of the yellow bedroom to look over the outer courtyard and fields. Both rooms feature sleigh beds and solid wood furniture. Large, light shower rooms/toilets are en suite.
A flight of wooden stairs take you up to the top level, featuring a mezzanine gallery and a generous sized bedroom with 4 large single beds. Another tv and dvd player and a further shower room and toilet complete this oak beamed additional living space.
With all of the elements for a very special holiday destination; the rich variety of culture and tradition to high energy activities, or just plain indulgence in cuisine and spa days, one visit to Haras du Gazon might not be enough!
Modern kitchen, washing machine and dishwasher.
Comfortable sofas and armchairs on polished wooden floors to create a lovely light space for dining, relaxing or watching tv/dvds.
Two double bedrooms on the first level featuring sleigh beds and solid wood furniture. Both have en suite shower rooms/toilets.
Up the wooden staircase takes you to the mezzanine gallery and a generous sized bedroom with 4 large single beds.
The double rooms have en suite shower rooms/toilets. Up the wooden stairs to the top level is another shower room and toilet.
Satellite tv both French and English, dvd player and gamesroom.
Shared formal gardens, bbq, private lake, swimming pool and 2 tennis courts.
Avaliable parking and free.
Gite Alme has stairs and no lifts making it not suitable for persons of limited mobility. Le Haras du Gazon is a working farm with a lake, stream and water gardens, therefore children must be supervised at all times.
Evening boat cruise on nearby Rabodanges Lake with wonderful candlelit dinner on board.
Experience for yourself the perfect light shining on the countryside and the charming coastal 19th Century seaside resorts of Cabourg and Trouville, which inspired the artistic traditions of the Impressionists.
Hire canoes or kayaks for an hour or 2 or perhaps take half a days descent down the Orne river from Thury-Harcourt or Clecy.
Drawn by Percheron horses through the Grimbosq forest.
Visit the Chateau de Falaise – medieval castle and birth place of William the Conqueror. Tour on your own with digital tablets which display the rooms in augmented reality.
'Route de La Suisse Normande' - starting at nearby Falaise and taking in the local beauty spots and natural heritage of this region on a sign posted easy 75km route just to the west of the Haras. You could perhaps take a break by Culey Le Patry and hire a donkey or 2 for a walk through the forest. This is great fun for all ages - the quiet Cotentin donkeys will carry a picnic and even small children as well!
Cooking class – at Le Petit Chef in Caen – private for 2 or more with subject of your choice or join a (French speaking) class. Children’s classes also available.
Slip from one world to another in the space of a few hours and strike out north to the coast for a day to visit the ‘coastal Heroes’ the D-day landing beaches. Here the site of probably the most important military operation of all time took place. Superbly presented museums and many expert guides can bring to life the momentous event that took place on the peaceful shorelines you will see today, culminating into an emotional as well as an educational experience for both young and old.
Theme park Festyland near Caen – about 30 Viking, dinosaur and pirate themed rides.
You can indulge in the delicious, rich local cuisine then balance this up with getting active in the varied landscapes just to the south are the vast forests of the Normandie-Maine Parc Naturel, and the timeless tranquillity of the windmills and Manor Houses of the Perche Region. To the west is the ‘Suisse Normande’- where you can embrace your spirit of adventure- hiking, mountain biking, tree walking, zip lining and even bungee-jumping.
Nearby Garcelles and Clecy.
Wherever you go you will find links with the past as you see all of the lovingly maintained monuments through the ages. From Neolithic forts, the standing stones of the Celts, the remains of Roman towns, Viking camps, the abbeys, the castles and cathedrals of the middle ages, to the UNESCO World heritage site post war architecture of Le Havre.
Many stables in the region offer guided hacks for all levels either through the forests of the Suisse Normande or on the beach up at the Channel coast.
Indulge in the famous ‘grande cuisine’ of Normandy on the way and buy the freshest produce from markets and farm, make a stop at the good value bistros and brasseries or visit some of the best restaurants in Provincial France.
Visit the fabulous Musee Malraux in Le Havre. Monet painted his ‘Impression Soleil Levant’ from a position just in front of the museum’s site.
Haras du Pin – National Horse stud built in 17th century. Open every day but the best time to visit is on Thursday afternoons in the summer where there is a parade to music of some of the best horses.
Local circular 10km walk/cycle starting at our gates and following the quiet country lanes and greenways: 'Route des Haras'- passing by our neighbour, the famous thoroughbred horse stud: Fresnay-Le-Buffard. Cycle ride or hike on greenways (no motorised traffic) along the Veloroute Cote Fleurie Pays d'Auge: section 'Mezidon Canon a Lisores': a beautiful broad track along the La Vie river valley passing by half-timbered manor houses, apple orchards and herds of spotted Normande cows.
'La Route des Saveurs' a drive of discovery of the lovely Pays d' Auge, taking in the Ville de Charme of historic Orbec with its famous 'Au Caneton' restarant, St Pierre Sur Dives with its Monday market in the medieval hall: a Marché Traditionnel reserved for local producers of eggs cheese, cream honey and organic vegetables and Livarot with the fabulous (multilingual) tour of the Graindorge Cheese factory where you can see local cheeses being made.
Quad bike rambling for the family at the EIA circuit near Pont l’Eveque.
Then perhaps find time to pamper yourself for a day at the spas. The Thermal and Thalasso Therapies (Famous in France) are available along the coast from Dieppe to St-Luc-Sur-Mer and inland at Bagnoles de l’Orne.
The 3 Castle circular bike ride or car trip (46km) around Mortree visiting Chateau de Sassy, Chateau de Medavy, Chateau d’O and the Ancienne Abbatiale de Ste Opportune at Almeneches.
Visit the only vineyard in Normandy – Les Arpents du Soleil near St Pierre-sur-Dives which produces small quantities of quality wine.
We, a large family group with ages ranging from 3 to 80, had a wonderful week staying at Haras du Gazon, in gites Baloubet, Cor de la Brière and Double Espoir. There was something for everyone. The younger ones loved visiting the horses and made good use of the games room and the swimming pool. Others played tennis, cycled or walked along quiet lanes with verges full of wildflowers, played boules or sat in the sun on Balobet’s balcony watching the swans on the lake. The kitchens are very well-equipped so cooking and eating were a pleasure. The living room of Double Espoir was easily large enough for our group of 22 to sit and eat together, and to entertain ourselves in the evening. Favourite excursions were to the castle in Falaise, to Bayeux and to the Chateau de Vendeurve, as well as to markets and the inevitable hypermarket. Our hosts, Ann and Tim, were most welcoming and helpful. All three gîtes are spacious, comfortable and maintained to a very high standard.
Bedrooms 4, Sleeps 12, Ratings 2 9.8/10
Bedrooms 4, Sleeps 11, Ratings 1 10/10