Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 8, Ratings 2 10/10
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|Gite Double Espoir||Self Catering||Flexible||4||11||4||Five children can sleep in childrens room|
Double Espoir 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 Baloubet and Alme. Gite Double Espoir can sleep 6 adults and 5 children.
Double Espoir 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.
Walk through the walled garden and along the gravel path which leads to the front door of Gite Double Espoir. A small, paved, outdoor dining setting next to the entrance extends the open-plan living, kitchen and formal dining area into the Haras gardens – ideal for entertaining.
Inside, flagstone floors and oak beams overhead are typical of the local traditional farmhouses, while plenty of comfortable armchairs and sofas bring it up to date for relaxing and watching tv (French and English satellite channels) and dvds or browsing the floor to ceiling bookshelves, packed with interesting reading.
A well-equipped kitchen (including dishwasher and washing machine) overlooks the garden. Oil central heating and broadband internet access are provided.
There is more living space upstairs on the second floor where the bedrooms lead off the large landing. The master bedroom is a large, light room, taking pride of place at the top end of the corridor. A queen sized sleigh bed and solid wooden furniture still leave plenty of extra room for the sofa bed and en suite bathroom.
The 2 other double en suite bedrooms both have wonderful views over the rose garden, fields and the village church in the distance, while the children’s bedroom at the other end of the hallway is also en suite, has 2 double bunk beds and a large single bed, plus a wall-mounted flat-screen tv and dvd.
Double Espoir offers around 250 square metres of living space in total and can accommodate 6 adults and 5 children – with an additional sofabed for one extra in the master bedroom.
Cot and baby equipment can be provided if required.
Open plan kitchen and formal dining area. The kitchen is well equipped with dishwasher and washing machine.
Plenty of comfortable armchairs and sofas making it a perfect place to relax and watch tv.
Four bedrooms: Three double with en suite bathrooms and one children's room also en suite with 2 double bunk beds and a single beds. Sleeping 6 adults and 5 children.
Four bathrooms in total.
Oil central heating.
French and English satellite channels and dvds or browse the floor to ceiling bookshelves packed with interesting reading. Broadband internet access is available.
Walled garden and outdoor dining. Shared formal gardens, bbq, private lake, swimming pool and 2 tennis courts.
Private parking area.
250 square metres of space that can accomodate 6 adults and 5 children.
Cot and baby equipment can be provided if required.
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.
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