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Family Friendly KESTREL COTTAGE

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4 bedrooms
2 bathrooms
10 guests
Minimum stay varies
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Kestrel Cottage is next door to the main house at the former farm of Le Hamel Roger. Part of the cider barn attached to the house has been renovated to create this spacious and welcoming cottage. With many original features and all modern amenities it's a wonderful place for groups of between 2 and 10 people. It's great for families and we offer lots of extras for young children at no extra cost. Outside the cottage you will discover an acre of garden including quiet places to relax, shady trees (also good for climbing!) seating areas, a BBQ, dining tables and a hill with views across the valley. There are plenty of toys, bats, balls, a big trampoline with safety net, climbing frame, swing set, tyre swing, sand pit and a goal. There is a fully fenced above ground 4.5m swimming pool which ...Kestrel Cottage is next door to the main house at the former farm of Le Hamel Roger. Part of the cider barn attached to the house has been renovated to create this spacious and welcoming cottage. With many original features and all modern amenities it's a wonderful place for groups of between 2 and 10 people. It's great for families and we offer lots of extras for young children at no extra cost. Outside the cottage you will discover an acre of garden including quiet places to relax, shady trees (also good for climbing!) seating areas, a BBQ, dining tables and a hill with views across the valley. There are plenty of toys, bats, balls, a big trampoline with safety net, climbing frame, swing set, tyre swing, sand pit and a goal. There is a fully fenced above ground 4.5m swimming pool which is solar heated from June to September. We put a paddling pool up for the summer so smaller guests can make the most of splashing around while in their depth. There are various 'indoor' places to play too. There is a ping pong table waiting for you in one of our barns. We have our 'dusty barn' (so named because in days gone by it was a hen house and still has the dusty/sandy soft floor) which is perfect for old fashioned imaginative children's play ; there is a traditional school desk, climbing frame, rope swing, dens, all sizes of cars and a tea set, everything you need for an afternoon of mud pies and pretend play! Just next door to the cottage is the upstairs play loft. It's clean and well equipped with toys for all ages & interests. There is table football, air hockey, miniature pool and giant jenga for bigger players. Baby toys, a mini roller coaster, a tent, ride-on toys and ball pit will amuse smaller players. There is a comfy sofa for you to relax when not required to take your turn! This area of Normandy offers so much within easy reach. There are miles of tracks through the countryside and woodland right on our doorstep. Great for walkers, cyclists and nature lovers. There is a big lake with a little sandy beach within half an hour and both coastlines within an hour. The famous Normandy landing beaches are 45 minutes from here and the wonderful Mont St Michel an hour from us in the other direction. There are plenty of attractions, zoos and family theme parks all around us. There are also loads of parks, rivers, water falls & pretty villages to discover so there is lots to do for free. We are so lucky to live in an area of such historical importance. The more recent history with World War II is all around us with lots of sites, museums, experiences and of course the beaches. Going back further we've got William the Conqueror, his castle at Falaise is well worth a visit and of course the tapestry at Bayeux. We live next door with our family. We're happy to help whenever required and it's a pleasure for us to see you enjoying your holiday. We've welcomed lots of 3 generation families, multiple families holidaying together, siblings with their families, big families, small families, bikers, teachers on retreat, guests from all over the world, all kinds of people from all kinds of backgrounds and it's been great! We've been here for 9 years, love being here and love what we do! More
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About the Owner
Angela and Danny S
Languages spoken:English, French
Response Rate:90%
Response Time:Within a few hours
Listed Since:July 2005
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Reviewed 13 August 2019 via mobile

Such a great place to stay .. we were made to feel welcome right from the start and Angie was a total star letting us raid her cupboards for food as we arrived too late for the shops .. the accommodation is top notch and...More

Date of stay: August 2019
Thank janeylemmon
NorthStar398821, VR Owner at Family Friendly KESTREL COTTAGE, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2019

Thank you for taking the time to review us, it's so lovely to read that what we do is appreciated! It was a pleasure to have you as neighbours and we look forward to your next visit.

Reviewed 2 September 2018

We travelled as a group - 2 single mums with 4 kids aged between 5 and 8. It was perfect...better than we expected. Loads of toys and outdoor activities for the kids on site. The attic playroom was gob-smacking! Garden is gorgeous. Hosts could not...More

Date of stay: August 2018
Thank leighnev
NorthStar398821, VR Owner at Family Friendly KESTREL COTTAGE, responded to this reviewResponded 4 September 2018

Many thanks for taking the time to review us. We wish you all the best and hope to welcome you again one day.

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Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

Our kids cried when we left this beautiful place we called home for two blissful weeks. Quiet and beautifully rustic, Kestrel Cottage did not disappoint. Angela, Danny and their family were brilliant hosts and couldn't do enough for us, I doubt we will ever find...More

Date of stay: May 2018
Thank janeys162
NorthStar398821, VR Owner at Family Friendly KESTREL COTTAGE, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2018

Thank you for taking the time to review us, it was a pleasure to have you as neighbours and we look forward to welcoming you again. Happy memories for us too x

Reviewed 4 July 2018

A most enjoyable holiday. We were made to feel most welcome and the family were delightful. The grounds were lovely and enjoyed by all especially the dogs. Our grandson loved the toys especially in the play loft and dusty barn. Lots of places to visit...More

Date of stay: June 2018
Thank Sue H
Management response:Responded 26 July 2018

Thanks for taking the time to review Sue. We wish you all the very best and hope to welcome you again one day.

Reviewed 12 May 2018

There were a lot to see and do in Normandy in general. We liked it very much. Kestrel Cottage is located in very nice and peaceful scenery. The friendly host family lives in the same building than guests but spaces are different, separated by wall....More

Date of stay: July 2016
Thank 6juhanas
Management response:Responded 15 May 2018

I'm pleased that you have lovely memories of beautiful space and the many things that there are to do around here almost two years after your holiday. You seem to have marked us so harshly because of a smell; there is no smell now so...More

Amenities
Pets Allowed: Yes
Smoking Allowed: No
Kid Friendly: Yes
Bachelor/Bachelorette Parties
DVD Player
Suitable For Children Under 5
Shared Outdoor Pool (Heated)
Refrigerator
Washer
Highchair
Towels Provided
There Is A Golf Course Within 30 Mins Drive
Cycling Trips
A Winter Sun Getaway
Hairdryer
TV
Corporate Bookings
Shared Garden
Rural/Countryside Retreats
Linens Provided
There Are Tennis Courts Nearby
Playground
Secure Parking
Horse Riding Nearby
Trampoline
Internet Access
Children's Pool
VCR
Toaster
Swingset
Cooker
Grill
Short Term Rentals (4 Days Or Fewer)
Fishing Nearby
Game Room
Long Term Rentals (Over 1 Month)
Dryer
Dishwasher
Freezer
Cable/satellite TV
Iron
Stereo System
Hiking Trips
Microwave
Ping Pong Table
Wi-Fi
Kettle
Watersports Nearby
House Swap
Fireplace
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Does this holiday rental have a loft?YesNoUnsure
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About the neighbourhood
Right on the doorstep of Kestrel cottage is walking country. There are many route marked walks in the locality suitable for the experienced and novice walker. Maps and details are available in the cottage. The countryside abounds with all manner of flora, fauna, birds and butterflies. There is a wide variety of activities and attractions available within an easy drive of the cottage. You will find the viaduct de ls souleuvre with activities for thrill seekers and a cafe for the watchers! We love the Lac de la Dathée with kayaks to hire, an artificial beach, a 6km path around it, fishing and a big dam. The zoo de Jurques is just up the road . You can go horse riding in the local village. There are family theme parks and adventure parks. There are several swimming pools around us with slide...
How to get there
The nearest port is Ouistreham in Caen. It's a 45 minute toll free drive from the port to the cottage. Brittany Ferries operate the route from Portsmouth, also Poole to Cherbourg which is 90 toll free minutes from here. Le Harve is 90 minutes north of the cottage and served by LD Lines who often have cheaper fares. The boats are smaller and there are some tolls (approx 7 euros each way). Going north you get Dieppe & Bologne before you get to Calais with ferries and the Eurotunnel. We are around 4 hours drive from Calais, it will cost around 20 euros in tolls each way. The autoroutes are normally free flowing but sometimes in August there can be queues at the toll booths. The nearest airports are Rennes and Dinard, we are about 2 hours from each.
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