The Saint Martin's Farm

normandy, france
4 bedroom - 2 bath
(1 review)
Travel dates:
€180 - €220 per night (EUR)
excludes K&C fee and cleaning charges
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  • Air Conditioning
  • Baby Bath
  • Baby Monitor
  • Babysitter / Nanny
  • Backyard / Garden
  • Balcony
  • Bathtub
  • Bed Rails
  • Bicycles
  • Cabinet Locks
  • Changing Table
  • Chef / Catering
  • Children's Dinnerware
  • Corner Guards
  • DVD Library
  • DVD Player
  • Dishwasher
  • Elevator
  • Fireplace Guards
  • Game Console
  • High Chair
  • Housekeeper
  • Outlet Plugs
  • Parking
  • Pet-friendly
  • Pool
  • Pool Gate
  • Stair Gates
  • Television
  • Toys / Children's Books
  • Washer / Dryer
  • Wifi
  • Window Guards
Bedding
SLEEPS 12
4 queen
1 sofa bed (double)
1 bunk bed

Perks for the Parents

Surrounded by a fragrant garden of lavender and roses, this ancient barn is filled with quirky charm and beautiful decor, and is an easy ride from D-Day Beaches, Mont Saint Michel, Caen and Bayeux. It is an ideal setting for reunions or long weekends. There are many outdoor and indoor activities for kids on site: soccer, ping pong, petanque, trampoline, tennis, and, a swimming pool in the main town. Parents can enjoy the 5 star kitchen or gourmet food at local restaurants, and a drink around the fireplace or at the firepit. The estate also includes an old cider press, a barn, an old stable, and a play room with game tables and horseback riding equipment.

Why Kids Love it

The beautiful garden around the house is an fun place for children of all ages to explore. They will particularly love the trampoline, the soccer goal, the animals (horses, sheep, and a donkey), and the tennis and swimming pool in the nearby town. It is also a great place to learn how to ride a bike (but bring your own bike). Inside there are many books in French and some in English, plus board games and equipment for all sorts of hands on activities, including drawing, painting and sewing. Nearby attractions include go karting, 20 minutes away, and horseback riding in the English style.

Things to Know

Minimum stay: 2 nights. This property is an old house - although a lot of care is taken to clean the outdoors, there might be old, rusted, crooked, or bent things on the ground. Guests should never walk barefoot outside, and should not enter buildings where work is ongoing. Access to the estate is by car. Parking available for up to 10 cars. No stair gates. Parents with young kids will need to bring a travel crib and high chair.

About the Location

The house is in the Bocage Normand countryside of Normandy, around 20 minutes from Caen. The area is known for its beautiful and serene landscape. The house is centrally located. It is 50 minutes from Mont-Saint Michel, and 30 minutes from Bayeux. The main town has restaurants, a supermarket, traditional bakeries and a butcher’s shop. The closest airport and train station is Caen.

Accommodation Details

This French farmhouse has a cozy and large living room room and dining room, both with fireplace, and a large kitchen on the ground floor, plus a bedroom with a queensize sofa bed. The upper floor has 3 bedrooms with queensize beds and 1 bedroom with a queensize bed and bunkbeds. There are 2 bathrooms with bath and shower. It is surrounded by gardens with rose and lavender bushes, play spaces and a trampoline.

Style Notes

Countryside chic. The house is a haven for a well travelled family, with a well preserved history plus emerging and local artists enlivening the decor. The large living and dining areas are decorated in a French country style mixed with art from Africa, Asia and 19th century printings of Jerusalem. Fireplaces in both rooms hold a collection of cameras and irons collected in the house over the years. In the living areas, local artwork includes a giant photograph on metal from fashion photographer Cecile Guyenne, ceramics from Annette Boyer, watercolors by painter Philippe Leray, and Ibride trays inspired by old fashioned portraits. Each bedroom is decorated with a different theme: farm meets industrial, birds and garden, architecture and writing, 19th century fashion, and old school.

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Florence P.
Member since March 21, 2014

1 review

Kat D.
Visited in June 2016
Not only is this property and grounds gorgeous, it has a wonderful history that adds to any Normandy experience. The home was comfortable and felt very "French." My kids loved playing games in the house, running around outside, jumping on the trampoline, and petting the horse in the pasture nearby. Away from the farm, Florence had great notebook on site with recommendations about what to do around the area.

Normandy, France

Dramatic beaches and delicious crepes

Whether you're walking the dramatic cliffs and beaches at Etretat, waiting for the tide to go out to visit the original Disney castle, Mont St Michel, or browsing local markets for delicious cheeses and organic food, Normany has plenty to recommend it. There are history lessons to be had on the D-Day landings beaches, along with the Bayeux Tapestry and the William the Conqueror trail, and for a splash of glamour, the Musée Dior in Granville is an interesting stop. Finally, make like a local by eating crepes overlooking Honfleur's pretty harbor.