Vacation rentals in France (farms, cottages, gites, apartments)
Review 3554: Le Pont D'Albart, les Hirondelles
Farmhouse and cottages on an estate near Bricquebec, Normandy
5/30/2008 - 6/6/2008, 1 week
Located near St. Jacques de Nehou a couple of miles off the main road between Bricquebec and St Saveur de Vicomte, Le Pont D'Albart is situated in the middle of the country down its own private road. There are three adjoined cottages and a separate farmhouse. The place has its own heated pool and sits opposite a lovely boating lake.
The owners live on site but are situated at a sufficient distance that this becomes an advantage rather than an encumbrance as they are very helpful when needed.
When we stayed there 30/5/2008 - 6/6/2008 the place was incredibly peaceful and relaxing.
We found that being equidistant from either coast and a not far from Cherbourg it gave us a great opportunity to explore la Manche.
The nearest shop is about a mile up the road in St Jacques de Nehou, they have a small local bakery and basic provisions. Restaurants are further away in St Saveur and Bricquebec. We went to the markets, which seemed to be on every day in loads of the local towns.
The place has its own games room with table tennis table and small snooker table as well as toys for the little ones.
The place is an ex hunting lodge and has been totally refurbished, in the house we stayed in (les Hirondelles) the floors are tiled downstairs and wooden upstairs meaning cleaning is easy and the place stays cool. They've done it out really nicely with plenty of open space for a family of four like ours. Downstairs is a living area with TV, next to that is the kitchen dining room with a small but adequate kitchen with washer and an adjoining dining area. Upstairs there are two bedrooms one double bed and the other with three singles. Additionally there is a nicely kitted out bathroom, again finished in wood.
There are private gardens at the rear for each property with wash line, barbecue and outdoor furniture and a small lawn.
Adjacent to our property there was the shared pool.
We had it to ourselves for most of the time so it was brilliant just to be able to walk out of the front door to swim.
In June, the weather had only just heated up enough for the pool to be usable so the first couple of dips were a bit chilly but by the end of our stay it was up to 24 degrees, again the owners were incredibly helpful with this.
The place has only been done up relatively recently so the furniture is good chairs comfortable and nice warm throws over the couches.
The place is lovely and clean and easy to keep so.
Again the beds and bedroom furniture is all relatively new and so in good condition and very comfortable, the bathroom was again lovely and clean and fine for our use.
The kitchen was small with a four ring gas cooker and oven and a microwave. We ate in most nights and it served us adequately. There were enough pots and pans to handle most of our culinary endeavours (limited as they were). There is no dishwasher so the crockery is adequate for the job.
Problems or Bonuses
With kids we had hoped for a DVD player but there wasn't one initially. However the owners sorted that out for us straight away, also we had access to CBBC and CBeebies so that kept the children happy. There also a trampoline and a climbing frame in the nearest field so again good for the kids and so good for us.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
We didn't use an agency but booked direct with the owners. They speak English (and cater for an English clientele). They were great and responded quickly.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
We would definitely stay again. The place is a little oasis in the middle of la Manche and a great get away with pool and lake and really nice comfortable relaxing environment.
There's very little more you could ask for in a holiday rental. The only things that we have encountered at more expensive places are dishwashers, accordingly more crockery and cutlery and WiFi.
Things to do in this area
Cite de la Mer at Cherbourg is exceptional as too was Bayeux and the tapestry. The beaches particularly on the west coast were lovely (check out Sciotot) and the market in Bricquebec was great.
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