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Rates from:
761.00 GBP

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  • La Mare Chappey- Puddleduck Image 1
    La Mare Chappey- Puddleduck Image 1
  • Hot Tub and Deck
    Hot Tub and Deck
  • Puddleduck Kitchen
    Puddleduck Kitchen
  • Bouncy Castle
    Bouncy Castle
  • Toddler Corner in the indoor play house
    Toddler Corner in the indoor play house
  • Master Bedroom
    Master Bedroom
  • Activity Barn
    Activity Barn
  • Courtyard
    Courtyard
  • Puddleduck Twin
    Puddleduck Twin
  • Dining Area
    Dining Area
  • Inside Courtyard Bistro
    Inside Courtyard Bistro
  • Play Park
    Play Park
  • Time to relax
    Time to relax
  • Our Local Beach
    Our Local Beach
  • Football Pitch
    Football Pitch
  • La Mare Chappey- Puddleduck Image 16
    La Mare Chappey- Puddleduck Image 16
  • Courtyard Bistro
    Courtyard Bistro
  • Local Village
    Local Village
  • Country walk down our lane
    Country walk down our lane
  • Coach Wagon
    Coach Wagon
  • See- Saw
    See- Saw
  • Courtyard
    Courtyard
  • La Mare Chappey- Puddleduck Image 23
    La Mare Chappey- Puddleduck Image 23

La Mare Chappey- Puddleduck

Normandy, France

Per week

from 761.00 to 1466.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Audrey Parker

Member since Nov 2009
  • Bookings Accepted:90.48%
  • Avg. Response Time:9 minutes
  • Availability Updated:19 days 1 hour

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BFB's Overview

Just a hop and a skip across the channel this beautiful 16th century Normandy towered manoir and its cluster of pretty cottages is perfect for a low-stress overseas holiday. A mere 25 minutes drive from the port of Cherbourg, La Mare Chappey's Bumpkin and Puddle cottages manage to be the perfect blend of style, luxury and family-friendly practicality. Bumpkin has two bedrooms, whilst Puddle Cottage has three, but both boast spacious open plan lounges, two shower rooms each (baby baths provided although babies who can sit unaided often enjoy sitting and splashing in the deep shower trays) and modern, well equipped kitchens. It should be said though that kitchens are rarely used since there are delicious breakfasts and dinners on offer in the manoir's bistro, which is also a nice place to enjoy a evening drink and is used by guests renting rooms in main house on a B&B basis.

The Parker family and their friendly dog (Beany) moved here from the UK just a few years ago and set about creating the perfect escape for families in need of a relaxing and indulgent break away from home. Along with a comprehensive list of baby and toddler gear (see below), there's a heated outdoor pool (fenced), a hot tub, a lovely new indoor play area with games for ages from ball pools to basketball, and five acres of beautiful grounds to explore. The picturesque local village with its friendly bar and grocery store (great baguettes and croissants!) is just short stroll away, whilst a couple of busier towns and number of Blue Flag beaches are within 5-15mins drive.

The interiors of both cottages are newly decorated and have been given a fresh, bright, country chic feel blending the original thick stone Normandy walls, wooden floor boards and oak beamed ceilings with contemporary shaker-style kitchens (dishwashers, microwaves, toasters, kettle etc.), metal and wooden bedsteads, and comfortable sofas and chaise lounges. Each property has a TV with English channels (including Cbeebies), DVD player, music centre and internet access point for those who can't leave the outside work behind.

Please note: In August there is a 14 night stay minimum required on all stays.

Location Information

Be warned, a holiday at La Mare Chappey is truly a holiday for everyone and the fact that parents can simply relax, with the knowledge that the little ones are happy with so much onsite to play with and explore, plus a delicious meal will be made for you at the end of the day, can make it very very difficult to leave either to explore or to go home! However, for those who can tear themselves away, there are a selection of fun activities for little ones within a hour’s drive including the 'La Ville Enchante", which is great for younger children and close to Mont St Michel (50kms), and La Cite de la Mer - a sophisticated aquarium near Cherbourg (50kms) and a large Zoo with soft play and bouncy castles, near Granville (20kms). The picturesque fortified town of Granville with its pretty buildings, seafood bistros and seaside health spa is well worth a visit itself.


Along with the Bistro at La Mare Chappey, there are a wide selection of bars, restaurants and shops within a 7km radius, along with facilities for golf, fishing, cycling, canoeing, horse-riding and watersports, which are a little further afield at 15kms.

The nearest port is Cherbourg (25mins), whilst Caen is within an hour; Le Havre is around 2.5hrs away and Calais about 4.5hrs. Paris is just 2.5hrs by train and flights from the UK to Cherbourg are offered by flybe.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 17:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: GBP200.00

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 17:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: GBP200.00

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Late Availability Discount

Unlet dates within 7 days are discounted by £423.50

Rates

31 Mar - 19 May 2017 : £761 /week20 May - 30 Jun 2017 : £1024 /week1 Jul - 1 Sep 2017 : £1466 /week2 Sep - 23 Sep 2017 : £1024 /week29 Sep - 2 Nov 2017 : £761 /week31 Mar - 19 May 2017 : €898.0561 /week20 May - 30 Jun 2017 : €1208.422 /week1 Jul - 1 Sep 2017 : €1730.026 /week2 Sep - 23 Sep 2017 : €1208.422 /week29 Sep - 2 Nov 2017 : €898.0561 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 17:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: GBP200.00

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Late Availability Discount

Unlet dates within 7 days are discounted by £423.50

Who owns this place?

Fast Facts

sleeps 6 adults+ infants in a double & 2 twins

Coast Within 30 minutes driving distance

a selection of Blue Flag beaches are within 15 minutes drive

Amenities within Walking Distance

Short walk to local village.

Any Pool

The outdoor heated swimming pool(May-Sept) has lots of fun inflatable’s for the children and separate deluxe hot-tub area for adults with a furnished wooden-decked terrace area for relaxing in the sun. French regulations ensure that it is extremely safe for children with fencing, child safety gates and life-saving equipment to prevent any mishaps.

Indoor Play Area

The new indoor play area has a mini climbing frame, slide, Tunnel, Play house, Trampoline, ball pit & balls, push toys & trikes. Also for older children air hockey, table football, table tennis, fun duo basket ball,

Babysitting

Babysitting may be pre-booked in advance

Nursery Gear (additional)

Travel cots, highchair, stair gates, baby baths, baby monitors, plastic cups, plates, bowls, cutlery, hand blender, changing mat, potty, child toilet seat and step, mattress protectors, cot linen including mattress protector, cot sheets, blanket, are all available.

Indoor Toys / Games Room

A selection of baby/toddler toys, books and DVD are available in the cottages

Meal Delivery / Room Service

A great pre-arrival shopping service is available. Home-made three or four course meals from the Manoir's Courtyard bistro can be served in the cottages.

Outdoor Toys

Baby Swings, general swings, toddler slide, general slides, climbing frames, see saw, sand pit, Trampoline, and paddling pools are all on site. Also, for older children and adults there is a football field with full size nets, supervised Archery three times a week, basketball and boules pitch.

Onsite Restaurant

The Manoir's Courtyard Bistro offers everything from an ice-cold draught beer from the well-stocked bar, to children's snacks or home-made three or four course meal in relaxing surroundings or served in your own cottage.

Stairgates / no stairs

Stairgates are provided.

Private Garden / Terrace / Balcony

There is a private terrace.

Wifi / Cable Internet Access

There is internet connection.

Friendly Animals

The manoir's five acres of rolling grounds - home to a menagerie of local wildlife together with a charming collection of chickens & ducks. These are kept in a fenced area near to the rive, which is all safely fenced.

Golf

There is a golf course nearby.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

There are multiple cots and highchairs.

Reviews

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  • We had a fantastic stay at Puddleduck. The cottages and the setting were lovely. The location was good - for a first trip abroad with our toddler we wanted somewhere close to the ferry to avoid long drives, and La Mare Chappey was really convenient. Audrey was a really helpful host and made us very welcome. But the really stand-out thing for us was the quality and range of the facilities for children, which were fantastic. With so much to do, and so much space, I can't imagine finding better. Thanks for a lovely holiday!Review dated 14/06/2014

  • Lots for toddlers to do at the Gite (my two loved the trampoline and the bouncy castle) and a lovely sandy beach only 20 mins drive away ! What more could you want !Review dated 28/06/2012

  • We were able to relax for once as our children were contained and safe and there was loads for them to do. We would definitely come back, and recommend it to friends.Review dated 03/08/2010

  • We were able to relax for once as our children were contained and safe and there was loads for them to do. We would definitely come back, and recommend it to friends. Overall rating: Excellent!Review dated 11/08/2010

  • We originally requested one of the cottages, but all were booked up. Instead we took one of the rooms in the tower (B&B) which was comfortable and very clean, and with the use of a lounge downstairs we were able to escape for a glass or two of wine whilst our son slept peacefully in the room. Audrey and Geoff were lovely hosts, being extremely helpful in suggesting things to do and see during a rather wet week in August. We would definitely go back there: easy to get to, clean, friendly, plenty for kids to do even on rainy days!Review dated 03/11/2009

  • Audrey the owner is so friendly and helpful - we had a problem with our shower not draining properly and the sky dish not working properly and they fixed them very promptly. The three course meals she cooked for us and brought to our cottage were scrumptious - my cooking seemed rather bland at home afterwards!Review dated 03/11/2009

  • A fantastic family holiday, lots for the children to do. Beach only 20mins away! Audrey's hospitality was excellent!Review dated 03/11/2009

  • Audrey made us feel very welcome. The cottage and facilities were perfect for my 2 young children. We used the bistro a couple of times where Audrey brought food over - very nice!Review dated 03/11/2009

  • We had a lovely holiday and the kids loved the play room, the play equipment and the chickens. The only areas we think could be improved would be providing a bath (rather than a baby bath - a bit difficult for a 3 year old to fit into), a toddler friendly swimming pool and information in the gite including how to work the appliances and giving some guidance to local attractionsReview dated 03/11/2009

  • We had such a super holiday. Geoff and Audrey are super hosts. The accomodation was flawless and facilities for children second to none.Lots of lovely beaches and facilities within a few miles, too. Can't recommend enoughReview dated 03/11/2009

We had a fantastic stay at Puddleduck. The cottages and the setting were lovely. The location was good - for a first trip abroad with our toddler we wanted somewhere close to the ferry to avoid long drives, and La Mare Chappey was really convenient. Audrey was a really helpful host and made us very welcome. But the really stand-out thing for us was the quality and range of the facilities for children, which were fantastic. With so much to do, and so much space, I can't imagine finding better. Thanks for a lovely holiday!

Lots for toddlers to do at the Gite (my two loved the trampoline and the bouncy castle) and a lovely sandy beach only 20 mins drive away ! What more could you want !

We were able to relax for once as our children were contained and safe and there was loads for them to do. We would definitely come back, and recommend it to friends.

We were able to relax for once as our children were contained and safe and there was loads for them to do. We would definitely come back, and recommend it to friends. Overall rating: Excellent!

We originally requested one of the cottages, but all were booked up. Instead we took one of the rooms in the tower (B&B) which was comfortable and very clean, and with the use of a lounge downstairs we were able to escape for a glass or two of wine whilst our son slept peacefully in the room. Audrey and Geoff were lovely hosts, being extremely helpful in suggesting things to do and see during a rather wet week in August. We would definitely go back there: easy to get to, clean, friendly, plenty for kids to do even on rainy days!

Audrey the owner is so friendly and helpful - we had a problem with our shower not draining properly and the sky dish not working properly and they fixed them very promptly. The three course meals she cooked for us and brought to our cottage were scrumptious - my cooking seemed rather bland at home afterwards!

A fantastic family holiday, lots for the children to do. Beach only 20mins away! Audrey's hospitality was excellent!

Audrey made us feel very welcome. The cottage and facilities were perfect for my 2 young children. We used the bistro a couple of times where Audrey brought food over - very nice!

We had a lovely holiday and the kids loved the play room, the play equipment and the chickens. The only areas we think could be improved would be providing a bath (rather than a baby bath - a bit difficult for a 3 year old to fit into), a toddler friendly swimming pool and information in the gite including how to work the appliances and giving some guidance to local attractions

We had such a super holiday. Geoff and Audrey are super hosts. The accomodation was flawless and facilities for children second to none.Lots of lovely beaches and facilities within a few miles, too. Can't recommend enough

Parent Rated*

4/5
  • Overall Experience
  • Child-Friendliness
  • Location
  • Hospitality / Welcome
  • Interiors

*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 7 guests.



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