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La Vieille Abbaye (Exclusive Use)

Brittany, France

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The Owner / Manager

Kate Le Moigne

Member since Oct 2009
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
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  • Availability Updated:9 days 15 hours

BFB's Overview

'La Vieille Abbaye' might once have been the site chosen by local monks for their abbey but a recent careful and luxurious renovation by its Anglo-French owners and Stephane and Kate Le Moigne, who live on site with their young family, has made it a place both parents and their offspring will find truly worship-worthy!

The setting alone is stunning being a 600 acre dairy farm with beautiful rural views and neighbourhood Friesians almost as far as the eye can see, but it’s the attention to detail in the interiors, facilities and services that really make the Abbaye a truly special find. The interiors are a pretty yet elegant blend of Scandinavian country chic and pretty French antiques, whilst the truly huge list of baby gear (see grey table below) guarantees stress-free packing for parents.

The gite can be rented by the floor or all together as one large house. All bedrooms are ensuite with a double and sofa bed on the ground floor, two bedrooms on the first floor (one with king-sized double and single, and one with double and single) and a further two on the second floor including a twin with additional double trundle bed, and a double with an extra single. Each bedroom is beautifully decorated in romantic, contemporary country-chic style with canopied beds and glamorous free-standing baths in two rooms, showers in the others. The ground floor lounge/kitchen/dining room is a huge open plan space with plenty of comfortable seating, a dining table for six, breakfast bar seating for 2-4 and French doors to a large outdoor dining terrace. The kitchen is exceptionally well equipped with everything from hob, over, frideg freezer, microwave dishwasher and washer dryer to filter coffee maker, Magimix and hand blender. All rooms have sateillite TV with DVD/CD player and there's a PlayStation 2 plus a library of games, DVDs, CDs, Books, puzzles and board games. However, its fair to say that with a fantastic array of play areas, swings, slides, play houses, soft play, trampoline, ride-ons, farmyard friends and tractor rides on request, it is highly unlikely mini guests will be spending much time indoors other than to sleep!

Location Information

Situated on the edge of the rural village of Barbery, Le Vieille Abbaye is 4km from the nearest town of Bretteville sur Laize, with its selection of shops and weekly street market. Beautiful Swiss Normande, with its stunning scenery and charming riverside restaurants is around 15mins drive away. Caen city is about 25mins drive north and offers a wealth of shops, architecture, culture and a buzzing nightlife. The Normandy landing beaches are around 30 minutes away, as is the ferry port of Ouistreham, whilst the Loire Valley and Paris are within 1-2hrs drive.

There is a public pool 11km away in Thury Harcourt and a big Aquatic Centre Falaise (20kms). Within 20 minutes drive, is Festyland attraction park, Ouga Ouga a 1200m2 indoor play centre and Clecy miniature railway. A 30 minute drive will get you to Le Val de Scimes climbing park for all ages, Girafou indoor play area/ball pool/slides etc for 2 - 12 year olds and the Zoo de Jurques. Deauville is about 45 minutes drive - a great beach for little ones and fab shopping for Mum!

Transport Links: Nearest Airport : Caen (20mins), Deauville (45mins)/ Nearest Ferry : Caen/Ouistreham at 15 Miles/Nearest Train : Caen at 12 Miles/Nearest Motorway : Caen at 15 Miles/ Nearest Beach : beach at 15.0 Miles/Car: necessary.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00


Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00


Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival


30 Aug - 26 Sep 2019 : €995 /week27 Sep - 20 Dec 2019 : €750 /week30 Aug - 26 Sep 2019 : £995 /week27 Sep - 20 Dec 2019 : £750 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00


Reservation Deposit: 25%

Balance: 56 days prior to arrival

Discount Notes

Who owns this place?

Stéphane and Kate Le Moigne, along with their three children Tilly (16), Lulu (13) and Freddy (10) extend you a warm welcome to their working dairy farm in the heart of the Normandy countryside, just 30 minutes drive from the ferry port of Ouistreham.

La Vieille Abbaye offers a combination of stylish accommodation with a taste of country life on a working dairy farm. Sample fresh dairy products, (we make yoghurt, cream and pasteurise our own milk on site) free-range eggs and garden-fruit preserves and enjoy plentiful contact with our animals; horses & ponies, goats, poultry, dairy cows and our mini Schnauzer dog Dotty along with three cats, Rufus, Lenny and Maurice - we all look forward to meeting you!

Kate Le Moigne

Fast Facts

Sleeps 15+infants in 1xdouble, 3 x triples & 1xquad bedroom

Indoor Play Area

There's is a well-stocked communal play barn

Private Chef

See meal delivery


Baby listening service, available by arrangement, charged at: Free for up to 2 children 2 Euros per child per hour for 3rd and 4th child 3 Euros per child per hour for 5th child and each additional child

Nursery Gear (additional)

A huge list of very useful baby gear is available on free loan including a stroller, baby backpack, BabyBjorn newborn carry pouch, 2xhigh chairs, 1xbooster seat, hand blender, full size Magimix blender, plastic plates, cups, cutlery, spare bibs, 1xtravel cot/playpen, 2xtraditional cots with mattresses, waterproof protectors & musical mobiles, a baby listener, a baby walker, fireguard, 2xpairs of bed guards, a changing table, baby baths, newborn bath support, non slip bath mats, potties, bathroom steps, a toilet trainer seat, an Avent microwave bottle sterilizer & an Avent electric baby bottle warmer.

Indoor Toys

A wide selection of indoor toys from newborn upwards is provided.

Games Room

Table tennis in play barn

Meal Delivery / Room Service

A fantastic array of 'Kate-away' meals is cooked up by owner Kate on request. These range from €5 for 2-course kids supper (under 7s), €15 for huge sunday brunch, €20 for home-made pizza and wine for two, or full gourmet meals with wine from €28pp for 3 courses and €40pp for 6-courses. All delivered to the gite dining room or terrace

Outdoor Toys

Communal enclosed outdoor sand-surfaced play area (shared with owners) with swings, playhouse and ride ons

Onsite Restaurant

See meal delivery below. Have kids suppers and morning breakfasts waiting for you on returning from days out/waking up!

Stairgates / no stairs

Retractable stair gates at top of all stairs,

Friendly Animals

Vieille Abbaye is a working dairy farm & guests of all ages are welcome to visit the milking parlour and ‘have a go’ for themselves. There are also horses, ponies, hens, sheep and cats for little ones to meet.

2+ Cots and Highchairs

Up to two of each


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  • The location is lovely and we were made to feel very welcome.Review dated 02/01/2011

The location is lovely and we were made to feel very welcome.

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*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 2 guests.

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