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La Lande
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Reviewed 2 September 2012

We stayed in Barn Owl Gite for two weeks from 18th August 2012 - 2 adults, a 6 year old and a 3 year old. This was easily the best gite we have stayed in, despite being the first we have tried without a swimming pool!

Val and Paul welcomed us on arrival, Val showing us the Gite and Paul taking the kids for a tour of the extensive grounds and to meet the chickens. Barn Owl is beautifully furnished and has everything you could need. The gite was spotlessly clean. The 2 downstairs bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and there is a third, triple bedroom upstairs. It is worth noting that the upstairs bedroom leads straight from the lounge, and so might be tricky for young, light sleeping children to sleep in if parents are using the lounge/kitchen after their bedtime. Our two shared the downstairs room so this was not an issue for us.

The grounds of the gite are fantastic. There is huge amounts of space and the gardens are beautifully kept. The kids were well occupied by the trampoline, bikes, cars, table football, table tennis, boules, football goal, badminton, tennis, rugby balls, giant Jenga and of course, the Chickens! Our eldest particularly enjoyed his tour of the veg garden with Paul - we now need to find a bigger garden to start growing stuff!

Val and Paul really were the perfect hosts - nothing was too much trouble, from our many requests to borrow things (baking tin and rolling pin for a birthday cake, amongst other things), to their advice on where to visit. The food Val was regularly creating for DB&B guests looked and smelled fabulous. We even came home with a jar of home made jam!

Bricquebec is a nice town; in the end we only ate at one of the restaurants there, which did a good pizza. We ate at the Forge 3 times, which was excellent, and at the Creperie once, which was also good. These two restaurants are together, about a 7 minute drive towards Valognes. As everywhere in France, the 7pm opening of the restaurants posed a few challenges with the children, but they were happy enough staying up a little later! The market at Bricquebec was good; there are markets within driving distance every day. The 4/5 we visited were all well worth visiting.

On Val and Paul's advice we also went to Sciotot. This is a beachside village about 25-30 minutes from La Lande. The beach is huge and was quiet despite it being mid August. There is a large playground right next to the beach, with a snack bar next to it - we had a few beers and some chips here and it was good enough - not gourmet, but very nice having a beer in the sunshine whilst the kids played! Next to the beach there are also 2 restaurants. We went to Le Sauve Qui Pleut twice; this was lovely; a lovely setting, nice modern restaurant and most importantly, a small kid's playground which occupied our two until the food arrived, allowing us to relax! The food was good, although the menu is a little unusual - a range of salads and other dishes from around the world. They did the ubiquitous (but very good) Moules Frites, but also offered a couple of different veggie options (unusually for France) which made my wife happy! We also went to Carteret beach a few times which was lovely and a little more sheltered on breezy days. Carteret is a lovely town, with lots of good looking restaurants, the one we visited was very nice, but I am afraid I forgot what it was called! Barfleur is another town worth a visit.

The swimming pool at Beaumont-Hague was a huge hit with the children (and us to be honest, despite the silly Speedo rule for me!!!). The kids pool is 0.10m deep and incredibly warm, with lots of toys. There are two further pools, two excellent slides and also a jacuzzi, steam room etc.

Many of the D-Day sites/sights are within easy reach of the gite, making La Lande a great base from which to visit them. We did Ste Mere Eglise (the best one in my opinion, and only about 30 minutes away at most), and Omaha, Utah and Gold beaches without driving too much, which was important with the kids in tow. Arromanches and Longue Sur Mer are a must if you are interested in this stuff.

So, back to La Lande. We had a good tour of Kestrel gite and the 2 B&B rooms, and they all looked great. Kestrel can be extended using one of the B&B rooms, offering huge flexibility, and the B&B rooms were both huge and really nicely decorated. I am sure you will not find a warmer welcome anywhere!

Overall we were delighted. The gite was perfect, the grounds were fantastic, and Val and Paul could not have done more. We will almost certainly be back!!

  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled with family
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1  Thank JMD1
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Reviewed 28 July 2012

We stayed here on the last night of a 2 week holiday in Normandy and Brittany. Chose the place because of its proximity to the Cherbourg ferry. This was a big mistake - one night was not enough ! The welcome from Val and Paul was great. Huge room with a comfy bed and a tv which receives Channel islands programmes.Excellent breafast - all home produced food - and good advice re pre ferry shopping in Cherbourg.Val also recommended a good restaurant in Briquebec . However if you book in advance she will do an evening meal for you.
We have been to France many time in the past but this was our first experience of the fastcat crossing to Cherbourg. We will definite travel this way in future and most certainly spend more time at La Lande.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Traveller-on-Tyne
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Reviewed 25 July 2012

We stayed with Val and Paul at La Lande, Normandy in 2011 and on that basis, made sure to visit them again for a couple of nights this July 2012 whilst in France. Once again we weren't disappointed.
We stayed for two nights B&B, in the Admiral suite. This a beautiful vaulted bedroom with living room area plus large bathroom. Downstairs is a large living room and a separate dining area.
If that isn't enough to entice you, then Val's cooking should! having sampled it last year we opted to "stay in" and eat both nights - we were treated to delicious French styling cooking with an English twist on both nights. Dinner consisted 5 courses and even though I'm greedy by nature, I could not eat another mouthful by the time we'd finished. All washed down with generous helpings of wine.
I cannot recommend a stay here enough!

Room Tip: For bed and breakfast ask for the Admiral suite.
  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 10 July 2012

This was our second holiday staying at La Lande and as before have had a wonderful relaxing time. La Lande provides a perfect base to explore the Normandy coastline and the surrounding area. We stayed in the Kestrel Gite for our week away and this provided perfect accommodation for ourselves and our young children; spotlessly clean, comfortable and well equipped, the owners Val and Paul take great care to ensure that your stay is as enjoyable as possible.

As mentioned in other reviews, nothing is too much trouble for Val and Paul, little touches such as providing some toys in the Gite for our little ones to play with, the bicycles and toys in the barn are a welcome touch, most importantly however are Paul and Val’s 3 Chickens who provided hours of entertainment being chased around the beautiful gardens by our boys.

We would highly recommend La Lande it is a wonderful place run by lovely people.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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2  Thank David C
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Reviewed 18 October 2011

Firstly I do not usually post reviews, but have been so impressed that I made sure I set aside some time to write this commendation

We originally booked 2 separate nights bed and breakfast at La Lande (this was either side of a trip down to south brittany) Val and Paul were most hospitable and said they were putting us up in the Barn Owl on the first night and Kestral on our second night, the return leg of the journey.There was no extra cost for our 3 year old to stay/eat unlike a lot of other B and B's

Being put into the gites was especially welcomed as with a 3 year old in tow who has a much earlier bedtime than us it meant that we were able to enjoy the evening in the lounge area of the cottage and also have our own bedroom. That said I believe the B and B suite also has a separate area ( would be good to have a pic on the website of the B and B suite??)

I have to say this is one of the best, if not the best B and B we have ever stayed in. Val and Paul were excellent hosts, nothing was too much bother and it really felt like we were coming home on our return stay, we were so much looking forward to it that it made leaving our main holiday cottage very easy.

The cottages themselves were of an excellent quality and maintained to a very high standard, we slept so well in those beds! They made up a little bed with a Wizard duvet for our 3 year old who still talks about his wizard bed on holiday, they even made sure that it was there for our return journey.
We personally preferred Kestral gite but they were both extremely lovely.
The grounds were very relaxing and there is a a little electric car that our little boy absolutely adored, a great touch. The breakfasts were excellent and plentiful

You will not be disappointed !

Val and Paul, thankyou so much and we wish you much success, hope to come back again one day !

Room Tip: Barn Owls sleeping arrangements are mainly downstairs although there is 1 bedroom upstairs. Kestral has bedrooms upstairs
  • Stayed: September 2011, travelled with family
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