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“Fantastic country retreat”
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42 reviews
South facing front of house
Top floor power shower in the ensuite bathroom
Plenty of space for children, even toddlers, to play around
Coutances Cathedral
View from a walking path around the gite
A couple of Blue tits nesting by the gite's window
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Holiday Rental House -
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
Montpinchon, Manche, Basse-Normandie, Normandy

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Martin J
1 review
“Fantastic country retreat”
Reviewed 26 April 2016 for a stay in April 2016

The Gite was a surprise when we arrived at just how large it was and in a lovely quiet spot in the country. Alban and Valarie were very welcoming and told us everything thing we needed to know about the Gite and the area. The kids (11 and 9) felt right at home and had a great time playing outside and exploring the nearby river.

The location of the Gite is great for visiting both Mont Saint Michel and Normandy beaches as both are about 1 hour away in opposite directions. Overall, we cannot recommend this place higher, fantastic place to stay with a family.

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Liked best: The open spaces for the kids to relax and run around
Liked least: Nothing - it was all great
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Management Response
26 Apr 2016
Thank you very much Martin and can be a next time for another stay in Normandy !
Regards
Valérie and Alban
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Knobby748
2 reviews
“Outstanding rural retreat in the heart of Normandy”
Reviewed 29 November 2015 for a stay in October 2015

From our first dealings with Valerie and Alban we knew we were going to be treated so well.
Upon arrival my family and I were met with the sight of the beautiful gîte and gardens before being met by Valerie; who could not have been more charming or helpful.
The gîte laid out over three floors was tastefully furnished and cosy! We couldn't have asked for more and our girls loved their room and use of a large hamper of toys; a real home from home.
The location of the gîte is fantastic, giving easy access to The Landing Beaches and other iconic Normandy sights such as Mont Saint Michel - beautiful!
A useful catalogue of "what's what" in the area is supplied by Valerie and Alban, use the local van for a kebab one night and you won't go far wrong!
All in all a fantastic stay at a fantastic gîte run by a fantastic couple!
We will be going back and would recommend you think very hard before choosing another gîte over La Clef des Champs.....enjoy!

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Liked best: All of it! Sorry but true!
Travelling group: Young Children
Your age range 35-49
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Tweedledu...
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Perfect”
Reviewed 7 October 2015 for a stay in September 2015

We have just spent 2 weeks in this fabulous gite. Pictures don't do it justice. We have been coming to France for 30/35 years and this is the best we have stayed in. Private,, well equipped, very large garden, swings etc for smaller children.A good base for discovering Normandy. The hosts, Valerie and Alban are warm,friendly and very helpful when needed, as was the case when my wife needed a Doctor. She telephoned and got an appointment the same day and even drove us there.Valerie sat in with her and helped with the language barrier and helped at the Pharmacy. If we come to this area again, we will definitely choose La Clef des Champs.
Merci Valerie et Alban

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Liked best: Everything
Liked least: Nothing
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
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Barbara K
Columbus, Ohio
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80 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Stay here when visiting Normandy. Don't pass this by!1”
Reviewed 20 September 2015 for a stay in September 2015

I spent 4 wonderful nights at this well located, immaculate gite. The owners, Valerie and Alban are excellent hosts. Everything from the initial contact through check out was flawless. They clearly love what they are doing and are very proud of their beautiful property.

The gite is well equipped, including a large selection of toys for children. The gite is in the country, so it is very peaceful, but it is convenient to all the sites in Normandy. It is just about an hour to the D Day beaches, Bayeux, and Le Mont Saint Michel. Shopping is close by, as are restaurants and a great food truck that shows up in a nearby village.

It is an excellent value, as it is very fairly priced.

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Liked best: The entire experience. Charming owners, immaculate gite, great location.
Travelling group: Solo
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cashxoxo
Preston, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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“A fabulous gite set in the beautiful countryside.”
Reviewed 28 August 2015 for a stay in August 2015

Myself, husband and my parents stayed here for a week at the beginning of August 2015. We were given a very friendly welcome by Alban And Valerie. despite the language barrier we were settled in quickly with a lovely touch of homemade jam and local cider. We could not have asked for more from this holiday gite. A generous size with all mod-cons.

We had fantastic weather, warm/hot sunshine every day, which enabled us to get out and about everyday exploring. La clefs des champs is the perfect base to explore. We managed to see all of the d-day beaches and monuments, Arromanches, Mont st. Michel (which is fabulous but get there very early as it gets amazingly busy! We were up and down by 12pm. After this the streets get jammed with people). We also cycled to Coutances, with its fab churches and great cafes, la chateau du gratot and Mont Martin sur mer, a beautiful cycle ride but very hilly!!!! The garden at the gite was a very welcomed site in which we could rest in sunshine with a book and a drink...or two.

A trip to the coast (Agon-Countainville) several times for ice creams was lovely with lots of different flavours to choose from and a gentle walk for a few miles along the promenade. A walk around the gite is also a must, including a walk up into Cerisy - la - Salle with its fabulous bakery. We found everyone that we met very friendly and pleasant.

We had a great holiday and would definitely recommend to couples and families.

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Liked best: The gite itself was perfect.
Liked least: We were pestered by two flies each evening and only found the fly swat on the last day (its on top of the washing machine!)
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 35-49
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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