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Manor House with Tennis and Swimming Ponds near Ocean

Bedrooms 8
Property type estate
Minimum Stay 3 - 14 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 14 nights

About the property

6 bedrooms,4 bath/ shower rooms, sleeps 12 - (Guest cottage optional)

Set on 100 acres of luscious rolling countryside with its centennial oaks, streams, ponds, and just 3 miles from the Atlantic Ocean's beaches, this family house boasts a tennis court and fresh water swimming for the sportsmen, lazy afternoons tapping on the Steinway or perusing one of the thousand volumes in the great panelled library for the reflective. It is furnished with the family's collection of art and furniture that spans 4 centuries of French master craftsmen's work.

The current house is said to have been settled in the 14th century. All that remains of the older house is the part that is the kitchen today: wattle walls on a stone foundation sunken by the passing years. Extended mainly in the 19th and 20th century, the last 20 years of restoration and extension have yielded what you can see and enjoy today.

Supplementary guests...: Guest cottage, sleeping 3 is optional.


The rates above are standard rates only, not high season/ Christmas/ NYE rates.

Rates depend on occupancy and services required.

US Service-men and women: please apply for special rates.

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Anthony Haden-West
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, spanish
Response time:
Within a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 11, 2017

Guestbook comments from the owner

A note from recent guests:


I want to let you know that we had a great time in your fantastic ‘Manoir’.

It’s a really good place for the group we came with. We used the tennislawn en basketball field a lot and the children even swam in de pool! We cooked a lot in the cosy kitchen and it was great that we could withdraw during serveral times, because 14 people can be noisy...

The beaches nearby where great and we had a wunderful lunch in the village of Carteret.

Thanks a lot and hope to visit your house again in the future!

Best regards,

Oct 2015
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Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(16 traveler reviews)

Manor House with Tennis and Swimming Ponds near Ocean
average rating of 4.8125 based on 29 reviews

superb home and vacation

  • 5 of 5

As for our 40th wedding anniversay, we rented this manoir for a goup of 5 couples; I can not say enough good things about this beautiful place. While we were there the weather was perfect; we had daily excursion to various sites (all within 1-2 hr drive, normandy beach, Mont. St. Michell, Bayeux tapestry, etc); we gathered each evening by the pond with grogeous sunset, black swans in the water; our group was made of great cooks /foodies, so we cooked our dinners at the house. The kitchen is somewhat small but it was cozy, full of charm, and was well equipped with all cooking necessaries. The dining room and the living room were absolute joy to gather in at nights. The library is extremely well stocked with all manner of books. The steinway piano was a special treat given one member of our group was able to provide nightly music. Overall, I would go back to this manoir in a heart beat. The owner, Anthony, was so kind and helpful awnsering all our questions before our trip. The manager, Daniel, was resourceful in helping us arrange an overnight trip to Sark and providing useful informations such as various local towns' open market days. While all bedrooms were so charmingly and comfortably decorated; the tower master bedroom was exceptional with it luxurious tub and shower. Thank you Anthoy for opneing your home to us.

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Few things please us as much as happy holiday-makers. As a family, we've been working on the house and gardens for 40 years. It's a real privilege to share them with travellers, whether it's for a celebration or just a holiday. We look forward to many more decades of improvement and enhancement. Many thanks.
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A Bit of Paradise in Normandy

  • 5 of 5

A wonderful place to bring together friends and family

If relaxed yet graceful living is your thing, then this is the place for you.

La Croix Rompue is a medium-sized estate in Lower Normandy, within easy reach of Cherbourg, the D Day Landing Sites and Mont Saint Michel.

The original structure which is over 400 years old been sympathetically modernized and extended over the last ten years to make a large graceful home with ample space for large gatherings. The house can comfortably accommodate 16 people between bedrooms in the main house and an adjoining guest cottage

The main structure has a well-equipped kitchen, which will suit the more adventurous cooks; modern appliances including a Nespresso machine that proved tremendously useful. Many companies in France have produced more economical capsules so this becomes an economical way to make great coffee, a godsend in the mornings. There are large living and dining rooms in the main house both with fully functional fireplaces, in particular the main living room is double height with a library at the balcony level. The bedrooms are comfortable, and furnished in period style. The many bedrooms windows afford wonderful views over the countryside. The bathrooms were clean and functional and also have great views.

The house is surrounded by a beautifully tended garden with large swimming ponds. To one side of the garden the owner has recently added an Astroturf tennis court; this was in active use during our stay. Beyond the formal gardens are surrounding pasturelands that are used by local farmers, this adds to the bucolic setting of the estate.

Within 10 to 15 minutes drive of the house all necessary services are to be found, this includes supermarkets and the weekly Saturday market in Barneville. There are also great local beaches, and at least one trip to the cliffs at Cap de Carteret, preferably at sunset, is mandatory during a stay.

Despite the beauty of the surroundings countryside, and we had planned to visit many more of the local attractions; we spent most our time in quiet seclusion enjoying the wonderful local setting of the house and it’s fabulous gardens, swimming ponds and tennis court. It was hard to pull ourselves away on the day of departure. All the more reason to look forward to future stays at La Croix Rompue.

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Cette propriété est tout simplement sublime. L'endroit est magique. Assez reculé dans la campagne normande, le manoir dégage une impression de paix. A l'intérieur, chaque objet, chaque meuble possède une âme et raconte une histoire. Ils ont tous été choisis avec amour par le propriétaire au gré de ses voyages.

Charmant et disponible, le propriétaire est bienveillant et ne manque pas de conseils forts utiles lorsqu'on ne connait pas la région. A recommander sans réserve !

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful, unique, luxurious, secluded, dream home

  • 5 of 5

Le manoir is an absolute gem of a place to stay, we all felt so lucky to have found it, it is like the home we always dreamt of having! A glorious setting, completely private, it really feelt like we had discovered a hidden treasure. The charming Carteret and Barnville are near by with all the shops/food/cafes we needed and lovely walks along the cliffs as well. We were there in September and felt very fortunate to have a couple of days of sunshine, but to be honest we were just as happy next to the roaring open fire.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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An Enchanting Holiday

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful, grand, elegantly furnished manor house in tranquil setting - lake with swimming area, large garden, tennis court, all surrounded by fields, sweeping horizons and close to lovely villages and stupendous beaches. This place is luxurious and spacious, yet relaxed and comfortable. It is also very private - a perfect escape from urban life! Lots of activities - we listened to music, played the Steinway, enjoyed parlour games, read books from the library, played tennis, swam, cooked, lounged by the lake or explored the Normandy beaches and excellent local restaurants and markets. A superb treat!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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August 2015 at the Manoir

  • 3 of 5

On the practical side of things, we were disappointed to learn of a charge for linen and towels a few days before the start of our stay, although this charge was later waived. The housekeeper forgot to bring the towels and had to be reminded about these. We had arranged with the housekeeper to ring her on arrival, which we did, but did not receive a response to various messages for over 3 hours, therefore there was no one to meet us at the house, although it was unlocked and she arrived about an hour after we did, after a further call. We were without hot water in the Tower bedroom for almost 4 days. We were surprised that we had to clean the fridge on arrival, and thought the kitchen was not the cleanest generally, although the rest of the house was fine. We found the cooking and dining equipment quite limited, and there were only 6 of us. We also had to dry all the soft furnishings for the outside furniture on arrival as these had been left out in the rain. In the children's attic bedroom there were quite a few misplaced wooden slats on one of the beds. The CD player was broken in the dining room.

It was inconvenient only having one house key, which operated all all the downstairs doors. We did ask for another one, but were told that the area was quite safe, so the house could be left unlocked.

The house arrival notes stated the housekeeper was meant to come every other day to clear away from the night before and generally tidy up downstairs. However the housekeeper only came once more during our 8 night stay to attempt to fix the hot water issues.

It would have been useful to have a 'house book' detailing where things like fuse boxes and boiler switches might be located (apparently these things are vulnerable in bad weather), and how to operate the TV, DVD, etc?

The Manoir is, however, a lovely place to stay, even though it unfortunately poured with rain a lot of the time! We made full use of the quality tennis court and fishing on the small lake [which we found out is mainly good for carp fishing], and the wonderful piano. We even tried swimming in the pond, which was not as bad as you might think. The Manoir is situated in a very large enclosed garden, the rest of the estate being farmland. There is another farm-type house very close to the Manoir.

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always a shame when poor weather affects a visitor's holiday. We were very sorry to hear about that. Unfortunately, our housekeeper encountered some serious family health issues in late August of this year rather disorganising her ability to tend to the house properly. This took us all by surprise and we are very sorry this visitor's stay was affected. We have put in a back-up plan going forward. On a few matters of fact: - towels and linens are available but not always desired by guests. If guests wish for the whole house to be supplied with bed-linen and towels, we ask to share the costs. This is clearly stated in the initial contract.The charge is waived is the number of guests is small. - the nearest farm-house is 1 kilometer from the Croix Rompue. The nearest structure is the guest cottage, actually on the grounds (10 meters from the house as per the photographs). There are 3 other holiday cottages almost entirely obscured by a hedge approx 100 meters from the main house. - we haven't heard that cooking equipment was limited until now but will take note and will review. Overall, we are sad when guests have less than a 5 star stay but are glad for opportunities to improve la Croix Rompue and guests' experience there.
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Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Nearest Barpub
6 Miles
Nearest Ferry
22 Miles
Nearest Golf
30 Miles
Nearest Train
16 Miles
Nearest Motorway
16 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
2 Miles
Nearest Beach
6 Miles
Car: necessary

Set on 100 acres of luscious rolling countryside with its centennial oaks, streams, ponds, and just 3 miles from the Atlantic Ocean's beaches, this family house can accommodate up to 15 adults and children in the main house and guest cottage. Tennis and fresh water swimming on the grounds for the sportsmen, lazy afternoons tapping on the Steinway or perusing one of the thousand volumes in the great paneled library for the reflective and cozy-minded. All of Normandy's delicious foods, all of Normandy's millenia of history, museums and monuments along with the delightful coastal villages facing the Isles of Jersey, Guernsey and magical Sark are close at hand. The house is furnished with the family's collection of art and furniture that spans 4 centuries of French master craftsman's work.

Local folklore has it that the hamlet of the Croix Rompue was settled before Roman times. It is said that the springs here never run dry, even in times of dire droughts.


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Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $80
Refundable damage deposit $1,300

Rates vary on occupancy and time of year.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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Besneville Estate Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • estate
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 10000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Lakefront
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Historic
  • Broadband Access
  • Fireplace
  • Garage
  • Internet
  • Security System
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 5 - toilet , shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Further separate toilets.
  • 8 Bedrooms, Sleeps 15
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Tower Bedroom
    Bedroom 3 - 1 queen , Green Bedroom
    Bedroom 4 - 1 queen , Yellow bedroom
    Bedroom 6 - 1 queen , Blue Bedroom
    Bedroom 8 - 1 twin/ single , Little yellow bedroom
    Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Grey Bedroom
    Bedroom 5 - 1 queen , Purple Bedroom
    Bedroom 7 - 2 twin/ single , Attic bedroom
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Piano
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Tennis Court
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • pets considered
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • churches
  • library
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing

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