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Walt Disney's ancestral home, Le Chateau de Monfreville - Pond Cottage

Monfréville, France
  • Cottage3229 sq. ft.
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Mininum Stay3 nights

Cottages in Isigny sur Mer, Bayeux, Normandy, France - Idylic Location. 20 minute drive to the landing beaches of Omaha & Utah

The cottages are situated within the grounds of Le Chateau de Monfreville, the ancestral home to Walt Disney's family dating back a 1000 years ago. The cottages are spacious & tastfully decorated. The cottages have their own private gardens & patio area. The chateau overlooks a national park which has superb wild life and walks. Within the grounds of the chateau, there is a natural swimming pond, a hot tub, a ping pong table, table football and an honesty shop with the essentials. In the summer months, The Bread Fairy is out & about delivering pastries & French bread to your door every morning.

Monfreville is a 4km drive to Isigny sur Mer where you will find a delightful port with supermarkets, restaurants, markets & cafes. The Chateau was commissioned almost a thousand years ago by William the Conqueror & was once home to Walt Disney’s family & then later occupied by German soldiers during WW2. The Chateau is steeped with history & central to the D Day Landing Beach of Omaha & The American Cemetery and Utah Beach, close to the villages of Sainte Mere Eglise & Sainte Marie du Mont. The medieval town of Bayeux is home to The British Cemetery & the famous Bayeux Tapestry. Mont St Michel, Monet’s Gardens, Honfleur & Paris are all great for a day’s adventure & for fun times there are miles & miles of golden sandy beaches making this a superb vacation for all ages. Normandy is known as the bread basket of France and you won't be disappointed. Isigny sur Mer is home to world class butter, cream and cheese. There is also a caramel factory producing all things gorgeous! Fish markets are open every morning and there is always a market on each day of the week. Chateau de Monfreville is a special retreat for all those that visit. There are plenty of cider farms in the area where you can go and taste the delights of Cider, Pommeau and Calvados.


zoe mckinley

Member Since 2014
Response time:
within a few days
english, french
Calendar last updated:
Mar 13, 2018


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Swimming pool
    • Heater
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Bedroom 1
        1 baby crib


        • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, tub, shower
        • Shower room 1
        • Toilet 1
        • One double room has an en-suite bathroom which consists of a large shower, loo & basin. The other bathroom is a large room with full size bath and shower, loo and basin.

        Location Type

          • Near The Ocean
          • Rural


              • Away From It All
              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Living Room
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Internet
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Heating
                      • Parking
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Tumble Dryer
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wood Stove


                          • Coffee Maker
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                          • Microwave
                          • Oven
                          • Pantry Items
                            There is bread, butter, jam, milk and a bottle of wine on arrival.
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                          • Toaster


                              • Child's Highchair
                              • Dining
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 8 people


                                  • Ping Pong Table
                                  • Books
                                  • Foosball
                                  • Game Room
                                  • Games
                                  • DVD Player
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                  • Stereo
                                    docking station
                                  • Television
                                    English TV available
                                  • Toys
                                  • Video Library


                                      • Bicycles
                                      • Deck / Patio
                                      • Golf
                                        Omaha Beach Golf, already internationally known for its current technically challenging course. There are 2 18 hole courses with breath taking views of the D Day beach of Omaha & the Bessin countryside. This course will delight even the most demanding golfers among you with its moved back tees, interesting angles and curves and especially challenging greens. This golf club is just a 20 minute drive from us.
                                      • Kayak / Canoe
                                        On the national park in July & August only.
                                      • Lawn / Garden
                                      • Outdoor Grill


                                          • Long-term Renters Welcome

                                            Pool / Spa

                                              • Communal Pool
                                                Natural Swim Pond
                                              • Hot Tub
                                              • Outdoor Pool

                                                Onsite Services

                                                  • Private Chef


                                                      • playground
                                                      • botanical garden
                                                      • cinemas
                                                      • forests
                                                      • library
                                                      • marina
                                                      • museums
                                                      • churches
                                                      • pond
                                                      • recreation center
                                                      • restaurants
                                                      • ruins
                                                      • theme parks
                                                      • zoo

                                                        Leisure Activities

                                                          • beachcombing
                                                          • bird watching
                                                          • horseback riding
                                                          • paddle boating
                                                          • scenic drives
                                                          • sight seeing
                                                          • walking

                                                            Local Services & Businesses

                                                              • ATM/bank
                                                              • Babysitter
                                                              • groceries
                                                              • hospital
                                                              • laundromat
                                                              • massage therapist
                                                              • medical services

                                                                Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                                  • hiking
                                                                  • cycling
                                                                  • equestrian events
                                                                  • fishing
                                                                  • fly fishing
                                                                  • freshwater fishing
                                                                  • golf
                                                                  • deepsea fishing
                                                                  • ice skating
                                                                  • pier fishing
                                                                  • sailing
                                                                  • sound/bay fishing
                                                                  • swimming
                                                                  • tennis
                                                                  • wind-surfing


                                                                      • Outside: Pond Cottage has its own private garden with a covered patio area. A webber BBQ and tools, a dining table and chairs plus outdoor furniture. Bikes are free to use. A shared natural swimming pond is situated in the gardens of the chateau along with a hot tub. Ping pong, table football are all free to use. The bread fairy works her magic every morning delivering pastries & bread. Moules Frites is cooked by Paul & Zoe every Thursday evening in peak season and is an evening of fun & laughter.

                                                                        House Rules

                                                                        Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                        Check-out: 11:00 AM

                                                                        Cancellation Policy

                                                                        100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                                        3 Reviews


                                                                        Latest reviews

                                                                        Beyond excellent

                                                                        Paul L.

                                                                        We have stayed at Pond Cottage on 9 separate occasions over the last 6 years and always loved every minute of it. The cottage, location and hospitality of Paul and Zoe is just fantastic. We have stayed in the summer holidays with our children and taken Grandma and Grandad and then had Christmas and New Year and it has been the best.

                                                                        Pond Cottage has all the comforts you need and it just feels like home from home. Paul and Zoe are there if you need anything (never obtrusive) and give advice and guidance on where to go, if required - they are great hosts.

                                                                        Chateau Monfreville is perfect for exploring D Day beaches and museums, Bayeux and getting further afield. Isigny, the local town is great with all the amenities and a few bars and restaurants and Bar Central is a favourite with consistently excellent and reasonable food.

                                                                        We cannot recommend Chateau Monfreville highly enough - it has been a place where we have made many happy memories of family holidays that our children and parents will always remember.

                                                                        Owner's Response:

                                                                        Thank you for your very kind words and we look forward to many more happy years here at Chateau Monfreville

                                                                        Normandy oasis

                                                                        SSNew Orleans, LA

                                                                        Our family undertook an ambitious European vacation with our teenaged children. We truly enjoyed it, but we were desperate for some down time and needed a vacation from our vacation! We found an absolutely perfect respite at Chateau Monfreville. Zoe and Paul could not have been more hospitable. Rose Cottage was a perfect gem of a cottage with two beautifully appointed bedrooms upstairs and a very cozy living area and kitchen downstairs. The Chateau is stunning with flowers, gardens, acreage, animals, and nice open spaces. The cottage provides a perfect launching pad for touring Normandy: the D-Day beaches, Mont St. Michel, Bayeux, etc. I immediately began considering how I could possibly plan a return trip. Two nights were not nearly enough.

                                                                        Our perfect week.

                                                                        Ian B.Marlborough

                                                                        We loved it! It's homely and generously sized with lovely spacious gardens. Great to meet Paul & Zoe, superb local knowledge and recommendations for eating. Remote enough to be peaceful yet very handy for the Normandy Beaches and such. Negatives? Our (double) bed was on the small side. Wouldn't stop us going back though!


                                                                        Monfréville, France

                                                                        Coast/Beach: 15 - 20 minute drive will take you to some of the most beautiful beaches. Miles of white sand & huge tides. You can walk, swim, fish, fly kites, land yacht, surf, sail, boogy board, jet ski, wind surf, beach comb, make sand castles and on and on and on! Grand-Camp Maisey, Utah, Omaha, Arromanches, Juno, Gold, Sword. Travel: Ships sail from Portsmouth, Poole, Dover, Newhaven & Ireland Trains from London to Paris to Lison (12km from us) Planes to Paris, Caen, Deauville & Dinard We are about 4km east of Isigny sur Mer, a 45 minute drive from either ports of Cherbourg or Caen. Calais is a 4 hour drive. Distances: 4km Isigny sur Mer 20km Bayeux 65km Caen & Cherbourg 83km Mont St Michel Further Details: For the Adventurous Horseback Riding / Land Yachting / Sailing / Adventure Theme Parks Tree Climbing / Body Boarding / Hot Air Ballooning / Golf Biking / Go Karting / Fishing A Little Bit of Culture Mont St Michel / Monet Gardens / Honfleur / Deauville / Paris / Cherbourg / Caen / Bayeux Tapestry / Exploring Chateaux History & Museums D Day Landing Beaches / Sword / Juno / Omaha / Utah / Gold Bayeux British Cemetery / Omaha American Cemetery Canadian Cemetery / German Cemetery French Life & Shopping Cider & Calvados / Car Boot Sales / Markets / Horse Trotting Cream & Cheese / Caramels / Angora Goat Farm / Bayeux / Cherbourg / Caen Down Time Sandcastle making / Picnics / Walks / Hot Tubbing / Swimming Having a jolly good old sing song around a camp fire!!

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