Guest reviews

Nigel and CathyOver the years we have had some wonderful people come and stay in our self catering Normandy Farmhouse Gite – we hope you will come and visit us in soon.

Best of all for us has been the lovely comments all our visitors have left and these have made all our efforts and hard work worthwhile and we hopefully will give you the confidence to come and stay with us too. Most of our visitors tell us that Hillcrest is the best Normandy Gites to rent that they have stayed in.

Here’s a small selection of comments …

Nigel and Cathy, Hill Crest  Farmhouse Gite, Normandy


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Cathy and Nigel are fantastic hosts – nothing’s too much trouble for them. Scenery is stunning. The cottage is well equipped, couldn’t fault it at all. We will definitely be back for another visit.


A lovely place in a wonderful setting with great hosts. It has been a truly memorable holiday for the whole family from grandparents, parents and grandchildren alike.


Thank you for making our stay so easy and pleasurable, it really made for the perfect family holiday.


The kids (and big kids) loved playing in your amazing grounds.


What a fabulous week! Nigel and Cathy were the most hospitable and accommodating hosts we have ever had in France. The house is fantastic and catered for our every need.


Nothing left undone, especially for the children.


A fantastic family holiday, lots to do, house very comfortable and Nigel and Cathy most welcoming.


A lovely family holiday with loads of on-site activities for the kids to do (loved the archery and trampoline) plus lots to see and do in the surrounding area. A beautiful house and many thanks to Nigel and Cathy for making our stay so fantastic

10 Reasons to Stay at Hill Crest

We bought Hill Crest because we loved it from the very start, and over the years we have created the sort of unique and idyllic holiday haven that we and our family would want to come and stay at ourselves. Since opening, feedback from our visitors has been fantastic and our Visitor Book and many 5* Trip Advisor reviews are there for all to see! We’re confident, therefore, that should you decide to come and stay with us, you too will have a wonderful time.

We realise there’s a bewildering selection of holiday properties to choose from in Normandy, so we’ve come up with our Top Ten Reasons for choosing Hill Crest that you may find useful when comparing us with other properties.

  • Unbeatable Countryside Location – In a peaceful setting where you can relax and unwind, yet still be close to most of Normandy’s many attractions and within easy reach of pretty towns, villages with traditional markets, shops and restaurants. Nearest bakers 2 miles for your morning baguettes and good shops just 4 miles away.
  • Spacious, bright, well equipped and homely Farmhouse – Larger than average rooms and all set within 3 acres of beautiful, self-contained grounds with stunning views. As we are at the end of a quiet no through lane, it is completely safe and secure for your children and is the perfect setting to relax in during the day whilst watching the buzzards soaring across the landscape. At night, listen to the owls and nightjars whilst marvelling at the shooting stars and milkyway in the clear Normandy skies.
  • Exclusive Use of All The Facilities – You’ll have exclusive use of all the facilities at Hill Crest and positively no sharing with strangers and other families! We live unobtrusively on site and are here 24/7 to help and advise.
  • Activities Galore ON SITE for all ages and interests – We offer free use of bikes, kayaks, wind surfer and much more. We offer free pony rides on Molly and Valcan, plus archery lessons, badminton, boules, activity field, children’s play frame, trampoline and splash pool and more so you’ll never be bored! Hill Crest is an ideal place for everyone, from 0-99 years, families or couples alike. Whether you want an active holiday or a relaxing one we have it all, and being in Normandy you can of course enjoy the local produce including delicious cheeses and dairy, washed down with cider, pommeau and calvados.
  • Our Well-Equipped Play Room – A proper playroom in the Farmhouse and just off the kitchen so you can keep an eye on the children whilst you are cooking or chatting and sharing a bottle of wine at the dinner table. There’s a fantastic range of books, toys and activities for all ages plus a great table football game for the big kids amongst you.
  • We Are Very Baby and Toddler Friendly – If you have babies or toddlers then Hill Crest is unbeatable – We have stair gates galore, cots, high chair, plastic plates and bowls, cutlery, night lights, low level trundle bed, baby bath plus a real bath to bathe the little ones in and much more! We know how limited space in your car can be, so we try to help by providing these things, and if you need anything else to make your stay easier then please let us know and we’ll try to get it for you. We also provide washing up liquid, washing powder, dishcloths, tea towels, bin bags and toilet rolls to get you started so that you don’t have to worry about packing these into the car either. Bedding and towels are all included free of charge.
  • We Aim to Please – Our backgrounds back in the UK were in visitor attraction management and marketing so our customer service experience and skills are second to done and nothing is too much trouble to ensure you have a great time with us. We want you to relax and enjoy every minute of your holiday from the moment you arrive, so we also offer a few extra services to help, such as welcome essentials, a shopping service and babysitting. We can also prepare a home cooked meal for your first night, so that all you need to do when you arrive is unpack the car, then relax with a cool beer or glass of French wine whilst we serve your dinner.
  • On Our Door Step – Although we’re close to all the main Normandy attractions of Mont St Michel, the Landing Beaches, Bayeaux and more, if you don’t fancy a long car journey, we are only a 10 minute drive from the safe, sandy beach at beautiful Lake Dathee for swimming, kayaking and sailing. We are 15 minutes from the bustling market town of Vire and the adventure forest of St Sever with great cycle trails, walks and a brilliant Go Ape style woodland trail plus the beautiful waterfalls walk at Mortain and the amazing Enchanted Village children’s adventure park also just 15 minutes away. We also have our own on-site Splash Pool back at the Farmhouse and a ‘guarantee to catch’ trout lake a short walk away plus there are many walking and cycle tracks nearby.
  • Live The Good Life – There are always seasonal fresh vegetables and herbs to share and enjoy from our kitchen gardens and, if they are in the mood, fresh eggs to collect from our chickens. Molly and Valken, our two friendly ponies, love to be fussed especially if there’s a carrot involved, and not forgetting Fleur, our cat, and ‘Boo’ our fresh pea loving Labrador! – If you are old enough you may remember the song ‘Me and you and a dog named Boo’ – there’s a bottle of cider if you can name the band – No Googling it though!
  • Easy Access – One of the reasons we chose Hill Crest ourselves was because of its easy access to/from all the channel ports – We’re just a 4 hour drive time from Calais and closer still to the other channel ports.

If you are still unsure or have any questions or queries, do please e-mail us at [email protected] or call us on 07990 608206

We look forward to welcoming you to Hill Crest, one of the best Normandy Gites to rent available!