Nigel’s Blog – Musings from our Normandy Farmhouse Gite

Spring’s Springing And The Cows Are Back

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Normandy Gites Life | Comments Off on Spring’s Springing And The Cows Are Back

Spring’s Springing And The Cows Are Back

We’ve just returned from a road trip to Nerja near Malaga for some sunshine before the start of our season at Hillcrest – our first visitors are coming on Saturday and it will be great to hear the sound of happy children and for that matter the adults after the quiet of winter! We did nearly 2,500 miles from our Normandy gite and back without a single hold up – try doing that in the UK!! That’s one of the reasons we chose to come to Normandy as its so easy to get to from the UK – we’ve got back to Calais in...

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Oops – I Spoke To Soon …

Posted by on Mar 5, 2017 in Normandy Gites Life | Comments Off on Oops – I Spoke To Soon …

Oops – I Spoke To Soon …

Please ignore my previous post from yesterday as the final week of the peak summer holidays is no longer available but we still have 30th August onwards free plus good availability for many Spring and Autumn weeks which are great times to visit as the weather is usually settled and everything is quieter. If you have school aged children past experience shows that the October half term is a great week to book – much cheaper, good weather and the amazing autumn colours plus we are only a 4 hour drive time from Calais or around an hour or...

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Last Summer Holiday Week Still Available

Posted by on Mar 4, 2017 in Normandy Gites Life | Comments Off on Last Summer Holiday Week Still Available

Last Summer Holiday Week Still Available

There seems nothing like a bit of winter wind and rain to get people booking their summer holidays as it obviously gives us all something to look forward to and in case you have forgotten what the sun looks like here’s a wonderful picture of sunset over our nearest seaside beach of Carolles Carolles Beach is under an hour from our Normandy Gite but just 10 minutes down the road is the wonderful lakeside beach at Lake Dathee – perfect for swimming, boating, fishing and walking or cycling around the 7km path that winds around it....

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‘Hill Crest Farmhouse…….more than just a place to stay’

Posted by on Jan 24, 2017 in Normandy Gites Life | Comments Off on ‘Hill Crest Farmhouse…….more than just a place to stay’

‘Hill Crest Farmhouse…….more than just a place to stay’

 Thank you to all the children who left us lovely pictures last year to put on our playroom wall, which is now very colourful and full up! Each year we run a little competition to choose the best, and this year, the prize goes to Kiki Blake with her picture of the pretty moths she saw in the garden at Hill Crest Farmhouse during her stay. It was a hard choice as always as there were some great works of art from all ages, so well done Kiki, and we are glad you liked your little prize. We look forward to some more pictures this year! Our little...

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Ho Ho Happy Christmas Everybody!

Posted by on Dec 20, 2016 in Normandy Gites Life | Comments Off on Ho Ho Happy Christmas Everybody!

Ho Ho Happy Christmas Everybody!

We’d just like to wish all our past, present and future friends and visitors a very, very Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. Thanks to all our friends and visitors we’ve had a great 2016 and 2017 is looking good too as we have a higher number of forward bookings than we had last year. Cathy and I have been helping out at the nearby Reindeer Centre – Cathy as Chief Elf  and Nigel as a Santa – it’s hard work but great fun as you can see from the pictures and we’ve even tried to get Boo to...

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Giant Guinee Pig Attacks Boo!

Posted by on Dec 16, 2016 in Normandy Gites Life | Comments Off on Giant Guinee Pig Attacks Boo!

Giant Guinee Pig Attacks Boo!

Well it looks like a giant guinee pig to me and made me smile so I thought I would share it with you.  The giant guinee pig is in fact a Bear Coated Sharpei – a wonderful breed of dog that originates from Japan and where it was once bred for fighting and she’s one of Boo’s best canine friends – I hope the picture brought a smile to your face  and hope you enjoy...

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Calling all Budding Robin Hoods

Posted by on Dec 9, 2016 in Normandy Gites Life | Comments Off on Calling all Budding Robin Hoods

Calling all Budding Robin Hoods

One of the most popular activities we offer free of charge to our guests at our Normandy gite to rent is archery. The great thing about archery is that it’s relatively easy to do for all ages and abilities but not so easy to do well. We have a designated archery area, kevlar safety netting and a wide range of bows and equipment for youngsters up to older more capable archers as you can see below. After some initial training from Nigel, we can nominate a responsible adult in your group to supervise everyone which means that you can...

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Bake Off Fun at Hill Crest

Posted by on Nov 13, 2016 in Normandy Gites Life | Comments Off on Bake Off Fun at Hill Crest

Bake Off Fun at Hill Crest

As well as the fantastic children’s play room in our Normandy farmhouse gite, another great thing on offer for your children for those occasional wet or cold days is a cake making sessions with our very own Mary Berry aka Cathy. For a small extra charge to cover the cost of the ingredients your children can make and decorate their very own batch of fairy cakes under the watchful eye of Cathy and Boo who is always on hand in case anyone drops any tasty morsels on the floor! We are very family and child focussed and offer a huge range of...

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Who Ate All The Curry??

Posted by on Oct 26, 2016 in Normandy Gites Life | Comments Off on Who Ate All The Curry??

Who Ate All The Curry??

Two of the most popular superstars for our Normandy visitors to Hill Crest Farmhouse are Molly and Valken our very friendly ponies. We’ve just had the horse dentist in for their dental health check and Molly’s age was confirmed as being around 30 years old which for a pony is a ripe old age – we’ve had her for about 20 years and weren’t sure of her age and a horse dentist can tell the age from looking at her teeth! The dentist estimated that Valken is a baby at only about 6 years old. They were both really good...

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One of the best reasons ….

Posted by on Oct 7, 2016 in Normandy Gites Life | Comments Off on One of the best reasons ….

One of the best reasons ….

If you have a young family, there’s probably no better Normandy gite to stay in than Hillcrest Farmhouse. As well as all the fantastic outside things to keep your children happy and occupied plus all the great child friendly Normandy attractions nearby and the safe, sandy beach of Lake Dathee on our doorstep, we have a superb, well equipped and spacious children’s play room just off the kitchen so you can keep an eye on your little ones as they play. The Play Room is full of a great assortment of children’s toys, games and...

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