Nid d’Hirondelles

Caen, Calvados
Self-catering
+33 (0)6 14 16 36 53


Three wonderfully higgledy-piddledy apartments make up this artist's home for seven. Discover WW2 history and wander Caen's cobbled streets

Bed

4 beds

Bedroom

3 bedrooms

Sleeps

Sleeps 7

The Experience

Call this unusual and ancient building home for a few days – you won’t regret it. Marvel at the antiques, spot owner Christopher’s artwork on the walls and peer out the windows to the myriad of weathered rooftops surrounding you. Three apartments are combined to create an unusual layout for a total of seven guests: its twists and turns ooze charm.

Potter through the streets; spend your days gallery hopping. Visit William the Conqueror’s tomb in the inimitable Abbaye aux Hommes. There are boutiques and pretty shops aplenty, and restaurants and cafés to flop into after a day on your feet – brave diners can sample the signature dish of Tripes à la mode de Caen!

Jump into the car for 20 minutes and delve into WW2 history with cemeteries and souvenirs. Evenings can be spent sprawled back home – leaf through one of the books or gather around a board game – there is a stack to choose from.

Nid d’Hirondelles - Gallery

We think you'll love

  • Treating yourself to a grignette whilst wandering the streets; Caen's pastry delicacy
  • Feeling like you're staying in the cosy home of a friend
  • Admiring the Bayeux tapestry in all its glory, just a 30-minute drive away
Nid d’Hirondelles - Gallery

You should know

  • The house is made up of three apartments – there are two kitchens and one of the doubles is a sofa bed
  • There are many narrow stairs throughout inside
  • This is urban life - there is no garden but a host of parks in the city if you're craving greenery

Essentials

  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Oven
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Barbecue
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • Microwave oven
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Electricity included
  • Dishwasher
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available

Nearby

  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles

Activities

  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

Information
& pricing

Booking information

Check in
4.30pm - 7.30pm
Check out
12pm
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 3 nights (4 nights in high season, 2 nights in low season).
Closed
Christmas, New Year & occasional weekends.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Meals
Restaurants within walking distance.

Pricing

Nightly price
from €95
Weekly price
from €600
1 House for 7
From €954 beds3 bedrooms

Reviews

Mostly likely akin to staying in a friend's home. Cosy, inviting and full of attractive stuff. It's a fascinating place, I loved it...a real treat!

Georgina, Sawday's Inspector

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Location

The neighbourhood

All the usual city fun is on offer here, with ancient abbeys and churches in between - the city marries old and new together beautifully and all a stone's throw from the house. The gardens of La Colline aux Oiseaux and Jardin des Plantes offer a respite from the city buzz. You're a 20-minute walk (a 5-minute tram ride) to the train station which is only a two-hour journey from Paris. The ferry port is a 20-minute drive.

Local points of interest from Christopher Weeden

  • The ferry port’s close and Caen’s a great little city to explore on foot or on a hired bicycle so forget the car every thing is within easy reach. The bustling Friday market at rue Pémagnie and place Saint Sauveur full of many local artisan producers.
  • Within easy reach by car discover the Normandy coast and its numerous nautical activities, and typical villages explore the Pays D’Auge, Lion-sur-Mer, Cabourg, Deauville, Trouville, and the landing beaches especially Omaha with its museum
  • For somewhat further away destinations I would highly recommend Granville and the island of Chaussey, Mont St-Michel, for day trips. Saint Malo or Concale with a seafood lunch would also be high on my « must visit » list
  • Bayeux, a charming town where you can discover the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Bayeux Tapestry… is only 30 minutes away by car.
  • Of many other ideas and especially for visitors who love gardens very high on my priority list would be a visit to the Sir Edwin Lutyens designed house and gardens high on the cliffs gently sloping down to the sea at Varengeville-sur-Mer. Bois Des Moutiers
  • Apart from cycling town center sports facilities include: boating on the river Orne,swimming, ice skating ,tennis. For the very young there is a planted, protected small park and play area just across the street.

Introducing

Christopher Weeden

Retired architect Christopher, has made France his home for over five decades and settled in Caen with his wife, Jeanne, a retired doctor in 2011. Christopher's a prolific amateur artist so you'll be able to spot his watercolours, sketches and paintings on the walls. Just as passionate about local produce, they'll leave you a regional treat in your first-day breakfast hamper.