Community Case Management Services (CCMS) has transformed a 17th Century large dilapidated farmhouse and an adjoining stone barn in an idyllic corner of Normandy into an accessible holiday venue and retreat.

The retreat offers people with subtle to high- level disabilities a place in which to relax with friends and loved ones in the heart of picturesque northern France.

It has a fully-accessible ground floor living area and five en suite bedrooms in the main house; and a purpose-adapted attached gite with a double room, profiling bed, as well as overhead tracking, if required, to an en suite Aquanova bathing system, wet room, and toileting.

The kitchen area has cantilever surfaces and induction hob with seating. The two twin rooms on the first floor can accommodate support workers or additional family and friends, both have en suite facilities.

There is a covered entrance area to access the gite and the driveway is wheelchair friendly. The retreat also has a hot tub and sauna available in the former kitchen garden which has been sympathetically and artistically landscaped.

It enables families to enjoy an overseas trip together; something they may have avoided previously due to the perceived challenges of travelling abroad with a high level of disability.

The once-derelict property has been restored to its former glory as a classic French farmhouse, but now boasts expansive kitchen, dining and lounge areas, and a solid fuel hot tub and sauna with accessible grounds.

It sleeps 16 people overall, comfortably all in large en suite bedrooms, whilst larger parties can take advantage of the external yurt and a camping ground that is being developed within the four acres surrounding the property.

The house stands among secluded walled gardens, with sweeping countryside views, near the village of Camprond – about an hour from either Cherbourg or Cairns ferry ports. Local places of interest include the Mont Saint-Michel island commune, the Christian Dior Museum and the D-Day landings site.

It is only a short drive from the wild beach, Plage de la Vielle Eglise, where thrill-seekers can experience the exhilarating sport of sand surfing, mussel picking at low tide, and a number of beach-based activities.

CCMS co-founders and owners, Kate Russell and Maggie Sargent, say: “Holidays are so important for everyone, irrespective of health restrictions; they allow people to spend precious time with loved ones, unwind and escape everyday life.

“Of course, disabilities bring extra challenges, especially when travelling abroad, but they shouldn’t stop families from getting away together.

“Our new farmhouse is designed to remove any of the fears disabled individuals, or their families and friends, may have about going on holiday. It is equipped with everything needed to support people with disabilities, from subtle walking wounded to high-level catastrophic complex injuries with high-level care needs allowing for as much independence and privacy as possible.

While we hope people will come back to the farmhouse again and again, we also hope it acts as a confidence-building stepping stone to further trips overseas for clients.”

CCMS provides case management rehabilitation services in the UK, Europe, and further afield, working with severely injured children and adults to improve their quality of life and become more independent with consequently better quality lives.

Camprond Farmhouse is now open for individual, family and group bookings. Email camprond@ccmservices.co.uk or call Gill Bryan on 01608 682 522 to enquire. See www.ccmservices.co.uk for more information.