Your house is ideally situated the discover the Normandy area (Calvados, Manche, Orne) : maximum 1h30 hour drive to reach the most remote locations
In the village of Creully (5kms) you will find all the necessary shops and one of the best bakeries of the area (Chez Jules).Its feudal fortified castle dating from the medieval period can be visited.
Two other prestigious castles can also be visited in less than 10kms: Fontaine- Henry and Brécy (Renaissance period), all of them located on la Route des Moulins (the Mills Road).
Within a ten minute drive (8-12 km) you will find the nearest D-day landing beaches (Juno Beach, Courseulles – sur-Mer, Bernières, Asnelles).
Each village tells you the story of the Allies’ landing D Day. The impressive Memorial de Caen museum is within 10 minute drive. There you will learn how the History of the world has dramatically turned out during this period. You will discover how the French people and more especially the Norman lived through these four years of oppression.
2014, the 70th anniversary of D Day Landing will be marked by a large number of commemorations and festivities. Tributes will be paid to the last veterans.
The attractive seaside town of Courseulles is worth a visit with its fishing port adjacent to the marina. The fishermen sell their fresh fish next to their boats and the oyster-farmers come from the Côte de Nacre to sell their oysters.
Bayeux (15kms) was miraculously untouched by the war. The famous Bayeux Tapestry is a unique document( one of the first comic strips). It is wool embroidery on linen fabric produced during the 11th century. Around 70m long and 50cm high, it tells the story of the Norman Conquest of England on 14th October 1066 by William the Conqueror, Duke of Normandy. The Tapestry is classified “Memory of the World” by UNESCO.The 11th century Cathedral is a masterpiece of Gothic.
Caen (15kms): 70% of the city was destroyed in June 1944. Fortunately many churches and two abbeys were saved. Every Sunday morning, a market takes place on the Courtonne place near the port. Our guests always enjoy it for their weekly grocery shopping.
In the Bessin region (around Bayeux), all the blond-stoned houses and farms of the villages are gathered around the secular bell towers.
The coast is scattered with marks of the Battle of Normandy such as the floating bridges of Arromanches. And all along, cliffs (le Chaos de Longues, la descente de Commes) come after sandy beaches (for example Bernières and its obsolete beach huts).
You will enjoy visiting the gardens of Castillon created by Lady Sainte Beuve whose reputation far exceeded the boundaries of France. Also those of Castle Vendreuvre or Castle Canon, will undoubtedly please garden lovers.
We do suggest you to go forward to the breathtaking natural beauty of Cap de la Hague (Manche). Discover the island of Tatihou which you can reach by foot at low t
ide or by boat (15 minutes). This paradise for birds is in the middle of the ramparts built by Vauban in the seventeenth century. Driving to the opposite direction you can reach the Swiss Normandy (Clécy Bridge Ouilly).
Don’t miss the visit of le Mont Saint Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To appreciate fully “the spirit of the place” rather go there by nightfall or in the low touristic season.
There are so many interesting and varied places to visit in this area that we will always be pleased to help you.
For example, some of the numerous sporting activities in our region such as:
The beautiful golf of Port-en-Bessin overlooking the D Day landing beaches (two 18 hole courses with one along the seaside) or the pleasant compact golf course located in Louvigny.
NAUTICAL SPORTS: Sailing, canoeing.
HORSE-RIDING: The Horse riding center of Courseulles.
The World Equestrian Games in Normandy will start on 23 August to finish on 7 September 2014.
Instead, as many of our guests, you’d rather have a rest in your garden or walk along the pond, the wood, the marsh to share the “spirit of the place”…