Mortain: A delightful setting with superb views. The town featured a strategic battle during WW 2 Approx. 1 hr from the D-day beaches. The Chapel of Saint Michael (Le Petite Chapel) is located on top of the hill and from there on a clear day you can see right across to Mont St. Michel. Wonderful well organised hiking and cycling trails, (Green lanes, old railway lines running to Domfront and Mont St Michel. Ideal for walking, cycling and horse riding etc, are within walking distance of the house). There is Golf nearby and Rock climbing near the Cascade. Collegiate of Saint Evroult founded in 1082 by count Robert of Mortain, and Abbaye Blanche (featuring art and sculpture exhibitions by regional and local artists), only 5 minutes drive from Bellefontaine Country Park. It has an excellent heated outdoor public swimming pool, numerous small shops, bars, and restaurants including news agent (selling English papers) and several good supermarkets close to the house including Champion and Aldi. Gorgeous waterfalls (the Grande Cascade) situated near the centre of the town provide good walks.There is also a wonderful market on Saturdays.
Ger: Two wonderful fishing lakes set in Approx 15 acres of the Basse Normandie National Park surrounded by mature woodland, secluded and quiet.
Villedieu-les-Poëles: Founded in the 11th century by the Order of the Hospitallers of Saint-John of Jerusalem, Villedieu is located Approx. 22 miles by car and became known as the "City of Copper", because of the fine copper working of its inhabitants. Coppersmiths can still be seen at work in the town. Copper and lace museums, bell foundry, copper workshops which are open to the public and the pewter museum. There is also a fine 15th century church to visit when you are there. Markets are on Tuesdays.
Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët: This area is located Approx. 10 miles by car, and is known for its excellent river fishing. Lakes of Vezins and La Roche qui Boit. There is a Market every Wednesday held in the town centre. Well worth a visit is the charming Christmas Nativity scene. Wonderful market are on Wednesdays
Mont-Saint-Michel: Superb example of ancient architecture and France's premier tourist attraction. Located Approx. 31 miles by car. The abbey of Mont Saint Michel, otherwise known as: the Marvel; is famous world-wide. There are many things to see and to do; the main street with its shops and restaurants, the museums, the walk around the ramparts with views out over the sands of the bay, as well as the spectacle of the sea rushing in to surround the Mont at each high tide. Grévin museum Archeoscope (multimedia show) Discover the 14th century Tiphaine lodge built in 1365. Also Night time visits to the abbey church are well worth thinking about.
Granville: Situated approx. 38 miles away by car with Sailing and fishing harbour. Seaside health resort. Strongest tides in Europe. The "Haute Ville" is a picturesque fortified old town with its church of Notre-Dame and 15-18th century houses. Museum of Granville's history, Richard Anacreon museum of modern art, Roc aquarium. Granville wax museum. Regional water sports centre. Golf. Regular ferry services to Jersey and Chausey. Visit the winter carnival and the grand Pardon religious festival during the summer months.
Vire: located Approx. 15 miles away by car, in leafy "bocage" countryside. The town centre around its 15th century bell tower. Gate with clock tower, church of Notre-Dame, museum, ruins of the feudal castle. Today, the town of Vire is particularly renowned for its andouille (chitterling sausage). The forest of Saint Sever is nearby. Take the Granite Tour around the surrounding area or a tour of the Vire Gorges.Vire also caters for the golfer with a great 18 hole golf course situated next to the beautiful Lake Dathée. Vire: market are on Fridays.
Bayeux: located Approx 53 miles away by car. Famous as the home of the 9-centuries old Bayeux tapestry which depicts the story of the quarrel between William, Duke of Normandy (The Conqueror), and King Harold of England, and the ensuing events which led to Harold's defeat at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The old part of Bayeux with its streets of stone and timber- framed houses, sympathetically restored,makes a rewarding exploration. As do the museums of lace-making and porcelain: the town was noted for these products in past times. Situated at the Château Guillaume-le-Conquérant Bayeux.
Domfront: Approx. 15 miles away. Wonderful medieval town situated on the Varenne River, its position gives the town exceptional panoramic views of the Low-Normandy bocages, Château de Domfront are the ruins of the castle. The town has many busy shops and restaurants. Within the fortifications is the old town, an attractive region with narrow cobbled streets lined with half-timbered houses and grandeur townhouses, interspersed with pleasant cafes and open squares. A public park, near the long-abandoned former train station, leads up to some redoubtable castle ruins perched on an isolated rock. The views from the flower-filled gardens that surround the keep are spectacular. Eleanor of Aquitaine was born in this castle in October 1162, and Thomas à Becket came to stay for Christmas in 1166, saying Mass in the 11th century roman style church of Notre-Dame sur l'Eau. Richard the lionheart also visited the town. The ruins stand in a public park and are open to the public free of charge. The Château de Domfront has been protected as a Monument Historique by the French Ministry of Culture The ruins include the keep, the enceinte ramparts, towers, casements and the former Sainte-Catherine et Saint-Symphorien