The cottage is situated in the Normandy Bocage, countryside that is characterised by a patchwork of farms, small fields, cider orchards and quiet country lanes with high banked hedgerows. It is an area where the visitor can discover stunning views, peaceful walks and enjoy activities such as fishing, golf, cycling, riding and canoeing. Whatever you are looking for in your holiday there is something for everyone.
The historic town of Vire is 15 minutes drive away, with a variety of shops and supermarkets and a plentiful supply of restaurants and bars. It has an excellent museum devoted to the history, traditions and artistic talents of the region housed in what was once a medieval hospital.
On the route to Vire lies Lac Dathee, a large man-made reservoir built in the late 70’s. The lake has a large bird and nature reserve at one end and is home to the ‘Centre Nautique’ (sailing/canoeing), its 6.25km perimeter path being popular with walkers, joggers and cyclists. Overlooking the lake is the Golf de Vire, an 18 hole course of competition standard which welcomes visiting players. Equipment is available for hire.
Villedeau-les-Poules is 20 minutes away in the opposing direction, famous for its multitude of copperware shops and working bell foundry museum. Its large Tuesday market is well worth a visit. Just on the other side of Villedeau is the zoo at Champrepus.
Slightly further away attractions include:
Granville – this coastal town is a busy fishing port and shopping centre with seafood restaurants, sandy beaches, golf course, casino and mineral/shell museum. From here you can make day trips by ferry to the Iles de Chausey and the Channel Isles.Caen – with its many historic buildings, lots of shops, the Caen memorial and Festyland leisure park it’s a good place to visit if the weather is poor.
Bayeux and the Normandy Beaches – a beautiful city with cobbled streets, cathedral, many shops and the famous tapestry. Within easy reach are the D-day landing beaches, Memorials and Cemeteries.Le Mont St. Michel - the foremost must see holiday attraction in Normandy and the second most visited tourist location in France, with stunning views, Abbey, shops and restaurants.
Avranches – home of the Scriptorial, a museum housing one of the largest collections of medieval illuminated manuscripts in France, many from nearby Mont St Michel, and botanical gardens that were founded in the grounds of a former Franciscan convent in the late 18th century.
How to get to us
Caen is 1 hour away, Cherbourg and St. Malo are approximately 1 and a half hours, Le Havre an hour and three quarters and Boulogne/Calais/Channel Tunnel 4/5 hours. For those planning a fly/drive holiday the airports at Rennes (FlyBe via its Southampton hub) and Dinard (Ryanair from London Stansted or Leeds Bradford) are both just over an hours drive away.
Detailed directions to the property will be sent once booking payment has been received in full. Detailed directions will be sent on confirmation of the booking.
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