Normandy is dotted with half-timbered houses and farm buildings. It has lush meadows and orchards, forests, rivers, lakes and sandy beaches that stretch along the coastline. It offers a wealth of cultural, historical and leisure attractions from Mont St Michael to Bayeux and it’s famous tapestry, magnificent chateaux and gardens, medieval towns and castles, seaside resorts and of course the Landing Beaches.
The entire region is criss-crossed by paths for walking and cycling. Lakes offer water sports and the rocks and gorges attract rock climbers as well as bungee jumpers.
Places of Interest
Families - Within an hour’s drive of the property families can enjoy miniature villages, zoos, go-karting, bungee jumping and assault courses as well as kayaking and water sports. A further ½ hour’s drive will take you to the west coast with it’s lovely harbours and perfect beaches.
Golf/Fishing - Keen golfers can try out the golf courses at Lake Dathee and Omaha Beach and keen anglers can find plenty of local lakes for fishing.
Walking/Cycling - There are a number of designated walking/cycling paths - many along disused railways. Lake Dathee also offers a circular walking/cycling path around its perimeter.
Gourmet Breaks - Anyone wishing to take a gourmet break would not be disappointed in this area of Normandy. There are a number of extremely good restaurants to be sampled and the local bars serve excellent food at a very reasonable cost at lunchtimes.
Second World War - For anyone interested in the Second World War, there are numerous places to visit, including Omaha Beach, Arromanches, the remains of the Mulberry Harbour, Pegasus Bridge and several British and American Cemeteries. Le Ravillon is situated in a village that was liberated by the Americans in 1944. You can still see a bullet lodged in the stone pillar of the middle window of the house. The area faced heavy fighting involving the Americans and British as the Germans were dug in securely in this hilly area. Most towns and villages were completely flattened during the liberation.
Markets - All local market towns have their market days and local produce can be bought - several of the markets also still have a cattle/sheep section - a thoroughly good morning out for the family.
Tourist Information - There is a good tourist office in Sourdeval with plenty of information on local events. We have information leaflets at the property with more details on the places already mentioned and other activities to make your visit enjoyable.