First Class Self Catering Holiday Accommodation in Normandy, France.

Places to visit

There is so much to see and do in this part of Normandy that it is impossible to list it all here. You will find lots of information in the cottage regarding the areas’ attractions, but as a taster:

Le Mont St Michel

Le Mont St Michel is a 900 year old abbey built on a rocky, tidal island about one kilometer off - shore in the Baie de Mont St Michel. As well as visiting in the conventional way, you can join a guided walk across the sands to the abbey, or why not visit it in the evening when it is spectacularly floodlit and musicians play in the various rooms – a really evocative experience. This is the second most visited attraction in France.


The D-day landing beaches, battlefields and war cemeteries. Nearer to home, the Second World War action in the immediate area of the gîte, and the town of Mortain (20 minutes away) the site of a fierce battle.

Beautiful old medieval towns like Avranches, St Malo, Dinan (take a river trip from St Malo to Dinan), Dinard, Fougères and Rennes; Coutances cathedral is a major example of Norman architecture; the beautiful spa town of Bagnoles de l’Orne; and Bayeux (for its world famous tapestry). Just down the road is Villedieu-les-Poêles, famous for its bell foundry and copper workshop.


Normandy is famous for horses and horse breeding. Horses bred here supply the whole of France. The National Stud at St Lô is well worth a visit whether you are a serious horse enthusiast or not. It is open to the public every afternoon from June to September with displays and equestrian events.

Sandy beaches

The wonderful sandy beaches of the Baie and the Cotentin peninsular. Our favorite is Carolles-Plage (a 45 minute drive) which combines large expanses of sandy beach and rock pools, cliff top walks and fishing for crevettes (shrimps). The latter is practiced both by professional fishermen and just locals catching their supper. Why not give it a try yourself!

Further afield

Caen Memorial is well worth a visit - a huge museum dedicated not only to the effect of World War II and its effects on Normandy, but other aspects of war and peace.

For music lovers there are numerous recitals and concerts all around the area throughout the year, often staged atmospherically in the ancient churches and abbeys of the locality. We can supply you with details of “What’s On” during your stay.

A well appointed property in a great location - We had a great week enjoying both the cottage and the surrounding area. The gardens are a delight, the views amazing and all is quiet with just the sound of birds. A place for quiet reflection. In spite of being tucked out of the way it is within easy reach of many attractions. Would recommend this property to anyone. CW Haywards Heath. June 2015.

John and Nina Costello
“Les Bruyères”
31 Route du Mont Buon
50670 Le Mesnil Gilbert

French Telephone Number:  02 33 90 40 05
From UK:  0033 233 90 40 05

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