Our Local Areas of interest
Spring Equinox - 20th March 2015
Low tide at Brehal St. Martin
Thousands of people take advantage of the exceptional low tide and forage for clams and shellfish
The Bell Foundary at Villedieu les Poeles
We have kept our suggestions to our locality to provide you with a snapshot of what you can enjoy around us. There are many diverse places to for you to visit in Normandy, which cater for all interests and ages.
If you are tempted to prolong your holiday stay with us, we can provide you with further details of what's on as we are pleased to offer our guests an extensive range of up to date publicity of the tourist attractions and ongoing events in La Manche, and Normandy as a whole.
Shore view of Mont St. Michel
Alternatively, if you prefer to leave the car and explore our local area, there are plenty of green lanes for walks, horse riding and off road cycling.
Cows grazing at the back of "Flowerpots" in L'Oraille
From L'Oraille and down the hill to the village of Le Mesnil Garnier you will find our local shop which combines an epecerie, bar and tabac, called the "M.G Bar." You can find most things here, so stop and pick up your provisions for the day, have a café au lait or maybe something stronger!
Whatever your needs you will be assured of a warm welcome.
The Local French Markets
This is one of the towns nearest to us.
On a Wednesday, visit the cattle and (in season) the poultry market, you can visit me on my plant stall each Wednesday from March to September.
For the main sale of seasonal fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers, fish, cream, creme fraiche, honey and locally produced goats cheese, visit the bustling town early on Saturday morning. In Autumn after the apples have fallen, its time for cider making...sample some of the local vintages at the market.
Strawberries in season
Or, maybe enjoy a traditional "saucisses et frites" cooked on an open air grill, or perhaps sit and watch the world go by outside one of the bars and restaurants which can be found along the main street .
Villedieu les Poêles ~
On Tuesday mornings, take a trip to Villedieu market which is about 7kms away from us.
For visitors to the area, whilst there is plenty of parking, we do suggest that you get there early as the main road through the town has restricted access until after lunch.
It is a slightly bigger market offering an array of local produce, fresh fish, vegetables, honey, charcuterie, cheese, flowers, clothes and table wares.
If you want to stay longer, then perhaps take a visit to the many enticing copper shops or a tour around the famous Bell Foundry, or perhaps visit L'Atelier du Cuivre at 54 rue General Huard where you can enjoy an informative guided tour (in French and English) of the workshop and see the copper pots in the making! We have some courtesy "Cheque Cadeau" for our guests which allows 1 adult entry free for 1 paid entry to the workshop. It's worth a visit to understand the craftsmanship involved, with traditional methods of work going hand in hand with modern technology. For an insight into this fascinating world have a look at their website at www.atelierducuivre.com
After browsing, stop and have coffee or lunch in one of the many welcoming bars and restaurants that can be found on either the main street, or tucked away in the cobbled courtyards that run alongside.
|One of the many quaint courtyards in Villedieu|| |
Through the keyhole!
Seaside resort, famous for its busy fishing port and Marina and Casino!
For seafood fans, an excellent venue for sampling the freshly caught local produce. For those who prefer shopping, or just browsing, there are some beautiful shops with plenty of choice to treat yourself or for gifts to take home.
St. Martin de Brehal ~
One of the many gorgeous sandy beaches within an easy reach of us, that stretches as far as the eye can see.
Ideal for those summer picnics, or a bracing stroll in the latter months of the year, St. Martin is a safe, clean beach, and home to the famous mussel beds which can be seen at low tide.
Beach at Brehal June 2012
Horse and Jockey at Brehal
For the Children ~
Les Jardins Exotiques du Zoo de Champrepus
Welcome to Champrepus Zoo
Just a 10 minute drive away, the extremely popular Zoological park is a "Must See" for visitors to this area. It is an attraction for both adults and children alike and provides an insight into the conservation issues and the work invloved in looking after and preserving some of the worlds endangered species. In the first part of the park there are animals where you can enter into their enclosures, see their habitat and enjoy the antics of the animals, particularly at feeding time.
Here are a few pictures below taken in June 2012.
A spot of sunbathing after lunch
Mum and baby
Time for a snooze!
One of our guests has written a review of her trip to the Zoo.
"Durant mon séjour à Flowerpots, je suis allée visiter le parc zoologique de Champrepus. Arrivée là-bas je me suis rendue compte que ça n'était pas seulement un zoo mais une réserve zoologique qui montre combien tous ces animaux sont menacés d'extinction.
Des panneaux nous expliquent leurs environnements, comment ils ont été sauvés par les membres du zoo, comment ils se sont habitués à leurs nouvelles vies et tout cela dans d'excellentes conditions. Le zoo est propre, les lieux de vie des animaux sont impeccables, le personnel est prévenant et n'hésite pas à répondre à nos questions sur les animaux. Ce lieu est un tres bel endroit où parents et enfants trouveront leurs bonheurs. En effet bon nombre d'espaces de détente sont aménagés, des airs de jeux pour les enfants, des lieux pour se restaurer, des toilettes...
Le zoo de Champrepus est un endroit idéal pour passer un merveilleux moment." Mlle. M - Essonne Paris.