Ideally located for exploring country and coast, woods and waterfalls, towns and villages, and all the history and gastronomic delights Normandy has to offer.

Normandy - a beautiful pastoral part of France with rolling landscapes, empty roads and quiet lanes.






Normandy is famous for locally produced Calvados, cider, cheeses, dairy produce, apples and pears.The nearby coast produces an abundance of seafood. Buy at the market in the busy towns nearby or sample the delights of Norman gastronomy at the many restaurants suited to all pockets.



Fresh seafood, St Malo

Mortain's hillside location affords it commanding views over the surrounding countryside, which gave it strategic importance during WW2.

Aside from the town's historical heritage, it has a number of natural attractions. An ideal location for walking, cycling, and visiting the abundance of historical sights, places of natural beauty, or just relaxing. A selection of local maps and useful guides, leaflets and books are always available at the cottage, with more at the Mortain Tourist Information Office. The town also has an open air heated swimming pool from June to September, indoor swimming is available at St Hilaire du Harcouet and Vire. Sporting activities to suit all tastes can be found locally; tennis, rock climbing, fitness trail, cycling, woodland walks, are all situated in Mortain. Horseriding, golf, fishing and boating, kayaking and paragliding are found slightly further away



Walk or cycle along the many tracks and trails

La Petite Cascade, Mortain





February
Winter scene from the view point


Le Mont St.Michel is 45 minutes from the cottage, one of the most visited attractions in France.



The historic towns of St. Malo, Dinan, Vitre and Rennes in Brittany, and Mayenne in the Pays de la Loire, can all be reached in around an hour and a half. Excellent for shopping, castles, medieval architecture, and fine dining. There are good beaches at St.Malo, and boat hire on the river at Dinan and Mayenne. The bay of Le Mont St Michel offers a varied coastline, beaches and cliff paths.



Vieux port, Dinan


Lessay les Chateaux

Places of Interest:
There are many historic and natural sites to be explored. Normandy has many associations with World history; Norman Conquests of 1066, illustrated in the famous tapestry at Bayeux, and the Normandy beach landings for example. There are many Medieval towns within easy reach of the cottage; Falaise, the birth place of William the Conquerer, Dinan, Domfront. The D-Day landing beaches are around 90 minutes drive away, as is the Caen Memorial Museum, whilst Mortain was a strategic location during the Battle for Normandy in World War II and there is a small American War Memorial at the Petite Chapelle. From the sweeping Bay of Mont St Michel to the fishing ports of Granville and Cancale there are many beautiful beaches to spend a day on the sand. The coastal cliffs and dunes of the Cherbourg Peninsula is easily reached. You can take a boat to the Iles de Chausey or the Channel Islands from Granville, or visit the wildlife observatories at the Cotentin marshes, near St Lo. The markets at Vire, St Hilaire, shops in Granville, Rennes and Dinan are excellent.Or if you fancy complete realxation indulge in a spa at the spa town of Bagnoles de l'Orne, deep in the forest.


Beautiful coastline is an hour away


Orchards at La Maison de la pomme et de la poire


Rennes


Caen

For Children:
There are many places of interest and activities for children of all ages. For younger children the Village Enchante at Bellefontaine is about ten minutes drive from the property, Festyland is a theme park at Caen, there is a zoo at Jurques, between Vire and Caen. Beware of the crocodiles at the Bay of Mont St Michel! Others may enjoy the caves at Souterroscope, the leisure park at Ange Michel has something for everyone from ponies to a toboggan run, whilst the zip wires and bungee jumping at Souleuvre Viaduct are for the really brave! Two hours away at Cherbourg is the impressive Cite de la Mer sea life centre, where you can take a tour round a huge submarine, there is also the Oceanarium at St Malo. Castles are plentiful and Fougeres castle is a not to be missed medieval fortress, walled towns and other fortifications are close by and will fire the imagination. For horse and pony lovers there are the stud farms at St Lo and Haras du Pin and Bagnoles. The Normandy Horse Show takes place mid August.



Fougeres Castle



Medieval Festival at Bures les Monts

Activities:
There is a vast array of outdoor activities from the door of the cottage. Woodland strolls and day long hikes or cycle routes, maps and guides are provided at the cottage to help you make the most of your stay. Try out Velorailing along old railway lines at several locations for cycling with a difference! If you fancy taking to the water it can be as energetic or as lazy as you wish from pedalo on the lake at Bagnoles de L'Orne or Ferte Mace to a descent of the River Vire and River Orne over weirs and rapids in a canoe. Pony trekking and horse riding are available locally. Climbing sites are available in Mortain, Fosse Arthur and slightly further afield in the Suisse Normandy region.


Canoeing in Suisse Normandie at Pont D'Ouilly


Haras Du Pin, Equestrian Spectacle each Thursday afternoon in Summer



Sand yachting, St Benoit-des-Ondes


A stay in the cottage would not be complete without sampling the apple and pear cider, Calvados, cheeses and other dairy products from the local establishments.

A holiday experience for all awaits.....