What Visitors Say About Normandy

The last of this season’s guests left on 4 November. As well as the comments in the guest book, there was also a hug and very kind words about their time here. It was quite emotional! As a small business owner, feedback like that really means the world. I don’t have a boss or colleagues […]

What We Eat in Normandy at Christmas

Le réveillon is the Christmas meal traditionally eaten on the 24th December in the evening. More recently families have started enjoying two celebration meals – one on the 24th and another on the 25th – particularly if they spend time with both families. The entrée is very often oysters, foie gras or perhaps other shellfish. […]

A Day Out in Lucerne

Today I heard the story of how a young priest from Normandy succeeded in restoring a magnificent abbey that had been destroyed on three previous occasions. Lucerne Abbey was founded in the mid 12th century and destroyed during both the Hundred Years’ War and then during the Religious Wars. During the French Revolution a wealthy […]

A Bird’s Eye View of One of Normandy’s Finest Abbeys

The abbey at Hambye is very popular with the majority of my guests. It’s only 15 minutes away so perfect for a relaxing hour or two just wandering around. The abbey church is lacking a roof but what remains is magnificent and it’s not too difficult to imagine how it would have looked. Many of […]

If I Was A Tourist For A Day in Caen

  Once upon a time a young man called William made Caen in Normandy his main place of residence. However, he wasn’t just any young man; he was Duke of Normandy also known as William the Conqueror. Today, you can walk in his footsteps by visiting the abbeys he founded as well as the castle […]

Normandy’s Most Popular Visitor Attraction

A waiting list of almost 790 years for a facelift costing over 2.6 million euros … Was it worth the wait and the price tag? Absolutely! The cloister at Mont St Michel in Normandy was completed in 1228 and a year-long renovation project throughout 2017 has just ended. The photos in the link below show […]

What’s On – Normandy Christmas Markets

There’s a bumper crop of Christmas markets this weekend in Normandy – with over 20 happening in La Manche region alone. Normandy Christmas markets tend to be fairly traditional and often feature a ‘creche vivant’ and a (hopefully) well behaved donkey or cow. Most villages and towns are tastefully decorated with lights and there’s also […]

A Day Out in Coutances

If you’re coming to La Manche region of Normandy, I can highly recommend a day out in Coutances. It’s only 20 minutes away from the gite so it’s somewhere I go fairly often but it doesn’t fail to disappoint. The imposing cathedral dominates the skyline as you drive in to the town. And close up, […]

Where to Stop for Afternoon Tea in Granville

🎼Tea for two and two for tea🎶  Picorette is a delightful tea salon nestled in a quiet pedestrian street in Granville, Normandy. This is not a place to grab a quick cuppa in between shopping; instead you deliberate, savour and relax. The choice of teas is extensive – 146 of them to be precise – […]

My Favourite Boulangerie in Gavray

My favourite boulangerie in Gavray? It’s a difficult choice! Feeling peckish? Sunday is a very busy day for bakers as they do a roaring trade. It’s a day for people to spend time with family or friends while enjoy good food and wine. In Gavray, there are 3 boulangeries and they were all open this […]