Our Normandy farmhouse chambres d’hôtes provide an idyllic, peaceful rural setting in North Western France, from which our guests can explore the coastlines, the beautiful unspoiled countryside, the historic market towns and heritage sites of both Normandy and Brittany. Our chambres d’hôtes are ideally placed for visitors seeking any or all of the following:
● Rest and relaxation
● Outdoor activities such as fishing, walking or cycling
● An immersion in the French rural way of life
● An opportunity to experience local heritage and history
Our typical country farmhouse, set in large gardens with an orchard, is close to the tiny village of Vessey, in the south-west corner of Normandy, just a few kilometres from the border with Brittany. It offers a perfect rural retreat, away from the bustle of city life, and is ideal for people looking to enjoy the friendly bars and restaurants of the surrounding villages and towns.
The charming town of Pontorson, for example, has a busy market on Wednesday mornings and the main street offers a great opportunity to sit and ‘people watch’ over a cup of coffee. Saint James, a town famous as the home of William the Conqueror, is just 5 minutes’ drive away. The American War Cemetery and gardens there are awe-inspiring.
Also a short drive from our Normandy chambres d’hôtes is the Mont St Michel, an 8th century Benedictine monastery surrounded by sea, and the second most visited tourist site in France after Paris. Close by also is the beautiful port of St. Malo which offers easy access for day trips to the Channel Islands.
It’s quick and easy to drive to picturesque fishing villages, such as Cancale to the west and Honfleur to the north. To the north also are the famous tapestry at Bayeux, and the D-Day landing beaches between Cherbourg and Caen.
There are two double bedrooms, both with en-suites and continental breakfast included in the price. There is also free parking in the front courtyard and free WiFi throughout the property. Evening meals are available on request for which 24 hours’ notice is required.
With over 355 kilometres of coastline in the Manche region of Normandy it is an extremely popular area for fishing enthusiasts. It boasts a large selection of crustaceans and fish including Lobster, Oysters and Atlantic Salmon. Brittany, with its 1300 kilometres of coastline, also offers a large choice and specialises in breeding beds for oysters and mussels with the famous Moules Marinières (mussels in white wine and garlic) being very popular in the restaurants with locals and tourists alike.
There are numerous rivers, lakes and reservoirs for fresh water fishing, all of which stock a diverse choice for both fly and bait fishing, including pike, carp, trout and salmon. Listed below are four of the most easily accessible fishing areas:
Sacey ~ 5 minutes’ drive from here: Brown trout, rainbow trout, carp, roach, tench.
The 6.2 kms of river and stream fishing around Sacey whose high quality waters flow faster and deeper according to climatic conditions, offer plentiful fish in the season. Willow and alder lined river banks make fishing here easy and pleasurable. The waters suit all fishing techniques and are open to beginners and experts alike. The upstream areas, with denser bank-side growth, are more suitable for experienced fishermen, who will no doubt be attracted by the lure of really good-sized brown trout.
All techniques permitted. Not allowed, however, are either wading or fishing for the salmon present in these waters.
St. James ~ 10 minutes’ drive from here: Brown trout.
Granite blocks strewn along the bed of the River Beuvron around Saint James provide waters where fast flowing currents alternate with deeper, calmer sections. For fly-fishing a small 9 ft rod is recommended. There is plenty of fishing available in this area of wooded countryside which is home to a diversity of wildlife, including deer.
All techniques permitted; wading allowed, as is the wearing of polarised, reflective sunglasses. Minimum catch size is 25 cm.
Vezins ~ 15 minutes’ drive from here: Common bleak, bream, pike, carp, roach, zander, rudd, perch.
The 100 hectare, 30 metre deep lake at Vézins is a reservoir containing many species of white fish and the carnivorous carp, which are caught more easily by boat. Most of the lakeside is densely wooded, with some exceptions, including the long stretch at La Pommerais. Carp in the lake can reach over 15kg although the average is between 8kg and 12kg. Downstream from the ‘lac de Vézins’ is another lake, ‘Le Lac de la Roche qui Boit’, (the lake of the drinking rock), whose fishing credentials mirror those of the lac de Vézins.
Carp fishing at night is authorised but killing is not allowed. Navigation is permitted, with a maximum speed limit of 6km per hour at a minimum distance of 25 metres from the lakeside.
Ducey ~ 20 minutes’ drive from here: ~ brown trout, sea trout, Atlantic salmon, chubb.
The river Sélune at Ducey is one of the best areas for fishing salmon, who love its cavernous depths. Up to 15 metres wide in places, the river has an average depth of 1.5 metres, increasing to 4 metres in places. Because of the water release from the dam upstream and the water depth in this stretch of the river, neither wading nor fishing from within the water is allowed, but the long and uninterrupted river banks provide ample access to excellent fishing.
N.B. We can arrange all licences for fishing
If fishing is not the only thing you love to do, there is plenty more to occupy your time. Listed below are a few ideas.
Rennes: The capital of Brittany and a great place to shop.
Avranches: This large town is raised high above sea level which offers great views of the Mont St. Michel and surrounding areas.
Mont St. Michel: The second most visited place in France, Paris being the first.
Dinan: The old town dating from the 15th and 16th centuries has timber framed medieval town houses and cobbled streets. At the bottom of the walled town is the river Rance with restaurants offering al fresco dining in the summer overlooking the waterfront.
Vezins: For a hot summer day, a trip to the Autre Café for lunch by the lake is an experience not to be missed.
'Emaus' - Fougères and Hédé: Emaus is the French version of a second-hand market offering anything you could think of in the way of furniture, clothes, bric-a-brac etc. Great for finding a bargain. Both Fougères and Hédé are open on Wednesdays and Saturday mornings. Both are on the way to Rennes.
Parc Floral de Haute Bretagne: Botanical gardens on the way to Fougères where, on a sunny day, you can take a picnic and stroll around amongst the wonderful and diverse choice of flora.
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