Normandy is famously the land of Camembert cheese and Calvados, a traditional drink that tastes of apples and is drunk as an aperitif before meals. The region is for the most part rural, with cows outnumbering humans in many areas. Nonetheless, this region of France has lovely beaches and historic cities, and with a great choice of historic holiday cottages in Normandy, you’ll have the perfect base for exploring the wider area.
Use the feature list on our website to make your choice of the wide range of historic holiday cottages in Normandy and decide which is best for you. They all offer excellent facilities in a heritage setting, often retaining many of their original fixtures and fittings, which adds to the atmosphere and fun of a holiday here. With superb transport links and a choice of options for getting around quickly and conveniently, you’ll have the whole region effectively at your fingertips.
Normandy’s landscapes of lush fields and winding hedgerows is reminiscent of many parts of the UK, but when you’re staying at any of the historic cottages in Normandy you feel that you’re definitely in France. This is especially true if you’re within sight of a famous landmark such as Mont Saint-Michel with its soaring towers and fairytale-castle silhouette, but the D-Day beaches too are scattered with reminders of the famous allied invasion of Europe towards the end of World War II. This is also home to the world-famous Bayeux Tapestry, a reminder of an earlier invasion. The coastal landscapes are dramatic, with pebbly beaches and sheer cliffs, but there are also many quiet villages and some of the finest museums in France to enjoy exploring at your own pace. Some of the prettiest towns include Le Havre, Honfleur and the magnificent city of Rouen.
Rouen is home to one of the finest of Europe’s many stunning cathedrals and is a highlight of any visit to this part of France. Staying at historic cottages in Normandy you can see the spot in the central square where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake in 1431. Rouen is also convenient as a base for exploring other parts of northern Normandy.
Bayeux attracts millions of visitors each year, most of them coming to see the 70m-long Bayeux Tapestry, but on historical holidays in Normandy you can also enjoy the magnificent cathedral and stroll around the town’s narrow, cobbled streets.