Normandy Real Estate
Normandy is the land of cream and apples and poignant Second World War cemeteries. The landscape is one of manoirs and châteaux, perfect orchards, thatched cottages, tall hedgerows and beech woods carpeted with bluebells in the spring. White cliffs surround the beaches, most spectacularly at Etretat - and Mont St. Michel. The steep valley of the Orne is known as Swiss Normandy, where hills roll away to the west.
Normandy owes its name to the northmen or Vikings, who seized the region in the 9th century. The Normans also ruled southern Italy and Sicily and the profits from their conquests went into new cities, brick and wood manoirs and churches. A good half of medieval Normandy belonged to the Benedictines, who originated a unique style of Romanesque architecture. The Normans later built elegant Renaissance châteaux and mansions.
The area around the seaside town of Dieppe, with its lawns and promenades, narrow streets and fish restaurants, is particularly unspoilt. Within this tapestry of cider orchards and dairy farms interrupted with tiny country lanes, you will find idyllic gingerbread houses with criss-cross timbering, wattle and daub, capped with steep pitched roofs. Honfleur, near Le Harve, with its 17th century dock basin trimmed with tall, thin houses is extremely seductive. Impressionists were inspired here, Joan of Arc made history here and Monet painted here and monks still sing out their Greforian chants. The Cherbourg peninsular is popular and pretty, with long sandy beaches, rocky clifftops and picturesque French ports.
The seaside resorts offer extensive leisure and sporting activities, especially windsurfing. Whilst inland there are facilities for golfing, riding and fishing.
The Orne Valley and Parc Naturel de Brotonne make especially good walking terrain. One can also visit the Normandy beaches and war museums, Monet's gardens at Giverny; medieval Bayeaux and its tapestry.
Mont St. Michel, the former monastery and prison, marks the boundary with Brittany and is very popular with tourists.
Normandy Real Estate
Farmhouse in Betw St Lo and Bayeux
Farmhouse with outbuildings and 47 hectares of land, including milking sheds and hay shed. The ground floor comprises: fitted kitchen, dining room/ lounge with fireplace, back kitchen, office, bathroo...
House in Isigny Sur Mer
ISIGNY SUR MER, Large property comprising house, gite, and guest house on 550m2 of land. House: On the ground floor: Kitchen with parquet floor 12m2, Dining area 33m2, wc, veranda. On the first ...
Farmhouse in Location witheld
Stone farmhouse situated on 1.98 hectares of land, comprising of: 2 gites and a campsite. Farmhouse featues, on the ground floor: entrance hall, 20m2 kitchen, 25m2 lounge/dining area, laundry room a...
House in Coutances
Located in the Coutances area only10km from the sea, this superb character property is set on 5 hectares of land and comprises of 2 separated habitations + a gite. 1st house comprises of a large di...
House in Betw. St Lo and Villedieu
Beautiful property on land of 5.000sqm. It comprises entrance, fitted kitchen, lounge with fireplace and insert, large dining room 40sqm with fireplace and exposed beams, big back kitchen, shower roo...
House in Caumont L’Evente
Superb old farm, lots of character, on 2.6 hectares of land, with a private access. Habitation comprising on the ground floor : lounge / dining area with tiled floor, fitted kitchen, lounge, bedroom, ...
House in Caumont L’Evente
Character property comprising of habitation with outbuildings and gite on 3,000m2 of land. Built in stone with a slate roof. Main house comprises of, on the ground floor: 12m2 fitted kitchen, 55m2 l...
House in Betw. St Lo and Coutances
Beautiful property with outbuildings on land of 7 hectares. Comprising: entrance, fitted kitchenof 33 m2, dining room with wooden floor of 33 m2, room, of 22 m2, office of 25 m2, back kitchen, WC...
House in Betw. St Lo and Hambye
2 habitations on 4000m2 of land. First habitation comprising : entrance, large dining area with a fireplace, kitchen. On the first floor : 3 bedrooms, bathroom and dressing room. Attic which could ...
House in Coutances area
15 minutes from the seaside is this lovely stone property comprising on the ground floor: entrance, conservatory, WC with basin, 25m kitchen, back kitchen. Dining room with fireplace and fitted kitche...
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