1. Château Saint-Germain de Livet
Drive: 30 mins
Address: 14100 Saint-Germain de Livet. Tel: 02 31 31 00 03
Stunning castle lost in the picturesque countryside. There is a pretty chapel to visit as well and a cafe.
2. Le Haras National du Pin
Drive: 35 mins
Price: Very reasonable, costs 7 euro Adult (with tour 11.50euro), children under 7 free.
Address: 61310 Le Pin au Haras. Tel: 02 33 36 68 68
The French National Stud, Le Haras du Pin was built by Louis XIV in 1714, thus known as the “Versailles for horses” with 2,500 acre estate. Well worth a visit. There are excellent French/English guided tours of the stables and grounds and a small cafe with good freshly made filled baguette and coffees.
Every Thursday afternoon in high season there is a fun Stallion parade to music at 3pm with traditional horses and carriages– please look at the website for details. Arrive around 2.15pm. Costs around 7euro.
There is the Chateau Le Bourg St Leonard further on from Le Haras National du Pin to visit – so one could visit both in one day. There is a Bistrot near the Haras for lunch.
3. The Second World War Museum and Memorial de Montormel
Drive: 15 mins
Price: Adults 5.50euro, children 2.50euro
Address: Memorial de Montormel, Les Hayettes, 61160 Montormel. Tel 02 33 67 38 61
An unforgettable experience of the battle of Normandy.
4. Manoir de Bellou
Drive: 30 mins
Address: Commune de Bellou, 14140 Livarot
One of the biggest and loveliest 15th-16th century manoirs of the Pays D’Auge. Contains paintings of 16th century.
Drive: 5 mins
Visit the Camembert cheese making museum. Turn off the road to Vimoutier.
6. Parc Festyland
Drive: Over 1 hour
Price: Adult ticket, 18euro, child under 12years, 15.50euro
Address: Route de Caumont BP 50, 14760 Bretteville sur Odon
A brilliant funfair for all the family – good rides and cafes. To get to Festyland you drive on country roads and through the pretty town of Falaise, (where you can visit William the Conquerors Castle). A good day out.
7. Towns of Vimoutier, Orbec
Drive: 5 mins
Are good place to have a drink and shop. Vimoutier has lots of food shops including some great Patisseries and Boulanger’s. It has a Carrefour and an Aldi.
A beautiful town with a picturesque port with fabulous restaurants and bars. Among other things there are the Eugène Boudin Museum and the Church of St Catherine to visit.
For children the coastal village of Villerville is very appealing as there is a great beach – it is also very charming and not too big. Trouville and Deauville are relatively unspoilt and fun to visit, very Gigi! Houlgate and Cabourg have excellent beaches too.
10. Pays D’Auge
In the local area of the Pays d’Auge, you will find both a Route du Fromage and a Route du Cidre, taking in locally produced cheeses, such as Camembert, Pont L’Eveque and Livarot.