Chez Agnes in Lapenty is a traditional family run French restaurant with wheelchair access. The meals are hearty and typical of Normandy cuisine. The meats are grilled on the open fire and cooked perfectly. 

 

Distillery Coquerel is situated in Milly which is only 1km form our gite. This is the foremost distillery in this region which produces the world famous Calvados. This is apple brandy which has been produced for centuries. The distillery is open daily to visitors; the tour starts with a small video which explains a little about the family, the chateau and the manufacture process, this leads on to a guided tour culminating in the  "tasting room" There is no charge for tourists!!!

 

Less than 15 minutes away is Mortain, which has a panoramic view of the bay from 'Le Petite Chapelle.' Here is a monument to honour Eisenhower in the memory of the WW2 Battle of Mortain. The view from here is quite outstanding, and is illuminated at night. Also in Mortain, reached from the car park, are two waterfalls, 'La grande' and 'La petite.' Picnic areas are provided at each, and the rocks and scenery provide great photographs.

 

L'Ange Michel is a fantastic family day out and is only 20 minutes from us. The attractions include karting, "Aquasplash" (speed slide in a boat), water park, roller coasters, flying chair, Merry-go-round, roller coasters, horse riding and many more. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of this magical, natural and welcoming place. There is also catering on site. 

 

 

Nearby Fougeres is an old walled city with a wonderful chateau, the grounds of which are accessible by wheelchair. Also if you walk anti-clockwise around the castle, you will find a wonderful medieval area of old twisted houses. These are well worth a photograph. There are lots of restaurants, cafes and shops around the chateau. Further into the town, near the theatre is a big square with fountain, which also has lovely restaurants for lunch, and light meals such as galettes. Fougeres also has a bowling alley and cinema by 'The Forum de la Gare' shopping area.

 

 If you wish to visit Mont St Michel, a wheelchair could only access the first level, restaurants and shops. You could park at Beauvoir, and walk as far as you wished towards the Mont. This gives you the wonderful scenery and views, without the hassle of crowds.

 

The American Cemetery at St.James is easily accessible by wheelchair, and the staff here are very helpful if you have any enquiries to make.

 

The beaches nearby are very safe and accessible with wonderful scenery. Carolles is our favourite beach, as one side has rocks and rock pools where you can see people collecting shellfish. The other side has a large smooth area of sand. Further up the coast the scenery becomes more rugged with great cliff views. Granville is a lovely historic town to visit, but the beach is not as good as Carolles although it does have a promenade suitalbe for wheelchairs. Christian Dior gardens here are easily accessible, and have free entrance. The museum is in the gardens too, but there is a charge for entrance.Whatever type of holiday you want, you will find it within this area on the Normandy/Brittany border, and we will always be happy to point you in the right direction.

 

 Bayeux  is a wonderful mediaeval town full of interesting streets, shops and restaurants not forgetting the famous tapestry. A unique masterpiece in the world, the Bayeux Tapestry is actually an embroidery made from wool on linen canvas during the 11th century. 70m long and 50cm high, it recounts, simply but with a wealth of detail, how and why William the Conqueror conquered England on 14 October 1066. Unaccompanied visit to the exhibition and audiovisual rooms also a Tapestry visit with earphones (11 languages simultaneously).

 

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