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Home from home

Lower-Normandy is already a very popular region with the British due to its accessibility. It is similar to the UK in terms of both its countryside and its climate (although admittedly, having a climate like the UK is not necessarily a selling point!) Lower-Normandy was part of England in the middle ages - so it's no wonder it has the feel of home! Generally the landscape is one of rolling fields, rocky coastline and some gorges and small peaks.

A mix of coast and countryside

A patchwork of coast and countryside, Lower Normandy also has an unrivalled cultural and historical heritage. The region became known the world over following the D-Day Landings by Allied Forces on June 6th 1944, but has since healed its wounds. It now boasts vast sandy beaches along a welcoming coastline dotted with renowned seaside resorts. The beaches of Deauville, the wild Cotentin coasts, the harbour of Honfleur are all worth a visit. Also on offer are equally attractive and totally unspoilt areas of countryside, such as the Nez de Jobourg headland. The Bayeux Cathedral, the famous Haras in Orne and the Abbaye-aux-Hommes in Caen are additional attractions.

A productive land

Apart from tourism, the main economic activity is agriculture. Amongst other things, cider is distilled in Normandy to create fiery Calvados (commonly containing about 40% alcohol - though it can taste even stronger!)

Travel to Lower Normandy

There are currently no direct flights from the UK to Lower Normandy, but Rennes and Dinard in Brittany are within reach, as is Paris. However, there are plenty of alternatives. Ferries will take you to Ouistreham (Caen), Le Havre, Cherbourg and St-Malo. The Channel Tunnel is another option. If you don't want to take your car then the TGV train will take you down into Normandy via Le Havre, Caen and Cherbourg.

Property and prices

The coastline includes tourist resorts and fishing towns and villages. Properties on the coast and/or those with a sea view usually command a premium price. Property away from the coast is generally better value.

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Department Guides to Lower-Normandy

CALVADOS PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

The long sandy beaches of Calvados are ideal for bathing but also serve as a constant reminder of the not too distant past. There are plenty of museums up and down the department, which will keep you occupied as you seek out the historical sites. The easy-going capital of Caen is home to a monument for a peaceful future. Getting there is easy by ferry, train or plane.

MANCHE PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

The Manche stretches from Cherbourg in the north to Mont-St-Michel in the south and is rich in Anglo-Norman culture. Mont-St-Michel, dubbed 'the marvel of the western world' is perhaps one of the most impressive sights France has to offer. The department is attracting British buyers who are have been priced out of other more traditionally popular areas.

ORNE PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

Deep forests and flowing rivers set the tone for this down to earth department, not too far from Paris. It has two notable possessions, Normandy's only spa town, Bagnoles-de-L'Orne and the enchanting Chateau d'O. There are a number of great properties at affordable prices up for grabs here.

Town Guides to Lower-Normandy

AGON COUTAINVILLE PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

Agon Coutainville is a lovely beach resort that is found in the Lower Normandy department of Manche, in northern France. Blue Flag beaches and all the usual fun of the seaside is on offer in this attractive town, with excellent facilities and easy access from the UK all adding up to a very appealing package. The resort is actually a combination of two towns: Coutainville on the coast, and Agon set slightly inland.

ALENCON PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

Alençon, the principal town in the department of the Orne, in lower Normandy, is a busy and lively large market town set in picturesque Normandy countryside. The town has many lovely historic buildings in excellent condition, and its position in northern France means it is easily accessed from the UK.

ARGENTAN PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

The town of Argentan lies in the north of France in the Lower Normandy region. It is a thriving and developing centre of tourism today, although it was once almost decimated by war damage. The town has plenty of charm, however, and retains some of its old buildings and historical architectural interest. Argentan's two elegant cathedrals continue to attract visitors, as does the lovely and diverse countryside around the town.

AVRANCHES PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

Avranches is a lovely old market town that is situated on the Cotentin Peninsula on France's northern coast, in the region known as Lower Normandy or Basse Normandie. It is a popular seaside town that buzzes with life, especially in the summer season. Full of ancient buildings and atmosphere, Avranches lies close to another major tourist attraction, Mont St Michel.

BAGNOLES DE L'ORNE PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

The town of Bagnoles de l'Orne is a spa town renowned for its thermal waters which are said to be a cure for many complaints, and local legend has it that they have some quite magical rejuvenating qualities! Bagnoles is an attractive old town with some interesting examples of architecture from both the Belle Epoque era and from the Art Deco trend of the 1920s. The town lies in the lovely green and wooded region of Lower Normandy, in the north of France.

BARENTON PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

The small rural town of Barenton is found sleepily nestling in the green countryside of the lovely Manche department, in Lower Normandy in northern France. Easily accessed for weekends and short breaks from the UK, Barenton is also close to many of the region's best attractions.

BAYEUX PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

The town of Bayeux, famous of course, for the Bayeux Tapestry, is found in the north-west of France, in Lower Normandy. Set in beautiful countryside, and close to the Normandy beaches, Bayeux has much to offer in history, heritage, natural beauty and culture.

BRÉCEY PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

Brécey is a vibrant small town that lies in the lovely countryside of Lower Normandy, in north-west France. Having good local amenities itself, the town is also conveniently close to major attractions such as Mont St Michel and the seaside resorts, making it a great base for holidays.

CAEN PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

The town of Caen, the capital city of Basse-Normandie in northern France, is a beautiful and fascinating historical port town. Caen is both a lively and thriving centre of industry and also a tourist haven, combining cultural magnificence with more modern pleasures.

CARENTAN PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

Carentan is an attractive town that lies beside the famous Normandy landing beaches in the Manche department of Lower Normandy, northern France. The town occupies an interesting location in the unusual marshlands of the Carentan Marais, a fascinating area of marshes, narrow waterways, peat bogs and nature reserves that links the land to the estuary.

CARROUGES PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

Carrouges is a very pretty small market town that is found in the undulating countryside of Basse Normandie (Lower Normandy) in the north of France. Notable for its elegant chateau, the town has a terrific traditional French market every Wednesday where local produce, and of course local cider, can be purchased.

CHERBOURG PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

Cherbourg is a busy, historical port. Its history of warfare and seafaring make it an interesting place to visit.

CONDÉ SUR NOIREAU PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

The town of Condé sur Noireau lies in the Basse-Normandie (Lower Normandy) region of northern France. It is a market town with excellent shopping facilities and a popular market.

COUTANCES PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

Coutances, which lies in northern France in the department of Manche, is considered to be the prettiest town in Normandy. With its superb Gothic cathedral, delightful houses and gardens and air of peace and contentment, Coutances embodies all the best of Normandy.

COUTERNE PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

The delightful little market town of Couterne is set in the Orne department of Lower Normandy. Couterne is conveniently located close to many tourist attractions and historic sights, and is a lively small town with plenty of shops and services.

DEAUVILLE PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

Deauville is often thought of as the Northern Riviera. It is an affluent seaside resort with many casinos, a renowned horse racing track and a very popular beach. Many homes are owned by wealthy Parisians and prices are high.

DOMFRONT PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

Domfront is a delightfully well-preserved mediaeval fortified town lying in Basse-Normandie, or Lower Normandy, in the department of the Orne. Easily accessible from the ferry ports of Cherbourg, St-Malo and Le Havre, the town is a great location for property seekers who want a slice of beautiful historical France, but don't want to travel for days to get there.

FLERS PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

The town of Flers, in Basse-Normandy in northern France, is a large and historic town with a sizeable commercial centre. The rail station links to Paris, making rail travel to and from the capital a simple matter, taking around two hours and making commuting a possibility.

GAVRAY PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

Gavray is a colourful little market town found in the Manche department of Lower Normandy in northern France. With handy shops, bars and restaurants, the town is perfectly placed for enjoying all the attractions of the area and has easy access from the UK.

GER PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

The attractive, small market village of Ger is found in the lush, green Normandy countryside of the Manche department in Lower Normandy. Ger is conveniently close to the ferry ports for ease of travel, and also within easy reach of the main attractions of the region.

GRANVILLE PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

Granville is a good sized seaside town situated in northern France, in the Manche department of Normandy. The town has a turbulent history, and there are still visible signs of its role in the Second World War. The town has good beaches and all facilities making it an ideal family destination, easily accessible from the UK.

HAMBYE PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

The lovely village of Hambye lies in the Manche department of Lower Normandy. Hambye is perfectly located for holidaying in this historic region of France, near to world famous attractions such as the Bayeux Tapestry, the resorts and beaches of the Norman coast and the D-Day Beaches. It's also easily accessed from the UK, being close to the ferry ports of Caen, Cherbourg and St Malo.

HONFLEUR PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

Honfleur is a lively and colourful fishing port town lying in the Calvados department of Basse Normandie, or Lower Normandy. The town has a rich heritage in many fields, including its fishing traditions, its maritime trades in salt and other goods and its artistic links with impressionism.

ISIGNY LE BUAT PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

Isigny le Buat is a large village found in the green countryside of the Manche department of Lower Normandy in northern France. The village is well equipped with all basic services and amenities, and is handily located for getting to all the major tourist attractions of the region.

JUVIGNY SOUS ANDAINE PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

Juvigny sous Andaine is a village which is found in pretty countryside close to the popular spa town of Bagnoles sur l'Orne, in the Orne department of Lower Normandy in northern France. The village is perfectly located for enjoying the beaches and the sea, the heritage towns and battlefields for which the area is so notable, and the unspoiled Norman countryside.

L'AIGLE PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

L'Aigle is a lovely, historic town which is situated in the Orne department of Lower Normandy, in northern France. The town is named for an eagle (the translation of L'Aigle), found nesting while the castle was being built. L'Aigle has a stunning setting, being located in a glorious countryside of rich, rolling meadows and woodlands, yet only a short drive from the coast.

LA FERTÉ MACÉ PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

La Ferté Macé is a lively small market town that is situated in the Orne department of the Basse Normandie (Lower Normandy) region of northern France. With its unusual twin spired church and pretty lakeside setting, the town also makes a great base for further exploration of the Lower Normandy region.

LE MÊLE-SUR-SARTHE PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

Le Mêle-sur-Sarthe is a pretty little village which sits in the green heart of southern Normandy, in the ancient region of Perche. Le Mêle-sur-Sarthe has only 644 inhabitants, but its traditionally constructed stone and timber houses and farmsteads in the beautiful countryside surrounding the village, offer some great opportunities for property seekers.

LE TEILLEUL PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

The lively village of Le Teilleul lies in the Manche department in Lower Normandy in northern France. Its location, amid peaceful countryside and close to the lovely coast, as well as being within easy reach of the ferry ports and the main attractions of the region, makes it a perfect place to find a weekend bolthole to escape the stresses and strains of life in modern Britain.

LISIEUX PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

Lisieux, a city in Lower Normandy, is the second most visited religious site in France after Lourdes. The home town and resting place of the relics of Sainte Thérèse, Lisieux has a stunning Basilica which draws lovers of beautiful architecture as well as pilgrims to the town. Lisieux is also easily accessible from the UK, with the port of Le Havre lying just half an hour's drive away.

MORTAGNE-AU-PERCHE PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

The market town of Mortagne-au-Perche lies in the north of France, in the region of Lower Normandy. It is a haven for lovers of beautiful countryside and especially for admirers of the wonderful French heavy horse, the Percheron, for whom this town is home. Historic and very beautiful, Mortagne-au-Perche is a treasure waiting to be discovered.

MORTAIN PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

The market town of Mortain is found in the Manche department of Lower Normandy in northern France, close to the many attractions of this lovely area. The town itself is beautiful and historic, with several sights of interest in addition to a great range of shops and services. It lies within easy reach of the wonderful Normandy coast, making it a great location for holidays.

OUISTREHAM PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

Ouistreham is a harbour town that not only provides the port for the ferries travelling to and from the important town of Caen, but is also part of the northern French Riviera... the collection of lovely Normandy beach resorts offering sun and fun holidays with a touch of class and oodles of history.

PERCY PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

The little town of Percy lies in the Manche department of Lower Normandy in northern France. It's a pleasant town, calm and attractive. And, it's close to many of the region's top attractions and also to the ferry ports for easy access from the UK.

RÂNES PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

The peaceful and pretty village of Rânes is found in the Orne department of Lower Normandy in the north of France. Easily accessed from the UK, Rânes is an ideal spot for weekend breaks, and this coupled with its low property prices makes it a very desirable spot for British property seekers. Although Rânes is inland, the coast is within easy driving distance.

SAINT GERMAIN DE TALLEVENDE LA LANDE VAUMONT PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

Saint Germain de Tallevende la Lande Vaumont is found in the Basse-Normandie department of northern France. Despite its enormous name, it is actually a very small place, just a friendly rural village of less than 2,000 inhabitants. Saint Germain de Tallevende la Lande Vaumont lies in the beautiful countryside of the Virois Bocage, an area of rolling hills and meadows, orchards and forests that is typical of the Calvados department of Normandy.

SAINT HILAIRE DU HARCOUET PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

The town of Saint Hilaire du Harcouet is found in the Lower Normandy region of northern France. It is an historic and attractive market town with many original features, and lies close to the stunning regional attraction of Mont St Michel. All the beautiful beaches and lively resorts of the Basse Normandie coast are accessible, and it takes only a short journey from the UK to be there!

ST LÔ PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

The town of St-Lô, in Normandy, is impossible to separate from its history. It is the capital of the Manche department and is a large town with all amenities for modern life. Yet signs of its wartime involvement are everywhere, and it is only some twenty minutes away from the famous beaches where the Normandy Landings took place.

SAINT SEVER CALVADOS PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

Saint Sever Calvados is a small market town that is found in the pretty countryside of the Calvados department of Lower Normandy, in the north of France. Within a short drive of the port of Caen, Saint Sever Calvados is well placed for ease of access from the UK, and hence an ideal spot to find that weekend bolthole in France.

SÉES PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

The town of Sées, which is found in Lower Normandy in northern France, is an ancient episcopal town which is best known for its glorious twin-spired cathedral. The town is popular with tourists these days and stages some spectacular light shows in the summer.

SOURDEVAL PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

The small market town of Sourdeval sits in the typically Norman countryside known as the "Bocage" in the department of the Manche in the north of France. The Bocage is a softly undulating land of green meadows, distinctive, high hedgerows and cider orchards. Sourdeval is a pretty, cheerful town with good local amenities and well placed for accessing the sights and splendours of Normandy.

TESSÉ LA MADELEINE PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

Tessé la Madeleine is a village that is found in the Orne department of Lower Normandy, in northern France. Sited next door to the popular spa town of Bagnoles de l'Orne, Tessé is an attractive village which retains its own identity whilst benefiting from the proximity of Bagnoles.

TINCHEBRAY PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

The charming mediaeval town of Tinchebray is located in the Orne department of Lower Normandy. This part of north-western France is easily accessed from the UK, making Tinchebray a perfect spot to own a getaway weekend cottage.

VALOGNES PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

The town of Valognes is found in the north of France, in the Manche department of Lower Normandy. An elegant and attractive town, once the home of many aristocratic families and wealthy merchants, it has a refined air, and is a peaceful and classy alternative to the more touristy approach of the beach resorts.

VILLEDIEU LES POÊLES PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

The town of Villedieu les Poêles is a very pretty town in Lower Normandy in the north of France. Famous for its copper pans and bells, the town is a popular tourist trap in the summer, and is easily accessed from the UK thanks to its proximity to the ferry ports.

VILLERS SUR MER PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

Villers sur Mer is a popular and pretty seaside town which is located in Lower Normandy, in the Calvados department. Famous for being crossed by the Greenwich Meridian Line, this little town has a beautiful sandy beach, elegant old houses and a lively centre.

VIMOUTIERS PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

Vimoutiers is a peaceful rural town which lies in the Orne department of Lower Normandy. Set amidst the apple orchards and lush pastures of this lovely area, Vimoutiers is a perfect location for those who love the countryside, the tranquillity of a rural lifestyle and the supreme gastronomy of Normandy.

VIRE PROPERTY GUIDE MAP

The near destruction of the town at the end of the Second World War has not hampered the outstanding natural and architectural beauty of Vire. The town is closely knit with cultural fibre.

Lower-Normandy AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Lower-Normandy?

In the north-west of France Lower-Normandy is conveniently placed with easy connections to the UK and the rest of France.

IN RELATION TO THE REST OF FRANCE

Lower-Normandy Property Map

WHICH DEPARTMENTS ARE IN Lower-Normandy?

DEPARTMENT GUIDES

Calvados Guide

Manche Guide

Orne Guide



GUIDES TO THE TOWNS/CITIES IN Lower-Normandy

Agon Coutainville Guide

Alencon Guide

Argentan Guide

Avranches Guide

Bagnoles de l'Orne Guide

Barenton Guide

Bayeux Guide

Brécey Guide

Caen Guide

Carentan Guide

Carrouges Guide

Cherbourg Guide

Condé sur Noireau Guide

Coutances Guide

Couterne Guide

Deauville Guide

Domfront Guide

Flers Guide

Gavray Guide

Ger Guide

Granville Guide

Hambye Guide

Honfleur Guide

Isigny le Buat Guide

Juvigny sous Andaine Guide

L'Aigle Guide

La Ferté Macé Guide

Le Mêle-sur-Sarthe Guide

Le Teilleul Guide

Lisieux Guide

Mortagne-au-Perche Guide

Mortain Guide

Ouistreham Guide

Percy Guide

Rânes Guide

Saint Germain de Tallevende la Lande Vaumont Guide

Saint Hilaire du Harcouet Guide

St Lô Guide

Saint Sever Calvados Guide

Sées Guide

Sourdeval Guide

Tessé la Madeleine Guide

Tinchebray Guide

Valognes Guide

Villedieu les Poêles Guide

Villers Sur Mer Guide

Vimoutiers Guide

Vire Guide

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