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Carrouges - a chateau town

There is always something about a town that is topped off by a castle, as is the lively little market town of Carrouges, in the Lower Normandy region. Carrouges has the advantage of being set in delightful, typically lush, Norman countryside, and offers the delights of locally produced cider and creamy Camembert cheese to tempt you to stay. The chateau is impressive, not just a pile of old stones as are so many, sadly, but a real castle that can be visited.

Buy the local specialities from Carrouges's weekly market

Market day is Wednesday, and that gives you the perfect excuse to become French for a day, pick up your basket and head off to bag yourself the best of the delicious local produce that is offered on the colourful stalls. As this is Normandy, the goodies are especially tasty, with fabulous creamy cheeses such as Camembert, bubbly ciders that make such a perfect partner for cheese, locally grown fruits and veg and much, much more.

Visit the wonderful chateau

Other than the market, Carrouges has a selection of useful local shops, supermarkets, doctors, banks, sports facilities and all the things you need for your everyday life. There are also several good restaurants to enjoy when you feel like letting someone else do the cooking! The pièce de résistance, of course, is the large, grand chateau which is open to the public.

Lots to see and do

Lower Normandy and the area around Carrouges are packed with things to do and see. There are many World War sites to visit, beautiful beaches, fun-filled seaside resorts and any amount of beautiful, unspoiled country to explore. Local activities include horse-riding, cycling, walking, swimming, sailing, boules, tennis and golf, but there are many more available round and about.

Explore the nearby towns

Towns in the area worth a visit are Alençon, the capital of the department, the gorgeous historic town of Argentan, the spa town of Bagnoles de l'Orne, the river port of Honfleur, the seaside resorts of Deauville and Trouville and the beautiful mediaeval town of Domfront.

How to get there

Fly to Rennes, Tours, Dinard or Paris, or hop on the ferry to any of the northern ferry ports. St Malo, Caen, Le Havre and Cherbourg are nearby. Cherbourg, Evreux and Caen also have TGV stations for those who like to travel by rail. If driving, you will find Carrouges from either the A88 or A28 motorways, and/or the N12.

Property prices and availability in and around Carrouges

Carrouges offers some quite reasonably priced property, and a fair variety of property types. If you fancy a little work, you can currently (December 2011) pick up a barn to restore for just 23,000 Euros, but if you want something a little more spacious and ready to live in, there are also some lovely houses on the market.

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Carrouges AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Carrouges?

Carrouges is situated in the north of France. It lies in the south of the Orne department, slightly to the west of the centre south.

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IN THE REGION OF LOWER-NORMANDY

Lower-Normandy Guide

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IN THE DEPARTMENT OF ORNE

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Population: 733


Access: By air: Fly to Rennes, Dinard, Tours or Paris. By boat: The ports of St Malo, Caen, Cherbourg and Le Havre are the nearest. By rail: Take to TGV to Evreux, Caen or Cherbourg. By road: The town lies near the A88 and A28 motorways, and the N12.


Economy: The economy is mainly agricultural.


Interesting fact: Carrouges was once named "Carrouges the Mountain".

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