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Saint Sever Calvados - at the edge of the forest

Saint Sever Calvados is a bustling small market town which enjoys glorious surroundings, being set almost at the edge of the Forest of Saint Sever, in the Calvados department of Lower Normandy in northern France. Apple orchards abound, and make a very pretty backdrop to the traditional towns and villages of the region. Saint Sever Calvados is easily accessed from the UK, being close to the port of Caen, and is within reach of the great beaches and resort towns of the Normandy coast.

Saturday is market day

There is always something a bit special about a French market town, at least on market days when the streets fill with colour, sound and the evocative scents of local gastronomic specialities cooking. Saturday is market day in Saint Sever Calvados, and there can be few nicer ways to spend a Saturday morning than browsing the market stalls and picking up something tasty for your tea.

Amenities on offer, including an open air swimming pool

If you can't find everything you need in the market though, there is no need to travel, as Saint Sever is home to a handy collection of shops, with patisseries, café bars and restaurants for your enjoyment. Saint Sever opens its excellent and very popular open air swimming pool during the months of July and August, a great way to cool off if the weather is hot.

Sights and monuments to visit

Saint Sever Calvados is a town which is typical of its region, and the attractive stone houses with their grey slate roofs are authentic and attractive. Sights worth a look include the 11th century Abbey with lovely gardens and stained glass windows, the imposing Town Hall (once a monastery), an old apple crush that reflects the age old traditions of making Calvados and cider in the region, and a war cemetery with many British graves.

Out and about

Saint Sever Calvados occupies an ideal location that allows you to explore the best of the region easily, whatever it is that you want to see or do. The coast is ever near, with stunning towns such as Mont St Michel, great beaches like that found at Saint Cast le Guildo, the chic and lively resort town of Deauville, and historic Bayeux, home of the famous tapestry.

Explore the Forest of Saint Sever

The beautiful, cool dark depths of the Forest of Saint Sever are right on the doorstep, and walking in the woods brings an opportunity to see all kinds of flora and fauna. Sporting opportunities locally include golf, with a good 18-hole course very close to the town at Vire and another at Breville sur Mer.

How to get there

To travel to the area from the UK by air you can fly into Dinard or Rennes in nearby Brittany. Caen and Deauville airports are closer but currently do not have direct flights to/from the UK. Dinard is served by Aurigny and Ryanair, and Rennes by Flybe. Should you prefer to take the ferry, the port of Caen is the closest, with Cherbourg not too far away. Drivers can find Saint Sever close to the D524. The nearest major road is the A84 auto route.

Property prices and availability in and around Saint Sever Calvados

Lower Normandy and particularly inland towns such as Saint Sever Calvados, offer some excellent property bargains. The area is perfect for those wishing to keep horses or other livestock, and it is possible to find landed properties ideal for this purpose.

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Saint Sever Calvados AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Saint Sever Calvados?

Saint Sever Calvados is situated in the north of France. It lies in the south-west corner of the Calvados department, close to the border with the Manche department.

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Population: 1,325

Access: By air: Fly to Dinard or Rennes. By ferry: Caen is the nearest ferry port to Saint Sever, with Cherbourg and St Malo presenting other options. By road: The town is found close to the D524.

Economy: The economy is mainly agricultural, typically involving apple production for the famous Calvados brandy.

Interesting fact: Saint Sever Calvados is set on the edge of the beautiful and extensive Forest of Saint Sever.

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