... a lot more than you might expect.
We pride ourselves in promoting how quiet a rural location we are in. You only have us and our animals as immediatate neighbours and the gite is surrounded on all 4 sides with stunning Normandy countryside. However that does not mean we are so far out in the sticks that there is nothing to do locally. The nearest towns are about 20 minutes away but even closer, within 10kms (6 miles), are all of the following:
Bakery - Aux Delices de Saint Pierre
We have an absolutely fabulous bakery in the next village of St Pierre la Vieille which also does deliveries to Lenault on Wednesdays and Fridays. Their pain nordique is to die for! Closed Mondays and Sunday afternoons.
Distance - 5km
Pizzeria - La Tables des 2 Ifs
Lenault has its very own pizzeria with delicious pizzas cooked in a tradition wood fired pizza oven. It is open every other week (Sat evening and Sunday lunchtime) from late April to late October when it also does takeaways.
Distance - 1.6km
Organic Open Farm - Fermes des Escures
For even more animals than we have there is the organic farm at St Jean le Blanc.
Distance - 7.7km
Abbaye Sainte Etienne at Le Plessis Grimoult
We ony discovered this ruined abbey a couple of years ago and it made for a very interesting visit especially as it has the remains of what is believed to be the only example of a very early fortified walled garden in France.
Distance - 7km
Château de Pontécoulant
Most definitely not a ruin, our local château (stately home) is nestled in the Druance valley where you can take guided visits and enjoy the gardens and grounds.
Distance - 4.7km
Various War Memorials
For visitors interested in WWII there are several war memorials close to the gite with details here in this post. The nearest is at Lenault with others at Mont Pinçon (9kms) and between Le Plessis Grimoult and Roucamps (8kms).
Soubock Concert Venue
Yes - you can go to a concert less than 10kms away from here as we did a few weeks ago. I must remember to take ear plugs next time!!
Distance - 9kms
Footpaths and countryside galore
Footpath GR221 starts right at our back gate and leads you a network of paths that wind through our wonderful Normandy countryside. On foot you will be able to discover delightful churches, roadside crosses, small chapels and much more besides. A guest who were here in Autumn wrote these blogs about 2 local walks and added his wonderful photos - please do have a look here - Sunken Lanes and Le Vaux Valley.
Distance - 0 kms to start and then as far as you want to go.
Image by Paul Willis - Worthing Wanderer
There are also post offfices at Le Plesis Grimoult and St Jean le Blanc plus a small bar and shop at Proussy (9kms). So yes, we in a quiet rural location but there are still plenty of interesting (and useful) places, all very close to us. Have you any favourite locations you have visited near to the gite?