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When will lockdown end so we can cross the Channel and start enjoying all that France has to offer?  Well this is an as yet unanswered question, let’s see what Boris has to say at Thursday’s briefing.  He has intimated that things would be opening up, and Italy and Greece are getting ready to welcome visitors again.

Many travellers are going to be wary of travelling too far once things return to the new normal.  So, less than a 1.5 hr drive from the ferry port in Caen brings you to the beautiful Château de Vaudezert.  The Chateau is located between the (not to be missed) spa town of Bagnoles de l’Orne and historic medieval Domfront. 

Chateau de Vaudezert owner Karen is ready to welcome you as soon as travel opens up again.  She offers 3 nights bed and breakfast accommodation at £150 per night and this includes a welcome dinner with wine/beer on your day of arrival – how lovely at the end of your travel day to be greeted with a wonderful meal!  Here’s one of the ensuite accommodations:

Chateau de Vaudezert

Chateau de Vaudezert

Sadly during these stressful times, many couples and families have been forced to either postpone or cancel their wedding or special events.  At Château de Vaudezert Karen and her staff are able to assist parties (up to 40 guests) with last minute weddings or special eventsClick here to inquire

Local activities abound: golf, gambling in the casino, world class tennis centre, hiking in the forest, thermal spa, etc.  Look at these beautiful images of this town in the forest.

Bagnoles de l’Orne and its belle epoque architecture is a living momento of when opulence and luxury attracted wealthy clientele from all over, a favourite in particular (and still today) of the Parisiens.  The famed thermal spa activity is said to date back to the Middle Ages.  Its beautiful central lake is overlooked by the casino, and there are many al fresco restaurants to take in the gorgeous views.  

The tourist town of Medieval Domfront was the scene of warring factions, since it occupied an important point on the border between Brittany and Normandy. Domfront castle was built at the beginning of the 11th century as a fortified town which nowadays is a must see tourist venue housing lots of little shops and restaurants.

By the time visitors are free to travel again the weather will be very hot further south in France, so here’s why Normandy is a great choice for a short getaway:

  1. Lovely summer weather, not too hot for sightseeing
  2. Easy access, relax on the ferry, short drive and you’re there; ideal for short breaks
  3. Great seafood, apples, pears and of course the famous Calvados
  4. All those fabulous brocantes!

See you in Normandy – share with your friends!