Things to do around les Perchettes

St Pois is a centre for rambling and we have a brochure and a book of way-marked  walks in the sideboard drawer. You'll be surprised at the variety of countryside within easy reach. Le Moulin de Jean restaurant is 5 minutes walk - exquisite cooking, highly recommended for a treat.

Mont St Michel 30 miles. Superb pilgrimage site. Consider an evening visit to eat when its less crowded, the souvenir shops are mostly shut and le Mont looms floodlit out of the mist as you approach. Magic. In the Historical Museum there is a camera obscura worked by a periscope.  

St Michel de Montjoie has a Granite museum and an orientation platform with Mont St Michel sometimes visible.

Villedieu les Poelles is a lovely tourist market town which has many copper shops - also a bell foundry, furniture museum etc and a tourist information office - about 12 miles. There is a junk shop (Depot de Vente) on the way in to town on your left, easy parking. You can get a three-in-one ticket for the lace museum, the copper museum and furniture museum. We found the furniture museum perhaps the best because they have a room there from the same period as the downstairs room in the house restored to an original state. Market day is Tuesday.

St Hilaire de Harcouet – best market – on Wednesdays.

Avranches is a busy town on the way to Mont St Michel, lots of shops and the Botanical Gardens which are fun and illuminated at night with classical music from the trees! The Littré restaurant off the main square is well worth a visit, also le Croix D=or just off the Patton roundabout.

Bayeux - the tapestry - 50 miles. One of the most famous artefacts of English History, an eleventh century comic strip. A lovely town to wander around.

Normandy Beaches – Visit the WW2 German gun emplacements and the Mulberry  Harbour at Arromanches.

Fougères - 38 miles south. Fougères has a magnificent castle, pretty town, Impressionist museum and amazing trompe l'oeuil painting on a building-end.

Brécey best for everyday shopping- There is a small open air swimming pool and fishing lake on the outskirts of  Brécey, also tennis and horse riding facilities. The Super U is easy shopping, the boulangerie on the side of the market square does the best tarte aux pommes.

Beaches  - for seaside go north or south of Granville. Brehal and Jullouville have beautiful sands, Jullouville has windsurfing and an Aquaboggan - they are both unspoilt by English standards. St Pair has less good sand but has a concrete pool which is replenished twice daily by the tide. Granville has a Christian Dior house and museum open in the summer.

For Children – lovely zoo at Champrepus, also the Enchanted Village at Beauficel

St Sever – has a very good junk shop, a beautiful Abbey church and an extensive communal forest with lakes, picnic spot and way-marked walks.

Or you can go and watch the Bungee jumping at the Viaduc du Souleuvre (or take part if you’re mad!).


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