This is a rustic area part of a National Park and a great base for anyone to stay at whilst exploring Normandy. Boudet is surrounded by apple orchards and pastures full of Normandy cows. Our neighbour makes and sells cider (using our own apples!). Normandy is a beautiful part of France, seeped in history and with plentiful sights to go and visit. From the D Day landing beaches to the Bayeau tapestry the area has something to interest everyone.
Boudet is moments from the Flers-Domfront veloroute or VoieVerte (a disused railway line cycle track) which forms part of an extensive cycle network. This offers an excellent and safe opportunity to get about and explore the area - you can even cycle to Mont St Michel. You can use our own bikes but if you have some of your own do bring them. We have some on site but they are better used for short local trips!
Barenton, our local village two miles north of Boudet which has a useful small supermarket - Coccinelle, boulangerie, pharmacy, tabac, a resturants and bar, a branch of Credit Agricole with an ATM, a presse and petrol station.
Mortain is our next local town, famed for the Counter Attack in WW II, and is about 6 miles to the west, is larger than Barenton with a much larger selection of shops selling good-quality food. Here there is a large Carrefour supermarket, an Aldi opposite Carrefour and a high street of typically Norman shops and a few cafes plus an open air swimming pool.
The medieaval walled city of Domfront about 6 miles to the east. It has a charming city centre with a good number of resturants, cathedral, shops and larger supermarkets.
St Hilaire du Harcouet is the largest local town, about 15 miles away. Here you'll find a large E Leclerc, good restaurants and cafes and a market on Wednesday mornings.
Golfers have courses at Clecy, Granville, Dol de Bretagne and Bagnoles de L’Orne where there is a beautiful 9 hole course designed by Harold Becker in 1925 and situated in the middle of the Andaine forest. It is a very pretty, reasonably flat but physical course that dominates in the “doe-ford” glade. A river meanders through the forest and often borders the fairways.
For beaches Mount St Michel is about 50 minutes from Boudet. Carolles is the nicest beach near us, 70 km away and the charming fishing town Cancale known for it's amazing oysters and mussels, with incredible seafood restaurants, is 107 km from the property. Other recommended beaches are Deauville, Houlgate and Trouville-sur-Mer.
Base de Loisirs La Ferte Mace is a 65 hectare leisure base centred around La Ferte Mace large lake which is a great alternative to a beach. It has lifeguards in July and August, a play area, volley ball, peddolos, mini golf etc. We also love going to Ambrieres-les-Valées, where there is an outside swimming pool, archery, mini golf, fishing and canoeing on the river.
Children will love the charming castle of Carrouges and Chateau D’O and Le Haras du Pin, the national stud whilst adults might prefer a trip to Monet's garden (about 80km away) or the Apple and Pear museum. St Fraimbault, a village fleuries is about 20 minutes from Boudet, set around a lake making a lovely spot for a picnic.