Gite in St Sauveur de Carrouges, Normandy

The local area

Carrouges is the central town of the Normandie-Maine National Park, and houses the main information centre at the Maison du Parc. 

Normandy has something to offer for everyone.  The nearby towns of Carrouges, Argentan and La Ferté Macé are all delightful, with thriving town centres and weekly markets.  The elegant spa town of Bagnoles is well worth a trip, as is Falaise where you can visit William the Conqueror's castle.

The city of Alencon, just a 30 minute drive through the Forêt d'Ecouves is a hidden gem. Just 1 mile from the border of the Loire, it retains a beautiful medieval centre and is a joy to explore.

The beaches of Normandy, steeped in history, are one hour's drive to the north.  You can visit Pegasus Bridge and the first building in France to be liberated in 1944, as well as seeing the remains of Mulberry Harbour at Avranches and the fabulous Mémorial at Caen.

In addition there is the beautiful 'Swisse Normande', the area to the north-west, with its rugged landscape and deep gorges carved by the River Orne, where you can happily spend a few hours kayaking and exploring the area.

All this is accessible on quiet roads, where driving is a joy and cycling even more so.


There are watersports and swimming nearby at the lake in La Ferté Macé, as well as along the whole of the north coast.  

You can enjoy superb mountain biking and cycling on numerous bike trails throughout the region and for walkers there are over 2000 miles of long-distance hiking trails, with GR22 passing just half a mile away.

Horse riding, fishing, canoeing, climbing - all are available nearby.

Further afield

Normandy is not only easily accessible from the UK, but it is also the perfect spot to explore further afield.  You can reach Tours and the chateaux of the Loire or the centre of Paris in under 2 hours.