Off the beaten track
Normandy offers a wide choice of unusual holiday accommodation for visitors looking for something just a little different.
In Fécamp, just an hour's drive from the nearest ports at Le Havre and Dieppe, Woody Park offers fun for all the family. You can stay in a tent up a tree or for those who prefer to keep their feet firmly on the ground, there are cosy wooden chalets.
Within the park, there are lots of activities to keep all the family happy. Smaller children can go paintballing which is specially designed for them. Then the treetop trail, 30 metres off the ground, let's you explore the forest and its unique views from up high. There is also a trail with swings, zipwires and rope bridges which is very child-friendly and suited to all those under 1.20m tall. For the older members of the family there is paintballing for adults and mountainboarding nearby.
The Château de Canon, in the Calvados, is a classified 18th century château with extensive grounds, which is well worth a visit : why not stay overnight - 50 ft above the ground, in a tree-house constructed in a two hundred year old plane tree? With accommodation for two, a living room that also serves as bedroom, and a terrace, it is just the thing for an off-beat weekend or longer. Or for something more spacious, the Jardin de la Renardière offers a family-size tree house on two levels, in the lovely Perche country. Sleep among the birds and wake to the sound of the morning chorus.
Overlooking Honfleur, at the foot of a nineteenth century lighthouse whose light guided local mariners for nearly a century, guest cabn sleep in the former keeper's residence. The tower is too narrow for bedroom space, but visitors have their breakfast on the ground floor, and can climb the 164 steps to admire the view over the Seine estuary from the 100-foot high lantern at the top of the lighthouse.
Have you ever wondered what it is like to live in a gypsy caravan, surrounded by quiet countryside or a peaceful orchard ? Roulottes de Campagne offer you the opportunity to get away from it all and enjoy the bohemian life-style in an authentic traditional caravan made into a unique holiday home.
These cosy, intimate caravans are an invitation to spend a few unhurried days, or longer, far from the crowds in the beautiful surroundings of deepest Normandy, where your welcoming hosts will introduce you to their way of life and the local attractions.
Roulotte des Crins d'Or (French)
Les Roulottes de la Risle (French)
A few miles off the coast of the Cotentin peninsula, opposite Granville, lie the Chausey Islands, whose five square miles are a favourite destination for day-trippers and yachtsmen. In the summer evenings, when the tourists have left, the few residents have the islands to themselves. The single hotel, and the old farm on the main island both offer accommodation for island-lovers who seek the quiet life and healthy maritime air of this unique archipelago, where low water at spring tides reveals 200 square km of sand and rocks to delight naturalists and beach-combers.
Chausey islands (French)
Enjoy a taste of the rural way of life with a few days or more at one of the many farms in Normandy that welcome paying guests: stay with the farmer and his family, start the day with a copious farm breakfast, follow the daily work on the farm, or explore the local area.
The Bienvenue à la Ferme network in French