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Holidays in Normandy, France

Normandy is a holiday destination full of cultural significance and historical treasures; the Bayeux Tapestry, the Normandy Landings, Mont St. Michel, the Norman Conquest, Monet's Waterlilies, as well as gourmet delights; cider, camembert, calvados... Beautiful rolling countryside scattered with picturesque farms and half-timbered towns leads to a stretch of coastline, home to some of France's finest beach resorts, such as Deauville. This is the perfect location for a green holiday with heaps of activity options and eco accommodation just a hop over the channel from the UK.

Whether exploring on foot, by bike or even aided by a gentle donkey, greentraveller has holidays in Normandy to suit everyone. We also have heaps of eco-friendly places to stay from boutique hotels to glamping. Normandy is home to one of Greentraveller's favourite treehouse holidays, Perche dans le Perche where you can sleep in a giant oak tree under the stars and explore the surrounding wildlife reserve by day. Or if the rustic life isn't for you then head to Rouen, 'The City of a Thousand Spires', renowned for its religious architecture and fine restaurants.

Le Grand Cerf Hotel & Spa, Normandy, France

A contemporary twist on an old dwelling: plenty of rustic, woodland charm and chalet-style rooms with checked fabrics and statement mirrors on wood-panelled walls. Authentic Norman flavours in the bistro and a spa and treehouse in the grounds.
From €70 a night

More places to stay in Normandy

Tree house terrace, La Renardière, Normandy

Perché dans le Perche, Normandy, France

Retreat to the branches of a sublime treehouse at the top of an immense chestnut tree overlooking the valleys of Le Perche Natural Park, Normandy. Breakfast delivered in a picnic basket to your balcony. You won't want to come back down to earth.
A treehouse for 5 (1 dbl, bunks for 3), shower room, kitchen

2 pers/1 night including breakfast 160€. 2 pers./2nights including breakfst 290€. 10€ per child extra per night, 25€ p/extra adult per night. 7nights self catering with welcome basket for whole treehouse: 850€ low season, 950€ July & August

A Part de Campagne

Une Partie de Campagne, Normandy, France

As the name suggests, this restored 19th-century farmhouse is an idyllic spot for a house party – particularly for vegetarians, with gourmet fare cooked using ingredients from the organic vegetable plots. Lovely village of Lyons-la-Forêt a short hop.
1 twin/double

from €55 B&B

L’Esprit du Bocage

L’Esprit du Bocage, Normandy, France

Restored by a Dutch family using traditional materials just five years ago, this typical granite house sleeping up to five is ideally placed for discovering Mont St-Michel and the landscapes of southern Manche – hence the name: Spirit of the Bocage.
Gîte for 5

From €480

Le Manoir de Surville, Normandy, France

Classic bedrooms with contemporary flourishes, a beautiful spa to while away the afternoon in and wonderful local flavours served up by Paris chef. There are bikes to borrow and lots to explore in the surrounding area, including forests and castles.
11: 9 doubles, 2 suites

From €180 a night

La Vielle Abbaye

La Vielle Abbaye, Normandy, France

A 17th-century farmhouse on a working dairy farm provides a wonderfully luxurious base for a family holiday in the Suisse Normande. Kids love the huge outdoor play area, indoor play barn and pet paddock with horses, ponies, sheep and cats.
B&B: 2 doubles. 1 gîte for 8

from €495

Pivert  treehouse 7m high for 4/6 people insulated and heated

Les Noctam'bulles Treehouses, Normandy, France

Have an adventure and stay at one of our 3 tree-houses, each sleeping 4 /5 people, or pick a cosy nest for 2 at St Pierre Azif, part of the Eco-domaine of Bouquetot. The 3 tree houses are insulated+heated and offer a B&B service.
Big: 2 rooms double beds, Small: 1 double bedroom

7-10m: 150€ + 25€/extra person 17-20m: 170€ + 25€/extra person

Gites in Normandy

Gîte La Mouche, Normandy, France

A lovingly converted press makes a wonderful family retreat sleeping four, restored with strong green to create a cosy interior with pellet-burning stove for cool evenings. Extensive gardens with a bewildering array of plants. Mont St-Michel nearby.
Gîte for 4

From €200

Le Refuge du Clos du Moulin

Le Refuge du Clos du Moulin, Normandy, France

Feel like playing nomad – but with the comforts of a glamping retreat? This collection of tipis, yurts and even a covered wagon straight out of the wild west offers the chance to sample the life of the Mongolian steppe or North American prairies.
2 tipis and 2 yurts for 2-6, gypsy caravan for 2

From €70

Villa Fol Avril, Normandy, France

Each of the twelve light and airy bedrooms have unusual layouts and exposed beams and are filled with antiques salvaged from local markets. Feast on regional dishes in the restaurant, and there’s masses to do in the area.
12 doubles

From €71 per night

Cabane de Jeanne

Cabane de Jeanne, Normandy, France

This wooden fisherman’s cabin overlooking a serene lake is charmingly simple, a single white-panelled bedroom with embroidered white linen, and stairs up to a light-filled lounge. But it’s all about the lake: the views, the boat bobbing on the jetty.
Cabin for 2

€180, two-night minimum stay

Stay in Normandy

Domaine de la Cour au Grip, Normandy, France

If you really want to immerse yourself in the apple-centric culinary culture of the Calvados département, why not bed down in, erm, a cider barrel? A 10,000-litre vessel has been furnished with windows and a comfortable double bed.
1 barrel for 2

From €60 €8 for breakfast

Ambassadeur Hotel, Cherbourg, France

Ambassadeur Hotel, Cherbourg, France

Located a very short distance from the ferry terminal, Ambassadeur is a comfortable 40 room hotel with fantastic views out over Cherbourg's fishing port.
40 rooms

From £93

La Ramade, Normandy, France

Two beautiful villas, one with rooms in a palette of pastel shades, the other an elegant, spacious and contemporary space for a romantic break away. Historic sites aplenty on your doorstep and lots of family-friendly attractions within easy reach.
21 doubles

From €75 a night

L’O de l’Orme

L’O de l’Orme, Normandy, France

Nestling into a hillside pasture at the edge of the privately owned 4,000-acre forest of Beaumont, with views across the Grosley-sur-Risle valley, this stylishly refurbished cottage sleeping four oozes Gallic chic, blending classic fifties furniture.
Gîte for 4

From €180.

Château de Chantore, Normandy, France

This 18th-century mini-palace is remarkable not so much for its treasury of period art and furnishings, but for the passion and verve of Bernard and Iñaki, the antiques-loving pair who have restored it so wonderfully.
5: 3 doubles, 2 suites

Rooms/suites from €165/€250

Le Boistier courtyard

Le Boistier, Normandy, France

Jean and Gilberte, progressive owners of this magnificent 15th-century manor house, restored using traditional local methods, cherish their situation in the Parc Naturel Régional du Perche. And they’re keen for you to appreciate it, too.
Two doubles

From €250

The beautiful garden

Le Coq à l'Âne, Normandy, France

There’s more donkey than chicken evident at this old family farmhouse, thoughtfully restored using a mix of traditional and modern eco-friendly methods and materials. The Âne in question is on hand to lug your picnic on a hike!
2 doubles

€55 for 2

The beautiful chateau

Clos Saint-Gilles, Normandy, France

A leper colony might seem an odd choice for conversion to a guesthouse – but this 17th-century half-timbered building and adjacent farmhouse captured the imagination of Gilles and Joëlle de Champ, both passionate about old structures and gardens.
3 doubles

€102 for 2

Domaine St Clair, Normandy, France

This lovely hotel has it all: individually styled rooms, a restaurant serving great local cuisine, and views that look out through trees to the sparkling sea beyond. Beautiful Etretat is worth exploring for the old markets and fascinating buildings.
15 doubles

From €120 per night

Le Petit Moulin

Le Petit Moulin, Normandy, France

The water of the Iton river burbles past this compact 19th-century cottage alongside the mill after which its named. Renovated with care for the environment using wood, wool, hemp and even organic paints, and with a mind for the creature comforts.
Gîte for 4

From €175

Gîte Colombier de Caux

Gîte Colombier de Caux, Normandy, France

If your mental image of a dovecote is a little wooden box on a pole, think again – this wonderful, round red-brick tower is more like a miniature castle turret. Within, a spiral staircase leads up from a comfortable lounge and kitchen-diner.
Dovecote for 4

From €325 per week

Hotel Best Western Le Dauphin, and ferry journey Caen, Normandy, France

Ferry & Hotel Best Western Le Dauphin, Normandy, France

Enjoy a break by ferry in historic Caen, Normandy, staying in this lovely refurbished priory with its luxurious spa.

Brittany Ferries Special offer: £107 per person per night including return ferry crossing

Hotel du Louvre, Cherbourg, France

Hotel du Louvre, Cherbourg, France

Sitting in Cherbourg's bustling centre, this modern, comfortable hotel is also in a prime location to visit the marina and La Cité de la Mer, a huge museum devoted to submarines and underwater life.
40 rooms

From £90 per person.

Au Clos Monbrun, Normandy, France

Two bedrooms in this sensitively restored farmhouse furnished with beautiful antiques each offer their own delights. The south-facing double has views of an 18th-century bread oven (planned for conversion to another guestroom) and flower garden.
2: 1 double, 1 twin

Doubles from €75 B&B

Cabanes de la Grande Noë

Cabanes de la Grande Noë, Normandy, France

Play Tarzan or Peter Pan in your very own treehouse, slumbering up to 16m above the forest floor while boar, rabbits, deer and owls graze, scamper and hoot around and beneath you. Sensitively constructed treehouses nestle amongst the old beeches.
5 treehouses for 2-8

From €130.50

Manoir de la Fieffe, Normandy, France

Just a short hop from the dramatic northern coast of the Cotentin Peninsula, and convenient for the port at Cherbourg, this 16th-century manor house has three suites, a substantial bedroom and a self-catering cottage in the old bakery.
1 double, 3 suites, 1 self-catering cottage

Double rooms and suites from €100 B&B; self-catering cottage from €85 per night. Reduced rates for longer stays

L’Eco-Gîte des Mots Perdus

L’Eco-Gîte des Mots Perdus, Normandy, France

A little inland from the dramatic Côte d’Albâtre between Fécamp and Dieppe lies this neat former rectory, a light-filled brick house with space for 11 – ideal for multi-family holidays. There’s ample space inside and out in the wide grassy garden.
Gîte for 11

From €490 per week

À l’École Buissonnière, Normandy, France

At this gem of a converted girls’ school (opened in 1878, but in a much older building), there are no long lists of rules, no homework, just a sensitively restored and furnished B&B in the historic centre of Honfleur just steps from the old port.
3 doubles

Doubles/suites from €100/€120 B&B

Stylish bed at La Ferme des Isles

La Ferme des Isles, Normandy, France

There’s an art to blending heritage with contemporary styling and comforts, a balance that La Ferme des Isles strikes with élan. The meadows roll down to the River Eure, and animals are on hand to play cute, making this place ideal for families.
5 doubles

From £67

Hotel La Chenevière, Normandy, France

An exquisite château with a fascinating past. Twenty nine decadent ensuite bedrooms and twelve hectares of grounds to roam – rose gardens, pool, a walled vegetable garden. Dinner is a local feast, and the honey at breakfast comes from their own bees.
16 Deluxe I Exec suite 6 Jnr suite, 4 suites 2 standard

Standard from 220€, Deluxe from 255 €, Junior suite from 350€ suite from 415€

More holidays in Normandy

Normandy memorial fields

Cycling Normandy Landmarks

Beginning in Bayeux and finishing in the shadows of Mont-Saint Michel, this eight-day bicycle tour allows you to experience all of the wonders of Normandy travelling hotel to hotel. Because this is a self-guided tour, you’ll ride at your own pace.

From €945 per person based on double occupancy. Tour price is dependent on time of season and current exchange rates.

7 nights/8 days
Starts any Saturday or Monday from April through October
Lovely auberge

Special 'Getaway Break' in France - Flavours of Normandy

Justly popular, this pretty 3-star hotel, Auberge de l'Abbaye, in the timeless village of Le Bec-Hellouin in Normady, boasts an excellent restaurant, perfect for any celebration – weekend breaks here are always special, for this self drive break.

From £268pp (including Channel crossing Dover-Calais)

2 nights
Various departures from February-October
Normandy coast

Impressionist Normandy: Cycling Honfleur to Giverny

Countless artists have found inspiration in France’s landscapes, though perhaps none so much as Impressionist painters in Normandy. When you experience Normandy from the seat of a bicycle, it will feel like you’re riding through a painting.

From €795 per person based on double occupancy. Tour price is dependent on time of season and current exchange rates.

6 nights/ 7days
Various departures any Sunday or Wednesday from April through October
Seeing the sights as you cycle around Normandy

Coastal Normandy Cycle from Bayeux to Honfleur

To capitalize on this rich diversity, we’ve designed this seven-day and six-night self-guided tour to allow you to fully experience the awe of France’s northernmost region as you ride past D-Day sites and the Bayeux Tapestry at your own pace.

From 725 euros per person based on double occupancy. A minimum of 2 riders is required for this tour. Solo rider price on request. Tour price is dependent on time of season and current exchange rates.

7 days
Self-guided trip: Start any day April through October.
Reflecting on World War II and D-day

D-Day Landing Beaches and Historic Bayeux by bike

Cycle through the north of France, and explore the stunning coast and the magnificent countryside at your own pace. The flatness of Normandy makes for an easy ride, so you’ll find plenty of time to visit D-Day and WWII sites and sample local fare.

From 410 euros per person based on double occupancy. Tour price is dependent on time of season and current exchange rates.

5-6 days
Self-guided trip: Start any Saturday or Monday April through October.
Made it! Cyclists in Paris.

Cycling Tour from London to Paris, Beespoke

Cycle from classic London landmarks, to the iconic Eiffel Tower, Paris, via: a transformed railway, gorgeous countryside and historic Normandy. A woodland bell tent and boutique Parisian hotel means the accommodation as varied as it is comfortable.


From 1 May to 1 October