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Our places to stay in Normandy fall within the two French administrative regions of Haute-Normandie and Basse-Normandie. The term Normandy, though much used by British and American visitors, is, strictly speaking, inaccurate.
This is one of the lushest parts of France, with a long stretch of Channel coastline, some impressive ranges of hills and some pretty towns and villages. It is famed for its dairy products, its Calvados (apple brandy) and for the Normandy beaches, scene of the Allied landings in 1944. Tourism is mostly well developed and as a result there's a useful choice of genuine charming small hotels.
As elsewhere, our selection of places to stay in Normandy offers an exceptionally interesting range to choose from: guesthouses (chambres d'hote), restaurants-with-rooms and small hotels. Whichever, they all have the special qualities of hand-picked character and charm we seek out.
Route de Creully-Arromanches, 14480 Crepon, France, +33 (0)2 31 22 21 73
Well placed for the D-Day beaches