We are open three seasons of the year. Spring, Summer and Autumn. La Chatouillette has something different to offer for each season. In addition to our popular Summer breaks, our guests can enjoy the golden hues of Autumn and celebrated awakening of Spring with the sound of the cuckoo.
A celebration of Spring at The Chateau de Vendeuvre near Falaise is a popular choice. It hosts the famous Tulip Festival (Festival de la Tulipe) throughout April. The gardens are famous for their collection of over 30,000 varieties of tulip, daffodils, crocus and narcissi, as well as some other rare floral specimens. The March sunshine provides perfect weather for cycling and walking along the many green routes. These are surrounded by fabulous views and inhabited with extensive wildlife. Be sure to bring your binoculars to appreciate the many bird species. If you prefer to just relax and read by our private lake then listen out for the sound of the Cuckoo and keep watch for the arrival of the Swallows. At La Chatouillette, Natures events are happening all around.
Spring in Normandy is a perfect way of saying thank you to Mum on Mother’s Day. She’ll enjoy the taste of the old ways and the slower pace to life which encourages tired minds to create memorable moments to take back home.
Monets’ famous gardens near Giverny are spectacular all year round and are ablaze with colour in April and early May. Another treat to delight your eyes are the pear and apple orchards which are bursting with blossoms at this time of the year.
Our unique region is waiting to be enjoyed with many activities to please a variety of tastes. Some examples are bee keeping, bird watching at La Fosse Arthur, Spring stroll’s through forests and meadows and discovering and identifying the vast and unique flora and fauna that is indigenous to our area.
There are many open gardens worth visiting throughout Normandy. These interesting venues offer an insight into French garden design and planting techniques. The creative use of sculpture and the large variety of rare plants are always an attraction for keen gardeners.
If you enjoy looking for bargains and antiques the Brocante and Vide Grenier season starts in early spring. Town and village streets are transformed into giant car boots sales and the Antiques in shops spill out onto the pavements. Typical French street Café’s and Tabacs’ are perfect spots to rest your feet and sit back with a glass of wine or a cup of coffee whilst taking in the exciting French atmosphere.
We are relaxingly rural but not far from ~ Beautiful sandy beaches, golf courses ,an adventure centre, rock climbing, abseiling, cycle routes, local markets, The Spa Town of Bagnoles de l’Orne, The Chateau de la Roche-Bagnoles de l’Orne, La Fosse Arthur with peaceful walking routes set amongst beautiful scenery and wooded, craggy cliffs. Flers Castle, Indoor pool spa and sauna, Torchamp Centre de Pleine Nature, Lassey -les -Chåteaux, The Bayeux Tapestry, Giverny Gardens of Claude Monet, The D-Day Landing Beaches and museums.