The historical region of Normandy comprised the present-day region of Normandy, as well as small areas now part of the départements of Mayenne and Sarthe. The Channel Islands (referred to as Îles Anglo-Normandes in French) are also historically part of Normandy; they cover 194 km²[3]and comprise two bailiwicks: Guernsey and Jersey, which are British Crown dependencies.

Normandy’s name is derived from the settlement of the territory by mainly Norwegian and Danish Vikings(“Northmen“) from the 9th century, and confirmed by treaty in the 10th century between King Charles III of France andEarl Rollo of Møre, Norway. For a century and a half following the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Normandy and England were linked by Norman andFrankish rulers.

The historical Duchy of Normandy was a formerly independentduchy occupying the lower Seine area, the Pays de Caux and the region to the west through the Pays d’Auge as far as the Cotentin Peninsula.

Western Normandy belongs to the Armorican Massif, whereas the major part of the region belongs to the Paris Basin. France‘s oldest rocks crop out in Jobourg[7] in the Cotentin peninsula. The region is bordered along the northern coasts by the English Channel. There are granite cliffs in the west and limestone cliffs in the east. There are also long stretches of beach in the centre of the region. Thebocage typical of the western areas caused problems for the invading forces in the Battle of Normandy. A notable feature of the landscape is created by the meanders of the Seine as it approaches its estuary.

The highest point is the Signal d’Écouves (417m) in the Massif armoricain.

Normandy is sparsely forested:[8] 12.8% of the territory is wooded, compared to a French average of 23.6%, although the proportion varies between the departments. Eure has most cover (21%) while Manche has least (4%), a characteristic shared with the Islands.

La Buissonniere

Name of Gite / B&B / Hotel: La Buissonniere Sleeps: 4 Price Range: £225 -£500 Description of Gite : La Buissonniere is a ground floor self-catering gite sleeping 4 (plus cot by prior arrangement, making total of 5) in 1 ...
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Walnut House

Walnut House Sleeps: 7 Price Range: 475 - 550 Description of Gite / B&B / Hotel: The Farmhouse is two separate cottages with their own entrance, private garden, fully equipped kitchen including a dish washer, L shaped living and dining ...
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Walnut Cottage

Walnut Cottage Sleeps: 2 Price Range: 250 - 325 We would like to welcome you to our charming romantic little cottage suitable for a couple, on the outskirts of the beautiful village of Saint Germain De Tallevende. Situated in a ...
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Normandy Gite Holidays

Sleeps: 6 Price Range: 80 to 160 euros a night for the gite Normandy Gite Holidays is a recently converted stable near Gavray. An extensive renovation project has been undertaken to provide a contemporary and spacious holiday home. The original ...
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Les Cours

Les Cours self catering holiday home A Wheelchair Accessible Self Catering Gite Sleeps: 6/7 Price Range: £400-615 Description of Gite / B&B / Hotel: A Wheelchair Accessible Self Catering Gite . Rural cottage set in peaceful location only 5 mins ...
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Normandy Getaways at Mis Harand

Normandy Getaways at Mis Harand Sleeps: 7 Price Range: 75€ - 95€ per night Description of Gite / B&B / Hotel: Quality B&B accommodation in an 18th century Normandy farmhouse. Our 250 year old Normandy farmhouse has two spacious artist ...
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Le Haut Champ

Saint Brice de Landelles Sleeps: 4 Price Range: £350 - 450, €450 - 580 Le Haut Champ gîte is a converted barn set in a tranquil location with stunning views of the local Normandy countryside yet close to historic sites, such ...
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