Guide to Normandy

Departments in Normandy

Historic and Lush Normandy

The Normandy region is situated between the Channel and the Paris basin and has been the welcoming harbour of civilisations through the Seine Valley to Paris. It comprises the departments of Seine-Maritime, Eure, Calvados, Manche and Orne and is best known for its coasts, green meadows, camembert cheese and delicious cider.

Monuments, abbeys, arts and crafts all testify of these influences; Rouen its capital with 100 bell-towers and half-timbered houses, the UNESCO listed Mont St Michel, the Bec-Hellouin abbey, Honfleur and its many painters, the unforgettable Bayeux tapestry, the famous 'harras' (stud farms) of the Orne. History meets geography with the D-Day beaches, the memorials and the museum in Caen, and in 2024 we celebrate the 80th anniversary of the landings in Arromanches.

Its pleasantness has made Normandy the home of arts, amongst them painting and literature. Monet, Pisarro, Corneille, Maupassant, Flaubert, Victor Hugo and Dumas 'père', have found inspiration in this peaceful region.

Normandy welcomes many events all year around; international nautical, musical and cinematic events such as 'Les Voiles de la Liberté', 'Jazz sous les Pommiers' in Coutances, the movie festivals in Cabourg and Deauville, where one can enjoy horse races.

The cuisine on the coast typically includes seafood beautifully prepared in the local fashion. Let's not forget the green bocage, its landscape of meadows enlaced by little roads, and its products; butter, 32 cheeses including the classic Camembert, delicious cidre, dairy cream (creme fraîche), and magnificent apple pastries.

Global superstar and singer Madonna was raving about the region while on stage at a concert in Paris in autumn 2023. During one of her shows, the pop star surprisingly declared her love of Normandy, its cows and its butter. “I’m going to move to Normandy. I’m going to start milking cows, just to get that butter,” the American singer told her fans". But Normandy is also famous for its prepared cooked meats like Caen tripe and Vire andouille, and its Calvados apple brandy.

If you're planning to move to this corner of France, then the close proximity to the UK would be a major advantage as it ensures that you are never too far away from your family and loved ones there. The region is easily accessible with excellent transport links, such as ports, trains, and motorways. Normandy is a perfect blend of accessibility and beauty with its stunning beaches, peaceful lifestyle, and amiable locals.

The region is renowned for its beautiful half-timbered farm buildings, Manor houses with slated rooves, classic chateaux, mansions, and traditional stone houses. There are numerous smallholdings and farmhouses available in the region, ideal for those who love the outdoors and especially for equestrian lovers. Additionally, there are plenty of properties suitable for restoration, Bed and Breakfast, gite and hospitality projects.

Normandy is a popular destination for people who want to purchase a second home in the country. Property prices are more affordable compared to those in the Dordogne and Occitanie, although you can expect to pay a premium if you want to be closer to the coast.

Whether you are a tourist or you're an expat living in Paris, Normandy is easy and quick to access to by rail, ferry, or road, for a few hours, a quiet holiday or for a lifetime, just ask Madonna, she loved it here! Take a look at our properties in Normandy and if you are actively looking in this historic region, please tell us about your project and criteria.

Properties in Normandy

Ref: MFH-NOR1489
€340,000 incl. estate agent's fee
Countryside house for Sale
Sourdeval, Manche, Normandy
  • 4 Beds
  • 3 Baths
  • 7.4k sqm
Ref: MFH-NOR1550
€249,000 incl. estate agent's fee
Chambre d'Hote or Gite for Sale
Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouet, Manche, Normandy
  • 8 Beds
  • 8 Baths
  • 6.1k sqm
€203,500 incl. estate agent's fee
Countryside house for Sale
Le Teilleul, Manche, Normandy
  • 4 Beds
  • 1 Bath
  • 3 ha