The B&B 'Domaine de la Belle Epine' is situated in a little hamlet named La Poterie Mathieu, which is part of Lieurey at the l'Eure (department 27) in the Upper-Normandy. The B&B is an ideal starting place for trips and sightseeing. All distances given underneath are based upon our B&B, unless mentioned otherwise.
At 15 minutes in northern direction you will find the picturesque city of Pont Audemer (12km) where the river the Risle meanders through the old city-center. Therefore Pont Audemer is also known as 'The Venice of Normandy'. At the mainstreet you will find some nice terraces in front of the old church. 'Pont au Golf' also in Pont Audemer offers you the opportunity to play golf over more than 17 hectares. If you prefer to canoe, the Risle is a the perfect place to indulge your passion. Amateurs of mountain bike do have plenty of possibilities at Saint Georges du Vievre (12 km) in southern direction.
Not far from Saint Georges du Vievre you may find the abbey of Bec-Hellouin.
In western direction you can easily reach coastal towns within 40-50km like Honfleur, Trouville-sur-Mer, Deauville, Houlgate and Cabourg.
Cities like Cormeilles (25 km) or Bernay (22km) still have maintained there aspects of the old times. At Cormeilles you will not be deceived if you are looking for good restaurants, antiquaries, old timbered houses and Calvados distilleries. You should try this brandy made of Cider (apple wine). At Bernay the famous singer Edith Piaf (1915-1963) has passed some years of her childhood in a brothel.
At the southern direction you can easily reach le Pays-d'Auge with it's beautiful sloping landscape and fruit trees. This trip could be combined with the stately cathedral of Lisieux (30km). Lisieux is situated in department 14.
The invasion beaches are located at approximately 1 hour drive.
The old city center of Rouen and the chalk cliffs of Etretat (both in dept. 76) are also reachable in 1 hour drive.
See the Dutch version (omgeving) for some pictures of suggestions to visit in the area.
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