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The surrounding area and attractions

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The Carriage House is in the perfect location to explore historic D-Day landing beaches and museums, the best of medieval Normandy and fine dining experiences.You can also enjoy tours and tastings at the many producers of the regional specialities including Camembert and Calvados! 

Far-reaching landscapes, vast beaches and national nature reserves provide a wonderful space for horse-riding, cycling, golf and many other outdoor activities. 

Below are just the highlights of what this area has to offer. In addition there are chateaus, the city of Caen, the town of Saint Lo and further along the coast the stylish resort of Deauville and the beautiful Honfleur (which also has a designer outlet shopping centre adjacent to it). The list is endless, with places to visit to suit all tastes.

Le Molay Littry

Our home of Le Molay Littry is a community of just over 3,000 people, with a charming town centre equipped with excellent local amenities. We have 3 boulangeries, a boucherie, épicurie, newsagent, pharmacy, 2 florists, tabac, and Super U; a very good supermarket with fresh fish delivered every day from Port en Bessin, local produce and everything else you will need for your stay. It also has a garage supplying petrol at competitive rates, which are reduced on a Friday and Saturday.

There are 2 cafes and a restaurant in the town centre all serving traditonal good quality local cuisine, as well as two museums. 

Every Thursday morning you can enjoy the experience of a lively traditional French market.

 

Attractions

Places of Interest

D-Day Sites


Le Molay Littry is ideally situated to visit the famous D Day landing beaches, our closest being Omaha and Utah, with Juno, Gold and Sword, along with Pegasus Bridge all less than an hour drive away. The area is packed with D Day museums, on route to and adjacent to all the beaches. Adjacent to Omaha Beach is The American Cemetary which is an awe inspiring and moving place not to be missed, with an informative visitor centre, viewing platform, and row upon row of lost American Heroes, where you can pause in peace and tranquillity to pay homage. St Mere Eglise where the paratroopers landed as part of the liberation, famous for the mediaeval church where John Steele was left dangling from the steeple for a time, and is still commemorated with a model of him and his parachute permanently in situ; is also packed with cafes and restaurants and the American Airborne Museum.




Chateau de Balleroy


The next village to Le Molay Littry is Balleroy, home to the magnificent Chateau de Balleroy, which has tours of the house in English and French, a balloon museum and tearoom.




Bayeaux


The historic city of Bayeux is just a 20-minute drive away, where you can visit the famous Bayeux Tapestry, magnificent cathedral, as well as the Commonwealth War Grave British Cemetary, where both British and some German fallen heroes are buried. This a beautiful and peaceful place to remember those who “for our tomorrow, gave their today”. Opposite the Cemetary is The Museum of the Battle of Normandy.

This medieval city was saved from damage from the aftermath of the D Day landings, has some examples of wonderful medieval architecture. It is full of shops, restaurants, cafes and the Museum of Art and History Baron Gerard; which displays many local works of art, sculpture and crafts; as well as a large market every Saturday morning.




Mont St Michel


Mont St Michel is one of Europe’s most unforgettable sites; a magical island topped by the medieval monastery, now a UNESCO world heritage site is just under a 2-hour drive away; and if you have time during your stay, a journey well worth making. After parking your car, you can enjoy a horse drawn carriage ride across the footbridge to the island, or walk; where you can spend the day browsing the shops along the winding lanes up to the Abbey, which is open to visitors, not forgetting lunch in one of the many restaurants and cafes. In high season we recommend you get there early morning as it does become very busy.




Private Battlefield Tours


Owner Gary is passionate about military history, especially that of Operation Overlord, and is only too happy to share his knowledge with you. He can also provide private Battlefield Tours tailored for you, at a competitive rate, dependant on your requirements.




Le Moulin de Marcy (Le Molay Littry)


Le Moulin de Marcy is one of the last water mills that, since the Middle Ages, have marked the rural landscape as much as churches or castles. Over the centuries, water mills multiplied in the territory, so that in 1806 Calvados had nearly 980. Almost all of them disappeared after the Second World War. Le Moulin de Marcy became a museum in 1986, and is in an attractive setting, You will discover a mill with the mechanical device still in place as well as the activities of a small Norman farm of the 19th century, with a diary, stable, cellar and bakery. Average visit time: about 1 hour and 30 minutes. https://www.ville-molay-littry.fr/tourisme/musees/le-musee-de-la-meunerie/




Le Musée de la Mine (Le Molay Littry)


Le Musée de la Mine was inaugurated in 1907 and is one of the oldest mining museums in France. The museum is currently undergoing a major renovation project and will be presenting a new set design in 2021. During the visit to the mine museum, after the screening of a video documentary of its history (10 minutes), you can see a reconstructed mine gallery, over 70 metres long, which presents the evolution of mining at the Littry mine in the 18th and 19th centuries and the work of the mines of northern France around 1950-1960. Average visit time: about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Audioguides (included in the museum’s entrance fee) offer a complete guided tour in French, English, and German. https://www.ville-molay-littry.fr/tourisme/musees/le-musee-de-la-mine/





Activities

Cerisy Fôret


The Cerisy Fôret is a national nature reserve managed by l’Office National de Fôrets, spanning 2,127 hectares (5,256 acres). Crossed by numerous rivers and trails, it is an ideal place to enjoy mountain biking, running, walking and looking out for deer, wild boar, red squirrels, a variety of species of birds and flora and fauna.




Horse Riding


If you enjoy horse riding, we can arrange hacks with our friends and neighbours, the Haras des Louveaux, as well as rides on Omaha Beach (except July and August).




Golf


Golfers can enjoy a round at the Omaha Beach Golf Club, which has 2 courses overlooking the fishing village of Port en Bessin Huppain, that has a Sunday morning market well worth a visit, is only a 23-minute drive away.




Para Gliding


Para gliding is available at Vervielle sur Mer, again less than 30 minutes’ drive away.





Attractions Map