Normandy Property Blog: News and Information from the region

NORMANDY – An idyllic vision …

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Probably best known for its apple brandy, this is definitely a département for connoisseurs. Referred to also as the ‘Parisian Riviera’ certainly around Deauville, where the very grand Casino sits next to the harbour and racecourse.

Upper Normandy is dominated by the city of Rouen, which is one of the largest and certainly most prosperous cities of Medieval Europe. Visitors come from all over the world to see the Notre Dame cathedral as well as the famous Rouen castle.

Access via Dieppe or Le Havre is very easy and you’ll find property prices start rising as you get closer to Paris and the Île-de-France. Normandy possesses some of the most architecturally stunning houses in France. The timbered and thatched farmhouses are  ‘chocolate box pretty’ and it’s the same with some of the townhouses you find in the historic quarters of the towns and villages around the region. This is French architecture at its very best.

NORMANDY: Visiting the D-Day Beaches and more …

Arromanches was one of the centerpoints of the D-Day landings. Today, it hosts a large museum that explains the nuts and bolts of the great invasion … The landings are commemorated in the monuments, museums and the war graves of the thousands who gave their lives.


There are numerous wonderful places to visit throughout Normandy – Giverny is where you’ll find the home of one of the greatest impressionists; Claude Monet. Bayeux is an attractive old Norman town where the historic Bayeux tapestry was made, and is still preserved, 900 years after it was made. Falaise has an impressive Mediaeval fortress and was the birthplace of William the Conqueror and of course Le Mont Saint Michel,  the world famous mediaeval abbey built on a rock in the bay – is a UNESCO world heritage site and remains one of France’s most visited historic monuments.

Next time you come to France, ensure Normandy and its wonderful countryside are on your shortlist of locations to search for a beautiful new home.

HONFLEUR 30 MINUTES: Great business opportunity – bed and breakfast, gites & camping – 15 Hectares : €651 900

Wonderfully located period property with original features set in 15 hectares and close to a village. The main building has 7 double bedrooms, 3 reception rooms, kitchen, bathrooms/toilets, large convertible attic, cellar and boiler room. Outside are 11 other buildings and room for a campsite, subject to approval. Approximately 30 minutes from Honfleur and the Pont de Normandie. Well positioned for ferries from Le Havre and Dieppe. Excellent road links and very easy to find.

Reduced from  €848,000

Full property details : 36198ASL27

Tour de France – Normandy – July 2016

TDF logoThe start and the first stages of the Tour de France 2016 will take place in La Manche in Normandy. 198 cyclists will take part between 2nd and 4th July over hundreds of kilometers in the Normandy countryside.

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The first stage will start from Mont saint-Michel and arrive in Utah Beach. This route takes in the stunning coastline through Granville, past historic Coutances with its Cathedral, then crossing the peninsula to arrive at the town of Sainte Marie du Mont on Utah beach.

TDF map-2The second stage will go from Saint-Lô to Cherbourg-en-Cotentin and the first major challenge of the Tour de France 2016 for the peloton will be the hill at La Glacerie.

Finally, the third and last stage in Normandy will go from Granville.

There’s a fantastic variety of property to buyhere, from small and inexpensive renovation projects – through mid-range family homes – right up to stunning chateaux with extensive grounds and facilities.

Welcome to Leggett Normandy properties

There’s a fantastic variety of property to chose from here, from small and inexpensive renovation projects – through mid-range family homes (both old and traditional or modern and efficient) – right up to stunning chateaux with extensive grounds and facilities. There’s building land, campsites, lakes, beach properties, gite complexes and business opportunities.

All this within an hour or so of the ferry terminal! Why spend a day driving across the whole country? We may not have such hot temperatures here as in the south, but it’s every bit as green and rural as the UK but with better weather.

Meet the Team

Exhibition news

The UK exhibition season kicks off this month and we are excited to be launching a new client app which we hope will create a buzz on our stand at the first events, The France Show Olympia London 29th – 31st Jan and A Place in the Sun Show, Manchester 11th – 13th March. This will help buyers to search for their ideal property on smart phones and tablets. We will also be unveiling a brand new and exciting stand – pictures to follow in a subsequent update.

The exhibitions are incredibly important to our marketing activity, introducing Leggett Immobilier to those new to the search for a French home and helping us to keep in touch with those who have been searching for a while. Lots of clients like to keep us updated on their progress and we like to hear from
them, particularly if they have just reached the point where they are now ready to buy!

MagazineWe are so excited to have our own Leggett magazine to give away by the thousand at the shows. It’s such an attractive publication and wonderfully illustrates the French lifestyle dream our buyers are chasing. It’s the sort of publication readers dip in to again and again. Take a look at the latest digital version – or ask your own Leggett agent to let you have an actual copy next time you see them.

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French regions rearranged

As you will know, the much talked about administrative reorganisation has resulted in France’s regions being cut from 22 to 13 as of this month. It could be classed as a bit of a non-event within the Grand  Ouest area though. For both Brittany and Pays de la Loire there has been no change, while Lower Normandy and Upper Normandy have become simply ‘Normandy’.

RegionsThe plan is to help regional councils plan strategically across larger areas, be more economical and avoid waste. The remit of regional councils is wider anging and includes amongst other things coordinating regional transport including trains, running airports and ports, managing  lycées, involvement in higher education, environmental  protection, development of digital technologies and strategic economic development.

We have a dedicated team of bilingual agents covering the entire Normandy area to help you sell your property.

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NORMANDIE – choosing between Upper or Lower Normandie …

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Many people see Normandy as one region, when it is actually two regions with quite different landscapes and property prices. The common denominator is that you’ll find simply wonderful architecture in this part of the country. Whether its historic churches and cathedrals or timbered and thatched farmhouses, you won’t be disappointed.

Upper Normandy has slightly higher prices than its neighbour, although the ‘Normandy Riviera’ around Deauville, in Lower Normandy, is the place to go if you like people-watching.

Lower Normandy has an average property price of €132,000. Ports such as Cherbourg and Caen see a constant stream of buyers form the UK, many of whom stay locally because they seek a holiday home with easy access. Agriculture and tourism are two of the biggest industries here and the dairy farms are renowned as being the best in France.

NORMANDIE – with its fine beaches, idyllic countryside and historic heritage …


Formerly the ‘Dukedom’ of Normandy, it is currently divided into two regions: Haute Normandie (Upper Normandy) in the East and Basse Normandie (Lower Normandy) to the West. Soon to be reunited, but still today separate regions of France.

Normandy is one of the greatest historic regions of France and the story of Harold and his cousin William the Conqueror is magnificently told in the historic Bayeux Tapestry dating back to the 11th century, which can be visited in Bayeux, a few miles to the west of Caen.

Le Havre, Caen and Rouen are the three main cities in this region. There are four smaller cities – or large towns, these being Evreux, in the Eure,  Cherbourg and Dieppe, a minor seaport, and Alençon, capital of the Orne.

Outside the towns and cities, Normandy is a prosperous agricultural area, specialising in dairy products, fruit (notably apples) and mixed farming. The most famous regional products are the cheese Camembert, and two drinks, Cider and the spirit distilled from it, Calvados. Normandy is also famous for its racehorses, and the region has many top breeding stables.

Leggett have a wonderful selection of properties for sale in Normandie, take a look and see …



SUISSE NORMANDE – Swiss Normandy, hilly part of Calvados …


Even the French are sometimes amazed by its unexpected beauty and the variety of outdoor activities on offer in this part of Calvados. Craggy ravines on the banks of the river Orne are perfect for climbing, abseiling and paragliding enthusiasts. Enjoy trekking on horseback, Kayak or polo-kayak along a stretch of unspoilt river, hiking and picturesque villages straddling the river Orne.

All this in under one hour from the ferry!

Corey Koch.