Nearby tourist sites include:
The stunning monastery at Mont St Michel
The Bayeux Tapestry - 1066 bought vividly to life
The D-Day beaches.
These three world class tourist sights are all 40 to 75 minutes away from Le Castel.
Then, there are the seaside resorts and beautiful countryside, plus great golf courses, fishing, cycling and walking.
Le Castel is just 15 minutes from lovely sandy beaches at Montmartin sur Mer, which are usually deserted even in the height of summer. There is also Granville if you fancy a typical Victoria seaside resort.
The D-Day invasion beaches of Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword are all around 40 minutes to an hour away from Le Castel. The wartime history is moving and fascinating, but the coastline itself is also a reason for visiting with pretty seaside towns and wide sandy beaches. You can spend one or two days touring D-Day sights (or much more if you are very interested). The must see sights include: The fantastic airborne museum at St Mere Eglise, where the parachutist from the film The Longest Day got caught on the church spire. Pointe Du Hoche - moving and beautiful site of gun emplacements between Utah and Omagh beaches. The American War Cemetery. The 360 degree cinema plus the Mulberry Harbour at Arromanches.
The Atlantic Beaches
Le Castel is just 20 minutes away from the sandy beaches of Normandy's Atlantic coastline, including the beautiful and practically empty beach at Montmartin-sur-Mer (pictured) where you can join the locals picking mussels and clams. The lively and popular seaside resorts of Granville and Coutainville are just half and hour away. Jon at Le Castel can prepare a great picnic - loads of local delicacies packed into a traditional wicket hamper with fine china, chairs, napkins etc.
Castles, chateaux & abbies
Le Castel is surrounded by beautiful chateaux, ruined castles and Romanesque abbies. Check out the classic looking Balleroy chateau, the ruins of Pirou or the abbies at Hambye or Cerisy le Foret. There is also Christian Dior's house at Granville, the National Stud Farm at St Lo, food trails and much more.
The pretty hill town of Coutances is 15 minutes from Le Castel. The view of the stunning cathederal, with its twin towers silhouetted against the sky, dominates the local countryside. Coutances is also home to beautiful botanical gardens - illuminated on summer evenings, along with classical music piped from amongst the bushes!
Le Mont St Michel - amazing abbey
The ancient Mont St Michel - one of the most visited tourist sites in France and probably the country's most recognisable silhouette after the Eiffel Tower, is an hour from Le Castel. A visit here to cross the causeway and climb the fortified island's streets to its Abbey is a must. You can also take in the ancient seaside resort of St Malo with its walled city. Stop off at Villedieu des Poelles - God's town of the frying pans - where they make everything possible in copper. There is also a bell foundry.
Bayeux is a perfectly preserved medieval town and home to the incredible Bayeux Tapestry, which illustrates the Norman conquest of England in 1066. It is also the location of the British War Cemetery. A few miles further on is a mulberry harbour at Arromanches, which also has an incredible 360 degree cinema featuring modern day scenes melded with wartime images