La Marelle - Things to Do

There are plenty of things to do and places to go. Here are a few suggestions.

Nearby Towns

La Marelle is equidistant between two small but lively towns, both about 7 miles away. St James is a pretty, unspoiled market town (market day Monday) with a large supermarket, Super U, on the outskirts. Pontorson, in the other direction, is more tourist-oriented, with lots of shops and restaurants. Fifteen miles to the north is the larger town Avranches, which has a wonderful large market every Saturday, a swimming pool, a museum, a castle, and some extremely tempting shops. Other attractive towns within easy reach include St Malo, with its walled old city and busy port, Fougeres, which has one of the largest medieval chateaux in Europe, and Dinard, a delightfully stylish seaside town.


Where to start! There are so many. Nearest to home is the charming little Hotel des Voyageurs in the village of Sacey, about 2 km away. The chef has won prizes for his excellent cooking. Both St James and Pontorson have many restaurants. In Pontorson we very much like the creperie Cote Bleu. In Avranches you can find Indian and Chinese restaurants if you are tired of French food!


There are several chateaux with attractive gardens in the local area which you can visit. We particularly like the Parc Floral de Bretagne, which is close to Fougeres. In the house you will find a folder with information about other gardens open to the public.


The nearest beach to La Marelle is Carolles, on the coast of the Cotentin Peninsular, about 35 minutes to the north. This is a huge, white sand beach, and very child-friendly. Drive west into Brittany and in about 40 minutes you can reach the Plage des Vergers, near Cancale, which is equally beautiful -- a bit like Cornwall, but bigger and emptier! There are many other beaches, both big and small, on this spectacularly beautiful stretch of coast.

Attractions for Kids

A must-see is the large aquarium in St Malo, a wonderful day out for the whole family. A smaller aquarium can be found on Granville, on the Normandy coast. There are several small zoos and theme parks within easy reach of the house, and children will really enjoy the large indoor pool in Avranches, which has a big slide, fountains, a jacuzzi and more!