There are many historical sites and landmarks in the surrounding area. From the medieval village of St. Suzanne (just 10 minutes away) to the ruins of a Roman fort, baths and temple at Jublains (15 mins) to bucket list locations such as the Mont St. Michel, D-Day Landing Beaches and Bayeux Tapestry (each 1.5 – 2.5 hours away) Le Vieux Presbytere is well placed for many different historical excursions.
- Mont St. Michel Surrounded by the sea, this medieval abbey and the village that supports it are the definition of picturesque (2 hours by car)
- Sainte-Suzanne A beautiful medieval chateaux and surrounding village (10 mins by car)
- Bayeux Tapestry Created to commemorate the Norman conquest of England in 1066 (1.5 hrs)
- La Ferté Clairbois Medieval Chateaux with a period garden and lots of activities depicting the life of a knight in medieval times (15 mins)
- Jublains The ruins of Roman baths, a temple, an amphitheatre, and a large fortress remain and are available to be visited, as well as an excellent museum (28min)
- Visit the 360º cinema, at Arromanches, the cemeteries, and the beaches themselves, to learn about the brave soldiers that defended the world from the domination of the Nazi forces. Omaha Beach. (2.5 hrs)
- Chartres Cathedral One of the world’s most prominent examples of Medieval Gothic Architecture, the Cathedral at Chartres features beautiful stained glass windows, flying buttresses and has housed the Tunic of The Virgin Mary since 876A.D. (2hrs)
Experience French Cuisine
Take yourself on a world-class culinary tour! France is full of fantastic gastronomic experiences. Whether you love artisanlly made cheeses, locally baked breads and pastries, paté, rilletes, fine wine, beer or cider, Normandy provides limitless opportunities to explore.
- The Cider Museum (local cidre and Calvados producers with a museum showing historical cidre production)
- 1.5 Hours away from the town of it’s namesake, Camembert de Normandy can be enjoyed all over the region.
Explore the beautiful French countryside! There are many fantastic walks and hikes in the surrounding area. Le Vieux Presbytere is also only 21 minutes away from Sille-la-Guillaume, a beautiful forested recreation area featuring a lake large enough to swim and boat in. With so much natural beauty to take in the only question will be where to begin!
- Sillé-la-Guillaume (21 mins away by car)
- Hiking in the Mayenne area (various distances)
- Grottes de Saulges Celebrate 100,000 years of inhabitation at this site. Explore the caves, or try your hand at repelling (30 mins)
- Pré-en-Pail Hiking, Picnicing, Canoeing in the river as well as many other out-door activities with beautiful views from the top of the large hills (54 mins)
And So Much More...
There’s so much more to explore! The Nuits des Chimères is a free light show in Le Mans, in summertime (starting end of June) and it is not to be missed. In this spectacular show animations are projected onto the ancient buildings in 5 locations around the old city centre. Browse from one site to the next at your leisure after dark. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world’s oldest active sports car race in endurance, held annually since 1923 , and is considered to be one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world.
- Caen This city was the ancient seat of power for the Dukes of Normandy, and it played a central role in the D-day Landings during WWII. Also a major port (Ouistreham) for passengers and cars going to, and arriving from, the UK (2hrs 10mins)
- Laval The capital of the Mayenne department. Laval was before the French Revolution part of the province of Maine, now split between two departments, Mayenne and Sarthe (45 mins)
- Le Mans Traditional capital of the province of Maine and now the capital of the Sarthe department. The city centre is spectacular, with it’s ancient cathedral commanding pride of place over the city and River Sarthe. (50 mins)