Friday, 1 February 2013

Spring at Eco-Gites of Lenault

Posted by Rosie

Despite recent snow, cold weather and just a little too much rain, it is clear to see that Spring is slowly heading our way.  Some buds are swelling and in sheltered places there is elder and honeysuckle in leaf.  Plenty of plants are pushing up from the wet soil, not least the wild garlic which, down the south facing valley is already large enough for a forage (mmmm - leek and wild garlic risotto).  The grass is growing, there are catkins on the trees, snowdrops are in flower and friends already have several lambs gambolling around the fields.  Winter may not be completely gone but Spring is definitely on the horizon.

So why not make a Spring visit to Normandy this year?  There are plenty of reasons I can think of to come to Eco-Gites of Lenault out of high high season.  Here's just three:

Enjoy the weather:

Fun in the woods April 2010
In early spring, when the weather could still be chilly, wrap up warm, don your wellies and head off for a walk through the countryside.  Children love nothing more than leaping in puddles and chucking leaves at each other and everyone can enjoy the wild flowers that will become steadily more abundant to their peak in April and May.  I've already seen snowdrops, celendine and primroses and there are loads more to come - orchids, cowslips and many more.  After your walk, head back to the gite for some quality together time.  Warm the children up with a hot chocolate and the adults can treat themselves to a mulled wine before settling down for some fun family time.  Why not all snuggle up under a blanket and watch a film or challenge each other to learn and play a new board game?  There are plenty to chose from here.

Quieter tourist attractions:

Spring is good time to visit some of the more popular tourist sites around Normandy.  There will be no queues to get into the Bayeux Tapestry, the narrow streets of Mont St Michel will be much less crowded and there will be fewer people at Falaise Castle than when William the Conqueror lived there!  A perfect time for really appreciating these wonderful sites.

Better Value:

Travelling out of season means you can make some significant the savings.  Accommodation, ferries, attractions are all much cheaper than in the peak weeks of July and August.  Our peak summer price per week is £480 but look at the prices earlier in the year:
  • Up to the end of April - £300/week
  • May and June - £380/week

And you don't need to visit for  a whole week. At £65 a night why not have a long week-end?  Last year every week-end through May booked up so if you fancy coming at the end of Spring don't delay and make that booking now. 

Check out your calendar and then click here to email us.  Come and enjoy a Normandy Spring at Eco-Gites of Lenault.

This blog is adapted from one I wrote on Children Friendly Holidays entitled Out Of Season Holidays.


  1. I love spring in Normandy. The plants you mention are so different from where I am, it's amazing what veriety we have in France.

  2. It sounds like a wonderful place for a vacation, Rosie! Congrats on continuing to increase the value of your clients expectations, way to go!

  3. Phoebe - I imagine down south you do get a lot of different flowers to us. We are pretty much like the UK with regard to species but far far more of them along all the roads and tracks.

    Delia - thank you. If you ever have friends from Canada looking for a place to stay in Normandy please do point them in our direction!


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