Places to Visit
There are some lovely attractive small towns and villages nearby and you may wish to visit with places to eat. We recommend eating out at lunchtime, as there is excellent food available with most restaurants offering set meals at very reasonable prices.
Mortain, Villedieu–les–Poeles and Domfront are nearby.
Mont St Michel (50 mins)
This world famous landmark is worth a visit. The climb to the Abbey is worth the effort for the view alone.
Bayeux (1½ hours)
Famous for the Bayeux tapestry, there are chic shops, restaurants, museums, the cathedral and the British and Commonwealth second world war cemeteries.
Granville (45 mins)
There are some excellent seafood restaurants in the port area and a walk around the town including the old town and Pointe du Roc is worth a visit. There are a number of art studios and museums including the Christian Dior family home.
Cancale (1½ hours)
This pretty coastal town is famous for its delicious oysters, which are farmed in the bay.
Second World War Historical sites
All around this area there are historical sites with Mortain being the nearest. Further up on the coast are the D Day beaches at Arromanches with the second world war museum and numerous cemeteries. The largest American cemetery can be found at Omaha Beach, Colleville Sur Mer.
Pegasus Bridge played a crucial part in the D-Day operations and is within easy reach of the gîte.
The nearest beaches just 45 minutes away can be found all around the Baie de Mont St Michel at Carolles and Jouville (on the Avranches to Granville coast road).
These are safe sandy beaches, perfect for families.
What to Do Locally
Walking & Cycling
There are a number of formal walks, or randonneurs as they are locally known, in the area.
Cycling is very popular in the area with many dedicated cycle paths. The nearest cycle pathway links Vire and Mortain.
Theme Parks and Zoos
Parc Festyland: Amusement park at Caen around 90 minutes away
Parc De L’Ange Michel: Amusement park located near Ducey about 35 minutes way
Zoo de Champrepus: Zoological gardens near Granville about 45 minutes away
Alligator Bay: wildlife park near Mont St Michel around 1 hour away
Les Roc Des Harmonies: Nature park at Granville 45 minutes away
Enchanted Village: 5 minutes away
Golf & Fishing
Vire has an attractive 18-hole course open to all (20 minutes)
Granville Links is about 45 minutes away with Omaha Beach around 1½ hours away.
Available at various locations in the vicinity within a 20 miniute drive offering course and fly fishing.
Riding & Swimming
Organised treks suitable for all abilities within the forest of St Sever near Vire, approximately 30 minutes drive away. Hats are provided.
Unfortunately, we can't allow swimming in La Herpinière's pond, but during the summer months there is a heated open air swimming pool at Mortain (15 minutes’ drive), and all year round indoor swimming in Vire (20 minutes)
There are several varied gardens in the area - some with chateau attached for good measure - that are well worth visiting if you are a lover of gardens and their design.
Our particular favorites are Jumaju , La Pellerine and Le Parc Floral de la Haute Bretagne.
Markets & Shopping
There are a variety of markets locally, all less than 30 minutes' drive away.
Sourdeval has a small market, but the principal markets in the area are at St Hilaire-
du-Harcouet, Vire and Villedieu-les-Poeles.
La Herpinière is not the place to come if you want to shop 'til you drop, but supermarkets and local bakeries abound, with a good variety of shops in Vire and Avranches.
Specialist centres can also be found, like the copper and pewterware in the foundry town of Villedieu-les-Poeles.
For speed seekers, a karting track is found in Mortain, just 10 minutes drive away from La Herpinière