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The central position of Perrou makes it an ideal centre for exploring this part of France. There are many small towns and villages each with its own charm. In particular Les Villages Fleuri, who put on the most wonderful floral displays in the summer are well worth visiting, Especially the village of St. Fraimbault which is a previous winner of the 'grand prix national de fleurissement'. Here also you will find a lake with fishing, and pedalos, also tennis and mini-golf. This is also an area that prides itself on its calvados cider and poire (perry), and it is possible to take a tour around the area “tasting' as you go. If you happen to be here in April you will enjoy the sight of the apple and pear trees covered in blossom. The village of Mantilly holds a Fete du Poire in July. Both Mantilly and St. Fraimbault are just a few kilometres south of Domfront.

Information on the numerous footpaths and cycle routes in both the forest and the local area is available either from ourselves or from the local tourist information centre in Domfront. Cycles are available for hire in Domfront.

In the village of Juvigny-sous-Andaine (our neighbouring village) you will find 'La Ferme du Cheval de Trait' which has a miniature farm and hosts a 'Spectacle de Percherons' a show featuring the horses of Northern France such as Percherons in a display including bareback riding, team riding and chariot racing.

If you are a horse lover you must also take the opportunity to visit Haras du Pin, (about an hour away). Here you will find part of the French National Stud, with around 70 stallions. The stables are open every day and demonstrations of horsemanship are regular features during the summer months.

In the small town of Ferte Mace, close to Bagnoles-de-L'Orne, there is a leisure lake, with a small beach with pedalos. Here too there is fishing, tennis and horse riding. Ferte Mace also has a toy museum.

To the north of us is the area known as 'Suisse Normande'. Here you will find spectacular scenery as well as the more rugged pursuits of climbing and canoeing.

For the children in your party (of all ages) there is 'The Enchanted Village' with Noah's Ark and his animals, a little train, the Valley of fairy tales, and much more. This lies a few kilometres to the west of Domfront.

There are several zoos within easy reach including the Zoo De Jurques, and the Zoo de Champrepus, which also prides itself on its gardens.

We hope that keen gardeners will enjoy our garden, but there are other gardens that are well worth a visit. The Parc Floral de Haute Bretagne lies to the south west of Domfront.

About an hour away is the enchanting Mont St Michel, just north of which lies the seaside town of Granville.

Further afield, but still within range of a day trip are the Normandy beaches and the Memorial of Caen, Paris, The Palace of Versailles and Monet's garden.

All the towns have markets, some on more than one day in the week. It is impossible to give more than a taster of what is on offer, sufficient to say that there are leisure pursuits available for most tastes, and much more than you could visit in one week, so that you will almost certainly wish to return to lovely Normandy .

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