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These are just some of the highlights around Chateau Le Mont Epinguet. Click to find out more about each of them:

WWII landing beaches

Utah, Omaha, Juno and Sword, Pegasus Bridge and their museums. Arromanches Mulberry Harbour and its 360 degree cinema - 18 minutes of drama. Point du Hoc. Bayeux war museum. American war cemetery and Ste Mere Eglise (John Steel)

Tatihou Island

A trip across the oyster beds by amphibious craft to Tatihou Island - an ancient penal colony and bird sanctuary off St Vaast le Hougue  

Swimming and Sunbathing

Swimming and sunbathing on the beautiful sandy west coast beaches at Carteret, where the Gulf Stream produces a little known sunny microclimate.

Surfing

Surfing (or watching them) at Sciotot Bay. Paragliding at Cateret. Windsurfing at Nacqueville

Snaking Slides at la Piscine de Collignon in Tourlaville

A fun few hours at the indoor pool with snaking slides at la piscine de Collignon in Tourlaville (East Cherbourg) or Equerdrevillle (West Cherbourg). Speedos compulsory.

Shopping and Hypermarkets

Succumbing to the many temptations at the nearby Auchan hypermarket , Decathlon hyper-sports-shop and browsing the Cherbourg boutiques, followed by coffee at the Old Theatre.

Omonville la Rogue at the harbour bar

An omelette aux lardons avec frites at the end of your coastal walk to Omonville la Rogue at the harbour bar.

Mont St Michel - A Wonder of the World.

A day at stunning Mont St Michel - A Wonder of the World.

Local Resturants

An evening without the children at a top local restaurant like Michelin star Marine at Cateret or 13th century Vieux Chateau in Bricquebec (babysitter available.)

Local Markets

At the daily regional markets - particularly the one in Medieval Bricquebec on Monday (8.00-12.30am) and Valognes on Fridays

Country and Coastal Rambling

Country and coastal rambling. This region was the most affluent in France in the 18th century and has a wealth of grand houses, gardens and culture. There is a labyrinth of beautiful ancient coastal and country walkways, of which we have detailed maps.

Cider and Calvados tasting

at one of the many local producers Théo Capelle

Cherbourg Casino

A flutter at Cherbourg Casino, rounding off the night in the local nightclub.

Chateaux and their gardens

A visit to some local Chateaux and their gardens - Tourlaville, Vauville, Urville-Naqueville, Crosville and Martinvast

Canoeing

Canoeing down the river at St Sauveur le Vicomte - to a lovely riverside restaurant.

Butchers Bar

An evening or lunch at the village butchers bar - a brilliant informal four-course meal usually cooked on the fire, for 11.50 euros inclusive wine and cider. Children welcome.

Boat Trip

A boat trip round the Napoleonic harbour in Cherbourg.

Bayeux Tapestry

a great exhibition only 45 minutes away.

Barfleur

Tea or aperitifs on the quayside at Barfleur, after climbing the 365 steps of Gatteville lighthouse.

Bar Cale Marine in Carteret

Incomparable moules & frites at Bar Cale Marine in Carteret. Sundowner on La Potiniere beach bar opposite the Channel Islands.

Bar Cale Marine in Carteret

Incomparable moules & frites at Bar Cale Marine in Carteret. Sundowner on La Potiniere beach bar opposite the Channel Islands.

Animal Park at Montague La Brisette

An afternoon at the charming animal park at Montague La Brisette

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