Autumn in Normandy is one of France’s best-kept secrets.

As the nights draw in and the days grow cooler, autumn is a wonderful time to cycle through the russet-coloured forests or wrap up warm for a long walk in the woods. The shorter days are crisp and sunny; perfect for pottering around a medieval village or strolling along a secluded sandy beach. As night falls and the temperature drops, there’s no better way to end your day than curling up in front of our log burning fire with a movie and a nice glass of red.

Autumn is harvest time so the markets are bursting with juicy berries and plums, ripening cheeses and world-class seafood. As the season draws to a close, the air is filled with the scent of crushed apples as the local farmers harvest their orchards and begin bottling the region’s famed Calvados brandy, cider and delicious apple juice. Many farms and chateaux in the area offer guided tours and tastings where you can see distillers at work and sample some of the best brandies in the region.

With Christmas around the corner, the medieval city of Rennes is the perfect place to browse the shops and wander around the lovely Christmas markets. The traditional Breton patisseries are chock full of mouth-watering cakes and pastries and the winding cobbled streets are decorated with twinkling Christmas lights with stalls selling mulled wine and sweet delicacies.

Take advantage of our out of season prices this autumn and experience the very best of Normandy, Brittany and the Loire from the comfort of our beautiful 17th century farmhouse gites.

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