Honfleur, Normandy, France.

10 Reasons to Buy in Normandy

Annaliza Davis revels in a hugely varied area that offers the best of France, from coast to country, city and cuisine, just over the Channel. This ever-popular region justifies its appeal with every visit, offering sandy beaches, perpetually-green fields and

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A Property Guide to Normandy

Thinking of buying a property in Normandy? This article is an introductory guide to the region covering climate, landscape, access, property styles and prices. Start your search today!

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Equestrian property in France

France is renowned as a paradise for horses and attracts many equestrian enthusiasts who buy property in the region. But keeping horses can become daunting if you don’t choose the right property.

Visiting a Calvados distillery in Normandy

In Lower Normandy, apple cider has been distilled into brandy since the Middle Ages. Florence Derrick visits the Boulard family distillery in Coquainvilliers, where 85% of the region’s tipple is produced…

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France’s Best Museums and Cultural Hotspots

You’re never far from an opportunity to enrich your cultural cachet in France – the country proudly preserves and shares its heritage. Here are a few ideas to inspire your choice of cultural destinations, whether you’re looking for an in-depth

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Tarte à la rhubarbe

With the rhubarb season well under way, tempt your taste buds with this delicious recipe for Tarte à la rhubarbe with a Norman twist… Calva and crème fraîche!

Running an eco-gite in Normandy

In 2007, the Hill family from Kent moved to Calvados in Normandy where they now run an eco-gite business. Here, wife and mother of two, Rosie Hill, shares their story with FrenchEntree – complete with faux pas and pigs.

Gardens of Calvados

In keeping with the changing moods and light of Normandy’s skies, the parks and gardens in Calvados offer remarkable variety: historic or modern, botanical or landscaped, bizarre or wild.

In the dog house!

Eleanor Fullalove meets Rick and Tracey Harwood, a couple living the good life in France. They run luxury kennels in Normandy. Here they reveal why they made the move and how they make it work for them.

Buying a Property in Normandy on a Whim

Warning! Buying a house just because you fall in love with it and changing countries without a second glance, or buying a gorgeous 2CV van without seeing it in the tin, can seriously affect your life…

Calvados, the true spirit of Normandy

From country cottages to imposing chateaux, elegant town houses to majestic abbeys, Calvados is dotted with character properties of all shapes and sizes. Admire from the outside or maybe even stay overnight – many are open to visitors as heritage attractions or hotels.

Eating Out in Dieppe

Fancy dining out in Dieppe? Rob Silverstone, author of best-selling novel A Mule in Rouen tells us about some of his favourite eateries in Dieppe’s ‘Le Pollet’ district – guaranteed to tickle your taste buds….

Poule au Pot

Henri IV of France wanted all households in his kingdom to be able to relish in this great dish every Sunday so what not try it out yourself?

Normandy stud season well underway

Normandy is renowned for being the equestrian capital of France – no doubt then, that there is plenty of choice for the potential horse or pony breeder, and some excellent quality available.

Get ready for winter!

With the nights drawing in, thoughts will invariably be turning to how to help your horses survive the Normandy rain and the mud that is the unfortunate downside of being blessed with great grazing for the majority of the year. Check out our handy vocabulary to help you when shopping for those essential items to keep your horse cosy in the coming months.

Recipe for La Toussaint

All Saint’s Day, November 1st, a public holiday in France, is the eve of All Soul’s Day, a time when our dead are remembered. In the past, a wake was held all night, prayers were said and chestnuts were roasted in the fire then eaten, the belief being that for each one a soul was saved from purgatory…

Flavour of the Month

Bought a good French cook book lately? If you have, we’d really love to hear about it. Sinéad Allart from the Wilde Kitchen lets us in on her latest discovery…

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Normandy crêpes and galettes

When you think of Normandy, think Crêpes, Galettes and Cider. Here are some top tips for making your crêpes with a Norman twist…

Competing and Working in Normandy

The competition circuit in France can be very different to what you are used to in the UK, but can be just as much fun and is a great way of improving your French. Here are some pointers to get you started…

Handy tips for hunting horsey suppliers in Normandy

Not without good reason is Normandy known as the sport horse capital of Europe, and it boasts an infrastructure of top class vets, blacksmiths and suppliers to support the demand. You might be spoilt for choice but where do you start looking, and how can you be sure you’re getting a good one?

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Buying, Loaning or Leasing a Horse in Normandy

Buying or borrowing a horse or pony can be very rewarding and great fun. No matter what level you’re at or what sport you enjoy, you should find a huge choice in Normandy if you know where to start looking. Too much temptation…

Bringing your horse to Normandy

So you’ve found your dream home and at last you’re making the move to Normandy. But how do you transport your horse in safety and without stress? Some handy tips…

Typical dishes of Normandy

So what are the local specialities of Normandy? And what’s actually in them? We demystify those untranslatable dishes and change your menu nightmare in to menu heaven!


A la Normande / Vallée d’Auge

Omelette – à la Mère Poulard

Joue de Bœuf

Andouille de Vire

Agneau de pré-salé

Tripes à la mode de Caen

Normandy Oysters

Love them or hate them, no Christmas table in Normandy is complete without them.

Great value, great taste …….. Aphrodisiac?

Let us know what YOU think!!!

Scallops with crème fraîche and leeks

Once considered la nourritue des pauvres – ‘poor man’s food’, scallops with their bright orange roes and decorative shells, abundant in Normandy and in season now, provide for a delicate and impressive alternative Christmas meal…

Part 2: a year in Normandy

As we follow the highs and lows of one couple buying their dream house in Normandy, we discover that French property surveys are not what they ought to be and certainly don’t mention sharing electricity with the neighbours…

Normandy seafood platter

A plateau de fruits de mer or seafood platter is a must in Normandy at Christmas time. Take a look at Sinéad’s recipe and tips on how to prepare and serve this festive dish full of local flavour…

A Year in Normandy

Find out how one couple who had no intentions of buying a property abroad fell in love with a picture of a Norman-stlye cottage in an Estate Agent’s window… and ended up buying it the same day on a coup de coeur!

Remembrance Day in Normandy

As Remembrance Sunday approaches, Judy Mansfield describes how she came to be a regular participant in her local Rembrance Service in Normandy and her husband, Russ, an officially appointed porte-drapeau…

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Normandy, the 21st district of Paris?

Normandy is the countryside of Paris and second home to many a Parisien. In fact, Parisiens refer to Normandy as the 21st district of Paris! So the Brits are not the only ones interested in the region…

Introducing Normande cuisine

As can be expected of a region boasting both an extensive coastline and a fertile interior, the range of produce on offer in Normandy is varied and rich and Norman cooking is one of the grand cuisines of France. The extensive coastline provides an abundance of fresh seafood, the lush green pastures of the Normandy countryside is ideal grazing for dairy herds and cattle and the apple orchards give delicious fruit that is used to make a variety of ciders and Calvados. It is not therefore surprising that Normandy cuisine has a distinct identity with its own favourite ingredients: apples, cider, cream and butter…

Moules Normandes

Thousands of kilos of mussels are eaten out in restaurants every day but how many of the seafood lovers who devour them actually eat mussels at home? Buy some fresh moules de bouchot from your local market, preferably already cleaned, try this ridiculously easy recipe for moules normandes and, I promise, you might never eat mussels out again!

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Top Ten Tips When Looking for Your Dream Property in Normandy

FrenchEntrée Normandy has teamed up with author George East to provide a list of top tips when looking for your dream home in Normandy. George has written a series of books describing the adventures of him and his wife as they try to realise their dream of living the good life in rural Normandy. His experiences may serve you well…

Tips for choosing crème fraîche in Normandy

You wouldn’t expect to ponder over choosing a tub of crème fraîche. But in Normandy, home to a such a variety of some of the finest crème fraîche in the world, it’s worth thinking about what’s on offer before you buy… and where you buy it.

A Kir with an apple twist

Try this simple, refreshing pre-dinner drink using some of Normandy’s favourite appley ingredients…

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Property Guide – Normandy

Thinking of buying a property in Normandy? This article is an introductory guide to the region covering climate, landscape, attractions, access, property styles and prices.