Guidebook for Couesmes-Vaucé

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Guidebook for Couesmes-Vaucé

Food Scene
My nearest bistrot. Walking distance. Local bar plus food
Le Jardin Bar & Restaurant
41 Rue du Six Août 1944
My nearest bistrot. Walking distance. Local bar plus food
Very friendly anglo-French bar/bistrot. Great pizza. Highly recommended.
Le Bistrot du Coin
1 Place du Marché
Very friendly anglo-French bar/bistrot. Great pizza. Highly recommended.
French bistrot overlooking the Varenne river in the delightful town of Ambrieres-les-Vallees.
Le Relais de la Varenne
2 Rue Notre Dame
French bistrot overlooking the Varenne river in the delightful town of Ambrieres-les-Vallees.
Very popular restaurant for lunches. It gets full very quickly. Hearty food cooked on the premises.
Le Briccius
1 Rue du Lavoir
Very popular restaurant for lunches. It gets full very quickly. Hearty food cooked on the premises.
Do not miss this place! It may look like a corner shop but t is a tardis! Refectory style dining with a set menu of many courses of food prepared fresh n the premises. It is exceptionally popular for lunch. It really is an experience not to be missed of typical local lunches
Chesneau Hervé
119 Rue des Vallées
Do not miss this place! It may look like a corner shop but t is a tardis! Refectory style dining with a set menu of many courses of food prepared fresh n the premises. It is exceptionally popular for lunch. It really is an experience not to be missed of typical local lunches
If you like chocolate.... Monbana is famous. Luckily there is a factory shop where you can buy lots of lovely chocolate, often with big savings on shop prices.
MONBANA ERNEE
If you like chocolate.... Monbana is famous. Luckily there is a factory shop where you can buy lots of lovely chocolate, often with big savings on shop prices.
Local vegetarian restaurant
La Carotte "Bistro Créatif"
Local vegetarian restaurant
Shhh.... don't tell anyone...a little shop but the bread and patisserie are delicious. Just don't tell anyone we told you!
Hercé Gourmand
4 Place Louis de Hercé
Shhh.... don't tell anyone...a little shop but the bread and patisserie are delicious. Just don't tell anyone we told you!
For traditional crepes, both sweet and savoury
Crêperie du Menhir
23 Rue de la Mairie
For traditional crepes, both sweet and savoury
Shopping
Good size main supermarket. Has a great fresh fish counter.
Super U Gorron
2 Rue Jean-Jacques Garnier
Good size main supermarket. Has a great fresh fish counter.
Little supermarket for daily basics
Viveco
3 Rue des Trois Vallées
Little supermarket for daily basics
Little supermarket for your daily supplies of basics
Viveco
Little supermarket for your daily supplies of basics
Sightseeing
A great little museum based in the old chateau of Mayenne. The building has parts going back to Romanesque times. Inside is the history of the town and the wider Mayenne area from neolithic onwards
Musée du château de Mayenne
A great little museum based in the old chateau of Mayenne. The building has parts going back to Romanesque times. Inside is the history of the town and the wider Mayenne area from neolithic onwards
Town in Normandie full of interest. Old castle and streets with half-timbered properties, plus WW2 history as strategic to both sides of the conflict.
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Domfront
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Town in Normandie full of interest. Old castle and streets with half-timbered properties, plus WW2 history as strategic to both sides of the conflict.
A great town with lots of shops and lovely walks round its streets and lake.
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Bagnoles-de-l'Orne
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A great town with lots of shops and lovely walks round its streets and lake.
Not one.. but several castles in and around this lovely market town. Take a stroll..
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Lassay-les-Châteaux
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Not one.. but several castles in and around this lovely market town. Take a stroll..
Main tourist information office for the area. Also location for arranging boat trips on the river during the summer
Valley Tourist Office Haute Mayenne
Main tourist information office for the area. Also location for arranging boat trips on the river during the summer
What else is there to be said.. the world famous Mont Saint-Michel!
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Mont Saint-Michel
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What else is there to be said.. the world famous Mont Saint-Michel!
Busy town, especially on market days! Lots of shops. Lots of WW2 history as its liberation was led by General Patton and there is a Square named in his honour, complete with WW2 tank.
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Avranches
5 Rue de Geôle
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Busy town, especially on market days! Lots of shops. Lots of WW2 history as its liberation was led by General Patton and there is a Square named in his honour, complete with WW2 tank.
Wonderful town. Great castle and walls to explore. Do not miss!
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Fougères
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Wonderful town. Great castle and walls to explore. Do not miss!
The city....
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Laval
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The city....
For a full day visit - lots to explore and see in this lovely city
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Rennes
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For a full day visit - lots to explore and see in this lovely city
Normandie coast. Great for exploring the town and along the beaches overlooking Mont Saint Michel in the distance. Seafood... sometimes referred to as the "Monaco of the North" Home of the Dior family.
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Granville
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Normandie coast. Great for exploring the town and along the beaches overlooking Mont Saint Michel in the distance. Seafood... sometimes referred to as the "Monaco of the North" Home of the Dior family.
Le Mans... known to fans of motor racing the world over. There is a museum at the main track containing a wide variety of historic vehicles. The town itself is worth a visit with its historic streets as well as new centre and great public transportation system.
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Le Mans
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Le Mans... known to fans of motor racing the world over. There is a museum at the main track containing a wide variety of historic vehicles. The town itself is worth a visit with its historic streets as well as new centre and great public transportation system.
A town with a good heart. Friendly. There is a romanesque basilica to visit. For the fans of motorbikes, there is a Harley Davidson festival here every July. There is also the world's biggest Babybel factory!
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Évron
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A town with a good heart. Friendly. There is a romanesque basilica to visit. For the fans of motorbikes, there is a Harley Davidson festival here every July. There is also the world's biggest Babybel factory!
Classed as one of the prettiest villages in France, its ancient streets and castle are well worth a visit. One of my favourite places - I keep going back. Off-season it provides lovely quiet streets to explore and absolutely stunning views from the castle walls
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Sainte-Suzanne
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Classed as one of the prettiest villages in France, its ancient streets and castle are well worth a visit. One of my favourite places - I keep going back. Off-season it provides lovely quiet streets to explore and absolutely stunning views from the castle walls
Famous for its Norman history
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Bayeux
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Famous for its Norman history
The Gallo-Roman archaeological site of Noviodunum. Roman baths, a temple and a fortress as well as street layout and a museum
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Jublains Roman Fortress and Visitor Centre
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The Gallo-Roman archaeological site of Noviodunum. Roman baths, a temple and a fortress as well as street layout and a museum
Did you know that the highest point in western France is in Mayenne? It's the Mont des Avaloirs, which rises to 417 metres. The 18-metre-high belvedere tower, opened in 1994, allows you to gain a little more height still.
Belvédère du mont des Avaloirs
Did you know that the highest point in western France is in Mayenne? It's the Mont des Avaloirs, which rises to 417 metres. The 18-metre-high belvedere tower, opened in 1994, allows you to gain a little more height still.
Entertainment & Activities
Open air aquatic centre - great for hot summer days
Recreation Park pool in Ambrières the Valleys
Open air aquatic centre - great for hot summer days
A boating and fishing lake with a refreshment stall alongside. Walks around the lake for a leisurely stroll
Plan d'eau - Saint Fraimbault
A boating and fishing lake with a refreshment stall alongside. Walks around the lake for a leisurely stroll
New indoor aquatic centre, complete with water chute
La Vague
New indoor aquatic centre, complete with water chute
Take a trip on the velo-rail! The old rail track converted into a velo-rail you cycle your little buggy along. Very popular locally
VÉLO-RAIL
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Take a trip on the velo-rail! The old rail track converted into a velo-rail you cycle your little buggy along. Very popular locally
Equestrian centre offering horseriding experiences for everyone from small children to adults, the total novice to the experienced rider. Open to all, you don't have to be a member.
centre équestre d'Ambrières
Equestrian centre offering horseriding experiences for everyone from small children to adults, the total novice to the experienced rider. Open to all, you don't have to be a member.
A great little cinema! Several screens and as well as showing French language movies, there are often movies shown in other languages - with a regular showing of movies in spoken English. Highly recommended.
Cinéma Le Vox
16 Place Juhel
A great little cinema! Several screens and as well as showing French language movies, there are often movies shown in other languages - with a regular showing of movies in spoken English. Highly recommended.
Local cinema. Mostly French language movies, but also a regular showing of movies in the English language.
GORRON CINEMA
Local cinema. Mostly French language movies, but also a regular showing of movies in the English language.
Local swimming pool.
Piscine Intercommunale
Local swimming pool.
If you want to play golf...
Golf de laval
If you want to play golf...
Canoeing andkayaking on the river Mayenne
Club de canoë-kayak JSPA Mayenne
17 Rue Pasteur
Canoeing andkayaking on the river Mayenne
Arts & Culture
A tiny but fascinating little museum showing the life of linen weavers and history of weaving in this part of France. Limited opening but worth a visit if you are into the history of artisans and how people used to live
Musée Des Tiserands Mayennais Sa
A tiny but fascinating little museum showing the life of linen weavers and history of weaving in this part of France. Limited opening but worth a visit if you are into the history of artisans and how people used to live
Laval castle - a museum worth a visit
Vieux-Château
Laval castle - a museum worth a visit
Where you can see the 69m long Bayeaux Tapestry depicting William the Conqueror's invasion of England
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Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux
13B Rue de Nesmond
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Where you can see the 69m long Bayeaux Tapestry depicting William the Conqueror's invasion of England
A museum to the French dairy and cheese industries! Cheese tastings...
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Lactopôle
18 Rue Adolphe Beck
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A museum to the French dairy and cheese industries! Cheese tastings...
Saulges has an astounding piece of natural heritage to offer the visitor. The river Erve has hollowed out a canyon that is typical of limestone strata. The rocks are criss-crossed by crevices through which rainwater drains away, causing certain types of erosion and caves. This creates a kind of natural landscape that is very similar to the limestone plateaus to be found in the southern part of the Massif Central.
Valley of the Caves of Saulges - Prehistoric Museum
Saulges has an astounding piece of natural heritage to offer the visitor. The river Erve has hollowed out a canyon that is typical of limestone strata. The rocks are criss-crossed by crevices through which rainwater drains away, causing certain types of erosion and caves. This creates a kind of natural landscape that is very similar to the limestone plateaus to be found in the southern part of the Massif Central.
Imagine a palace inhabited by giant sculptures, a place like no place you’ve ever seen before, where ‘Notre Dame de Tout le Monde’ sits enthroned between the ‘Gateway of the Moon’ and the ‘Gateway of the Sun’. His house at Cossé-le-Vivien, in the heart of Mayenne, has been turned into a museum. Its 1,200 square metres are testimony to the incredible talent of this artist who was a painter, a sculptor, a ceramicist and a builder, all at the same time.
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Museum Robert Tatin
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Imagine a palace inhabited by giant sculptures, a place like no place you’ve ever seen before, where ‘Notre Dame de Tout le Monde’ sits enthroned between the ‘Gateway of the Moon’ and the ‘Gateway of the Sun’. His house at Cossé-le-Vivien, in the heart of Mayenne, has been turned into a museum. Its 1,200 square metres are testimony to the incredible talent of this artist who was a painter, a sculptor, a ceramicist and a builder, all at the same time.
sculpture park - giant sculptures!
Espace Louis Derbré Ernée
51 Avenue de Paris
sculpture park - giant sculptures!
Parks & Nature
Gardens open to the public. Pretty to walk around plus there is a tea shop serving tea and cakes. It has many special events on during the year so you may find yourself listening to music, singing, or buying plants as you take tea and cake following your stroll around these pretty gardens
Les Jardins des Renaudies
Gardens open to the public. Pretty to walk around plus there is a tea shop serving tea and cakes. It has many special events on during the year so you may find yourself listening to music, singing, or buying plants as you take tea and cake following your stroll around these pretty gardens
Drinks & Nightlife
Bar Tabac in adjacent village
Goussin Françoise
6 Place du 11 Novembre
Bar Tabac in adjacent village
If visiting a casino floats your boat, here you go!
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Casino de Bagnoles-de-l'Orne
6 Avenue Robert Cousin
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If visiting a casino floats your boat, here you go!