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Le weekend in ALENCON, Normandy

Le weekend in …..Alencon, Orne, Normandie
Where to stay, where to eat, what to do, how to get there…….

Le Basse Cour B&B

Where to stay?

La Basse Cour B&B

a picturesque 18th century Normandy farmhouse in Ancinnes, 10 minutes from Alençon and the A28, 30 minutes north of Le Mans. 3 en-suite bedrooms, sitting room/library, terraces and gardens by the side of a small lake overlooking countryside and woodland. Bar/restaurant/shops 200m. WiFi.English owned!

Where to eat – recommended Le Taverne Karlsbräu/Relais d’Alsace
36, rue Maréchal Delattre de Tassigny, Alençon
Large brasserie in the town centre and open 7 days a week.  Wide menu, seafood a speciality.  Friendly service.
Where to eat – gourmet L Escargot Doré 183, av du Général Leclerc, Alençon – (Tel: 02 33 28 67 67) – opposite the Leclerc shopping centre, just off the main road heading south to Le Mans – truly gourmet experience.  Not cheap, but worth it for a special treat. Closed Sunday and Monday.
Where to eat – value for money L’Auberge de la Boule d’Or, 72610 Ancinnes
Step back in time – 4 course menu with choice of 4 starters, 4 main courses, cheese and dessert, carafe of wine and coffee for 11 euos inclusive.
Food is excellent – just don’t pay any attention to the décor!  Closed Sunday and Monday.
Local food specialities Seafood, pork in cider and cream sauce, apples poached in calvados
Local wine/drink Cider, calvados (apple brandy), pommeau (blend of apple juice and calvados), poiré (perry)
Market Town centre near the church of Notre Dame Thursday and Saturday mornings
Must see Eglise Notre Dame
Chateau de Carrouges
Forest of Perseigne
Forest of Ecouves
Village of St Ceneri-le-Gerei – classed one of the prettiest in France
Gardens of the Mansonière – award-winning gardens
Aventure dans les Arbres – treetop walks at St Léonard des Bois
A bit of culture? Theatre, cinema, museum of Beaux Arts with Alençon lace exhibition
Shopping Partly pedestrianised town centre shopping area in Alençon; shopping centres on main roads heading west (Carrefour Centre) and south (Leclerc centre).
Somewhere for a stroll Discovery route of the old town; park des Promenades; surrounding forests of Perseigne and Ecouves
Something for the kids Treetop walks at St Léonard des Bois; animal park of Ecouves; canoeing on the Sarthe
Getting there Autoroute A28 Caen/Le Havre to le Mans TGV from Paris Montparnasse to Le Mans and then local service to Alencon
Getting around Many cycle paths.  Buses from town centre to immediate suburbs.  Trains to Rouen and Le Mans.
When to come
The Le Mans 24 hour motor race takes place in June every year (13-14 June 2015)
For a longer stay….. Numerous gardens, chateaux, pretty villages, Roman remains to visit in the area; activities like horseriding and canoeing are possible.
The Normandy coast, D-Day beaches, Mont St Michel, Giverny, Chateaux of the Loire are all possible as day trips using Alençon as a base.

Recommendations kindly offered by Phil & Jude Graham at la Basse Cour B&B

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