Around La Blonderie
Situated in the northwest of France, Normandy (Normandie in French) is a region blessed with stunning coastlines, windswept beaches and lush pastoral land.
The quintessential image of Normandy is of beautiful landscape, green pastures dotted with brown and white Norman cows, apple orchards, calvados, good food and plenty of beautiful creamy cheeses. But Normandy is also steeped in history, starting from the time of the Vikings to William the Conqueror to the Impressionist painters and to World War II, there is much to appeal to the visitor here.
Non-cooking guests will be spoilt for choice in an area rich in history, scenery and activities. They’ll also be very welcome to join in on mealtimes and/excursions (cider tour, market visit, boulangerie visit).
Otherwise, why not combine your cooking holiday with history/non-foodie activities and avail of our 6 night competitively-priced stay? You’ll spend three days in/around the kitchen and have two ‘free’ ones to explore. Sinéad and Philippe will help set you in the right direction, helping you make the most of your time in Normandy, armed with maps, itineraries and ideas!
Normandy’s 600 km coastline makes it an ideal place for driving or cycling holidays. It is a very popular holiday region. The coastline is dotted with memorials, cemeteries and museums which remind of the famous Normandy landings in WWII. The Battle of Normandy, the D-D Landing beaches and the role that Normandy played continue to be of huge interest for visitors with many coming on battlefields tours.
Only 44kms from Sainte Mère Eglise, immortalized in the movie ‘The Longest Day’, 90kms from Omaha Beach and the American Cemetary, and 139kms from Pegasus Bridge, the Wilde Kitchen is perfectly located for exploring Normandy with its World War Two museums, beaches, monuments and much more…while Bayeux, famous for its almost 1000-year old, world-famous tapestry, the tapestry of Queen Mathilda, depicting the defeat of England by William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, is only 99kms away – all potential day-trips.
Many visitors come to Normandy to visit Le Mont-St-Michel, a mere 146kms from La Blonderie along the spectacular coastal road, known locally as ‘la touristique’.
Le Mont Saint Michel, one of the most enchanting sights in France, is the second most visited tourist spot in France (the Eiffel tower is number one!) Once a place of pilgrimage, Mont-St-Michel became a prison after the Revolution, but today it’s a national monument and a much sought after tourist attraction.
Cherbourg – Octeville, the largest city in the departement of La Manche, is a key location for more than 50 of the most prestigious sailing events. Cherbourg also has the largest aquarium in Europe at La Cité de la Mer as well as Le Redoutable, the largest submarine open to the public in the world, launched in Cherbourg in 1967 by General de Gaulle.
Sinéad, trained as a local tour guide, will help set you off in the right direction on your days ‘off’ armed with maps and itineraries. She’ll also book restaurants, where necessary, ensuring that your time in Normandy is insightful and fun.
For those of you who prefer to explore locally – Le Cap de La Hague and Le Val de Saire with their breathtaking beauty are only a stone’s throw away. Garden lovers generally adore this fabulous peninsula with its amazing hydrangeas, fuchsias and roses, to name but a few.
'A wonderful base for exploring that part of Normandy including Mont- St- Michel, Bayeux and the WW2 beaches.'
‘Stayed here while researching my father’s war experiences. We loved this place, the welcome, the surroundings, and the owners could not have been more helpful. We are recommending it to everyone we know, and will surely come again.'
‘Our hostess, Sinéad, was very knowledgeable about all of the regional sights and sites. She helped us book ferry reservations on-line for a day trip to Guernsey Island, and she made excellent recommendations about what to see in and around the Cherbourg Peninsula. La Blonderie is close to the D-Day invasion beaches, the American Cemetery at Colleville sur Mer, and Sainte Mère Église (a little over a half-hour away). La Blonderie was a fine headquarters for our visit to Normandy.'
‘My husband and I spent five fabulous days the Wilde Kitchen...cooking, eating, and laughing. Sinéad is a wonderful teacher and an accomplished cook -- the cooking classes at the Wilde Kitchen and staying at La Blonderie was the highlight of our trip to France! We learned a lot and were exposed to the charming local culture and fabulous cuisine. If you want to go to cooking school in France, this is THE place to go. In the near future, we hope to return to the Wilde Kitchen with our entire family for cooking school. My only regret is that we didn't plan to stay longer. Be sure to extend your trip so you have time to visit the local sites.'