Château Le Brevedent at Pont L'Eveque is a very popular chateau campsite set inland in the Normandy Countryside. Chateau Le Brevedent is a Castels Camping site.
Nestling in 6 hectare wooded orchards, surrounding a lake and overlooked by an elegant 16th century hunting lodge, this is an ideal venue for an enjoyable holiday as well as being a superb base for exploring northern France.
The site is most likely to suit those looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday and families with young children. Do not miss Madame Gurrey's talk on Sunday evenings, where she describes the history of the property, her family and the surrounding area in the manor's stylish drawing room. The campsite is the starting point for many cycle and walking trails.
Booking Your Holiday
There are sailings by ferry with Brittany Ferries and other operators to some of the following ports which are the nearest ones to Le Brevedent Campsite at Pont L'Eveque :
- • St Malo: 224 km
- • Roscoff: 393 km
- • Caen: 56 km
- • Cherbourg: 176 km
- • Le Havre: 55 km
There are flights by a variety of airlines from the UK and Ireland to the following regional airports. Hover over the map to discover some airlines which fly to each airport (please note that this information was up to date at time of writing but you will need to check details of flights with your tour operator or airline) :
- • Rennes airport: 250 kms
- • Dinard airport: 224 kms
- • Beauvais: 168 kms
- • Paris Charles De Gaulle: 210 kms
- • Paris Orly: 210 kms
- • Local Railway: There seems to be a SNCF station in Pont L'Eveque which may be served from Paris St Lazare. For more information click here to reach a Pont L'Eveque tourist information site. However it would probably be best to contact the campsite for further information about public transport.
Things to do in the Area
There is plenty to see and do in this area of Normandy.
The town of Bayeaux is of course famous for its tapestry which depicts the Battle of Hastings. The Bayeaux Tapestry is over 900 years old and is now on permanent public display in the city of Bayeaux in Normandy. The tapestry contains about 50 different scenes from the Norman Conquest, depicting such things as why William felt he had to invade, the preparations made for the sea crossing and the battle itself with William victorious over Harold, who ended up being shot by an arrow in his eye. The tapestry was kept in a bomb shelter during the second world war.
Bayeux itself remained relatively unscathed after the second world war even though it was fairly close to the Normandy landing beaches.
Bayeux Cathedral is stunning inside as well as out.
Normandy World War 2 Sites
If you are interested in the history of the war, there is much to be seen, including
- • the famous Pegasus Bridge,
- • Arromanches, with its Mulberry Harbours, which were constructed to aid the Allies in getting supplies ashore,
- • the Normandy Landing Beaches
- • numerous museums and memorials all along the coast
- • The War museum in Bayeux, which tells the story of the Battle of Normandy. This museum has a good deal of exhbits which reflect the lifes of everyday people who were caught up in the war as well as some more personal momentoes from the soldiers. You will also be able to see the various war cemeteries in various villages, with their neat rows of white crosses. It is a strange contrast to the now peaceful Normandy countryside.
- • Gun Battery - there are four of these gun batteries at Longues Sur Mer. They formed part of the German Atlantic Wall coastal fortifications. On the night before the D-Day landings of 6 June 1944, the battery was subject to heavy bombing from allied air forces. The bombing was followed on the morning of the landings by bombardment from the French cruiser Georges Leygues as well as the U.S. battleship Arkansas. The battery itself then opened fire, forcing the headquarters ship HMS Bulolo to retreat to safer water. Three of the four guns were eventually disabled by British cruisers Ajax and Argonaut, though a single gun continued to operate intermittently until 1900hrs that evening. The site was captured by the 231st Infantry Brigade the following day.
- • A memorial to 602 Squadron - City of Glasgow as well as Squadron 132 - City of Bombay, Squadron 452 RAAF and Squadron 441 RCAF, who had all used an Aerodrome at Longues Sur Mer.
The name Ouistreham derives from ouistre = "oyster" and Saxon ham = "village". It has been a trading port since the Middle Ages. The harbour is now a part of "Port de Caen-Ouistreham". Ouistreham is pronounced Wee-ss-tram. There are many historic houses to be seen along the seafront, dating from Victorian times.
War History from WWII - Strategic Importance of this Spot
Ouistreham is the town on the north-west coast of France where the canal from Caen comes in to the sea, so during the War, it must have been regarded by the authorities as a vital part of the overall invasion strategy that it be captured intact if at all possible. If it were, the canal could be used for taking vital supplies inland. On 6 June 1944, No. 4 Commando landed at Ouistreham (Sword Beach) and fought their way to Pegasus Bridge, with the 177 Free French of the No. 10 (Inter-Allied) Commando given the honour of spearheading the advance. The assault on Ouistreham was featured in the movie The Longest Day, although the film location for Ouistreham was actually at Port-en-Bessin, which is further along the Normandy Coast. For an interesting memory click here.
For more information about some World War 2 sites and memories, click here.
You might like to visit the picturesque 16th century port of Honfleur with its slate fronted houses crowded round the little harbour.
Other places you may want to visit include :
- • Caen - Caen is known for its historical buildings built during the reign of William the Conqueror, who was buried here, and for the Battle for Caen. Heavy fighting that took place in and around Caen during the Battle of Normandy in 1944, destroying much of the town.
- • Aquarium Vivarium de Trouville with over 70 tanks representing sea life from around the world. Also animals and insects from the rainforests around the world.
- • Festyland - a Leisure park for all ages. There are rides for smaller children and families. A Viking battle is held every day in July and August.
- • Zoo Cerza. This zoo has the animals in their natural environment. Over 50 hectares of enclosures. Great observation points allow the visitor to observe the lions and other large cats. A mini-train is available to take you on a tour of the zoo.
- • Zoo Jurques. This zoo has many species of animals and you can watch as the animals are fed.
- • Château de Henry Fontaine - A 13th Century Château which has been preserved as a family home. Architectural styles are Gothic, Renaissance and Neoclassical. A magnificent collection of Renaissance paintings, porcelain and furniture are on display.
- • Musée de Normandie - This museum opened to the public in 1963 and focuses its collections on the following: the History of Normandy, archeology and ethnography.
- • Château de Creully - during WWII, this chateau was captured by Montgomery. The château can be visited by private arrangements. Close by is Creully castle which is another fascinating place to visit.
- • Naturospace - Opened in 1999, this is the largest tropical butterfly house in France, with 800m² of tropical paradise to visit. The temperature is controlled at 28 degrees and the visitor can stroll the 200 metres of paths whilst admiring the tropical plants. There are over 50 species of butterflies in Naturoscope.
- • Calvados Père Magloire - Guided visits of the calvados museum with tastings available. Discover all there is to know about this apple brandy (calvados), which Normandy is famous for.
- • Musee du Debarquement - The museum has a mission to tell younger generations about the events of 6th June 1944. The museum was created in 1953 and is built on the site of the artificial harbour. Guided tours are available in English and German. A visit lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes. Souvenir gift shop at the museum.
- • Musee Malraux in Le Havre has one of the best collections of Impressionist paintings outside Paris.
- • Le Mémorial de Caen - The Caen Memorial was born out of an idea to create a place reflecting on world wars. The museum places the emphasis on emotions of war. There is a park where you can stroll around. Interactive data terminals. Video and book shop. Restaurant, bar and giftshop.
- • Musée de la Seconde Guerre Mondiale - a small museum dedicated to the second world war. Displays of military weapons and uniforms.
- • Fromagerie at Graindorge where there is an amazing FREE tour.
- • Beaches at Deauville
- • Calvados distillery visits
- • The nearby Pont L'Eveque lake has boating and a ropes course for children as well as an aerial slide accross to an island for adults and older children.
- • The nearby village of Blangy-le-Chateau is a beautiful picture postcard type village! The road here may be a bit narrow if you have a wide vehicle.