Planning a FeatherDown stay on your Normandy holidays in France? In addition to three other farms in Normandy Ferme du Moncel, Ferme de la Folivraie and La Ferme du de la Moriciere, a new FeatherDown farm, Ferme de Ronfil in the most idyllic heartland of Normandy, can now be enjoyed.
Normandy country life
Ferme de Ronfil is an organic farm with rustic meadows, apple orchards and pear trees. A beautiful setting to enjoy a glass of traditional Normandy “cidre”, calvados or freshly pressed apple juice, with the best quality camembert, another local cheese or a crêpe and relax……. Fresh, organic bread is baked on the farm in a traditional bread oven, so in the morning your senses are not only awakened by surrounding nature, but also by the delicious, comforting smell of freshly baked bread.
For children, there is ample opportunity on the farm to interact with different animals: cows, ponies, horses, chickens, goats, rabbits … what a great way to learn about cow milking, bread baking and other aspects of life on the farm!
Things to do in the area
And if you can still manage to pull yourself and your children away from the relaxing way of life on the farm………the region which surrounds Ferme de Ronfil has a special landscape that was shaped by the meandering river Orne cutting through the oldest rock on earth, the Armorican Massif. Deep valleys, gorges and rivers give the region its name “La Suisse Normandy” (Norman Switzerland), which offers an ever-changing landscape of rolling hills with a beautiful alpine character. This landscape, apart from being stunning in itself, lends itself to enjoyment of numerous outdoor activities, such as climbing, hang gliding, paragliding, horse riding and mountain biking. The river Orne is ideal for canoeing and kayaking. Bagnoles de l’Orne located about 30 km from Ferme de Ronfil, is a famous and unique thermal city with thermal spa waters, which are known for their health benefits. The well-known city of Caen, with many interesting sites and attractions, is only 40 km from the farm.
Historical things to see
Or take some historical journeys into Normandy’s impressive past on your Normandy holidays. The tremendously imposing medieval Castle of Falaise is just half an hours drive from Ferme de Ronfil. The castle is the birthplace of William the Conqueror who became England’s first Norman king. After several devastations, the castle has been magnificently restored in recent years and the castle’s illustrious past has been recreated to make a visit well worth it, not only for adults but also for children who can imagine being a medieval knight or king. In the town of Falaise there are also a couple of grand historic churches and some interesting museums.
When you are in Normandy a must-see is the famous Bayeux Tapestry, an embroidered cloth nearly 70 metres (230 ft) long and 50 centimetres (20 in) tall, which depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England concerning William, Duke of Normandy, and Harold, Earl of Wessex, later King of England, and culminating in the Battle of Hastings. And how well that a visit to he lovely city of Bayeux is only just over an hours drive from Ferme de Ronfil! The tapestry exhibited at the Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux depicts some fifty scenes, embroidered on linen with coloured woolen yarns accompanied by Latin text. Its amazing length, the harmony and freshness of its colors, its exquisite workmanship, and story-telling character, combine to make it a unique experience to witness. A great audio-visual tour, also suited to the needs of both small and bigger children, guides your family past the tapestry and makes the Battle of Hastings come to live for all!
And after an outing to one of the many attractions, you return to the farm to enjoy the good Normandy farm life from your FeatherDown tent and relax………What great way to spend your Normandy holidays!