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Renting a Normandy holiday home

Splashed by the swells of the English Channel and peppered with some of France's most amazing historical towns, Normandy is a beguiling place. It's proud of its conquering past – the conquest of England was seeded here in the 11th century – and its unique culture. The region packs in pretty beach towns and pastoral countryside, all folded together with iconic attractions, like the spires of Mont Saint-Michel and the Bayeux Tapestry. Normandy holiday lettings come in all shapes and sizes, too, whether a rustic farm conversion amid the wooded hills or an elegant French cottage by the sea.


The immersive history of Normandy

Few regions in France – nay, all of Europe – can match the sheer influence that Normandy has had on the world. A conquest of England, and settlements as far-afield as the Canary Islands and Sicily, are some of the major feats achieved by its native peoples. In fact, it's thought that the Norman prowess in war is a legacy of long-lost Viking ancestors, who raided these lands as early as the 9th century. These days, the medieval golden age is the most evident. You'll be able to experience that first-hand if you seek out Normandy holiday rentals in places like Rouen or Caen, where museums mingle with Gothic churches and grand cathedrals rich in history.

Things to do

The top attractions you should see in Normandy

Some of France's most iconic sights make their home in Normandy. The impossibly romantic vision of Mont Saint-Michel rising from the reflective waters of the English Channel is surely among them. You'll want to take a whole day to explore its medieval, UNESCO-attested church halls and abbey. More history of the Middle Ages awaits at the famous Museum of the Bayeux Tapestry, where the hand-crafted relic depicts the Norman invasion of England, in 1066. The Caen Memorial, meanwhile, is a moving monument to the hard-fought battles of D-Day, during WWII, while the grand Cathedral of Rouen offers a glimpse at the perfection of the Gothic style.


Brilliant beaches close to your Normandy holiday let

  • Arromanches-les-Bains is steeped in D-Day history
  • Ravenoville-Plage has a sloping, dune-backed stretch of sand with colourful cottages – it's great for photographers
  • Warm Atlantic currents in the summer make Barneville–Carteret a favourite with swimmers
  • Upscale Cabourg is a fine beach for cafe hopping and strolling the sands between art galleries
How to get around

How to get about in Normandy

Normandy is a big region, spreading from the flowering fields of the Somme in the east to the edge of Brittany in the west. That means a car is always a good idea if you're planning an itinerary that takes in all its treasures. The good news is the roads are excellent and there are oodles of Normandy villa rentals with on-site parking spaces as standard. For hopping between the main towns – Rouen, Caen, Le Havre, Cherbourg – it's usually possible to find local bus links. And there are regular trains going to those directly from Paris.

Food & drink 

Tasting regional food in Normandy holiday homes

The good news for foodies is that it's easy to bag a Normandy holiday rental with a big, self-catering kitchen. That means you can plan to cook all sorts of regional dishes and shop away to your heart's content at the Saturday-morning markets, the boulangeries and the fish markets. Delicacies you'll want to keep an eye out for include the tasty oysters of Trouville-sur-Mer, the wheeled cheeses of Camembert, and the farm-raised duck meats of the Seine Valley. Drinks-wise, be sure to bag yourself bottles of cloudy apple cider and the herb-laced Benedictine liqueur – a perfect digestif.

Essential info

Key facts about Normandy

  • Normandy has a population of 3.45 million, just over 5.5% of France's total
  • Normandy's coastline is along the English Channel
  • The currency in Normandy, as in France, is the euro (EUR)
  • The historic city of Rouen is the region's capital
  • Cars drive on the right-hand side of the road in all of Normandy and France

How many holiday rentals are available around Normandy?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 9,489 holiday lettings around Normandy. From 777 cottages to 328 villas, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in Normandy?

If you're all about ocean views and the sound of waves, you're in luck! Luckily, there are 3,306 beachside getaway properties to cast yourself away to. Searching for a different holiday vibe? See if any of our other properties tickle your fancy. Our options for this destination include:

  • 2,836 beach holiday accommodation options.
  • 2,711 rural holiday accommodation options.
  • 1,905 village holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Normandy?

If you want to live like a local and love having lots of room to move, renting a whole house is the way to go. There are 4,029 options currently available on HomeAway. Prices begin at £17 per night. Or maybe you'd rather pick one of the area's other popular self-catering accommodation options, like:

  • Apartment: 2,451 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £9 per night.
  • Cottage: 850 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £22 per night.
  • Bed & breakfast: 506 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £18 per night.

Can I stay in Normandy in a large group?

The recipe for an unforgettable trip is relaxing with loved ones in an amazing new place. If you'll be hitting the road with a large group, HomeAway can help you. The leading choice for big groups here are house holiday rentals, and there are 1,030 currently listed. Properties in the area that are just right for bigger groups include:

  • Are you looking for properties that can hold 6 guests? We have 3,648 that will be ideal. Prices start from £17 per night.
  • After a holiday property for 5 guests? We have 1,636 that will work well. Prices begin at just £30 per night.
  • Organising a trip away with 8 guests? We have 1,592 accommodation for rent that match your requirements. Prices begin at just £26 a night.

You and all your buddies will be well catered to when you arrange your Normandy escape with us!

Where are the cheapest holiday rentals in Normandy?

HomeAway is here to help you enjoy quality time with your relatives and friends. Offering up a great range of value-for-money holiday rentals, you're sure to score a fabulous pad that pleases everyone. When it comes to looking for an awesome deal, your first port of call should be Rouen. Here, HomeAway has 151 holiday rentals at an average price of £66 a night. There are another 70 HomeAway holiday rentals awaiting you in or around Bolbec. The average price in this area is £77 per night.

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