Formerly shelters of poverty, thatched cottages are today an integral part of the landscape of our territory. Travel along the Route des Chaumières and discover these charming dwellings from another time.

At the bend of the Loops of the Seine… The Route des Chaumières 

A charming itinerary in the heart of Boucles de la Seine Regional Natural Park. About fifty kilometers crossing the Marais Vernier. A journey dotted with beautiful cottages Normans. This is what awaits you if you decide to take the Route des Chaumières, and we can only advise you. For a long time “shelters of poverty” gradually becoming rural habitat, the cottages bear witness to a traditional secular Normandy.

The construction of houses in the Normandy countryside allowed farmers to use all the common materials of their habitat: the water mixed with lands clayey, stones, wood in abundance and cereals cultivated, such as wheat or rye. To be waterproof, the roof thatch must have a steep slope. In traditional construction, the thatched roof is topped with a bed of clay soil in which plants are planted. iris.

Why do we build with half-timber construction in Normandy and particularly in our Pays d'Auge sector?

The answer is relatively simple... Because we had the necessary materials to proximity : wood, straw, clay… And also because it didn’t cost not very expensive.

One of the most beautiful cottages in the area

The Medieval House of Saint-Sulpice de Grimbouville

Loic Pilon

Old medieval gatehouse dating from the Hundred Years' War

Loic Pilon
Medieval House-L.Pilon

Built by English carpenters at the beginning of the 15th century in a neighboring town, it was moved, because it was threatened with demolition due to its dilapidation. It now houses the town hall of Saint-Sulpice de Grimbouville, which in 1998, to save it, decided to move it to its commune.

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