The Bocage region of Normandy is renowned for its rolling hills and stunning countryside. It has a famous walk way and cycle path called the VOIE VERTE, the Green Way which is a disused railway line that runs from Normandy into Brittany. You can join this walk way on the Vire Rd and make your way to Sourdeval and further (it goes on for 63km) in one direction or Vire in the other.

Nearby towns to Champ Du Boult (www.champduboult.com) are Vire and St Sever, both approx . 12 minutes drive. Vire is the larger of the two, but is very attractive with lovely shops and numerous restaurants. It is particularly lovely at Christmas and holds its weekly market every Friday. It has an indoor swimming pool and a hippodrome where you can enjoy a days ‘trotting’ or flat racing.

St Sever holds its farmers market on Saturday. The huge Depot Vente on the Vire Rd sells antiques, 2nd hand furniture etc. There is a large open air swimming pool and several bars. Villedieu Les Poeles is a listed village d’etape (17km) and is famous for its brass and copper. Lac de la Dathee is about 10 minutes drive where you can enjoy a game of golf (www.golfdevire.fr) on its championship 18 hole golf course or just enjoy a walk around it (6km on level, well maintained paths).

Watersports here are canoeing, pedalos, kayaks, sailing and windsurfing. Fishing is also very popular and a weekend permit can be bought for 10 euros. The River See is renowned for being one of the best brown trout/salmon rivers in France.

For those daredevils there is the opportunity to bungee jump from the Viaduct de la Soulevre at La Ferriere Harang designed by Gustave Eiffel.

Further afield is Le Mont St Michel which was named by the Guardian newspaper as one of the top 10 romantic places to visit in the world! Granville is approx 30 minutes drive and is a cosmopolitan town with many chic boutiques and some delicious fish restaurants (my favourite being Le Restaurant Du port). from Granville you can catch the ferry to Iles Chausey which is 11 miles (the flora and fauna here is stunning and it’s also a delight to swim in one of its quiet, clean coves.) You can even take a trip to Guernsey or Jersey from Granville.

The D-Day Landing Beaches are about an hour away (63km) and Deauville and Trouville about 1 1/4 hours (105km).

For an evening meal there are numerous restaurants in Vire and for that special occasion, Le Moulin De Jean in Cuves (15 minutes drive) is an absolute must!