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In terms of location, you could not ask for more with the town of Hambye. It is just 15km to Villedieu-les-Poêles where you can hop on a train to Paris and, in the opposite direction, but a little further (30km) you will be in Granville also know as ‘The Monaco of the North’ and, of course, home to the biggest Carnival in North West France.

Another major town we have not spoken about is Coutances (just 20kms away) with its bars, shops, restaurants, amenities and the Court House – perhaps best avoided! You also have easy access to the vast coastline and can explore at your leisure. You may wish to visit the seaside resort of Hauteville-sur-Mer or Agon Coutainville where you can take a guided day trip out to taste and search for oysters. This region is well know for its exceptional oysters. The Coutance Tourism website describes the oyster tour here:-

Tour of the oyster beds by horse-drawn or towed carriage

“2 original options for touring and learning all about the oyster beds and mussel beds that make our territory famous. “Les attelages des grandes marées” in Gouville sur Mer, a carriage pulled by draft horses touring the oyster beds at low tide with oyster and white wine tasting. The second option “La Balade d’Anton” in Agon-Coutainville offers in a towed trailer, a commented tour of the parks with tasting as well.”

Let us look at Hambye itself. It is located in the Manche region of Normandy with just over 1,000 inhabitants so bigger than a village. Should you wind up finding a property here it has a bar, restaurant, pharmacy, tabac and all the other amenities you would come to expect in a larger town.

It also has a school, gymnastics club, tennis club nearby and some beautiful hiking trails which you can discover on the towns website below.

© Sabina Cowdery @anibasphotography L’Abbaye d’Hambye – Manche – Normandie

Then there is, of course, the stunning Abbey at Hambye. One local photographer, Sabina Cowdery at has captured it so beautifully in these photos.

Normandy Tourism website says of the Abbey:-

“Our Lady of Hambye Abbey was founded in 1145 along the river Sienne by Guillaume Painel, lord of Hambye. The Abbey hosted Benedictine monks until the French Revolution. Partly dismantled in the 19th century, the Abbey was saved in 1956 through the acquisition of the monastic buildings by Mr and Mrs Beck. The Abbey church, the gatehouse and the lay brothers’ building were bought by the County Council of La Manche in 1964. Considerable works to restore and stabilize the remains of the Abbey were undertaken. For more than 50 years the aim has been to preserve the dignity and beauty of the site and to improve its integration into the serenity of its fragile natural surroundings.”

Hambye is a wonderful place to be in and around and its easy access to the beaches and the major town of Coutances makes it an ideal place to be – whether that’s for a second home or permanant, tranquil, primary residence.

We hope you enjoyed this little insight into Hambye.

Agon Coutainville



Normandy Tourism – Abbey Hambye

Hambye Website

Coutances Tourism





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