Saint Fraimbault is a village situated in the heart of the Orne department of Normandy. It is perfectly placed to visit the larger town of Mayenne, which is just across the border into the Pays de la Loire region of France. A little further away is the picturesque and touristic town of Bagnoles-de-L’Orne and it is also just a 15 minute drive to the medieval town of Domfront.
However, if you really want to visit something quite special and magical then why not head out to see, what can only be described as, Rapunzel’s castle! This stunning castle is situated in the village of Juvigny-sous-Andaine. What a treasure in the heart of the Orne countryside.
So, you have the idyllic setting of the beautiful Normandy countryside, whilst being surrounded by larger towns for all your amenities.
Although, this pretty village has a bar, restaurant, hairdressers and a pretty lake which offers a range of activities from walks around the lake and in the woods, pedalos – at a cost of only 2 euros for 20 minutes, mini-golf and horse-drawn carriage rides (on request), children’s games, fitness trail and picnic tables. There is also free parking.
In fact, Saint Fraimbault is a village with an impressive 4 stars accredited to it for their floral display. This is a huge achievement and which they are, quite rightly, very proud of. You will often see these signs in towns and villages across France, whereby they will display how many stars they have received for their Floral and horticultural display. This is very serious and months go into the planning and execution, before a team of inspectors come to visit. A bit like the Chelsea Flower Show in the UK.
Not only that, this village has represented France in a European competition. Its website says:-
“In 1989, Saint-Fraimbault represented France at European level, winning the European Grand Prix and also the International Trophy of the Entente Florale, the Bicentenary Prize and the Special Prize of the Departmental Jury.
Its flowering success extends beyond France’s borders. Japanese trainees have come to study flowering in Saint-Fraimbault, a garden bears the name of our commune in the “land of the rising sun”, and a delegation from our village was invited to Obusé in 2001, while several Japanese groups have visited Saint-Fraimbault.
Saint Fraimbault is also know for its big event (in August) called Les Flories D’Antan. It consists of a wide range of local produce and crafts. A showcase of forgotten skills: making churned butter, buckwheat porridge and cakes, blacksmithing, washerwomen, apple picking and more! You’ll also see vintage cars, old vans and tractors.
We hoped you enjoyed this little insight into Saint Fraimbault.