Vimoutiers is a commune set in the countryside of the Pays D’Auge which is in the Normandy region of the Orne department in Northern France. The commune only became known as “Vimoutiers” in the 19th century despite going under similar names since the 16th century.
Vimoutiers is quite accessible as the ferry port of Caen, which has a multitude of ferries travelling to Portsmouth in the Uk all year round, is only 1 hour’s drive away.
The oldest monument in the area dates back to the 9th century. The “Eglise du Pont de Vie” was constructed on the banks of the river and was a frequent stopping point for pilgrims making their way over to Mont Saint Michel on the North coast. This church was continuously built and renovated over the ages. The church was expanded in the 13th century and 16th centuries with the last major renovation to the edifice coming in the 19th century. The neo gothic church at Vimoutiers was built in the 19th century, replacing the 15th century chrch that has previously stood here.
In the Vimoutiers area, there are a few tourist attractions which are exceedingly popular. The Camembert museum displays the history of the famous cheese as well as paying homage to its creator, Marie Harel (there is a statue of her in the town). There is a 16th/17th century monastery which was used by monks’ of the Benedictine order.
For military history enthusiasts, Vimoutiers has 1 of the 2 remaining Tiger Tanks used by the Germans’ during World War Two. It has been carefully restored and is now officially an historical monument.
Vimoutiers is a very green area and therefore boasts a wealth of outdoor activities including; cycling, hiking and horse-riding.
Vimoutiers has 2 market days; the first on Monday afternoons is the main market of the week. The second is on Friday and is on a smaller scale but nonetheless, enthralling. Vimoutiers is a big producer of cheese, cider and milk.
In the event that you fall in love with the region and intend to buy a property there, Sextant properties have bi-lingual agents in the area who known the available properties. They will be able to accompany you on visits, answer your queries and generally make finding and choosing your ideal property a pleasure – all of which will speed the day you walk into your new home in Vimoutiers.