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An Exceptional Natural Heritage:
Marais-Vernier in Normandy

Indulge in an exceptional natural heritage for an unforgettable stay in the heart of Marais-Vernier, Normandy

© Th.HOUYEL Marais Vernier

© Th.HOUYEL Marais Vernier


Unspoilt and captivating, Marais-Vernier promises you an amazing stay

Located in the Boucles de la Seine Normande Regional Natural Park, in the department of  Eure, to the west of the Brotonne Forest and at the foot of the Tancarville Bridge, Marais-Vernier is a natural amphitheatre between the Seine and wooded hillside.

Former bend of the Norman Seine River, Marais-Vernier is a vast wetland area of 4,500 hectares closed to the south by the wooded slopes of the Roumois Plateau. A natural amphitheatre and Natura 2000 site, this unique micro-region is recognized throughout Europe for its rich flora and fauna. It is also the largest peat bog in France and continues to remain a relatively unspoilt area as it was barely used in the past.

It is located at a very low altitude (2m below sea level in the peaty section). It faces north and is close to the Seine Estuary, making it an ideal micro-climate for migratory birds, such as storks. The Seine is known for being located on a migration corridor.


Observable from the orientation table, agricultural plots have a unique shape in France: strips of land of more than one kilometre long by a few tens of meters wide. These « courtils » (« gardens » in Old French) stretch into the heart of Marais-Vernier and are divided, as in the past, forming a peculiar shape due to limited access.
Marais-Vernier is full of remarkable natural heritage with its pollarded trees, holly hedges and protected species.

Please note: Marais-Vernier still celebrates an old community practice: « Etampage » (branding).

Its origin dates back to the late 18th century. At that time, the inhabitants branded their cattles and horses with a branding iron in order to recognize their herds.



Pour voir un magnifique documentaire réalisé par l’Agence de l’Eau Seine Normandie:


Check out the sites that make Marais Vernier a unique place by visiting our different Natural Reserves. 

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