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Thatched cottages in the Norman Seine Valley


 In the heart of the Boucles de la Seine Normande Regional Natural Park, the Seine Valley has many architectural treasures, including beautiful thatched cottages.


Chaumière à Vieux-Port

Cottage in Vieux-Port



The Norman thatched cottage, or how to preserve the authenticity of Normandy


Panneau de rue de la route des chaumières à Aizier

Discover our enchanting traditional thatched cottages…


 As a true storybook image of Normandy, the thatched cottage is the traditional Norman home covered in straw. It testifies to the regional know-how maintained by artisans attached to transmitting their techniques through quality craftsmanship.

Its typical architecture uses local resources: the framework and timbered façades come from neighbouring forests, reeds from the Seine Valley cover the roofs while the foundations and plinths are in flint or limestone blocks from the neighbouring ground. The wattle and daub is made from silt. Irises grow through the roof ridges.




Unique in Normandy, the Cottage Route

The Cottage Route, a real treasure of the Seine Valley

This beautiful 53-kilometre tourist road reveals the storybook image of traditional Normandy. The journey starts from the house of the Boucles de la Seine Normande Regional Natural Park in Notre-Dame-de-Bliquetuit. It travels through the charming villages of Aizier, Vieux-Port, Trouville-la-Haule, Sainte-Opportune-la-Mare, Saint-Aubin-sur-Quillebeuf… In addition to the hundreds of thatched cottages that dot the “Cottage Route”, the different eras have left their mark on the tiny streets of the Quillebeuf region, making them truly unique.

Brochure available at the Tourist Office or download it here




Thatched roof with houseleek



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