In some of our villages, you can admire magnificent castles, slightly hidden behind the trees of vast estates. But luckily, they are visible enough for us to admire their polychrome architecture, to which the use of various materials gives a unique look (sandstone, flint, bricks...).
The “château de la Coûture” (castle of Coûture), in Imbleville, also known as the valleys gem, is visible from the GR212 hiking trail. Every year in summer, the gates of the Water Gardens of this castle open to allow visitors to admire it from up-close.
The “château de Bosmelet” (Bosmelet Castle) is opened for visitors, allowing them to discover the beautiful parks and gardens, and to see the inside of the Castle and the beautiful Alain Germain exhibit (costume drawings, sculptures and paintings of opera sets are exposed).
Manors and luxurious Manor Houses
The Manor of Gourel is one of the most famous of the area. Erected in the 15th century, it is located in Brachy. Its facade has the particularity of being entirely made of sandstone.
Brachy was an industrial town during the 19th century, and this activity left some marks in the town, like the sheds of the old factories, or the outstanding houses that were built for the factory managers.
Farmhouses and enclosures
As in many rural areas, the territory counts plenty of farmhouses, on which you can observe the same architectural particularities that are visible on the castles and manors: polychrome look, and use of vernacular materials.
The buildings that form the farmhouses are picturesque and worth looking at, because of their unique and typical features (for instance the Clos de L'aiglerie in Bacqueville en Caux).
The enclosure is a typical configuration of farm buildings in the Pays de Caux - a group of farm buildings on a property surrounded by ditches or hedgerows of tall trees (usually beeches). The buildings within the enclosures were either houses for the owners or the employees, or used for farming activities. The Tourelles Farm(ferme des Tourelles) in Auppegard is a typical example.
In the villages in the areaone may find many historical buildings because of thevery rich local history,as well as the ruins of fortified sites such as in Lammerville. Our villages present some architectural particularities that make them worth a visit. Luneray’s Town Hall, built in a former grain market, or Bacqueville’s Town Hall, that was built the size of a city hall, are perfect examples of this kind of civil buildings. The Town Hall of Gruchet-Saint-Siméon was placed in an old presbytery. Gueure’s Town Hall is quite special; it is in fact in a former train station. The town hall of Lestanville is the smallest in the area, and one of the most recent: until 1994 thevillage didn't own a town hall, the mayor worked in his own house!
In every village in the region, you can admire one or more religious buildings. The majority of them are catholic buildings, except the protestant church in Luneray, major protestant town of the area. The Church of St Pierre in Auppegard stands out with its twisted bell tower that gives the building a singular and majestic look. Most of these buildings are gothic style churches, but some touches of Romanesque architecture are however still visible, in Lammerville or Avremesnil for instance.
The area's roads and paths count plenty of calvaries, among which some are quite special, such as the Sainte Apolline Cross in Ouville-la-Rivière, where, according to the legend, the Saint will cure your head or tooth pain if you tie a ribbon on the cross while praying. Another popular belief: if parents walk around the Saint Leonard Cross (in Bacqueville) three times with their child in their arms and then tie a ribbon, the child will learn faster how to walk.
Discover the legends of the Pays de Caux and other local tales during the guided tours and visits we organize every year!