Places to Visit

Wheel House Gite sits in the pretty village of Vauce, just on the borders of the four main regions of north France – Manche, Brittany, Normandy and the Pays de la Loire.

Our guests are welcome to relax at the gite for their entire holiday, but should you wish to do some exploring, we have some great attractions, parks, walks and places of interest to suit everyone’s taste.

Let’s take a closer look at some of our most famous places to visit first

World War II Normandy Beaches

Just two hours drive further north of Wheel House Gite lie The Normandy Beaches of the D-Day landings. Attracting millions of tourists from all over the world every year, the Beaches of Gold, Juno, Sword, Utah and Omaha are all open for the public to explore, including the cliffs.

Along the entire length of the coastline you will find museums and war ‘leftovers’, such as tanks and gun placements. Official ceremonies take place around the anniversary of the D-Day landings, and the war cemeteries are beautifully kept by the local people and the War Commission.

Mont Saint Michel

Mont Saint-Michel lies approximately one kilometre from the northwest coast near Avranches, and is twinned with St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall. The island community can be reached on foot across a causeway at low tide, or you can catch transport if you don’t fancy the walk.

It can be reached from Wheel House Gite in under an hour and a half, and is a lovely day out. NB the religious site at the top of the Mount can be visited, but it is a steep climb.

Le Mans

The famous city of Le Mans is under an hours’ drive from Wheel House Gite, and is home to the Le Mans race circuit. If you are fans of motor racing, the track dominates the city, so is easy to locate, and has an interesting visitor centre.

Le Mans also has an excellent shopping centre, parks, restaurants and museums for the non-petrol-motivated visitor, and is a great place to spend a day of your holiday.


A little further away, at just under three hours, is the well-known site of Carnac, famous for its 4000BC mysterious standing stones. There are approximately 3,000 standing stones aligned in rows, and why they are there remains a mystery.

A movie about the site can be watched in English at the visitor centre. The beach at Carnac is family-friendly, and makes a great day out.

What else is on offer in our region for a great day out?

Les Machines de L’ile

Around two hours away from Wheel House Gite in the city of Nantes, Les Machines de L’ile is an incredible place to take the family.

Seeing is believing in this park, hailed as being at the ‘crossroads of Jules Verne’s invented worlds.’ We can’t say any more, you just have to see for yourselves!

Chateau Royal de Blois

Chateau Royal de Blois is approximately 2.5 hours from Wheel House Gite, south of the city of Le Mans, and was historically the favourite residence of the Kings and Queens of France.

Events are held all year round, and the museum houses famous works by Rubens, Boucher and Ingres. The chateau was restored during the 19th century and is visited by tourists from around the world in their thousands every year.

Children’s Play Area

Let the children play at Les P’tits Fous at the weekend, open between 10am and 7pm, and on Wednesdays (2pm – 7pm) and Fridays (4pm – 7pm).

There are laser events held there regularly, and soft play areas for children aged between 0-12 years. All children must be accompanied by adults, and cannot be left unsupervised.