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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Villedieu-les-Poêles
Insee code50639
AltitudeFrom 98 to 217 meters
Surface8.05 km²
Population3968 inhabitants
Density492 inhabitants/km²


National labelSainte-Cécile at 5.1 km (8 min)
Chief townSaint-Lô (at 46 km, 35 min)Rouffigny at 5.3 km (9 min)
DepartmentMancheFleury at 5.5 km (10 min)
RegionLower NormandySearch another town


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  • Step on the A84, has Villedieu-les-Poêles labels Ville et Métiers d'Art and Village Stage.
  • A brief history ...
  • Villedieu-les-Poêles is a small town nestled in a valley in the heart of Normandy, close to Mont Saint-Michel, bordering Siena.
  • In the 12th century the King of England, Duke of Normandy, gave the hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, driven out of the holy land, land in the locality called "Siennêtre" they called Villa Dei, Villedieu in French . They established the first commander and built a hospital. The hospital later became the Order of Malta.
  • Occupying a strategic position, a meeting point nine royal roads, many corporations founders, tanners, engravers, goldsmiths and a colony "poesliers" came from the old Gallic town of La Lande Airou there settled. The people soon became skilled in the methods of bronze casting and the art of hammered copper. Villedieu already had an established reputation, so that Rabelais alludes in his work Pantagruel.
  • This was the first period of manufacturing church bells and ornaments. Villedieu has three smelters bells France. Installed since 1865, it is still in business and exports worldwide. It was at this time that the people were nicknamed "Sourdins," Metalworking making a lot of noise, many workers became deaf.
  • Then came the manufacture of stoves (the porridge), it is also here that the town takes its name: Villedieu-les-Poêles. Nowadays, the biggest restaurant in the world have cookware from companies Villedieu.
  • Later, workshops Villedieu moving towards utility items. And rods milk fountains and basins are emerging.
  • For a walk through the city and surrounding area
  • Villedieu is also the Notre Dame church historical monument. Simple chapel in the 12th century, it became the 13th Romanesque church to a fortress in the Middle Ages. Between the 15th and 17th centuries, his last builders offer him the apse and a Gothic tower. Inside its walls there are many works preserved attacks of time as the window corporations, statuary, painting of the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from the 17th century, the organ dating from 1831 which features buffet 2000 pipes!
  • In the old town, porches and passages demonstrate the presence of names during the Middle Ages, called in air shafts, as the court of the three kings, the court of hell, the court lilies, Isaac courtyard corbelled houses. They were then an important element of social and economic organization of the city. Remains the most emblematic court of the home (or "search"), a showcase of local knowledge and historical monument.
  • The granary, built in 1874, now houses the library.
  • The Hotel de Ville, Place de la République, built in the mid 19th century granite of the region is filled with the spirit of the Renaissance and Second Empire style, with pilasters and columns. Top of the stairs the arms of the Sovereign Order of Malta - two crowns based on a Maltese cross, surmounted by a ducal coronet - dominate.
  • But Villedieu is not only an industrial city. It is also the center of a prosperous farming region, the weekly Tuesday market, frequented by thousands of visitors, is an illustration.
  • And for those who prefer the atmosphere of the wild nature, the beautiful valleys of Siena and Airou Sourdin the heart of the country, have a natural heritage full of paths well representative of a verdant Normandy.
  • Villedieu, perpetuates tradition through many crafts:
  • The dinandier stretches thin, laminated, soda and brush copper. Ten craftsmen and four companies perpetuate this tradition.
  • The bell founder finds the origins of his profession with the advent of the first Christian bells in the 6th century, "mold keychain" bells monumental according to old methods of several centuries. The tin material used since ancient times, was very popular from the 15th century and declined, mid eighteenth, during the development of the industry earthenware.
  • The potter works the local clay, traditionally baked at 1200 ° C in the region since the 14th century.
  • There are still workshops where wood is processed according to the traditions.
  • Bobbin lace Villedieu is distinguished by three floral: rose, daisy and clover. In the 19th century, Parisian hairdressers were addressed to lace Villedieu.
  • The watch is also a local production. All parts come from the area of ​​Pont Farcy and Bloutière.
  • Know-how Villedieu-les-Poêles is present and accessible to the public in various museums that make up the city: the Museum of furniture Normand, the Museum of Poeslerie, the House of the Lacemaker and the Kingdom of the clock.
  • Villedieu, a city focused on the future:
  • Villedieu in the 21st century is a city well in hand, proud of its past but resolutely turned towards the future as evidenced by its recent ranking "Ville et Métiers d'Art" award in 1999 by the French Confederation of Crafts which and reward its great craftsmanship.
  • Already renowned as an essential step in the craft tourism, the city is now also a genuine policy of encouragement and Hospitality featuring artists within its relay workshops. Villedieu perpetuates centuries of know-how in the field of copper, which has had a very important role in its development, but also in the work of other materials.


  • Casting of bells
  • Workshop Copper
  • Norman furniture museum
  • Museum of Poeslerie
  • House of the Lacemaker
Detailed information
TransportTrain station of Villedieu-les-Poêles
Information pointsTourist Office of Villedieu-les-Poêles
Leisure centresMuseum of La Poëslerie,   Racecourse of Sautchevreuil
MonumentsChurch Notre-Dame


  • Large market every Tuesday morning and small market on Friday morning.
  • Grand Sacre: Every 4 years (2016) in June in the city.
  • Morning: Great Mass in the presence of a delegation of the Knights of Malta, civil authorities, religious and military.
  • The afternoon procession through the decorated streets of the city and every blessing altar (10) arranged in the different neighborhoods.
  • Flower Parade: Every 4 years (2014) in early July in the city.
  • Each neighborhood committee makes floats decorated with paper flowers.
  • In each edition, a different theme is offered.
  • Tuesday Evening Concerts: July and August.
  • Tuesday evening from 21h.
  • Place de la République.
  • Folk group in August.
  • In the Village Hall.
  • Dance show and / or folk music, offering a different group each year.
  • Associations Forum: 1st Saturday of September to the room Monts Havard.


  • Zoo Champrépus
Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Segway rideNature and the outdoors35 €Bréville-sur-Mer (25 km)
Cross the Bay of Mont Saint MichelNature and the outdoors6.80 €Genêts (25 km)

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The manufacture of bellsThe manufacture of bells



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Friday 30 January
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Saturday 31 January
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House with 3 bedroomsLa Crepelliere    
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La Crépellière is an English owned, beautifully restored, traditional Normandy farmhouse that has retained much of its old charm. It is set in three acres of gardens surrounded by peaceful...
Located 6.1 km from Villedieu-les-Poêles60 € the double room 
House with 2 bedroomsChambre d'hôte Letellier    
In a relaxing, we. welcome in our two rooms. Breakfast with a magnificent view over the valley of Siena. Hiking and equestrian.
Located 11.2 km from Villedieu-les-Poêles46 € the double room 
House with 3 bedroomsLa parisiere    
In a green hilly, 3 spacious rooms furnished in an old hay barn of 150 m² on 1st floor. Clear and comfortable with private bathroom (shower-wc Italian). The ground-floor room where...
Located 13.9 km from Villedieu-les-Poêles68 € the double room 

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House for 8 personsGite les marguerites  
Cottage completely renovated stone house, center, in a semi-pedestrian street, overlooking the church, next to the bell foundry, close to shops.
Located in Villedieu-les-PoêlesFrom 230 € to 450 € per week 
House for 4 personsLa Maison du Pêcheur, charme et jardin
Charming and tastefully accommodation in the heart of Normandy, close to Mont Saint-Michel and D-Day Landings; large garden and play area. Free wifi.
Located in Villedieu-les-PoêlesFrom 340 € to 540 € per week 
House for 2 personsGite de france ' la Nesliere '  
La Colombe
Charming stone and earth. Gite de France ' Located in the heart of a large green garden and flowers, quiet, rural setting. Host family close by. Located not far from Mont Saint Michel...
Located 4.3 km from Villedieu-les-PoêlesFrom 250 € to 350 € per week 

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80 places over 2 haLe domaine du hamel    
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10 places over 3,6 haLe Potager   
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Located 26 km from Villedieu-les-Poêles7 € per day 
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Hôtel-Restaurant Le Fruitier - Hotel in Villedieu-les-PoêlesHôtel-Restaurant Le Fruitier     
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Manoir De L'Acherie - Hotel in Villedieu-les-PoêlesManoir De L'Acherie     
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