Nestling in a restful, verdant setting at the heart of the state-owned forest of Lyons, the charming village of Lyons-la-Forêt, the former place of residence of the Dukes of Normandy which is now listed among the most beautiful villages of France, forms a harmonious group that is typically Norman. Its central square is delightfully picturesque, with its old half-timbered façades, 18th-century wooden market halls, fountains and cafes with terraces providing an ideal place to relax.
Take a walk around Lyons and other attractions will be revealed: the elegant neo-Norman residence where the famous composer Maurice Ravel stayed, the birthplace of the poet Isaac de Benserade, and a little further along, near the River Lieure, the 12th-16th century Church of St. Denis. Also worth a look is the town hall, with its court room with original 18th-century décor.
Located just 100 km from Paris, Lyons-la-Forêt, ranked among the Most Beautiful Villages of France, invites to an inspiring getaway in an authentic and preserved Normandy.
Nestled in the heart of the forest of Lyons, largest beech forest in France, the omnipresence of elements and materials invites you to disconnect for a beautiful break in the Normandy countryside in this flower village (Fleur d'Or in the ranking of Cities and Villages in Bloom)) also classified Green Station.
Built on the site of a castle built in the 12th century by Henry I of Beauclerc, the center of Lyons is structured around its old feudal mound.
The hall of the eighteenth (ISMH) is located in the center of a lively square where it is good to linger: the small village market is held 3 times a week. The café and restaurant terraces come alive with the slightest ray of sunshine.
In 1932, these halls served as a backdrop for the agricultural comedy scene in Jean Renoir's film, and also in 1990 as Claude Chabrol's "Madame Bovary".
The city hall (ISMH), which is open to visitors, has kept intact the "bailiwick" room with its 18th century court decor and an exceptional fleur-de-lis hanging. The ground floor houses old dungeons, one of which is reconstituted.
We like to stroll between old houses in pink bricks or half-timbered Norman sometimes dating from the sixteenth century, down the street of Bout-de-Bas which leads to the Lieure and the church Saint Denis (XII - XVIth ISMH), passing in front of old convents.
Many artists have stayed in Lyons. Near the hall, the family home of the academician Isaac Benserade, who was poet at the court of louis XIV, is recognizable by its ocher colombages. Below the hall, the residence of Maurice Ravel who composed the tomb of Couperin is an imposing house in the Anglo-Norman style. Along the river Lieure, old mills and other artists' houses such as that of André Masson or Paul-Emile Pissaro line the rue du Bout-de-Bas with its multicolored half-timbered houses.
Lyons-la-Forêt is a charming holiday resort where life is good, in the heart of lush greenery where are hidden historical and cultural sites. Abbeys, castles, museums, parks and art galleries can be visited between two nature outings and encourage you to extend your stay.