Fougerolles du Plessis

Fougerolles du Plessis is a pretty village about 7km from the Gite (turn right in La Doree). Apart from the Church, excellent and welcoming boulangerie and obligatory Mairie, there is a tabac, the “Lion D’Or” restaurant (very good!), a doctor’s surgery, pharmacy, small supermarche, insurance agents and a small bank (Credit Agricole). It is rumoured Dave from “The Hairy Bikers” has a residence in the village centre.

From the village, quiet lanes take one to Landivy, Buais, Desertines, La Doree, Savigny and La Tanniere. We suggest a short cycle route in one of our other posts and we also suggest villages slightly further afield, such as Saint Hilaire du Harcouet, Teilleul, Ernee and Gorron – where there are more shops or supplies and the trip is both short and picturesque.

Daily essentials in Fougerolles du Plessis

(There is an interesting article on the History of Fougerolles du Plessis, including the role of the local resistance in preparations to aid the allied landings near Avranches, in World War Two –

Lion dOr Restaurant in Fougerolles du Plessis
Favourite restaurant of our in-laws

Summer of 2023

In Summer 2023, there was a festival event for the local schools, which included hand-made decorations of some of the trees in the central square, next to the Church. Unfortunately, we missed the cycling and trail running events – but we “captured” the trees –

Passais la Conception

18 km

Passais la Conception is now the main entity of “Passais Villages”, a commune in the Orne Department of Normandie. It is a busy little village, with many of the amenities one might need, shops, pharmacy, doctor’s surgery, bookshop and a very busy butcher’s, just a few metres from the crossroads. Pages has mainly English books, some French and other languages, covering a range of topics (bargain prices!) On Tuesdays, there is sometimes a (very) small market, between Le Bistro au Coin and the Church, selling speciality cheeses, a few vegetables and savoury/sweet pancakes/galettes.

Villages near Passais la Conception

The crossroads lies between relatively fast roads towards Mortain (North West), Ambrieres les Vallees and Flers (South East), Domfront and Alencon (North East), Le Teilleul and Saint Hilaire du Harcouet ((West). A kilometre or so towards Le Teilleul, near Mantilly (“The Pear Route”), there is small turn (D835) to the left and a right turn (C5) to the Dolmen – “La Table au Diable”, one of several in the region. Here, there is a tiny rough carpark and a barrow of megaliths.