The Chêne d'Allouville

One of France's oldest and most enchanting trees!

Straight out of a fairytale!

Legend has it that this oak tree is over 1200 years old, and that it was planted on the day Normandy was born. At the heart of the Pays de Caux, halfway between Dieppe and Le Havre, this incredible tree has become a truely unique tourist attraction, which amazes and bewilders visitors. Straight out of a fairytale, the majestic oak boasts a staircase, a small balcony, a wooden cladded coat and even two tiny chapels hidden in the trunk! Pay the old tree a visit soon: scientists have warned he only has 100 years left to live.

(c) OT d'Yvetot et sa Région

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Hotels, restaurants and cafés nearby

What to see and do

  • Allouville-Bellefosse is a small village nestled in the heart of the Pays de Caux. The tree itself is at the centre of the village. You won't miss it!
  • Just 15 minutes drive from Allouville and overlooking the River Seine, La Maison Plume is a cocoon of art, design and comfort. The Victor Hugo Museum is only five minutes away too!
  • Stop off for tea at Rhubarbe et Fraises, a small café and deli in Yvetot, just two miles away. You'll fall for the delicious homemade cakes and the great selection of teas and coffees from around the world.

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