The History of Vaucottes

During the first half of the 19th century Vaucottes had the reputation of being a wild area, difficult to reach due to its untamed nature. Around the middle of the 19th century, the location became part of the municipality of Vattetot-sur-Mer.

Gradually, with the opening of the railway lines Paris-Dieppe and Paris-Le Havre, seaside resorts started to appear along the Normandy coast. Etretat, Dieppe and Fécamp become famous and welcome the
bourgeoisie, aristocrats and artists from around the world. Normandy lives a golden age, we are entering the "Belle Epoque".

A Happy Tribe

Meanwhile, a happy tribe of artists, writers, painters, actors and musicians seeking calm and authenticity install themselves in Vaucottes, inspired by its picturesque and preserved landscapes.

Amongst those distinguished guests: the writer Maurice Leblanc (the author of the character "Arsene Lupin"), the composers Charles Lefebvre (Grand Prix de Rome 1870), Edouard Moullé and Amedée Dutacq, the poet and novelist Edmond Haraucourt, the playwright Maurice Donnay, the actress Cora Laparcerie, the architect Camille Albert (who designed the famous 'Palais Bénédictine" in Fécamp),  the painters Edouard Gelhay and Francois Thevenot.

This brilliant assembly largely contributed to the development of Vaucottes. They gather there for the summertime, away from the mundanity of the neighboring seaside resorts.

Luxury mansions and villas are being built behind the trees, out of sight, by a discrete clientele willing to preserve the beauty of the site intact.

“Un magnifique moment hors du temps”

A protected Site

Despite its closeness to Etretat and Fécamp the site of Vaucottes has been preserved from urbanisation and the tourmented history of the 20th century until this day.

It is in memory of this fortunate page of history, this interlude of peace, optimisme, prosperity and artistic creativity which contributed to such a high degree to the identity of Vaucottes, that we have decided to name our Guesthouse.