Pays de Caux is a high plateau undercut by small coastal rivers, and streams flowing into the Seine river. It is traditionally said that the Celtic tribe of the Calètes gave its name to this district, but in fact, “Caux” is the pronunciation in the local dialect of “chaux,” the French word for lime or limestone. Welcome to the land of chalk.
The typical and very specific layout of farms in this area which are called “Clos Masure” yields a unique landscape: a flat plain punctuated by farmyards enclosed in high windbreaks formed by beech and oak trees. This district is a land of contrasts and surprises, where flax and wheat grow abundantly, while abbeys, chateaux, and seaside resorts have blossomed.