I had lunch at a nice family restaurant called “Le Commerce” in the town center of La Haye-du-Puits. Everything was just delicious and the chef cooked our steaks right in front of us over a grill in the fireplace. I’ll never forget how warm it was inside especially since we were seated right next to the chimney. La Haye-du-Puits is a pretty small town but it does have its attractions including an 11th century keep. It is believed that the keep is the oldest in la Manche and was constructed by Turstin Haldup.
The motte rises to a height of 7 meters while the tower rises to nearly 20 meters. Inside is a spiral staircase but entry is forbidden since it is quite unsafe. Another interesting place to visit is L'église Saint-Jean-l'Évangéliste at the heart of the town. The present church was built between 1851 and 1862 in the Gothic Revival style, the site of a much older Romanesque church. It suffered from bombings in June 1944, as well as the effects of the Battle of La Haye-du-Puits. The south tower which was destroyed during the war never rebuilt. The interior is quite spacious and very well lit. It has two short side chapels including this one devoted to the Sacred Heart and another which houses the Renaissance tomb of Arthur de Magneville. The beautiful stained glass rosette above the portal was created in 1998.