Barrels farm of BonnetotBonnetot farm, sale of cider products at the farm
©Bonnetot farm, sale of cider products at the farm|gilles targat


Tôtes will seduce you by its strategic location close to the Dieppe-Rouen national road, and its proximity to Auffay where many possibilities of visit are offered to you. Tôtes is also a commune rich in history, and where the typical atmosphere of the Pays de Caux has inspired many, including Maupassant and Flaubert. Finally, it is a dynamic town that welcomes you with its market on Wednesday mornings and its many shops including a varied choice of restaurants.

In the footsteps of Maupassant

If you are a fan of French literature, you will love to discover Tôtes! It was here, at the Auberge du Cygne, that Guy de Maupassant wrote his first literary success Boule de Suif. Relive this short story by soaking up the scenery offered by the commune of Tôtes, and walk in Maupassant’s footsteps by having lunch at the Auberge du Cygne, where you can even visit the room once occupied by the author! And for those who prefer the pen of Gustave Flaubert, know that it is also in this same place that the latter wrote a few chapters of his masterpiece Madame Bovary!

Discover the History of the place

To see in the streets of Tôtes

A heritage to admire

Wandering through the town you can admire two private castles,the Belloy Castle built in the 19th century, opposite the Swan Inn, and the Dupuis Castle opposite the former Tortillard station. The little train indeed served the town to reach Clères.

The Manor of Bosc aux lièvres, located further away from the town center is also a beautiful element of local heritage, with its two turrets surrounding the facade. It is built one kilometer from the supposed location of the old fortress belonging to the family of Tostes, which did not survive the Hundred Years War. Passed through several prominent families, including Jean Dyel, baron of Auffay in the 17th century and sequestered during the Revolution, it is characteristic of the homes of the Pays de Caux, with its colorful contrasts derived from the use of sandstone and brick.

The church of Saint-Martin, in the Neo-Gothic style, dates from the 19th century. Its towering steeple is a landmark for local residents.


At the heart of history

Witness to the Second World War

In 1940, Tôtes was the scene of violent fighting during which many lives were sacrificed. This is evidenced by the monument built in memory of the victims of these battles.

The hamlet of Bonnetot was then chosen by the Nazi occupiers as the location of a V1 missile track, which you can discover by visiting theFerme de Bonnetôt. This is one of the sites uncovered by the Resistance fighter Michel Hollard who was nicknamed “the Man who saved London” for his acts of bravery. Infiltrated in particular in this farm he communicated to the Allies the plans of the V1 launching pads of the region to allow them to neutralize them. A space is dedicated to him at the château de Bosmelet in Auffay and a square pays tribute to him near the Val-de-Scie train station.