LIVING IT UP IN BRITTANY
When you first arrive in Brittany, you can’t fail to notice its tranquility and the feeling of space. We’re sure you will quickly fall in love with this very special and peaceful part of France.
Our holiday cottages are surrounded by beautiful woodland walks, open farmland and country lanes which are ideally suited to cycling and walking. But the local area has so much to offer for all tastes – from water sports and bike hire, to beautiful historic buildings; from the peaceful canals and local rivers, to the bustling seaside; from tranquil rural villages, to lovely local towns with so many choices of cafes and restaurants, and with the unspoilt islands off the coast just an easy day trip away.
If you want to venture further afield, here are just a few suggestions to explore while staying in Brittany.
St Nicolas des Eaux in early spring time – a perfect spot for a quiet drink or meal in the peaceful canal-side cafes and restaurants, a wander along the tow path, or to hire a canoe or kayak to paddle up the canal.
Auray (pictured in spring time) is one of many local beautiful towns to wander round and explore, with cafes and restaurants clustered around the lovely old port, so many art galleries, and peaceful cobbled streets.
The medieval town of Pontivy is about 20 minutes away. Situated on the banks of the river Blavet, the 15th century castle sits at the heart of the old town with its winding cobbled streets, and contrasts with the newer part of the town which was designed by Napoleon. Pontivy has a wide range of shops, cafés and restaurants – in short it has something for everyone. Beautiful walks along the canal, or hire a canoe or kayak (in summer) to explore from a different perspective.
The Lac De Guerledan is a large, freshwater lake, c30 mins away with sandy beaches dotted around, making it ideal for families. Pedaloes, canoes, rowing boats, stand up paddle and kayaks can also be hired. Fishing and water skiing are also popular activities. On land, there are many beautiful walks and cycle routes (bike hire available).
There are of course also many restaurants and cafes overlooking the lake, making the most of the stunning scenery.
If beaches are your thing, you’ll be spoiled for choice – Larmor Plage (pictured) is our nearest beach (c40 mins away), with cafes, bars, restaurants and of course the beach. Along the coast is Guidel Plage – a stunning sandy beach which stretches for miles. With lovely beaches, coves and picturesque views it has everything from rock pools, to parts where it is safe to surf. Something for all the family.
For those interested in history and culture there are again so many choices – from the beautiful Abbey de Bon Repos (pictured in autumn), to the castle at Josselin, living history at Poul Fetan and the Forge des Salles, and the many small towns and villages with historic buildings and churches.
Going back even earlier in time, the area is dotted with prehistoric sites, with numerous menhirs and dolmen and the world famous mysterious stone alignments (over 3,800 stones) at Carnac