Holiday apartment in central Brittany - BM006400

1km from Neulliac, Morbihan, Brittany Reference: BM006400 Advertiser since: 22 May 2018
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About this property

A 2 Bedroom Holiday Apartment In Central Brittany. This apartment is in a rural setting.

Cavannes itself is a former farm and Auberge that has undergone some renovation by the owners, and comprises a longere and small detached house, sitting within nearly 4 hectares of tree lined space.

The owners passion for nature and wildlife is evident by registering Cavannes as an ASPAS site (Association pour la Protection des animaux sauvages).

The self contained apartment, advertised as 'theapartmentholiday' is accessed by private entrance steps, and is located on the corner end of the 18th century longere.

The apartment has a terrace with seating, large living/dining space with fully equipped corner kitchen, large bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and WC and 2 bedrooms (a bedroom with double bed and a bedroom with 2 single beds).

There is a designated outside space with seating and a BBQ.

Part of the longere is rented annually to very pleasant french 'locataires', to one side, and the owners live in a separate house at the other end of the longere, and are on hand if needed.

The village of Neulliac is within a few minutes walk and offers amenities, Bar/Tabac, Pharmacie, Crêperies, Hairdressers and Doctors.

The main towns of Pontivy, Mur de Bretagne and Cleguerec are all approximately 8kms where you can find Supermarkets and Boulangeries.

Lac de Guerlédan, with many water sports facilities and restaurants is approximately 11kms (Landroanec Beach) with Cafe, Canoe hire and 16kms to Beau Rivage with water sports facilities (Kayak, Canoes, Boat hire) and Creperies.

The North and South Coasts of Brittany are within 40 minutes, and the rugged coat of Finistere is approximately an hour.

Further information about the area can be found in 'Recommendations' or take a look at our Facebook page, 'theapartmentholiday'.

Type

Apartment

Kitchen and dining

Fully equipped corner kitchen, gas cooker, fridge with freezer compartment, toaster, microwave, kettle, Cafetiere, pans, dishes and cutlery.

Tea Towels supplied.

Dining area with table and 4 chairs.

Living rooms

Large living space with 3 piece suite, coffee table and english TV.

Bedrooms

Bedroom with double bed, drawers and clothes hanging rail and bedroom with 2 single beds, drawers and clothes hanging rail.

Quilts, pillows and sheets supplied.

Bathrooms

Large bathroom with bath, shower cubicle, sink and wc.

Washing machine.

Towels NOT supplied.

Heating

Electric Radiators.

Entertainment

Ping pong table.
BBQ
There is a tennis court and basket ball court within 200 meters.

Garden and outside

There is a designated space for guests with seating and a BBQ.

The Ping Pong Table is set up under the large hangar so that it can be used if it rains.

There is a gate key at the entrance to Cavannes, which guests are asked to secure when they leave or enter the property.

Guests are asked to respect the environment.

Parking and garages

Designated parking space at the base of the apartment steps.

Visitor suitability

Unsuitable for wheelchair access and small children need to be monitored when ascending/descending step access.

The terrace has a gate with a bolt.

Smoking is not permitted within the apartment, an ashtray will be supplied outside for guests use.

Information about any additional facilities

The owners are available to help in any way they can to make a stay at the 'theapartmentholiday' a pleasurable one and in the meantime have a look at our Facebook page, 'theapartmentholiday'.

Facilities

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: A Brocantique Pontivy
Distance: 8 km

Climbing/mountaineering

Distance: 130 km

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Bream, Rudd, Carp, Tench, Pike, Zander, Perch, Eels, Trout
Name of nearest fishing location: River Blavet
Distance: 2 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de Rimaison, Bieuzy
Distance: 22 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Ecole d'equitation de Guerlogoden, Kergrist
Distance: 7 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 2 km

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Circuit des chapelles 10 metres

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Domaine Johanna CECILLON, La Villime 22250 Sérvignac
Distance: 75 km

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Kerry McCluskey-Vinall

We are a middle aged couple who enjoy nature and animals and the tranquil lifestyle we have found here in Brittany. We come from the South West of England originally, Gary is a qualified carpenter and teacher of carpentry & joinery, and I am a qualified teacher of English as a foreign langauge and a dog behaviourist. We have 2 Labradors, a cat, 4 goats and 11 ducks, we are definitely animal lovers. We enjoy travelling around in our old campervan, there are so many interesting places to visit.

Year property purchased 2004
Why this location? We live in the heart of Brittany, the North and South Coasts are within 50 minutes and Finistere coast to the west is less an hour. Lac de Guerledan, (Mur-de-Bretagne 11kms) Brittany's largest lake spans the borders of the departments of Morbihan and Cotes- d'Armor for swimming, various water sports and beautiful woodland walks through the Quénécan forest. The 4th department of Brittany, Ille-et-Vilaine, named after its two main rivers, Ille and Vilaine join at Rennes , the capital city of Bretagne,114kms to the east. From here you can get the TGV and be in the romantic city of Paris within 2 hours. Our location in Central Brittany offers a good base to explore all of the beautiful regions of Brittany, a land rich in contrasts, steeped in history and tradition. With over 600 km of coastline with fine sandy beaches, rugged rocks and coves, 1100km of cycling tracks/circuits, 2000km of horse riding paths, visits to monuments, megaliths & islands, you will be spoiled for choice.
Unique benefits of property Cavannes is a commune of its own, less than a kilometer from the village of Neulliac with amenities, ideally placed for trips to Pontivy, Cleguerec, Mur de Bretgane for shopping and Lac de Guerledan for relaxation. Cavannes is a 17/18th century longére and owner's cottage, set within its own 4 hectares of land and a peaceful retreat. Guests to the 'apartmentholiday' will enjoy their own private apartment space, sun balcony and garden area with bbq. We will be on hand and happy to offer any assistance necessary as we live on site. Take a look at our Facebook page 'theapartmentholiday' to find out more.

The Owner Recommends

Lac de Guerlédan

Lac de Guerledan, is 12kms long and covers an area of over 400 hectares in the heart of the Quénécan Forest.

The lake is artificial and was created to power the Guerlédan Dam, 40 meters high, it took 7 years to construct (1923-1930) cutting the Nantes/Brest canal in half and submerging 17 Locks and several houses.

A 40 km track will take you around the lake, with 7 possible departure points at (1) Saint-Aignan (Barrage (Dam); (2) Anse de Sorden (Saint-Aignan with beach and the Merlin Restaurant); (3) Bon Repos (Saint-Gelven with Abbey, Cafe and Restaurants); (4) Tregnanton (Saint-Gelven); (5) Beau Rivage (Caurel with beach, water-sports and Creperies); (6) Landroanec (Mur-de-Bretagne with beach and the Manoir de Porz Braz) and (7) Anse de Guerlédan (Mur-de-Bretagne, near the Cornec Forest).

Lac de Guerledan offers Swimming, Boat Hire, Water Sports including water-skiing, canoeing and kayaking. Walking and Trekking.

Landroanec (11kms) offers boat hire and Beau Rivage (Caurel - 16kms) offers Canoe, Kayak, Boat Hire and Water Ski-ing.

The Crêperie du Vieux Moulin (Beau Rivage) offers fresh crepes, pizzas and ice-creams when you are hungry or Les Vedettes de Guerlédan (Beau rivage) offers a 3h cruise lunch, or a 1h30 cruise only.

Abbaye de Bon Répos (18kms)

At the western edge of Lac de Guerlédan and over looking the Nantes/Brest Canal the 12th century Cistercian Abbey has a tumultuous history and was burnt down in 1795 by Royalists.

In 1986 the Association of Friends of Bon Repos Abbey was founded and part of the abbey has been restored to house exhibitions of Contempory Art.

In August every year the historic show, 'son et lumiére' (sound and light show), recounts Brittany's history with costumed actors, horses and dogs, and a fireworks display.

There is also a farmers' market every Sunday between March and October, a cafe/bar that serves food as well as a restaurant within the grounds of the abbey and a gift shop.

From here you can also walk along the Nantes/Brest Canal in either direction, or take a walk into the Quénécan Forest.

Quiberon and the Cote Sauvage (101kms)

The savage coast of Quiberon is a must, especially when the weather is rough, the sea is spectacular and the white sandy beaches are a sunbathers paradise.

There is an excellent restaurant along the coastal road, Le Vivier 56170 Quiberon, that offers a tantalising selection of fresh mussels.

Quiberon itself is a bussling seaside town with a history of sardine production and has a host of restaurants, shops and a delicious ice cream parlour.

From Port Maria at Quiberon you can take a boat trip and discover the islands of Belle-Ile-en-Mer, Houat and Hoedic.

Continuing south fom Quiberon, you will find parking and a walk to the end of the peninsula where flora and fauna are now protected and the vast Atlantic stretches beyond.

On either side of the peninsula road to Quiberon are the endless beaches of Gavres, Etel and Carnac.

Petites Cités de Caractère

Brittany has many 'petites cités de caractère', Quimperlé, Vannes, Josselin, Locronan, Malestroit, Rochfort-en-Terre to name but a few.

QUIMPERLÉ in Finistere (82kms south west) is traditionally divided into two parts, the High Town and the Lower Town. The Lower Town is the historical centre with a Romanesque Basillica, whilst the church of St Michael built in the 14th/15th century dominates the upper town from its hilltop position. 'Les Pieds sous la Table' restaurant is recommended.

VANNES in Morbihan (61kms south east) is a beautiful walled city of cobbled streets and medieval gates. The Cathédrale Saint-Pierre at its heart blending Romanesque and Gothic styles, and the 'Place des Lices' square is lined with colourful half-timberd houses. The natural harbour, to the south, features many restaurants and boats that cruise the Golfe de Morbihan, where you can find many megalithic monuments.

JOSSELIN in Morbihan (44kms east) is a beautiful town of medievil half timbered houses, the oldest of which dates from 1538, the Gothic Basillica Notre Dame du Roncier with a 138 step Bell Tower offering a bretahtaking view, and the Chateau de Josselin an 11th century castle still inhabited by Josselin de Rohan, the fourteenth Duke de Rohan.

Explore the magnificent gardens and the former stables which now house a magical doll and toy museum of nearly 600 objects.

LOCRONAN in Finstere (115kms west- 15 kms north-west of Quimper) is one of the 'Plus Beau Villages de France' due to its exquisite beauty and fine granite houses.

MALESTROIT Morbihan (67 kms south-east) sitting alongside the Nantes/Brest Canal is a charming place to watch the barges that moor up near the centre.

ROCHEFORT-EN-TERRE Morbihan (84kms south-east) one of France's most beautiful villages with an 'arty past', 16th century half-timbered houses & symetrical stone-built Rennaisance structures. From April to September the cobbled streets are illuminated from dusk until midnight.



Cote de Granite Rose (The Pink Granite Coast)

The Pink Granite Coast of Cote d'Armor stretches more than 30 kms from Plestin-les-Grèves to Louannec, encompassing Trégastel with its historical & architectural heritage.

Perros-Guirec is a popular resort with 3 sandy beaches, where you can take take the coastal path to Ploumanac'h renowned for its unusul rock formations including Napoleaon's Hat, a witch, a rabbit and many more, all changing colours with the light.

This part of the Bretagne coast is also a 'bird twitchers' delight and Brittany's oldest and largest bird sanctuary can be found on the 'Sept Isles' (Seven Islands) that has regular boat trips from Perros-Guirrec.

The historical town of Trébeurden, in the heart of the Pink Granite Coast is surrounded by marshes, moorland and forests full of megaliths and ancient legends just waiting to be explored.

Trébeurden Marina, located in the sheltered bay of Lannion, can welcome up to 650 boats of all types and where you can access Milliau Island, only accessible at low tide, and admire a covered walkway, a monastic cell, a farm dating from the Middle Ages and some beautiful flora and fauna.

Cote d'Emeraude (The Emerald Coast)

The Emerald Coast of Cote d'Armor, from Cancale on the Bay of Mont Saint-Michel to Cap d'Erquy on the Bay of St-Brieuc, is so named due to the amazing array of emerald green and turquoise shades of the sea as the day evolves.

The jagged granite coastline is dotted with headlands, steep cliffs and coves, some of which are only accessible on foot.

The long sandy beaches of Pen Guen, St-Cast, and Les Sables d'Or of Cap Fréhel attract many a visitor.

Cap Fréhel is one of the exceptional sites along the Emerald Coast with marked trails across moorland to two lighthouses at the tip of the peninsula, which juts out into the open sea and offers breathtaking views.

Cap Fréhel is also a bird reserve.

Mer d'Iroise (Iroise (obscure meaning) Sea)

The Iroise Sea is the part of the Atlantic Ocean stretching from Isle de Sein to Ushant off the coast of Brittany in Finistere to the west.

The coastline consists of a rich variety of beaches, rocky cliffs, sand dunes, coves and islands such as Isle de Sein, Île Molène and Ushant.

This coastline is particulary notorious hence the many lighthouses erected in the area, the western most lighthouse 'Phare de Saint-Mathieu' at Plougonvelin is a symbolic monument to all the sailors of Brittany.

The 37 metre high lighthouse has been lit since 1835, and its white light flashes across the ocean every 15 seconds and is classed as an historical monument.

The 'stela', a cenotaph (Memorial to sailors who have died for France) is a high scultured pillar of a woman, with head bowed, designed by René Quillivec was inaugurated in 1927. There is also a permanent exhibiton of photos of 'disappeared sailors'.

Pontivy

Pontivy (10kms to the south) is a quiet market town where the River Blavet and Nante/Brest Canal meet, where you can hire Kyaks and Canoes.

According to legend Pontivy was founded by an English monk called Ivy in 685AD, who upon building a wooden bridge across the Blavet, Pont d'Ivy, gave the town it's name.

Pontivy began to develop in the 12th century and became the seat of one of Brittany's most powerful families, the family Rohan, which is why, when you enter the territory of Pontivy, it is signposted Pays des Rohan (Land of Rohan) due to the diversity of heritage bequeathed by the Rohan family.

The main structure in Pontivy is the 1485 chateau which retains many original features and is open to the public.

Pontivy, known as Napoleonville during the periods 1804-14, March-June 1815 and 1852-1870 was once the strategic location along the River Blavet for Napoleaon Bonaparte, militarily during times of war, and commercially during times of peace.

The medievil origins of the town can be found at the Place de Martray and Rue du Fil (towards the centre) with its cobbled streets and half timbered buildings.

The Basilique Notre-Dame de Joie, constructed in Gothic style in the early 16th century was transformed in the late 18th century, thanks to the Rohan family, to meet the growing population of Pontivy. It retains original features dating from 1533 and 1725 and is home to a series of statues of saints.

Pontivy has many retaurants, bars and creperies and many designer shops along the main Rue Nationale.

Pontivy has a large outdoor swimming pool called "The Beach" (rue de la Cascade) that borders the River Blavet and a large indoor swimming pool with water-slide called "Spadium" (Parc d'activitie de Pont-er-Mohr, rue de Lattre de Tassigny) that offers many activities from Aquagym to an Espace ZEN (Beauty Centre).

There is a Bowling Alley (Le Kilhous - ZA Gohélève) that aslo offers Laser Games, Snooker, Arcade Games and a Bar.

Lighthouses of Brittany (Phares)

There are many Lighthouses (Phares in French) around the coast of Brittany, with the oldest first lit up in 1700.

Some are spectacularly perched on rocks, some are isolated out at sea and others are more safely sited just inland, all looking out to sea, projecting their beams of light across the dark ocean as night falls or the fog rolls in to warn sailors of the dangers of the jagged coastline of Brittany.

Construction of some of the Lighthouses took years with high tides, strong currents and fierce storms.

The AR-MEN, a granite tower in the Raz de Sein (west of Finistere) was constructed between 1867 and 1881, although strengthening works continued until 1897. The Ar Men sits on an isolated rock of the same name. Automated and electrified in 1990, the 250 watt halogen lamp flashes 3 times every 20 seconds, with an accompanying signal of 3 sounds every 60 seconds.

The Lighthouse 'LA JUMENT'' situated about 300 meters off the coast of Ushant Island in North West Finistere, is where photographer Jean Guichard captured the world famous photograph of the lighthouse keeper, who upon hearing the sound of the encircling helicopter came out to investigate, very quickly retreating as huge waves crashed into the lighthouse.

The SAINT MATHIEU Lightouse located near Plougonvelin was built in 1835 among the ruins of the Abbaye Saint Mathieu de Fine-Terre, and is open to the public.

The CENOTAPH (Memorial to sailors who have died for France) is next to the lighthouse and hosts a permanent exhibition of photographs of 'disappeared sailors'.

The PHARE DU PETIT MINOU at the entrance to Brest harbour at Plouzané, is accessed via a bridge that stands in front of the Fort du Petit Minou (Le Minou" means "pussy cat" in French) and is well worth a visit. There are also remants of the Atlantic Wall from World War 2.

Forts & Castles

FORT DE BERTHEAUME at Plougonvelin in Finistere is located on a tidal island and connected via a footbridge.

The fort also has a Zip Wire Course which includes a 200 meter long x 40 meter high wire above the Iroise Sea, an amazing challenge of confidence.

The FORT DU MENGANT or fort du Léon in Plouzané originally built in 1684 and modernised several times, also became part of the German Atlantic Wall during the Second World War.

FORT MONTBAREY built between 1777 and 1784 to the west of Brest was also used by the Germans in 1944. Now a museum on the history of Finistere during the Second World War houses over 10000 files and documents on the French Resistance.

OUESTEL FORT, a fortified structure built in the 18th century on a 6 hectare site offers many beautiful walks and hosts numerous events.

FORT LA LATTE on the Cote d'Emeraude at Plévenon, is a sandtone castle with a 14th century network of walls, dungeons and towers. Various films including The Vikings (1958) have been shot at this site.

CASTLE HUNAUDAYE in Plédéliac was built around 1220 and protected the borders of Penthièvre (Lamballe area just below St Brieuc, Cote d'Armor) but was destroyed in 1341 during the war of Brittany Succession. The castle was reconstructed at the end of the 14th century and was classed as an historical monument in 1922, features include a moat, drawbridge, 5 towers with their defence systems, the inner courtyard and living areas.

Golfe de Morbihan

The Golfe de Morbihan (The Gulf of Morbihan) is a natural harbour in the south of Morbihan, Brittany, the Breton name 'Ar Mor Bihan' (the little sea) aptly desribes this beautiful location. The gulf contains about 40 islands, depending on the tide, many being privately owned except for two, Île-aux-Moines (Island of the Monks) which can be reached via ferry from Lamor Baden and Île-d'arz by ferry from Vannes.

The small uninhabited island of Gavrinis, which has an ancient buriel chamber from around 3500BC can be reached by ferry from Lamor-Baden.

The Golfe de Morbihan has a beautiful rocky landscape and is a regional natural park of marshes, flora and fauna and is well worth a visit.

Surfing, Sailing and Sunbathing

Brittany is a surfer's paradise of open exposed beaches and sheltered coves. La Torche at Plomeur, La Palue on the Crozon Peninsula, Cap Frehal near Saint Malo, Plage du Kerou near Clohars-Carnoët & Guidal Plage near Guidal to name but a few.

Southern Brittany has excellent sailing conditions and you can hire small sail boats to yachts depending on your skill & budget from Saint Malo in Ille-et-Villaine to Nevez in Finistere to Larmor-Plage, Carnac & La Trinité-sur-Mer in Morbihan.

There are numerous sailing schools that offer courses.

If you prefer to relax and soak up the sun, Brittany has many fine sandy beaches to suit everyone from seculed coves and inlets to busy town beaches.

COTE D'ARMOR

Perros Guirec is a lively resort along the Cote de Granite Rose and offers beaches at Trestraou, Trestrignel, Porz ar Gored and Plage des Arcades.

FINISTÉRE

Morgat on the Crozon Peninsula has a beach well protected from the Atlantic and has a busy marina and watersports centre.

Le Sterre, Penmarc'h has a large sandy beach and also attracts surfers and sailboarders.

Benodet offers a variety of beaches aswell as kayaking up the River Odet to Quimper

MORBIHAN

The road between Guidal-Plages to Larmor-Plage has many beaches or you can walk along the glorious coastal path to find the perfect spot.

The Grand Plage at Quiberon has a very large sandy beach, a bustling boardwalk and a very pleasant centre of seaside restaurants, cafes, & shops.

Carnac's Grand Plage stretches for 2kms and is the largest of the 5 beaches here.

ILLE-ET-VILLAINE

Dinard offers a beach, an outdoor sea filled swimming pool and an historical town of medieval ramp art, half timbered houses and cobblestone streets.

Saint Malo, the second largest harbour in Brittany, has many beaches the most beautiful of which are found near Rothéneuf north of Saint Malo. The town is equally beautiful and a visit to Mont St Michael is a must.

There are many more sites.

Other places worth a visit

QUIMPER, the capital of Finistére is a city full of life and culture, arts, theatre, music and dance.

At the junction of 2 rivers, the Steir and the Odet, Brittany's prettiest river, lies Quimper's Gothic Cathedral, half-timbered houses and bustling Saturday morning market will enchant you.

The Festival de Cornouaille dates back to 1923, & takes place for one week during the month of July to celebrate the diversity of Breton culture.

CONCARNEAU, France's third most important fishing port, is a very popular resort which has a martitime festival in August.

The old fortified town has narrow streets decorated by geraniums which tumble from window boxes, and an array of restaurants and shops and there are spectacular views from the ramparts.

DOUARNENEZ BAY conceals the legendary city of YS, sallowed below its waves has a lovely marina, regattas and sandy beach.

The boat cemetry at Port Rhu has an open air museum with early 20th century fishing vessels as well as an indoor museum with exhibits on the sea, its history and its challenges.

Tristan Island (Île Tristan) is located at the mouth of the Pouldavid Estuary and has become part of the Parc Natural Marin d'Iroise and is accessible at set times, at low tide, further info at Tourist Office of Douarnenez Bay.

POINTE DU RAZ, Brittany's very own equivalent of Land's End is the beauty of nature as it faces the Raz de Sein and the violent sea currents that exist between the Isle de Sein and the Pointe de Raz. This very dangerous naviagtional zone between the Atlantic and English Channel is a essential passage for boats.

RENNES, administrative capital of Brittany and capital the department of Ille-et-Vilaine to the east and is famed for its medieval half-timbered houses and spectacular Rennes Cathedral.

LORIENT, BREST, ST BRIEUC are places worth visiting for shopping, restaurants, and the hustle bustle that goes with larger seaside towns, whilst serenity lies within the heart of Bretagne



Broceliande

Broceliande the legendary forest of King Arthur, is located within the 40km2 forest of Paimpont, the largest remnant of ancient woodland in Brittany.

The Chateau de Comper near Concoret houses the Centre de l'Imagination Arthurien where you can learn about the legendary connections to King Arthur, Merlin the Magician and Viviane, a fairy that lived in a crystal palace underneath the water surrounding the chateau.

Visit the Fountain de Barenton, where you can summon rain or the Fountain of Eternal Youth if you are pure of heart, so legend has it.

The valley of no return (Val Sans Retour) in Tréhonnec is where Morgan Le Fay, half sister of King Arthur, is proported to have imprisoned unfaithful youths after she had lured them to the Rocher des Faux Amants (rock of false lovers).

The Golden Tree, at the entrance to the valley, erected to commemorate the great fire that ravaged the forest in 1990 is one of the many monuments and mehaliths sited along the Arthurian trail and mapped walks.

Further information and a trail map can be found at the Tourist Office of Paimpont.

Abbeys

Brittany has many abbeys (Abbaye) both inland and on the coast, some are still occupied.

The Romanesque ruins of the ABBAYE DE DAOULAS in Finistère is set within 5 hectares of grounds with a botanical garden, a lake and sheep from the isle of Ouessant.

LANDÉVENNEC ABBEY ruins stand on the banks of the river Aulne which disperses into the Atlantic ocean. The abbay has a turbulant history, burnt down by the Vikings in 913, rebuilt several times, only to be suppressed during the French Revolution, and has a very interesting museum.

ABBAYE DE BEAUPORT near Paimpol's cove, Cotes d'Armor is a maritime Abbbey founded by the Prémonté order in 1202.

Six centuries of monastic history lie within these buildings built on an protected site with breathtaking viewe.

CISTERCIAN ABBEY OUR LADY OF TIMADEUC near Bréhan is a Silent Order in a very peacful location.

You can visit the gift shop and buy Honey, Fruit Jellies and Cheese made by the Monks.

Auray and Saint Goustan

Auray is a pretty town of tow halves on an estuary of the Golfe de Morbihan east of Vannes.

In medieval times the top half of Auray had a castle which existed up until the 16th century but still has some historical sites such as the Renaissance style entrance to the Church of Saint Gildas with its 17th century altarpiece. The Town Hall has an imposing 18th century belltower and 2 small chapel. The tourist office itself stands behind a 17th century facade of a small chapel.

The Port of Auray, SAINT GOUSTAN, is on the lower level beside the estuary, and can be reached by foot, or by car down some fairly narrow streets.

Saint Goustan is a beautiful little port of cobbles and half timbered houses and restaurants, and has an air of contented relaxation.

Walled Cities of Brittany

DINAN in Cotes d'Armor is one of Brittany's best preserved medieval walled 'citadelles'.

It has an impressive 3km long walk along the ramparts and a clock tower (Tour de l'Horloge) with 158 steps.

Vieux Dinan, the 'old quarter', has lovely winding pedestrian streets and half timbered houses and on Thursday mornings a market can be found in the town square, Place de-Guesclin named after a 14th century knight.

Dinan is a designated 'Ville d'Art et Histoire' (Town of Art and History) and many local arts and crafts and culinary delights can be found here.

MONCONTOUR (Cotes d'Armor) is a n historic hilltop town surveying the two valleys of Saint Brieuc.

In medieval times, Moncontour was an important defensive position during the wars of 14th to 17th centuries.

The Eglise St-Mathurian with its grandiose Baroque facade and almost oriental style bell tower stands in the heart of Moncontour. The magnificant stained glass windows tell the story of the revered Breton saint Yves.

A medeival festival takes place during the month of August with street entertainment, fire-eaters & jugglers, a medieval market and costume parades.

Other places worth a visit

The village of POUL-FETAN (51 kms direction Quistinic) is well worth a visit, it is a village of yesteryear and exists in harmony with nature and traditon

Thatched cottages sit in the midst of fields of millet, buckwheat and hemp and rural Breton workers adorned in traditional costume reveal the labours of a by-gone time.

The Tavern of Poul-Fetan offers a tasty local produce menu, or try some bread, cooked in a wood-oven in the traditional way, sample the delicious pastries like Kouign-amann (sounds like qwen-ar-man) or Gateau Breton (a biscuity butter cake).

VILLAGE DE L'AN MIL (Village of a thousand years at Lann Gouh - direction Melrand 31 kms) gives an insight into life as it would have been at the turn of the first millenium.

The remains of a medieval rural village, located on a plateau overlooking the Blavet valley, reveals how life would have been for Breton peasants around the year 1000.

LOCMARIAQUER MEGALITHS (Locmariaquer 88 kms) is a vast complex of Neolithic (4500 to 3500 BC) construction comprising of an elaborate tumulus passage grave and dolmens.

ALIGNEMENTS DE CARNAC (Carnac Stones - 85 kms) are a dense collection of megalithic sites around the village of Carnac, the Stonehenge of France.

There is a visitor centre where you can get information and the town of Carnac is only 5 minutes drive with a Museum of Prehistory that has artifacts from the Neolithic period.

The town of Carnac is a popular tourist destination of shops, bars, restaurants and a long sandy beach, the Grand Plage.