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This is a fascinating area of Brittany giving you the choice of wonderful inland valleys and hills to explore but also being within easy reach of the 3 very different Brittany coasts; west coast for surfing, north coast for rock pools and south coast for glorious sandy beaches.

There are so many things to do in this area for adults and children alike. A folder with full details is available in the Manoir. Please do not hesitate to ask us if you have any special interests, whatever you enjoy doing you can find it in this area. Please take a look at the Brittany Tourism website and the Cotes D'Armor Travel Guide on the following links.

Brittany Tourism

Cotes D'Armor Travel Guide

Les Côtes d'Armor vues du ciel

Or here are some suggestions:

Lac de Guerledan:

Lake de Guerleden, Brittany Family Rental Cottages.

Our Manior is only 8 kms from Lac de Guerledan where you can enjoy various water sports such as water ski-ing and swimming, or hire a motor boat, canoe, kayak, rowing boat, dinghy or pedalo, or enjoy a lake cruise, or take dinner one evening during the summer months on a floating restaurant. There are also some great places to eat and drink onshore and three small beaches which offer safe bathing for children.


Lac de Guerledan.

L'Abbaye de Bon Repos:

Abbate de Bon Repos, Brittany Family rental cottages.

The abbey was originally built in 1184 and has been successively ruined and rebuilt over the centuries.  It's superb setting next to the River Blavet and the Nantes-Brest Canal is well worth a visit. There are weirs, salmon stairs, a former water mill, a mediaeval stone bridge over the river, a restaurant and a very interesting fossil/jewellery/objets d'art shop. Opposite there is a creperie/bar where you can sit and drink while watching the world go by. On Sunday mornings from Easter to October there is an interesting local market where traders sell organic produce and crafts, it’s not just for tourists, it's also popular with locals in Brittany . Not to be missed if you are coming on holiday in early August is ‘Le Son et Lumiere’ held at the L’Abbaye de Bon Repos. Visit their web site for more information.

Abbaye de Bon Repos

Le-son-et-lumiere

Forges Des Salle:

Forges des Salles, Brittany Family Rental cottages.

This hamlet is tucked away at the bottom of a wooded valley and was the site of the iron/steel industry in the 18th and 19th Century. Visit the former homes of the workers which are furnished according to their original style. At the top of the terraced pleasure gardens there is a splendid view over the valley and the various stretches of water within it.

Les Forges de Salle

Carnac stones, Brittany family rental cottage, Manoir de Bolu.

Carnac stones:

Carnac, over the border in Morbihan, is known for its unique rows of ancient standing stones. The town is split into two areas: Carnac-Ville, where you’ll find the stones and the Museum de Prehistory, and Carnac-Plage which has a lovely wide sandy beach set in a family seaside resort. 

The standing stones of Carnac are one of Brittany’s greatest attractions. Three fields – Ménec, Kermario and Kerlescan – contain around 3,000 aligned rows of megaliths, which date from 4000BC. The granite stones were erected on the spot where they were dug, although it is not known why they were put up; it is thought they had a religious or cultural significance. Have a look at the link below, the 'Megalithic Portal Map' to plan your stone-spotting tour in the magical, mystical Brittany region of France.

Carnac Stones

Megalithic Portal Map

Le Musée de Préhistoire

Pont Aven:

PontAven, Brittany family rental cottages, Manoir de Bolu.

Pont Aven lies in a very pleasant setting at the point where the River Aven, after flowing between rocks, opens out into a tidal Estuary. The Aven river used to drive numerous mills, but today only one mill remains in operation. Pont Aven is famous for a colony of painters among them Gaugain, and many art galleries line the pretty streets.

Rostrenen:

French Town, Brittany Family Rental Cottages.

The central position of Rostrenen, a traditional market town of stone and slate, makes it an ideal base for exploring the beautiful peaceful woods and countryside of inland Brittany, reminiscent of a rural England long vanished. Old Breton tales have given rise to a number of local festivals such as the ‘bod’ bush fair on the first Tuesday in December. Visit Rostrenen’s Tuesday market for traditional produce including organic bread and vegetables. South of the town, the towpath of the Nantes-Brest Canal is ideal for walking and cycling and at nearby Glomel there’s rock climbing and pony trekking. All three of Brittany’s coastlines are accessible from Rostrenen while for those seeking a beach close by, Lake Korong can offer a man-made one along with children’s play area, canoeing, windsurfing and pedaloes for hire.

Pontivy:

Chateau de Pontivy, Brittany Family Rental Cottages

Pontivy, which is 20 minutes away, is a large town with a beautiful chateau and old town quarter. Formerly named Napoleonville after his design of the new town, it has a beautiful setting on the Nantes-Brest canal and has everything you could possibly need for a day's excursion. There are some lovely restaurants and very nice shops!

Pontivy

 Petite Cité de Caractère:

We are centrally located here to a vast array of cities and towns labelled as "Petites Cités de Caractère" and  "Villes d'art et d ' histoire. Soak up their charm and history, brimming with  half-timbered houses from the 16th century,17th and 18th century granite 'Maisons' and châteaux. Check out the following link for more details, locations and information.

 

"Petites Cités de Caractère" and "Villes d'art et d ' histoire".

The Coasts and Sea:

Brittany Family Rental Cottages, France, Manoir de Bolu, brittany beach.

The north Brittany coast close to St Brieuc, is about 35 minutes by car. Here there are not just lovely sandy beaches but also fascinating rock pools for the children to try their hand at crabbing! Or visit the west Brittany coast for surfing and the south Brittany coast for glorious sandy beaches, both about an hour from the Manoir.

Coastal views of Brittany

Garden Visits in Brittany:

With its warm maritime climate and deep soils Brittany is ideally suited to the 'Art of the Garden'. There are many diverse gardens to discover and explore within easy reach of the Manoir.  Most open from Easter until the end of October and several have themed 'festival' weeks celebrating the arrival of the seasonal favourites including camellias, azaleas and hydrangeas. There is an extensive programme of concerts, exhibitions and workshops throughout the year. With the many botanical collections and specialist nurseries, Brittany is a good place to hunt for plants which can be freely exported back to the UK.

More information on local parks and gardens:

Parks and Gardens

Association of Parks and Gardens

Leisure Parks:

Armoripark

Large amusement park at Bergard with an indoor and outdoor pool with cascades, three water slides, trampolines, bowling, 130 metre toboggan run, water chutes, bumper boats, pedal karts and buggies, mini golf, summer sledge, toddlers playground. Also a restaurant and cafe.

Set in 12 hectares of woodland between Rennes and Saint Malo offering some 30 activities including a carousel, mini golf, go karting, The Rapids (descend in inflatable boats), monkey bridges, trains, wildlife museum, swimming pool with chutes, quad track, bouncy castles, restaurant and cafe.

Les Aquatides: Leisure centre at Loudeac with 70 metre giant waterslide swirling river, play  area for toddlers  with fountain, paddling pool and mini pool.

Les recre des 3 cures: Leisure /amusement park 5 minutes from Brest with carousel, giant slide, lake, dodgem boats, little train, wild ride, trampolines, cable car, bouncy castles, go-karting, aqua-pistol, pirate ship, scenic railway, The volcano, The Tempest, mini farm and river splash and a 500 metre summer toboggan run. Also restaurant and cafe.  

Zoos and animal Parks:

La Bourbansais Chateau

Zoo and park between Rennes and Saint Malo. Visit the listed château which houses the furniture and treasures of Count of Lorgeril’s ancestors. Large formal gardens, game areas, picnic and barbeque areas and large green floral areas to allow visitors to observe the numerous wild species wandering about: Ostriches, Zebras, Gibbons,  Macaws, Wolves, Deer,  Monkeys ,etc.

Trégomeur Zoo: Founded twenty years ago this zoo in the Ic valley allows you to travel from island to island and observe the monkeys, lions, Sumatran tigers, Wallabies, Kangaroos etc.

Alligator Bay Reptilarium at Mont Saint Michel

See more than 300 tortoises living in the large landscaped gardens, some weighing more than 100 kg and more than a 100 years old. Crocodiles, Caimans and Alligators. Visit the large reptile house, with tunnels, ladders you can climb, pyramids and glass towers with boas, pythons, iguanas, monitor lizards and chameleons.

Oceanopolis

Large Ocean Discovery Park near Brest. Visit the three thematic pavilions Polar, Tropical and Temperate containing 10,000 animals representing 1000 species. Recreated habitat in the polar pavilion with 40 penguins. Real pack ice for the seals of the far North! Enjoy watching the seals play.

Other places of interest worth a visit:

Trieux steam train

'Cosmopolis' One of Europes largest digital planetariums. 

An amazing medieval castle on the sea from the 13th century. The castle has been classified as a historical monument by the French Ministry of Culture since 1925. The film The Vikings (1958 by Richard Fleischer) was filmed here.

Prehistoric park

20 hectares of wild woodland with 5 lakes ancient wells, slate quarries dotted with scenes of dinosaurs and the evolution of man.

Living museum set in an old Breton village portraying life in the middle of the 19th Century near Quistinic in Morbihan.

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