Each holiday cottage in the heart of rural Brittany has been hand picked by Marion Wilkinson, the owner of BRETON COUNTRY COTTAGES, to provide you with a really comfortable accommodation.

Interesting places to visit...

This is obviously not an exhaustive list, but only serves to whet your appetite for the wealth and beauty of places to visit in Brittany.
We endeavour to place guides in our cottages to help you explore and enjoy further these treasures.

Morbihan offers a wealth of activities to suit all ages and tastes.The websites www.Brittany.com and www.Blavet.co.uk ,amongst others will give details of where to locate many of the sporting activities.
Archery can be found in St Nicholas des Eaux at Les Archers.
Cycling for all stages from the gentle towpaths beside the Blavet river, through quiet country lanes and villages to the more exacting marked trails. Bicycles are available to hire locally. 
Fishing; all types of angling is catered for and daily or weekly permits are available. 
Golf. There is the 9-hole course at Bieuzy les Eaux and the 18 hole courses nearVannes , Lorient and Auray. Visit the website www.formule-golfe.com for more details.
Gokarting in Plumeliau , Auray and Lanester near Lorient.
Horse riding stables can be found near Bieuzy les Eaux, Camors, Pontivy
A skateboarding park can be found in Hennebont 
Tree climbing in the adventure forest at Camors is a lot of fun for the fit and energetic. 
Watersports includecanoeing on rivers, water skiing on inland lakes at Guerledan and Ploermel and sailing, surfing and windsurfing on the coast. For more information look up www.nautismebretagne.fr 

The Parc du Roi Morvan offers fun and entertainment for all the family . Their website is www.parcduroimorvan.com

Historic towns such as Pontivy, Auray Vannes Josselin and Quimper have retained much of their medieval character and are well worth a visit.Markets for fresh produce and local crafts are found each day of the week in local towns. Cottages will have details of specific days.Try also the craft village of La Gacilly and Pont Scorff.The list can go on… beaches;rocky coves; museums; zoos; working museums; restored villages like Poul Fetan; chateaux; pardons; fetes etc

The Beaches are too numerous to mention in detail. Safe swimming will be found all around the south coast. Try Kerhillio for seemingly endless stretches of sandy beach and dunes. From the eastern coast of Quiberon, the bay of Plouharnel to Carnac, Trinite and Locmariquer you will find clean beaches and sparkling clear water. The coast is refreshingly unspoiled and uncommercialized, the traditional Breton way of life still prevalent.

You will come across cottages offering oysters and mussels to taste and buy; clusters of creperies; modest hotels; potteries. You will be charmed by the changing scenery and captivated by the Breton way of life.

Pontivy was chosen by Napoleon as a garrison town and renamed Napoleonville for a while. It is a charming country town on the River Blavet with many beautiful half-timbered, corbelled and turreted houses, cobbled streets and attractive shops in the old quarter around the 16th century church of Notre Dame de la Joie.

The 15th century Castle of the Dukes of Rohan with its two remaining towers is well-worth a visit. There is a good variety of restaurants, cafes, interesting shops and good supermarkets. Pontivy has an open-air swimming pool. Market day is Monday.

The Gulf of Morbihan is said to have as many islands as there are days in the year! The largest of these are Ille aux Moines and Arz. Day trips to the islands are frequent, with opportunities to stop off and explore on foot or cycle, or to relax on the sheltered beaches.

Carnac is a very popular, bustling seaside resort with Breton stone houses nestling amongst new apartments and hotels. Everyone enjoys the long stretches of sandy beaches and carefree atmosphere of this holiday village. There are excellent restaurants, numerous boutiques and curio shops.

Para-sailing, wind-surfing and other water sports are naturally abundant. But Carnac has its serious side too, with its astonishing "menhirs" or standing stones and its museum of pre-history. Market day is Sunday.

La Trinite Sur Mer is in the innermost part of the Bay of Quiberon, on the Crach river estuary where there are thriving oyster beds. It's a charming and picturesque port harbouring both pleasure yachts and the flat-bottomed oyster catchers. There are several safe, sandy beaches with rocky promontories and the waters are favoured by windsurfers. The Quiberon Peninsular was once an island but is now connected to the mainland by a narrow sandy isthmus, guarded by the austere Fort Penthievre. It has a wild, rocky western coast, the Cote Sauvage, with many sandy coves and rock pools to explore, and a sheltered eastern coast with sandy bays and small fishing ports, reminiscent of Cornwall.
Concarneau. The heart of this town is the magnificent fortified walled city, now housing an excellent Museum of Fishing. It is well worth visiting this leading fishing port whilst it is in full-swing; the landing, sorting and auctioning of the catch worth the early start, Mondays to Thursdays around 7 am. The town is flanked by many lovely sandy beaches.

Vannes is the heart of the "little sea", the Gulf of Morbihan, and you can visit the islands of the gulf from here. Vannes, prefecture of Morbihan, is a bustling town, but the old square around the cathedral has been carefully preserved and pedestrianized, with fine gabled and half-timbered houses now occupied by boutiques and antique shops.

The chateau with its beautiful gardens, has a marvelous archaeological museum. Vannes aquarium is very popular, particularly its ocean reef section complete with sharks. Market days are Wednesday and Saturday mornings only.

Josselin. The beautifully preserved medieval castle dominates the town as it rises sheer from the river. It is well-worth a visit, the doll's museum being particularly popular. The town itself is also very impressive with its slate-roof houses, many interesting historical sites, good shops and a variety of restaurants.

From Josselin you can follow the Legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table by traveling to the ancient wood of Broceliande in the Paimpont Forest. You will find the magic fountain where Merlin fell under the spell of the Lady of the Lake and discover many other remnants of days gone by.

Lake Guerledan, to the north of Mur de Bretagne is one of the most beautiful inland lakes in Brittany; a 7 mile stretch of water in the Blavet Gorge, ideal for swimming, fishing, sailing and water skiing (canoes, sailboards and pedalos can be hired at Beau Rivage). Scenic places to visit around the lake include the 19th century iron-ore smelting furnace, the enchanting ruins of Les Salles Castle, Bon Repos and the remains of the 12th century Cistercian Abbey.

There are numerous picnic sites and abundant walks through the forests with delightful lake views.

The Blavet River. From Lake Guerledan the river snakes its way lazily to the sea at Lorient, passing through Pontivy, Inzinzac-Lochrist, Hennebont and many little villages on its way. It is well worth exploring this enchanting waterway either by canoe, barge, on foot or bicycle and delighting in some breathtaking scenery. You will discover ancient chapels, fountains, bars, fermes auberges and restaurants in which to savour traditional local cuisine.