Looking for a character holiday cottage to rent in the real Brittany?
Plessala has an excellent crêperie, there is a weekly market on Thursdays, a small
supermarket with service station, bank with ATM, post office, bakers, butchers, bar
and tabac. The park has mini-golf, a work-out track, an arboretum which has been
planted in recent years and of course the trout lake, around which local festivals
are celebrated with fireworks. The mayors office publishes a leaflet of walking
routes round the area taking in the stone crosses that are a feature of this community.
St Goueno has one the highest points in Brittany at Bel Air, where there is a lovely
little chapel to visit and lots of marked trails to walk; on a clear day you can
see the coast 30km away! Each autumn a rally of vintage cars sets off from the village
on a hill climb.
Moncontour is the perfect place to visit to absorb some of the area's history. Designated
a "Petite Cité de Caractère” it perches with almost film-set perfection on a hillside;
containing within its centuries old walls fascinating higgledy-piggledy streets and
buildings with unbelievably low doorways. There is a costume museum which must provide
inspiration for the realistically attired contributors at the medieval Fetes des
La Cheze has a museum of local crafts which also hosts regular art exhibitions. There
is a very large fishing lake set in parkland alongside the river and during summer
months an open air swimming pool is provided by the commune. Blues concerts are
played around the grounds of the small ruined chateau.
Plemet has a children’s playground and tennis courts near its lake. There is a gourmet
restaurant and a good supermarket. On the outskirts of the town is the natural sports
base where accompanied kayaking trips are organised, you can also hire kayaks and
Lamballe features a really bustling traditional Thursday market where locally produced
items including home-grown vegetables, excellent pork products, honey, cider and
a range of craft goods can be found. The famous Harass breeds Breton horses and
offers regular guided public tours and displays and is the venue for various fetes,
bric-a-brac sales and festive markets. Art and history museums can both be found
here, along with lots of places to eat.
Plouguenast is famous for it’s bread making and hosts an annual bread fayre! It
is possible to spend a day making and cooking dough the way it was done centuries
ago. Another of the local centres for kayak and cycle hire is based here beside
Loudeac has an excellent indoor swimming pool complex with chutes, Jacuzzi and sauna.
On Wednesday evenings in summer, live bands perform in the central square. Regular
brocante sales are held throughout the year on the race-course car park. The horse
riding stables at the edge of Loudeac forest organises guided pony treks. There
is a ‘Maison de la Pêche’ on the outskirts of the town offering fishing lessons,
as well as permits, equipment hire and advice.