Places to Visit

BRITTANY EVENTS 2016/ 2017   | Hennebont Medieval Festival, Classic Car Rally, Lac de Guerledan, Village de l'an Mil, Harley Davidson Route 56 Festival, Lorient Festival, Carp Fishing, Falconry, Tour de Bretagne Cycling, Concarneau, Poul Fetan Rochefort en Terre best village in France


Rochefort-en-Terre Voted best Village in France 2016

Rochefort-en-Terre was voted the best village in the whole of France 2016 in a public online survey conducted by France 2 TV and is less than 60 minutes from our gites - definitely worth a visit while you're here!
 
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Rochefort-en-Terre in South Morbihan


Bon Repos Abbey - The Sound & Light of Brittany - Highly Recommended! Dates: 2nd 4th, 5th 9th, 11th,12th August 2017

Every summer for the past 25 years, Bon-Repos abbey has become a stage at nightfall, where you can watch the story of Central Brittany unfold, from Neolithic times to the Chouan uprising at the end of the 18th century – all shown in an amazing ‘son et lumière’ sound and light show. If your visit coincides with this event, don't miss it!

Bon Repos Abbey Son et Lumiere 2017
The Abbey is a very short drive from our cottage at Lake Guerledan


Domaine de Kerguehennec
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La Metairie Gites For Couples

Open most of the year with free entry, this chateau set in undulating parkland with lakes is an ideal spot for picnics. It hosts exhibitions for artists and sculptors, though this is secondary to the superb architecture and beautifully decorated interiors. Located at Bignan just a short drive from our gites, enter La Metairie with postcode 56500 and your satnav will take you close to the entrance. A highly recommended place to visit that will cost you nothing. There is an on-site cafe if you need refreshments. There are toilets in the main house (basement) which are worth a visit, as the old fashioned kitchens are en-route which house the largest cast iron cooking range you'll ever see!

Hennebont Medieval Festival 30th & 31st July 2017

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Held during the last weekend in July every year, this is a large Medieval market gathering 80 craftsmen all in costume.  For two days the city is transformed into a true Medieval city with performers and parades through the streets where you are able to buy costumes, jewellery, trinkets, local crafts and Breton delicacies. Watch the parades and sideshows which occur throughout the day. All the 'rabble' can feast at the medieval restaurant (have a pig roast!), in an environment convivial and musical. The day finishes with original spectables followed by the Medieval Ball. There is an entrance fee for events such as the jousing tournament which is run 2 or 3 times each day and the fireworks display and ball which is held on Saturday night.

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The Lorient Festival
Lorient Festival 4th - 13th August 2017

The town of Lorient in Brittany hosts the Inter-Celtic Festival, a spectacular annual showcase of the Celtic arts.  On stage, in the street or under big tents, the 260 events are played out in front of 300,000 spectators.  This year it takes place from 1st-10th August and is located around the town centre and harbour.
The event attracts performers from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Asturias, Galicia, the Isle of Man and Brittany.  The players are as diverse as they are gifted: traditional, classical, folk, rock and jazz musicians, singers, dancers, painters, sculptors, writers filmmakers and lecturers.  Click here for further information on this event


Classic Car Rally 23rd & 24th June 2017

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More Places to Visit

Coastline, Beaches & Lakes
The spectacular river Blavet, as well as numerous large lakes, such as Lac du Guerledan,  which has sandy shorelines and safe swimming areas together with picnic facilities, are close by.  The 988 acre Lake Guerledan is being drained this year for the first time in 30 years to facilitate maintenance of the hydro-electric dam. This will reveal numerous old locks of the Nantes / Brest Canal, several old houses and a church when the valley was flooded to make the lake. Several million visitors are expected to visit the spectacle which begins in March 2015 and will take approximately 3-4 months to fully drain.

Restaurant Merlin at Lac-de-Guerledan

Most local lakes offer boating/fishing amenities as well as stunning scenic boat trips.  The beaches at Carnac, Quiberon and Lorient are approximately 45kms. For more beach destinations click here

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Village de l'an Mil, Melrand | Gite42.com
Nearby places of local Interest
The Village de l’an Mil at Melrand is very interesting and recreates life of 1000 years ago. Also, there's Poul Fetan, a genuine village from the 16th Century which has been recreated as a tourist attraction depicting life in the 18th century with guided tours and daily demonstrations such as butter making and watching the ‘washer-women’ at work.  The village is located at Quistinic which is just 20 minutes by car.   Poul Fetan Website

Fishing
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La Metairie is ideally placed for local fishing in the Blavet rivers plus its own carp lake in the village.  Alternatively, for other fishing, Lake Guerledan is just a short distance from us at Saint Aignan where we have a detached cottage just 500m from the lake itself. For more details of this delightful location click here.

Golf
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Golfe de Rimaison, Pontivy | Gite42.com
GolfdeRimaison-9 hole Golf Course, Par 35, Length 2825. Near Pontivy this immaculate golf course has panoramic views, driving range, a restaurant and bar (Pontivy - about 10 mins drive) GolfdeSt.Laurent - Situated in forest, the course was chosen for the French championships in the 80s and the National Open in 1995. 9 hole par 35, 18 hole par 72 (Auray). Golf de Baden - 18 Holes par 72 or 3 hole par 9 course in pretty course surrounded by ancient trees. Golf de Rhuys Kerver - Situated in the heart of a bird reserve, very flat with water obstacles and coastal scenery this 18 hold par 72 course is suitable for all levels of play. (St Gildas de Rhuys).  La Ploemeur Ocean - 18 hold par 72 course suitable for proficient and beginner golfers. Lots of sea air, all facilities (Ploemeur)

Falconry
A fabulous experience where you can learn about birds of prey and also have the opportunity to 'fly' hawks and owls. Full training is given and the owners are English so no problem with the language. Having done this ourselves we can highly recommend this as a rewarding and very unusual experience.





Canoeing and Kayaking
For those who love nothing more than splashing about on the water, canoe and kayak hire is available nearby at Baud. For more details click here for the website which has information in English.

Travel
Ferry terminals at Roscoff and St Malo ports are both approximately 90 minutes from Gite42  Brittany Ferries
Airports: Rennes 1 hour 45 mins / Brest 2 hours / Dinan 1 hour 50 mins / Lorient 45 minutes.
The use of a car during your holiday is essential. Click here for detailed directions.

Distances
The local town of Melrand with bakery, general store, butcher, pharmacy, post office, restaurant and bars a few minutes by car. St Nicholas des Eaux with its lovely canal, waterside restaurants, creperie and bars can also be reached within 5 or 6 minutes by car. The large historic town of Pontivy with plentiful shops, restaurants and bars is about 12kms and other historic towns such as Josselin and Auray are easily reached within 45 minutes.

Further Information
The nearby town of Baud has 3 supermarkets, including Lidl, all of which stay open at lunchtimes - a rarity in Brittany! There are also banks, a good variety of other shops, doctors, veterinary practices and a small Saturday market.

Alternatively, the small town of Bubry, 5kms from Melrand also has a large supermarket, local shops and cashpoint facilities.

IMPORTANT THINGS FOR DRIVERS TO KNOW - PLEASE READ

It is compulsory to carry the following in your car:
2 visibility jackets - they must be easily to hand and not in the boot
Warning triangle
A spare lightbulb kit
You will also need your country sticker displayed on the rear of your vehicle, and headlights must be adjusted to avoid glare (a stick on lens is also available to re-direct the beam)

There are also new laws regarding the use of Satellite Navigation with radar detectors and failure to comply can result in heavy fines - Read more

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Poul Fetan Village
 
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Enjoy a BBQ on the lawn after a hard days' sight seeing

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