Wonderful places to visit:
Numerous local lakes and forests provide plenty of choice for the walking & cycling enthusiast. Access is so easy via the ferries of St Malo which arrive from Portsmouth, Poole and the Channel Islands or Dinard airport with its regular RyanAir flights. If that’s not enough, in easy reach are Roscoff, Brest, Rennes, Nantes, Caen and Cherbourg with a variety of ferries and flights from all over the UK; there are also TGV stations at Rennes and St Brieuc.
Tres Belle Maison, Bout es Loups is ideally positioned in central Brittany to visit the areas many tourist attractions and is in the commune of La Motte, the area has many beautiful walks and rides with stunning vistas. Situated at the heart of a farming community the village has a good supermarket, a boulangerie, pharmacy, doctor, hairdresser, post office, petrol station and massage & beauty parlor.
Loudeac is a large town with all you might want on holiday. High street shops, cafes, creperie and restaurants (French, Italian and Asian cuisine, aside pizza, burgers and grills to take away). Many Bistros offer the Plat de Jour (meal of the day) which can be up to 5 courses for 12-15 Euros, which is excellent value for money, including a drink. You can pick and choose how many courses you wish to eat; freeing up the evenings, unless it’s a BBQ!
Excellent local produce at the Saturday morning market selling fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, dairy products and some non food items. Loudeac has a cinema, swimming pool/water park, sports parks, aquarev, historic church, high street shopping, supermarkets and launderettes and a new out of town shopping area with multiple stores. Supermarkets – Super U, Leclerc, Lidle, Aldi and Intermarche.
The ancient town of Moncontour with its cobbled streets and amazing architecture is just fifteen minutes away with excellent restaurants. Well worth a visit.
Pontivy – approximately 20 minutes from Bout es Loups, the old capital of the Rohan family, Pontivy still has the Chateau which was built during the 15th Century. The old town has narrow winding streets centred around ‘Place du Matray’. In contrast the geometrical new town was laid out by Napoleon. Pontivy has many individual shops and is home to a regular Monday market. The Nantes to Brest Canal runs through Pontivy and is an ideal place for peaceful country walks.
Lac de Guerledan – situated approximately 20 minutes from Loudeac, this magnificent stretch of water surrounded by trees is one of the finest sights in inland Brittany. Because the lake is over 8 miles long it has been divided up into sections for the various water sports such as sailing, water skiing, jet ski etc. There are three small beaches which offer safe bathing for children.
Abbey de Bon Repos near the lake is a 12th Century Abbey and it’s grounds are open to the public. It is situated right on the banks of the Nantes to Brest canal. On a Sunday morning the Abbey hosts the ‘artisan market’ where you can purchase fresh fruit and produce from the local farmers. The close by hamlet of Forges Des Salle 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.
Just half an hour from the clean sandy beaches and safe swimming of the Brittany coast try Pleneuf Val Andre – Picturesque fishing harbour with nearby shops, cafés and casino are well worth a visit. Sable D’Or offers all you could need for a day at the beach.
Jugon les Lacs – home to a multitude of water sports, fishing, windsurfing, sailing etc.
Binic & Etables-sur-Mer both highly recommended by our guests for the marina and beach.
The obscure ‘Port of Dinan’ is well worth discovering for its fine assortment of waterfront restaurants Pirate port of St Malo – an amazing walled citadel hides a maze of shops, restaurants and bars.
Mont St Michel – a must, steeped in history with breathtaking views from the abbey.
Lamballe – The main square ‘Place de Martray’ hosts a weekly market on Thursday mornings. Adjoining the square is a branch of the national stud for the Breton workhorses.
Medieval Dinan – Narrow streets, cobbled roads, medieval half timbered houses and shops set the scene. Large weekly market held every Thursday gives the place a great atmosphere.
Rennes – the capital for shopping and culture, with a mixture of old and modern is sure to appeal to all tastes.
The Historical Linen Route
35,000 people worked in the Breton linen industry in central Brittany from the 17th to the 19th century. The celebrated fine linen cloth known as the “Toile Bretagnes” made its mark in many ways on the landscape and the architectural heritage of the area. The “House of Linen” in St Thelo and Uzel (a linen merchant’s mansion is typical of the epoque (beautiful era)), houses a museum offering activities, special events, inter-active and audio-visual exhibits and children’s trails.
Loudeac & La Motte Churches
Constructed between 1733 and 1746 it houses a high altar canopy of wood carvings and Italian Carrara marble used in the ceilings, showing the wealth of the area at that time. Pilgrimages to this church are a common site during the summer months. Brittany has a wealth of churches and monasteries to visit with a church in almost every village. The local La Motte church was built in 1748 and was formerly a diocese of Loudeac.
A few useful Websites to visit:
And there’s plenty more to see…..
How far are we from:
Airport – Dinard: 93 Kms
Ferry – St. Malo: 100 Kms
Train – Lamballe: 34 Kms
Motorway – Loudeac N164: 5 Kms
Coast – St Brieuc: 40 Kms
National Bus – Loudeac: 7 Kms
Golf – Ploermel or Pleneuf Val André : 50 Kms
Bar/Pub – La Motte: 2 Kms
Restaurants – Loudeac or Plouguenast: 7 Kms