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Brittany - What to see & do, and Events Calendar
Le Boterff is set in the heart of the beautiful Cotes d'Armor area of Brittany. The official tourist board website can be found here.
The pretty little village of St Mayeux is just 1km away. In the village can be found a Church, Post Office, small Supermarket and Café / Bar. The village of St Gilles Vieux-Marché is approximately 1.5km away. The Hotel de la Vallée in the centre of the village offers good food at exceptionally reasonable prices. St Gilles Vieux-Marché and nearby St Martin des Prés have both been awarded "Petits Villes Fleuries" for their attractive displays of flowers.
The nearest towns are Mur de Bretagne to the South and Corlay to the North, both are about 10 minutes away. Mur has a Supermarket, Petrol Station, two Boulangeries / Patisseries, Boucherie, Florist, two Pharmacies, Bank with 24 hour cash machine, Post Office and Tourist Information Office. Mur de Bretagne also has a Friday evening market in the summer (Crafts / Local Produce).
Corlay has two small supermarkets, two petrol stations, a Boulangerie, Boucherie, Pizza Take-away, Restaurant, Bar, Tabac, Hairdresser, Pharmacie, Post Office and Bank with 24 hour cash machine.
The nearby towns of Pontivy, Loudéac, Rostrenen and St Brieuc offer a wide range of shops of all types - including large supermarkets and specialist shops.
There are a number of Restaurants, Bars, Cafés and Crêperies in the area to suit all tastes and pockets, from Michelin starred restaurants to simple bistros where you can enjoy local Breton specialities, such as fantastic seafood, crêpes and cider, as well as traditional French cuisine, or even traditional Fish and Chips!
Many local restaurants offer superb value fixed price "Formule" menus, especially at lunchtime. Relax into the French way of life and linger over a coffee, glass of wine or beer at a street Café whilst watching the world go by.
A visit to St. Brieuc bay (around Erquy) for fabulous fresh scallops, mussels and oysters should not be missed.
Many of the nearby towns have traditional markets once or twice a
week, where a large range of local food and drink can be sampled.
Sailing, Swimming, and Water Sports
Only ten minutes drive away, is the stunning Lac de Guerledan where you can swim or enjoy many other water sports. Pedalos, boats and canoes can all be hired, or maybe take a cruise around this beautiful lake or visit one of the lakeside Bars, Restaurants or Creperies. There are some sandy beaches for relaxing at the lakeside. The are several other smaller lakes in the local area to explore and the lovely Nantes / Brest Canal is also nearby.
Special Update - Draining of Lake Guerledan 2015
Lake Guerledan will be drained in 2015 for essential maintenance work to be carried out on the barrage (dam) and the hydro-electric plant at the eastern edge of the lake. This presents a fascinating opportunity to view the normally hidden valley, the original Nantes-Brest Canal and locks, as well as the remains of various buildings that are normally fully submerged. There is likely to be huge interest for this event, which last took place 30 years ago. Special guided tours and activities will be available around the lake. The lakeside restaurants, bars and cafés will remain open.
For more information about the draining of Lake Guerledan in 2015 click here.
For lovers of boating, swimming, fishing and other water-based activities the following facilities will be open to visitors:
- The beautiful lake at nearby Bosmeléac (15 minutes away) has a sandy beach, boating, a café / pizzeria, fishing, picnic area and a lovely circular walk around the lake that takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete.
- The Etang du Corong at Glomel (30 minutes away) has a sandy beach, games for children, pedalos and some special evening events during the summer.
- The Etang de Kervézennec at Mael Carhaix (35 minutes away) has a sandy beach and childrens games in the summer.
- The open-air swimming pool at St Nicolas de Pelem (20 minutes away) will be open from mid June to Mid September.
- The Centre Aquatique du Blavet at Gouarec (20 minutes away) will have many activities on offer.
- The Base Nautique de Pen Ar Hoat (60 minutes away) has canoeing, kayaking, archery, orienteering, géochaching, tree climbing etc.
A Video of the Lac de Guerledan can be viewed here.
A Video of the Nantes-Brest Canal can be viewed here.
There are a number of excellent swimming pools, in the area, both indoor and outdoor.
There are countless opportunities for walking and cycling along exceptionally quiet country roads, around lakes and through woodlands. Specially designated routes include former railway lines or the Nantes-Brest Canal. For keen cyclists one of the most challenging sections of the "Tour de France" between Mur de Bretagne and Corlay is very close by.
Coastlines North, South & West
All three of Brittany’s coastlines are accessible for day trips from Le Boterff, the furthest being west in approximately 2 hours and all on quiet roads. You can choose between the ruggedness of the Pink Granite and Emerald coast or sandy beaches at Binic all to the north, or Guidel Plage, Concarneau, Carnac & Quiberon to the south.
There are many challenging courses in superb countryside, including those at nearby St Brieuc or Pontivy.
Villages, Towns and Places of Historic and Cultural Interest
The Abbey at Bon Repos and the Chateau Forges des Salles are 15 minutes from Le Boterff. Other Chateaux, pretty villages and walled towns of historic and cultural interest, such as Pontivy or Josselin are all easy to reach. Many towns and villages such as Quintin, Pontivy or Rostrenen have markets, where you can sample local produce and crafts. One of the most beautiful fortified hillside villages in France, Montcontour, is about 30 minutes away.
The medieval walled town of Dinan is around 1 hours drive from Le Boterff. Here you can browse around the fascinating shops, narrow winding streets and squares within the ancient old town. At the old Port below the town there is an abundance of typical French cafés and restaurants alongside the River Rance. A boat trip along the river is highly recommended.
The ancient towns of Vannes and Quimper (famous for traditional Breton china) and the Gulf de Morbihan can be reached in around 1.5 hours.
The famous tourist attraction of Mont St Michel is only one and a half hours drive to the north east. It is well worth following the path which leads through the maze of houses, cafés and shops, to the monastery at the summit of the rock, to capture the breathtaking views. A guided tour in English is available for those who are fascinated by French history.
There are many rivers and a number of other small lakes in the area, all are well stocked and with fishing permits readily available from a number of outlets. Anglers can enjoy their sport in very pleasant surroundings.
There are countless attractions, museums and places of interest within easy reach to delight all ages and interests. If you have any special interests please contact us. We have a wealth of information available and we are more than happy to help you to plan your days out.
A Selection of Events in 2015 (Feb - August)
19-23 Feb Route du Rock Festival (Saint-Malo)
02-08 March Open Tennis Event (Quimper)
17 March International Circus Fesival (Saint-Malo)
27-29 March European Festival of Art (Quintin)
2-6 April Annual Sailing Regatta (near Carnac)
3 April-3 May International Ocean Photography Festival
04-06 April Festival of Gastronomy (Perros-Guirec)
18-19 April Scallop Festival (Erquy, St. Portrieux Sur Mer)*
26 April - International Marionette Festival (Binic and Saint Brieuc)
02-03 May Garden Festival (Ploezal)
16-25 May Breton Festival (Pontivy)*
22-24 May Art - Rock Festival (St Brieuc)*
21-25 May Festival of Brittany (more than 300 events around Brittany)
June– Sept People and Nature Photographic Festival (La Gacilly)
26 June - Sacred Music Festival (Saint Malo)
July-Sept Art in the Chapels (Various Locations in the Blavet Valley)
July Thousands take part in historical processions (Locronan)
July Medieval Festival Des Remparts (Dinan)*
2-5 July Entre Terre et Mer (Between Land and Sea) Festival (The Bay of Morlaix)
07-12 July National Equestrian Festival (St Quay Portrieux)*
10-15 July World Folk Music Festival (Saint-Malo)
10 July - Street Arts and Performance Festival (Saint-Brieuc)*
13-14 July Festival of History (Vannes) Re-enactment of the exciting and turbulent past of the city of Vannes
16-19 July Carhaix Music Festival
(5 Stages, 80 Artistes, 230,000
21-26 July Cornouailles Festival (Quimper)
25-26 July Pancake Festival (Gourin)
27 July - Jazz Festival (Vannes)
29 July - Sound and Light Show at Bon Repos Abbey (Guerledan)*
31 July- Folk and Blues Festival (Binic)*
August “Blue Nets” Fishing Festival (Concarneau)
01-16 Aug Breton Music Festival (Rostrenen)*
02 August Medieval Festival (Moncontour)*
07-16 Aug Inter Celtic Festival (Lorient)
09-15 Aug Breton Festival (Bourbriac)*
09-16 Aug Festival de Saint Loup (Guingamp)*
12-14 Aug Sea Shanty and World Sea Music Festival (Paimpol)*
15 Aug Festival of the Old Ways (Saint Mayeux)*
18-23 Aug Classical Music Festival (Pordic)*
22-23 Aug Pirates Festival (Binic)*
All events can be reached within around 1.5 hours, events marked * can be reached within 1 hour or less from Le Boterff.