the Celtic homeland of France:
Enchanting villages and market towns, a place of myths, art and Celtic music and warm and genuine people.
Many of Brittany's charms, its water sports, golf courses and wonderful stretches of cycle paths are easily accessible from BOTH the cozy cottage at Guemene sur Scorff or the KerDavid farmhouse, at very reasonable rates for the High, Mid and Low holiday season.
Attractions near our Guemene Cottage
Guemene sur Scorff lies in the heart of the Pays du Roi Morvan, and is named after the medieval dukes who dominated Brittany in the 15th century. A part of their original fortress, built in 1520 can be seen right in the heart of the town!
There are a number of cafes, crĂperies, boulangeries, pastisseries, shops and a substantial supermarket that is a 10 minute walk from Petit Guemene cottage. The weekly markets offer an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, poultry and cheese.
It is possible to buy honey, eggs and milk directly from the farms. The seafood truck comes to the town square twice weekly.
The historic town of Pontivy is about 15 mins drive from Guemene, set right on the river Blavet and founded by a celtic monk, Ivy in the 7th century and later known as Napoleonville. It is noted for its castle, a fine example of Medieval architecture and later NapoleonĂs headquarters and it boasts numerous good restaurants, many shops, a market day and a number of supermarkets and shopping centres.
Le Faouet is known for its art gallery housed in a former Ursuline convent and also the church of St Fiacre with its striking carvings.
Gourin is known for its crepes and holds both an annual crepe festival and a Breton music festival.
Further inland, 25kms away at Mur de Bretagne, is a superb Lake with artificial beach and water sports. The coast with its many harbours, artist towns like Pont Aven (Paul Gaugin loved Brittany) is also within easy reach.
Local Attractions near our KerDavid Farmhouse
KerDavid is surrounded by enchanting medieval towns, offers easy access to some of the most beautiful, unspoiled beaches in France and more cycling and golfing that you could cover in one visit. Pluvigner is our local town, with many traditional shops and excellent grocery, many restaurants and creperies (though our favourite is in Brandivy- just 1 km away in the opposite direction!) and a few banks.
Carnac: Morbihan is a world famous site for the huge number of menhirs and dolmen in this area make - said to more than match Stonehenge. The centre of it all is the small town of Carnac - about 25 minutes from KerDavid. The megalithic sites of Carnac offer many surprises -menhirs, dolmens and tumuli dating from the Neolithic period (4,000 to 3,000 BC).
Auray: A small, pretty town on the river, Auray's main attraction is its old quarters, particularly St Goustan, with its narrow alleys and streets, lined with superbly preserved 15th century houses.
Vannes: Heading south, towards the Bay of Morbihan, is the substantial medieval cathedral city of Vannes - St Pierre Cathedrale in Vannes took 600 years to build, and clustered around it are ancient streets of half timbered houses and some elegant shops. At the end of July Vannes hosts a jazz festival.
Josselin: Josselin, a 'Petite CitĂ de CaractĂre is situated on the River Oust, and has the Nantes Brest Canal running through its centre, with a towpath making it excellent for cycling. The town square is impressive, with plenty of cafĂs and restaurants, and it overlooks the Basilica de Notre Dame du Roncier. The Château of Josselin, originally constructed from wood, was restored in the 19th century.
The magical forests of Broceliande, that stretch across the middle of Brittany are believed to be Merlin's last resting place. King Arthur summoned the Knights of the Round Table to find the Holy Grail, hidden in the Brittany woods. The forest of Huelgoat with its mysterious giant rocks, its grottos and streams and its legends of giants and goblins inspired Wagner's opera, Tristan and Isolde.
BELLE ISLE - the Beautiful Island The largest of the Breton islands, it was a favourite haunt for Saxon pirates and Norman invaders until it was given to the abbey of Redon in 1006.
Across central Morbihan there are a number of interesting sites, castles and gardens to visit. To find out more about some of the places of interest in Brittany, please visit the www.brittanytourism.com website.