Bretagne, in the west of France, hosts an extraordinary variety of grandiose landscapes where sandy beaches, creeks, vertiginous headlands and wide bays, seaside resorts and fishing harbors, follow the rhythm of the tides to offer 2 shows per day. 12 Breton islands surround the peninsula and guarantee the visitors a total change of scenery: pure, wild and grand nature. 2700 kms long, Bretagne’s coastline is preserved like no other.
Le Rocher Portail – the French « Downton Abbey » Closed to visitors for many years, the Château du Rocher-Portail was reopened in June 2017. With a lakeside position and a vast forested estate, this French-style Downton Abbey displays 12 rooms furnished in different period styles, a Renaissance gallery, a chapel, stables, servants’ rooms, 19th-century family photographs, a tea room and a beautiful kitchen garden, and even a secret passage! http://www.brittanytourism.com/get-to-know-brittany/its-heritage/castles...
40th anniversary of « La Route du Rhum » In 1978, Michel Etévenon created the legendary transatlantic solo race, departing from Saint-Malo to Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe. On November 4th, 2018, a hundred boats will sail off for the 40th anniversary of the Route du Rhum – Destination Guadeloupe. A great dose of magic is sure to be distilled for this 11th issue which should bring together an exceptional sports scene, divided between six classes of boats. More information : www.routedurhum.com
Hôtel - restaurant Castelbrac 5 etoiles* * * * * Luxury by moonlight Set in the cliff face, the Castelbrac hotel at Dinard occupies a magnificent 1930s villa that looks like a Scottish castle, overlooking Prieuré bay. The Castelbrac hotel is the latest addition to the Emerald Coast's range of luxury accommodation, occupying a characterful villa looking down over Dinard's famous ‘Clair de lune’ (moonlight) promenade. Its 25 sea-facing rooms are exceptional, with their sophisticated décor and high quality furnishings. They have a lounge area, and either a large private terrace or a superb panoramic view. The hotel, which is packed with history, is attached to a gourmet restaurant - which used to house the offices of Commander Charcot. It also has a spa, a bar - on the spot once occupied by an aquarium - and a pretty summer terrace that's a lovely place to sip your drink, looking across to the Solidor Tower and the Saint-Malo ramparts. An outdoor swimming lane, a small gym and a sun terrace complete the star attractions provided by this luxury and leisure brand. http://www.castelbrac.com/fr/
Hôtel - restaurant de l'Abbaye 4 * * * * http://www.hotel-de-labbaye.com/ The former home of Benedictine monks in Tronchet has been transformed into a delightful hotel with top-class services, allowing you to enjoy one of the jewels of the Emerald Coast in peace and quiet. The essence of the Hotel de l’Abbaye is peace, quiet and history. This carefully-renovated stone building has 45 personalized, good-sized rooms, designed in a modern style. They are welcoming, with a décor that uses natural materials and a soothing color-scheme. Double beds, free Wi-Fi and a safe are part of the deal. The in-house restaurant is chic and understated, offering a reasonably-priced and tasteful bistro-style cuisine. The hotel also has a lounge bar, a large outdoor pool that is heated in fine weather and vast tree-covered grounds: a perfect place to relax. Around 100 meters away are the manicured greens of the Saint-Malo golf-course, with its two 9/18-hole courses, winding between the ponds. Just alongside, the 11th-century Abbey of Notre-Dame-du-Tronchet, listed as an historic monument, puts the finishing touch to this fascinating historic setting, located at a convenient distance from the coast’s most attractive sites: Dinard, Saint-Malo, Cancale, Mont-Saint-Michel etc. http://www.hotel-de-labbaye.com/