Places to See, Things to Do

The beautiful Breton towns of Questembert, Vannes, la Roche Bernard, la Baule, Guerande, Redon and Josselin are all within easy driving distance, as are the Golfe de Morbihan, Parc de Prehistoire, the Tropical Parc and beaches at Damgan and Carnac.

 

Celia Hurst
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The lake, reached within an easy 10 min walk, has a small beach, pedaloes and supervised swimming in the summer. Around the lake are facilities for tennis, picnics, a BMX course and fishing. Horse riding is also possible. Situated at one end of the lake the stylish Moulin Neuf provides live music, a bar and restaurant.

A nine hole golf course at Caden is a 15 min drive.

 

 

Rochefort en Terre 

Nearby (1km) Rochefort en Terre is a classic picturesque old French town dating back at least as far as the 12th Century. It offers a  chateau, restaurants, cręperies, local produce shops, pottery, a medieval church and antique shops.

The shop signs shown in the small pictures on this website are a selection of those that can be seen in the town.

Questembert

Questembert is famous locally for its 15th century covered market place, the weekly Monday market centred here spills out into the surrounding streets as well. The town also boasts some fine eating places. It is just a 15 minute drive from Pluherlin and is also the start of the "Voie  Vert" which is a dedicated walking, cycling and roller blading path some 56km long ending at Mauron near St Malo.

In the Region

Vannes

Vannes is a beautiful medieval city with a walled centre and is only minutes from the famous Gulf of Morbihan. A market is held here every Wednesday and Saturday within the old city walls. The waterway connecting it to the Gulf actually runs only metres from the city centre walls and the harbour is one of the most active in Southern Brittany. Boat trips around the Gulf of Morbihan leave from the quay next to the Aquarium and the Exhibition Halls. It is about 30 minutes away by car.

 

 


Auray

An attractive little town on the river. Auray has an interesting old quarter, particularly St. Goustan, with its narrow alleys and streets and an association with Benjamin Franklin retained by the naming of the Franklin quay. It is lined with superbly preserved 15th century houses many of which make pleasant eating places. Auray is about 15 minutes on from Vannes.

La Roche Bernard

La Roche Bernard has been popular as a port since Viking times, and the sheltered river anchorage is now a favourite with yachtsmen. The little streets are typical in this charming old French town.

Josselin

The old town has its foundation in the 9C and its historic centre has many 15C features. The chateau here is well worth a visit. This small town is full of character and is located in the north of the Morbihan region.

Carnac

This is the most important centre of prehistoric megalithic sites in Brittany and the 3,000 aligned standing stones at Carnac are famous. The nearby holiday resort of  Carnac-Plage is renowned for its beaches.



 

Morbihan

Some facts about the Morbihan region:

70 ports and mooring sites - 17,000 moorings
9 Golf Courses (a nine hole golf course at Caden, see below,15mins by car)
4 Centres of Thalassotherapy
5 'Petit cities of Character': Josselin, Lizio, Malestroit, La Roche Bernard, Rochefort-en-Terre
2 Towns of Art and History Lorient and Vannes.
9 Communes of Rural Heritage: Concoret, Guehenno, Le Guerno, Noyal Muzillac, Peillac, Ploerdut, Pont Scorff, Seglien and Trehorenteuc.
2,000 Megalithic and Archeological sites.
905 km of coastline, 162 coastal beaches and 8 beaches on inland lakes and reservoirs.
506km of accessible coastal walks.
1,300 km of GR walking pathways which are marked on the maps, 1,200 km of PR shorter walking routes – all are well signposted in each commune. 650 km of bridlepaths.
4,850 km ‘First Class’ fishing on rivers, 3 Salmon fishing rivers – Elle, Scorff, Blavet totalling 100 km of salmon fishing.

Information supplied by the Observatoire Departmental du Tourisme du Morbihan see Links page for web address.

Other places to think about visiting:

Pretty Redon town, the attractive Golfe de Morbihan, the beach resort of Damgan and the Parc de Prehistoire not far from our Cottages as well as the Branfrere zoological park.

A little further afield there is the Suscinio moated castle, L'Orient with its links to the Far East, the wartime submarine base and the annual Celtic Festival. Saint-Nazaire also has a World War 2 submarine base of major significance.

Speak to Celia for additional information on places to visit or local activities, she will be only too pleased to help out.

Things to do

Fishing – the lake (carp), the river Arz (trout),

Golf – Caden see http://www.golfdecaden.com and http://www.golfdecaden.com/golfdecaden_en.html (English version)has a 9 hole golf course, par 34, nicely landscaped as well as a covered driving range and training link.

Walking – the first and third Friday of the month there are organised walks around Pluherlin as well as the Voie Vert at Questembert where there is information. Also for the adventurous the ‘Raid de Golfe’ 175kms in 48 hours www.raid-golfe-morbihan.org, this is held on the last weekend of June

Markets – there is a market on in the area somewhere every day of the week!

Painting – the lake, coast, Rochefort-en-terre, Couleurs de Bretagne from May to September www.couleursdebretagne.org - in Rochefort-en-terre the day is at the end of June.

Music Festivals – Fest Noz’s take place all through the year, this is an evenings entertainment of Breton music and dancing. The larger Festivals Vannes Jazz – end of July www.mairie-vannes.fr/jazzavannes. L’Orient holds a large Inter Celtic Festival every year, 2008 has a Welsh theme www.festival-interceltique.com. This is held at the beginning of August.

Most communes hold a festival of some kind or another, which are excellent e.g.: Pluherlin holds a Fete du Pain on the 15th August every year – a very good day out. Peillac holds several festivals www.peillac.fr and Questembert holds several also www.questembert.com.

Bird Watching – Sene and around the Golfe du Morbihan are areas of nature reserves where migratory birds come from many different parts of the World. Excellent facilities are available – hides, areas marked, notices of what birds to see and when.

Chill-out, De-stress, Therapies – therapies are available on request. Groups or friends are welcome for short breaks to have taster sessions or workshops. Yves Rocher, the natural cosmetics company is at La Gacilly and visits could be combined with a short break www.yvesrocher-visites.com.

House Hunting

Whilst looking for the dream house it is possible to stay either for short breaks or longer periods to get a feel for the area. The owner has had some experience and is willing to share their knowledge. Also there are agents and Notaires who have local knowledge and speak English – details on request. If you want a translator or help with relocating then Aiesha Bonneau of Bonneau Services will help. Should you want to build an eco house then there is a builder in Pluherlin who works with natural products – wood and straw bales email: fab.chauvel@gmail.com.

.There is a house in the village, which is being sold privately. A pretty stone cottage and garden (5 mins by car from the centre of the village), which has been renovated but with further scope for extension. It has two bedrooms (one very large room which could be made into two), living room with corner kitchen, small sitting room/bedroom, bathroom, gas central heating. Price, further details and photographs on request