Brittany’s many attractions
Set in almost 5 acres of tree lined grounds and surrounded by fields, Apple Tree Cottage is perfect for those wishing to relax and unwind perhaps reading a good book or taking a quiet stroll. For those of you with children there is plenty of outside space for them to burn off their excess energy.
However, for those of you wanting a lot more from your holiday whether it be whiling the day away on one of the many white sand beaches, taking in the beautiful scenery and dramatic landscapes, visiting historical sites and towns or perhaps trying any of the many activities on offer in the area, Apple Tree Cottage makes a perfect base for your holiday.
There is a farm shop selling local produce including those every day essentials.
On a Wednesday from 5pm until 8pm, there is a Pizza van in Confort. The Pizzas are made to order while you wait and are delicious.
The village of Prat (which is pronounced Pradt!!) is a 5 minute drive away and has 2 local Tabac (bar/cafe) and a Boulangerie/Pattisserie selling a selection of freshly baked breads and cakes all made on the premises, which do taste as good as they look.
The larger town of Begard is 10 minutes away and has a good selection of amenities including various shops, a large supermarket, bars, various places to eat and drink and a weekly market. The pretty little town of La Roche Derrien is also close by and has a smaller selection of shops and places to eat and drink.
As a French holiday region, Brittany is a close second to the Cote d’Azur on the famous French Riviera. Brittany has more than 600 miles of sand which is more than the Riviera and is much less crowded, even in the height of summer. Many of its beaches have lovely fine sand and warm crystal clear shallow waters, making them particularly suitable for families.
You are only a 20 minute drive away from some of the best beaches in Brittany. Whether you are looking for a child friendly beach with lots of activities to keep them happy all day and plenty of water sports for you to enjoy or a quiet secluded sandy cove for you to relax, where you may even be the only visitors all day!!. If you fancy a spot of rock pooling then you will not be disappointed with what you discover at low tide and at certain times of each year the tide goes so far out you can walk out to some of the small islands normally only accessible by boat.
Amori Adventure Park
If running around in the fresh air doesn’t tire the children out, then a day at the ‘Amoripark’ should. Only 15 minutes away and set in 6 hectares, the park has lots to do for all ages from indoor and outdoor pool with chutes to giant trampolines, toddlers play areas,massive ball pools, crazy golf, pedal boats, bowling and lots of farm animals!!
Aquarium and Salt Water Simming Pool at Tregastel
The Aquarium at Tregastel is less then 50 meters from the Coz-Pors beach, set in a labyrinth of pink granite rock. Here you will discover a diverse, colourful and surprising array of local marine life. If you fancy relaxing why not visit the heated salt water swimming pool and leisure centre, which is right on the beach. There is a gym and Jacuzzi and a variety of saunas(traditional, Finnish and infa-red)
The Village Gaulois
Children will love a visit to the Village Gaulois. Very reasonably priced, with lots of outdoor puzzle activities to keep them amused. All proceeds from the village go to finance schools in Africa.
If you fancy a bit of excitement, then you should take a trip to ‘Karts and Quads’ which is only a 15 minute drive away. They have quad bikes, cross cars and mini quad bikes (for the kids) and 3 purpose built tracks and cross country quad biking trails, plus a picnic and barbecue area.
Ferry to Paradise Island
Ile de Brehat lies only 1 mile offshore near Paimpol and can be reached by regular ferries. From shore it is visible as a low lying wooded paradise encircled by a ring of pink granite reefs and islets. No cars are allowed on the island and it has a population of only 400. You land in the protected ‘Port Clos’ where you can hire a bike to explore the tiny islands which are linked by a bridge. Brehat is crisscrossed by paths and you can walk or cycle across it in about an hour, exploring the orderly subtropical jungle. According to the season you can see mimosas, whole alleys of agapanthus and fuchsias the size of small trees, as well as fig, palm and eucalyptus trees and many more. If you follow the paths around the edge of the islands, you will see the beautiful beaches of pink shingle, some even with reefs accessible at low tide.
Boat trips around Les Sept-Iles
Les Sept Iles, or the seven islands, are one of the most important bird sancturies in Brittany. Half day boat trips leave from Perros Guirec and Ploumanac’h. The islands are home to many species including puffins and petrels. Spring is the best time to visit for anyone keen on birds, as the number of species dramatically increases to include kittiwakes, manx shearwaters, fulmars and razor bills to name only a few. The islands are also the only place in France that a large colony of gannets go to breed and so in the summer it seems as if one of the islands is covered in snow. Another major attraction are the Grey Seals and depending on the season you may be lucky enough to spot one. Landings are only permitted on one of the islands. Here you can explore the ruined fortress of the Franciscan Friers and the old gunpowder factory.
Steam train ride
A vintage steam engine pulls a train of restored carriages on a scenic round trip between Paimpol and Pontrieux. This tourist train ride takes you along the beautiful Trieux Valley, offering views of the Chateau de la Roche Jagu, as well as the river Trieux.
You will find many very enjoyable coastal walks in the area. This is one of the best ways to take in the stunning and dramatic scenery of the Pink Granite coastline with its strange and famous rock formations. The walk from Perros Guirec to Ploumanac’h is particularly good and follows the coastguards watch path. At sunset the coppery pink colours of the granite formations are quite amazing.
Canoes and Kayaks
Based not far away at Plougrescant, is a kayak/canoe club. They offer mini courses for those of you not familiar with kayaks and canoes. You can then hire everything you need and take to the river Jaudy and enjoy the wonderful scenery of this wild, natural and protected environment. The club also allows you to make your way up river to the sea and explore the small islands. All this can be enjoyed with a guide/trainer, at an extra cost, if you require one.
Whether you are a complete beginner or a dab hand at the game, the local golf course is only 5 minutes away. It is a well established 9-hole course and is open to all players regardless your handicap. Facilities include equipment hire, trolley hire, clubhouse, billiards and a bar.
At Paimpol, 30 minutes away, is a 18-hole course. It offers a 9-hole pitch and putt along with a driving range. Also 30 minutes away at Pleumeur-Bodou and set in 57 hectares of pine forest overlooking the ‘Pink Granite Coast’, is a fine 18-hole link course.
Indeed if you are prepared to travel, you will find at least 8 quality courses within a 90 minute drive of the property.
Tree Top Adventurt Park
Set in 3 hectares of forest this ‘high rise’ adventure park is fun for all ages (min 4 years). With over 150 challenges spread over 8 courses of increasing difficulty, from 1 meter to 15 meters, including Zip Wires, Monkey Bridges and Tarzan Vines.
Brittany towns nearby
A 25 minute drive takes you to Perros Guirec, the largest seaside resort on the Pink Granite coastline. Here you will find two splendid beaches with plenty of activities on offer for the children, like trampolines and kids clubs for children from 2 years to 17 years old, where they can enjoy a wide range of land or water based activities.
You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to places to eat and drink as there are plenty of pubs and restaurants offering a wide range of cuisine to suit all tastes and budgets. Perros Guirec also has a casino, 2 cinemas, a ten lane bowling alley, a wax museum and a night club.
There is a luxury Thalassotherapy Spa centre overlooking the main beach, which offers a wide range of treatments that will help you leave all life’s stresses and strains behind. The spa offers impeccable standards of service and its treatments will bring you restored energy and total relaxation.
If you fancy something a little more energetic you can choose from sailing, water skiing, surf boarding, body boarding and sea kayaking at the organised sailing centre on the beach. Or perhaps enjoy a spot of tennis or miniature golf or a boat trip to the nearby Les Sept illes nature reserve for a spot of bird watching.
It has to be said Perros Guirec offers something for everyone whatever your age, interests or abilities.
Drive 15 minutes and you can visit the pretty and historic town of Treguier, with its quaint shops and cafes and impressive gothic cathedral made of pink granite.
A 30 minute drive takes you to Paimpol, an attractive up market quay side resort with plenty of boutiques and good resturants. From here you can take a return trip on a vintage steam train through the picturesque Trieux Valley to Pontrieux or enjoy a boat trip to the Ile de Brehat, a tiny cluster of paradise islands encircled by a ring of pink granite reef.
Pontrieux is a 20 minute drive away. This is a pretty and quiet little historic town of lovely wood and stone buildings. It has a number of craft shops, restaurants, cafes and bars and a quaint yacht harbor for you to explore. Nearby is the impressive 15th century Chateau de la Roche-Jagu.
Only a 15 minute drive and you are in Lannion, the second largest town in the Cotes-d’Armor. Its charming cobble streets are home to a wide selection of refined shops with bargains to be found and plenty of lovely bars, cafes and restaurants for you to choose from. The main square, the highly picturesque Place du General, is lined with grand slate covered timber clad town houses which are now home to quaint boutiques.
Thursday is market day and the whole town has an especially lively atmosphere. The streets are filled with traders selling their wares. From an amazing assortment of fine locally produced foods to antiques and flowers. It offers something for everyone and should not be missed.
Lannion also has many interesting buildings, perhaps the most interesting dates back to the 12th century. The church of Brezevenez is positioned at the top of the town and is well worth a visit.
Lannion is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year. It offers plenty of French charm and sophistication and the pulse of the region can definitely be felt here.