...out of season
We have carefully chosen a selection of extra-special places to stay and things to do in Brittany to help plan your perfect out-of-season getaway. Savour the pleasures of a great meal, recharge your batteries with some invigorating yet gentle activity or lose yourself in Brittany's fascinating heritage... The choice is yours.
Food, glorious food...
Take the time to savour a meal to remember at Le Temps de Vivre restaurant in Roscoff. With views overlooking the delightful Ile de Batz island, chef Jean-Yves Crenn serves up fundamentally Breton cuisine and makes the most of the seaside location with plentiful fish and seafood. Try Breton oysters or scallops – or Roscoff’s famous pink onions. The restaurant’s name reflects its philosophy: take the time to enjoy life, taste, discover and be surprised...
Menus start from €35
Find out more: Le Temps de Vivre
A garden paradise
Brittany’s temperate climate, iodised air and oceanic influences mean that the region boasts spectacular parks and gardens – and the gardens at Kerdalo are some of the region’s finest. An oasis of peace and a symphony of colour and scents that awaken the senses, there are some 5000 plant species to marvel at planted over 18 hectares. Find inspiration and sanctuary in this little piece of horticultural heaven as you explore lakes and waterfalls, flower beds and follies.
Find out more: Jardins de Kerdalo
Wellness for all
Get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and dedicate a little time to yourselves with a relaxing and rejuvenating stay in the four-star Ti Al Lannec hotel-spa. With steps leading directly to the beach on the extraordinary Pink Granite Coast, complement an invigorating coastal walk with a spa treatment of your choice back at this elegant family-run hotel. Whether you choose a nourishing facial, a toning body wrap or a relaxing massage, the combination of fresh sea air, a spot of pampering and good food will reveal a brand new you.
Double rooms from €175
Find out more: Ti Al Lannec
King of the castle
Treat yourselves like royalty and take a short break in a sumptuous château. The Château de Talhouet nestled in the Morbihan countryside is a jewel. Take a walk in the château’s private woods or stroll around the expansive gardens – that is if you can tear yourself away from your exquisitely decorated room. Relaxed in refined luxury and elegance for a taste of French château life – think wood panelled walls, vast chimney breasts, chandeliers and the most French of textiles...
Double rooms from €140
Tee time in Brittany
For a golfing break in Brittany, try Golf de l’Odet for size. Just 12 km south of Quimper in southwestern Brittany, it is close too to the delightful seaside town of Bénodet. Carved out of more than 250 acres of beautiful pine and oak woodland, this parkland course provides a great golfing challenge to test both the best and the rest! Stay on the golf course itself to maximise your golfing break or perhaps take the opportunity to book yourself in for some lessons.
Green fees from €26
Find out more: Golf de l'Odet
The art of shopping
For a chic shopping break, stay at Hôtel Beaufort a stone’s throw from St-Malo’s old town. You will be charmed by the one-off boutiques that line the cobbled streets; stock up on Brittany butter or Olivier Roellinger’s carefully selected spices, or talk to the passionate chocolatier who lovingly makes his exquisite confections or the knowledgeable wine merchant with his unique collection of wines. After a day’s shopping, be lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves breaking on the beach below.
Double rooms from €83
Find out more: Hôtel Beaufort
Walk this way
For a feel-good break, walk a stretch of the renowned GR34, Brittany’s breathtaking coastal path. The Manoir du Sphinx in the charming seaside resort of Perros-Guirec is right on the path itself and so provides a great base. This particular stretch takes you along Brittany’s extraordinary Pink Granite Coast with all its weird and wonderfully shaped rocks. After a day’s walking, relax back at the hotel safe in the hands of Marie-Hélène and her sister and their talented chef husbands!
Double rooms from €110
Find out more: Manoir du Sphinx
Take to two wheels
Take to Brittany’s green ways, or voies vertes, on two wheels for a gentle and rewarding cycling break. An overnight stay on the moored barge, the Armor, means you can set off first thing along the Ille-et-Rance canal towpath either north towards St-Malo or south towards Rennes or alternatively branch off northeast and follow the cycle route to the Bay of Mont St-Michel. The utterly charming canal boat offers you complete comfort with two double rooms, a sitting room, dining room... In short, everything you need!
Find out more: Armor
Learn to cook
Food glorious food is what Brittany does best. Whether it’s feasting down on a seafood platter, enjoying crepes washed down with a mug of cider or indulging in a buttery patisserie, it’s a great way to get to know the region. Sign up for a cookery lesson for the ultimate souvenir: learn with Alain Chartier at his dessert school or perfect the perfect pancake in Saint-Quay-Portrieux. That way, you can forever have a piece of Brittany in your heart – and kitchen!
Capital city break
Enjoy a short cultural and foodie break to Rennes, Brittany’s fascinating capital. Its compact old town, jostling with eclectic architecture gives the city a small-town feel while a vibrant and dynamic cultural events calendar means there is plenty to see and do. Use the lovely Hôtel de Nemours as a base with its cleanly decorated rooms and views out over the old town and to make the most of your stay, a City Pass offers excellent value for money.
Double rooms from €69
Find out more: Hôtel de Nemours
Brittany’s islands will make your heart skip a beat and Belle-Ile in southern Brittany is the region’s biggest – and one of its finest too. Great for walking, relaxing and getting away from it all, for the complete experience, book into the hotel-cum-spa-cum-thalassotherapy centre, Castel Clara. Reap the rewards from a rejuvenating seawater therapy treatment at the thalasso or simply gaze out in wonder over your sea view. Island life at its best.
Double rooms from €210
Find out more: Castel Clara