In its leafy countryside setting, the picturesque Breton town of Quintin is awash with mediaeval heritage. With two castles, 13 listed monuments and a museum, you can see why it has earned Petite Cité de Caractère® status. You’re sure to fall under its charm!
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Known regionally as the town of weavers, Quintin owes its past wealth to the linen trade. In the 17th and 18th century, the cloth was widely embraced as the region’s weavers excelled in crafting fine wares which they exported as far as America! You’ll see that this lovely town has since carefully woven its prosperous history into the very fabric of its architecture. Cast an admiring glance over the elegant houses and mansions of the wealthy merchants, before visiting the museum to learn more about its weaving days.
An unfinished castle
Quintin has not one, but two castles that visitors can admire. Two monuments, sharing the same park. The first castle, founded in the 13th century, fell victim to an onslaught of wars and pillaging. A ‘17th-century castle’ was then partly rebuilt by the Marquis de la Moussaye from 1643 to 1666, at another site overlooking the lake. It was never finished, but do take a look at its pavilion and two foundation wings. In the 18th century, its commons and stables were extended: this is the architectural section that forms the second, ‘18th-century’, castle, currently home to the Bagneux family, who are wholeheartedly committed to its upkeep and to sharing the estate’s history.
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Cause for celebration!
On the first weekend of August, Quintin celebrates its one-time status as a major weaving town during the annual Weavers’ Festival, held since 1993. You’ll be spoilt for choice there, with parades in traditional costume and linen-themed creations by young designers.
Ready to stretch your legs further afield?
After visiting the town, why not take a walk in the surrounding countryside? The lake is a peaceful place to relax, and the Bois de la Perche offers a shady setting perfect for a woodland walk. One walk, setting off from the old Ferme de la Perche, 800 metres from the town centre, takes you as far as the 16th-century water mill. Or why not go for a stroll along the Gouët riverbanks?