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A night on the canal5 ideas for getting on the water

A night on the canal

How do you fancy getting away from the city to a place where time seems to stand still? Take a break on Brittany’s canals and let the lapping waves and gentle breezes rock you to sleep. A real outdoor experience that gives you a sense of freedom!

Family spirit and dolce vita on the water

Amarok

Based in Redon, Amarok proposes bespoke trips on the Nantes-Brest canals. Do you love nature, reading, photography or heritage? You can chill out on board, or visit La Gacilly, La Roche-Bernard, Josselin, etc., as you leisurely navigate. For sports lovers, there is a treetop adventure course and water sports centre with open-air pool nearby. Get on board Amarok and relax! Your batteries will be charged and you’ll feel relaxed and full of energy.


A barge with all mod cons

Péniche Armor

In 1912, the Armor became the first motorized iron-hulled barge in Brittany. After a century of hard labour, the old lady was given a makeover and is now a characterful place to stay, offering 80 sq. m. of living space. Moored on the Ille-et-Rance Canal, a ten-minute walk from Chevaigné, the boat is equipped with all mod cons. There are three double cabins, two bathrooms, a large kitchen-bar area, and a mini home cinema… also a plush rooftop terrace for eating or lounging in the sun. After enjoying a siesta, you could try the boules pitch only 100 m away…

 

Péniche Armor (FR)


A dream in purple

Péniche Orphée

Snuggled in the belly of this fully-renovated large purple barge, named after Orpheus, let your imagination sail away over the canal… without ever leaving your mooring. Furnished in a contemporary style, this floating gîte has four cosy rooms and accommodates up to six people. Patrice will be happy to tell you about the best scenic walks in the area. Only a 10 km bike ride away is Josselin and its beautiful medieval fortress.

 

Péniche Orphée (FR)


Boat, bike and kayak

The floating island - Hédé

Ever heard of a ‘toue cabanée’? It’s a traditional boat used on the Loire River for fishing and transporting goods. They have a small cabin for spending the night on board. The addition of an awning allows you to use the outside areas in all weathers, making it a unique place to stay, with enough space to play Robinson Crusoe with two children. Enjoy breakfast on the terrace across from the magnificent flight of 11-locks at Hédé-Bazouges… You’ll also get two adult bikes and a kayak for relaxing trips along the canal towards Dinan and the Rance Valley.


My house on the water

Ti War An Dour - a floating gîte

Moored on a small lake just off the Nantes-Brest Canal near the town of Josselin, floating gîtes called ‘Ti War An Dour’ (which means ‘house on the water’ in Breton) promise a good night’s sleep. They have two bedrooms (including a master bedroom), a wonderful terrace and a large picture window for enjoying the view with a cocktail, plus Wi-Fi connection. It’s the perfect spot for fishing in the Josselin area and a dream base for exploring the Nantes-Brest Canal by boat or electric bike, which can be rented nearby.

 

Ti War An Dour – a floating gîte

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