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Dream holidayNew places to stay with upscale credentials

Dream holiday

A château facing the open sea, modern hotels hidden inside historic buildings, a renovated farmhouse or a star chef who invites you to his table… These new venues all have upscale credentials.

1/ Le Grand Bé, a luxury hotel steeped in history at Saint-Malo

Sheltering within the ramparts, this former taxation office has been transformed into a luxury 4-star hotel. Le Grand Bé has 56 rooms, including eight suites with a terrace. There are delightful views over the rooftops of the inner town. The refined, designer decor is in harmony with the spirit of Saint-Malo and illustrated by contemporary artists. Hanging in the central atrium is a huge fish-trap, which lends the place a certain grandeur. Additional services include a well-being centre, a ‘bistronomic’ restaurant and a co-working room.

Prices: from €125 to €450.

2/ A new life for the Château de Nessay at Saint-Briac-sur-Mer

The Château du Nessay, firmly anchored on its peninsula at Saint-Briac-sur-Mer, is opening a new chapter in its history. This elegant 19th-century building, which was once a family home, has been transformed into a hotel-restaurant with 17 bedrooms and 4-star facilities. Each room has its own special style, but they all have sea views. There is also a restaurant offering family cooking, a bar and a well-being centre, all open to non-residents.

3/The Hotel-Spa Ginkgo Biloba, in Quimper’s Priory quarter

The Hotel-Spa Ginkgo Biloba is hidden away inside a listed historic building in the heart of the Locmaria district of Quimper, known for its former Priory. This 4-star hotel has 20 bright and spacious rooms including 12 suites. Some of them enjoy views over the Odet or the remarkable medieval garden. The decor combines wood, metal and modern furnishings and is further enhanced by one-off pieces made by local artisans. A well-being centre provides a touch of relaxation.

Prices: from €100 to €380.

4/The Pavillon de la Plage, facing the sea in Trébeurden

The Pavillon de la Plage has a dream location on the Pink Granite Coast in Trébeurden. This 20th-century building has been completely transformed into a delightful hotel. Each of its 20 rooms has a unique decor inspired by its view: the Castel Peninsula, the Isle of Milliau, the Pointe de Lan Kerellec, etc. Fine materials and delicate furnishings provide an atmosphere of elegance. There’s also a ‘back from the beach’ area where you can rinse yourself off after a swim in the sea.

From €90 per night.

5/The Manoir de Kerbot, a delightful long house on the Rhuys peninsula

Get away from it all at the Manoir de Kerbot on the Rhuys Peninsula. This new 4-star hotel-restaurant offers nine rooms in a renovated ‘longère’ farmhouse, surrounded by five hectares of grounds. Vaulting, bare stone walls and attic rooms add an extra touch of authenticity to the sober and elegant decor. There’s also a spa for relaxation, as well as a terrace where you can enjoy a view over the lake and watch birds from the nearby Duer Marshes.

From €100 per night for 2 people.

6/ A star chef at the Château de Boisgelin

After winning a star at the Manoir de Lan Kerellec in Trébeurden, there’s a new challenge for Mathieu Kergourlay. This young Breton chef, together with his wife Marine, has taken over the reins at the Château de Boisgelin restaurant-hotel in Pléhédel. This energetic chef aims to transform local produce and vegetables from the estate’s garden by blending original combinations of exotic and seaside flavours. Marine’s job is to manage the hotel. There are 14 rooms, with a brand-new decor that subtly combines period furnishings with modern items.

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