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Dream holiday

New places to stay with upscale credentials

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.

In the blink of an eye

1. A luxury hotel steeped in history

Le Grand Bé in 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.

Le Grand Bé

2. Energising stopover on the Breton Riviera

Les Garennes in Bénodet

Fifteen bright and cosy rooms in a renovated castle. A huge park, with 5 km of trails, along the Odet river. A swimming pool with sea view, a hot tub, steam room and sauna for full relaxation: What is this place? Les Garennes. Special mention for the electric bikes that you can borrow for a cycle to Sainte-Marine or Bénodet, if you can bear to leave this heavenly place at all!

Les Garennes

3. A new life for the Château de Nessay


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.

Le Nessay 

4. In Priory quarter

The Hotel-Spa Ginkgo Biloba  in Quimper

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.

Hôtel Ginkgo

5. Facing the sea

The Pavillon de la Plage 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.

Pavillon de la plage

6. A delightful long house

The Manoir de Kerbot 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.

Manoir de Kerbot

7. A star chef

Château de Boisgelin in Pléhédel

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, not far from Plouha and its cliffs. 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.

Château de Boisgelin

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