La Mare aux Oiseaux - Saint-JoachimLa Mare aux Oiseaux - Saint-Joachim
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Stay with a Chef

Feel right at home at a starred cook’s place

For a unique moment, treat yourself to a gastronomic meal by a Breton chef. And to prolong this delicious interlude, why not sleep there to fully appreciate the spirit of the house?

In the blink of an eye

1. Memory-filled menus at the gates of Rennes

Maison Kervarrec – Ronan Kervarrec

Like a sea breeze blowing across the land, just 5 km from Rennes city centre… “Slice of Paradise” advisory in Saint-Grégoire, with Maison Ronan Kervarrec, a haven of comfort and greenery where Brittany’s flavours gather together. On the menu? A starred cuisine made up of childhood memories. A bouquet of stopovers, inspired by such local treasures as andouille, galette, scallops and seabass – or of your veggie favourites. It’s a true gourmet experience, the sea is in the air and the service is impeccable. But does it end there? Absolutely not. When night falls, 5 rooms with private patios await you. You can indulge in an ultra-relaxing massage or take a dip in the outdoor lap pool, heated from spring to autumn… A Breton-style delight!

Maison Kervarrec

2. Facing the sea, in North Finistère

La Butte – Nicolas Conraux

A hillock. A mound. On the horizon, the Coast of Legends, Ménéham. The sea. All around, North Finistère’s heathland. Everything is designed to ensure you feel on top of the world at La Butte, the address that has taken up the challenge of pampering us by combining comfort with simplicity. The cuisine at its bistronomic and gastronomic restaurants champions the hyper-local and anti-standardisation of flavours, and the service comes with a smile. Savour the moment: delight with every bite. After dinner, spend the night in a room with a sea view, intimate atmosphere and antique furnishings. And the next day, what with spa, reflexology, delicatessen, hatha yoga and cooking lessons, nothing’s been forgotten. The perfect break!

La Butte

3. A sea-spray bath in Cancale Bay

La Ferme du Vent

La Ferme du Vent, the latest creation of the Roellinger Family, overlooks Cancale bay in the heart of a lush meadow. It proposes five “kleds” (Breton for wind shelters) for a break away from modern life. There is no Wi-Fi, or TV, but instead the permanent spectacle of nature changing in tune with the tides. With soft carpets, leather sofas, sheepskins and linen sheets, the kleds focus on comfort and authenticity. Treat yourself to the luxury of savouring, in a cosy kled, a dinner concocted by the chef of the restaurant Le Coquillage de Château Richeux, Hugo Roellinger. Corsair chef Olivier Roellinger’s double-starred son walks off with all the rewards these days!

La Ferme du Vent

4. Ar Men Du, promises kept

Ar Men Du – Jérôme Gourmelen (chef) and Pierre-Yves Roué (host)

Between Lorient and Concarneau, in the heart of South Finistère, you see that headland over there? Directly below Pont-Aven ? At Raguenès-Plage, the black rock along the seashore has given your snug little nest its name: Ar Men Du. You’re going to love this house on the heathland, facing the ocean! Revitalisation along with Breton authenticity. Here’s what’s waiting for you. Room with sea view, massage, countless outings to choose from – Doëlan, Port-Manec’h, the thatched cottages in Nevez – Pont-Aven, of course… And on top of all that, Jérôme Gourmelen’s cuisine, as creative as it is committed: seasonal local products, from start to finish. Here, you can dip into the garden at will – it’s open all summer. Special mention to the sommelier, and to the owners’ and their brigade’s thoughtfulness… A cascade of pure happiness!

Ar Men Du

5. Treat yourself to a cosy break in Brière

La Mare aux Oiseaux – Eric Guérin

On Fédrun Island, in the middle of Brière, Eric Guérin has created La Mare aux Oiseaux, a nest of culinary experimentation to share the emotions he puts into his dishes. The famous chef, who is a regular on TV, is particularly fond of birds, and has made them the theme of the place. Under the thatched roofs surrounded by the marshes, six rooms are like refuges of relaxation and well-being that prolong the enjoyment of the star-awarded food. A well-being space with bespoke treatments and a hot tub allows you to completely let go when you stay in this unique place.

La Mare aux Oiseaux

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