Thanks to “I’ll Never Be French” by Mark Greenside, Brittany has been on my mind these days.
Quite simply, Brittany is stunning. This area southwest of Paris quite literally offers something for every person. There are beaches, medieval villages, sailing, art, ceramic centers, prehistoric remains, castles, bicycling, botanical garden, Celtic history, cathedrals, walking, fishing . . . This landscape should not be missed and what could be better than spending your nights in lodging that offers a distinct ambiance?
There are quite a few great Chateaux turned B & B in Brittany each offering you the opportunity to lay your head for the night just like the nobility of yore! The Chateau B & B’s are usually in rural areas near interesting tourist sites. Your hosts offer guests insider tips on the museums and villages you simply must not miss as well as arrange horseback riding or golf or dinner reservations. Or if you decide, you could just wander the land surrounding your Chateau. It is really up to you.
Of the many choices you have for Chateau B & B’s, here are 3 to whet your appetite!
Situated near Quimpers, the castle at Le Guilguiffin dates back to the 18th century and is classified as an historical monument. Tradition reigns here as the public rooms and bedrooms are tastefully decorated in a style befitting a building of this stature including antiques. There are 4 rooms and 2 suites. The property also offers the Gardeners House which is 2 stories, sleeps 5 and includes a fireplace, oozes charm and has a local flavor. Guernevez cottage is another more rustic option that is a bit smaller – only 2 bedrooms. Another bonus, dogs are welcome!
This chateau dates back to the 16th century and is full of all the charm you’d expect while in Brittany. As a special enticement, this B & B is near the glorious medieval village of Rochefort-en-Terre. Set in its own private woods and gardens, Chateau de Talhouet has 8 rooms that are tastefully decorated in a comfortable but elegant fashion some include a fireplace but all have great views of the countryside, woods or garden. There is a spectacular Grand salon and a Billiards salon where you may find yourself relaxing after a days sightseeing.
Chateau de La Ballue
This 17th century castle is known for its gardens but is also home to rolling hills, forests and the wild coastal landscape of Brittany. Near the border of Normandy, Chateau de La Ballue’s gardens are done in the style of the 16th century and include a fernery, water trap, open air theater, maze and Temple of Diana among other treats. This small B & B has 4 rooms and suite that are lovingly decorated in the style of the period and include antiques. All rooms have canopy beds. Famous guests of Chateau de La Ballue include Balzac, Victor Hugo and Chateaubriand.
So there you have it, 3 outstanding Chateau B & B’s for your enjoyment. Whether you come to Brittany for the scenery, history or its culinary delights this spirited region offers a great reward to all that explore its boundaries.