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  • Banish those Winter Blues!

    With Christmas well and truly behind us and an icy start to the New Year, we thought what better way to banish our winter blues than booking an early summer break.As Brittany was so perfect last time round, we thought we would plump for the region again, but venture slightly further into the department of Finistere. Late May/early June has always offered reliably good weather, both in Britain and abroad and co-incides with school holidays. Also being just out of season, it makes an affordable alternative to the peak summer breaks. With the villa now booked, we can turn our attentions to the warmer climate that awaits us in May/June and close our curtains to the snow and ice!
  • Fabulous Finistère is Brittany's coastal gem

    Our region of the month is Finistère, the beautiful Brittany peninsula with a coastline similar to Cornwall. From the Pointe de Primel in the north to the Pointe de Trévignon in the south, there are over 1200 kilometres of coastline, including high vantage points with unbelievable views and breath-taking panoramas, perfect places to gaze out to sea and watch the enchanting light playing on the water.

    You’ll find sweeping sandy beaches with grassy dunes that invite you to relax or take a romantic stroll and children will love unspoilt coves where they can swim in clean water, build sand castles and explore rock pools. Then there are pretty fishing harbours, historic villages and towns to discover.

    Inland, Finistère is a place of myth and legend and harbours some magical locations. Nestling in the heart of the Arrée Mountains, in the Natural Regional Armorique Park you'll find the town of Huelgoat, which in Breton means 'the wood from above'. Nearby is a lake and extensive forest, where you encounter the truly unforgettable sight of an astonishing array of rocks and moss-covered boulders, looking for all the world as if they were discarded by giants.

    The Breton cuisine is rich and varied - and nowhere more so than in Finistère, which has been described as a platter of fresh produce set on a shining sea. Enjoy fresh golden cider, local salted butter thickly spread on hunks of bread, pale pink prawns nestling in crisp salad leaves or a warm, simmering casserole followed by a velvety chocolate pudding.

    For accommodation in Finistère, we have a great range of self-catering gites, villas with pools and country houses offering B&B, many of them in coastal locations. Use the link below to explore where to stay and click on Info for more about the region.

    The airports of Brest (Brest Bretagne) and Quimper (Quimper-Cornouaille) cover the north and south of the region. There are no toll-roads, so the motorways coming from Rennes or Nantes direction allow you to access the whole of Finistère easily, conveniently and free of charge.

    For ferry travel, the port of Roscoff has connections from Plymouth or Cork with Brittany Ferries and from Rosslare with Irish Ferries.

  • The old town of Concarneau in Brittany - Photo Friday 25 June 2010

    On a recent trip to Brittany I visited the fishing port of Concarneau.