For carbon-conscious Brits, wary of spending too much on travel in the current economic climate, holidaying close to home has rarely seemed more appealing. Easy to get to from the UK, Brittany has ferry ports at Roscoff in the west, St-Malo in the east, and Normandy's ports close by as well. With its long coastline of sweeping beaches, rocky headlands, estuaries and inlets, Brittany has much in common with Cornwall, and the Breton people, like the Cornish, can trace their ancestry back to the Celts. In the North, glorious sandy beaches dot the Côte d'Emeraude and the Côte de Granit Rose, interrupted by bustling seaside resorts, fishing villages and oysterbeds. Families in search of bucket-and-spade country have also long favoured the fine, slowly-shelving beaches along the Golfe de Morbihan and the Côte d'Amour on the gentler southern shore. Windswept but picturesque fishing communities nestle in the wild, dramatic landscape of Finistère in the west, where you can sample some of the best of Brittany's famous seafood. Inland, the region also has much to offer, from the hilly, forested Parc Naturel Régional d'Armorique to the more serene wooded valleys of the south.
Refined riverside château hotel set in a large wooded park. Polished parquet floors, antique furniture and elegant wall hangings. Bedrooms with wooden beams, white washed walls, pretty throws. Walled gardens that trap the sun, a private pontoon to sail or fish, and a gastronomic restaurant.
B&B in a well-preserved and handsome 19th-century château set amid a glorious park land. A get-away-from-it-all in glorious surroundings. Characterful interiors and literature themed bedrooms - antiques, pictures, objects d'art. Delicious breakfasts, swimming pool and tennis court.
An excellent characterful three-star hotel in a glorious position. Beautiful stone Cotswold-esque farmhouse with simple airy bedrooms, private terraces, Persian rugs, bright colours, and antiques. A lofty beamed breakfast room serves delicious food and there's also a billiards room.
A traditional family seaside hotel with a welcoming ambiance. Its beach front position and the surrounding activities make it a great choice for families with energetic children. Spectacular bay views from freshly painted rooms. Great facilities too - tennis courts, sauna, and pool.
La Roche-Bernard, Brittany
A charming restaurant with rooms in a beautiful stone building with blue painted doors. Michelin-starred cooking and a remarkable wine list. The sunny dining room looks out to the kitchen garden, as do the stylishly decorated bedrooms.