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The picturesque fishing village of Roscoff is possibly most meaningful to us Brits as the original point of departure for battalions of French onion salesmen with their striped jerseys, berets and bicycles. Their legacy remains in the form of ‘La Maison de Johnnies et l’oignon’ which is a farm/museum celebrating their exploits. Yet, there is much more to this ‘petite cite de caractere’. The best places to stay in Roscoff offer sophisticated comfort and access to a wide range of activities.
Since the 1960’s and the establishment of ferry routes to Britain and Ireland, Roscoff has, deservedly, become a popular tourist destination. Attractive 16th century buildings line the coast and the streets are full of great restaurants –seafood especially- galleries and gift shops. The area is also famed for its ‘Brittany Thalassotherapy’ - a type of sea water spa.
Just beyond the harbour lies the tiny Ile de Batz with its gorgeous ‘Jardin Exotique’ and lighthouse – both open to visitors. In Roscoff itself there is the gothic Notre Dame de Croaz whose church bells resemble a tiered cake.
Fish is still a busy local industry. There is a daily market and it is possible to organise trips with the fishermen.
There is a wide range of accommodation in the town and the best places to stay in Roscoff range from cheap B&Bs and gites to Michelin starred foodie havens.
For modern comfort and old world charm
- Le Brittany is a 17th century merchants house which was rebuilt as a hotel in 1974. It enjoys a prime position facing the harbour and the Ile de Batz. The hotel has its own ‘Mers et Merveilles’ seawater spa with Turkish baths. The ‘Yachtsman’ restaurant has spectacular views and is famed for its haute cuisine.
For peace and quiet
- L’hotel de Carantec is situated at the tip of the peninsula to the East of Roscoff (5km by sea) on the Bay of Morlaix. This 12 room hotel was built in the 1930’s and recently has undergone refurbishment, with each bedroom reflecting a different style; from 18th century elegance to Japanese Zen. Patrick Jeffroy’s restaurant is outstanding and boasts two Michelin stars. There is also a watersports club, the sandy beach of Kelenn and a plethora of things to do; Golf, sailing, pony trekking etc…
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Best Hotels in Roscoff
L'Hotel de Carantec 12 rooms from $130Carantec, Brittany
A charming seaside hotel in Carantec. Simple cosy rooms, most with views of the sea. Pretty gardens, terrace, and great French food in the restaurant. Family friendly, beachy, and excellent value with plenty of activities nearby.Families - Activities for all (walks, sailing, diving, swimming) as well as lovely family suitesDiving - Schools available to take all abilitiesGreat walks - Miles of beaches to exploreSailing - Carantec sailing school
Le temps de Vivre 15 rooms from $126Roscoff
A charming traditional stone house on the seafront with stunning views out to the island of Batz. Sophisticated, contemporary rooms, and family rooms, have all the mod cons including DVD players, elegant furnishings, and huge beds. Walking distance to the beach and to restaurants.Views - Stunning views to the island of Batz.Sights nearby - Batz, Notre-Dame de Croaz Batz, and close to La Maison des Johnnies et de l'Oignon Rose de Roscoff.Sailing - A speed boat will take you to the island of Batz in 15 minutes.Seaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.
Le Brittany 19 rooms from $194Roscoff, Brittany
A glorious hotel on the Breton coast with stunning ocean views, a fabulous seafood restaurant, and therapeutic spa. A choice of bedrooms, suites, or an apartment (sleeps 4), all with lots of space and elegant furnishings. Lots of exploring, romantic, gourmet, and family friendly.Views - Stunning ocean views from the terrace restaurant.Romantic BreakSights nearby - A 15 minute boat trip to the island of Batz.Swimming Pool - Indoor pool.Recommended by - Relais & Chateaux