Brittany Holiday Cottages
These rental companies offer a diverse selection of Brittany self catering cottages and holiday properties, available for rent throughout the year. Prices are as low as £200 for week-long breaks in some cases with a range of deals also offered on selected holiday properties.
Cottages 4 You
- More than 300 Brittany holiday cottages
, villas and gites in holiday locations such as Josselin, Paimpol and Brest. Many of their self catering properties may be booked at low rates, with some available for under £300. Special deals are also offered in certain cases.
French Connections -
Another 300 Brittany cottages
as well as other forms of self catering holiday accommodation. The majority are traditional and feature riverside properties, country cottages and historic village holiday homes.
- Over 300 Brittany cottage properties and holiday homes situated throughout the region. They're located in the Blavet Valley, Plelo, Guingamp and other idyllic holiday spots. Booking rates for week-long breaks start for as little as £200 is some cases.
About 50 holiday properties and cottages in Brittany from Hoseasons. Most are well-appointed and situated close to the picturesque coast. Some include both shared and private swimming pools. Booking rates start at around £200 p/w.
A large selection of Brittany holiday cottages can be found near the sandy beaches of Brittany's majestic coastline and the heathland and rolling hills found further inland. It is an ideal destination for those seeking a tranquil break outside of the UK, so if your looking for a short break, then Brittany may have all you need.
Its coastline consists of golden beaches that fall back on to rugged cliffs which afford some wonderful views of the ocean. A wide range of paths and coastal tracks run the length of the impressive shoreline from North to South and are perfect for hiking or rambling. This coast is punctuated by towns like Tréguier, and La Roche Bernard
; full of character and historical intrigue.
Brittany is also a mountainous region. This is exemplified by the Massif Armoricain
in central Brittany which provides some wonderful views of green hills and valleys which flatten out to form wide-open wooded plains. This is where Brittany's contrasting landscape is most evident. Much of this country is also unspoilt and remote.
Little towns such as Dol de Bretagne
, with its cobbled streets and Roman Gothic Church are noteworthy attractions. Rennes offers a busier alternative and is a popular destination for holiday-goers. It's rich architectural heritage is evident in a large selection of half-timbered houses found at Rue Saint-Michel and Rue Saint Georges. For further information about Brittany visitor attractions, see the guide below.
Brittany visitor attractions
The magnificent coast line of Brittany with its steep cliffs, quaint medieval towns and the gentle wooded valleys of the south attracts tourists from all over the world and cannot fail to impress cottages holiday makers. Its culture, rich with history and legend and its still surviving Breton language
, the only Celtic language still spoken on the Continent, sets it apart from the rest of France.
The Armorican Regional Nature Park extends west from the moorlands of the Mounts d’Arree
to the Ile d’ Ouessant and is an area of farmland, forests and moors, ideal for walking, riding and touring by bicycle or car. Contact the Ferme Equestre de Riskop or Aux Amis de Cheval for information on horse riding. At Douamenez, the Port du Rosmeur offers boat trips around the bay and at Pays Bigouden, there is excellent surfing on the windswept peninsula.
At the Ile de Brehat, which are two small islands only 3.5 km long, joined by a bridge, bicycle hire and boat tours are available in the main town, Port Clos
. You can enjoy go-karting at Nielles at St Meloir des Ondes or micro-lighting at the Aero Club
at Dinard, The Parc de Golfe south of Vannes is a leisure park with amusements, a butterfly conservatory and an aquarium which the children will enjoy. A passenger ferry service runs to Dinard and there are boat trips daily on the Rance to Dinan.
Food and drink
Brittany is famous for its seafood and most restaurants pride themselves on serving only the freshest produce. In the north of the region, lobster is a speciality and further south, oysters from Cancale. Pork, vegetables and cheese feature on menus extensively and crepes are a Breton staple. In the heart of Brest, is Le Comix
– a well known theme bar and the haunt of students.
At Vannes, the Sympatic is famous for its exotic cocktails, live music and an English pub atmosphere and the Au fin Café sells a vast range of coffee beans, milled to order and also over 100 varieties of flavoured tea. Open all year long. For a brasserie style lunch, with appetizing snacks or a special sea food dinner go to the Hotel de Roof at on the Gulf of Morbihan in Rennes with wonderful views of the ocean.
History and Culture
Breton history begins before 5000 B.C in the Paleolithic Era and it was not until the 3rd century A.D. that Christianity arrived in the region. The megalithic site at Carnac is one of the most important in Europe. Open every day from April to December fro 10.00 – 1700. Closed January 1st. May 1st and 25th December. You can explore the myth of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table in Languenan. Children under ten have free admission. Open March to September Thursday to Tuesday.
Another fascinating site is the Chateau Fougeres
, built between the 12th and 15th centuries. It was an outpost of medieval Brittany and is one of the largest fortifications in Europe. It is open to the public every day from mid- June to mid-September and at various other times during the year.