The Abbey at Bon Repos is one of the finest examples of a Cistercian abbey that is still standing. It is currently undergoing extensive restoration and tours are available. They also host an excellent Sunday market and an annual 'spectacle' show with fireworks, music, light projections onto the building and costume scenes. This year's event takes place in early to mid August. It really is a show that has to be seen to be believed.
The Vielles Charrues is now one of the biggest rock festivals in Europe and it happens right here on our doorstep! This year's event will take place in July. Recent bands have included Bruce Springsteen, Lenny Kravitz, Neil Young and The Killers.
Every other year Glomel hosts the International Clarinet Festival.
The famous cycle race often comes close to Webbs. See their website for more details:
Attractions and Activities
A Pony Club / Riding School is only 5 minutes from the house.
There are tennis courts nearby for the use of the more energetic among you!
There are several golf courses within less than an hour's drive. The nearest is 30 minutes between Carhaix and Huelgoat.
Places of Interest
Despite its name, it is set on a conical hill with spectacular views across the surrounding countryside. The slopes are occupied by carved granite statues up to 4m in height.
The Nantes-Brest Canal is very close and it's highest point runs through the village of Glomel. Indeed the lake at Glomel was built to service the canal where it splits into two. The Tow paths are ideal for walks and cycle rides. There are many other cycle and walking trails, ranging from the gentle to the very challenging, criss-crossing the region. This meandering chain of waterways runs from Finistère to the Loire, interweaving rivers with stretches of canal built at Napoléon's instigation to bypass the belligerent English fleets off the coast. Finally completed in 1836, it came into its own at the end of the century as a coal, slate and fertilizer route. The building of the dam at Lac Guerlédan in the 1920s chopped the canal in two, leaving a whole section unnavigable by barge. Road transport had already superseded water haulage; now tourism is breathing life back into the canal.
A 20 minute drive away, near the village of Gouarec, is the Abbaye de Bon Repos. The abbey was founded by Viscount Alain III de Rohan in 1184 and is now being restored to its former glory. Guided tours of the abbey are available. The abbey is also the site of an excellent Sunday market and features spectacular firework shows and concerts during the summer months (see events above).
Just a short walk away from the house, the lake offers fishing, swimming and boating for non-motorised craft. There is a man-made beach and tennis court. Several woodland walks can be taken around the shore line. It is a very peaceful and relaxing setting and ideal for picnics. Canoes are available for hire, including all the gear you need. Fishing is also permitted. There is a man made beach on the side of the lake, ideal for sunbathing or just relaxing in the tranquillity of the beautiful, peaceful surrounds of the lake.
Located in the heart of Brittany, the Country of Guerlédan and Corong synthesizes all that makes the charm and the mystery of this land of legends. It owes its name to the two water levels from which it extends: the Lake Guerlédan (400 ha) and the Lake of Corong (76 ha) connected by the canal from Nantes to Brest. Forests, woods, gorges, valleys, and moors harmonize its landscape. On these remarkable sites, you will be able to devote yourselves to an array of activities, some restful, some more energetic.
Huelgoat is the definitive scenic Breton village. One of its main features is the spectacular gorges that lead away from the lake. A boulder-strewn river flows through ancient oak woodlands. The area also has Menhirs, a Trembling stone, and "Le Champignon" (one of the many bizarre natural rock formations).
Only 10 minutes drive from your Brittany Bed and Breakfast, Rostrenen is a very pleasant market town which offers a larger selection of shops, bars, restaurants and supermarkets as well as a Tourist centre. Tuesday is market day in Rostrenen.
Carhaix is a larger town approximately 15 minutes drive away. Here you can find the Hospital, Railway Station, Cinema, Vets, more shopping, restaurants, and supermarkets. Market Day in Carhaix is on Saturday. It has an indoor Swimming pool with water chutes and indoor/outdoor Tennis courts. There is also a very modern indoor go-cart traack and 10 pin bowling alley. Carhaix also has an excellent tourist office which also houses a small local museum.
The ancient capital of Brittany is about 2 hours drive. With a history going back more than 2,000 years it is really a must see for any visitor to Brittany.
There is a market within an hours drive every day except Monday. Always very popular in France. Grab yourself a bargain!
Saturday - Morlaix - 1 Hour
Saturday - Carhaix - 15 Minutes
Saturday - St Brieuc - 40 Minutes
Sunday - Bon Repos - 20 Minutes
Tuesday - Rostrenen - 10 Minutes
Wednesday - Callac - 35 Minutes
Thursday - Huelgoat - 20 Minutes
Friday - Guingamp - 25 Minutes
North and West Coasts of Brittany
Easily reached within an hours drive, the spectacular rugged coasts of Brittany are a delight.
For those interested in "standing stones" or "menhirs", one can be found on the outskirts of the village. Others, and dolmens (stone tables), can be found throughout the surrounding area.