No visit to Brittany is complete without a galette (a whole-wheat savoury crêpe) and a bolée of local cider.
Our nearest restaurant is Les Polders in Pleine-Fougères. A favourite haunt of the locals, the owners Jean Marc and Lawrence serve simple food in a casual atmosphere.
On Thursday evenings in Pleine-Fougères there is a van selling delicious pizzas on the small square in front of the church. We recommend going early as there is sometimes quite a wait!
Pontorson has an abundance of small crêperies and restaurants. We love Le Cousenon for great value galettes and La Brazza for amazing pizzas (they also do takeaways!).
For a special occasion we recommend La Cour Verte in Dol de Bretagne. Simple food, beautifully presented, and wonderfully cooked.
For seafood lovers Cancale is a must visit. The pretty coastal town is full of restaurants selling freshly caught oysters, mussels, and lobster.
There is a market for everyday of the week in the surrounding towns and villages. Still a popular way for local people to buy their weekly groceries, this is a great way to practice your French and come home with some delicious local produce! We particularly recommend the markets in Combourg (Monday mornings) and Pontorson (Wednesday morning). Pleine-Fougères also has a small market on Tuesday mornings.
Sand and Sea
We’re an easy drive away from the Emerald Coast, with sparkling clear waters and golden sands that stretch for miles. For the best beaches in our area have a look at this list. You can also try sand-yachting on the sand flats of Cherieux and pony trekking near the base of Le Mont St Michel.
Places to Visit
There are many beautiful castles, stately homes and interesting museums nearby. Our favourites include Le Château de Combourg, La Ballue stately home and gardens, and Medevialys museum in Dol de Bretagne.
Zoos are great fun for all the family. The Eco Musée in Rennes has a great selection of rare breeds, Breton animals, and often holds talks about local farming. The large aquarium in St Malo is one of the best in Europe. Alligator Bay, in nearby Beauvoir (only 10 mins drive away), has a huge selection of reptiles and lets you get up close and personal with giant tortoises. Don’t miss feeding time!
You don’t need to wander far from your doorstep to see some of the local wildlife. We have seen red deer in the garden! If you’re lucky you may even catch a glimpse of the elusive wild boar.
The nearby Villecartier forest is truly magical. Criss-crossed with paths, with a large lake in the centre, you could spend hours getting lost (and found!) here. For the more adventurous, the aerial tree-top adventure, with over 2km of ziplines, is unmissable. There’s also a mini version for under-10s.
Fishing is also a popular local pastime. Passes can be bought at the tackle shop in Pontorson.
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Self Catering Brittany, Le Moulin de Launay, 35610, Vieux Viel, France