For those of you who don’t want lazy days sitting still and enjoying the sound of birdsong and a good book there is almost an endless choice of things to do. Everything for young or old, athlete or couch potato.
A LITTLE SIGHTSEEING?
Grand Val and Combourg village are only 30km from Rennes and its population of 200,000, or Bretons as they are called. 30km in the other direction is the sea and the seaside town of Dinard with some of Brittany’s finest beaches. Just up the coast is St Malo, which is a beautiful walled city.
You can take the ferry from here to the Channel Islands. Cancale is also nearby, where shellfish-lovers from around the world come to visit the oyster beds and enjoy all the delights of the sea at some of the picturesque seaside restaurants. Other sights close to Grand Val include the Abbey and former pirate hideaway Mont St Michel, plus the villages of Dinan and Vitre – both with intact buildings in the centre dating back to the 14th century. Apart from good food, excellent wines, culture and swimming, there are seven great golf courses. The closest is Golf des Ormes and Golf de St Malo/Le Tronchet, which are just 15 minutes by car from the chateau.
To find out more about the area and events around Château du Grand Val, go to Brittany’s own website at: www.tourismebretagne.com
The Normandy landing sites are only 150 kms away and Omaha Beach and the US war graves are unforgettable places to visit.
MORE TIPS FOR PLACES TO VISIT
- The Bayeux tapestry, Bayeux, Normandy
- Rent one or more small boats with outboard motors at the port of Dinan. Travel up or down the river Rance that divides Brittany. Take a picnic basket! Tranquil, fun and beautiful.
- Discover very high and low tides! Sit at one of the restaurants in the fishing village of Cancale and watch 10-15m of water disappear before your eyes twice a day. The only place in the world with a bigger difference in tides is the Bay of Fundy in Canada.
- Shopping. Rennes is the capital city of Brittany. It’s a lively university city with France’s best, largest food market every Saturday.
- Combourg Castle has the same name as our village. Built in the 12th century as protection against Vikings and others. Best known for where the well-known French writer François-René de Chateaubriand grew up at the end of the 18th century.
- Grand Val is set in 65 acres of countryside, with lots of lovely country walks and a romantic park. Show PDF
A fantastic mix of food, drink and culture. Brittany has a fabulous range of fresh, locally produced raw materials that cannot be described. They need to be experienced. Eating top-quality seafood in coastal villages or visiting France’s best, largest food market in Rennes on Saturdays is unforgettable.
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