Map & List of nearby attractions
Click on the placemarkers on the interactive map (powered by Google) to see more information about some of the places and attractions near us.
If you are looking for restful holiday, one where you only have to get up off your garden chair to fetch a new book, or maybe venture into the local town for a bottle of wine and some groceries for the evening meal, then look no further. La Ville Thedain is situated in a very peaceful spot, away from the hurly-burly of modern life. We are in a tiny hamlet, on a no-through road, where you might occasionally catch site of a farm vehicle. No teenagers driving past here with loud music blaring! But if you are looking for more out of your holiday, then you will be spoilt for choice. There are so many places to visit and activities to try - you might have to consider returning!
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Have a look on the site www.1golf.eu/en and you will find at least 8 courses within a 50km radius of us. These are the closest:-
- 'Golfe de lac au Duc' at Ploermel 29 kms away, a beautiful 9 hole course along the banks of the lake.
- 'la Corbinas' golf club at St Michel de Plelan 33kms away - 9 hole course.
- 'Club de la Criniere', Lamballe 37kms away - 9 hole course.
- 'Golfe Blue Green Pleneuf Val Andre' 45kms away - a 5* 18 hole course, set between heathland and sea-cliffs, with stunning views along the coast, and over 'La Manche'.
- Cycling/Walking/Horse Riding
To discover Brittany by bike, on foot or horseback, look for the network of voies vertes (greenways), which together form 8 specially designed routes. Following disused railway lines, canal tow-paths, and winding rivers, these routes are suitable for all abilities - from families with small children to serious cyclists, and are dedicated to non-motorized travel - pedestrians, cyclists, the disabled, roller skaters, and riders.
The Carhaix-Plouger to St Meen le Grand section, 121 kms in length, passes very close to us just north of Merdrignac. Check out www.randobreizh.com for more information.
With close to 2700kms of coastline, Brittany has many beautiful, unspoilt beaches to tempt you, and being centrally located, many of them are in easy reach.
Approximately 45mins to the north, on the Cote d'Emeraude, is Le Val Andre on a long and lovely bay - it has a sandy beach some 2.5kms in length. The site was developed as a fashionable resort in the 19th century, and many of the sea-side villas remain just as they were along the pedestrian prom.
A little further east is the charming port of Erquy, its fishing fleet renowned for its scallop gathering in the Baie de St Brieuc. You can enjoy the local catch-of the-day at one of the quay-side restaurants. The long, sweeping beach at Erquy, is perfect for a family day out, safe for paddling or swimming, and loads of space for sandcastles or beach games. There are also sailing and diving schools, as well as kayaks for rent. Watch out for the sand yachts! Or if you prefer smaller, quieter rocky coves with hardly anyone in sight - just ask for directions, as there are too many to list here!
Follow the coast to Cap Frehel for bracing walks along soaring cliffs, with stunning views over the Cote d'Emeraude and the Channel Islands. Don't forget your binoculars, this area is an important nesting site for about 700 pairs of nesting sea birds. Just a little further you will find Fort La Latte standing 60metres tall on a rock above the sea, accessible only by drawbridge, exploring its turrets and dungeons is a must.
Approximately 50mins to the south of us, is the glorious Golfe de Morbihan, described as one of the most beautiful in the world., here you can find something for all tastes. Visit the ancient stones at Locmariaquer where you can learn all about megalithic civilisation and architecture, or perhaps spend a day in the lovely walled town of Vannes.... the children might enjoy a visit to the aquarium, or the Jardin du Papillon ( Garden of Butterflies). You could take a boat trip around the gulf from Vannes, or perhaps out to one of the 42 islands, Ile au Moines and Ile d'Arz the two largest, are very popular with summer visitors.
- Swimming/Water sports
Just north of Ploermel, you will find Lac au Duc, a real family favourite, where swimming, sailing, canoeing, fishing, golf, or hiking are all available. If you are feeling energetic, try walking the Tour de Lac- 15kms in length.
To the west, Lac de Guerledan offers water sports of all kinds, along with pony trecking, walking and cycling.
But for all year fun, whatever the weather, try Les Aquatides at Loudeac where as well as the 25m pool, you'll find a 70m long waterslide, a lagoon of bubbles, geysers and fountains, several rivers to swim through, as well as a jacuzzi and spa-bath.
- Street Markets
One of the main events in the life of every French town is the weekly street market. (Marche au plein air) Here you can buy everything from fresh fruit and veg; eggs, cream and cheese direct from the farmer; clothes, tablecloths, and furniture; to live chickens or ducks. Market times vary from place to place, but generally start at 6 or 7am, and finish at mid-day or 1pm. Go early to find a parking space!
- Merdrignac - Wednesday
- Loudeac - Saturday
- Josselin - Saturday
- Ploermel - Friday
- Moncontour - Wednesday
- St Brieuc - Wednesday and Saturday
- Vannes - Wednesday and Saturday
- Dinan - Thursday
- Rennes - Daily market can be found in the food halls. On Saturday don't miss the amazing produce market at Place de Lice, the 2nd largest in France.
Also look out for Vide Grenier (literally - empty loft), a cross between an antique fair and a car-boot sale.
Where do you want to go today? With so many places to visit, you are spoilt for choice!
The historic town of Josselin offers so much to see and do, and you can quickly see why it has been given the status of Petit Cite of caractere. From its 12th century chateau overlooking the River Oust (part of the Nantes/Brest canal), to the gargoyled Basilica Notre Dame de Roncier, with its beautiful 15th and 16th century stained glass windows, to the Musee de Poupee (doll museum) with its collection of over 500 antique dolls and doll furniture, there is plenty to keep you occupied. Guided tours of the town are available from the tourist information office. Every Bastille Day, 14th July, the town recounts its historic past with the Festival Medieval, when the whole town dresses up in historic costume.
The market town of Loudeac has a strong connection with horses. Every year since 1879 a series of race meetings are held between March and May at the Calouet Hippodrome, attracting race goers from all over western France; and on the 2nd Sunday in August La Fete du Cheval (Festival of the horse) is celebrated when a procession of over 2,000 horses, carriages and brass bands march through the streets.
Dinan is without doubt one of the prettiest and best preserved small towns in Brittany. With its 3kms long ramparts, half-timbered houses, attractive port and cobbled streets filled with art galleries and craft shops, this Ville d'Art et d'Histoire (town of Art and History) is well worth a visit. Follow the Rue de Jerzual one of the most photographed streets in France, as it slopes steeply down to the port, from where you can take a boat trip on the Rance, or cross the bridge to Lanvally where you can find out about life on the river in the Maison de la Rance discovery centre.
Dinan holds the Fete de Ramparts medieval festival every July.
The city of Rennes - the regional capital of Brittany, is a fascinating mix of eclectic architecture, grand squares, and glorious gardens. You will find plenty to entertain you here...great restaurants, excellent shopping, and fascinating culture. A brilliant destination for foodies, Rennes' Saturday market in the Place de Lices, is one of France's finest.
Look out for the Tombees de la nuit (nightfall festival) in July when you can experience street performers, shows and recitals, or Les Transmusicales in winter, where emerging music stars come to find fame and fortune. Maybe you've heard of Portishead, Ben Harper, and Nirvana who came in the 90's, or Kate Nash, and The Ting Tings who have been more recently?
Every July, the spectacular Cornaouille-Quimper takes place in the beautiful town of Quimper. Celebrating Breton culture, this is a unique chance to discover the diverse culture through music, dance, song and street entertainment.
Each summer, around 700,000 people from all over the world invade the Celtic land of Lorient for the Festival Interceltique. From Galicia to Scotland, the cream of Celtic music can be found here, to be enjoyed in a really convivial atmosphere.
Since 1971, this festival has really grown with now over 700,000 visitors coming to enjoy the Celtic music and dance, with perhaps the sound of the Scottish and Spanish bagpipes filling the air. Around 200 events and shows and 5000 performers representing all the Celtic nations - Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Galicia and of course Brittany are on the bill. Previous acts who have performed at this festival include Suzanne Vega, The Strypes, Yves Lambert and The Dublin Legends. The Lorient locals are wholeheartedly involved in this festival which celebrates Celtic culture from around Europe. Well into its forties, the Interceltique may be greying a little around the temples, but it is still young at heart.
For more information on the festival, the towns we have mentioned, and many more beautiful, interesting places to visit, like Auray, Cocarneau, Pont Aven, please visit the following websites: