For daily groceries there are small supermarkets in the villages of Plenee-Jugon (Intermarche) and Jugon Les Lacs (Carrefour).
Plenee-Jugon also has an excellent boulangerie for daily bread and croissants!
For larger supermarkets we recommend going to Lamballe (12Km) where there are large branches of Le Clerc and Intermarche. These are easy to find as you drive into town from the motorway. Both supermarkets have extensive fish and meat counters, fresh fruit and vegetables and a great selection of bread and cheese.
Many towns and villages have weekly markets where you can find fresh produce whilst soaking up the atmosphere. Dinan and Lamballe have excellent markets on Thursday mornings. Check here for a full list of market days in Cotes D’Armor: http://www.frenchmarketdays.com/cotes-darmor-22/cotes-darmor-22/
Half an hour’s drive North from the Mill House is the Brittany coast. This is the Emerald coast where you will find a host of pretty towns and villages with great beaches. Some of our favourites are St. Briac-Sur-Mer, St. Cast, St. Jacut and St Lunaire. Towards St Malo is the chic resort of Dinard with its sweeping promenade and long beach. Further west across the Rance Estuary you will find Cancale with its row of seaside restaurants. You can buy fresh oysters from the stalls here. Just into Normandy is Mont Saint Michel which is an essential visit and a wonderful day trip.
Brittany is blessed with hundreds of miles of stunning coastline. Within 2 hours of The Mill you can reach the bay of Morbihon and Carnac on the Atlantic coast . Travel North West and you can visit Perros-Guirec.
From glorious walled cities and castles to extravagant churches, Brittany’s built heritage looks extremely appealing while recalling the concerns and obsessions of Breton society down the centuries. Traditional farms and manors are scattered liberally across the countryside and the Church commissioned both fine and modest buildings from major cathedrals and abbeys to the quaintest, tiniest chapels.
Brittany’s big cities and major ports have put tourism and culture at the top of the agenda. They’re jam-packed with interesting things to do. In addition, Brittany has an exceptional number of cathedral cities, most not large urban centres, but on a delightful scale. As to petites cités de caractère, they’re not cities in the conventional sense at all, but they are full of charm.
Such was the beauty of Brittany’s numerous traditional fishing ports that once the tourists began to arrive, many doubled as resorts. Next, a number of totally new resorts arose in prime beach locations and then along came a spate of marinas offering berths in one of the most famous sailing destinations in the world, producing many of the planet’s greatest sailors.
Brittany’s shores bristle with defensive castles and forts as its long tracts of coast were vulnerable to invaders. But now these places, some in ruin, some still lovingly maintained, are assailed for their beauty. You can visit a whole host of Breton castles and manors inland too – you can even stay in some, converted into hotels or B&Bs.
As a strongly rural region, Brittany has preserved a fair amount of its country heritage, notably its characteristic farms built around a square courtyard. There are also tidal mills and windmills, some gorgeous rustic industrial buildings, and then the écomusées, intense, small-scale local museums recalling specific traditions, from textile working to algae harvesting, via specialist fishing.
In Brittany, the Church has been an extremely powerful force since its inception –although just as a distinctive Celtic brand of Catholicism developed in the region, so did a slightly different religious architecture. The elaborate outdoor carved calvaries may be the most unusual element to many a parish church, but, be it little or large, you can’t mistake a Breton religious house.
At the Mill House there are full kitchen facilities and an outside barbecue. However, its nice to eat out and there is plenty of choice!
Jugon-les-lacs (10 mins) has four restaurants in the pretty market square, all with good reviews on Tripadvisor. Le Donatello is an excellent family run place with a varied menu and great pizzas.
For a bigger choice of restaurants, the towns of Lamballe (15 mins) and Dinan (30 mins) are the places to go. Again, please go to Tripadvisor to find reviews and locations of the best restaurants. Both Lamballe and Dinan have quaint old streets for exploring and here you will find a multitude of places to eat from cheap to expensive.
If you are out on the coast for the day, most places such as Dinard ,Cancalle, St Briac- Sur -Mer and Saint Lunaire have a good selection of little restaurants.
You don’t need to speak French fluently to get by in Brittany. Shopping is easy and a few words and phrases are all that’s required.
Brittany is a tourist area but is never busy like some of the popular British holiday towns. Many Bretons speak a little English especially in shops and restaurants, it really is not a problem! We would recommend taking a little book or two if you have no French at all. Collins ‘easy learning’ complete French is a good one.
The French people in Brittany are helpful and friendly, you can relax and have a great holiday with just a few greetings and a little vocabulary.
Generally, Brittany is warmer than the South of England, all the year round.
In winter time, Brittany benefits from a remarkably mild climate – frost and snow are relatively rare. In the Côtes d’Armor the waters of the north coast are one or two degrees warmer on average than those on the south coast, on account of the Gulf Stream which flows up the English Channel
The mildness of the climate has been a strong factor in the development of tourism in Brittany, but also for the region’s agricultural sector. Nurseries growing plants under glass or in open fields provide early crops for the French market and for other parts of Europe, particularly with crops that are not heavily exported from the warmer areas of southern Spain.
In the months of July and August it can be very hot. Early Summer and Autumn are usually warm and mild and a good time to visit
Le Moulin Du Buret
Unique 18th Century converted Water Mill-house now available for holiday rentals, Plenee-Jugon (40mins drive from St Malo). Sleeps 6/8, private river frontage & extensive woodland. Only 5 mins drive to village shops & 25 mins to coast.
Ideal for walking, cycling or just relaxing with the family.
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