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Local Facilities, Services and Attractions


We can't list everything here, but below is a selection of things to do in the local area.  Some information may be subject to change, please check locally for opening times and availability.


Saint Mayeux and St Gilles-Vieux-Marché  (Our nearest villages)


The village of Saint Mayeux is just 1.5 km away.  In the village can be found a Church, Post Office, Village Shop (Mini-mart) and Bar.  


The village of St Gilles Vieux-Marché is just 2 km away.  The Hotel de la Vallée in the centre of the village offers a very good "Formule" menu at lunchtimes at exceptionally reasonable prices.  St Gilles Vieux-Marché and nearby St Martin des Prés have both been awarded "Petits Villes Fleuries" for their attractive displays of flowers.


Mur de Bretagne and Corlay (Our nearest towns)

 

The nearest small towns are Mur de Bretagne to the South and Corlay to the North, both are about 10 minutes away.  


Mur de Bretagne has an "Intermarché" Supermarket, Petrol Station (24 Hours when paying by bank / credit card), two Boulangeries / Patisseries, Boucherie, Florist, Pharmacy, Bank with 24 hour cash dispenser, Post Office and Tourist Information Office.  There are several Cafés, Bars, Restaurants, a Pizza Take-Away and a Kebab Shop.


Corlay has two small Supermarkets, two Petrol Stations, a Boulangerie, Boucherie, Pizza Take-away, Restaurant, Bar, Tabac, Hairdresser, Pharmacy, Post Office and Bank with 24 hour cash dispenser.


Larger Nearby Towns and Cities


The nearby towns of Pontivy (25 minutes), Loudéac (25 minutes), Rostrenen (25 minutes), Quintin (25 minutes) and Saint Brieuc (35 minutes) offer a wide range of shops of all types - including large hypermarkets, supermarkets, a variety of large stores and specialist shops.

The bustling city of Rennes (Capital of Brittany) with superb shopping, Medieval quarter, historic buildings, Opera House, Concert Halls, and much more, can be reached in about 1 hour 20 minutes.

Bars, Cafés, Restaurants and Take-Aways


It is so easy to relax into the French way of life and linger over a coffee, glass of wine or beer at a street Café whilst watching the world go by.  
There are many
Restaurants, Bars, Cafés and Crêperies throughout the area to suit all tastes and pockets, from Michelin starred restaurants (La Grand' Maison in Mur de Bretagne offers an unforgettable gastronomic experience) to simple cafés and bistros where you can enjoy local Breton specialities, such as fantastic seafood, crêpes and cider, as well as French cuisine, and even Fish and Chips!


Most local restaurants offer superb value fixed price "Formule" menus, especially at lunchtime, where you can enjoy three or four courses, often with wine, cider, water and coffee included for between € 10 - € 14 per head.


There are take-aways at Mur de Bretagne (Pizzas and Kebabs) and Corlay (Pizzas).


Markets


Many of the nearby towns have traditional markets once or twice a week, where a large range of local food and drink can be sampled.


Mur de Bretagne has a lively market on Friday evenings in July and August with local food and drink, crafts and live music.


At Bon Repos (20 minutes) there is a Sunday morning market alongside the Nantes-Brest Canal (Foods and Crafts) from April to September.  The adjacent café usually has live music.


A visit to Saint Brieuc bay (around Erquy) to buy fabulous fresh scallops, mussels and oysters should not be missed. 


Flea Markets (Brocantes) and Craft Fairs are regularly held throughout the area.

Walking and Cycling


There are numerous walks, trails and routes through wonderful countryside and villages, around lakes and over former railway track-beds.  The country lanes are exceptionally quiet making walking and cycling around the area pleasurable.


The delightful Nantes-Brest Canal (15 minutes) offers easy cycling and walking along the towpath.


For Guided Walks the Maison du Patronomie at Locarn offers Nature Walks from June to September.


For keen cyclists you can try out one of the most challenging sections of the Tour de France 2015, by cycling up the "Mur" - the steep hill on the D767 from Mur de Bretagne towards Corlay.

Station VTT at the Lac de Guerlédan offers cycle hire with 12 cycle routes through magnificent countryside to suit different ages and abilities with 1/2 day, full day and week long escorted tours available.

The Rigole d'Hilvern starts at the Lac de Bosmeleac (20 minutes away by car) It is part of the Voie 8 which runs from Saint Brieuc to Lorient. It is ideal for walking, cycling or horse riding.

Cycle hire and repairs is also available at MK Bikes in Pontivy.

www.cycling.brittanytourism.com  has 10 great ideas for cycling in Brittany. 

www.freewheelingfrance.com  has maps of various cycling routes in Brittany.

www.velodyssey.com  1200km cycle route along the Atlantic Coast of Brittany. Start off in UK, get off at Roscoff and follow the Velodyssey cycle routes all the way down to Hendaye in the Basque region. The route nearest to Le Boterff is from Bon Repos along the old railway track bed to Mur de Bretagne, and then along the Nantes-Brest Canal to Pontivy.

Sailing, Swimming and Water Sports

The stunning Lake Guerlédan, the largest lake in Brittany, is just 12km from Le Boterff.  You can relax on the safe sandy beaches (ideal for children and families), swim, sail and enjoy many water based activities.  Small Boats, Pedalos and Kayaks can be hired.  

Les Vedettes de Guerlédan (Pleasure Boats with Restaurants) offer tours around the spectacular lake (with or without a meal) in the summer months.

Club Ski Nautique at Beau Rivage is open from May to September for water skiing, wake boarding lessons and tows.

A Video of the Lac de Guerlédan can be viewed below




The Lac de Bosméléac (20 minutes) also has a sandy beach, boats for hire and a Café.

There are several other smaller lakes in the local area to explore and the lovely Nantes - Brest Canal is also nearby.


A Video of the Nantes-Brest Canal can be viewed below



There is an open-air pool at St Nicolas du Pelem (June to September) and indoor pools at Gouarec, Saint Brieuc and Quintin.

Important note for male swimmers at public pools - the wearing of swimming shorts is not allowed, they must be fitted swimming trunks.  The pool managements are quite strict about this and will expect you to buy trunks at the pool if they consider your shorts to be unsuitable..

Angling

Several lakes in the area welcome anglers (including the Lac de Guerlédan, and Lac de Bosméléac).  Permits are easily available locally.

L'Étang des Douvres, Corlay is open for trout fishing from March to September, max 5 trout per day.  There is a Junior Angling School.

Fresh water fishing is available at La Verte Vallée, Callac - Open March to December for Pike, Carp, Tench, Roach and Rainbow Trout.

Coastlines and Beaches to the North, South & West

Being centrally located in Brittany, all three of Brittany’s dramatic coastlines are easily accessible for day trips from Le Boterff.   The North coast can be reached in about 50 minutes and the South Coast can be reached in around 1 hour.  The rugged West Coast of Finistere can be reached in approximately 1.5 hours, all on quiet roads. 

On the North Coast you  can choose between the ruggedness of the Pink Granite
 and the Emerald Coast or holiday resorts with sandy beaches in Saint Brieuc Bay such as Binic (50 minutes)St. Quay Portrieux (60 minutes) and Pléneuf Val André (55 minutes).

On the South Coast there are sandy beaches at Guidel Plage (70minutes),
Carnac, 
(75 minutes) and Quiberon (90 minutes) to the south. 

A Video of the Saint-Brieuc Bay can be viewed below



Historic Towns, Castles, Abbeys and Monuments

Brittany has a wealth of historic towns and villages with superbly preserved medieval buildings.  Locally, Pontivy, Quintin, Rostrenen and Saint Brieuc all have historic quarters.  There are castles at Pontivy and Corlay.

The Medieval towns of Moncontour (35 minutes),  Dinan (70 minutes),  Josselin
(50 minutes) and Vannes (60 minutes) are superbly preserved historic gems and should not be missed. 

The Abbey de Bon Repos near Saint Gelven (20 minutes) is a partly restored 12th Century Cistercian Abbey.  Each Summer in late July / August there is a spectacular extravaganza depecting the history of Brittany.

A Video of the Spectacle at Bon Repos 2015 can be viewed below






Les Forges des Salles (20 minutes) is an ancient iron works with workshops and dwellings.

Beauport Abbey, near Paimpol (65 minutes) is a partly ruined abbey of immense charm and tranquility in a superb setting.

The Chateau de La Roche Jagu (60 minutes) has a superb location on a high promentary overlooking the river esturary.  It also has lovely gardens to visit.

There are several ancient monuments (Menhirs) in the area to be discovered.

Steam Railways

The Trieux Steam Railway (60 mins) runs between Pontrieux and Paimpol through stunning countryside.

The Guerlédan Steam Railway (15 mins) has recently opened over part of the original line.  There are currently plans to extend the line.

Golf

There are  courses at Pontivy, Saint Brieuc, Pléneuf Val André, St Quay Portrieux.

Cinemas, Concert Venues and Other Entertainments

There are cinemas at Saint Brieuc, Pontivy, Loudéac, Rostrenen and Quintin.  Films in English (with French sub-titles) are regularly shown.

Large concert / performance venues can be found at Pontivy and Saint Brieuc.
Most towns and villages have their own Salles de Fetes where local events are regularly held.

A Selection of Other Nearby Attractions / Activities

  • Indoor Play Centre - Pontivy
  • Ten Pin Powling - Pontivy
  • Jardin du Botrain - Mur de Bretagne
  • Centre Equestre de Guerledan - Treffaut - Horse riding centre open all year
  • Musee de l'Electricite - St Aignan - Electricity Museum near to the barrage at the Lac de Guerlédan open June to September
  • Quad biking - Caurel - 4 Hectares of woodland terrain for adults and children, all equipment provided
  • La maison de l'archeologie - Plussulien - Archeology exhibition
  • Le Village Gaulois - Pleumeur-Bodou - Gallic themed activity park open April to September