La Roche Bernard

Introduction to La Roche-Bernard La Roche-Bernard is a small town in Southern Brittany. It is a very exciting place to visit for many reasons. The town is situated on the River Vilaine, and plays host to a myriad of small boats in its natural harbour. Two superb...

Local Activities

Whatever your interests, the Brittany / Pays de la Loire region of France certainly offers an incredible range of local activities. From walking to sailing or from playing golf to relaxing on one of the many glorious sandy beaches. Do you prefer a self-catering...

La Brière

A 5 minute drive from La Roche Bernard takes you to the Parc Naturel Régional de La Brière. The park includes the largest wetland area in France outside of the Camargue. It covers around 100,000 acres. Its establishment in 1970 aimed to  protect the cultural and...

Markets in France selling food, crafts and antiques

Visiting local food, craft, and antiques markets in France is one of the most pleasurable experiences enjoyed by holidaymakers. This certainly applies to Brittany and the Pays de la Loire regions. Whether you are looking for local Pottery, Speciality salt from the...

Holiday Website Tips (2) – Be easy to contact

Make sure there is a clear and obvious way for people to get in touch with you wherever they are on your website. Failure to do so could result in lots of potential bookings finding their way to somebody else's website. A few simple ideas may make all the difference...
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Local Activities

Local Activities

Whatever your interests, the Brittany / Pays de la Loire region of France certainly offers an incredible range of local activities. From walking to sailing or from playing golf to relaxing on one of the many glorious sandy beaches. Do you prefer a self-catering...

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Markets in France selling food, crafts and antiques

Markets in France selling food, crafts and antiques

Visiting local craft, antiques and produce markets is an activity enjoyed by holidaymakers when they visit France. This certainly applies to Brittany and the Pays de la Loire regions, and whether you are looking for local Pottery, Speciality salt from the marshes around Guérande, Muscadet from the Pays Nantaise, or the most wonderful fresh shellfish, you will find it at any number of bustling markets in the area.

Our list of antiques, food and craft markets in the Brittany and Pays de la Loire regions of France

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Golf in Western France

Golf in Western France

Western France is well-known for its wide selection of superb golf courses to suit all standards and budgets. Here we introduce you to a few local courses, providing some idea of the facilities they offer. In addition, you will also find a link to their websites,...

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Local Activities

Local Activities

Whatever your interests, the Brittany / Pays de la Loire region of France certainly offers an incredible range of local activities. From walking to sailing or from playing golf to relaxing on one of the many glorious sandy beaches. Do you prefer a self-catering...

La Brière

A 5 minute drive from La Roche Bernard takes you to the Parc Naturel Régional de La Brière. The park includes the largest wetland area in France outside of the Camargue. It covers around 100,000 acres. Its establishment in 1970 aimed to  protect the cultural and...

Markets in France selling food, crafts and antiques

Markets in France selling food, crafts and antiques

Visiting local craft, antiques and produce markets is an activity enjoyed by holidaymakers when they visit France. This certainly applies to Brittany and the Pays de la Loire regions, and whether you are looking for local Pottery, Speciality salt from the marshes around Guérande, Muscadet from the Pays Nantaise, or the most wonderful fresh shellfish, you will find it at any number of bustling markets in the area.

Our list of antiques, food and craft markets in the Brittany and Pays de la Loire regions of France

Food and Drink

Pineau … or Pinot? Do you know the difference?

Pineau is a delicious alcoholic drink which comes from the Charentes region of France. It is a fortified wine made from 3 parts grape juice and 1 part Cognac and, like many great delicacies, was discovered by mistake…

Find out all about Pineau des Charentes

Etiquette surrounding the French aperitif

Is there an etiquette to observe when inviting French friends over for aperitif? Cindy, our guest blogger, having recently arrived in France, has discovered that there is.

Find out how to offer French aperitifs (or apéro) and avoid social embarrassment

Aioli – boiled fish, boiled potatoes, boiled green beans and a hard-boiled egg, all served up with the tastiest garlic mayonnaise

I’ve just had my first ‘grand aioli’. I’m surprised it’s taken me over 30 years to discover this great French dish. If you’ve never had one, it’s a Provencal dish of fish, vegetables and garlic sauce.

Find out more about ‘le grand aioli’, a great Provencal recipe

Lait Ribot – French Buttermilk

Lait ribot is the by product of butter making and is known as buttermilk in the UK. The French, particularly the Bretons, really like it and add it to a number of dishes (some surprising).

Find out more about Lait Ribot

Does unsalted butter exist in Brittany?

The Bretons love butter and consume lots of it. Brittany butter has a high fat content (more than 80%) with 16% water and between 2% and 3% salt. Do you know why they say you don’t need to add salt when making butter, or why the butter from Brittany is so yellow?

Find out about Brittany butter

Driving in France

French Education

French Traditions

Gardening in France

Holiday Website Tips

Holiday Website Tips (6) – What your clients say is important!

Holiday Website Tips (6) – What your clients say is important!

As a french property owner you are constantly competing for bookings with other owners in your area. In times when demand outstrips supply you should all be able to co-exist happily, but the number of available rental units has been rising steadily and exchange rate fluctuations and economic crises are conspiring to dampen demand too. Internet searchers will usually look at a number of properties before choosing those to enquire about, so how do you increase the chances of your property being one of them?

Find out how to stand out from your competition by putting testimonials on your website