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...
Simon Pocock

Simon Pocock

It’s incredible. In May there are 4 bank holidays: 1st May – workers day, 8th May – end of war (or my wedding anniversary), 17th May – Ascension day, and Pentecote – 27th May. So, if the Bank Holiday falls on a Thursday or a Tuesday the French obviously take the extra day off and have a long weekend ‘faire le pont’.

After 20 yrs of living here I still find it strange. It reminds me of the French attitude to ‘apres vente’ or customer service (there is a television broadcast which mocks it). I ordered some parts for my Countax mower in March at a local agent in Guingamp. Six weeks later, still no blades. They put it down to reorganization, as it was taken over by an American firm last year (typical of another excellent British product selling out) and they blamed the French agent who deals directly with England. I thought it was just pathetic and cancelled the order, found an e-shop on ebay and ordered direct as he had the parts in stock and they should be here at the weekend and at a cheaper price.

There seems to be an inertia with businesses. I guess something to do with their labour laws, where sacking people is difficult, and a lack of flexibility.

Our winter renter is moving out next week – ‘Big Ron’, a Dutch guy who used to play gridiron. We found a really cheap 12 month rental for him just down the road in the ‘Belle Roche’ a very pretty manoire with a traditional arch and gated entry. The owner has decided he can’t cope with living by himself and has moved into Plestin staying with ‘les bonnes soeurs’ so he will have the place to himself. It’s very pretty externally, but nothing has been done inside for at least 40 years. Still, he will be the Lord of the Manor for the moment.

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