Holiday rentals in Brittany : Things to do
Things to do while staying in one of our holiday rentals in Brittany
Staying at Kergudon, in one of our holiday rentals in Brittany, gives you a peaceful and tranquil base where you can lie back and relax or from where you can explore the region.
Being in the centre of beautiful Breton countryside it is possible to enjoy a more physical and active break if you choose. In fact, whatever activity you enjoy we are likely to be able to cater.
A full range of activities can be found on this page including:
- Mountain Biking & Cycling
- Horse Riding
- Fitness & Personal Training
In Finistère, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to water fun and leisure parks with nine different places to choose from especially around Brest (40 minutes) and Quimper (40 Minutes).
We appreciate that travelling with kids can be stressful at times and they may need entertaining.
Toddlers and older children will equally have fun at the Oceanopolis aquarium and sea life centre in Brest. If your kids are prepared to explore and push the boundaries, there is Karaez Adrénaline inland near Carhaix, where they can explore tree top rope walks and zip wires.
One of the many things Brittany is known for are its biscuits. Many of the biscuiteries in the region offer tours and tastings - which child doesn't like biscuits!!
For more family and children’s activities during your Brittany self catering holiday, you can find more information here: Family things to do on holiday in Brittany.
The Lac Du Drennec is just 2km from our Brittany self catering cottages. With two golden sand beaches the lake offers wonderful views and calm, freshwater wild swimming. The lake water is clear and soft and with no waves or dangerous currents it is ideal for children.
Centre Nautique de l’Aree is located on the shores of the lake which offers canoeing, sailing, paddle boarding and much more during the summer months. Visit the Nautical Centre Finistere for more information, prices and opening times.
Jet skiing and other water sports are available in Brest which is 40 minutes’ drive from Kergudon holiday rentals in Brittany. Locamarine Watersports offer a wide choice of activities and you can find further details on their website.
CHATEAUX AND GARDENS
Brittany is filled with beautiful gardens and properties to explore. On the north coast just outside Roscoff (40 minutes) are the excellent Jardin Exotique & Botanique. Details of other gardens and Chateaux including Chateau Trevarez (pictured above) and the splendid Abbey Daoulas and Chateau Kerjean can be found here.
Further south in Pont l’Abbé (45 minutes) you’ll find the stunning Parc Botanique Cornouaille.
In the charming town of Huelgoat (25 minutes) is a fascinating arboretum which is also well worth a visit.
There are many other gardens and historic places to visit during your time at Kergudon holiday rentals in Brittany which we would be very happy to recommend.
If all you want is a stroll around one of the many interesting towns of Finistère the following are just a few of those we would recommend and are all within easy reach (driving times are given in brackets).
Additional information, as well as other destinations, can be provided to guests staying at our holiday rentals in Brittany.
Sizun (8 mins) Our nearest small market town with all usual facilities including an excellent tabac/cafe (Cafe du Centre), restaurants, supermarché, boulangeries and an attractive church with small museum.
Huelgoat (25 mins) A beautiful market town famous for its fishing lake and walks among forests and granite boulders accessible directly from the town.
Landerneau (20 mins) (Pictured above) An interesting and bustling town with large hypermarkets and extensive shopping facilities. Landerneau is also home to the Fonds Leclerc exhibition and art gallery with world class exhibitions and big names during both their summer and winter exhibitions.
Morlaix (25 mins). An ancient and attractive market town of cobbled streets and half-timbered houses.
Very popular with visitors for its boutique shopping and craft shops it also has a range of banks and supermarchés. Famed for its impressive viaduct passing over the town it is the gateway to the “pink granite” coast just a short drive from our Brittany self catering cottages at Kergudon.
Brest (35 mins) The regional center of Western Brittany and largest city near us it is home to the French Navy’s Atlantic fleet. As any large town it has extensive shopping, entertainment and cultural attractions including a botanic garden, maritime museum and the excellent Oceanopolis aquarium. Almost completely rebuilt after destruction during the Second World War the city hosts an international Maritime Festival every 4 years in July. There was due to be a festival in 2020 which had to be cancelled due to the COVID pandemic. The next will be 2024 unless 2020's is rescheduled. Also held every 4 years, Brest is the mid-point of the 1200km cycle endurance event Paris – Brest – Paris (which passes through the center of Sizun on stages 7 (to Brest) and 8 (from Brest). The next is due in 2023.
Chateaulin (20 mins) Situated on the banks of the River Aulne where it forms part of the Nantes Brest canal, it is a beautiful town much loved by visitors and famous for its salmon and trout fishing.
Chateauneuf du Faou (30 mins) Also on the banks of Nantes-Brest Canal on the outskirts of the Montagnes Noires, the stunningly pretty town is known for its salmon fishing and has a wide variety of restaurants and shops.
Crozon Peninsula (40 mins) Home to stunning beaches and delightful seaside towns including Morgat and Camaret-sur-Mer. Great for a day on the beach or some excellent coastal cliff walks.
Quimper (45 mins) The capital of Finistère and with a very Breton feel. Roman in its origins it is sited where the rivers Odet and Steir meet and therefore has a number of bridges joining the sides of the town. Excellent shopping, wonderful bars, cafes and restaurants, a medieval cathedral and much more make this city an excellent day out. The beautiful 16th century town of Locronan is nearby.
Concarneau (50 mins) A much loved tourist center and famous fishing port. The fortified town (Ville Close) is a lovely place to wander and take in the sights of the medieval narrow streets.
Located in the heart of Brittany’s 425,000 acre Armorique National Park, established in 1969 as the second park in France and still the only one in Brittany. Kergudon is surrounded by natural beauty and ideal territory for walking, hiking and rambling holidays in Brittany.
The park includes four distinct areas of differing ecologies. Kergudon Gîtes & Chambres d’Hôtes is located in the Monts d’Arrée region which includes the highest point of Brittany at Roc’h Ruz. Nearby, the 5 meter lower, Montagne St-Michel gives a fantastic view of the Monts d’Arrée and the Black Mountains to the south. While forested around the gîtes, the area becomes barren heathland pierced by rocky scarps as you gain height.
St. Cadou is at the center of a number of walks that can be started from your French country cottage and we can provide routes ranging from a few miles to a full day making it a great location for your walking holiday in Brittany. Organised walks and activities are also provided by Addes in Botmeur.
Other regions within the natural park can be reached quickly by car which opens up walks in different surroundings. The Crozon peninsular to the west affords cliff top or coastal walks with interesting coves and inlets to explore.
Additional circular routes can be recommended a short distance from the Kergudon gîtes including the fascinating rock formations, forest, river and lake of Huelgoat.
The Boot Room at Kergudon offers guests the facility to borrow welly boots, dry and store wet clothes and store boots overnight.
France is a cycle-mad nation focused on the annual Tour De France. While this doesn’t pass through Brittany every year, the Paris – Brest – Paris race, held every 4 years in August, passes through our closest market town of Sizun (8 mins drive away, varies by bike) on the final stage before arriving in Brest and again the first stage departing from the city. The next event is 2023.
If you want to follow in the professionals tyre tracks, or simply travel away from the gîtes but have not brought a bike, Kergudon has a number of cycles available for guests to borrow free of charge so that you can still enjoy a cycling holiday in Brittany. (Kergudon does not supply cycle helmets.)
More details about mountain biking (VTT) in the Monts d’Arrée can be found Mountain Biking on holiday in Brittany.
Anyone travelling out can take advantage of the picnics that we offer, either in a wicker basket for the drivers or a backpack for the cyclists.
There are over 850 kms of sign posted bridle paths in Finistère covering the varied landscapes and areas.
There is a wide choice of horse riding and trekking centres within a short drive of the gîtes depending on your experience and the region you would like to ride through.
Ferme Equestre Randoloisirs, Kerinizan, 29450 Sizun Tel: 02 98 68 89 98
Centre Equestre d’Arrée, Garzuel, 29190 Brasparts Tel: 02 98 81 47 34
Driving itself becomes a pleasure again on Finistère's well maintained and near-deserted roads. Anyone looking for a beautiful driving holiday in Brittany need look no further than Finistère.
There are many great driving routes for classic and sports car enthusiasts alike which can be recommended taking in stunning rural or coastal views – or both – for a few hours or a full day. Kergudon Gîtes & Chambres d’Hôtes is an excellent base for your driving holiday in Brittany and we have ample off street parking for classic cars and our gîtes are suited perfectly for a group booking so that you can all tour in convoy!
Lac du Drennec has been listed as a premier classification for trout fishing as is the river in Huelgoat whose lake is known especially for carp and perch.
Whether your preference is for fly, coarse, salmon or sea fishing there is something available for you nearby and we would be delighted to advise and arrange.
We partner with Philippe Dolivet (Brittany Fly Fishing) who is a renowned fishing guide and instructor who can arrange lakeside, boat based or off-shore fishing for novices or the more experienced.