Brittany Property Blog: News and Information from the region

France Property Exhibitions in the UK during September

There are three important French property exhibitions coming up in the UK during September and we’d love to welcome you onto our stand.

We will have agents from all over France ready & waiting to answer your questions on French life and the property buying process.

We have over 14,000 properties to choose from so why not begin your search by coming to say hello to our friendly team and finding out why we’ve been voted the best estate agency in France for two years running now.

11-12th September
The Expat exhibition, London Olympia
For free tickets click here

18-20th September
The French Property Show, London Olympia 
For free tickets click here 

25-27th September
A Place in the Sun Live, Birmingham NEC 
For free tickets click here

Look forward to seeing you at one of the shows!

About Brittany

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Welcome to Brittany – no  longer a kingdom, no longer a duchy, but still proud and beautiful. Brittany, the most westerly of France’s 22 mainland regions, occupies a large peninsula between the English Channel to the north and the Bay of Biscay to the south. Divided into four departments, it has a long, rich history and is a delightful place to explore offering a warm welcome to those who choose to settle here. The region is diverse and so is the property available, from state of the art to tumbledown, manoirs to fishermen’s cottages and everything in between.

It’s so easy to get here via the ports at Roscoff and St Malo, fly into Rennes, Brest or Dinard or come on the train. Brittany is one of the most accessible areas of France and so lovely, why drive through it to go elsewhere?

14th July

You may know it as Bastille Day as it is referred to around the world, but in France it is known as La ‘Fête Nationale’ and here in Brittany, I never hear anyone called it anything other than  ‘le quatorze juillet’.  It commemorates the storming of the Bastille fortress-prison during the French Revolution and the celebrations held a year later, in 1790 to mark the conclusion of the revolution.

There will be a huge parade in Paris and fireworks all weekend the length and breadth of France. In Brittany many of the celebrations and pyrotechnics are held at the coast with displays over the sea creating a magical effect. It stays light well into the evening in Brittany so many displays start at 11pm or even later, after it has finally got dark.  The atmosphere is delightful with families and people of all ages gathering together to mark this national event.

An opportunity to purchase a beautifully designed eco-friendly house in Brittany – €466,400

Built from Canadian White Cedar wood this house has 220m2 of living space and has been designed to let in streams of light.

This house is approached down a tapered drive of natural shale, situated in a quiet hamlet within minutes of the medieval town of Dinan, on the edge of a village overlooking the countryside.
As you enter this wooden house, the open plan 40 m2 living/kitchen area is stunning with it’s oak floor and wood insert fireplace which heats the house.
Off the kitchen is a well arranged utility room / pantry with back door to the garden.
Also downstairs is an office and snug, downstairs bedroom suite with bathroom and walk in wardrobe.
For those of you looking for a “working from home” from the living area, there is a music room, with spiral stairs up to a bedroom with its own patio door.
The bespoke oak staircase leads up to a mezzanine landing, off which are 3 bedrooms and shower room.
There is also a habitable outbuilding which is used as a garage, workshop and storage.
Ideally located on the edge of quiet hamlet, close to the Medieval town of Dinan, with easy access to Saint Malo, Rennes & Saint Brieuc.
You can be on the beach within 20 minutes, and plenty of golf courses to choose from.
If you are looking for an unusual house, low maintenance and peace & quiet, this house ticks all the boxes.
View : full details     Agent : Sarah Bishop

Le Tour de France – Brittany July 11th 2015

Saturday, July 11th – Stage 8 – 181.5km  Rennes / Mûr-de-Bretagne  

The path to the heart of Brittany on the roads of the Côtes-d’Armor area puts an end to a period made for sprinters. The candidates for a leading role will indeed have to take command of the race. The battle for seconds will witness a new fierce episode on the final climb that will this time be made even harder without a previous surge. And the gaps at the finish, even reduced, could have severe consequences.

Sunday, July 12th – Stage 9 – 28km   Vannes / Plumelec

In just two days, the Tour will be visiting the two major sites of cycling in Brittany. The final showdown will however be different with the climb up the Côte de Cadoudal coming at the end of a 28-kilometre team time-trial. This test of strength and moment of truth will be awaited with anxiety by the main actors of the GC, especially because the final uphill part could influence on the choice of strategy.

Brittany village “best in France”

Photo: Etienne Valois/Flickr

The village of Ploumanac’h in Brittany, has been ranked as the best village in the entire country, at least according to the viewers of “Village préféré des Français” on TV channel France 2.
The isolated coastal village, which is affectionately called Ploum by the locals, beat stiff competition from 21 other villages but came away with the crown in the two-hour programme .
The website Brittany Tourism has plenty to say about Ploumanac’h, singling out the Pink Granite Coast, which it called “one of the most beautiful stretches of Brittany’s coastline”.
Strange rock formations are a particular highlight of the area too, which the tourism site promises all change with the light. One is even shaped like Napoleon’s hat, the locals say.
There’s also more than a fair share of flora and fauna, including with the village dubbed by some as “the mecca” for birdwatchers.
But one of the main attractions is the sheer beauty of the area.

Large stone house, partly renovated, located in the centre of popular tourist village and only €104,500

Set in a lively tourist destination known for its craft shops, brocantes, bars and restaurants. This property has great potential, either as a holiday home or main residence, or even to run bed and breakfast. With much of the structural work undertaken, it just needs some enthusiasm to finish.
This beautiful stone house consists of Character front oak door, into partly renovated kitchen, Lounge with large feature fireplace, the rooms have large oak feature beams. W.C. Large store room. Stairs lead to 4 bedrooms 2 with en suite, and bathroom. Outside is a small pretty courtyard. This property would make a beautiful family home or holiday getaway, that is close enough to be reached from the UK, with Rennes airport just 40 minutes away, and the ports of St Malo, Cherbourg and Caen to the north with regular daily sailings. If looking for property in this area this is a must to view.

View : full details     Agent : Clive Percival

Super country property – a spacious home, a gite to rent out and a great fishing lake !

This is the perfect combination,  3 bed family home PLUS a gite ….  PLUS a private lake to help you attract guests and of course you can enjoy it too!

With an enclosed courtyard, over 3 acres of land including an orchard, a beautiful lake of approximately an acre, a stream and small woodland.

Ideally located just 40 kilometers from Dinan, 40 kilometers from the wonderful Brittany coast and less than an hour from the historic ferry port of St Malo,  this is a great spot for attracting gite guests with so much to do in easy distance. If you are seeking a new home which could generate an income then this could be it.

This property is for sale at the amazing price of €259,700  and with the UK pound being so strong it makes this property even more attractive.

Click here to see the full details on the Leggett website

Please email Mike Greene at Leggett Immobilier for further information or to arrange a viewing – you will not be disappointment!

Leggett Immobilier, Brittany – Local knowledge you can trust

Please take a look at this short video and see what some of our clients are saying about their experience of buying a property in Brittany through Leggett Immobilier.