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The cottage is in a hamlet deep in the countryside around Saint Germain-en-Cogles, a very pretty village surrounded by woods and hills, and in an area of pleasant countryside with sunken lanes, woods, châteaux, and pretty French villages.


On the borders of Normandy and Brittany, it encapsulates the charms of both areas at their best, with the famous bocage countryside characterized by small fields surrounded by hedges, interspersed with groves of trees, together with the sense of mystery of Brittany. Yet it is just an hour from the sea and the world-famous Mont St Michel,the medieval walled port of Saint Malo, and the Brittany coastal path.

Itinerary Planning Ideas

  • Local Facilities

    St Germain has a boulangerie, a butcher, a pharmacist, and an excellent small supermarket which is several cuts above local supermarkets in Britain. Particularly to be recommended are the galettes which they do on Thursdays.

    Local vet: 2bis pl Republique, 35300 Fougeres
    tel. 02 99 99 04 40


  • Close by

    Visit the Parc Floral de Haute Bretagne (Le Châtellier). This remarkable park extends over 25 hectares and comprises 21 thematic gardens drawing on different geographical and historical eras.

    Spend an afternoon strolling round the village, and a walk through the Jardin d’Eau, a park of 6 hectares with wetland and considerable biodiversity, and a multimedia interpretation of the role of water in the local area. Finish off with a patisserie from the local boulangerie.

    Venture further afield with one of the 17 walks listed in the Randoguide, through unspoilt countryside and stumble upon the odd château!

    Visit the wonderful Château de Fougères, and stroll up to the top of the town and back again to the medieval quarter through a route that takes you through two gardens.

    Visit the museum dedicated to the Breton impressionist painter Emmanuel de la Villéon, little known but when you see his works, you wonder why.

    Visit Le château du Rocher Portail (Maen Roch, Saint-Brice-en-Coglès), a late 16th century château built by a courtier of Henry IV, and providing a unique view of the architecture and furniture of the period.


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  • Over an hour away, but doable in a day

    Visit Mont-Saint-Michel, a medieval town and abbey on top of a rocky island and now a Unesco World Heritage site.

    Visit the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel, with its wild birds and salt meadows, an area of great biodiversity.

    Drive over into Normandy and visit the wonderful fortified old medieval town of Domfront, set in rolling Normandy countryside.

    Further into Brittany, visit Dinan, another picturesque medieval town, perched on top of the Rance.

    Visit one of the many nearby historical towns – Châteaugiron, Rennes, Vitré, Combourg, all with their own character, interesting buildings, and just begging you to stroll and sit in their cafés.

    Visit Dinard, a perfect example of a 19th century seaside town, much loved by the English.

    Walk on the wild coastal headland


  • Suggested Itinerary

    Day 1 Explore the wonderful town of Fougères, with its enormous medieval fortified castle, its gardens, its museums, its ancient alleyways, and its magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.

    On your return, wander round the lovely village of St Germain-en-Coglès, familiarizing yourself with its shops and perhaps picking up a patisserie.

    Day 2 Visit Mont St Michel, taking a leisurely stroll up the ancient streets of the town, and exploring the ancient abbey. Afterwards, visit the surrounding Bay, which, with its wild birds and salt meadows, is an area of great biodiversity.

    Day 3 Visit the Parc Floral de Haute Bretagne, which is a collection of 21 themed gardens ranging from prehistoric, to classical, to Renaissance, to Japanese. Sample one of the many different varieties of tea in the café!

    Day 4 Go on one of the many walks listed in the Randoguide (see the folder in the house or, pick the length depending on your energy!

    Day 5 Visit the nearby Château du Rocher Portail, built in the 16th century and a unique example of its period. Afterwards stroll in the nearby forests.


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