Les Huniers- luxury cottage in the Vieux Port -La Roche-Bernard
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Why Owner chose La Roche-Bernard
La-Roche-Bernard is a local beauty spot. A lovely town with lots to see and do. Many local holiday rentals list themselves as LR-B but are in fact 10 or 15 kms distant. Les Huniers is in the town and has private parking. So you can leave your car and walk to all amenities, restaurants and bars. The quay is 30m from the front door and you have glimpses of the river from the first floor
What makes this Cottage unique
This is a fantastically beautiful area that is, surprisingly, not well known by many Brits and indeed French people.
100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date. 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
Wonderful and homely cottage in the middle of town. Wonderful garden with a barbecue. Truly enjoyed our stay at Les Huniers.
You were perfect guests and it was our pleasure to welcome you.
Gîte idéalement placé sur le port de La Roche Bernard
Super emplacement sur le port de La Roche Bernard
Restaurants, cafés et école de voile à proximité
Vieille ville charmante
Le gîte est bien équipé et confortable
Une place de parking attenante
Excellent accueil de nos hôtes
Nous reviendrons !
Between Vannes and Nantes, the fortified village of La Roche-Bernard has dominated the River Vilaine for a thousand years. More recently the village has become a place to wander around its quaint streets or a walk by the old port and take an aperitif on a sunny evening by the quay. It is a Petite Cité de Caractère. This is a classification, given to only 20 small towns, which have listed buildings of architectural merit that also provide good facilities for tourists.
La Roche-Bernard was founded by the Viking Lord Bern-Hart around 1000AD because of its strategic position on the River Vilaine. It was thanks to the river that the village became a prosperous port, which was at its busiest in the 19th century. You can find out all about its maritime history – including its role as a centre for building warships in the 17th century – at the Musée de la Vilaine Maritime. The town used to export pit props to Wales and import Welsh coal. There are frequent references in the town to “La Couronne”. This was a square-rigger built in the town that was sunk by the English at La Bataille des Cardinales, when English men-o-war sank a large part of the French fleet in their home waters. The cannon on the rock is said to be from La Couronne. Bruno who manages the Museum will give you a good account of this if you are interested.
Apart from being a beautiful town and stunning location, a more recent claim to fame was the location of the highly regarded Michelin-starred restaurant L’Auberge Bretonne. The chef at L,’Auberge Brettone has recently retired and consequently the Michelin stars went too, but the prices have dropped dramatically. Read more about this in my Restaurant Guide which you will receive closer to your holiday. There are many restaurants from Crèperies to Michelin starred within the town or a short drive
On a Thursday morning the market is in full swing. Later, you can take a walk around the attractive old quarter where you can watch a potter at work in his studio, blow some glass in the Atelier de Verre or learn
about bee keeping (and buy some honey) at the Maison de l’Abeille next to Les Huniers. Pop-in for lunch at Le Sarah B, housed in an 18th-century grain warehouse on the quayside; the café is a Café de Pays, a label given to venues with an authentic Breton atmosphere. Live music is played here most weekends. Or you can eat fresh, well cooked fish on the floating restaurant Les Copains D’Abord
La Roche-Bernard is a popular destination for fans of water-based activities. There are more boats in La Roche –Bernard than inhabitants! Les Vedettes Jaunes run regular trips down the river as far as the Arzal dam, which was built in 1970 to allow navigation of the river at all states of tide. More independent sorts can hire boats (no permit needed) or paddle along in a kayak. The Flotille Traditionnelle de la Basse Vilaine is a group of vintage boat owners who keep their traditional craft in the old port and you can also take a sailing trip on one of these beautiful boats - Morwhena.
There’s plenty to keep keen walkers happy. The GR39 path, which links Mont St-Michel with the Brière National Park, passes through the village. The Sentier des Ponts (bridge trail) is a 3.5 mile (5.7km) path that takes walkers past the Vilaine’s bridges. There is also a coastal path that stretches along most of the S Brittany coast