How to Find a Good Builder in Brittany

If you own property in Brittany, it is likely that you will undertake some building or renovation work on it at some point, and that you will need some advice or the help of a professional to get it right. From new builds to restorations, there are…

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A Property Guide to Brittany

Thinking of buying a property in Brittany? This article is an introductory guide to the region covering climate, landscape, attractions, access, property styles and prices.

Beautiful Brittany: Brignogan-Beaches, Lighthouse Pontusval on the point of Beg-Pol

Ten reasons you’re right to avoid Brittany

Did you think twice about coming to Brittany this summer? Quite right. There are many, many reasons to stay away from this part of the world, as local resident and Community Contributor Annaliza Davis explains. 1. The terrible weather We

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Far Breton, a sweet treat from Brittany

The Far Breton is a flan-based dessert originally from Brittany. Available in many versions, the Farz Forn remains the most well known, with additions like rum or plum liqueur.

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Winter in Brittany

Brittany tends to get overlooked in the winter. It only has one mountain peak, which is the mysterious and magical Menez Hom, but at 381 metres it certainly isn’t the place for a ski resort. Think of Brittany in winter

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Kouign-aman: a buttery indulgence from Brittany

A traditional pastry from Douarnenez, Brittany, a Kouign-amann means butter cake and is made from risen dough, but using the same method as for flaky pastry… a little effort for a tasty reward.

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Restoring a Derelict House in Brittany

In August 2012 Jenny (a management consultant) and her partner John (a builder) moved to Huelgoat in Brittany, where they are currently converting a local property into their dream home. Here, they tell us the ups and downs of such a project.

What’s on in Brittany

Visit the region famous for its traditional dancing and the buttery goodness of its local cuisine and you’ll be spoiled for choice with foodie fairs and festivals keeping old customs alive.

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Running Gîtes; Is It for You?

Most gite complexes are sold ‘turn key’ i.e. fully furnished and ready to go. The gite business here in France has been under pressure for revenue and bookings for a few years now – you need a unique selling point to stand out from the crowd.

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Eco Home Stars on Grand Designs

Daren and Adi bought a plot in Brittany and used salvaged materials to build a house so intriguing that Channel 4’s Kevin McCloud had to see it for himself. Here, Adi talks FrenchEntrée through planning permission, energy saving appliances and top tips for building abroad

“I love photographing old buildings”

Beverley and Scott Middleton bought a holiday home in Brittany in 2005. Here, the couple tell us how after viewing 35 houses in 10 days, they fell in love with a property near Carhaix in central Brittany – a part of the world that also inspires Bev’s passion for photography.

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Christ Church Brittany

Christ Church Brittany began, as many good things do, in a very small way back in 1999, in Ploërmel. Since then, Christ Church has grown and now has three worship centres: the original one in Ploërmel, a second at Rostrenen in central Brittany and a third in Huelgoat in Finistère.

Running a gite in Brittany

Jill Harrison runs a gîte business in Brittany. Having spent the past 10 years in France, she considers how life has changed since she left the UK behind for a farmhouse in France and offers an insight into what it takes to be in business.

How to Spend £100,000 in Brittany

If you have £100,000 to spend on a coastal property in France, what can you get for your money? FrenchEntrée Property Consultant Gaëlle Perreaux looks at the options in Brittany and the south of France

Working from home in Brittany

Nicky Whenman moved from Essex to Malestroit in Brittany six years ago. Here, she tells FrenchEntrée why she chose to settle in the region and how she found a way to work from home so she could be there for her children.

Moving house within France

Mimi and John live near Rennes in Brittany. Twelve months ago they packed up all their things and moved their young family to another town just 2km away. In spite of the short distance involved, there was plenty to do!

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A Guide to Brittany’s Departments

Each of Brittany’s departments is different, and each holds its own appeal for British buyers. Before deciding on where to concentrate your search, consider factors such as budget, the type …

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Cotes d’Armor Property

If your budget is large and your French is limited then consider buying on the Cotes d’Armor. This department is traditionally the most popular with British buyers, and is consequently …


A Holiday Home in Finistere

“Lesconil Harbour”Richard and Margaret Hadley bought a holiday home in a small coastal village in the Breton department of Finistere nearly eight years ago, and enjoy holidaying there for two months…


“Chouchen”Chouchen is an alcoholic drink popular in Brittany. It is made from the fermentation of honey in water. It is comparable to mead…

Lobster Florentine Crepes

“Lobster”Over medium heat in a medium sized saucepan, heat butter and add garlic, onions, and mushrooms. Saute until soft. Add walnuts, black pepper, lemon, spinach and white sauce. Blend thoroughly and remove from heat…

Pot-au-feu Breton (Breton stew)

Tie the beef into shape and put with the knuckle of veal into a large casserole with the salt, pepper and 3 litres of water. Bring to the boil, skim and simmer gently…

Boule Bretonne

The most ancient game of bowls in France is practised in the western part of France, especially in Brittany. The game is also called boule en bois, because the boules …

Family friends: dog breeds from Brittany

The Brittany Spaniel is one of the descendents of the Chien d’Oysel, a breed trained in the Middle Ages for netting game birds. He is the product of the initially accidental nineteenth-century crossbreeding of Brittany farm dogs…


Onion Johnnies

“French Onions”Onion Johnny is the nickname given to the French farmers and agricultural labourers that sell distinctive pink onions door-to-door in England, Wales and Scotland.

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The Breton Flags

The first known flag of Brittany was the Kroaz Du (or Groaz du), the Black Cross, virtually the reverse of the old Cornish flag…

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The Breton Language

To any visitor the most obvious difference between Brittany and the rest of France is the Breton language. This is not always high-profile in everyday life but everywhere are examples …

Breton Butter Cookies

“Breton butter cookies”With an electric mixer on slow speed, cream the butter, sugar and salt together. Slowly add the egg and vanilla, continuing to beat on slow speed. …

Salt Meadow Lamb

“Salt Meadow Lamb”Salt meadow lambs are widely available in the “pays d’Armor”. Those from the bay of Mont-Saint-Michel and from the Breton Islands (Belle-Île, Ouessant) are particularly sought after…

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Timber Infestation in Buildings

“Wood boring beetle”Wood Boring Insects infest most properties in Northern France and are commonly but incorrectly generally referred to as ‘woodworm’. In fact most damage to timberwork is in fact caused …

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Breton Music

The regional music of Brittany is unique and covers all genres from Celtic style with obvious maritime influences…