Distances and approximate travel times to the complex, the roads are generally of a good standard, no tolls in Brittany and little traffic.
Portsmouth/Poole via Cherbourg
Crossing time 3-4 hours depending on either the fast boat or cruise, Cherbourg to the complex 234 miles approx.. 4.5 hours
Portsmouth via St Malo
Crossing time 7 hours, St Malo to the complex 116 miles, approx. 2.5 hours.
Plymouth via Roscoff
Crossing time 6 hours, Roscoff to the complex 40 miles, approx. 50 minutes.
PLACES TO VISIT
Plonevez du Faou: 1.2 miles
The nearest village with banks, chemists, bakers, butcher, bars, small supermarket and one restaurant.
Chateauneuf du Faou: 6.3 miles
Larger town placed on the Nantes to Brest canal which runs for 200 miles and is good for easy walking and cycling. The town has a water sports and pool complex on the canal, a small market on Tuesdays mornings and also has two supermarkets, Le Clerc and Intermarche.
Huelgoat: 11 miles
Pretty town on a lake with small market on Thusday mornings. There is a very interesting walk called the “Chaos” which runs alongside the river Argent. The walk is through ancient woodland littered with giant boulders piled at impossible angles. Said to be part of the legend of King Arthur. There is a good general store in the town square and also an Intermarche supermarket on the outskirts of the town.
Le Faou: 26 miles
From the complex to this town is a really picturesque drive or cycle with stunning views.
Quimper: 33 miles
The medieval town is the capital of Finistere and well worth a visit. A much bigger town situated on the river Odet with magnificent cathedral and fortifications.
Locronon: 30 miles
Said to be one of the prettiest villages in France which has changed little since the 18th Century. As such it is in great demand as a film location.
Dournenez: 35 miles
A charming port, famed for its sardine industry which started back in Roman Times. An attractive waterfront with fishermans bars and restaurants.
The Crozon Peninsula: 40 miles
On the west coast, explore the beautiful cliffs and beaches of Pen Pointe de Pen-Hir and Camaret-sur-mer.
Benodet: 43 miles
A beautiful seaside resort with large promenade and expansive child friendly beeches. One of the best ice cream parlours next to the casino offers over 40 varieties!
Near Brignon Plage: 50 miles
Lying on the north coast this huge rock strewn beech was home to a small community who eaked out a living by harvesting seaweed! The remains of their homes can still be seen built amongst the massive bolders. It is now home to a museum and numerous craft centres.
Plonevez du Faou
Le Chaudron – Not one we have tried, it is a pizzeria as well as having a French menu and offers lunch time “plat du jour”.
Chateauneuf du Faou
Les Vents des isles – Good food, pizzas and French menu, used by the locals, good service.
Le Chaland – Set in a beautiful location alongside the canal. The owners are French husband chef and English wife maître D, so no problem with language. Excellent food and service.
La Volterra – Recommended by many locals as one of the best restaurants, only opens lunch time.
Hotel du Lac – Our favourite local eatery set on the lake side. Great pizzas with also extensive French Menu. They also offer “a emporter” take away service on pizzas and pasta meals.
Mirabel – Small intimate restaurant with a terrace overlooking the lake. Great 3 course a la carte menu – run by English lady and her French chef/husband