HIRONDELLE FARM

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Places to go in Chateaubriant, France

"Do you know this region with a Brittany heart, less than an hour from Nantes, Rennes, Angers and the Atlantic coast? 

Just for the day, or a week-end, or even more, the Land of Blue Stone is waiting for you to discover it. Enjoy your visit Welcome to the Chateaubriant District,"
(Chateaubriant Tourist Office)

Places to go, things to do - The History of the Western Loire France 

La Vieille Ville - the heart of the old city spreads out at the foot of the Brient fortress . Beautiful medieval buildings are a witness of the rich past of this walled city.

Le Chateau - the strength of a medieval fortress and the charm of the Renaissance is combined.

Le Manoir de la Petite Haie - Built in 15th and 16th centuries in blue schist, it represents perfectly the stately architecture of the District of Chateaubriant.

La Tour Saint Clair - A unique castle keep, English stronghold during the Hundred Years' War, repeatedly attacked by Bertrand Duguesclin.

Le Chateau de la Motte-Glain - Rebuilt in the 15th century by Pierre de Rohan. Decorated in sculpted tufa stone.

Abbey Notre Dame de Melleray - open to visitors since 1142.

La Carriere des Fusilles - This area of France was very active in the Resistance and the Liberation of France during World War Two. This is commemorated in the statue dedicated to 27 local hostages who were murdered in a quarry by Nazis on 22nd October 1941.

Le Musee de la Resistance - Permanent exhibition dedicated to the memory of the Chateaubriant hostages.

Places to go - The Scenery of the Western Loire, France

The Chere Valley Leaving Soudan, the Chere hugs Chateaubriant castle ramparts, bathes the bottom of the Tertre below the charming town of St Aubin des Chateaux, rests in the Hunaudiere Lake, site of the old forges, livens up the Pont mill, still working, crosses the town of Mouais, the smallest commune in Loire-Atlantique, and continues on to Grand-Fougeray.

The Don Valley From St Julien de Vouvantes to Nozay, going through Moisdon and Jans, the Don valley offers rich and varied panoramas and pleasant scenery.

The Semnon Valley Between Loire-Atlantique and Ille-et-Vilaine, the Semnon meanders freely from Ferce to Soulvache, as far as the superb small bridge at the foot of St Fiace Chapel.

Places to go

The Lakes Le Lac de Vioreau - The man made beach at the beautiful Lake of Voireau, only 20 minutes drive from the farm.

L'Etang de Clegreuc - This superb lake on the edge of the Gavre forest is a bird sanctuary of exceptional quality.

L'Domaine de la Roche - In the hollow of a wooded 22 hectare domaine, an exceptional site.