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On the border of Pays Bigouden and the Cornwall of painters, Trégont Mab is the perfect fit for this part of South Finistère where the countryside breathes in the sea air. Historian and archaeologist Louis Le Guennec once wrote that its "grey facade is warmly embraced by the sun's rays and the vehement gusts of the suroît winds". Discretely tucked away behind woods crisscrossed with bridle paths and with a hillside and large prairies at its borders, one would never suspect that this property is just minutes from Quimper. Many mansions dot the Breton landscape, yet this one's unique history has forged its soul. Is it the memory of Anne of Brittany's presence, who is said to have regularly visited the inhabitants (a family with thirty sons at the time - "tregont mab" in Breton) or the remains of the Cordeliers convent that gives this mansion such a sweet melancholy? Whatever the answer, it creates a calm and relaxing atmosphere where modern day comforts blend seamlessly with period decor. And for those who manage to tear themselves away for a moment, it is easy to reach the coast and explore the expanses of the Bénodet sands.
Firstly, our roots are in the Quimper region. We also love the multitude of varied landscapes: the countryside and the seaside with its small ports, long sandy beaches and an almost infinite array of religious and architectural heritage. Secondly, this mansion is a place full of charm and authenticity, it "spoke" to us when we discovered it. We liked it immediately along with the woods and green spaces. It truly conquered our hearts.
Tregont Mab is no castle, but its charm is undeniable! There are many mansions in Britanny. They were the prerogative of the bourgeois, the nobility of Quimper and the surrounding area, shipowners, naval officers and notables who often made them their second home. The manor of Tregont Mab is a worthy representative of the 16th century with its cut stones, time-weathered gargoyles and cornices carved out of granite. A square tower houses the stone spiral staircase that leads to the bedrooms. In addition, we are fortunate to have an unfinished building that dates back to the 18th century, the stones come from the former convent of Cordeliers de Quimper (which was destroyed after the Revolution) and a charming, little chapel.
The manor of Trégont Mab dates back to the 16th century, the various owners were notables of Quimper or Lorient, explorers, admirals etc. It was Jean-Baptiste Lucien Colomb who made the most transformations in the 18th century by surrounding the property with a large wall for housing the horses, and in particular by buying the stones of the Cordeliers de Quimper convent to build a kind of chapel whose charming vestiges still remain. Queen Anne of Brittany's arrival is also of historical note, she stayed here twice and gave her name to the house - but that's a story we save for when guests arrive!
We offer an escape to another time. In 2015, we renovated the rooms in the original style but with touches of modernity so that everybody can feel at home. The rooms have wifi but no television as we wanted to preserve the tranquillity and allow guests to really enjoy the place. In winter, the living room with a large stone fireplace is perfect for a little reading with a tea or coffee. In summer, guests can enjoy the garden, relax for hours, have a game of ping-pong and walk in the woods or along the river within the estate. We also have horses, ponies, sheep, ducks and chickens. Our dogs love joining guests on their walks.
There are so many beautiful things to discover in the region, sometimes it is hard to choose but among my favourites are: Tudy Island, Pont-Aven and Belon, the lighthouse of Ekmul, the small port of Doelan. I would also recommend "Marie-Cath", a restaurant with a breathtaking view of the Pointe de la Torche, and "Chez Max" which is located in the former home of Max Jacob in Quimper and is classified as a "Maison des Illustres". "Les rendez-vous de Max" is a poetry evening that takes place on the first Thursday of every month at 6pm.
110 € - 160 € per night
The "Anne de Bretagne" room is located on the first floor and can accommodate three people. It has a bathroom and is equipped with a double bed in the main room and a single bed in a small adjoining room. The "Les Cordeliers" room is also located on the first floor and can accommodate two people. It has a bathroom and a magnificent view of the park. On the second floor, "Retour de Voyage" is a suite with two rooms with slightly sloping ceilings. It can accommodate two adults and two children. It has a bathroom and a magnificent view of the park.
700 € - 920 € per week
Stone house with an old framework, the gîte can accommodate up to four people. On the ground floor, in the large living room equipped with a wood stove and a fold-away double bed, there are a fitted kitchen, a dining area and a living room, then a bathroom with shower and a separate toilet. A bedroom on the mezzanine is equipped with a double bed (160x200) convertible into two single beds (80x200) for children. The house has a private outdoor area with garden table and barbecue. It gives access to the organic vegetable garden with its animals (chickens, ponies, ducks, sheep), to the large garden and to the forest for relaxing walks.