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If you dream of living close to the sea, Brittany in Western France has a stunning coastline, beautiful scenery, lively celtic towns and cities and an average house price of around €160,000.  Escaping to the coast might be more achievable than you thought. 

Of course,there is a ‘sea-view’ premium, but as soon as you head around 30 minutes inland prices drop off to such an extent that around Rostrenen in the Côtes-d’Armor the average house price is €53,000 and you can find pretty stone cottages such as these three, all in national parks for sale at under €100,000:

 

 

The proximity and ease of access to the UK has always been a plus for British buyers in the area, but aside from simple geographic location, Brittany has so much to explore and experience:

 

  The coastline

Brittany has one third of France’s coastline, the longest coastline in the country.  The northern coast is wild and dramatic.  The south facing coastline is a haven of peaceful lagoons, great for wildlife spotting and sailing.

 

  The Countryside

Vast sandy beaches, soaring cliffs, quaint fishing villages and rugged bays to explore on the coast.  Inland, national parks, beautiful forests, waterfalls and bubbling boulder-strewn rivers where you won’t see another soul.

 

  Regional delicacies

So much coastline = amazing seafood!  Moules and oysters are particular specialities of the region.

Crepes and galettes for breakfast, lunch and dinner if you choose

A seemingly endless supply of homegrown, locally produced cider

 

  Lively Towns & Cities

Towns and cities in Brittany manage to retain their medieval Celtic character while balancing it with a fantastic lively atmosphere with endless alleyway to explore, world famous festivals, and plenty of independent shops, bars and restaurants to visit.

 

  Celtic Spirit, Myths, Legends and Music

Sailors sea-shanties, smugglers myths and celtic legends make for very interesting research and bed-time reading

 

  A Lively Expat Community

Be as involved, or not, as you like in a lively expat community with many forums, interest groups and plenty of excuses for social get-togethers

 

  Brittany has A Feeling of being Remote, yet well Connected

 

On the Ferries

 

Brittany has two ferry ports with routes to the UK (Roscoff & St Malo)

 

Plymouth to Roscoff ferry with Brittany Ferries

Portsmouth the St Malo ferry with Brittany Ferries

Poole to St Malo with Condor Ferries

 

Caen and Cherbourg ferry ports in neighbouring Normandy are also worth looking at for travel to Brittany.

 

On the Planes

 

Obviously, airline flight routes and schedules change over time but Brittany has international airports at Brest, Dinard, Quimper and Rennes and flight routes include:

 

Birmingham to Brest with Flybe

Bristol to Dinard with Ryanair

East Midlands to Dinard with Ryanair

Exeter to Rennes with Flybe

Leeds Bradford to Dinard with Ryanair

London City to Brest with Cityjet

London City to Quimper with BA

London Gatwick to Nantes with Easyjet & Flybe

London Stanstead to Dinard & Lorient with Ryanair

Manchester to Brest, Nantes & Rennes with Flybe

Southampton to Brest & Rennes with Flybe

 

It’s also worth taking a look at flights from the UK to Nantes airport which is just south of Brittany in the Pays de la Loire.  You can fly to Nantes from Edinburgh, London, Southampton, Liverpool, Birmingham, Bristol or Manchester

 

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