Sightseeing and exploring the region around Troezel BianThe location of the Troezel Bian Guest Manor on the Lezardrieux Peninsula (http://www.presquile-de-lezardrieux.com/) makes it the ideal base from which to explore a region rich in history, flora and fauna.
A quick summary of what is on offer
- Borrow our bicycles to cycle along the quiet country roads and visit the local beaches and rocky coasts (http://docarmor.free.fr/valarmor/valouest/kerbors1.htm), or go a little further to see some of the more than 20 little chapels located on the peninsula.
- You can also hike along the customs path (GR34), which passes just 2km from the manor and runs along the English channel coast of mainly pebble and rock beaches and the River Jaudy estuary.
- A little further east along the coast, a visit to the Sillon de Talbert is a must (http://www.reserves-naturelles.org/sillon-de-talbert; 10 minutes by car, 40 minutes by bicycle). The Celtic Whisky Company, just a little further east from the Sillon, offers guided tours and tastings at its unique distillery (http://glannarmor.com/).
- For the ornithologists, the Jaudy and Trieux estuaries and the Sillon de Talbert are ideal places for bird watching (http://www.presquile-de-lezardrieux.com/).
- For those of you who are interested in history, we recommend the beautiful Beauport Abbey (http://abbayebeauport.com/; 15 minutes by car), the cathedral town of Tréguier (http://www.ville-treguier.fr/; 10 minutes) and the magnificent château and gardens of Roche Jagu (http://www.larochejagu.fr/; 20 minutes).
- Take the authentic steam train from Paimpol (http://www.vapeurdutrieux.com/; 15 minutes) or the River Trieux Ferryboat from Lezardrieux (http://lepasseurdutrieux.com/) to the delightful historic town of Pontrieux, with its ancient houses and their restored washhouses along the river (http://www.tourisme-pontrieux-communaute.com/).
- We strongly recommend that you leave the continent for a day to visit the nearby paradise island of Brehat (http://www.tourismebretagne.com/decouvrir/iles-et-presqu-iles/brehat), which can be reached by ferry from Arcouest (http://www.vedettesdebrehat.com/; 25 minutes by car plus 15 minutes crossing).
- For more ambitious sailors, we recommend one or more days as a crew member sailing on board an ancient tuna or lobster fishing boat (http://www.voilestraditions.fr/).
- On the other (western) side of the Jaudy estuary, we recommend you visit the Pointe du Château (30 minutes by car), where the sea forces its way into a small cleft between two imposing granite rocks and, close by, you'll find the famous house between the rocks that is featured on many advertising posters (http://docarmor.free.fr/valarmor/valouest/plougre3.htm). The tourist town of Perros Guirec is located a little further west, on the pink granite coast (http://www.cotedegranitrose.fr/).
- Within easy reach of the manor to the east are Paimpol, with its festivals, its port behind the lock gates, and its historic links with Iceland (http://www.paimpol-goelo.com/; 15 minutes by car), the magnificent cliffs of Plouha, wide sandy beaches and the cute little port of Gwin Zegal (http://www.tourismebretagne.com/decouvrir/nature/falaises-de-plouha; 35 minutes).
Some suggestions for daily outings between sea and land on foot and by carFrom the Sillon de Talbert to Kerbors. We'll take you to the Sillon by car, leaving you free to walk along its shores to the tip and back (if you wish; 6 km, 90 minutes) before starting out on the coastal footpath (GR34) going west. You will pass by Pors Rand, the former semaphore de Creac'h Maout, the lighthouse at Port-la-Chaîne, the beach at Kermagen, the old fishing port at Port Béni and the Neolithic burial stones at Men Ar Rompet. You leave the GR34 here, returning to the Manor on country lanes via Kerbors village. Book your picnic 48 hours in advance (10€). A detailed printed guide is available for this walk. Bréhat Archipelago. At Arcouest (30 minutes by car) you board a ferry for a 10-minute crossing to the south island. We advise you to take a ferry that takes you on a guided tour around the island (45 min) before disembarking. On the island of flowers and pink granite, you can spend most of your day wandering along coastal paths as far as the northern tip with its impressive lighthouse and wild coast. You can book the ferry on line (or we can do it for you and add the cost to your bill). Warning: very popular in summer. Inland (40 km by car). Start this circular tour with a visit to the medieval Roche Jaggu castle (fascinating exhibitions in summer) and its magnificent gardens (free entry) that fall away to the Trieux river below (watch out for the steam train that runs along the other side of the river). We suggest that you lunch at the excellent organic restaurant, Le Petit Jaggu, in the chateau gardens. A little further along the river lies the quant village of Pontrieux, with its restored riverbank washhouses, imposing railway bridge and old houses and boutiques. From here, you take some narrow country lanes to reach the tiny village of Runan, with its ancient church. You are now only a few minutes from La Roche Derrien, with its Templar church, picturesque market-square and riverside walk. Your last stop is at Pouldoran, where you can visit the vestiges of the old linen industry that once dominated the region. From Pouldoran, you are about 10 minutes away from the Manor. A detailed printed guide is available. Tréguier and the Plougrescant peninsula (car and hiking). In the morning, park your car on the quayside at Treguier and walk around the old town and visit its cathedral (walking guide available; market on Wednesday morning). After lunch in one of the many restaurants and pancake houses, drive northwards for an easy hike along the rocky coast, where you will walk past the famous "house between two rocks" and visit a chasm that provides a spectacular water cascade at high tide (3 hours). Paimpol and Beauport Abbey (car and hiking). Leave your car in Paimpol (market on Tuesday morning) and visit the town, do some shopping in the little boutiques, visit some of the numerous artists' galleries (walking guide available) and discover the pretty port with its sluice gates. Continue eastwards from the port along the coast to the small nature reserve at Poulafret and then on to Beauport Abbey, which is well worth a visit. Here, you can take a hiking path that leads you on an inland walk, or return along the GR34 to Paimpol. On other days, we strongly recommend hiking along the beautiful cliffs to the east of Paimpol between the sandy Pallus and Bonaparte beaches (35 minutes by car; excellent swimming here and along the way; picnic recommended) and to the west, around the Renote Island in Trégastel and along the GR34 at Ploumanac'h, where you will see the famous pink granite rock formations (35-45 minutes by car).
Nature and Culture RamblesIf you would like to learn more about the coast and its flora and fauna, Tony will take you on a gentle ramble along the coastal customs path and on the beach to look at what's living on and under the sand and pebbles and in the rock pools. He might even suggest a few simple experiments for you to perform (Tony used to be a scientist and can't resist asking questions and finding answers about nature). Tony will point out the plants and birds that live on or near the beach, he'll explain how they cope with their sometimes harsh environment and he'll answer your questions about the effects on them of local agriculture and the respective merits of organic farming and the use of pesticides and insecticides. If the weather isn't kind enough to let us visit the beach (which can happen, sometimes), Tony might volunteer to take you instead to a local site of cultural or historic interest, such as Treguier Cathedral, where he'll tell you all about Saint Yves, the patron saint of the poor and of lawyers.
Save our planetThe finely balanced harmony that is life on our planet has evolved over millions of years. Following the industrial revolution, mankind generated massive structural and chemical pollution that life had not previously encountered. Whole populations and species have been and are being wiped out with unprecedented speed, climate changes of alarming proportions have occurred and will deepen, and the entire ecosystem is in danger of total collapse, entirely due to man's activities.
It is not an overstatement to say that we are on the way to destroying our planet and that we must stop.At the Manoir de Troezel Bian, we do all we can to preserve the fragile environment in which we live and to promote a healthy, natural lifestyle.
- We use natural and eco-friendly materials in our refurbishing and decorations.
- Our cleaning products are home made from simple and natural components, or are certified eco-friendly.
- Our waste materials are composted or recycled. We use unbleached recycled paper whenever it is available.
- We use energy-saving electrical appliances and heating.
- We serve fruit and vegetables from our garden. We do not use herbicides, chemical fertilizers or pesticides.
- Almost all the other food and drinks we serve are certified organic, and most of them are grown or produced locally. For example, our bread is made in Kerbors from wheat grown and milled in our village. We use the same flour in our own pastries. The fish we serve is local, as is the organic meat. The apple juice and cider come from local orchards. The exotic products in our dishes come from further afield but are certified organic and, wherever possible, fair-trade.
Please do all you can do to save our beautiful planet.