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Saint Gouéno - a tranquil place most of the time!

The little village of Saint Gouéno is tranquil and picturesque. Except, that is, when its annual hill climb event takes place! This very popular competition has put this rural village on the map. Apart from that, the village is a peaceful haven, typically Breton and steeped in history and heritage.

Shops and life in Saint Gouéno

The village isn't large, but it has a nice little selection of shops, bars and restaurants which make it a very pleasant place to live. There are two primary schools, one public and one private, plus other essential services. One of the more unusual of these is an equine dentist, so if you have a horse or a donkey you can be assured of their dental comfort in Saint Gouéno.

Historical village with interesting sights to see

The village is steeped in history, and has an interesting and extensive patrimony. In addition to its race track, which is more of a modern feature than an historical one, there is plenty to see. Start, perhaps, with the church. This dates back to 1862, and was built by Alphonse Guépin. See too the Chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows, a granite Calvary cross, a mediaeval manor house and numerous original buildings from different periods of the village's history. One of the most remarkable sights is the stone that lies in a field on the edge of Saint Gouéno. Within the stone is a footprint, said to be a holy relic of the saint.

Saint Gouéno's hill climb

The event that has really brought Saint Gouéno to the attention of visitors is the annual hill climb event that takes place on the little motor racing circuit outside the village. British and Irish drivers come to take on the locals in this colourful competition which never fails to attract a great crowd. Moto cross events also take place here.

Activities around Saint Gouéno

The countryside around the village is lush, green and unspoiled, and ideal for anyone who enjoys country pursuits like walking, horse-riding and cycling. There are lakes and rivers for fishing, tennis courts and golf courses all easily accessed near to the village. Even the seaside, with the associated activities of swimming and sailing is easily reached from Saint Gouéno.

Discover mediaeval Dinan and the Pink Granite Coast

There is no shortage of things to do and places to go in the vicinity of Saint Gouéno. Visit the gorgeous mediaeval town of Dinan, where half-timbered houses grace narrow, twisting streets and evoke another, far older world. There too, you can enjoy a plethora of shops and restaurants, or watch the never ending activity in the vibrant river port. The stunning Pink Granite Coast is only a short car ride away, and from here you can take a trip to the lovely Ile de Brehat, a haven of peace where no traffic is allowed.

How to get there

Fly to Dinard or Rennes directly from the UK. Dinard is served by Ryanair and Aurigny, while Rennes is served by Flybe. St Malo is the nearest ferry port and this is served by Brittany Ferries. Caen and Cherbourg are also not too far away. Finally, if you are travelling by car, head for the D76 where you will find Saint Gouéno. The nearest major roads are the N164 and N12.

Property prices and availability in and around Saint Gouéno

Property in the inland areas of Brittany are always more affordable than that at the coast. So that, coupled with the general trend towards more reasonable pricing in 2012, makes Saint Gouéno a great place to look for a property this year.

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Saint Gouéno AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Saint Gouéno?

Saint Gouéno is situated in the north-west of France. It lies slightly to the south-east of the centre of the Côtes-d'Armor department.

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Population: 649

Access: By air: Fly to Dinard or Rennes direct from the UK. By boat: The nearest ferry port is St Malo. By road: Saint Gouéno lies on the D76.

Economy: The economy is mainly agricultural.

Interesting fact: Saint Gouéno's hill climb is an annual motor event where the locals take on drivers from Britain and Ireland.


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