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Pleine Fougères - a Breton town near the Normandy border

Pleine Fougères is a pleasant small market town that lies in lovely countryside in eastern Brittany, close to the border with Normandy. The airports of Dinard and Rennes are both nearby, giving easy access by air to and from the UK, and the port of St Malo is also on hand for ferry travellers, making this little town a great place to own a weekend or holiday home if you are based in the UK.

Shops and services

Pleine Fougères, while not a large town, offers a good range of shops and services including a small supermarket catering for all your shopping needs. You will also find a butcher's, baker's, banks, a petrol station and a pharmacy, a couple of friendly bars and a creperie restaurant where you can try the delicious crepes that are such a speciality of the region. Tuesday morning sees the arrival of the bustling traditional street market, and, as always with French markets, wandering around looking at the colourful stalls and trying the local produce and specialities is an experience not to be missed.

Places to visit

There is a 19th church in Pleine Fougères which is worth a visit, and the 16th century Chauffaux Castle. Then there are many interesting towns and sites in the locality which give you plenty of other choices for days out.

Mont Dol, Menhir du Champ Dolent and Landal Castle

Dol de Bretagne, which lies just to the west of Pleine Fougères, is one such place. Here you will see the Mont Dol, which is an imposing dome shaped granite rise, once an ancient site for Druid worship. The Mont was originally sited on an island, but in recent times this has become a swamp rather than a sea, as the land has encroached and the waters receded. It is still a fascinating historical site and worth a visit. Other sites worthy of a mention include the huge Menhir du Champ Dolent, a 9.5-metre standing stone, and the painstakingly restored Landal Castle, where magnificent eagles breed and raise their young.

Mont St Michel and Rennes

Then, crossing into Normandy, but at only an eight-kilometre drive away, you absolutely have to see Mont St Michel, considered one of the most stunning sights in northern France. This amazing town, built on a rock in the bay, rises out of the sea mists as though it is a ghost town. It's popular with tourists, so it's best visited out of season. Coming back into Brittany, the city of Rennes is both beautiful and fascinating, with its half-timbered houses and mediaeval streets. It also has excellent shopping and dining facilities.

Things to do

The beaches and seaside towns of both Brittany and Normandy are within easy reach of Pleine Fougères, and these offer opportunities for many sporting activities and entertainment. There is swimming, sailing and sunbathing in the summer, of course, and you can also take boat excursions to see the region from a different perspective. Near the town there are many land based activities too, with golf, horse-riding, walking, fishing, cycling and tennis, and even wine tasting and gourmet dining for the less sportily inclined.

How to get there

Travelling by air is a great way to get to Pleine Fougères quickly and with a minimum of fuss, as you can fly to Rennes or to Dinard. Rennes is served by flybe and Aer Lingus, while Dinard is served by Aurigny and Ryanair. Those who prefer train travel can take a TGV train to Rennes after disembarking from the Eurostar at Paris. It is also possible to travel by boat, catching a ferry to St Malo, Caen or Cherbourg. Drivers will find the town on the D90 from the N176.

Property prices in and around Pleine Fougères

As long as you stay away from the major cities and popular tourist destinations, there is some very reasonably priced property to be found in the Ille-et-Vilaine. Pleine Fougères currently has a number of renovation properties coming in at well under a hundred thousand Euros, and even if you are looking for somewhere that is ready to move into you won't have to pay too much more.

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Pleine Fougères AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Pleine Fougères?

Pleine Fougères is located in eastern Brittany, in the north-west of France. It lies in the north of the Ille-et-Vilaine department, close to its region's border with Lower Normandy or Basse Normandie.

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Population: 1,737

Access: By air: Fly to Rennes or to Dinard. By boat: The nearest ferny ports are those of St Malo, Cherbourg and Caen. By rail: Take the TGV to Rennes from Paris. By road: Pleine Fougères lies on the D90 road, accessed easily from the N176.

Economy: The economy of this small town is based on tourism and agriculture.

Interesting fact: There is no other town in France with the same name.

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