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Melrand - a picturesque Breton village

There is something rather special about Brittany. The region has a culture, an atmosphere and even a climate all of its own. And the Morbihan department in particular carries an air of history and mystery that exerts a huge appeal. Melrand is a small village that embodies all these things. Peaceful and traditional, its picturesque houses and village fetes and festivals offer a taste of Brittany that's remained little changed for centuries. Yet it also offers a comfortably modern way of life in that it's got shops, schools, and other amenities. It's also close to plenty of the sort of attractions that make for a perfect holiday. What could be better?

Amenities and life in the village

The village offers several useful small shops, so unless you want to hop into the car and visit a supermarket in a nearby town, there's no need to leave Melrand. There's a baker's, for all those delicious baguettes and pastries so evocative of life in France, a butcher's, a post office, a pharmacy, a general store - plenty to satisfy everyday shopping needs. In addition, Melrand has a great restaurant and a few friendly bars/cafés. The cultural life is very Breton, so expect colourful fetes where traditional music and costumes are on show. The Breton people are very proud of their heritage, and the villagers who live in Melrand are no exception.

Mediaeval Pontivy provides more shops and restaurants

Of course, it's only a village, and there will be times that you want to access larger and more varied shops and try out different restaurants. The gorgeous mediaeval town of Pontivy is nearby, with a stunning Napoleonic centre plus another part of town that's well equipped with shops and all manner of things to see and enjoy.

Heritage of Melrand

Melrand has an interesting heritage, with quite a few things to discover. Close to the village there are a few tumuli, or burial mounds, dating back to ancient times. There are also vestiges of civilisations from Roman times, the Bronze Age and mediaeval times. In the village itself look out for a lovely chapel, fountains, stone crosses and other monuments. Turning to natural heritage, Melrand is blessed with glorious surroundings. Nearby is the River Blavet, and also the fabulous Lake Guerledan.

Enjoy a family day out at Lake Guerledan, visit the seaside or play a round of golf

Lake Guerledan is wonderful for family days out, offering beaches for picnicking and sunbathing, swimming areas and boating. The sea and beaches can be accessed at Carnac, Quiberon and Lorient, at around a 45-minute drive from Melrand. The coast is lovely, and promises long, sunny days of beach and seaside fun. If you're a golfer you can choose from several nearby courses. Many other activities are also found in the area, including horse-riding, cycling, water sports and many more.

Explore pretty market towns and learn about Morbihan's myths and legends

The wonderful thing about Brittany is that the entire region is accessible. And, there are so many amazing places to see. Mediaeval market towns like Pontivy and Josselin are nearby, but it's also worth a longer trip to see glorious Dinan. Pretty market towns are everywhere, and there's no end of fetes and festivals going on all over the region, especially in the summer months. Morbihan's more mysterious heritage - standing stones, tumuli, myths and legends galore are all there to be discovered too.

How to get there

The airports of Dinard, Rennes and Brest offer direct flights to and from the UK. Ferries to St Malo and Roscoff are very handy ways to get to Brittany, but it's not too far to Cherbourg, Calais or Caen either. Drivers will find Melrand on the D2/D142. The nearest major road is the N24.

Property prices and availability in and around Melrand

Property in many parts of Brittany is often more reasonably priced than you might think. Melrand offers property (at the time of writing) for not much over 50,000 Euros, giving a real chance to grab a piece of beautiful Brittany in a great location without breaking the bank!

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WHERE IS Melrand?

Melrand lies in the north-west of France. It's located in the centre-west of the Morbihan department.

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Population: 1,503

Access: By air: Fly to Dinard or Rennes. By ferry: The nearest ports are St Malo and Roscoff, but it's easy enough to reach from Cherbourg, Calais and Caen too. By road: The town lies on the D2/D142.

Economy: The economy includes local agriculture and small commerce.

Interesting fact: Around the village several tumuli (ancient burial mounds) can be seen.


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