On our first house hunting foray to the Côtes d’Armor one dreary December day a few years ago, we travelled by ferry from Dover to Calais and drove the 700km across to Brittany in what we then thought was the most appalling weather ever.  Little did we know, but more about the Brittany weather another time!



Barrelling along the Autoroute in our little Smart car, its windscreen wipers valiantly sweeping aside the torrent unleashed on us by the menacing storm clouds, my first thought was ‘let’s just turn back, give it up and go home’, but having made it so far we decided to complete the journey and keep the rendezvous with Nick ‘meet me in the village square’ Tyrell, property agent extraodinaire.


Our next trip was far better planned;  we discovered an overnight ferry service from Portsmouth to St Malo operated by Brittany Ferries.  We’d not heard of them before and I had hazy, distant memories of a not so great experience many years ago so my expectations were fairly low…


From the moment we boarded (our first trip was on the rather lovely Brittany Ferries MV Bretagne), we were favourably surprised at the standard of ship, the compact but well equipped cabins and the excellent choice of restaurants, not to mention the super hospitality of the crew, it made us feel as though we’d started our holidays already.  Since then there’s been no turning back; we now make the journey once a month either to the stunning St Malo or on odd occasions Caen or Cherbourg and love every minute of our time on board.

The Bretagne… (contd)