I was at a crossroads in my life – so I bought a bar at a crossroads,” says Londoner Jason Mitchell of the historic pub he and his wife Andrea took on when they went in search of the good life in rural Brittany.
I was staying at Le Manoir in La Croix de L’Iff for the first Brittany Folk Weekend, a song and musique-en-beouf shindig organised by two Lancashire ex-pats, Phil Capper and Rob Malaney.
We’d arrived in St Malo a week earlier after a relaxing overnight crossing with Brittany Ferries, then headed to Carnac Plage and Eurocamp’s Des Menhirs site with its fabulous sports and swimming complex.
I wimped out on the water slides but the two big kids with me loved them.
With loads of activities and within easy reach of a beach, Des Menhirs makes a great family destination, while Carnac itself is a delightful resort of pretty houses, meandering footpaths and, of course, those renowned and impressive avenues of standing stones.
Here we hopped on the Izenah Croisières ferry for the five-minute crossing of the glorious bay to the Île-aux-Moines, where a jumble of fishermen’s cottages and winding alleyways combine with a profusion of wild flowers and mind-blowing views to create a timeless feel of an earlier era.
As we pedalled our hired bikes around this exquisite gem of an island, we encountered a total of three cars.