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RITTANY IN NORTH-WEST FRANCE IS A REGION DEFINED

by its coastline. In fact its wonderful mélange of rugged

bays, fjord-like inlets, sweeps of golden sand and soaring cliffs

occupy a large part of the shoreline of France,

amounting to a region roughly the size of Wales. For British

buyers - many of whom love Cornwall but perhaps seek higher levels

of sunshine yet lower property prices - it's as much about affordability and accessibility

too. Most people prefer to go by car to Brittany

by taking the ferry to Saint-Malo, Caen, Cherbourg or Roscoff but you

can also reach this beautiful region by plane.

However you get there it offers wonderful toll-free roads and it

is possible to traverse the region in three hours, or bisect it vertically

in just two. Away from the capital of Rennes, the pace of life slows

down a gear and it's the easy, laid-back culture of ancient traditions

and fish straight off the boat that appeals to many expats and holiday home owners.

Quality of life aside, there's also an awful lot of

choice for those with €100,000 to spend on a property.

Not much harder to reach and free from the backlash against

second-home owners that has begun in some Cornish hot spots,

Brittany is certainly back in vogue with British property hunters,

but where to go? If you really want to get away from it all and love

a sporty, outdoor lifestyle, West Finistère is hard to beat, says Lisa

Greene who heads up Leggett's network of agents in Brittany. "Popular spots on the Finistère

peninsula are Huelgoat, Quimper and

Morlaix," she says. You'll pay a premium for these spots, but outside

WORDS: LIZ ROWLINSON

A fabulous coastline with great beaches makes Brittany an affordable

summer playground that gives Cornwall a good run for its money...

BrittanyTHE NEW CORNWALL

ABOVE

Pointe du Van

LEFT TO TO

RIGHT

Pontusval Lighthouse; Breton

lobster; Le Gouet

river

FACING PAGE

The pink granite

coast of Ploumanach

WORDS:

LIZ ROWLINSON LEGGETTFRANCE.COM

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