Over to you Marie!
I’m a retired farmer’s wife and I have 2 holiday rentals which are listed with 'Gîtes de France' at La Matinais, which is between Missillac and La-Chapelle-des-Marais.
It’s a former mansion which we have converted. A bit of a crazy project really !
What do you like most about your job ?
I guess what motivates me most is meeting people. Talking with them and sharing stories, experiences, information... I love to try and give them an insight into what it’s really like to live in the country, life on the farm. People are really interested to find out about these things. For example they can go to our neighbours’ farm, Valérie and Eliaz, at milking time. Children love to taste the warm milk when it’s just come out of the cow’s udder !
What do you think your guests are looking for when they come to stay here with you ?
As far as the accommodation is concerned I would say plenty of room, a calm atmosphere and the pleasure of staying in an authentic styled stone building.
What would you say are places people really must see when they come to La Bretagne Plein Sud ?
I really like the salt marshes of Guérande, it’s a truly magical peaceful place. When I go there I always take the time to go for a walk along the Côte Sauvage. Doesn’t matter what time of the year it is, it’s always really pleasant to take a walk there. So I often advise our guests to go there.
If I was to ask you to recommend a place that really makes you feel good, gives you a renewed feeling of energy. Where would it be ?
Oh that’s an easy one to answer! Without doubt for me it would be the Nantes to Brest Canal. We often take a walk along the tow path at Guenrouët. It’s really tranquil there. In the summer we prefer to leave the beach to the holiday makers: we’re more likely to go to the coast in the low season to get our share of 'bracing sea breeze' !
And the cuisine, what would you say people really must try whilst they’re here ?
Seafood, definitely ! My little treat is to go and buy them at the market at La Roche-Bernard, on a Thursday morning. To accompany any seafood dish the one and only Muscadet, even if it doesn’t come from around here, it’s produced not very far away really.
Finally, could you sum up the Bretagne Plein Sud in just a few words for us ?
Diversity, I think is key here, such a variety in every way. There’s something here to suit everyone’s taste !
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