|La Poutelais is about 3km from Tinténiac, a small vilage with a variety of shops, museum, zoo, and tourist office. The Rance Canal is also about 3km, running from the narrowing of the Rance River at Dinan and onto Rennes. Its eleven locks raise the canal up the steep slopes of the foothills in an amazingly short distance of about 3km, offering many delightful picnic areas along its banks. Hédé only a 3km distance, is a delightful small village approached through the forest of St Brieuc des Iffs. Three restaurants on its outskirts, The Vieux Moulin, The Genty Home and The Vieille Auberge beside the lake, offer traditional cuisine. There is also a pizzeria which is a favourite with ourselves and our guests serving probably the best pizzas outside Italy.
Whether touring, sporting or just enjoying the tranquillity of the peaceful surroundings, La Poutelais offers an unequalled opportunity to enjoy the charm and tranquillity of rural Brittany.
Delightful tourist attractions nearby include Mont St Michel, Concale, St Malo, the Rance Estuary, Dinard and Dinan which are all within 40 minutes drive. La Poutelais is overlooked by the chateau de Montmuran. The chateaux in Combourg, Vitré, Fougères, Bourbansais and Caradeuc are in the immediate vicinity, with the Loire Valley less than 2 hour's drive south.
The beaches along the coastline, known as the Emerald Coast, offer full amenities in prestigious seaside resorts such as St Brieuc, St Malo and Concale, to name but a few. Many of these fine sandy beaches are flanked by rocks which provide shelter when the sea is running high and all have a full range of facilities, including hire services. Riding school and hire nearby (2 km) at Le Besnelais between Tinténiac and Hédé. Tennis, football, basketball and swimming pool in Combourg. Golf with fine facilities at Le Tronchet. Cycling is enjoyed along the many, mainly flat historic and picturesque routes in the area.
Markets - there are many historic towns all of which have a market at least once a week - these traditional French markets sell local vegetables, fish, meat, cheeses, clothes , and some even sell livestock.
Beaches, far too many to list - from secluded sandy bays to larger resorts with restaurants, ice creams, sandwiches and activities along the prom, to sporting beaches with surfing, sailing, sand yachting and paragliding.
Activity Parks - There are parks for all the family with numerous attractions such as an excellent water park, (Cobac park) with trains, boats, mini golf, karting and beautiful gardens.
Zoos - there are two zoos within 15 minutes drive. La Bourbanais with beautiful Chateaux and gardens, and Zoo loisir.
Walking - along the rivers and canals and nearby lakes with beaches.
Aquarium - St Malo - a superb modern Aquarium with sharks and piranhas.
Mont St Michel - Picturesque monastery set on a granite hill top. Very very busy in the summer.
Disneyland, Paris - within in 3.5 hours, or take the TGV from Rennes in 2 hours.
Golf - Many high quality golf courses.
Fishing - sea fishing and fresh water fishing
Restaurants - Numerous high quality restaurants in the surrounding area, with a large variety of specialist establishments within Dinan catering for most tastes, ranging from traditional French cuisine to Pizzeria's.
Other Activities - Sailing, Windsurfing (Board hire available at St Cast beach), Horse riding, Cycling