• Come and discover what lies between the Iroise Sea and the Monts d’Arrée…

  • world of plants tour

    97,5€ per person.
    28th April au 1st May.

    Réservez au 02 98 32 43 93 ou sur soisic@merdiroiseetmontsdarree.fretoile

    A world of flowers, colours and scents for those passionate about gardens!

    4 days / 3 nights at the Pingouins de L’Aber

    If you are a garden lover and passionate about all things horticultural then this is the tour for you and your friends.  Over four days and three nights you will visit some of the most remarquable hidden treasures of the gardening world in the whole of Finistère! Discover this westernmost point of France for yourself and delight in its natural beauty and breathtaking coastline.

    programme

    Saturday 28 April: The Château & the Gardens of Kergroadez

    The Chateau of Kergroadez is set in over 50 award winning acres showcasing the bio-diversity of the grounds.  These include a fine example of Breton marshland, an ancient Beech wood, the former lavoir (laundry pond) of the Chateau, the original pigeonnier dating from the early 1700’s and the ancient and imposing avenue of trees leading up to the château.  The medicinal garden was recently restored and reflects the plans of the original owner, Francois III who designed the garden in the early part of the 17th century.

    The woodland plantation has recently been completed and contains many rare specimens, some of which have been introduced here to France for the very first time. The Jardin des Simples and the Jardin de Marie are based on more traditional garden layouts and reflect the planting designs first put in place by the original owner of the château, Francois III in the late 17th century.  Other gardens of note include the Jardin des Jeux and the Jardin des Voyages which includes plants from Tasmania, Patagonia and New Zealand.

    Finistère’s hidden jewel of nature

    Following your tour of the woodlands and gardens, relax and enjoy an afternoon tea, Breton style, in the Chateau’s Tea Room, try the delicious speciality biscuits “galettes bretonnes” and pick up a souvenir or two.

    Once you’re refreshed, your private guide will take you to areas not normally open to the public and provide a fascinating insight into the behind-the-scenes life of the Château of Kergroadez, of the finest examples of Renaissance Breton architecture in Brittany. From the hand carved granite stones, which make up its impressive exterior, to the spacious Grand Hall, you’ll have time to explore all the different rooms of this former manor house.  Including the Chapel, the recently restored stable block and the impressive Tour de Guet (Guard’s Tower) which was designed by the famous architect Philibert de l’Orme one of the great masters of the French Renaissance. You’ll find yourself plunged into the 17th century and the time of Francois III owner of Kergroadez.  Experience for yourself what life was really like in France at the time of the Sun King, Louis XIV.

    Apéritif

    After exploring the chateau and it’s extensive grounds you’ll be ready to end you day and a glass of champagne served in the Chateau’s Grande Salle Basse.  Perhaps for a moment you’ll imagine you back in the 17th Century and a distinguished guest of François III de Kergroadez.

    château de kergroadez

    Additional Option 37€ per person – Candlelit Breton Banquet

    After your aperitif you’ll move into the candlelit Conseil du Chateau, Dining Hall, for a sumptous traditional Breton banquet ; foie gras de la mer, followed by Kig ar Farz (a traditional Breton dish) or roasted suckling pig, various side dishes, then choose from a selection of Breton desserts, coffee  and wine all inclusive, all served in the elegant and comfortable surroundings of the Banquet Hall with its fine tapestries and roaring fires.

    A magical end to a truly historical day.

    Sunday 29 April : the exotic garden of Roscoff

    A voyage towards exotic lands! The Gulf Stream ensures that the flowers stay blooming far longer in the Roscoff Exotic Garden than inland.  Created in 1986 the garden covers 1.6 hectares and has over 3000 species drawn exclusively from the Southern Hemisphere, interspersed between rockeries and water features.  There is an incredible range of plants originating from South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, China and the Canary Islands. You will see different collections of Protea, Eucalyptus, Kniphofia among floriferous typical South African plants.

    The Exotic Garden is a world of flowers, colours and extraordinary scents in an exceptional environment.

    Discover the treasures of the Southern Hemisphere in northern Finistère with breathtaking views of the sea and the Bay of Morlaix.

    jardin de roscoff

    Monday 30 April: visit to the Woods of Huelgoat (ancient Arboretum of Poerop)

    The Poërop Arboretum (French Arboretum du Poërop) is one of the most important botanical gardens in France with trees and bushes from five continents and more than 4,000 different varieties covering 22-hectares.

    The garden’s initial site was acquired in 1967 by a local retirement home, with the aim of creating a farm. In 1993 its first arboretum specimens were planted with residents’ help, and in 1999 the site expanded by seven hectares. In 2001 its maple collection received a national commendation, and in 2004 the garden opened its Himalayan valley and collections of medicinal plants from Nepal and Yunnan.

    Today, the arboretum contains about 4,000 types of trees and shrubs from five continents. Andean and Himalayan plants are strongly represented.  The garden contains outstanding collections of maple, oak, pine, rhododendron, magnolia and roses. It also contains about 100 bamboos from Asia, the Americas, and Africa, as well as a forest of eucalyptus and other trees from Australia. Its ethnobotanical garden contains sixteen beds of medicinal plants from the Himalayas.

    A fantastic opportunity to see one of France’s most important botanical gardens, whether you are passionate botanist or not, there’s something here for everyone – not to be missed!

    Arbres du Monde et Conservatoire botanique de Brest

    Tuesday 1st May: Annual Open Plant Day at the Botanical Gardens, Brest

    This is an Open Day with a difference – visitors will be amazed by the number of amateur gardeners, nurserymen and horticultural specialists who gather every year on 1st May for a Plant Sale extra-ordinare!  Organised by the association L’Arche aux Plantes amateur gardeners from all over the region gather to sell, cuttings and plants and support the work of the Botanical Gardens.

    This Plant Sale is one of the most important gardening dates in the whole of western of France and attracts thousands of visitors.

    Created in 1975, the National Botanic Conservatory of Brest (Conservatoire Botanique National de Brest), France was the first botanical garden in the world committed to the preservation of endangered plants. Since its origin, the Conservatory has worked at regional, national and international levels, cultivating threatened plants from Brittany, France and oceanic islands throughout the world.

    With more than 1,300 endangered species in cultivation (filed from X to I according to the UICN classification), Brest has one of the world’s largest collection of threatened plants. Take a break from the sale stands and admire the collections housed in the conservatories covering the 31hectare site. In a busy international port such as Brest it’s amazing to find such a green haven right in the centre of this bustling town.

    **Accommodation at les Pingouins de l’Aber!

    A Gite Etape  -a stopover off the beaten track for groups. The former Mairie’s building in the pretty coastal village of Brélès was entirely renovated in 2011 and now provides simple yet stylish accommodation for groups and individuals.  22 beds organised in 8 rooms sleeping 1, 2, 3 or 4 persons.  Each room has it’s own bathroom with shower. A communal living room and kitchen.

    Enjoy your continental breakfast on the garden terrace with beautiful views of the countryside and the sea in the distance.

    Disabled access available in a ground floor bedroom. The gite has been approved disabled accessible.

    Additional Options

    Supplementary nights accommodation 20€.

    Meals (drinks not included) 20€

    Hire of a local minibus, seating 9 people, should this be necessary.


    The Package Includes

    • Three nights stay at Les Pingouins de l’Aber and breakfast
    • Access to all sites
    • Additional options available
    The Package does not include

    • Transport *
    • Meals
    • Insurance
    • Personal tips

     

     

     

     

     

    • Château et jardins de Kergroadez
    • Les Pingouins de l’Aber
    • éco hôtel restaurant le Château de Sable
    • mezou pors
    • Oceanopolis
    • Conseil régional de Bretagne
    • Finistère tourisme
    • Communauté de Communes du Pays d’Iroise
    • Lanildut
    • Finistere Affaires