Things To Do
Just two minutes’ walk from the front door you’ll find the quaint square of Huelgoat, which still has a market every Thursday, of local produce, crafts and clothing. The centre boasts many excellent restaurants, lively bars, atmospheric cafés, interesting shops, an old church, a bookshop stocking many languages, and two patisseries full of mouth-watering delights.
Walking, hiking, cycling
Huelgoat is home to the eccentric rock formations of Le Chaos De Rochers – within a beautiful, ever-changing landscape of a 1,000-hectare forest, bordering the sparkling river Argent. The walk is really wonderful, a 'must' for every visitor. Start at the weir of Lake Huelgoat and visit the Chaos du Moulin, the Groote du Diable, Le Champignon, Camp d'Artus and the Roche Tremblante – a 137-ton boulder that can be rocked if you find the right point. There are miles of stunning walks and cycle paths through this magical forest. See if you can find the two canals leading to the old lead and silver mine that gave its name to the river.
The Arboretum du Poërop – trees of the world at Huelgoat – boasts over 3,600 different trees and shrubs from five continents. We are on the edge of the Parc Naturel Régional d'Armorique, a 125,000 hectare natural park with granite peaks along a rugged coastline, moors & dense forests.
Water, Boats and Fishing
We have two kayaks and a rowing boat that can be taken out onto peaceful Lake Huelgoat, for fishing or for fun. Within an hour you can find numerous water sports and boat tours to see stunning islands, coastlines, cliffs and caves. Explore the charms of the Crozen Peninsula by catamaran, go surfing at Penmarch, watch animals in the Marine Park of Finist'Mer or take a boat trip in the Golfe de Morbihan, with an island for every day of the year. The River Argent is renowned for its salmon and trout and there are many other excellent fishing rivers and lakes within half an hour's drive (make sure to get a licence).
Beaches and coast
Huelgoat's central location means there are five very different coastlines accessible within 45-90 minutes. For amazing sights and vistas, walk on the other-world style pink rocks of the 'Cote de Granit Rose', visit the famous House Between Two Rocks, climb on the rugged Pointe de Pen-Hir, or look at the natural sea bridge at the Pointe de Dinan. Incredibly gorgeous beaches can be found at Bénodet, Ile de Batz, Carantec, Concarneau, Brignogan-Plage, Morgat, Camaret-sur-Mer, Santec and more. If you are travelling back to via St Malo or Caen, visit the iconic age-old island of Mont St Michel, where the daily tide changes 15 metres!
A multitude of attractive old towns are within easy reach. Nearby Morlaix is brimming with art and history, with its famous half-timbered houses, interesting port and impressive viaduct. Brittany’s oldest city, Quimper has a huge Gothic cathedral, a souped-up art museum and an assortment of houses along the banks of the river Odet, criss-crossed by flower-covered footbridges. You'll find many other charming places for sightseeing, such as the old walled town of St Malo, the tiny Isle de Bréhat, the perfectly preserved fortress town of Dinan and the standing stones of Carnac.
Fine dining is plentiful in the local area, renowned for its fish and seafood. In Huelgoat there are lots of appealing cafés, crêperies and bistros and the local Hotel Du Lac with pleasant outdoor seating areas by the lake. There are two supermarkets 5 minutes drive away if you fancy preparing dinner in Double Locks' roomy kitchen. The garden is an unrivalled place for rest and relaxation, with many places to sit, read a book or watch the birds. Our large living room has books, games, DVDs, large screen TV with satellite channels, an apple TV, iPad and high speed internet (so you can watch movies online or from your iPhone/AppleMac). Enjoy perfect surroundings to settle down, put your feet up and take it easy!