Brittany’s rugged coastline is dotted with great places to stay, from cool contemporary hotels to the watering hole where ‘Onion Johnnies’ once knocked back cider
The characterful Ty Mad hotel, whose name means “good home”, is set in a stately manor house with 15 airy bedrooms. Neutral decor makes the most of the natural stone walls, wooden roof beams and double-aspect windows, and top floor rooms look over the sea. There’s a small indoor pool, hammam and sauna, and on sunny days breakfast can be taken in the courtyard garden. The seaside town of Douarnenez offers coastal walks, enticing shops and bakeries selling the butter-laden kouign-amann pastry, which was invented here.
• Doubles from €92 room-only, hoteltymad.com