Bonjour Brittany: a toddler-friendly holiday in rural France

Our writer heads for the Brittany coast to kick back in a farmhouse B&B that combines style and a wealth of vintage finds, while still staying toddler-friendly

Brittany, to me, means family holidays. In a faded photo album somewhere at home there’s a record of the summers I spent there as a child with my parents, grandparents and two sisters – racing around on a beach under thunderous skies; long, messy picnic lunches; a tangle of tanned limbs packed into an old Volvo.

Over 30 years later I’m back with partner Will and 18-month-old Betsy at La Maison des Lamour, a 15th-century farmhouse with five B&B rooms and four self-catering cottages near Plélo, 15 minutes’ drive from the north coast and three hours from Cherbourg. (We chose a three-hour daytime ferry crossing from Portsmouth – a sleepless night with a child on an overnight ferry is no way to start a holiday.)

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