A short walk away is the charming village of Ploerdut, which has a bakery, a grocery shop, two bars, a creperie/pizzeria and a hugely popular lunchtime restaurant, all set around a pretty church square. The village square also hosts a small Friday evening market selling local produce. The restaurant and bar, Chez Marie The, is the focal point of the village, attracting locals and tourists from miles around for its simple but hearty food, which is great value at €11 for three courses and wine. The other bar, Le Welcome, is cosy and laid back and stays open until late.
The Lake at Priziac is just a 10-minute drive away. It's perfect for children, with a small sandy beach, play area, picnic tables and a cafe in the summer months. It's also a popular spot for kayaking, sailing, fishing and walking. There are several other lakes within a 20-minute drive from Guebernez. Pictured here is the bar and restaurant at the lake at Pont Samouel. Brittany's largest lake, the Lac de Guerledan, is 35 minutes away. This summer (2015), Guerledan is being drained for repairs and millions of visitors are expected to come for the rare chance to see what lies beneath. At the bottom runs the Nantes-Brest canal so the vast lunar-like landscape will be dotted with lock-houses and farmsteads, seen for the first time for a generation. Guided walks, bike rides, special events and lots of other activities are planned.
Guebernez is around 40 minutes from the stunning coastline of Morbihan. With a sub-tropical climate, Morbihan is warmer than the rest of Brittany. You'll find a mix of sweeping sandy beaches, rocky coves, inlets, and islands - 42 islands in all. Some are privately owned by the rich and famous, while others can be reached by boat. Boat trips operate throughout the summer. Pictured here is one of the beaches at Erdeven, which stretches for five miles with sand dunes, safe swimming, horse-riding and surfing.
The port of St-Goustan, pictured here, is just one of the many beautiful historic places to explore in Morbihan. Some of its half-timbered houses date back to the 15th century and its quay hosts regular book and craft fairs and an oyster festival. From here, you can also take a boat trip to explore the islands in the Gulf of Morbihan. Just across a narrow stone bridge is the historic town of Auray, whose cobbled streets are lined with boutiques, restaurants and cafes. Tourists and locals flock here at weekends, and for the Monday market.
Of course, no trip to Brittany would be complete without sampling its cuisine. Brittany is known for its fabulous seafood, particularly oysters, scallops and lobsters, and for its traditional crepes and gallettes (savoury crepes), washed down with a cup of Breton apple cider. Guebernez is surrounded by a wide variety of dining options, from cosy creperies and friendly, family-run table d'hotes to sophisticated restaurants. Pictured here is the terrace at Merlin, a stylish restaurant overlooking the Lac de Guerledan.
Central Brittany is wonderfully unspoilt, with rolling hills, forests, wild flower meadows, traditional stone-built farms and fields of grazing cattle. Alongside tourism, the region has managed to preserve its countryside heritage and traditional farming is still very much alive. Life moves at a slow pace here and there is very little traffic, which makes it the perfect place to get away from the stresses and strains of city life. Guebernez is the ideal base to explore the best of rural Brittany.