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We just about “bought the ferme” today when we flipped through the new catalogue of rural guesthouses in Brittany, France. Mon dieu!
The Bienvenue a la Ferme (Welcome to the Farm) catalogue is an effort to promote farm stays, campgrounds, bed and breakfasts, local products, and various other outdoorsy activities in Brittany.
You can register online to receive the catalogue or just navigate your way through the Bienvenue a la Ferme Web site. (Sadly, the site is only in French and German). Click on “Que faire” and do a search for “Sejourner à la ferme” (farm stays), “Dormir in chambres d’hôtes,” (bed and breakfasts), “Louer un gîte” (cottage rental), or “Louer une salle” (room rental). Results are shown in the four geographical regions of Brittany: Côtes d’Armor, Finistère, Ille-et-Vilaine, and Morbihan.
The farm stays sound like hardy, tasty affairs. Many, like Le Musee du Cheval et du Paysan, offer downright dirty farm activities, followed all for about €50 a night.
Brittany Tourism offers a less adventurous—though snazzier—site, which also has an English-language version.