A rich culture, a temperate climate and excellent beaches make Brittany a favourite destination for a French villa holiday.
Archetypal lighthouses watch over the rugged coastline, which is interspersed with sandy coves and scenic fishing harbours lined with waterside cafés.
Inland, Brittany shows a very different landscape with valleys, forests, heathland and a network of rivers and canals. Both 'worlds' are easily accessible from all our villas in Brittany.
Flying to Brittany
Ryanair flies into Dinard-Pleurtuit airport on the north coast twice a day from London Stansted.
Nowadays, the variety and choice of flights from UK airports to European destinations is considerable. We do not tie you in to a package holiday with prearranged travel; you are free to choose flights from your closest airport using any charter, scheduled or low cost airline.
We always recommend booking your flights and hire car as soon as you have decided on your holiday accommodation. You will find that fares are usually lower and the choice of flight times is wider.
Airport parking and hotels
Once your flight is booked you will want to plan your journey from home to the airport and
arrange car parking for the duration of your holiday.
Up to 60% discount with Vintage Travel and 'Holiday Extras'
At many UK airports you can pre-book Valet Parking or Meet and Greet service, either driving straight to the airport terminal where you hand the car over to a representative, or to the secure parking area from where you will be taken in a shuttle vehicle to your departure terminal. If your flight departure is an early one, why not stay the night before at an airport hotel? Or View Parking at UK Airports.
Hotels with parking are often cheaper than parking alone and prices usually include transfers to and from the airport terminal. Many hotels offer free child places, special meal offers and use of leisure facilities, so your holiday gets off to a stress-free start.
You may find that the Airport Car Hire service suits your needs; pick up a hire car, up to 24 hours before your flight, drive to the airport and either walk or be transferred to the terminal. On return you have up to 24 hours to return the car, and you can even fly out of one airport and into another at no extra cost.
Another option is to book into an Airport Lounge , where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the airport terminal and relax for up to 3 hours before your flight.
- Hotels at UK Airports
- Coach Travel with National Express to UK Airports
- UK Airport Lounge Reservations
- Book travel to UK Airports by Rail
Please note that the above services are offered in partnership with 'Holiday Extras' and are available at most UK airports. Details will show in a new browser window. Discounts can be up to 60% for Vintage Travel customers when booked online.
We are happy to research flights on your behalf and where we book flights for you there will be a booking fee of £30 per person.
Getting to Brittany by Sea Crossing/FerryRoscoff ferry port is convenient for our properties in the north and west of the Brittany region, whilst St Malo or the northern ferry ports offer other options depending on where you are travelling from.
Just as you have taken great care with the selection of your holiday property and destination, we believe that the choice of travel arrangements is equally individual: Some may opt for a short hop across the Channel, perhaps taking a few days leisurely drive through France; others may prefer the relaxation of a longer crossing, spending one or two nights at sea.
Vintage Travel does not tie you in to pre-arranged travel packages, so you are free to choose from any of the operators on these pages. Whether your choice is for the shortest route by ferry or one of the new high speed craft, or by the longer 'mini-cruise' sailings to Spain, our staff will be happy to guide you through the options and help compare prices for your journey.
Driving distancesClick here for a table of approximate mileages from the ferry ports to towns near to our properties. The information is based on the route planning facility on www.viamichelin.co.uk, using the mileages given as 'Recommended by Michelin'.
Crossings to Spain
Brittany Ferries operates luxurious cruise ferries to Spain with a choice of routes from Portsmouth and Plymouth to Santander and Bilbao.
The Cap Finistère and sister ship Pont-Aven offer comfortable cabins, stylish lounges and plenty of onboard entertainment including cinemas, swimming pool and a choice of quality restaurants.
Air conditioned cabins, two-berth, four-berth with own facilities, the choice varies from ship to ship. On certain rout es there are also luxury Commodore Class and De Luxe cabins - these are very popular so book early.
|Portsmouth - Bilbao||Return|
|DEP Fri 1700 hrs||ARR Sat 1800 hrs||DEP Sun 2315 hrs||ARR Tue 0730 hrs|
|DEP Tue 1030 hrs||ARR Wed 0930 hrs||DEP Sat 2045 hrs||ARR Sat 2045 hrs|
|Portsmouth - Santander||Return|
|DEP Wed 1200 hrs||ARR Thu 1300 hrs||DEP Tue 1700 hrs||ARR Wed 1800 hrs|
|DEP Thu 1530 hrs||ARR Fri 1430 hrs||DEP Mon 1500 hrs||ARR Tue 1400 hrs|
|Plymouth - Santander||Return|
|DEP Sun 1530 hrs||ARR Mon 1200 hrs||DEP Wed 2100 hrs||ARR Thu 1600 hrs|
Crossings to FranceSailing from Portsmouth, Poole and Plymouth, directly to the western Channel ports of Caen and Cherbourg, St Malo and Roscoff, as well as Cork to Roscoff, Brittany Ferries offers a great choice for travellers to make the journey part of the holiday.
Portsmouth-CaenPassengers on this route have a choice with up to 4 daily crossings, on either the Fastcraft taking just under 4 hours, or a classic cruise ferry with both daytime and overnight crossings. From Caen, there are excellent road links to the Autoroutes to the south and west.
Portsmouth-St MaloThe longest Channel crossing, sailing direct into Brittany and giving the shortest driving distance to the south-west. Average sailing duration is 8¼ hours, with daily crossings (overnight from Portsmouth / daytime return from St Malo).
Portsmouth and Poole-CherbourgBrittany Ferries shortest crossings, with a journey time of 2-3 hours on one of the high speed services, or a more leisurely crossing by cruise ferry.
Plymouth-RoscoffBrittany Ferries only route to France from Plymouth brings you direct to Brittany in a 6-8 hour journey, with a choice of daytime and overnight crossings. Cork-Roscoff Flagship cruise ferry Pont-Aven sails overnight from Cork once a week (Saturday), returning from Roscoff on Friday overnight.
Cork-RoscoffFlagship cruise ferry Pont-Aven sails overnight from Cork once a week (Saturday), returning from Roscoff on Friday overnight.