Rocheforten-Terre France’s favourite vil­lage: 2016 Mor­bi­han, Brit­tany

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France’s favourite vil­lage is not the first ti­tle that this small vil­lage, with only 645 in­hab­i­tants in Mor­bi­han, has gar­nered. It was also one of the first vil­lages in France to be named a vil­lage fleuri in 1959, a ti­tle that is awarded to vil­lages and towns that haven taken spe­cial care in land­scap­ing and pro­vid­ing pleas­ant spa­ces for its res­i­dents and vis­i­tors. The flow­ers that dec­o­rate the build­ings and square cer­tainly do add a wel­com­ing at­mos­phere in con­trast to the me­dieval pointed grey rooftops. Rocheforten-Terre’s ar­chi­tec­ture is worth ap­pre­ci­at­ing; the houses are mostly built in gran­ite, while there are also some in colom­bage and a mix of me­dieval and Re­nais­sance styles. The vil­lage’s cas­tle is open daily for pub­lic vis­its. Once in­hab­ited by the epony­mous Rochefort fam­ily in the 12th cen­tury, it has been ru­ined and re­built sev­eral times. Most re­cently, in 1907, it was bought and re­built by painter Al­fred Klotz, the man we have to thank for in­tro­duc­ing the gera­nium dec­o­ra­tions to the town. Artistry is an­other strong tra­di­tion held in the vil­lage, and there are many crafts­peo­ple who are only too happy to share their knowl­edge and their art with oth­ers, whether their medium of choice be paint­ing, leather, glass or metal. Rochefort-en-Terre is on the south coast of Brit­tany, close to the UK but with sunny sum­mers and mild win­ters. Just over 2km away is the Moulin Neuf lake re­sort, a great place to fish, swim and cy­cle, per­fect for en­joy­ing the good weather.

Prop­erty prices: Mor­bi­han Av­er­age house price: €166,600 Av­er­age apart­ment price: €2,080/m²

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