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