The Locality – where to go and what to see and do in the surrounding area


We have direct pedestrian access to the Nantes Brest canal – the canal, constructed by Napoleon to protect his fleet from the English ships, dating from 1836 which provides 365 kilometres of towpath for you to walk or cycle along or the canal for you to fish in. The construction of the dam at the Lac de Guerledan cut the canal in half making the stretch from Pontivy to the lake (which includes St Samson) unnavigable but equally picturesque. Ideal for walkers, anglers and cyclists. St Samson provides the perfect holiday for the serious cyclist with plenty of signed VTT routes in the area and also for families who enjoy quiet, relatively flat, relaxed cycling.

Whilst St Samson has a rural setting there is a lot to see and do in the area. Pontivy, once known as Napoleonville is just 7 miles away with its medieval castle and old streets and “ the new town “ created by Napoleon. Pontivy is today a thriving market town with a full range of services, shops, hyper and supermarkets, bars, restaurants and other tourist amenities.

Close to home (a 10 minute drive) is the Lac de Guerlédan, a large manmade lake with its 3 safe sandy beaches and wide range of water sports. You can hire boats, pedaloes, canoes etc at several of its beaches and at one there is also a Tourist boat which provides pleasure trips on the lake (some trips include gourmet meals). At the far end of the lake is Bon Repos an abbey built in 1184, which was subsequently ruined and is in the process of being restored to its former glory. It’s superb setting on the Nantes Brest canal makes it worth a visit but go in August to see its Son and Lumière when over 400 local people, horses, dogs and other animals re enact its history with music and fireworks – an event not to be missed. Nearby is the Forges des Salles , once a steel producing village with daily guided visits, which lies within picturesque Foret de Quénecan with its many paths and bridleways.

There are tennis courts at Mur de Bretagne and Horse riding (much more reasonably priced than in the UK) at Kergrist. There is a 9 hole Golf Course just South of Pontivy at Rimaison and 18 hole courses on the North and South coasts at Val St André near St Brieuc (reputed to be one of the best courses in France) and at Baden Baden, near Vannes.

St Samson is equidistant from the North and South coasts of Brittany so you can explore the rugged coastlines and unspoiled beaches. Visit St Brieuc and Perros Guirrec on the Granite Rose coast to the north and Carnac and the Quiberon peninsula to the south. Brittany is famous for its megaliths, standing stones, dolmen and tumuli. Carnac with its 3000 standing stones known as “ alignments “ is probably the finest example in the area. Vannes, on the Golfe du Morbihan (an inland sea with many tiny islands – boat trips available) is another popular tourist destination being a magnificent walled town with a well preserved old quarter and 13th century ramparts. Nearby is Auray, another thriving market town with its steep cobbled street leading down to the picturesque port at St Goustain. Other towns within a 2 hour drive are Josselin, which is on the River Oust and has probably the finest medieval castle in Brittany, plus Quimper, Rennes and St Malo.