Special to OneWed by Marie O'Mara of Honeymoons.com
A popular question honeymooners have is about traveling to Europe, particularly the romantic country of France. My last trip to Europe I had the pleasure of stopping in Paris, France for an amazing & very magical few days. I quickly fell in love with the timeless city & romance of Paris. After a few days in Paris, I recommend that couples explore the country and enjoy its rural and historic towns that offer a storybook feel and totally different experience. I came across, and fell in love with, the hotel “LA BRETESCHE” located in the spectacular Missillac district of the Loire Atlantique in north-western France. La Bretesche is a majestic Relais & Chateaux hotel steeped in history and stunning natural beauty that will make any new bride feel like a queen. Established in the 15th century, today, La Bretesche stands impressively at the centre of a stunning 200-acre estate surrounded by moats, a vast lake and even a watchtower.
I was not shocked to hear that the hotel gained 4-star status and has joined the prestigious Relais & Châteaux group. The romantic and intimate La Bretesche offers 32 luxuriously appointed rooms & suites. Each room is individually styled and enjoys views of the lake or the sandstone-paved courtyard. Guests will enjoy affordable room rates, and special treats like breakfast in bed, couples spa packages and 200 acres to explore and enjoy a romantic picnic. This Relais & Chateau boasts plenty to do for couples, including use of two swimming pools – an indoor pool and outdoor heated pool- amongst tennis, cycling, walking, mountain biking, golf, and day trips around the region. There is even horseback riding, polo and hunting available nearby. For those who prefer relaxation, the newly opened, state-of-the-art Spa de la Cour Carrée provides an ultimate pampering experience. The spa is known as a haven of romance and tranquility.
The hotel features plenty of places to dine, including “Le Club” Brasserie, a contemporary “Club” that offers relaxed all-day dining and even traditional afternoon tea! The Bar des écuries, located in the former estate stables, offers a wonderful range of whiskeys and liqueurs. With Mozart and Vivaldi playing in the background, it makes for a perfect rendezvous before– or after- a round of golf or perhaps for a nightcap after dinner. “Le Montaigu”, for gourmet dining, is run by the hotel’s young & talented Chef Gilles Charpy, who scored an impressive 16/20 in the GaultMillau Guide and boasts one star in the esteemed Michelin Guide. Charpy's cuisine combines the flavors of Brittany and Provence, using carefully selected produce from the best local producers. An outstanding wine list features wines from France’s finest vineyards.