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Hotel Highlights

  • Stylish rooms and a lovely garden with terraces and a pool create a fun family atmosphere
  • Perfectly located for the Gulf of Morbihan's many activities, including watersports and walking
  • Breath-of-fresh-air Brittany is relaxed, charming and history-filled

Overview

On the windswept shores of southern Brittany sits the family-friendly hotel Le Lodge Kerisper, in the small but bustling sailing town of La Trinité-sur-Mer. Modern lighting and Steve McQueen posters give a dash of urban cool to the otherwise coastal chic interiors at this old stone farm. Crêperies abound around the hotel, but stay inside to enjoy plates of fresh sea-to-table fruits des mers.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Le Lodge Kerisper with us:

A glass of champagne each and a box of Breton salted caramels

Facilities

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Le Lodge Kerisper hotel – Brittany – France

Need To Know

Rooms

20, including nine suites.

Check–out

12 noon, but flexible. Check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $102.06 (€82), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €0.85 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast (€14 a person; €9 for children).

Also

Among the treatments available in are essential-oil massage and reflexology.

Hotel closed

For three weeks each January.

At the hotel

Terrace, garden, treatment room, library, free WiFi throughout, bicycle hire. In rooms: flatscreen TV, DVD player, free bottled water. Suite-Apartments also have fridges and Nespresso machines.

Our favourite rooms

Book a ground-floor room with a terrace, so you can enjoy the salty sea air and make the most of the outdoor feel of this beach house. Suite 8 has a big south-facing terrace; Room 9 – a Junior Suite – is up in the eaves, so it feels tucked away and cosy. Suite-Apartment 16 is the perfect pick for families, since it’s on the ground floor, opens onto the garden and can accommodate up to two adults and three children in two rooms. Junior Suites have an extra bed alcove.

Poolside

Decking alongside the small outdoor heated pool is lined with canvas deckchairs and sun parasols, overlooking the garden's lawns.

Packing tips

Windproof jackets for the blustery beaches; a watercolour set to paint them.

Also

Massage and reflexology can be arranged at the hotel's treatment room: book two weeks in advance in high season.

Children

Extra beds can be added for €25; cribs are free. Babysitting with a local nanny costs €8 an hour. The owners like to make children feel at home: teddies will be waiting on their beds.

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Pet‐friendly

Dogs and cats are welcome for €25 a day.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

None, but the lodge has a breakfast room where home-made far Breton cake is served as part of an ample buffet in the morning. The decor is a mix of old bottles, glass lanterns, wire baskets and balls of twine – all of it nicely weathered.

Hotel Bar

Decked out with fairy lights and lampshades made from strung-together jars filled with red liquid, the bar offers 10 malts and 13 cocktails; the chalkboard wine list is small but well picked. There’s a huge sweet-shop jar of pick 'n' mix jellies to help yourself to.

Last orders

The bar stays open until midnight.

Room service

Breakfast can be taken on your terrace or balcony.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Casual nautical stripes, windproof jackets.

Top table

Choose a table by the window for pool views, or join fellow guests at the long table for chat with your coffee.

Local Guide

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Le Lodge Kerisper hotel – Brittany – France
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

If you’re not a sailor already, after a few days in La Trinité-sur-Mer, you’ll want to be, especially if you’re visiting around the time of the Spi Ouest France regatta (April). The Société Nautique de la Trinité-sur-Mer (www.snt-voile.org) in the port can organise sailing classes and boat hire. You can also take to the coast on a bicycle – available to hire from the hotel. Beach-based activities include kitesurfing, sea kayaking and sand yachting. Saint Laurent golf course (+33 (0)2 97 56 85 18) is 15 minutes away.

Local restaurants

Le Chantier on Chemin Passeur in St Philibert has a terrace looking out to sea and serves seafood dishes, including lobster (+33 (0)2 97 55 17 42; closed November to early January). Bistro Le Quai on Cours des Quais La Trinité-sur-Mer is popular with locals for its fresh seafood, hearty salads and busy atmosphere (+33 (0)2 97 55 80 26). For something a bit more gastro, try L’Azimut on Rue du Men-Dû (+33 (0)2 97 55 71 88). On Rue du Pô in Carnac, La Calypso is another seafood spot, with pescatorial terrines, gratins and carpaccios (+33 (0)2 97 52 06 14; closed December and January). Seafood and a harbourside terrace beckon at Le Bout du Quai on Quai Benjamin Franklin, St Goustan (+33 (0)42 97 50 87 17).

Local bars

Set just back from the beginning of the port (you have to walk through the carpark to reach it) and identifiable at street level by the massive plane on the roof, Le Zing (+33 (0)2 97 55 71 07) on Rue des Resistants has retro aviator styling and a top-flight reputation as one of the town’s coolest endroits. There’s an open-air terrace plus sushi, charcuterie and other light bites on the blackboard menu.

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Portside perch

Le Lodge Kerisper

4 rue du Latz, 56470, La Trinité-sur-Mer, Bretagne, Morbihan, France

Set back just 100 metres from the yacht-lined port, Le Lodge Kerisper is popular with both holidaying families and the international sailing set. Centred on a waterfront shop-and-bistro-lined strip, it’s a gateway to some of the region’s best beaches.

Planes

Lorient airport is nearest (just 40km away); you can get there with Air France (www.airfrance.com), which also flies to Nantes, the next airport along (though this is some 130km from the hotel). Ryanair (www.ryanair.com) flies into Nantes from various regional airports in the UK, including Liverpool and Leeds. Rennes airport, also 130km from Le Lodge Kerisper, is another option.

Trains

The nearest train station is Auray, 10km away. Connect here from Rennes and Vannes, or Paris via Eurostar (www.eurostar.com).

Automobiles

Le Lodge Kerisper is a 20-minute drive from the centre of Vannes. Parking is free at the hotel, and having wheels is recommended if you want to explore beyond La Trinité-sur-Mer itself.

Other

Cross the Channel with Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth or Plymouth to Saint-Malo or Roscoff (www.brittany-ferries.co.uk). You might also consider driving down from the UK and crossing on the Eurotunnel to Calais (eurotunnel.com). Although Calais is much further away than Saint-Malo, the crossing itself is only about half an hour, and you won’t have to worry about hiring a car once in France.

Reviews

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Le Lodge Kerisper hotel – Brittany – France

Anonymous review

by Oona Bannon , Chair person

This review is taken from our guidebook, Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: France. Does anyone know where all the French have gone? During the two and a half hours it takes us to travel from the port of Saint-Malo to southern Brittany, we saw only about 12 other human beings – most of them loitering on the edge of forests with guns, baskets and intent. Reassuring it was, then, when we …
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Le Lodge Kerisper

Anonymous review by Oona Bannon, Chair person

This review is taken from our guidebook, Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: France.

Does anyone know where all the French have gone? During the two and a half hours it takes us to travel from the port of Saint-Malo to southern Brittany, we saw only about 12 other human beings – most of them loitering on the edge of forests with guns, baskets and intent. Reassuring it was, then, when we found ourselves arriving in La Trinité-sur-Mer, a small but bustling sailing town, huddled around a harbour abob with proper-job sailing boats. When you see 100ft catamaran masts, you know you’ve landed on the planet of serious sea adventurers. You may also know that, wherever sailors go, fun follows and, with any luck, so does a bit of old-fashioned, non-threatening trouble.

For those of us who have spent time in Devon and Cornwall, La Trinité-sur-Mer has a pleasing familiarity. The slate-roofed white houses jut at right angles to one another, perched on gentle slopes looking over the water. Vast mature yew trees peer over the town as if to say: ‘Keep calm and carry on, crazy sailors...’

Le Lodge Kerisper stands 100m from the port itself, up a short lane lined with the perfectly manicured gardens of its neighbours. The property is a proudly maintained 19th-century maison longère and a cluster of old stone outhouses, centred around a grassed contemporary garden and timber-clad pool area.

As we arrive at the hotel, we are warmly met by Philippe, one half of the owner couple, who immediately offers us a coffee. A shot-in-the-arm espresso is just the ticket: we are travelling as four on this occasion, with Small and Even Smaller Smith along for the ride. And we want it all. We want a hotel that can accommodate our children while also allowing us to behave as though we are here simply to enjoy ourselves.

It’s a good start: Le Lodge Kerisper has the kind of atmosphere that many hotels spend years trying to achieve. There’s not a shred of pretentiousness – children are greeted by name, and families sit next to couples.

We feel instantly at home, as though the place is ours to potter around – whether it’s a sneaky visit to the bell jar of pick ’n’ mix sweets in the bar, or claiming our own spot in the garden for a read or a snooze.

The interior has it just right. Old grandfather clocks sit alongside photos and paintings of Jim Morrison and Steve McQueen. It’s homely and stylish, with a zinc bar, whitewashed panels and linen-upholstered sofas – nothing so uptight that we have to walk around pinning the small folks’ arms down. But it is also slick enough for us to feel we are away. The walls of the reception/ bar/lounge – summery sitting room or cosy cabin, depending on the season – are adorned with various framed finds, from old-fashioned measuring tapes to fishing paraphernalia, with lamps fashioned from old pop bottles dangling over the bar. The old wellies and oilskins give it a somewhat seasidey look, but there’s a dash of metropolitan cool in the mix, too.

Le Lodge is restaurantless, but they do serve a cracking breakfast. As a diehard carnivore I am often underwhelmed by the promise of Continental, but this one is varied and super-fresh and a great way to start the day. The lack of in-house dining means getting out and about and, with children, this is no bad thing, so we lunch at the local Le Quai on crab rillettes and moules frites. Then we make our way to the Côte Sauvage, where we promise Small a run on the spectacular surfer’s beach and set about collecting as many pebbles and shells as can be stuffed into poncho pockets.

Returning home with suitably rosy faces and tired legs, we retire to our suite for family bathtime. The decor is simple, with white walls, oak floors and old French mirrors, and it has a natty arrangement whereby the bathroom and wardrobe corridor are accessed from both rooms, creating a brilliant sprint circuit for Small and Even Smaller. (Never let it be said that we encourage near-exhaustion in our children to get them to go to bed earlier.)

The other advantage of the circuit is that the wardrobe corridor has sliding doors and accommodates exactly the width of a travel cot. So if, for any reason, you have an Even Smaller in your bedroom but don’t want them in your room all the time, you can shove their cot in a cupboard and reason that it’s a corridor, which isn’t quite so bad.

Though there are a handful of easy-going créperies in the town, and a few restaurant gems further afield, we decided to take up Philippe’s offer of having a fruits de mer platter at the hotel. After a somewhat ‘Manuel’ moment with Yann the barman, who told us we couldn’t have our romantic supper in the bar because of ze selfish odeurr, we did as we were told, moved to the breakfast room and prepared for an off-the-scale fruits de mer experience.

The only question remaining was what wine should accompany such a feast. We gazed limply at the slender wine menu (just two reds and two whites). Like all the best barmen, Yann detected our hesitation and offered us a generous taster of each; after some showman swilling, we settled on a top-rate creamy Chablis and forgave the list its brevity.

As we cracked our crab claws, wrestled all manner of crustacea from their shells, and sipped wine far superior than any we’d drink at home, we felt visited by our former wit and sparkle. And for a moment there, we felt like we were back in the old days, pre-family, the two of us hanging out and living life just for ourselves. A la vôtre, Le Lodge Kerisper.

 

The Guestbook

Reviews of Le Lodge Kerisper from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Location, location, location!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the peaceful location that's still close enough to walk to local restaraunts and bars. There's very good walking and cycling directly from the hotel.

Don’t expect

We visited off-season so the bar was open only sporadically; the hotel is only bed-and-breakfast, so you need to be organised regarding local eateries (which are all very good). I thought it unusual that our Junior Suite had no facility for making tea or coffee.

Rating: 10/10 stars

SilverSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The owners and staff were very friendly and welcoming; we got good recommendations for restaurants and creperies. Everything in La Trinité is within walking distance, which is a big advantage for a nice evening out! Breakfast was really great, with a good choice and quality of food. With small children you can feel perfectly welcome.

Don’t expect

You shouldn't expect a really spacious room (we had booked a superior room to have enough space for our cot). We would have appreciated a nice house wine for a reasonable price, which would have added to the joy of using the terrace, as you are not allowed to bring your own wine.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

This hotel was very friendly, very quiet, and I loved the beach-hut style decor.

Rating: 9/10 stars