Weekends in the countryside are my favourite. As much as there’s so much to visit and do in Paris, sometimes all we need is to get lost in nature. Autumn is always the best time to explore, making the most of the last of the longer days before Winter sets in.
Gâvre comes from the old Breton word ‘gawr’ which means orge or giant. During the 13th century the fôret belonged to the Dukes of Brittany until it was repossessed by the royals when Anne de Bretagne (Duchess of Brittany) married Kind Charles VIII in 1491. In 1791 it was made a Domaine of the State and is still as that today. It’s a very popular area to pick mushrooms.
Nearby in the region there is the town of Blain and its 13th century château along the Canal de Nantes à Brest. The Château de la Groulais suffered serious damage during the French Revolution and has been listed as a Monument Nationale since 1977.And the front of the château looking quite different in Winter …In the nearby town of Bouvron, you will find the Monument de la Reddition which you can read more about here.