It was in July 1797, the ‘16 Messidor an V’ in the French republican calendar, when the eldest of the two ship-owning Corouge brothers lost his life in the stormy seas off Raz de Bréhat; his vessel destroyed by the swell of the raging waters.Learn more
Within hours the news spread. To the inns lining the harbour and then transported by messengers across the island’s savage landscape until it finally reached the old manor where his family lived. On this little patch of land, an archipelago off the shores of the Côtes d’Armor, it comes as no surprise to learn that corsairs perished in these dangerous waters and their adventures have long since become part of local folklore. Even today their shadows lurk amongst the granite boulders of Bréhat, at the heart of an ocean they once ruled.
At high tide the waves crash against the rocks only a few metres away from the stone walls of this Breton manor house, which has, since the 16th century, resisted the battering wintertime seas that spray the island. With its impressive square stone tower and medieval allure, this grandiose manor sits in a lush, green setting of manicured lawns, where mature trees with gnarled branches border the heated swimming pool.
Embers crackle in the open granite fireplace, casting their warm light on the chandelier hanging from large, white, wooden beams. It sheds a soft glow upon the period furniture and still life’s, recalling past times and evoking the old world charm that gives the manor its own, special character.
A solid oak staircase leads to bright, airy bedrooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom. The bedding is made from fine, quality linen and the walls are decorated with modern, bright, abstracts. Standing at the windows you can breathe in the sounds and scents of the lapping waves and hear the call of the sea that spreads out before you.
And whilst you contemplate the open waters, you will feel the same sense of freedom that once inspired the two seafaring brothers, who, like Beaumarchais, would have mused that “Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains. He who believes himself the master of others does not escape being more of a slave than they.”
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