So we were already familiar with the town and area. Another attraction is its central situation for visits to the rest of Brittany, and other parts of France. The distance by road from our Dorset home can be a little over ninety miles if the Weymouth/St. Malo route is used. Driving down from Cherbourg doubles the road distance
Much of rural France appears to be inhabited by older
as the young ones prefer the bright lights of the larger cities. As the
prefer modern properties in any case, the result being that there (was)
ready supply of houses in very rural situations for purchase as either
home by French or English urbanites, or often in the case of the
as the main and permanent home. Farmhouses
are almost always indistinguishable from other habitations in France,
group on the left belong to the farm, ours is the individual on the
We gain much benefit from our neighbours well kept lawns and garden.
picture was taken soon after we took possession of the property.
Above: in October 2001
Right: October 2005
in March 2005
||Same room in April 2006|
A much photogaphed picture - the Chateau at Josselin. The river is the O'uest, used nowadays by pleasure craft. It was canalized by Napoleon for traffic between Brest and Nantes - the guide books tell us that the British tended to raid French boats using the sea off the south Brittany coast, so he ordered an inland route to be built as an alternative. Quite some undertaking, because the total length is said to be 45O miles.
Josselin itself has a population of around 2,8OO, but serves as the centre for many more people who reside in the surrounding rural area. It has developed itself as a noted tourist town, and partly for this reason, has many bars and eating places. Other shops cater for most human needs - three pharmacies for example, at least three selling bread and cakes being another. What one cannot find in the town, one of the two supermarkets on the edge will surely provide. The same area also has two large hardware suppliers, plus a builders merchant on our side of the town. If there is anything that still cannot be found - a hire shop being one example, then one only has to journey to Ploermel, a rather larger town just eight miles further away.