Brittany, France

Le Lodge Kerisper

Rates from (inc tax)$142.53

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR140.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Castaway cabin

Setting

Portside perch

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

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

Facilities

Photos 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 $142.53 (€127), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.50 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next {dayrange} days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR140.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

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.

Pet‐friendly

Dogs and cats are welcome for €25 a day. See more pet-friendly hotels in Brittany.

Children

Extra beds can be added for €25; cots 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.

Overview

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

Best for

All welcome, but over-5s are best catered for.

Recommended rooms

A Suite-Apartment can have up to three extra beds added (€25 each): they're on the ground floor, with a shady, child-proof terrace. There’s also a fridge for storing baby food or milk. Junior Suites have a separate bed alcove; some also have a terrace.

Activities

Older children can be kept busy fishing, sailing and playing tennis. Some of Brittany's finest stretches of sand are just a 10-minute walk away (the hotel also has mountain bikes to borrow if you prefer pedal power).

Swimming pool

The outdoor pool has a shallow end and inflatables to borrow.

Rates

More details

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

Meals

The hotel is happy to provide packed lunches for children, and will heat up baby food and milk; there are also highchairs to borrow for mealtimes.

Babysitting

Babysitting is available with a local nanny for €8 an hour.

No need to pack

The hotel supplies changing mats and cots – and teddies will be waiting on little ones' beds to tuck them in at night.

Food and Drink

Photos Arguibel – Basque – France

At the hotel

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.

At the 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.

Location

Photos Le Lodge Kerisper hotel – Brittany – France
Address
Le Lodge Kerisper
4 rue du Latz
56470
La Trinité-sur-Mer
France

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.

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.

Reviews

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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

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Le Lodge Kerisper’s Guestbook below.

We loved

How baby friendly and accommodating the staff were. The food at L'Azimut was excellent

Don’t expect

Lunch or dinner but they had great restaurant recommendations

Rating

Stayed on 19 Jul 2016

We loved

Beautifully designed hotel, very nice staff, great breakfast. We were travelling with our 11-year old daughter. Room 8 was perfect for us all. Make sure you take bikes out and cycle to Carnac to see the menhirs. It's much better/easier on a bike to see them all effectively.

Don’t expect

Busy nightlife, direct access to beach

Rating

Stayed on 4 Jul 2016

We loved

Beautiful garden, excellent breakfast and housekeeping, friendly service, lovely peaceful location few minutes walk from the port. Visit Carnac - it's beautiful and lovely beaches.

Don’t expect

We travlled with a toddler and a newborn. Wouldn't recommend if travelling with young children as we were, unless you plan to be out every day - tiny pool with a sign that requests quiet, no food served after breakfast, there's a charge if you bring your own food/drink into your room. We had a Junior Suit but there was no nespresso machine or teddies in the cots. Best for couples or older kids to do walking/biking/boating with...

Rating

Stayed on 2 Jul 2016

We loved

Gorgeous hotel. 8/10 

Don’t expect

Family friendly restaurants nearby!

Rating

Stayed on 11 Jun 2016

We loved

The staff was extremely helpful. Lots of light in room, and big balcony. Get the VIP suite with the big balcony.

Don’t expect

We didn't love the location. The area seemed very desolate. And the hotel seemed expensive for what it is. No staff there at night either.

Rating

Stayed on 30 May 2016

We loved

The beaches and the restaurant recommendations.

Don’t expect

A lively nightlife.

Rating

Stayed on 2 Sep 2015

We loved

Warm welcome, good breakfast, lovely atmosphere.

Don’t expect

Late nights at the hotel bar

Rating

Stayed on 3 Jul 2015

We loved

Very comfortable place with a pleasant relaxed environment, we loved the bar and breakfast was really extensive and tasty too. To have a private balcony was a bonus too. The gardens were perfectly kept and highly recommend asking the staff for restaurant suggestions they know the best places a veritable Trip Advisor!

Don’t expect

Staff to be there at night.

Rating

Stayed on 19 Jun 2015

We loved

The hotel was just perfect. Warm and friendly staff, stylish and cosy interior and a delicious, sumptuous breakfast.

Don’t expect

Maybe coffee making facilities somewhere in the hotel.

Rating

Stayed on 10 Jan 2015

We loved

Location, location, location!

Rating

Stayed on 4 Oct 2014