An authentic knight's guard house at Le Mur, located over the historic Roman Arch. The stone of the arch has a Knight's Templar insignia etched into stone, and an opening for pouring, hot oil or other such noxious concoctions on invading enemies!
The Knight's Chamber was an authentic home for the Medieval Knights of Le Mur. The Village of Carentoir (Le Temple) had the largest Knights Templar Head Quarters in Brittany. Le Mur is a historic site dating from pre-Roman times. It was once a Roman Military Camp, then Breton hamlet. The Medieval buildings still exist and have been decorated to help imagine what life would have been like as a Knight of Le Mur. (Chevalier du Mur).
Le Mur' (The wall) is a privately owned estate situated on the highest peak in the surrounding countryside, and is a historic site recognized by the French Government. What was at one time a Medieval hamlet (and still exist today as the Manoir and adjacent out-buildings), was sat along-side the ancient 'Roman Road'.
Historic ruins on the site include a Roman earth berm (wall) built for observation and protection for the Roman soldiers whom utilized the site as a military camp, foundations of a Roman Temple, and a chariot drive. The remains of two medieval forts and moats have also been discovered on the property. Guests can stay at either the ancient Manoir or the 19th Century Chateau.
Located in the bucolic countryside, Le Mur is central to everything Brittany has to offer, from large Medieval towns on both the Channel and Atlantic Coasts, to lovely touristic villages just minutes away. The property can also be rented in its entirety, and can hold up to 50+ guests making it a comfortable place for corporate and family retreats. As guests of Le Mur, enjoy an afternoon picnic under the shade of the ancient Roman Arch (at one time the entry to the hamlet), hike along the numerous wooded paths, romp through fields of wild flowers to feed and play with the miniature pony and Ouessant sheep (the smallest breed of sheep in the world), read a book or simply nap under a canopy of trees in the apple, peach and pear orchards.
Ernie and Terry Monaco, the American owners of Le Mur, will be on-site to assist you with any questions on the area and to make your holiday a carefree, peaceful stay.
The estate consists of a Chateau and 13/14/15th Century Manoir (that has been renovated into 4 furnished apartments), two orchards, fields, gardens, forest, trails, a working dairy farm with cows dotting the hillsides, a Medieval Assembly/multi-purpose room (holds 50), an English library, additional medieval kitchen, a medieval dining room, and of course, the Knight's' Chamber.
Nearby Day Trips: Mont St Michel, a UNESCO heritage site, an Abbey built between the 8th to 16th centuries, is one of the most beautiful and famous sites in all of France. Cobbled streets filled with shops and the Abbey await at it's precipice. A 2 hour drive; Saint-Malo, a walled port city in on the English Channel, was in the past notorious for piracy. Today it is a major tourist destination, with many ancient, attractive buildings. 1 hour 40 minutes by car; Carnac has more than 3,000 prehistoric standing stones erected by the pre-Celtic people of Brittany, the largest such collection in the world. Most are within the Breton village of Carnac and nearby Trinity-sur-mer. Enjoy their lovely sandy beaches and festive villages. 1 hour 30 minutes by car; Brocéliande: Legend has it that the 40km2 of woodland is the location of mythical Brocéliande, forest of King Arthur. Near Château de Comperthe is a lake, where apparently lives the fairy Viviane in a crystal palace built by Merlin. A 40 min.drive; Vannes is a ancient walled city, and one of Brittany’s most attractive sights. Wander around the well-preserved medieval streets before enjoying a harbour-side lunch then taking a boat trip around the gulf. Kids will love the aquarium and butterflies. 1 hour drive; Dinan is one of the most attractive and best preserved small towns in Brittany. Half-timbered houses, attractive port and cobbled streets filled with art galleries and craft shops.1 hr 30 min.drive; La Gacilly’s narrow streets are filled with artists and craftsmen, from puppet makers, jewelery designers, to potters and glass blowers. The town is also known for being France’s largest outdoor photographic festival, June to September. A 15 minute drive; Josselin is a must-visit on any tour of the Breton heartlands. From its medieval castle, to its attractive old town to canal-based fun or forest walks, there’s something to interest all members of the family. 45 minute drive. Rochefort-en-Terre, voted one of France’s most beautiful villages and one of Brittany’s most visited sites. Make your way through the narrow streets, past ateliers and workshops, admiring geranium-bedecked houses along the way. 35 minute drive; We always recommend our visitors to visit Puy-du-Fou, voted the world's best theme park, and fourth most visited attraction in France. Ferme du la Monde (children's zoo), Adventure Parc (course through trees) paintball and lovely lake for swimming and paddle boating....just minutes from Le Mur. We are situated on a working diary farm on a historic property 3 km from Carentoir.
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