Inheritance places


Located where the Loysance and Couesnon rivers meet, the town of Antrain was originally a lookout post during the Middle Ages, where from its vantage point, sentries could survey movements and trade along the rivers. In the XVth century The duke of Brittany, Jean V, made use of the river routes to attract a significant number of Norman hemp cloth traders, and today there is still a bustling trade along the Couesnon river between Saint-Malo and Antrain, now a vibrant town of 1400 inhabitants. On land, there are several noteworthy historical and architectural landmarks that you can visit: There is a Roman church in Antrain, built in the XIth and still in use. it’s architectural elements, most notably, "Door of the Women" is still intact. At the other end of town you will find the Loysance neighborhood, where you can visit the ancient washhouses, the fountain of Ann II, an antiquated granite bridge as well as the old blacksmith’s center known as “the Arms of Hell”.


On a hill overlooking the surrounding farms and Villecartier Forest sits Bazouges la Perouse( translation: basilica made from stone), full of charm and character. Recently the French government bestowed Bazouges la Perouse with the title “Petite Cité de Caractere” which means it is now protected as a landmark or historic site and authentic Breton village, Like the neighboring towns of Combourg and Dol de Bretagne, Bazouges la Perouse was an important regional political center, a prosperous city during the middle ages before being ravaged by various religious and revolutionary battles. You can visit the remains of it’s former glory: the original ramparts which protected the village, the Breton style half timbered and granit houses, the noble manoirs, with their proud facades weathered over time, as well as the church of Saint Pierre et Saint Paul which has a surprising architectural history. The gothic façade was severely damaged during the French revolution and restored and enlarged during the 19th century, but what many don’t know is that this church was originally 2 roman style churches side by side, one for the monks and the other for the parishoners, over the years the two buildings evolved into one structure. Not to be missed is the original stained glass window dating from 1574, depicting the noble couple who ruled the village (and donated money to the church) at the time. If you are interested in art there are many artists and artisans who live and work in in Bazouges la Perouse and several art galleries including “the Village”, an experimental space and gallery dedicated to contemporary art.  

Walking history tour of Bazouges la Perouse : Vincent the alchemist invites you to join him as he tours Bazouges in search of inspiration. Discover the spirit of Bazouges la Perouse as he leads you through the gardens, reads you the poetry, shows you the architecture and introduces you to the ghosts, past and present. A guide to the walking tour is available at The office de Tourism.


Chauvigné, situated along the ancient Roman road between Rennes and Avranches, was named after Calvinius, who was an early Lord of town. In the middle ages, the tradition was that the priest of Chauvigné would offer a hat of roses to Lady Calvinus on the day of the king’s coronation.  Chauvigné also has the distinction of having had two churches. The existing church, Notre-Dame, was originally built in the 11th century and  underwent a major reconstructed during the 16th century. Chauvigné’s other church, Saint George, is but a memory, but many of her relics can still be found in the village: The magnificent cross still stands in it’s original place, commemorating the church’s former glory. Saint-George’s alter was incorporated into the architecture of Notre-Dame during it’s renovation as was the cemetery’s tombstones which create a haunting memorial to the forgotten church on the floor of Notre Dame. 

La Fontenelle

The village of la Fontenelle which sits above the Couesnon valley, was once a community of weavers and later, master stoneworkers who mined the local quarries for a granit called as  "Picaous", which is still visible throughout the village and especially in the church’s architecture. Large slabs of it create the floor of the church, the pillars as well as the cross.
Jean Langlais, an internationally known organist and composer of sacred music was born in la Fonenelle, the villages organizes a festival in her honor every July. If you leave the village in the direction of Antrain you will cross a bridge over the Couesnon river which was originally an ancient Roman battle site, witness to many confrontation between Republican and Vendéen armies, better known as the   « Armée Catholique et Royale ».


Marcille Raoul is located midway on the ancient road between Rennes and Avranches, and was built by the romans and later renamed “Route de la Duchess Anne” during the middle ages. Because of it’s elevation and visibility, Marcillé-Raoul was the scene of quite a bit of activity during feudal times.  Today, two great mounds of dirt 15 and 8 m of height and a ditch, 5 m deep are all that remains of the castle, built in 1240 by Lord Raoul III of Fougeres.
Until the end of the 16th century, there were two churches in Marcillé-Raoul: the church of Châtel, found on the edge of a pond, in the shade of the manor house, and an older church, used by Monks and dismantled in the 19th century; it’s architectural components were used to renovate the church of Marcille Raoul, which exists today. A souvenir of the Monk’s church, it’s original Roman doors, have been erected as a memorial in the cemetery.


Pierre Longue's menhir, a lone megalith, standing 6m high in Noyal Bazouges, is the best evidence that this area was once populated by the Celts. According to legend, the megalith, was abandoned and left in place by Satan during his battle with archangel Saint Michel because it had been Christianized, by the cross carved at the top. Noyal Bazouges, like many villages in Brittany, was built on an ancient Roman. Today the village consists of many magnificent granite houses.  Cellar doors, rounded off at the top to make room for the cider barrels, and beautifully sculpted stone windows are worth noting. Among the houses is Saint Martin’s church, originally built in the 11th century and renovated in the 19th century and the old church rectory, “Maison des Plaids” built 1566. Inside the church you can see the statue of Saint Martin and the beautiful 17th century painting, titled, "Descente de Croix". On in the outskirts of the village is The Chapel of St Nicholas', believed to have the power to cure childhood diseases, a frequented place of prayer since the middle ages.


Rimou, which sits along the southern bank of Couesnon river, was the scene of  many bloody battles between the Royalists and Republicans during the French Revolution. Abbot Macé, Marie Collin and Gilles Trébourg made history by defending Rimou from the Royal Insurgents. To honor the memory and ideals of Rimou’s Republicans The bust of Marianne was erected in 1906. One of the oldest parishes of Brittany, Rimou’s 15th century church hosts the “blessing of the cones” every August 15th.  According to legend, a woman making bread was surprised by a violent thunderstorm, she prayed to the Virgin to make the storm stop. When the storm stopped she discovered that her breads had fallen on top of one another in the form of a cross. And thus, the legend of the "Cone", protector from lightning, was born. Quincampoix Mill, an important producer of flour is located in Rimou, along the Couesnon river. Built in 1655, it is one of the only mills in the Bay of Mont St Michel still producing   “Sarassin” or Buckwheat Flour, the main ingredient found Breton galettes.


On the Brittany/Normandy border sits the village of Saint-Ouen-la-Rouërie, the two valleys of the Loysance and the Tronçon rivers on either side played host to numerous mills and industry. The village was named after it’s most illustrious citizen the Marquis de Rouërie a bust of him appears in the town square. The Marquis had the distinction of being a hero in both the American War for independence and French Revolution, as a member of Breton Parliament he was one of the founders of the Breton revolt against the Royalists (the Chouans) . Just outside the village is, “Guillaume’s oratory and fountain” built in 1890 honoring the miracle which took place here during a drought in which Guilluame created a flow of water by digging in the place of a dried up source. Saint-Ouen-la-Rouërie was also one of the first Breton village liberated by General Patton, two months after the landing in Normandy by the 3rd American army. The stele on Saint James's road commemorates the event.


Situated on a plateau, the village of Saint-Rémy-du-Plain started out as a catholic parish in the 6th century’s in the newly reclaimed Gallo-Roman territory. The bell tower of the current church was designed by the Rennes architect Bézier-Lafosse and built in 1878 by Arthur Regnault.  The economic activity in the area has always been linked to the agriculture of the area. From 1803 till 1860 Saint Remy du Plain was known for its glass-making activity at the castle of la Haye d’Irée and which peaked in 1829. On the road to Bazouges there is a memorial to the eight victims massacred in the Touchasse quarries: Six Broualan resistance fighters and two American soldiers executed on July 7th, 1944.


Saint Martin’s chapel, famous for it’s supernatural cures, brought believers to this area. Many stayed on, built homes, and thus the village of Tremblay was born. Trembley’s stone church, constructed in the 11th century and enlarged in the 16th, was burned by the Chouans in 1795, lead by Aimé du Boisguy, in order to dislodge the republican soldiers who had taken refuge inside. It was reconstructed in 1801.
In the village of Dieuverrie, there is a cross with the same name which was erected to give thanks for a prayer that had been answered, it is noted as being made from the rarest wood of the department.
From "the train station” level of the green walking path you can see the Loysance valley and it’s mills. Among the numerous mills is the Ardenne which is known for it’s paper-maker activity, jewel of the Breton economy from the 16th until the 19th centuries