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Thursday, January 17, 2013

French Seaside Style in Quiberon

Our last stop in France was in Quiberon, and quite by chance we booked a beautiful family owned hotel just newly renovated, the Hotel-des-deux-mers, which we found on

Sometimes things work out better than expected and this was one of those times.  We were lucky to spend our last two nights in France here.  

Quiberon is in Brittany on a peninsula connected to the mainland by a very small tombolo or isthmus.  On one side of the peninsula is the calm bay perfect for sailing or swimming. On the other side is the wild Atlantic. 

The Hotel-des-Deux-Mers was simple and elegant. The rooms are done in white and sea glass colors bringing lots of light into the rooms. The focal point of our room was the sea view.  Our room had French doors that opened to a small terrace with views of the sea and the olive and cypress trees below.

The hotel had been a family summer home in the early 1900’s when the railroad came to Quiberon, and there is still a feeling of it being a family home – with lots of little nooks for curling up with a book and a glass of french wine. There was a beautiful sense of relaxation and calmness inside the hotel. To me, calmness and relaxation also comes from paying a very reasonable rate that included internet and breakfast every morning in the salon.

The other day I was in the decorating section of our local Barnes and Noble carefully considering how to spend a Christmas gift card when I stumbled on the book French Seaside Style by Sebastien Siraudeau.  The room on the dust jacket looked so similar to our room at the Hotel Des Deux Mers that I had to open the book, and this lovely hotel was indeed featured….the epitome of French seaside style. 

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