La Trinite Porhoet is a commune in the Morbihan department in Brittany in the North West of France. The word ‘Porhoet’ originates from a Celtic word meaning ‘land at the far side of the wood’. In 509 A.D La Trinite Porhoet was home to a large Breton tribe ruled by Judicael, King of Domnonee. The Viscounts, Heirs and Successors to the King of Domnonee chose La Trinity as their capital because three Roman Roads crossed to form a triangle there. The number 3 subsequently became their symbol, giving rise from 800 A.D onwards to the Pardon of the Holy Trinity which is still celebrated to this day. The land of Porhoet was part of a domain owned by the Kings of Brittany until 874. On King Solomon’s death the domain was split and the Land of Porhoet joined with Rennes where it stayed until the late 10th Century. Porhoet’s Lords were therefore direct descendants of the youngest sons of Sovereign House and took the titles of Viscount of Rennes and Earl of Brittany. The small town of La Trinite can thus claim the honour of owning its own origin to Princes from the original sovereign line, making its name historically superior to that of two other towns Josselin and Rohan, whose founding by Princes from the Porhoet family came later. Today there are many sites to see, both in the town itself and in the surrounding countryside. Local delicacies include crepes, fresh sea food and local real ale.
La Trinite Porhoet is approximately 2 hours from Brest airport, and just 1 hours drive from Rennes or Dinard airports and St Malo ferry port.
Whether by bike, on foot, or in the car, one can expect to find beautiful churches and chapels, fountains, and even standing stones. Away from the traffic jams and the bustle of the town, one can also appreciate the peace and tranquillity of the countryside and enjoy the local amenities there. You can go on guided hikes and visits, see concerts and even go camping! Why not make the most of surrounding towns and visit the Chateau in Josselin just 20 minutes away, or the Lake of Guerledan located 40 minutes away. Given that the area has some of the best fishing rivers and lakes in France, as well as something like one third of France’s coastline, the area boasts a great variety for keen anglers.
Food and drink
Delicacies for which the area are famous include “crêpes” (pancakes) and a variety of Breton pastries, the most famous being the Breton butter cake or Kouign Amann. Brittany has a strong agricultural tradition, and is famous for its early vegetables and its salted butter, which many restaurants will find the most mouth-watering ways to combine. Although the region is not famous for its wine production; white wines are produced in the nearby Loire Atlantique department. Cooking with fresh food from the town markets comes off best: winkles, coquilles Saint Jacques, or scallops, velvet swimming crabs, spider or rock crabs are first class sea items. Don’t miss the local real ales: black, brown and blond.
- Restaurant la Perchais, Perchais 56490 La Trinité Porhoët Tel: 02 97 93 97 64
- Pizza Oceane, Place De L’Union 56800 Ploërmel Tel: 02 97 93 60 50
If you are planning to stay a while on a viewing trip, a gite may be the best option as then you can come and go as you like and either eat out or cook at your leisure. Buying and cooking your own food will give you a better idea of what life could be like in the region than just staying in a hotel. The tourist office will be able to supply contacts.
Do think carefully about what you want out of a property – how many rooms for instance, can you cope with a spiral staircase, is a pool a must? The answers
to these and many other questions – including of course your budget will help you decide upon your perfect property. Ask Sextant properties to put you in touch with a local bi-lingual French estate agent who can accompany you on visits to find your dream property in La Trinité Porhoet.