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Breteil is a commune in the department of Ille-et-Vilaine in Brittany. The Meu river forms the commune's southwestern border. The town has 3.502 inhabitants and stretches over 1.470 hectares. It is at 20 Km from Rennes and is surrounded by Montfort-sur-Meu, Bédée, La Nouaye, Iffendic, Pleumeleuc, Talensac, Saint-Gonlay.


The parish of Breteil results from the division of the former parish of Pleumeleuc, in 1122. It is this year that the bishop of Aleth consecrated the church of Breteil to Benedictin monks of Saint-Melaine de Rennes.
In 1152, the Lord of Montfort-sur-Meu gave two agricultural lands of Breteil to Saint-Jacques de Montfort abbey. He did that donation to participate to the monks rightous deeds.
In the town centre of Breteil, a priest called Guillaume gave a house of Breteil to the abbey of Montfort-sur-Meu. Raoul de Montfort, in 1120, counts in the dowry of his daughter for her wedding with the earl of La Riolaye, the castle of Breteil.
Like everywhere in Brittany and in particular in Upper Brittany, small farmers have lands, but they are usually small areas. Ploughmen who have a certain ease are a little bit in minority. The others, except if they are farmers, have to be day labourers and servants. With 167 servants for 1.271 inhabitants in 1774, they are proportionaly less than in some towns in the surroundings.

Get In[edit]

By plane[edit]

The closest arrival possible is at the Rennes-St Jacques airport.

By train[edit]

From Rennes to Breteil (SNCF stop), the run is about 15 minutes long. You have the possibility to bring bikes in most trains.

By bus[edit]

From Rennes railway station, take the Illeno bus, line 2 Gaël-Rennes

By car[edit]

From Rennes, take the direction Saint Brieuc / Brest by the RN12, exit BEDEE / PLEUMELEUC / MONTFORT.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Saint Malo church

The body and the southern side of the church were built during the XVIth century, the framework is dated with an inscription of 1503. The church has a porch provided with a carinated archway.

  • The abbey chapel

This chapel, belonging to Saint-Jacques de Montfort abbey, is built in schist and in pudding stone.

  • Chapel of La Riolais

This chapel seems to have been built during the XVIIth century, even though the sculpted pediment at the top of the eastern door seems to date from the XVth or XVIth century.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Hiking circuit of "Le Pont Rozel"

The hiking circuit "le pont Rozel" is passable every season.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Le Côté des Saveurs. Closed on Sunday.. Traditional restaurant.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Le Binôme, 2 r Montfort.  edit
  • Le Kevestel, 2 r Rennes.  edit

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