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Talensac (Breton: Talenseg, Gallo: Talanczac) is a commune in the department of Ille-et-Vilaine in Brittany. The Meu river is all of the commune's eastern border. Located at 20 km west of Rennes in the perimeter of the second suburb of Rennes, Talensac is crossed from the West to the East by the brooks of Guillermoux and of Bignons which form the Barillais, the Serein and the Rohuel and then the Chèze which are confluents of the Meu river. It is next to the forest of Montfort-sur-Meu. The town stretches over 2.161 hectares and has a population of 2.100 inhabitants. Talensac has hamlets: Crabassou and Trénube.
As soon as 1803, Talensac was an independant parish which also included the village of Le Verger. The first church was replaced and rebuilt around 1703. But this church, dedicated to Saint-Anne, was devastated by a fire in June 1872. Another church was then built (actual church). It has been consecrated in 1882 by the archbishop of that time. Judicaël and Erispoë, kings of Brittany, had a residence from the VIIth and IXth century in Talensac. Erispoë lived in the village of the "Châtellier" next to the road of Breteil. This fortification was protected as it had moats. The 2nd of November 857, Erispoë is assassinated in the church of Talensac by Salomon, his first cousin, who didn't want Erispoë's daughter to marry the son of Charles le Chauve. This would have brought into play the lands of Salomon and the independance of Brittany faced to West Francia, but also all the chances of Salomon to access to the throne. In 1152, Guillaume I spouse gave Saint-Jacques de Montfort abbey, the taxes of Talensac and the mill of the town to monks. The son of Guillaume I and of Amice de Porhoët, Godefroy de Montfort, left "Le pré au Comte" in 1171. Around 1372, the castle of the "Châtellier", property of the Bintin family, is devastated. In 1697, Jeanne-Françoise De Massuel, Lady of the Bois-de-Bintin, married the Lord of Belin, Mathurin Lesné, in Talensac. Him and his spouse lived in the castle of "Bédoyère", an imposing residence from the XVIIth century. The castle, badly preserved during the different periods it went through, was demolished around 1920.
Take the road RN24 (Rennes / Vannes-Lorient) and the exit Talensac-Montfort.
The closest airport is in Rennes.
Railway station of Montfort-sur-Meu, direct lines from Rennes.
Illenoo Bus, line 2 : Breteil, Iffendic, La Nouaye, Montfort-sur-Meu, departing from the railway station of Rennes.
It is dated XIXth century but the cross next to it is dated XVIth century.
Cross the Eminescu park to have a view on the Meu valley.
The path has a few quite steep hills.
The circuit offers a panorama on Montfort-sur-Meu, Bédée and Breteil. Brooks and small waterfalls liven the walk.
The circuit offers panorama on the villages of Monterfil, Le Verger and Treffendel. A small part of Rennes can also be seen.
The circuit hasn't got any major difficulties.
The district of Montfort en Brocéliande offers many local products:
Production of honey, chouchen, gingerbread, royal jelly, pollen, sweets.
Milk fed veal meat and bovine meat.
Decorated caravans in the "bohemian" style.
The guesthouse is a former farm. It is at disposal of all kind of group.