Owned by the Saget Family, famous winemakers of the Loire, this Benedictine monastery is now a contemporary, stylish hotel. It’s set on the edge of a quiet Bretagne village, by the Forest de Mesnil (great for walking and cycling) and overlooking St Malo golf course. Modern furniture sits happily with exposed stone walls, beams and monumental granite fireplaces – a reminder of the monastic past. Light and views flood in through huge windows – ask for a room with lake or garden view – some have French windows to the garden. Bedrooms are all similar with impressive oak beamed ceilings and comfortable king-sized beds; bright, white bathrooms are smart and warm, most with showers rather than baths. Buffet breakfasts are hearty; evening menus are filled with local and seasonal delights, and washed down with their own very good wine. On balmy evenings it’s lovely to eat out on the terrace. Explore the Abbey next door or, further afield, St Malo, Mont St Michel and the beautiful Cote d’ Emeraude. A handy spot to stop off if you’re travelling south.