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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Relaxed atmosphere

    Quiet sandy beaches

    Breton bistros nearby

  • Kids will love

    Small outdoor pool

    Little garden to roam

    Family bike rides

  • Don’t expect

    A restaurant onsite

    A crèche or kids’ club

    Guaranteed sunshine


Bright white and breezy, Brittany’s family-friendly Le Lodge Kerisper invites lounging. Its whitewashed interiors are child-proof yet hip, mixing exposed brickwork and weathered beachy bric-à-brac with a shiny modern bar. Outside, an impeccable little garden and pool provide cool and calm. And an anchor’s throw away is Trinité-sur-Mer’s port, where yachts bob about against a setting sun and seafood bistros beckon.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Le Lodge Kerisper with us:

A glass of champagne each and a box of Breton salted caramels


‘By day we were family adventurers, up before everyone else, casting nets for crabs, making mud pies and escaping from imaginary bears among the sand dunes. At night, we were our pre-kids selves again, tiptoeing to the bar for impeccably chilled rosé’

Emily Kerrigan


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Le Lodge Kerisper hotel – Brittany – France

Need To Know


20, including 6 child-friendly Junior Suites and 3 family-friendly Suite-Apartments.


12 noon, but flexible. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from £89.02 (€100), including tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.50 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast. The Continental buffet breakfast costs €14 (€9 for kids). Children Cots for under-3s are free, and extra beds (€25) can be added to Junior Suites and Suite-Apartments.


Massage and reflexology can be arranged at the hotel's treatment room. You can dry wetsuits and cossies in the boiler room – most rooms have a line above the bath, too.

Hotel closed

For three weeks each January.

At the hotel

Terrace, garden, swimming pool, bar, gardens, treatment room, book library and board games, free WiFi throughout.

In your room

Flatscreen TV, DVD player and free bottled water. Suite-Apartments also have fridges and Nespresso machines.

Our favourite rooms

Suite-Apartment 16 is the perfect pick for families, since it’s on the ground floor, opens onto the garden via a shady, childproof terrace and can accommodate up to two adults and three children in two rooms. Room 9 – a Junior Suite – can sleep two adults and two children in two rooms; it’s up in the eaves, so it feels tucked away and cosy. All Junior Suites have an extra bed alcove, with room for two children, and some have terraces. If you're fussy about family ablutions, ask about the best bathroom set-up for you and your family – some rooms have standalone showers (good for a quick post-beach blast to de-sand and de-tangle your school-age kids), others have baths only (easier for babies). Standard and Superior rooms can take an extra cot; Suite-Apartments can accommodate a family of up to five.


The garden’s little stone-walled heated pool measures just 3m by 7m, but it's very easy on the eye with its diminutive decking lined with parasols and canvas deckchairs. There’s a shallow end, armbands and floats for kids and it’s open 10am–8pm. It’s gated, so you can sun yourself while they dip in and out without having to chase after them every time they head for the hills. Advance warning: it’s petite (you won’t be lap-swimming) and très chic (so no divebombing from daddy or the kids s’il vous plaît).


Complement a crash by the pool and a flop in the garden with an essential oil massage in your suite or the hotel’s little treatment room (€100 for 50 minutes, with a 10-minute consultation; book two weeks in advance in high season to guarantee availability).


The owners like to make little ones feel welcome – they’ll find little French teddies in their cots and beds, theirs to take home at the end of the trip. All ages are welcome, but children who can manage the 10-minute walk to the beach under their own steam will get the best out of this boutique base.

Book ahead

Babysitting is usually available with two days' notice, but if you want to guarantee yourselves a night out, consider arranging your sitter before arrival – it's best to allow two weeks' notice for and babysitting, treatments or activities you definitely want to have.


Dogs and cats are welcome for €25 a day.

Food and drink

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It’s breakfast only at the Lodge, but the breakfast buffet’s a thing of beauty, served in a nautically themed room straight out of a glossy mag’s seasidey shoot (distressed furniture, weathered bottles, glass lanterns, wire baskets and balls of twine). Choose a table overlooking the pool or sit at the long communal table and feast on endless viennoiseries, baguettes, Breton pancakes (slathered in Nutella, naturellement), traditional far Breton cake, fresh and dried fruit, eggs cooked to order, cereals and café au lait.

Family fare

There are highchairs in the breakfast room and staff are only too happy to provide fresh milk for bottles and beakers. The oversized jar of sweets in reception raises a sugary smile for kids on their way in and out.

Hotel Bar

Sporting the world’s quirkiest pendants (they’re made from clusters of red Campari soda bottles), the zinc bar is small but perfectly formed, much like its wine list and clutch of local beers. There’s an open fireplace and squashy sofas for (sea)breezy nights and doors ready to be flung open to the terrace when the sun is high. Kids are welcome at all hours and there are bowls of crisps and cubes of cheese as aperitifs with your rosé or kir royale.

Last orders

The bar's open until 10pm (9pm in low season). You can order drinks to be served in your room, on the terrace or in the garden as well as propping up the bar itself. At weekends and in high season, the bar closes at 12 midnight. Breakfast is served 8am–10.30am.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    On sunny mornings, nab a table on the little terrace off the breakfast room for OJ and croissants; after dark the two squashy sofas in the bar are perfect for sharing a bottle of French bubbles.

  • Room service

    None, but breakfast in bed (or on your terrace or balcony) can be yours for a €3 fee.


    Need milk for baby bottles before breakfast o’clock at 8am? No fridge in your room? Fear not: staff can lend you a Thermos to store it overnight.


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Parent approved

‘By day we were family adventurers, up before everyone else, casting nets for crabs, making mud pies and escaping from imaginary bears among the sand dunes. At night, we were our pre-kids selves again, tiptoeing to the bar for impeccably chilled rosé’

Emily Kerrigan


Qualified, English-speaking babysitters or nannies are available for €8–€10 an hour; book two days in advance.


The hotel doesn’t have its own monitors but do bring your own from home – if you’re in the main lodge it should stretch from your room to the bar, freeing the two of you up to have a drink alone once the kids are tucked up asleep.

Other Services

The ultra-cordial bar staff are only too happy to wash up used baby bottles for you – just ask.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Cot bedlinen • Changing mat • Baby bath • Teddy bear (they provide one on beds for each child to keep)

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Changing mat • Swimming aids • Teddy bear • Bikes with infant seats

For older children

• Adult-sized bikes to borrow • Board games


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Things to do

The Lodge is a Breton boutique base made for lazing – lounge by the pool, doze under pommiers in the secret garden or revitalize body and soul with a massage as you breathe in the salty sea air. In no time at all you’ll have the energy to explore, taking the hotel bikes out beyond its calming whitewashed walls to seek out secluded beaches and gawp at the endless lines of yachts stretching out along La Trinité’s shoreline.

Sunny days

The hotel’s small, beautifully manicured and peaceful garden is perfect for a petit pause – it’s child-proofed and contained so they can run about or rummage through a deck of cards under shady apple trees while you laze side-by-side on deckchairs. Recharged? Some of Brittany’s best beaches, bistros and bike rides are on your doorstep.

Rainy days

Find a stash of lovely vintage board games, Louis Vuitton French city guides and holiday paperbacks in the bar’s little library, or use the rainclouds as an excuse to hole up against the elements and fatten yourself on moules-frîtes. Older kids may thank you for packing headphones and a laptop or tablet loaded up with a few fun flicks or games.

And there's more…

The Lodge hires out bicycles for €10.50 a day, including bikes with kids’ seats and small-size helmets for litte ones.

Local Guide

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Le Lodge Kerisper hotel – Brittany – France
Smith tip

If grey skies loom, try the indoor Vanocéa Pool in Vannes (+33 (0)2 97 62 68 00), open 2pm–8pm all summer (9am–1pm on Sunday) and there’s a sauna too. Kids love the waterslide and wave machine; there's a baby pool, a sauna and family changing, too.

Don't miss…

… sneaking out for a sundowner at L'Etage bar at the Yacht Club (+33 (0)2 97 59 56 12). The charcuterie sharing plates and terrace views back across La Trinité’s yacht-lined port – plus, often, DJ sets and live music – mean the joint is always jumping.

If you’re travelling with young children, the south Breton summer can be a huge boon, with temperatures just perfect for sunny alfresco fun. With cool Atlantic breezes keeping the sun in check, your offspring can build sandcastles or windsurf to their hearts' content without fear of sweltering. The flipside? La Trinite-sur-Mer’s climate is akin to a long, hot summer in Cornwall – in other words (whisper it), it might rain. Even in August. Don’t despair: it’s never too long before the sun bursts back through the clouds, there’s still plenty of indoor distractions waiting in the wings.

Le Lodge Kerisper is, among other things, a great base from which to browse some of Brittany's best beaches. If you prefer an untamed little curve of sand (ie, one flecked with shells and seaweed, high on character and low on both visitors and facilities) then cycle or beat a path down La Trinité’s little lanes to Plage de Kerbihan or Plage de Kervillen. For bigger beaches with daily manicured sands, kitesurfing and vast trampolines for the kids, cafés, lifeguards and shops, try Carnac’s Grande Plage or Quiberon Grande Plage. Either category of beach is brilliantly scenic – comparatively serene too, if you’re used to the crammed sands of France’s Sud. It’s definitely worth hiring a car (or driving down from the UK) so you can find your own deserted cove along the Côte Sauvage on the Quiberon Peninsula – a haven for surfers who love its wild waves and low footfall. With sweeps of sand all around, you really will be spoilt for choice. Your essential kit? A net for crabbing (buy yours from the market in Carnac along with buckets, spades and raffia beach mats) and a beach tent or windbreak to protect les petits from the oft-keen Breton breezes (don’t be fooled, the sun’s still hot and you can still tan/sunburn).

Stroll into Trinité-sur-Mer and you'll find plenty of seafood bistros to choose from. Bustling and ever-busy, Bistro Le Quai (+33 (0)2 97 55 80 26) concentrates on fish and fruits de mer. Its port-front perch makes it perfect for people-watching over moules-frites and its cheerful checked tablecloths and blackboard menus fulfil all French bistro styling expectations. Try the monkfish gratin. There’s a brief kids’ menu of jambon-frites and the like, plus good acoustics that swallow up any kiddie noise (officially A Good Thing, as tables are packed pretty close together). A few doors down, La Maison Chevillard (+33 (0)2 97 55 86 34) is somewhere between a bakery and a rough-and-ready restaurant: a good option for eating out with starving little ones as it switches from coffee and (excellent) cake to a small evening menu at 6pm sharp (not many places in Trinité serve dinner that early). Plus the moules-frites are some of the best value in town. During the day, you can also stock up here with all you need to put together a gourmet picnic for the beach: slices of pizza, filled baguettes and a big box of impossible-to-resist fruit tarts.

If you fancy a quick drink, try Le Zing bar on Rue des Resistants (+33 (0)2 97 55 71 07). Set just back from the beginning of the port (you have to walk through the carpark to reach it) and identifiable by the massive plane on the roof, Le Zing has retro aviator styling and a top-flight reputation as one of the town’s coolest endroits. There’s an open-air terrace (good for restless kids and with views of all those boats) plus sushi, charcuterie and other light bites on the blackboard menu. If you’re with little ones, make it an early-evening outing – the bar fills up with the yacht set as the night goes on.

Set within its own beach resort, Carnac Thalasso & Spa Hotel is open to day visitors for use of its heated, mineral-rich seawater pool, aquatic complex, hamman, sauna and spa treatment rooms. Blast tired muscles under the aquatic jets, take the cure, then book an eco-friendly seaweed facial or marine salt wrap. Kids’ clubs run during peak times for 3–12 year olds (€22 for half a day; book on +33 (0)2 97 52 53 54) so you can enjoy a little two-of-you time and let someone else look after your youngsters while you unwind. Open daily, 9am–1.30pm and 2.30pm–8pm.

Parc de Jeux Le P’tit Delire (+33 (0)2 97 56 73 51) theme park is built for kids but a friend of any holidaying parent staring a rainy day in the face. Inside is a soft play zone on an epic scale – bouncy castles, trampolines, giant slides and climbing frames, super-sized Lego and building blocks, monkey bars… it’s all here. And when the sun reappears, there’s a wealth of activities outside, too – go-karts, water fountains, treetop trails, mini-golf and endless inflatables. There’s something for all ages here, plus picnic tables (bring your own), baby-changing facilities and free parking. Under-2s go free; for everyone else it’s €7.50 for a day pass.

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Le Lodge Kerisper
4 rue du Latz, 56470, La Trinité-sur-Mer, Bretagne, Morbihan, France
Hotel setting

Portside perch

Getting There

Set back just 100 metres from the yacht-lined port, Le Lodge Kerisper is popular with both holidaying families and the international sailing set. Centred on a waterfront shop-and-bistro-lined strip, it’s a gateway to some of the region’s best beaches.


Lorient airport is nearest (just 40km away); you can get there with Air France (, which also flies to Nantes, the next airport along (though this is some 130km from the hotel). Ryanair ( flies into Nantes from various regional airports in the UK, including Liverpool and Leeds. Rennes airport, also 130km from Le Lodge Kerisper, is another option.


The nearest train station is Auray, 10km away. Connect here from Rennes and Vannes, or Paris via Eurostar (


Le Lodge Kerisper is a 20-minute drive from the centre of Vannes. Parking is free at the hotel, and having wheels is recommended if you want to explore beyond La Trinité-sur-Mer itself.


Cross the Channel with Brittany Ferries from Portsmouth or Plymouth to Saint-Malo or Roscoff ( You might also consider driving down from the UK and crossing on the Eurotunnel to Calais ( Although Calais is much further away than Saint-Malo, the crossing itself is only about half an hour, and you won’t have to worry about hiring a car once in France.

Parent travel tip

Just arrived off the car ferry and don’t have change for all the tolls on the road? Fear not, all the péages take credit cards. But do remember that your driver’s seat will be on the wrong side of the car for winding down the window at the tolls as they’re designed for left-hand drives – don’t fall into the trap of having one of you in the back of the car keeping your baby company or the driver will have to scramble out of the car at the barrier to put the ticket in.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Le Lodge Kerisper – has been selected and approved by parents.

Le Lodge Kerisper is a splendid little base from which to explore southern Brittany – and if you’re familiar with the packed sands and inflated prices of France’s Sud, its laid-back loveliness and comparatively quiet beaches will be every bit as refreshing as a blast of salty sea air. The hotel’s gorgeous whitewashed interiors are just as fraîche – think smart upholstery, antique grandfather clocks and oil-skinned sailors' paraphernalia mixed with cool flea-market finds, such as retro cinema seating and framed pics of Steve McQueen. Junior Smiths will love the little garden and splashing in the pool with new-found friends – the whole place is contained and child-proofed, just slick enough for you to feel like you’re away, but not so slick you go in fear of little feet wrecking the joint.

There’s no restaurant, but you can always book a babysitter and a table for two at a nearby bistro; and if you’re staying in the hotel’s main lodge, your baby monitor (bring it from home) will stretch to the bar. The Côte Sauvage’s endless surfy beaches are made for sandcastles, seaweed collections and freckly-nosed little Smiths. Fuel them with stacks of Nutella pancakes, send them to surf school or buy them their first bowl of moules-frîtes. Then at night, swap the roar of the surf for the gentle clink-clink of shiny yachts bobbing up and down against the port’s setting sun.

Smith & Family

There’s much about Le Lodge Kerisper that seems made with little guests in mind, from the theirs-to-keep teddies on the single beds and the theirs-to-sneak sweeties in a jar, to the small pool and even smaller apples on the garden’s little pommier tree – the perfect size for our toddler’s podgy fists to scoop up as they fell obligingly to the ground. But the really good stuff? That’s made for mum and dad. Pitch-perfect house-in-the-Hamptons seaside styling, retro cinema seating, hipster pendant lights made from upcycled booze bottles, a well-stocked, eclectic little bar for cocktail hour, and ludicrously comfortable beds. By day we were family adventurers, up before everyone else with our two small Smiths, casting nets for crabs, making mud pies and escaping from imaginary bears among the sand dunes. At night we became our pre-kids Mr and Mrs Smith selves again, tucking them up safe and sound, congratulating ourselves on remembering to pack the baby monitor and tiptoeing down to the bar for a glass of impeccably chilled rosé…

Anonymously reviewed by Emily Kerrigan, Freelance food and travel writer

The Guestbook  Smith member reviews

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith & Family hotel, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what real-life family guests had to say about Le Lodge Kerisper in the Guestbook below.


Stayed on

We loved

The beaches and the restaurant recommendations.

Don’t expect

A lively nightlife.

Rating: 7/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

Warm welcome, good breakfast, lovely atmosphere.

Don’t expect

Late nights at the hotel bar

Rating: 10/10 stars


Stayed on

We loved

The pretty garden, great breakfast, very accommodating staff and great location.

Don’t expect

Room service. Formality.

Rating: 8/10 stars