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Plage de la Touesse - home of Colette

Roz-ven, on the Plage de la Touesse

You can take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage from Saint-Malo railway station - ask the coachman to take you to Saint-Coulomb, near Cancale

You'll think you're in a postcard!

Plage de la Touesse beach, in the town of Saint-Coulomb, between Saint-Malo and Cancale, is a paradise with a green forest leading down to fine sand and turquoise sea.

The beach is well sheltered from the wind, which is rare on the Breton coasts.

Here you'll find golden sandy beach, boats at anchor, cormorants diving between the rocks that emerge from the emerald sea, and the coastal path rising above the dunes, sheltered by umbrella pines

 

Roz Ven, home of Colette, Saint-Coulomb

A literary thrill

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette, one of the greatest literary women of the early twentieth century, spent the summers from 1910 to 1924 in her villa "Roz-Ven" which sits on the dunes behind the beach.

 

"I want you to see Rozven, this green sea cove, the complicated rocks, the little wood, the new trees and old, the warm terrace, the rose bushes, my yellow room, and the beach where the tide brings me treasure."

Colette
Le Blé en Herbe - a novel by Colette

Le Blé en Herbe

This is the first novel signed simply "Colette" without her first names.

This enchanting site inspired many of Colett's novels, including Le Blé en Herbe which so richly evokes the atmosphere and landscape of this corner of Brittany.

[...] Audebert, do you see the moon over Le Grouin? Fifteen summers ago I first saw her rise over the sea, this August moon, and I never tire of it. To think that fifteen years ago, Le Grouin was bare, just wind ruffling those little trees [...] (Le Blé en Herbe - 1924)

The path leading to Roz-Ven and La Touesse beach is called the Chemin Blé en Herbe.

A place you'd like to keep to yourself, it is so captivating ...