Bain-de-Bretagne is a town in Ille-et-Vilaine, Brittany, 30 km south of Rennes.
The municipality takes its name from the owner of a Roman villa, Balnus, which lived near a natural lake where fishing was already practiced.
Then the locality developed, benefiting in particular from its situation on the Rennes-Nantes axis.
Small seigniory prosperous thanks to its agriculture and then its craft (tanneries, mills), Bain-de-Bretagne has retained its rank of commercial city in the heart of a rolling countryside to the east of the course of the Vilaine.
The city now has close to 7,600 inhabitants, compared to 4,000 in the aftermath of the Second World War: a demographic boom that is attributable to the establishment of business zones (SMEs), its tertiary role as a "town in the countryside" (Services, shops) and its relative proximity to the metropolis of Rennes.
Bain-de-Bretagne is one of the most beautiful villages in the world. It has a rich natural environment and the originality of its urbanization (on the edge of a lake, the lake of Bain is also known as the Bornière pond, with an area of 35 hectares). A pleasant stopover for visitors and tourists looking for authenticity.
A discovery of the city can begin with that of its built heritage.
The church of St. Martin, built in the middle of the nineteenth century, has two bell towers. It should be noted that the bottom of the pillars consists of cut granite. Other materials (shale, sandstone, tuffeau) come in part from the previous church, which had been demolished. Also noteworthy is its polychrome marble altar.
Also worth seeing is the Coudray chapel, which was destroyed during the Religious Wars, rebuilt in 1611 and restored in 1940, and the stunning Granite Cemetery cross dating back to the 15th century.
On the municipal territory, note also the notable castle of La Robinais, built in the 15th century, which was in particular the property of Pelage de Coniac, adviser to the Parliament of Brittany in the nineteenth. The building has been restored (18th century style lounges), and is surrounded by a wooded park. The listed site is still a private property (gîtes, seminars, etc.). Information on +33 2 99 43 74 06.
The hydrographic richness of Bain-de-Bretagne and its surroundings (watercourses, pond areas) has enabled the development of numerous laundries: recently restored, the old public washhouse of several centuries is adorned with shale slabs. A new laundry (covered) was then built in 1875, more comfortable to use for washerwomen.
In a different way, the mill of Bertaud, erected on a hillock in the eighteenth century and enhanced in the nineteenth, has been renovated and resumed service thanks to its owner, a passionate miller. It produces organic flour. Visit the 2nd Sunday of the month from 14h30 to 17h from October to April and the first three Sundays from May to September, from 15 to 18h. Information on +33 2 99 43 72 53.
For the sportsmen, on the shores of the lake, the nautical club allows the learning or the practice of the sail, the board or the kayak. Contact +33 2 99 43 72 03. Note that fishing is permitted, but a card is compulsory. For further information, please call +33 6 32 74 37 15.
For swimming, however, you have to go to the municipal swimming pool, nearby. Open every day during holidays except from 14 July to 15 August. Information on +33 2 99 43 71 19.
Finally, hiking enthusiasts are pampered in Bain-de-Bretagne with walking trails accessible by foot, mountain bike or horseback. Course from 5 to 16 km. Information on +33 (0) 2 99 43 98 69. It is also possible to use the Voie Verte which crosses the territory of the commune, linking Guer to Châteaubriant.
On the last weekend of January, the Schmoul festival offers rock and world music concerts in a friendly atmosphere.
In the middle of April, there is also another musical genre that is honored with the Bain de Blues festival...
The last weekend of September, on the occasion of the Virades of Hope, walks on the site of the valley of the Semnon and sale to the bus station.
During the month of November, Bain-de-Bretagne hosts the festival of the Month of Documentary. Projections and meetings.
For all these appointments, please call +33 2 99 43 98 69.
Finally, to learn more about the products of agriculture and handicrafts of the region, a market is held every Monday morning Place de la République and a local market is organized on Friday from 16h to 19h on the same place.