A family home, a soul and a slice of Rennes history. Welcome to Véronique and Jacques Brégeon’s hotel.
“Cultivating the art of hospitality and the joy of sharing and telling the story of a family devoted to its city.”
The name LeCoq-Gadby ‘speaks’ to many Rennes locals. It’s even an institution! “It all began in 1902 when my great-grandfather, Pierre Gadby, opened reception rooms here,” says Véronique Brégeon. Since, each generation has put its own stamp on the pretty blue half-timbered house on Rue Antrain. The fourth, belonging to Véronique and her husband Jacques, has turned to the hotel industry and ecology. “In 2008, when we extended the historic building to develop our business, we opted for an environmentally friendly structure.” With wooden architecture, solar panels, rainwater harvesting, avoidance of food wastage, etc., LeCoq-Gadby, The Originals Relais was the first four-star hotel to be awarded the European ecolabel. “We extend the same respect to our guests with a focus on hospitality, service and wellness.” All guests can take advantage with a visit to the eco hotel’s spa for a pleasant time out.
The 16 rooms and suites at LeCoq-Gadby, The Originals Relais, Rennes all immerse guests in a different world. “Our decor mixes family objects and furniture with contemporary fabrics and objects”, explains Véronique, proud of the work carried out by her eldest daughter Mathilde, a designer. In the HQE (high quality environmental standard) extension, you’ll enjoy huge, warm, comfortable and sometimes unusual rooms while the historic home features a dining room with Directoire-style woodwork.
A bright, contemporary room that opens onto the terrace awaits you for breakfast. As well as traditional tea and coffee, home-made cakes, artisan jams, fruit juices and local cheeses will be served up among other morning delights. For dinner or a quick bite, Véronique and Jacques invite you to their dining area where guests are served dishes prepared in the kitchens of the family catering service. You can also head to the bar for a cocktail, aperitif snacks, fruit juices and home-made herbal teas.
Véronique comes from a long line of caterers and loves to cook. In her Châteaubourg laboratory (on the outskirts of Rennes), meals are prepared for LeCoq-Gadby Traiteur run by Charles Brégeon, the only male sibling with a keen interest in food. “Our philosophy is this: seasonal produce, organic if possible and always local, with 100% Breton flavours.”
Enjoy a lovely break at the peaceful LeCoq-Gadby, The Originals Relais, Rennes during your business trip or holiday in Rennes. A few minutes’ walk from the city centre, it’s a great chance to visit the heart of the Breton capital while strolling along the Canal d’Ille-et-Rance and its locks or crossing the Thabor botanical gardens.
There’s a small indoor pool, Nordic sauna and traditional (pay-to-use) steam room. What are you waiting for? And why not treat yourself to a customised (face and body) treatment at the hotel salon? Inspired by her orchard and the history of Brittany, Véronique has created her own range of cosmetic products from cider apples. As you would expect, all are ecological and ethical.
Rennes is known for its medieval half-timbered houses, its vast Saint-Pierre cathedral, the Parliament of Brittany and the Mordelaises gates in the medieval fortress. Not far from the LeCoq-Gadby “house”, you can visit the ten-hectare Thabor botanical gardens at your leisure, one of France’s most beautiful gardens with a rose garden and aviary. And the Fine Arts Museum exhibits pieces by Georges de La Tour, Botticelli, Rubens and Picasso.
The legendary Brocéliande forest; Saint-Malo, the corsair city; Cancale, its harbour and oyster museum; the unmissable Mont Saint-Michel; Granville, its casino and the Christian Dior museum, etc.
Recently remodelled, each of the three seminar rooms at LeCoq-Gadby, The Originals Relais, Rennes is personalised and equipped with everything you need for your career events. Looking to rent a room for a meeting or co-working session? This is possible. Véronique and Jacques also offer cookery classes and wellness sessions for incentive seminars. Practical information: the hotel offers a garage and private parking. The C5 and C1 bus lines are close by as well as lines A and B on the Rennes metro.
The “Ar Seiz Breur”, Breton for “The Seven Brothers”, is reminiscent of this group of Breton designers from the inter-war period. Covering 55 m2, this room which opens into the historic home, can accommodate 35 people in school format and 60 in cocktail format.