Escape to Brittany between Quimper and Brest
The name Logonna comes from ‘Loc-Onna’, place dedicated to Saint Omma who was thought to be Saint Monna abbot of Tech Munna (Ireland). Saint Monna is now the patron saint of the village’s church.
Daoulas, the near by village, is located at the junction of two rivers, the ‘Mignonne’ and the ‘Lézuzan’. Its name in Breton means: ‘daou’ two and ‘glas’ river.
Located in the heart of Brest’s natural bay, the village is located on Logonna-Daoulas’ peninsula. It is almost half way between the main cities of Brest and Quimper.
The village has two ports (Pors Beach and Moulin Mer) and many creeks and strands: the ‘Bendy’, the grey island, the castle, ‘Porsisquin, ‘anse du bourg’, Roz cove, the ‘Yelen’… All these places are linked by several kilometers of coastal pathways starting a few meters away from the mansion.
Some Breton history
In the XVIIth century, Logonna-Daoulas was mainly an agricultural, breeding and fishing centre. It became very important following the exploitation of two stone bearings. The first bearing is made of hard and fine granite, Kersantite, also known locally as Kersanton which name comes from Kersanton’s hamlet in the nearby village of Loperhet where the first bearing was found.
The other bearing is a yellow ochre feldspath. Its colour is due to the iron oxide within the bearing. It is known as “Logonna’s stone”. The stone is extracted from the Roz quarries which were used from the XVIth century onwards.
Logonna’s stone sculpting qualities and ease of transportation by water has made this stone very popular especially for religious monuments in the region.
At the beginning of the XXth century, the quarries employed over 300 people. Most of them came from “outside” (other places then the peninsula) and got married with Logonna’s girls. Farmers, fishermen and oyster farmers were also working at the quarries during the bad season.
Until 1885, a tide mill with eleven pairs of grinding wheels was actively used. It is located in “Moulin Mer” (Sea Mill) in front of our property.
Scallop fishing was another important activity on the peninsula until the second part of the XXth century.