Ty Mad is a charming hotel in Douarnenez – a renowned Breton sea port – that dates back to the twenties when celebrities such as Picasso, Breton and, especially, Max Jacob were frequent visitors. It features 17 bedrooms – 11 of which facing the sea over the beach of Saint-Jean.
This is an eclectic and artistic hotel (painters and sculptors exhibit here) with a quaint mixture of furniture that includes items that are handmade, contemporary and even Chinese. Ideal for organized thematic groups on subjects such as painting, photography or nautical sports. It’s a quiet place where, as Jacob used to say “one wakes up with the singing of birds”. The dining room is simply delightful and apart from serving splendid “gourmand" breakfasts by a sunny bay window, dinners are prepared every day with fish freshly bought at the harbour – except Sundays when it’s “curry day”.
The owners, Arnaud and Armelle Raillard, have converted this old presbytery into something really special. Besides sailing and other seaside sports, tennis and horse riding can be practiced within the vicinity. We are at the fringe of Douarnenez, therefore we can always explore this fishing village of 20,000 inhabitants that boasts sardine and herring canneries – something slightly unusual. There are a several small restaurants serving the best seafood in France.
Ty Mad is a marvellous place to stay - a beachfront hotel with a singular contemporary charm within a fantastic environment.
Brilliant - one of the best places ever ! The hotel is really nice, excellent rooms, wonderful dining area, lovely garden. The location is excellent, 50m to one beach, 200m to a park with picnic tables, and option to stroll to the harbor. Dinner was superb, wonderful food, excellent service. Whole heartedly recommend, one of the few places I would go back to.
Date of stay 01/07/2017
Es war eine traumhafte Unterkunft. Zimmer klein aber sehr gemütlich die Atmosphäre sehr angenehm. Alle waren sehr freundlich und entgegenkommend. Das Hotel liegt sehr ruhig und doch so nah am Strand.
Excelent und liebevoll
Date of stay 02/06/2017
Excelentes Haus, wunderbares Frühstück, liebevoll eingerichtetes Hotel.
Alles bestens, wir kommen wieder!
Rundum sehr schön
Date of stay 28/07/2016
Sehr geschmackvolles, individuelles Hotel, sehr sauber, sehr gutes Restaurant. Schöne Lage in Strandnähe. Kleines, aber schönes Schwimmbad.
5 days super stay
Date of stay 03/09/2014
Friendly staff, nice room, good breakfast
Date of stay 03/09/2018
Good hotel with some very interesting decor and art.
Clean and well kept throughout.
Owner and staff always in attendance.
Good quality good.
Car parking request carefully accommodated.
However our bathroom was very cramped and had no mirror above the wash hand basin thus making wet shaving and applying make up a real difficulty. The mirror was on an adjacent wall 1.50M away and at 90 degrees.
We would return but ask for a bathroom with a sensibly sited mirror.
Date of stay 21/07/2015
Good location, nice old building. although odd. rooms a bit small and felt more like a posh travel lodge than somewhere special. expensive for what it was
thumbs up for Ty Mad
by Uté Kurys-Romer
Date of stay 25/08/2011
what a gem this is... Due to our passion for sailing little boats nationally and internationally we have visited many beautiful places indeed. But what a delight to come across Douarnenez, it's beautiful surroundings, fabulous seafood and..Ty Mad!
The photos and description on this site are absolutely accurate and once there in person, we were welcomed by incredibly charming hosts. Ty Mad is a family run patinated Boutique Hotel, with it's signature being -apart from the top location- the imagination and tasteful creativity used throughout.
The hosts were very welcoming and accommodating and such a pleasure to have met. The meals were all prepared fresh and were delicious. I am writing this review with ease and joy and am happy to recommend Ty Mad to everybody who is looking for a treat! Thumbs up Ty Mad!
- not recommended to travelers who look for the "beige" uniformity in a hotel.
by Vaclava-Marie Mirovska
Date of stay 14/05/2011
Charming, quiet place, sweet athmosphere inside and outdoor ,with pretty terarrace , flowers, you can feel friendly hospitality everywhere
would like to come back