Saint-Pôtan

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Saint-Pôtan
Sant-Postan
Manor House in Saint Pôtan, Brittany
Manor house
Coat of arms of Saint-Pôtan
Coat of arms
Saint-Pôtan is located in France
Saint-Pôtan
Saint-Pôtan
Coordinates: 48°33′30″N 2°17′24″W / 48.5583°N 2.29°W / 48.5583; -2.29Coordinates: 48°33′30″N 2°17′24″W / 48.5583°N 2.29°W / 48.5583; -2.29
Country France
Region Brittany
Department Côtes-d'Armor
Arrondissement Dinan
Canton Matignon
Intercommunality Pays de Matignon
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Arnaud Le Cuyer
Area1 19.89 km2 (7.68 sq mi)
Population (2011)2 769
 • Density 39/km2 (100/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 22323 / 22550
Elevation 12–77 m (39–253 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Saint-Pôtan (Breton: Sant-Postan) is a commune in the Côtes-d'Armor department of Brittany in northwestern France.

It takes its name from Saint Pôtan, the namesake of the commune's church. It has grown steadily since 2011 owing to new housing estates and contains a small variety of shops. It is surrounded by more than a dozen stone crosses.

In the village of Saint-Pôtan is a manor house now called «Le Vaumeloisel», which used to be a chateau before being destroyed in the French Revolution. This chateau once welcomed the Duchess Anne of Brittany, who married two French kings, and is now a family house. The family who once lived in this house were the Guyon family, who are French aristocrats who own many manor houses in the department of Côtes-d'Armor. One of these includes the well known Fort-la-Latte chateau, where the movie The Vikings was filmed.

L'auberge du Manoir, a local restaurant, offers excellent French cuisine. Much local employment comes from agriculture and tourism, but it is also the home of Sodimac,[1] the major employer of the commune, a manufacturer of agricultural machinery and steel building components.

Manor house in Saint-Pôtan

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 899 —    
1968 926 +3.0%
1975 885 −4.4%
1982 860 −2.8%
1990 798 −7.2%
1999 735 −7.9%
2011 769 +4.6%

The commune's population declined during the twentieth century, but has grown since 2011.

Geography[edit]

Saint-Pôtan is situated near the town of Matignon, and is only about 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from the coast. Saint-Pôtan is also close to main transport links including the Saint-Malo ferry port, which has routes to England and the channel Islands, operated by Brittany Ferries and Condor Ferries. It is close to the towns of Lamballe, Dinan, Saint-Brieuc, Rennes, and Saint-Malo. There are train stations in Lamballe, Saint-Malo and Saint-Brieuc which have links to Brest and Gare Montparnasse (Paris). Saint-Pôtan is also ideally sitatuated for air travel as Dinard – Pleurtuit – Saint-Malo Airport is only about 15 km away with links to England and the Channel Islands. Further away are Brest and Rennes airports, with links to Europe.

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