Our history

Île Blanche - Locquirec

The Ile Blanche, some History…

Ile Blanche or Ile Sacrée White Island or sacred Island? The history of the place and its name is lost in the mists of time

The current configuration of buildings, consisting of dissimilar elements can be explained by what is known about the history of the Ile Blanche, since the mid-17th

The Manor

Built in Locquirec stone, blue-green limestone shale, in 1661 by and for a shipowner, when the port of Toul an Héry, on the other side of the Douron, was a port of high commercial activities, flax was exported, grown widely in the region as well as shale since there were several quarries in Locquirec.

At the beginning of the twentieth century, an English couple bought it. Norton is a lawyer for the Viceroy of India and his wife, on the spot, transforms the manor, enlarges it, embellishes it, leads great life. The couple left the manor in 1924.

Newer buildings

In 1926, the Congregation of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit acquired the property and built, behind the manor, new buildings destined to become a juvenat : a residential school and a high school for young girls wishing to enter religious life.

In the 70s, at the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), the juvenate is closed and the Ile Blanche becomes a Welcome House. Gradually, the House opens up to increasingly wide and diversified receptions and becomes at the turn of the 21st century, Welcome House and Spiritual Center.

Events

“The Ile Blanche” welcomes you to Locquirec for your seminars, your religious chapter meetings but also for your family events.