Bild_5_Le_Montmarin_DSC0003The malouinières are summer residences of wealthy ship-owners from Saint Malo. They were originally constructed in the 17th and 18th centuries within a radius of about 15 kilometres from the city. These residences are exquisite “country estates”. They were within easy reach and their gardens not only offered their owners a pleasant sojourn but also gave them an opportunity to exhibit their social status.