Holiday gite rental 5 mins from sea, Brittany

9.9/10
Plourin (8km from Saint-Renan), Finistère, Brittany Reference: BF002871_B Advertiser since: 6 May 2011

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La Grange Self Catering Sunday 3 6 1 Plus baby

About this property

La Grange, Beautiful Family Gite 5 mins from the Sea. This cottage/gite is in a coastal setting.

Finistère: where the land meets the sea and a warm welcome awaits you. Rediscover old fashioned seaside holidays that unwind the stresses of everyday life. 
 
Situated on the western most tip of Finistère, La Grange de Penn al Lann Garo lies at the end of a private country lane, just 5 minutes drive from the unspoilt rugged coastline and quiet sandy beaches famous in this area of France. Known as Pays d'Iroise (Land of the Estuaries), the area suits all holiday makers; surfing, diving, sailing, horse riding, cycling, walking, bird-watching or simply building sandcastles and snoozing on the beautiful beaches. 
 
The gite is ideally situated for visiting the islands of Ouessant, Molène and Sein or exploring the picturesque Abers (estuaries). The bustling medieval market town of St Renan is just 5 minutes drive away.
 
Set in its own private grounds, La Grange has recently been converted from a traditional Breton Longère and offers luxury accommodation for up to 6 adults.
 
The renovation has been carried out sympathetically and stylishly whilst retaining much of the building's original character. The result is a combination of modern comfort and rustic charm blending together Breton and French styles. 

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The well equipped open plan kitchen has all the latest mod cons; gas cooker, dishwasher, fridge, freezer and microwave. French windows open from the dining area onto a patio for those al fresco long lunches or early evening aperitifs.

Living rooms

The open plan living area is made cosy with exposed beams and a Jotul wood burning stove, comfortable sofas create easy relaxing spaces where you can sit and chat with the cook or gather round the large farmhouse table.

Bedrooms

Upstairs you'll find bedrooms built into the eaves with wooden floors and uninterrupted views across the open fields. Beautiful white, crisp, cotton bed linen with co-ordinating accessories creates a calm comfortable atmosphere. The main bedroom has a restored traditional double bed, hanging wardrobe space and both French and English plug sockets. The twin room has 2 new single beds and plenty of storage space. The Reading Landing is stocked with books and has a comfortable day bed where you can relax with your favourite author, a further sofabed (downstairs) and a cot bed are also available.

Bathrooms

The modern, well appointed downstairs bathroom has a large shower and wc whilst the bathroom hallway provides home to the washing machine.

Heating

Wood burning stove.

Entertainment

Satellite tv, dvd player and stereo. An assortment of dvds, books and games to suit all ages and tastes.

Garden and outside

Step outside into your own private garden, relax in the sun or under the shady oaks, enjoy al fresco lunches on the bbq leaving the children to play on their own swings and slides.

La Grange has its own flock of hens for you to look after should you wish.

A bike is also provided for cycling to the local boulangerie to collect the morning's croissants!

A pathway leads from the car parking area, over a small brook and through the private garden to your front door.

Parking and garages

Off-road parking.

Visitor suitability

Ideal family location or for those looking to enjoy exploring the beautiful coastline on foot or by bike and a perfect spot for all watersports enthusiasts.

Information about any additional facilities

The village of Plourin is just 5 minutes away by bike so enjoy the cycle for your freshly baked morning croissants (mountain bike*). Or burn a few extra calories and cycle down to the port of Argenton (about 15 minutes by bike) where you can enjoy a coffee in the local bar whilst deliberating over the days patisseries.

You'll be spoilt for choice with restaurants dotted all along the coast. Discover creperies, restaurants boasting fresh seafood, haute cuisine, traditional bistros and family pizzerias. Indulge your senses with a walk through the daily markets brimming with fresh locally grown vegetables and seafood caught that morning.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Meals

Activities

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: sea fishing
Name of nearest fishing location: The sea
Distance: 5 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf Des Abers
Distance: 4 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Les Ecuries du Bout Du Monde
Distance: 5 km

Mountain biking

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Just off Finistere Coastal Path GR34

Watersports

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Sarah Warbrick

10 years ago we bought an abandoned farm on the Finistère coast and have spent the last few years converting the original buildings into 3 charming & extremely comfortable gites. Simon’s background as a wooden boat builder & our time spent living in Maine have influenced much of the work. We enjoy meeting new people from around the world & sharing our love of this part of France. Along with restoring Rene my Renault 4 my hobby is baking so all our guests are welcomed with freshly baked cake!

Year property purchased 2005
Why this location? Situated on the westernmost tip of Finistère our gites lie at the end of a private country lane, just 5 minutes drive from the unspoilt rugged coastline and quiet sandy beaches famous in this area of France.
Known as Pays d'Iroise (Land of the Estuaries), the area suits all holiday makers; surfing, diving, sailing, horse riding, cycling, walking, bird-watching or simply building sandcastles and snoozing on the beautiful beaches. The cottages are ideally situated for visiting the islands of Ouessant, Molène and Sein or exploring the picturesque Abers (estuaries).The bustling medieval market town of St Renan is just five minutes drive away with its famous Saturday morning market.
If you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of more touristy resorts and want to enjoy a beautiful coastline, steeped in Breton history – a taste of true France then pack up your bucket and spade and escape to Finistere!
Unique benefits of property
Our gites are extremely child friendly, as parents outselves we understand that if your children are safe and happy then you can relax and enjoy yourself! You'll find everything from high chairs to baby baths as standard in the gite. There are indoor and outdoor games to suit all ages and tastes. In the garden you have your own swings and slides so you can relax with a coffee or glass of wine in the BBQ cabin whilst the children enjoy themselves. We can also provide an evening meal service which has proved extremely popular.
We first started coming to this part of France when our eldest daughter was just a baby & we fell in love with the beautiful coastline & the fact we could pick up our breakfast from the boulangerie and head off to a different beach every day. Most days we'd have the beach to ourselves - well at least until after lunch when the locals would come down, not much has changed in the past 18years apart from the fact we don't get to the beach as often as we'd like!

The Owner Recommends

A Take-Away with a Difference!

If you've enjoyed eating out at the various local restaurants but now fancy a night in without cooking then we have a range of evening meals for you to enjoy in the comfort of the gite. 4 course menu with aperitif and wines from 22Euros per person.

Activities to do with the Children

In the unlikely event that you’ve had enough of the beach (!) you could visit the Trois Curees Theme park – perfect for a family day even for those who don’t like theme parks. This is a great day out with something for everyone. Alternatively on your doorstep you have Arbeizh Adventure (climbing in the forest), Spadium swimming and wave pool, or try the zip wire over the sea to le Fort de Bertheaume at Plougonvelin. Throughout the summer the Chateau de Kergroades hosts various events including a medieval weekend, nightly wolf walks, star-gazing evenings, jazz concerts and a summer open day.

Beaches

The variety of coastal scenery in the area means that there really is a beach for everyone. Within a 5 minute drive of the gite you'll find sheltered sandy beaches, wide expanses of shingle, lively beaches catering for seaside sports, remote hideaway beaches perfect for quiet contemplation or rocky coves with secret caves ideal for rock pooling. There are inland beaches, coastal beaches and estuary beaches, amazing cliff top views and panoramic headlands. What are you waiting for - just grab your bucket and spade!

Days Out

Less than 30 minutes away lies the naval city of Brest. In recent years the city has been ranked as Brittany’s second university town and it has experienced an expansion in arts and cultural activities. The city was rebuilt after the the World War II and is lined with fashionable shops and café bars. It is home to Océanopolis the centre for scientific and technical study of marine life. Océanopolis provides a window on all activities linked to the sea and makes for an interesting family day out. Further a field but still within an easy hours drive south on open roads are the popular destinations of Quimper, Douarnenez, Pont-Aven and Concarneau.

Le Conquet

The picturesque town of le Conquet lies at the end of la Ria estuary, just along the coast road. Hidden in the narrow winding streets of this tiny port are boutiques selling a range of gifts and nautical artefacts. The town boasts some of the finest restaurants and bars in the area where seafood is a speciality and the cost of a plat de jour makes the meal even more enjoyable. From here you can catch the ferry to the islands; Ouessant, Molène or Sein or simply watch the fishermen and boats in the harbour.

Local Restaurants

You'll be spoilt for choice with restaurants dotted all along the coast. Discover creperies, restaurants boasting fresh seafood, haute cuisine, traditional bistros and family pizzerias. Indulge your senses with a walk through the daily markets brimming with fresh locally grown vegetables and seafood caught that morning.

Salon des Vins et de la Gastronomie Brest

November 2014 Over 300 stands offering an enormous range of French wines, from small vineyards to the most famous Champagne houses. During the 4 days Brest's modern exhibition centre at Penfeld is home to some of the country's most famous wine and food producers. Come and try all types of different French wines from aperitifs to dessert wines, champagnes to rich Burgundys. Sample the famous foie gras from the South-West, artizanale charcuterie, cheeses and breads like you've never seen before. Buy on-site and take advantage of direct sale prices. Stock your wine cellar for Christmas. We can organise your tickets and transport to and from the exhibition centre (20 mins by car) a must as tasting can take all day!

St Renan Market

A visit to the bustling Saturday market in the medieval town of St Renan is a must. Narrow streets are crammed with market stalls selling a variety of local produce from fresh seafood to locally grown strawberries. You'll find jewellery makers and basketware weavers tucked amongst livestock stalls selling chickens, ducklings and rabbits. Enjoy a coffee in one of the many pavement bars and watch the locals barter for the best prices.

Walking

La Crèche is just off the of the GR 34, a walk of some 100km known as le Chemin des Phares (the Path of Lighthouses) which runs along the cliffs from the famous port of Brest to Portsall. Twenty three of Finistère’s lighthouses are used as marking points along this route, including the Pointe de St-Mathieu lighthouse, situated in an old abbey and dating from 1835, and Trézien lighthouse, which marks the meeting of the Channel with the Atlantic. If the walk is continued a little further north from Portsall, it reaches the highest lighthouse in Europe on l’Ile Vierge (Virgin Island); at 82.5m high, on clear nights the light can be seen from a distance of 50km.

14 Reviews
9.9/10
  • Cleanliness: 9.9
  • Comfort: 9.8
  • Condition: 9.9
  • Facilities: 9.8
  • Local Amenities: 9.4
  • Setting: 9.8
  • Value for Money: 9.9
9.8 / 10 Cat Pienaar 7 September, 2017

We loved our fortnight at La Grange! It is a beautiful gite with fabulous outdoor space for young children to run around in, and to have bbq's. It is well equipped with everything you need of which the hosts keep everything immaculate and they can't do enough to help - incredible hospitality! It is a 5 to 10 minute drive to the coast and numerous fantastic beaches, some with lovely white sand and aquamarine water, some more rocky and moody. There are two large supermarkets a short drive away and just so much to do and explore in the area. We will be back!

Owner response

Wow thanks for the great review Cat - we'd love to see you all again in the future! Very best wishes to you all, Sarah & Simon

9.8 / 10 Kathryn & family 2 August, 2017

Le Grange was perfect and had everything we needed and more. Our hosts could not be more helpful and the evening meals and packed lunches provided were absolutely fantastic.

The local beaches and shops all only a short drive away.

10 / 10 JoyJoanAllen and Rob 14 September, 2016

This is just what we wanted. Rural france at its best. La Grange is set in a quiet, and rural
setting, but in touching distance of numerous beaches, all with a coastal walk, if required.
La Grange had all the amenities you could want, even a pair of swings and a slide. Set in
a secluded garden, where we able to relax and enjoy the atmosphere
Shopping, either market or retail, were within easy reach. We certainly enjoyed, two weeks
soon passed, our French holiday and hope to return soon.
Hope this helps, and enjoy.

Owner response

Thank you - it was lovely to meet you all and we're delighted you had a relaxing holiday here in Finistere.

Hope to see you all again sometime soon! Best wishes, Sarah & Simon

10 / 10 Mart 9 September, 2016

Had a wonderful vacation.
The hosts Simon and Sarah made my stay as trouble free and relaxing as possible.
Their communication prior to arrival was excellent and they even arranged transport to and from the airport. Once again thank you for this.
The accommodation was spotlessly clean and in good order inside and out. The grounds and garden were well maintained and beautifully kept which was appreciated by myself and the local wildlife.
The property was spacious and contained everything you would need. All appliances, television, cooker and washing facilities were working and modern, the kitchen had a large assortment of utensils ,plates and pans. This would make anyone feel at home or put there mind at ease if catering for a large family. The large kitchen table could seat two families easily. Outside each property has their own BBQ area and table and chairs so everything has been thought out and provided to make your stay as you see fit.
The surrounding areas have some fantastic scenery, wonderful coastlines and beaches.
It's worth have quick chat with the owners as there knowledge of the local area is very useful and welcome. You could possibly visit a different beach each day if you have the time. There are some good cycle routes and the roads are very easy to cycle on. Car drivers do slow down and pull around cyclist which was reassuring, There's also a very well stocked hypermarket 5 minutes drive away,
Overall I had a wonderful relaxing holiday. Thank You

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