|Manoir de Keranna||Self Catering||Saturday||5||12||6|
This versatile 19th century Breton manor house is large enough to accommodate family groups or groups of friends, while the layout makes it equally comfortable for a smaller number. The extensive garden with a lawn for ball games, a childrens swing and even a trampoline, plus the south facing terrace provides something for everyone. New for 2015, an outdoor hot tub.
Set on a property surrounded by organically farmed pastures and fields, the Manoir de Keranna is within easy reach of Carantec’s many beaches: the Grève Blanche for the best sandcastles, the Clouet for its paddling pool, the Kelenn for sailing, bars and restaurants to name but a few.
Carantec has a 9-hole golf course, a sailing school, tennis courts, and its coast path offers spectacular views of the Bay of Morlaix and the Chateau du Taureau, a fort built to keep out invaders, only a short boat trip away.
The surrounding area has much to offer: Roscoff, with its ferry port, and historic town is 20 minutes away; further inland, the picturesque town of Morlaix is well worth a visit, especially for the Saturday market (the best in the area for organic produce). Travel just a little further and you are in the Monts d’Arrée, an area of moorland and ancient woodland, full of legendary creatures.
Fully equipped kitchen with breakfast table and separate elegant dining room.
Calm living room adjacent to dining room, opening on to the terrace.
Tv room adjacent to kitchen, with french windows opening on to terrace.
Five bedrooms, all with own shower/bath and wc. Two double, 2 twin and 1 family suite.
Spacious family bathroom with bath and shower. Washing machine and drier conveniently located here.
Oil-fired central heating.
Tv, dvd player, wi-fi, boardgames, English and French books.
2000m² garden: large lawn at front, south facing terrace with outdoor dining area, barbecue, shady lawn to the south, children's swing and trampoline.
New for 2015, outdoor hot tub
Off-road parking for 6 cars.
Suitable for families or groups of friends.
Short distance to supermarket and shops.
At low tide you can walk across the causeway to Carantec's Callot island . Relax on the glorious sandy beaches, visit the little chapel situated on the highest point of the island, or discover the ruins of an ancient fort at the northern tip.
Thursday mornings have Carantec buzzing with activity. The weekly market is even bigger in summer, but all year round you will find fresh local produce, including organic meat and vegetables, fish or souvenirs, including typical Breton pullovers.
Reached by a short boat ride from the Kelenn beach at Carantec, open from Easter to September, this fort, originally built to keep out the British, was added to by Vauban. It offers impressive views of the bay of Morlaix.
A 15 minute drive up the corniche, river road, takes you to Morlaix, with its renowned "maisons à colombages", or half-timbered medieval merchants' houses. One, on the Grand'Rue is now a museum or take a walk around the lanes that wind up either side of the river bank the town is built on. You can cross the railway bridge on the level below the trains and get spectacular views of the town. There is a bustling market on Saturdays, all year round.
Take home designer chic gifts from this shop in the centre of Carantec - or treat yourself! A range of homeware as well as clothes and accessories.
Between Landivisiau and Landerneau, above the river Elorn, the medieval castle of La Roche Maurice will interest children and adults alike. Excellent information panels. Close by, the church with its parish enclosure is a must visit: exquisite painted woodwork inside and fascinating sculptures outside -spot l'Ankou (the Breton Great Reaper) on the ossuary.
Fine cuisine in Morlaix, close to the market place. This restaurant offers a midday "formule" menu at 18 euros for a 3 course lunch, or 2 courses for 14euros. The friendly owners will happily cater for dairy free and lactose free customers - not usual in France!
Don't miss this wonderful bookshop with its cosy coffee shop, situated in the main street of St Pol de Leon. You will find books of all descriptions, some in English, as well as beautiful cards and stationery.
Once the seat of the Bishop of the Leon area, the town boasts both a cathedral and a church with a very tall spire. The cathedral is well-worth a visit for its impressive carved seats. Guided tours are available in summer. If you take the time to wander around the back lanes you will find many impressive historic buildings. Tuesday is market day.