|Kervigen Manor||Self Catering||Sunday||5||12||4||2 cots are also available|
This beautifully renovated manor house in walking distance from a wide sandy beach in rural west Brittany offers the perfect holiday location for families or groups of 6-12 people.
Set in grounds of 3,000m², Kervigen Manor House retains its classic character, with impressive granite façade and original features, while delivering high standard fully modernised accommodation. Kervigen easily sleeps up to 12 on 3 floors, while remaining cosy for smaller groups (discounts are available for smaller groups outside high season).
Nearby is the glorious Kervijen beach, only a short 500m walk from the house, and flanked by the Breton coastal path. The small town of Plomodiern is 4km by road, and boasts a wide range of shops, including a good sized supermarket and a Michelin starred restaurant. Above Plomodiern lies the mountain of Menez Hom, part of the Parc d’Amorique, with perhaps the best views in Brittany. From here you can see as far as Brest to the north, Chateaulin to the east, Locronan and Quimper to the south and the magnificent Douarnenez Bay, flanked by Pointe du Raz and the Crozon Peninsula, to the west.
Kervigen is the perfect location for extended families and groups to enjoy a classic beach holiday or a spring or autumn break, to sample the delights of French and Breton culture and to explore the many and varied attractions of this beautiful and unspoilt area.
***** “My seven year old grandson described it as ‘epic’ – what more can I say.”
***** “Charming, idyllic, great location – the best holiday we’ve ever been on thank you. The beach is great for kids wanting to paddle in the pools, and within easy walking distance.”
***** “Beautiful! You had clearly thought about everything. Little details like having UK plug sockets in most of the rooms made life much easier when charging electronic devices.”
***** “The beaches are absolutely amazing - the grandchildren had never seen a starfish before, and none of us one that was 40cm wide!”
***** “Very impressive – great house and the gardens are superb. The beaches are amazing and probably the highlight for us.”
***** “Beautifully restored manor house set in neat and tidy grounds in a peaceful and tranquil location."
***** "Very well equipped and provision of showers / bathrooms very impressive with oodles of hot water. Overall 9/10.”
***** “The house is great. Well laid out, spacious and plenty of room for our two families to have our own space when we wanted.”
***** “The house was amazing - and the beach was just stunning ... the girls are now quite accomplished surfers!!”
***** “We were overwhelmed by the beauty of the house and all the modern facilities so cleverly blended with the original features. The colour pallet of blues, greys, creams and yellow were stylish and pleasing to the eye. The flowers in every alcove added charm.”
***** “Having stayed in many rental properties, I think Kervigen was the first one where the space was more than adequate for the number of people.”
***** “Surf school really close by at Pors ar Vag beach, and great restaurant. Surf school spoke great English, so perfect for the children.”
***** “Lots to see and do in relatively compact area to occupy all members of family and all ages. Proximity to the beach a great bonus.”
***** “Coastal walks spectacular.”
***** “We would definitely recommend your beautiful house to friends, and can’t wait to return ourselves.”
***** “We had a truly memorable week with our family and your beautiful house was the star.”
***** “We had a truly memorable holiday - perfect.”
The fully equipped modern kitchen includes an extendable refectory table, seating up to 12, over-sized fridge-freezer, dishwasher, double sink, washing machine, expresso and filter coffee-machine, toaster, microwave and double oven. There is a full range of cooking utensils, glasses, crockery and cutlery.
***** "What a fantastic house that is well equipped to a high standard!"
***** "House was very well equipped with just about everything we could possibly need."
***** "Everything was there that we may have needed or forgotten, thank you."
***** "There were eleven of us ... the kitchen table fitted us all in. Fabulous!"
The spacious lounge includes 2 large comfortable settees and other chairs, plus a card table suitable for family games. There are a selection of these available, as well as a large screen TV with UK and French digital channels and a DVD player. There is also a small selection of holiday books, and a large-scale framed map of the area.
***** "Plenty of space for our extended family in the communal areas."
***** "There were eleven of us we each had comfortable beds, plenty of bathrooms and a very comfortable lounge."
***** "Beautiful! You had clearly thought about everything. Little details like having UK plug sockets in most of the rooms made life much easier when charging electronic devices."
There are 3 bedrooms on the first floor, and 2 large attic bedrooms on the second floor.
Master bedroom. Double bed, large wardrobe and dressing table, plus en suite bathroom with WC. Views towards Douarnenez Bay.
Second bedroom. Double/twin beds, large wardrobe and en suite shower room with WC. Views towards Douarnenez Bay.
Bedroom three. Twin bedroom with chest of drawers. Views over open farmland.
Attic Red Room. Large airy room with beautiful views in both directions. Three single beds, 2 of which can be linked as a double, plus a wardrobe and chest of drawers.
Attic Blue Room. Large airy room with beautiful views in both directions. Three single beds, period cupboards and chest of drawers.
***** "The bedrooms were beautiful, and with loads of space ... we never felt on top of each other."
Separate wc with basin on the ground floor.
Master bedroom en suite bathroom includes a good sized bath, washbasin and WC, with heated towel rails.
Bedroom two en suite shower room includes a good sized shower, washbasin and WC, with heated towel rails.
Family first floor shower room. Large shower room with washbasin and WC, with heated towel rails.
2nd floor shower room with washbasin and WC, heated towel rails and glorious views.
Massive hot water tank provides "oodles of hot water", as one of our guests confirmed.
***** "Very well equipped and provision of showers / bathrooms very impressive."
***** "After long days on the beach with 7 children and 4 adults, the 4 bathrooms were fantastic, and always enough hot water."
***** "All the linen and towels were included in the price, which was fantastic, and what lovely soft towels."
Full electric central heating is installed, including underfloor heating on the ground floor, and radiators in every room on the first and second floors. The large hot water tank is also electrically heated. There is no additional charge for electricity, or any other utility.
A large tv with dvd player is installed in the lounge, offering all English Freesat and French TNT channels. Internet access through wi-fi is available, with coverage for the whole house. English electric sockets are available in most rooms.
***** "We made use of all garden furniture, barbecue, telly, games that were thoughtfully provided."
Kervigen Manor House sits on around 3,000m² of land in total.
Front courtyard: a sheltered sun trap in the morning, with shady corners and a tangible sense of the farm’s history.
Rear gardens: large and enclosed lawn surrounded by the original farm buildings. A real sun trap.
Low-walled terrace: accessed directly from the kitchen, it catches the early evening sunshine beautifully.
Furniture etc: table and chairs on the terrace, plus loungers, chairs, gas and charcoal BBQs, a few beach toys, and more.
Long barn: a full 23 x 10m floodlit barn, perfect for indoor activities after dark or on rainy days.
Sports field: behind the long barn, a large enclosed grassy area ideal for football and other games.
***** "The garden and field at the rear were good for ball games and the barbecue/patio area also a great space for eating and relaxing."
***** "The long barn was ideal for the children and they had a wonderful time in there, as well as on the field."
Running alongside the house from front to back is a large traditional tall barn, or hangar, which provides covered parking for several cars.
Kervigen is ideally suited to groups and families in search of a traditional French beach or walking holiday. Some of our most successful stays have been reported by three generational family groups. Comments we have received include:
***** “An excellent house for families with different age groups. Beaches close by and safe.”
***** “The beaches are absolutely amazing - the grandchildren had never seen a starfish before, and none of us had seen one that was 40cm wide!”
***** “The house is great. Well laid out, spacious and plenty of room for our two families to have our own space when we wanted. The bathrooms are fantastic - lovely that we all had our own, including the children. The garden and field at the rear were good for ball games and the barbecue/patio area also a great space for eating and relaxing.”
***** “My seven year old grandson described it as ‘epic’ – what more can I say.”
The house is on 3 floors, and is not well adapted for wheelchair access.
Two more guest comments about the house itself:
***** “Beautiful! You had clearly thought about everything. Little details like having UK plug sockets in most of the rooms made life so much easier.”
***** “Lovely house and gardens. Everything was there that we may have needed or forgotten, thank you. Plenty of space for our extended family in the communal areas."
Kervigen sits at the heart of the quiet hamlet of Kervijen close to south-west facing Kervijen Beach. This is a wonderful expanse of flat sand, ideal for all ages. The littlest visitors love the warm sand pools, while older children will enjoy the wide open spaces, surf, caves and rock pools.
2-3kms in either direction are two wonderful beachfront restaurants (Les Dunes and L'Oasis), offering fresh seafood and glorious sunsets.
4km away lies the local town of Plomodiern, with a wide range of shops, including a good sized supermarket, and a double Michelin starred restaurant, Auberge des Glazicks.
Jan and I have both had long careers in business, and have now stepped back a little as we head towards retirement. We had long wanted to renew our links with Brittany after many happy family holidays there with our children, and so when we came across Kervigen we immediately spotted the opportunity, probably with grandchildren in mind. Although it was a major project, we could see the potential to create the perfect multi-generation holiday home.
|Year property purchased||2010|
|Why this location?||We were looking for a location within walking distance of the sea in rural Brittany, and Kervigen fitted the bill perfectly. As we got to know the area, and the people, we knew we had made the right decision. It is a beautiful part of Brittany, not over-developed, but still with lots going on in the summer months, as well as a magnificent selection of wonderful restaurants. The beauty of Kervigen beach, and the coastal path, were just the icing on the cake.|
|Unique benefits of property||Kervigen is a very spacious house, recently renovated, with all the key requirements for a family holiday. Children (and adults) will love the attic rooms, with their space and glorious views. It is very well equipped with 4 bath/shower rooms, 5 loos, and a massive hot water tank - in our experience these are some of the most important requirements for a successful family holiday, and not always available elsewhere.
In addition the house has plenty of space outside, suitable for all ages: the terrace can be enclosed for the very smallest people; the rear garden is also enclosed and child-proof; the long barn offers a wonderful play space, even if the weather doesn't behave; and the large sports field is perfect for kick-arounds or other games.
Then there is the beach: only a short stroll away, it is the most wonderful expanse of sand, warm pools, shallow seas and surf.
As one of our clients reported: “My seven year old grandson described it as ‘epic’ – what more can I say.”
Below are just a few of the options available in the area. We have a fuller list in our Welcome Pack, which we send to our clients before their holiday, and which is also printed out in the house. The house also has a basket of the latest leaflets and brochures gathered from the Tourist Office and elsewhere.
Only 500m from the farmhouse lies Kervijen Beach, a glorious expanse of flat sand bordered by tempting rock pools, and sheltered on both sides by cliffs. British visitors have often compared Kervijen Beach to Polzeath without the crowds, and even in peak season, it can never be described as busy. Facing south west, the beach usually offers good body surfing, while its shallowness means it is also friendly to toddlers and small children, who also love the warm sand pools.
More wonderful beaches are located to the north and south of Kervijen Beach.
Guest quotes: "The beaches are absolutely amazing - the grandchildren had never seen a starfish before, and none of us had seen one that was 40cm wide!"
"The beach at Kervijen is clean and was great for swimming, sun-bathing and exploring rock pools."
"We've loved the beach and had many early morning swims and enjoyed the shallowness of the water and the size of the waves!"
"The house was amazing - and the beach was just stunning ... the girls are now quite accomplished surfers!!"
"Proximity to the beach a great bonus."
"Our family spent most of the time on the beaches, which are super safe."
The region’s historic links with the sea mean a rich selection of seafood is always offered in the local shops and restaurants. Many towns, Plomodiern included, have fishmongers with direct access to the latest catch.
The area spoils visitors for choice of restaurant, from beachfront locations with the finest sunsets (two of these, the Oasis and Les Dunes, are within walking distance of the house), to gastronomic leaders, such as the double Michelin-starred Auberge des Glazicks in Plomodiern, only 4km from the house. The traditional Breton crêpe is also widely available, with crêperies almost everywhere.
To accompany the wonderful food, Breton wines such as Muscadet are famous the world over, though are mostly produced further south and east. Equally resonant, and more local, are the many varieties of cider, typically light, sparkling and eminently drinkable.
Guest quotes: "Les Dunes is a superb restaurant for the special occasion."
"Great restaurant at Pors ar Vag." (The Oasis)
"Great food available everywhere too."
Depending on the wind direction, there is good body or board surfing to be had on Kervijen beach, only 500m from the house. For surfing lessons, sea-kayak hire or guided kayak trips, the Club Nautique de Plomodiern is on the next beach, 2km from the house. A full range of sailing activities, including windsurfer, dinghy or Hobie Cat hire, larger sailing boat trips or fishing excursions are available from Douarnenez (17km). Other activities including snorkelling, kite-surfing and hang/para-gliding are widely seen.
Guest quote: "Surf school really close by at Pors ar Vag beach, and great restaurant. Surf school spoke great English, so perfect for the children."
The glorious flat beaches of the Bay of Douarnenez are tailor-made for the deceptively easy sport of sand-yachting. Quick to pick up, beginners and advanced lessons and hire are available on the next beach to the south, and next-but-one to the north.
Guest quote: "The sand yachts at Pentrez are a must, supervision is safe, for 10yr olds and over.”
The GR34 Breton Coastal Path runs around Kervijen Beach, so only 500m from Kervigen. Head north around the rugged Anse de Ty Mark and an hour's wander will bring you to Pors-ar-Vag for a refreshing drink or meal at the Oasis restaurant. The return along the roads takes rather less time.
Alternatively head south for a more relaxed route as far as Les Dunes restaurant.
Whichever route you choose the views are stunning, and the sunsets sublime.
Guest quote: "Coastal walks spectacular."
Quimper is the local capital, dominated by its impressive cathedral, surrounded by the narrow streets of the old city. Glorious for a crêpe lunch and a slow wander. A good range of museums, and a strong cultural heritage make a visit to Quimper a delight.
The historical granite village of Locronan, about 10km from Kervigen, is so picture-perfect it often doubles as film sets - Tess, and A Very long Engagement, to name but two. Famous for its range of traditional Breton boutiques, maritime fashion shops and chocolaterie, it also holds notable summer evening markets.
Almost the most westerly point in France is La Pointe du Raz, where views stretch out into the deep Atlantic ocean.
The historic naval city of Brest, with its world-famous Oceanopolis marine aquarium, is well worth the visit.
The walled city of Concarneau, always a delight to visit, a mecca for Breton shops, creperies and music.
The waterfront at Douarnenez offers a range of restaurants and bars, catering for all ages and tastes. On the other side of town, the Port-Musée gives a fascinating display of historic boats and ships from across the world.
The nearby town of Plomodiern is famous for its annual Breton Festival in August, featuring traditional costumes and dancing, pig roasts, crafts and displays. Plomodiern also boasts a range of shops, street cafes and restaurants, including the Michelin starred Auberge des Glazicks.
Above Plomodiern lies the mountain of Menez Hom, part of the Parc d'Amorique, with perhaps the best views in Brittany. From here you can see as far as Brest to the north, Chateaulin to the east, Locronan and Quimper to the south and the magnificent Douarnenez Bay, flanked by Pointe du Raz and the Crozon Peninsular, to the west.
The Alune River incorporates the historic Brest-Nantes Canal, and passes through Chateaulin before winding its way to the sea at Landevennec. En route it passes under the stunning curved bridge of Terenez, takes in the French naval "ships graveyard" and emerges into the Bay of Brest beside the ancient Abbey of Landevennec. A cruise along this scenic river is a delight.
This is an area with a strong culture, and celebrates this with a huge range of festivals and events throughout the summer. These include the local Festival du Memez Hom in Plomodiern, the Festival de Cornouaille in Quimper, and the massive Festival des Vieilles Charrues in Carhaix-Plouguer. On a smaller scale, there are numerous Fest Noz (evening dances) and pig roasts in the region's villages and on the beaches.
Beyond the festivals there is a huge selection of live music to choose from, be it classical concerts in the Manoir de Moëllien, choirs in Locronan, celtic harpists in Ste Marie du Menez-Hom, or the local wannabe rock bands in the Kreiz’Ker Café in Plomodiern.
Brittany has a deep artistic heritage, extending back to prehistoric times, and more recently for Paul Gauguin and others at the Pont-Aven school. Plomodiern hosts an art exhibition in August every year, Locronan has a fine array of art shops and galleries, and the Museum of Fine Art in Quimper features work by major masters.
What a wonderful house, and excellent location. The owners seem to have thought of everything, from the non-slip terrace to the wireless speaker in the kitchen. Four bathrooms was a real luxury (and five loos for a real choice of seating!). Plenty of space for us all, and we were a party of 11, aged from 2 to 75. The top rooms are remarkable - airy, and spectacular. The children really established this as their domain, except that is when they romped in the huge covered barn - prefect for a rather wet Easter Day. The gardens looked beautiful, though a bit early for the flowers (though one at the front was already in bloom). A little soggy, but then they have had as wet a spring as us, apparently. The local area is wonderful - not over-developed, and the beach is an easy walk away, with glorious open sand and rocks. And the Oasis restaurant is perfect, wonderful setting (we also enjoyed the Dunes, but felt the 2-Michelin-starred Les Glazicks was a little out of our price range - this time).
Elsewhere we would recommend Locronan, Douarnenez (Port Musée), and Quimper.
I can't recommend this property enough - the children are already nagging us to go back.
Lovely property in an under-rated area. The house is very well-equipped and nicely renovated, with some thoughtful touches, such as the British sockets installed in most rooms. Nice to have so many bathrooms for our large party, and there was always plenty of hot water. Also wonderful to have British TV available. We also made good use of the barn for football and other games, which kept the children occupied on the wet days - the weather was on our minds when looking for a March holiday, and the barn proved a godsend. The grass was a bit long on the playing field, but it was also a bit wet at this time of year, so to be expected.
The local area is lovely, and while we did have to endure storm Katie, we also had lovely weather to start and finish our stay. The beaches are glorious! Several restaurants were closed the first week, but opened at Easter, and we enjoyed especially Les Dunes - lovely setting, excellent food.
Overall a perfect extended family holiday - Kervigen left us all with some wonderful memories.
Very comfortable and very good value
We all loved the area and will certainly return to Brittany. It is a beautiful and unique area of France and we had fun identifying words which had the same meaning, albeit with different spellings, in Scottish Gaelic and Bretagne e.g. Ty and Tigh for house and Du and Dubh for black.
All the points are worth visiting particularly on blustery days. The Boat Museum at Douarnenez and Oceanopolis in Brest are well worth a visit and Concarneau we found to be a fine town. (We did not manage to get to the fishing museum but will go next time)
We were a family group of 12 including grandparents and children ranging from toddler to young teens, taking a half term break. We loved Kervigen, and found it very spacious for our large and boisterous group. The bedrooms were very comfortable, and the two en-suites gave us a nice bit of privacy. With a third bedroom on the first floor, we were able to make this the adult zone, while the kids loved their own domain on the top floor. What huge rooms these are! And overall having 5 loos in the house was wonderful.
Downstairs the kitchen was superbly equipped, with every mod con. Even our party of 12 could all sit around the farmhouse table, and the terrace was one step outside the kitchen. In the lounge the two huge sofas and additional chairs were great for games (a nice games pack was provided), and the full range of English TV channels (as well as the French ones) were nice - we even caught the 6 Nations Rugby.
Outside the gardens were pleasant, though being late February we did not use them much - I can imagine they are delightful in summer. The boys did use the football pitch, which they loved, and the big barn when it rained. The beach is an easy walk away, and a massive wide expanse of sand. The coastal path made for wonderful bracing walks as well.
Plomodiern is a small unremarkable town, but has some nice bars and cafés, and we could do all our food shopping in the supermarket, baker and butcher. We did not try the Michelin-starred restaurant, but it looked special. Locronan is a lovely granite village, with very tempting boutiques, while Quimper and Douarnenez were also nice.
Overall a lovely house, beautifully finished, in a beautiful area of France. Perfect for families and groups (and would probably work for smaller numbers, not using the top floor). We would absolutely recommend Kervigen, and can't wait to go back.