Holiday house for rental in Brittany - BF003238

Spezet (12km from Chateauneuf-du-Faou), Finistère, Brittany Reference: BF003238 Advertiser since: 5 April 2013
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Tirnanog Self Catering Saturday 3 7 1 Sofabed

About this property

Traditional Breton House. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Discount for early bookings.
Sleeps 7/9. Three bedroom traditional Breton house. A large, secure garden is ideal for families with young children. Set in a small hamlet it is an ideal location to experience the 'real Brittany.' Rural environment but not remote and is within easy walking distance of the picturesque village of Spezet. Within walking distance is the River Aulne, one of the best fishing areas in France. Boats and canoes can be hired to travel on the river.

"Tirnanog is a large, traditional Breton house situated in the hamlet of Bodizel a short walk from the colourful village of Spezet. The nearby village which historically belonged to Cornwall, is steeped in myth and legend and home to excellent restaurants, boulangerie, charcuterie, post office and several bars.

The house has great character with open fires and a wealth of exposed beams, however gas central heating has been installed to ensure you remain cosy during the winter months. The large, private enclosed garden with expansive lawn and apple trees is ideal for children; swings, slide, paddling pool and bicycles (for both adults and children) are available.

Perfectly situated to explore the beauty of Brittany, within the Parc d'Amorique area- Armorica Regional National Park, including it's 3 islands, Tirnanog provides the ideal base to cater for everyone with the wide range of activities available.

The diversity of the landscape from the rivers, lakes and rock formations that can be found in Huelgoat to the unspoilt beaches and rugged headlands that are within a thirty minute drive provide ample opportunities for exploring and indulging in the area. Wildlife enthusiasts are also well catered for with beavers otters and birds of prey the most commonly spotted within the Parc d'Amorique.

Come and explore Brittany in the perfect base!"
Three bedroom detached traditional house which has the potential to accommodate 9 people. Tir Na Nog has exposed beams and many traditional features. The large garden is laid to lawn, with apple trees. Ideal for children, having swings, slide and paddling pool. Bicycles are provided enabling the whole family to explore the Breton countryside.  Within walking distance of the house is the colourful village of Spezet where Breton is spoken by the local community. Spezet has a number of excellent child-friendly restaurants, Charcuterie, Boulangeries and Post Office. Situated in the Parc Amorique, Huelgoat with its scenic lake and local folklore is only a short distance away. In Camaret-sur-Mer, the seafood for which Brittany is so famous for can be experienced. The River Aulne, one of the best fishing areas in France. Boats and canoes can be hired to travel on the river.  Also within an hours driving distance are a choice of scenic coastlines. The house is in an ideal position to explore Brittany.



Kitchen and dining

Kitchen/diner, fully equipped. Traditional bread oven, gas cooker, microwave,fridge/freezer, coffee maker, kettle, toaster, washing machine and tumble dryer. Ironing facilities.

Living rooms

Large and spacious room with satellite tv, dvd player, cd player, double bed-settee, open fire, sofa and comfortable armchairs.


Bedroom 1 has a double bed, bedroom 2 has two singles and bedroom 3 has a double and single bed.


Large downstairs bathroom with shower over bath and bidet, separate wc with grab rails.


Oil central heating.

Garden and outside

Exterior: large lawned, enclosed gardens, garden furniture, swing, slide, paddling pool, bbq, chairs and table. Off road parking.

Parking and garages

Ample parking space.

Visitor suitability

Ideal for children. An excellent position to explore Brittany.

Information about any additional facilities

Please note: All linen and towels are included in the rental price and one well behaved pet is welcome free of charge.


  • Cleaning

  • Linen

  • Child facilities


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Carhaix
Distance: 8 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Carp
Name of nearest fishing location: River Aulne
Distance: 1 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Several

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr John Cassin

We are both retired teachers. We fell in love with the house the moment we saw it. Exposed beams, open fires, beautiful setting, our idyll.

Year property purchased 2004
Why this location? Beautiful area, lovely people. Britain in the 1950s!
Short drive to ferry, great location for exploring all that Brittany has to offer.
Unique benefits of property We fell in love with the house at first sight. It is in a small hamlet in arural setting but within easy walking distance of the colourful village of Spezet with all the facilities needed. Frienndly restaurants, shops, and bars.
Gloriously unspoilt beaches are within a thirty minute drive.

The Owner Recommends

An Area of Myth and Legend

The area is steeped in legend. Folklore legends of King Arthur and Merlin abound. Stone monoliths are frequently to be seen in the landscape.


Kerval beach is a thirty minute drive from the house. Quiet and beautiful.

Chateauneuf du Faou

The neighbouring town of Chateauneuf du Faou has supermarkets, restaurants and most things expected from a town. The weekly market is a must to visit, traditional in every way. Boats and canoes can be hired in Chateauneuf to explore the River Aulne and canal. The area is steeped in myth and Celtic legend, tales of King Arthur and Merlin abound. Stone monoliths and other prehistoric sites can be visited.

Glorious Beaches

Within a 40 minute drive are a variety of stunning and unspoilt beaches. Rocky headlands with breathtaking scenery are ideal for those keen on walking.


Lying between Morlaix and Carhaix just off the D764 in Brittany is the small town of Huelgoat, its name is taken from the Breton for high - huel and wood - koat, it is popular with tourists and boasts a large population of British expats. Huelgoat town is in itself very picturesque and pleasantly situated on the shores of a large pretty lake which was artificially created in the 16th century to supply water to silver and lead mines which were the areas main industry at the time. Today the lake looks perfectly natural and you wouldn't know it was man-made and there are plenty of cafes and bars where you can sit and watch the water or the world go by.

In nearby Huelgoat is the Enchanted Forest

But Huelgoat's main attraction has really got to be its beautiful and often overlooked magically enchanted forest. Literally just off the town centre and covering an area of 10 square kilometres the Forest of Huelgoat abounds with amazing gigantic mossy boulders and sparkling clear pools as the River Argent winds its way through the trees. To access the forest just walk from the town down to the lake and around to the right where the bridge lies, just a few steps across the road takes you into the forest. There are plenty of marked paths and trails allowing you to walk in a circular route through the forest and you can even while away some time in the creperie which is a large pretty Swiss like wooden chalet built in the forest.


Situated in Brest, a tremendous day for all the family.

The Spezet/Bodizel Area

The nearby village of Spezet has a number of excellent restaurants, several traditional bars and a charcuterie, chemist, boulangeries and a Post Office. Within a 40 minute drive are quiet unspoilt beaches and rugged headlands.

Walking in Huelgoat Forest

Follow the main path and your first stop should be le Chaos de Rochers or the Chaos of Rocks and the Grotte du Diable or Cave of the Devil. Here the water from the lake plunges dramatically 10 meters below ground into a large cavern, the noise of the water is thundering and if you’re brave enough to climb down the slippery rocks and steep iron ladder its well worth a visit - but take care! After the Grotte the river continues underground for a short distance before re-emerging and winding its way through the forest sometimes widening into fairy pools with stepping stones and small bridges. All around are the beautifully moulded water smoothed boulders and rocks laid out in seemingly impossible positions which make this place so special and who knows if you look hard enough you may even see the odd Fee or Korrigan (fairies) that are supposed to inhabit the forest. Further into the forest is le Camp d'Artus an ancient hill fort and supposedly one of King Arthur's many last resting places and the la Roche Tremblante a massive boulder weighing 137 tonnes which is precariously balanced in such a way that it can be rocked by the weight of just one person - if you can find the exact place to push against it. On your way back out of the forest stop for a while at the war memorial next to the natural spring which runs across the path. The memorial honours the many local people who fought in the French resistance and who lost their lives in the forest of Huelgoat bravely fighting against German occupation.

3 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.7
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Dave Price 7 August, 2017

Great Success!
Just what we wanted, a comfortable house in country-side, with lovely, places to explore. Cassie was there to welcome us, show us the ropes and answer all our questions. There were enough provisions to keep us going until we found the shops. The house was roomy, spotless and characterful. We loved our time at Tirnanog and recommend it highly.

Owner response

A pleasure to have such lovely guests.

10 / 10 esme 28 February, 2015

The first time we have visited Brittany, absolutely beautiful. The house was great, all we could ask for. Scrupiously clean, great facilities. John was excellent to deal with very good communication. Lovely welcome pack when we arrived, wine, food etc.
Lots to do and see, fantastic beaches, children made welcome wherever we went.
We would without doubt recommend Tirnanog to everyone.

Owner response

many thanks

10 / 10 Ellie 6 August, 2014

Lovely house, just as described and spotlessly clean. Excellent communication with John the owner. Alice who looks after the house is amazing, so helpful.
Many beautiful beaches to visit and so many beautifuyl towns and villages. Excellent restaurants and creperies are nesarby.

We wwoulod have nohestitartion in recommending Tir na Nog to anyone. We had a truly marvelllous holiday, would love to return.