Holiday maisonette for rental in Brittany

9.5/10
Lechiagat (0.50km from Le Guilvinec), Finistère, Brittany Reference: BF003270 Advertiser since: 3 April 2014
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Hirondelles des Sables Self Catering Saturday 2 4 1 Cot and double inflatable mattress available

About this property

By the Beach, Panoramic Sea Views, Fishing village. This cottage/gite is in a coastal village setting.

South  facing, beach front property
 
This recently converted maisonette has a living area with exceptional panoramic coastal views. The double french windows open onto a balcony that overlooks the dunes, sea, reefs, a small boat anchorage and a protected swimming area.
 
Linen, towels, bedding, heating, wi-fi, hi-fi, tv, and afterstay cleaning are all included in the price.
 
Situated in the picturesque fishing village of Lechiagat (which shares the harbour with its neighbour, Le Guilvinec), this property gives un-paralleled access to all coastal and cultural activities typical of the Bigouden region.
 
This property was newly equipped, furnished and decorated in 2013. 
 
The entrance hall leads to the twin bedroom, laundry area and there is a door leading to the walled garden at the rear. The upstairs has an open plan living area, kitchen, dining and sitting room with tv and mini hi-fi and leads to the balcony. Thre is a double bedroom a semi en suite bathroom that can also be accessed directly from the living area.
 
The rear walled garden has a lawn, patio, shaded seating and bbq facilities. This garden is occasionally shared with the English owners when they are in residence. At the front there is a drive way and a small garden with immediate access to the dune and family-friendly beach.
 
Lechiagat and Le Guilvinec  have a wide selection of bars and restaurants featuring fresh fish, langoustines, lobster and crepes as well as other traditional dishes. Oysters and a range of other shellfish can be bought direct from the producer 50 metres from your door. There is a bakery within 5 minutes walk that sells wonderful bread as well as other provisions. Each afternoon the arrival of the busy fishing fleet to land its catch of live langoustines and other produce is an event not to be missed. To gain a greater insight of the fishing industry and history wander over to the Haliotika centre in Le Guilvinec.
 
Swimming, sailing, snorkelling, kayaking, fishing, hiking, horse riding and cycling are on the doorstep and the coastal path  runs past the apartment. Two mountain bikes are available for guests to use.
 
The area is an excellent base for bird-watching. Waders are plentiful, kentish plovers nest on the beach and spoonbills are frequently seen on the lake that is 3 minutes walk away and features its own ‘menhir’.
 
The world renowned west facing Atlantic surfing beach at La Torche is 15 minutes drive away.  The surf schools also provide all the kit you need and  expert English speaking  tuition in ‘stand-up’, kite surfing and sand yachting.
There are 3 golf courses within about 45 minutes.
 
Lechiagat has an evening market on Friday, during July and August. Larger markets operate in Le Guilvinec on Tuesday and Sunday mornings. The town of  Pont l’Abbe, a 15 minute drive, holds a market every Thursday morning throughout the year. This charming ancient town is also a good starting point for a riverside walk towards the popular sea port of Loctudy. Further to the east lie the resort towns of Benodet and Concarneau.
 
The historic city of Quimper is at the head of the Odet River valley and is within an easy drive. It is well worth a visit to view the cathedral, art galleries and medieval shopping area. There are various festivals throughout the year, notably the Festival Cornouaille in July.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

On the first floor, the property has a modern kitchen in open plan area. Includes ceramic hob with fan-assisted oven, fridge-freezer, dishwasher, kettle, toaster, microwave, electric mixer/blender, cafetiere. Ample supply of cooking equipment, china and glass ware. Drop leaf table and dining chairs.
Child gate protecting the stairs to the ground floor .

Living rooms

Open plan extending from the kitchen dining area. Polished wood floor with rug. Four easy chairs with side tables entertainment centre and a wonderful view. Double glass doors lead to the balcony, with space for seating and table overlooking the sea.

Bedrooms

Ground floor: Twin bedroom with side tables and lights, full length wardrobe, chest of drawers, oak floor, window with shutter overlooking rear garden.
First floor: Double bedroom with ‘shared en suite’ bathroom. Bedside tables and lights, chest of drawers, full length wardrobe, dressing table and hair dryer. Polished wood floor and window with wooden blind overlooking rear garden.
Childrens cot and an additional inflatable double mattress are available on request .

Bathrooms

Bathroom with separate access from either the sitting room or the upstairs double bedroom. Shower with glass door, mirror, heated towel rail, toilet.

Heating

Electric heaters in each room. Hot water provided by oil fired boiler. Electric blankets available

Entertainment

Free wi-fi, mini hi-fi, satellite English television with integral dvd player, boardgames, books and playing cards are provided.

Garden and outside

Small garden at the front. The secluded walled garden at the rear is shared with the owners when they are in residence. There is seating, a patio and barbecue.

Parking and garages

There is room for a car on the drive at the front of the apartment, but most people either park on the peaceful road side or in the small free public car park which is only 50 metres away.
Guests have access to the garage which is used for storing bikes and sporting equipment.

Visitor suitability

Unfortunately the stairs make the property unsuitable for wheelchair users.
Neither smoking nor pets are permitted on the premises please.

Information about any additional facilities

Two mountain bikes are available for guest use.
The owners cannot offer use of their watersports equipment but there are 3 buoyancy aids that may be borrowed.
Washing machine, tumbledryer, dishwasher, travel cot , hair dryer and steam iron/board provided.
Bath towels and bed linen are provided and will be laundered for you at the end of your stay.
Our local housekeeper and caretaker who meet and greet Saturday arrivals, are available to answer any queries or problems should they arise.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Pont l'Abbe
Distance: 12 km

Beach holidays

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: From the beach, harbour and boat trips
Name of nearest fishing location: Lechiagat

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de Kerbernez
Distance: 25 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Centre Equestre de Kervignon
Distance: 5 km

Mountain biking

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR 34, coastal path

Watersports

About the Owner, Mrs Amanda Cartwright

Having lived by the sea in England, it was important to find a similar property in France.

Year property purchased 2009
Why this location? We love being by the sea and this location is amazing. Being so far southwest in Brittany, gives us the benefits of longer days in the summer and winter. There is an activity for every age group or you can sit and relax.
Unique benefits of property Located by the sea, this property is in a peaceful location with easy walking to shops and restaurants. <br/>Within short car drive you can access the famous surfing beach of Penmarch and the historic town of Quimper. More details about the area can be found wihtin our recommendations

The Owner Recommends

Ancient History

Make a tour of the many menhirs and prehistorc sites throughout the area.

Beaches

If you want a change of scenery from the beach by the house with its marine pool for protected swimming, there are endless options of other beaches in the area. The vast often deserted Bay of Audienne is not safe for swimming but you could search out a small cove or try the busy resort areas of Ile Tudy, Benodet, Mousterlin and Concarneau. There are even designated naturist areas if you are so inclined.

Birdwatching

All year round this is a great location for both the expert and the casual birdwatcher. The owner falls in the latter category but has seen over 80 species within 10 minutes walk of the property including a grey wagtail in the carpark and a sparrowhawk in the garden. The lake has been frequently visited by spoonbills and usually hosts redshank, greenshank, egrets, little grebes, curlew as well as various ducks and gulls. Stonechats, wheatears and cirl buntings abound on the dunes. Kentish plovers nest on the beach and sometimes, at high tide one can almost feel knee-deep in sanderling, turnstones and other waders. More dedicated birders may wish to take a sea trip to the islands or visit the nature reserve at Cap Sizun.

Boat Trips

From Quimper, enjoy a river cruise or trip to the Islands

Cycling

Just borrow our 2 mountain bikes to explore the many tracks and quiet undulating roads in the area or serious cyclists could retrace the 2011 Tour stage that passed nearby.

Estuaries

The coast is indented with rivers and estuaries - many have picturesque water-side paths of varing distance. Try the rivers at Lesconil, Loctudy to Pont l'Abbe or further afield, Pont Croix to Audienne.

Fishing

Take a boat trip from Le Guilvinec or just cast your line from the beach.

Golf

There are courses at Kerbernez, L'Orangerie de Lanniron in Quimper or, for the more serious golfer, Golf de l'Odet at Clohars Fouesnant or Golf de Quimper-Cornouaille at Le Foret Fouesnant.

Haliotika

Haliotika is an exhition of the fishing industry old and new. It is situated in Le Guilvenec and presents itself as an interactive experience for all the family.

Horse-riding and Pony-trekking

There are various riding schools and stables in the area - the closest is 4.3km to the East at Centre Equestre de Kervignan

Kayaking

Canoe or kayaks can be rented for excursions along the L'Odet river and estuary between Quimper and Benodet.

Lighthouses

There are many lighthouses dotted along the coast, notably at Penmarch. For a spectacular day trip visit the rugged coast at La Pointe du Raz and Pointe du Van.

Quimper

It is well worth spending a day exploring the old city of Quimper. Just wander around the river, the ancient streets, galleries, shops and enjoy a drink or ice cream at a bar in the square or visit the Cathedral St-Corentin, the Musee des Beaux Arts or the pottery museum (Musee de la Faience). There is golf or a house and garden tour at L'Orangerie de Lanniron. Quimper is also the starting point for boat trips on the Odet river and to the islands, kayaking to Benodet and Ste Marine.

Restaurants

There are many bars, restaurants and creperies that can be explored on foot in Lechiagat and Le Guilvinec. Slightly further away the owners enjoy eating at Les Champs des Sirenes on the road from Plomeur towards La Torche or at Le Relais de Lodonnec towards Loctudy. For Michelin star dining visit L'Abroisie in Quimper. If you are catching an afternoon or evening ferry home consider arriving early to try one of the many restaurants in the old towns of Roscoff or St Malo.

Sailing and Windsurfing

Take lessons at the Lechiagat sailing school, based on the beach towards Lesconil

Snorkelling

Dive for fresh crabs and lobster from the reefs or join an organised spear fishing trip with the dive club situated near the life boat station on the Lechiagat harbour side

Surfing, Stand up, Kite Surfing or Land Yachting

Go body boarding, take lessons or just watch the fun at La Torche

Walking

Take the coastal path, from the front door, or walk along the beach to Lesconil where you can enjoy a drink in one of the many seaview bars. The fishing boats arrive around 5pm during the week and fish can be purchased direct.

14 Reviews
9.5/10
  • Cleanliness: 9.7
  • Comfort: 9.4
  • Condition: 9.5
  • Facilities: 9.5
  • Local Amenities: 9.4
  • Setting: 9.4
  • Value for Money: 9.2
6.7 / 10 FMHG 26 September, 2016

We stayed in this apartment for a week and it was pleasant enough, but not particularly exciting and unfortunately very over-priced.

The apartment is located quite a good 30-minute walk from the town with bars and restaurants. It has a balcony overlooking the sea in the distance, but you cannot see the waves and beach from there because sand dunes obstruct the view. The apartment is small, but modern and well equipped. For two people it’s fine, but with any more it would feel very cramped.

The beach is not beautiful, but rather rugged. There are large, sprawling rock formations in the shallows making swimming difficult and even dangerous. Sunbathing is ok, if you are prepared to accept the sulfurous whiffs, which smell like sewage.

The owners were generous and helpful. They allowed us to take some of their garden herbs and they replaced a broken shower cord quickly.

We were surprised that we had to wait nearly two weeks for the return of our security deposit, although the owners were there on our departure and could see that we’d left the apartment spotless and without damages.

All in all an OK stay, but we wouldn’t return here, even if it was priced a lot lower.

Owner response

gite terms and conditions & deposit return:
Within the gite terms and conditions, I do advise clients that the damage deposit would be returned within 2 weeks of departure.
within my records for this year, yours was the only T&C sheet that was not returned, therefore i am unsure that you had read all our terms and conditions
I had tired to send the deposit through to your bank, however was unable to as you had provided me with the incorrect bank information, this proved problematic.
I advised you of the above and with your updated information, returned the deposit in full within the 2 week stipulation

Venue and View
The pictures uploaded onto our advert are a true representation on the view from the balcony - as mentioned in your comments . we have not misled or misrepresented our location or view from the gite.

I agree that we were there during your stay. During this period we were not affected by the any 'sulphurous smells' from the beach

Within the booking information, we do advise guests about the swimming and reefs in the area. We have endeavoured to ensure the safety and security of guests , whilst enjoying the beach.

we are sorry that you did not enjoy the area and local amenities . This is the first poor review in respect of the venue and we have been running the gite now for 4 years

10 / 10 Tim Bagg 26 July, 2016

Excellent property in a splendid location, everything we needed and more.
Beaches were never crowded.
Interesting harbour and excellent dining at The Poisson de Avril.
Would return without hesitation.

10 / 10 Christine, Mike and Marion 10 July, 2015

We enjoyed our holiday last September so much that we decided to return for a week at the end of May.
As before, we found the property to be extremely clean and comfortable, well-equipped and spacious.
The location is amazing, with the beautiful coastal views and watching all the activity on the cliff top and at sea.
My husband and I walked along the coast path to Lesconil one afternoon along the coast path and were lucky to see some very interesting birds.
Another day we all took a cruise up the Odet river from Benodet (worth a visit also) which was very interesting with lovely scenery.
We love the area and would recommend a stay at this property.
Thank you.

10 / 10 Simon de Manas 5 October, 2014

Really comfortable gite, spotlessly clean with lovely flowers. Good cooking facilities and comfortable sitting area. Pretty garden and wonderful view over the dunes to the sea. Safe swimming from the house.
The GR34, running round the coast is well worth exploring; la Torche in a storm would be spectacular but we only had blue skies. The chapels and their calvaries are interesting. The fish market is great but the moules much cheaper and just as fresh at Intermarche where they will also steam your langoustines for you. A great place to relax. We highly recommend it. Thank you.