Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 4, Ratings 4 9.1/10
This location has multiple holiday properties
|L'Ancrage, Driftwood||Self Catering||Sunday||2||5||1|
Driftwood is at the peaceful heart of the Presqu'ile de Crozon peninsula, an enchanting, undiscovered national park, and has over a dozen beautiful beaches within 5 miles. The cottage is equipped and furnished to a high standard.
ACCOMMODATES 10 IF BOOKED TOGETHER WITH NEIGHBOURING 'PEBBLES'
Driftwood is situated at Kergalet, a sleepy hamlet just outside Crozon. Our nearest village with bakers is Lanveoc about 1.5 miles, and the town of Crozon with supermarkets and shops, cafes, bars and restaurants is just 2 miles away. Slightly further afield is enchanting Camaret-Sur-Mer with numerous restaurants, bars and cafes. Camaret is also famous for its artists' quarter and UNESCO listed fort & church on the cob.
The peninsula of Presqu'ile de Crozon measures 20 by 8 miles and is a national park. The scenery changes from towering cliffs at Point Espangnois to beautiful sandy beaches which stretch for miles. There are numerous delightful walks in forests and moors, and about 100 miles of coastal footpath around the Presqu'ile to explore. The area is largely undiscovered as tourists tend to by-pass it on their way south.
Downstairs is a spacious kitchen/dining room full of character. The kitchen area has a dishwasher, cooker, microwave, fridge, washing machine and plenty of work tops and cupboards. There is a dining table for 6.
French doors open on to a large south facing terrace. A large table with parasol and 6 chairs are for meals in the sun.
The sitting room has comfortable sofas and chairs, coffee-table, wood-burning stone, music centre, and tv with French channels and dvd player. Porthole window, wooden spiral staircase, swinging seat and pictures all evoke the seaside.
Upstairs are 2 bedrooms - one double room and another room with 3 single beds.
The bathroom has a bath, shower and basin. There is a separate wc.
Logburner and electric heaters.
Tv with French channels, dvd player, music centre, books, magazines and games are provided.
Our grounds cover about an acre. We have a large relaxing garden with lawns, flower beds, and a pond where our visitors are welcome to enjoy the peace and quiet of the surrounding countryside.
Off-road parking on 2 sides of Driftwood is available.
Keen Francophile, walker and cyclist. Makes the most of school holidays to be in Crozon as much as possible.
|Year property purchased||2013|
|Why this location?||Centrally located, it's perfect for making the most of the different opportunities the varied peninsula offers.|
|Unique benefits of property||Attractive, cosy and well equipped. West facing for the evening sun. Together with neighbouring Driftwood, it can accommodate 10.|
We have 12 safe, sandy beaches and coves within 9km. All have golden sand and clear water for swimming.
The Presqu'ile de Crozon (which is part of the Parc d'Armorique) has a huge number and variety of lanes and paths criss-crossing the peninsula, many of which can be used by cyclists. These include the 145km coastal footpath which winds its way around the whole peninsula. Cycling a section can be great fun.
For a really good, adventurous day try kayaking in the sheltered waters of Morgat Bay and visit the many sea caves. All equipment can be hired from Morgat (5km).
Camaret-sur-Mer (7km) is renowned for its clear water diving on the many wrecks and reefs in our area. The diving school at Camaret can provide lessons and all the gear you need.
Fishing (boat and rock): With 145km of coast to choose from, rock fishermen will be completely spoilt. There are also fishing trips running out of Camaret-sur-Mer that bring back fish every day.
There is a golf driving range 4km from the gites.
Crozon (4km) has a market on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month, and Morgat (5km) on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. Both have numerous stalls selling local produce including cheeses, meats, vegetables, locally caught fish, and local art and craft.
We have a paintball park plus other attractions including a maze near Morgat (5km).
The closest (and best?) place to eat on the peninsular is right next door, Gilles, a Ducasse trained chef, has just moved in! He brings a table d'hôte experience with top notch dining at very ordinary prices. Well worth a visit. Many restaurants specialise in locally caught fish and seafood. Camaret-sur-Mer (7km) has over 30 restaurants to choose from clustered around the picturesque harbour. Morgat (5km) has about a dozen restaurants to choose from, most looking over Morgat Bay. Le Fret has the best established restaurant, La Hotellerie du Mer, and Crozon has the recommended 'Le Mutin Gourmand' restaurant if you fancy splashing out one evening!
Camaret-sur-Mer (7km) and Morgat (5km) with their fantastic sailing waters are both major sailing harbours where one can hire dinghies, windsurfers and catamarans on a daily or weekly basis.
We have some wonderful surfing beaches on the Crozon peninsula, all within 8km, an a couple of surf schools in Camaret.
Driftwood is situated at Kergalet, a tiny sleepy hamlet just outside Crozon and about six miles from Camaret-Sur-Mer. The peninsular of Presqu'ile de Crozon measures 20 by 8 miles and is a national park. The scenery changes from towering cliffs at Point Espangnois to beautiful sandy beaches which stretch for miles. The area is largely undiscovered as tourists tend to by-pass it on their way south. There are numerous delightful walks in forests and moors, and about 100 miles of coastal footpath around the Presqu'ile to explore. Our nearest village with a bakery is Lanveoc about 1.5 miles away, and the town of Crozon with supermarkets and shops, cafes, bars and restaurants is just two miles away. Slightly further afield is enchanting Camaret with numerous restaurants, bars and cafes. Camaret is also famous for its artists' quarter and fort and church on the breakwater.
Morgat has a lovely heated swimming pool with flumes.
Tennis courts can be hired nearby.
The Parc d'Armorique has numerous walks including the wonderful 145km coastal footpath which winds its way around the whole of the Presqu'ile de Crozon. We provide walking maps.
The house was really nice; plenty of space, with everything we needed. The setting is wonderful - a very quiet hamlet in a green area with fields and trees and some good walks from the house. But get on a bike or in the car and within minutes you get to some of the best beaches we've ever seen. Fantastic, huge expanses of wonderful clean sand and beautiful cliffs. Just like some of the loveliest parts of Cornwall, only without the crowds. Just great if you enjoy cycling, walking, sailing or surfing. There are some nice villages and towns nearby, including Crozon a couple of miles away with shops and restaurants, and Cameret a real gem a little further. Guy was there while we were, and he was always helpful with advice about beaches and tides, places to visit and getting the dishwasher and barbecue going! We had a great holiday and look forward to going again.
To begin at the beginning:
It is autumn, sunbright dawn in the sleepy hamlet, dreamily anticipating the tone blue, ozone blue, Crozon blue azure ocean. It is light moving in the street, the salt slow musical wind from Lanvéoc promising a fresh baguette for Kergalet, even a naughty hint of pain au chocolat. The peninsularity of the sky lightens more over dewgrazed daybreaking Driftwood.
Further west, decadent driftwood, drenched and disintegrating in the seesawing, seabobbing swell, drily drinks in the daily Camaret cabaret of prancing gulls and dancing hulls. But here in Kergalet, near enough to the mighty Mer d’Iroise or the bonny Baie de Douarnenez yet safely ashore, this Driftwood is a haven free of seas that swamp the decks and fishermen grumbling to their nets. Here is a kitchen shipshape and stuffed to the gunnels with kitcheny things, a bathroom with a bath, a living room lounging in luxury unknown to many a captain’s cabin.
As dusk descends, tread with measured steps, if cider-swollen or Bollinger bubbled, the soaring spiral staircase. Soon, cosily cosseted sous la couette, you’ll be surfing the big seas of your dreams and purring contentedly over crêpes, coquillages and caramel au beurre-salé. And as you bask in all things Breton, maybe plan a gourmet evening with bounteous Basque chef Gilles, who happens to live next door.
Driftwood at L'Ancrage. Summer 2019.
We were charmingly welcomed by members of the owner’s family, and given tips about shops, nearby swimming etc. We found the cottage clean, and linen wholesome. All prepared immediately before our arrival by the owner’s agent. Help and advice always at hand. The old stone cottage has been tastefully modernised. The sitting room is commodious, with comfortable chairs and sofas. There is an extensive library, and a good collection of films on DVD TV with French stations. A very effective wood-burning stove (plentiful supply of logs free) warms and cheers. The kitchen/dining area is large - dishwasher, oven, plentiful cooking utensils, etc. It is airy and hygienic.The table can seat eight.The bathroom is of a generous size - bath and separate shower cubicle. Plentiful hot water. Washing machine. Upstairs two large bedrooms. One with a comfortable double bed, and one with two, all with good mattresses. Nobody had any trouble sleeping! Good garden for children's play and adult r and r. Superb swimming - beautiful walks and beaches nearby. Shops handy - five minutes to Le Clerq with free wi-fi. Lovely local harbours. Much of historical interest. Fine boating/fishing expeditions available. Many restaurants of all sorts. Will go again. Good value for money. Fully recommended.
Driftwood is a charming, beautiful home in a quiet, rural setting. The cottage is nestled alongside a couple of other gites, but offers plenty of privacy; inside, it is clean and spacious, with good-sized bedrooms, a well-equipped kitchen/dining room and a large, comfortable sitting room. The local amenities in such a tranquil setting are limited ( there is a superb 'table d'hote' informal restaurant in a quiet courtyard just a few steps away), but it is only a mile or two to the village of Lanveoc (great bakery, bars etc) or to the small town of Crozon, which has a bustling market, bars, restaurants, supermarkets etc. There are great walks to be enjoyed around Kergalet itself. The spectacular, unspoilt coast is in easy reach, with countless beaches to explore - some wild and windswept, others sheltered coves, and beautiful towns - we especially enjoyed Camaret-Sur-Mer with its artists' quarter in the narrow streets behind the port. The owner, Guy, is a great source of advice for exploring the area, and for restaurant recommendations. We have visited many other parts of Brittany, but the Crozon 'presque'ile' has it all: pretty seaside towns; spectacular walks; fantastic beaches; and a sense of being away from the major tourist trails. Driftwood is a beautiful home from home in the middle of all this, and the owners could not have made us more welcome.