House for holiday let in Brittany

9.7/10
3km from Chateauneuf-du-Faou, Finistère, Brittany Reference: BF003409 Advertiser since: 15 October 2013
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Kerneatret le Grand Self Catering 3 6 2

About this property

Tranquil Setting Ideal for Walking and Cycling. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

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Kerneatret is an 19th century farmhouse situated amidst beautiful countryside just outside the busy town of Châteauneuf-du-Faou in Finistere in the North West corner of France. The farmhouse is set back from the banks of the River Aulne which forms part of the Nantes-Brest Canal. It has recently been restored and converted to provide fabulous self-catering accommodation for up to 6 people and provides an ideal venue for family holidays.

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Imaginatively converted, Kerneatret le Grand is equipped to the very highest standard and offers spacious, luxury 4-star accommodation. The ground floor comprises the lounge, kitchen with doors leading to the lower decking area and the garden, dining room, laundry room and wc. On the first floor are 2 bedrooms, one double, one twin, a family bathroom and the office with doors leading out on to the upper terrace. The top floor is taken up by the main bedroom with its en-suite bathroom. Full central heating is available for rentals outside the summer months.

Le Grand benefits from a wood burning stove, fully-equipped kitchen, satellite tv and private garden with direct access to the river.

Prices quoted are fully inclusive of fuel and linen hire. There are no hidden extras. Free internet access is available with wi-fi in all areas of the house. A welcome pack is provided for all our guests.

So what are you waiting for? Book now for that special holiday!

The Brittany region

Châteauneuf-du-Faou is in Finistère, Brittany in the North West corner of France. It is a small town of about 4000 inhabitants with a full range of amenities, e.g. supermarkets, banks, doctors, dentist, bars, restaurants, creperies and pizzeria. It is set above the Nantes-Brest canal and the Hyeres and Aulne rivers which provide a huge amount of entertainment for visitors. At the Penn ar Pont leisure centre you can also hire a range of bikes and boats, i.e. kayaks, canoes, pedaloes or go on the passenger boat up the river.

Music Festivals - there are frequent music festivals throughout the summer to enjoy, as well as a sensational Jazz Festival which occurs on the banks of the River Aulne, a truly magical setting. The Les Vieilles Charrues Festival in Carhaix in July is a must for contemporary music lovers too. The Bout du Monde festival in Crozon in early August also attracts top names.

Golf - there are a number of excellent golf courses in Finistere, the nearest ones situated at Carhaix 15 miles, Brest 40 miles and Golf de Cornouaille at Foret Fouesnant, near Quimper.

Finistere is loved for its mild climate, unspoilt beaches, its traditional Breton culture and breath taking scenery, making it an ideal holiday destination for families and experienced travellers alike.

Day Trips - Château de Trévarez which overlooks Châteauneuf-du-Faou. Oceanopolis in Brest, rated one of the best aquaria in the world, is a great family day out 50 minutes away. Nature lovers staying in Châteauneuf-du-Faou are spoilt for choice for day trips. The magnificently natural Ile d'Ouessant, forms part of the Armorique Nature Reserve which encompasses many of the smaller islands off the Finistere coast.

The interior of Finistere also claims some beautiful locations. There are many circular walks in the area around Châteauneuf-du-Faou, during which you will almost certainly stumble across one of the amazing pre-historic sites which adorn the region. The medieval town of Quimper has ancient buildings, including its imposing cathedral, modern shops and a variety of art galleries and museums.

Beaches - if you head west to the beaches of the Baie de Douarnenez, from Crozon round to Douarnenez, or south to Benodet, Beg Meil, Concarneau or Pont l'Abbe, there is plenty on offer to keep you entertained. The nearest is Pentrez Plage with a 2.5 kilometre flat sandy beach plus shops and cafes. The Sunday Times ranked Pentrez Plage in their top 20 beach holidays in Europe: “If it's rock pools, foaming surf and acres of white sand you ache for, then point yourself towards Brittany. One of the prize spots is Pentrez Plage, on the huge, sweeping Baie de Douarnenez — the kind of beach where you can kick footballs, hunt for crabs and fly kites. Backed by high cliffs pockmarked with caves, Pentrez has safe shallows for tots, as well as high-adrenaline sports such as sand-yachting and speed-sailing.” We recommend eating at the creperie at St Come, just 800 metres from the beach, where there are over 580 (!) varieties of galette to choose from.

Guestbook comments:

July 2016 - "Really Comfortable, Fantastic Location. This is a lovely house with everything that you could need for a relaxing time in Brittany. The garden is beautiful and the location next to the Nantes Brest canal perfect for walking and cycling. Chateauneuf du Faou is a very pretty small town with good places to eat and plenty of places to buy food etc. I would absolutely recommend this house to anyone looking for a comfortable, relaxed break."

August 2016 - "We were tempted to keep this place secret! We recently returned from our second visit to Le Grand in exactly two years - the first time with our son and daughter-in-law, the second with dear friends. Neither disappointed in any way. Because the owners, Derek and Margaret Ling, normally live there when they are chez eux, it is equipped as a proper home rather than as a holiday let, so it lacks few, if any, facilities you would expect to find in your own home. The house is spacious and extremely comfortable. The garden is huge, with endless leisure equipment to match. It leads to the riverside path that offers walks or cycle rides to the heart's content. It is secluded, but not remote from the town's facilities. The nearest restaurant is about 2km distant, but Le Chaland is well worth the journey - fairly simple fare, but moules frites and home-made pizza par excellence. Le Grand is also a great base for visiting the verdant landscape and other attractions of south Finistere - Quimper, Concarneau, Chateaulin, Playben and beaches are all within a fairly leisurely half-hour drive, and other attractions are just minutes away. The fact that we wanted to go back should be testament enough - and we are a bit picky about holiday lets - and the owners don't make unsustainable claims about the property or facilities. We plan to return!"

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Fully equipped kitchen with electric oven, gas hob, microwave, toaster, dishwasher, large fridge-freezer, central island with breakfast bar which seats 4.
Dining room has a large extending table which seats 8 people.

Living rooms

The lounge has comfortable seating for 6 people with 3 sofas. There is a large wood burning stove plus oil fired central heating. An office area is situated on the first floor. Wi-fi internet access and telephone with free calls to UK landlines are provided.

Bedrooms

The master bedroom occupies the whole of the top floor including its en suite bathroom. It has a double bed, full length wardrobes under the eaves, chest of drawers, additional clothes hanging rail and CH radiators. On the first floor. there is a twin bedroom with bedside table and CH radiator and a double bedroom with full height wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside tables and CH radiator.

Bathrooms

On the top floor, the en suite bathroom has a bath, walk-in shower, wc, bidet and washbasin. On the first floor there is a family bathroom with bath, shower, wc, bidet and washbasin. A wc with washbasin is situated in the utility room on the ground floor.

Heating

Woodburner in the lounge, central heating in all other rooms.

Entertainment

Satellite tv with English channels, dvd and vcr, cd player. A large selection of books and games are available. Sports equipment eg. badminton, tennis, croquet, table tennis can be borrowed. There are 2 adult bikes available to use. Additional bikes can be hired at the leisure centre nearby.

Garden and outside

There is a covered wooden decking area leading out from the kitchen with a table and 6 chairs. A second open decking area with table and 4 chairs is accessed from the first floor. A gas barbecue is available on the lower patio. This leads to the private 2000 square metre garden with its mature trees, shrubs and flower beds. The summer house with the sports equipment plus a children's play swing are located here.

Please note that the pool mentioned in the reviews is attached to the cottage next door. The reviews were written by guests who stayed in the cottage.

Parking and garages

Ample parking on the gravelled drive to the rear and side of the house.

Visitor suitability

The property is not suitable for wheelchair access.

Information about any additional facilities

Highchair and baby bath are available free of charge if required. Pets by prior arrangement.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: St Goazec
Distance: 5 km

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout
Name of nearest fishing location: Aulne River

Fishing on-site

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Carhaix Golf, Carhaix
Distance: 20 km

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR38

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Derek Ling

We are both retired, in our early 60s and enjoy walking, cycling, gardening and travelling. We have 2 children and 3 grandchildren. We fell in love with France when we first came here when the children were very young and always wanted to buy a house here. Our dream came true in 2011 when we moved from the UK and we have lived in Chateauneuf du Faou since then.

Year property purchased 2011
Why this location? The house is in a fabulous location. It is in the heart of the countryside, secluded but not isolated, being only 2 kms from the pretty market town of Chateauneuf du Faou. The location is so quiet and tranquil with the only sounds coming from the frequent visitors to our bird feeders. The River Aulne which forms part of the Nantes Brest canal is close by, offering opportunities for walking and cycling with ever changing scenery and wildlife along its banks. The beaches of the Crozon peninsula, the north (pink granite) coast and south Finistere are all within easy reach.
Unique benefits of property Apart from its stunning location, our property offers guests luxurious, spacious and comfortable accommodation for up to 6 people. The main bedroom with its en-suite bathroom occupies the whole of the top floor with panoramic views over the south-facing garden, the river and the surrounding countryside. The top deck, also south-facing is a sun trap and an ideal place for pre-dinner drinks.

The Owner Recommends

Beaches

Beautiful sandy beaches and rugged unspoilt coastline on the Crozon peninsula and round the Baie de Douarnenez, in particular Pentrez Plage, Telgruc sur Mer and Camaret.

Creperie at St Come

Over 580 varieties of crepes and galettes to choose from at the St Come creperie near Pentrez Plage

Day Trips

Château de Trévarez which overlooks Châteauneuf-du-Faou. Oceanopolis in Brest, rated one of the best aquaria in the world, is a great family day out 50 minutes away. Nature lovers staying in Châteauneuf-du-Faou are spoilt for choice for day trips. The magnificently natural Ile d'Ouessant, forms part of the Armorique Nature Reserve which encompasses many of the smaller islands off the Finistere coast.

Golf

There are a number of excellent golf courses in Finistere, the nearest ones situated at Carhaix 15 miles, Brest 40 miles and Golf de Cornouaille at Foret Fouesnant, near Quimper.

Huelgoat

Amazing rock formations and water features at the 'Chaos' in Huelgoat

Music Festivals

There are frequent music festivals throughout the summer to enjoy, as well as a sensational Jazz Festival which occurs on the banks of the River Aulne, a truly magical setting. The Les Vieilles Charrues Festival in Carhaix in July is a must for contemporary music lovers too. The Bout du Monde festival in Crozon in early August also attracts top names.

Pink Granite Coast

Beautiful beaches, coastal walks, stunning pink granite rock formations around Perros Guirec on the north coast

Quimper

Explore the beautiful old town with its cathedral, shops, bars and restaurants. Enjoy the open air ice rink at Christmas

3 Reviews
9.7/10
  • Cleanliness: 9.7
  • Comfort: 9.7
  • Condition: 9.7
  • Facilities: 9.7
  • Local Amenities: 8.3
  • Setting: 9.7
  • Value for Money: 9.7
10 / 10 Anna and Mike 31 July, 2017

This property was accurately described.
It was very clean, well-maintained and well-equipped.
The owners provided good customer service.
We would definitely recommend this property to friends and relatives.
The river and its tow path is excellent for walking and cycling.
Château deTrevarez is certainly worth a visit and very close to Châteauneuf-du-Faou.
Hotel Relais de Cornouaille's restaurant is excellent. There are several other good restaurants in Châteauneuf-du-Faou especially family run restaurant La Voltera.

10 / 10 Paul Hyde 3 August, 2014

The accommodation is ideally proportioned for a family of four and is very well equipped! Including a small pool, which we did not know at the time of booking, so assume is a new addition. The kids loved this!

It is situated outside a small town which has the usual array if shops, including two sore markets. The canal is lovely and a good place to walk/run. Beaches are 40 minutes away. They are safe and life guard patrolled. You are also centrally located for a number of larger towns. And attractions.

We had a fantastic time! The location is so peaceful and quiet! I would recommend it to anyone seeking a relaxing time in a beautiful location.

9 / 10 Trevose 21 July, 2014

Excellent cottage in a lovely, peaceful location near the canal. Lovely walks from the cottage, beautiful beaches within easy drive. Nearest bar, easy 2km walk; shops, supermarkets in the town. Ideal for couples or family. Lots of outside space with pool & bbq. Owner & housekeeper very helpful & always on hand to give assistance if required. Thoroughly recommended.