|Estuary House||Self Catering||Tuesday||6||12||8||1 childs bed plus 2 cots|
Estuary House is a spacious, light and airy detached property just perfect for family reunions or lots of friends who want to relax in gorgeous surroundings. This idyllic location is semi-rural just 1 mile from the pretty medieval village of Le Faou which boasts several restaurants, creperies, bars and all necessary shops. Large supermarkets are just 5 minutes away.
The house itself sleeps 12 comfortably and comprises 6 lovely bedrooms, 2 family bathrooms, 2 shower-rooms and 4 separate toilets. A huge open-plan sitting room, dining room and kitchen offer spacious living and there's also a laundry room and well-stocked library on the ground floor.
The stunning 31ft living and dining room has 3 sets of french doors leading out onto a south-facing sun-drenched balcony with spectacular views over the estuary. The kitchen and 5 of the bedrooms all have the same view looking over an acre of orchards and gardens which run right down to the estuary at the bottom.
The kitchen is fully equipped with a large fridge-freezer, microwave, dishwasher, coffee-machine, toaster, food processor, stick blender and a huge gas oven with grill and 5-burner hob.
The cupboards are filled with plenty of glassware, crockery and cookware and we even have plastic plates and cutlery for the little ones, plus one booster seat and a highchair. We've found the kitchen to be a very practical layout, particularly as other guests can chat to you from the dining area. The solid oak dining table is 2.6m long and easily accommodates 12 people.
The 31ft (9.4m) sitting and dining room - from here you will see the most stunning view of the estuary through the 3 sets of french doors leading out on to a south facing balcony overlooking the pool and gardens.
The sitting room, dining room and kitchen form an L-shape giving a very spacious feel to this area.
The sumptous leather seating area surrounds a solid oak coffee table, and in the corner is a TV and CD/DVD player with USB socket for your MP3/iPod. We have UK satellite TV together with a PVR to allow recording/pause/rewind of programmes. Please note - the USB socket is only compatible with JPEG/MP3/WMA files.
All of the bedrooms are very bright and sunny, furnished in an attractive contemporary style and they all benefit from new beds, mattresses, pillows, duvets and bedding. They also have new bedside tables, reading lamps, bedspreads and rugs. We have provided 2 pillows per person with ample spares if required, and all of the bedlinen is cotton, duvets are all duck/goose feather. Five of the 6 bedrooms overlook the south facing garden with spectacular views of the estuary and the one that doesn't, has a picture of the view! There is also a hairdryer in each bedroom, and 3 hot water bottles, just in case...... For babies and toddlers we have 2 new travel cots, cot mattresses, a booster seat which attaches securely to a dining room chair, and a highchair. These items must be arranged in advance. 5 of the 6 bedrooms have either shutters or blackout blinds. For each person a bath sheet and hand towel will be left on the beds.
There are 2 family bathrooms with over-bath showers, one of them also has a bidet and a Jacuzzi bath. Two of the bedrooms have en suite showers and basins and a further 2 bedrooms have their own wash hand basins. There are 4 separate toilets, one on each floor.
Oil-fired central heating plus electric wall radiators for extra heat if required.
Apart from the pool which provides endless entertainment, the library houses hundreds of books, games and videos.
The completely secure gardens cover roughly 1.5 acres and benefit from an orchard of apple, pear and cherry trees. There is masses of space to run around in so you can let the children and dogs roam free.
From the garden, a path (gated) winds through a meadow down to the shoreline, a picnic table right at the edge of our land enables you to enjoy the magical evening light. The garden is accessed via either the driveway, the library or the 1st floor balcony. The huge deck 11m x 4m is adjacent to the built in bbq and is perfect for al fresco dining.
The fully enclosed heated pool is 8.5m x 4.6m (28' x 15') is and is a uniform depth of 1.4m so is perfect for adults and children alike. We aim to heat the pool to 27ºC from Easter to the end of October but either side of summer this will very much depend on ambient temperatures, particularly at night. It's serviced by an automatic system that continuously monitors the quality of the water ensuring optimum conditions at all times.
Three cars can be parked on the drive, with space for a further 2 cars on the grass verge.
Although there are lots of stairs, the house is suitable for the elderly or infirm as once you're on the first floor you have the sitting room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and a toilet on this level so you only need to use the stairs when going to bed or leaving the house.
We have prepared 4 large files of over 70 Things To Do and Places To See, they include maps, photos and directions.
This is a really fabulous house for a large group. As well as the amazing setting and locality, the house itself is fantastically well equipped for a comfortable stay. Touches such as swimming towels provided, hooks in bedrooms and a full range of cooking utensils make it a real delight to stay in. The owners also provide four folders (arranged geographically) of places to visit and things to do with directions, distances and time to get there by car which made taking days out straightforward and easy to plan for all tastes and age groups. The pool and garden are gorgeous (the children in our party were in the warm pool every day) and safe for even the smallest child. All in all I cannot fault this holiday house, it was a joy to stay there and we hope to visit again one day.
Wow Penny, thank you for that lovely review, we can't ask for better than that! Even considering the initial problems and missing items......