Detached holiday property in Finistere - BF003685

Hanvec (32km from Brest), Finistère, Brittany Reference: BF003685 Advertiser since: 21 May 2014
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Estuary House Self Catering Flexible 6 12 8 1 childs bed plus 2 cots

About this property

Stunning Waterfront Property with Heated Pool. This cottage/gite is in a coastal setting.

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.



Kitchen and dining

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.

There's a further fridge/freezer in the garage.

Living rooms

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 and 2 booster seats which attach securely to dining room chairs. 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 DVDs.

Garden and outside

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 by the water enables you to enjoy the magical evening light. The garden is accessed via either the driveway, the library or 1st floor balcony. The huge deck 11m x 4m is adjacent to the built in Plancha & Charcoal 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.

Parking and garages

Three cars can be parked on the drive, with space for a further 2 cars on the grass verge.

Visitor suitability

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 also have a golf buggy for guest use to transport the less mobile backwards and forwards to the shore.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool

* Vet details: Drs Beaud and Galliou - 02 98 81 05 86 at Zone Quiella which is just to the left of the Le Faou Super-U. Ask for an English speaking vet if you prefer.



Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Bass, mullet, trout
Name of nearest fishing location: The shore

Fishing on-site


Name and address of nearest golf course: Brest Iroise
Distance: 20 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: G34


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Kathy George

We were looking in Brittany for a 2-bed bolthole with a low maintenance garden for the odd weekend break. Then we stumbled across Estuary House with 6 bedrooms and nearly 2 acres of garden! What a joy it's been though, such a stunning location to spend time, and now we share it with dozens of guests every year. It's just perfect for family reunions.

Owner's website
Year property purchased 2004
Why this location? We live in Plymouth so it's very convenient to just hop onto the ferry there and then once on the other side at Roscoff, it's just a 50 minute drive to the house.
Unique benefits of property The view says it all!

The Owner Recommends

Things to Do and Places to See

We have prepared 4 large files of over 70 Things To Do and Places To See, they include maps, photos and directions.

10 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.6
  • Comfort: 9.8
  • Condition: 9.5
  • Facilities: 9.7
  • Local Amenities: 9.2
  • Setting: 9.9
  • Value for Money: 9.6
10 / 10 Keyte Family 16 June, 2019

Estuary House was the perfect place to celebrate our Golden Wedding Anniversary with three generations of our family.
The house is in a beautiful setting with a large garden leading down to the beach and a lovely heated pool. The house sleeps ten comfortably with toilets and showers on each floor and has large lounge and dining areas which, with most of the bedrooms, have extensive views. The owners have given immense thought to equipping the house with everything one could possibly need......plenty of crockery, glasses, utensils, plugs, hairdryers and lots of well presented information on places to visit and see during a visit. We stayed for two weeks and there were still many places still left to explore.
The owners were always most helpful answering any queries and we felt very much at home and loved everything about Estuary House and would fully recommend it !

9.8 / 10 3 generations of HTT family 29 May, 2019

Three generations in one superbly comfortable and imaginatively hospitable house in a wonderful and blessed week of landscape and laughter, beaches and brochette and barbecue. The surfers , paddleboarders, walkers and sight seekers were all happy and the pool at the end of each day has been a delight. Indeed the house is so well equipped and the attention to detail so warming- we all felt ' cared for' throughout our stay. Thank you so much.

9.5 / 10 Three generations 20 August, 2018

Estuary House is in a lovely, quiet setting with views to the estuary and is a perfect base for an inter-generational family holiday. It was big enough for us not to be in each other's pockets but, at the same time, was a comfortable and social space to enjoy together. The house is in an ideal location to explore the area which has some amazing beaches. We enjoyed kayaking on the estuary and vistiting
local towns and villages. The folders of information in the house were really useful in helping us plan our days. The icing on the cake for our family was the pool where we spent many happy hours. Because it is fenced the children were able to play safely in the garden too. We wanted for nothing in our two weeks at Estuary House and appreciated the thought that had gone in to providing all the facilities, especially the ample supply of swimming towels. The house is older and is a little creaky at times and some of the facilities are elderly but, in a way, this adds to its character and charm. Communication with Kathy was excellent, both before and after our holiday, and her local representatives made us very welcome. Many thanks.

9.7 / 10 Richard Dyke 2 August, 2018

An ideal setting and location for our family of 14 children and grandchildren to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary. The description of the property was spot on and it was well equipped and maintained. The owner provided good customer service and the local manager was very helpful particularly when we had a local power cut. I would recommend the property to family and friends. We enjoyed the opportunity to use swim in the house pool surf at local beaches and kayak, paddle board, and cycle locally. Eat mostly at our house but used local, restaurants, creperies and cafes in Le Foau.
A great holiday

Richard and Anne Dyke