Beautiful House to let in Audierne, Brittany

9.8/10
3km from Audierne, Finistère, Brittany Reference: BF003846 Advertiser since: 20 October 2014
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
31 Rue Hoche Self Catering Saturday 3 6 2

About this property

Charming Holiday Home by the Sea. This villa is in a coastal town setting.

This beautiful detached house is in an elevated position, set in a quiet area near the centre of Audierne with private parking and less than a 5 min stroll to the pretty harbour, shops and restaurants. The house has quite recently been refurbished and a lot of care was taken to ensure it still retains the wonderful relaxed and charming 'french' feel to it. Modern facilities are now provided giving very comfortable bathrooms and also wi-fi availability. The house can accommodate up to 6 people very comfortably. It enjoys a large enclosed garden with sloping lawns, shady trees, tropical plants, a Potager as well as a lawned seating area. Garden furniture is provided to enable you to enjoy occasional bbq's or just an early evening drink enjoying the views over the town and out to the sea in the distance.

First floor - From the front door the large hallway leads to lounge/reading room, a large and airy dining area with lovely views. Modern and fully equipped kitchen including a dishwasher. One double bedroom and family bathroom.

Second floor - Has a king size bedroom and twin bedroom plus a large shower room.

The whole of the ground floor is a garage/workshop and houses the boiler and a washing machine. This is a useful area for storing wet suits, golf clubs etc. Parking is on the gated drive. There are steps up to the front door from the garden and also from inside the garage.
 
The mild climate here means Cap Sizun has much to offer any visitor who enjoys the outdoor life. We imagine it is like Cornwall was 50 years ago. Uncommercialised and still beautiful. It has many safe and sandy beaches, Celtic summer festivals and has a variety of watersports to choose from. It is also known for its wonderful seafood, and fresh fish is delivered to the local Poisonerie every day from the nearby ports.

A lovely sandy beach is approx. 10 mins walk away and a short walk further on is the larger town beach and popular sailing school. It is only a short walk down to the patisserie for your morning croissants or a stroll around the harbour. There is a very popular market on Saturday mornings and a smaller one on Wednesdays. In the summer months there is also a night market on Wednesday evenings.

Type

Villa

Kitchen and dining

The sunny, modern and fully equipped kitchen opens onto the dining area.
The dining table seats 8. There are double doors that open onto a balcony with views over Audierne and out to sea.

Living rooms

There is a comfortable music/reading room supplied with a few books, games, tv and a music system.

Bedrooms

Bedroom 1 is on the main floor, has a double Bretton bed in it and a bathroom right beside it.
Bedrooms 2 and 3 are up on the second floor. One is a large room with king size bed and the other is a large twin bedded room.
There is also a shower room on this floor.

Bathrooms

Main bathroom with bath and shower over is on the first floor and a large shower room is on the second floor.

Heating

Gas fired central heating. There is also a wood burning stove which is only used in the winter months.

Entertainment

Wi-fi is provided along with tv, music system, a few books, and a selection of games. There is also a bbq provided.

Garden and outside

Private garden with grassed terrace and garden furniture. The terrace slopes down to lawns with shady trees and planted areas. There is also a pottage which the gardener will need to attend to on occasions.

Parking and garages

Parking for 1 larger car or 2 small cars on the drive but extra parking is available in the lane leading to the house if required.
There is a large garage used principally for storage only so ideal for wet suits, golf clubs, etc. It also houses the boiler and washing machine.

Visitor suitability

This house is charming, comfortable and would probably suit one or 2 couples or a family with children maybe older than 8 (due to the steps and balcony). It is in an Ideal position for either touring this area of Brittany or for anyone that wants to just chill out and enjoy a holiday by the sea. This property is not suitable for anyone with mobility problems due to a sloping driveway and steps to front door.
Comments...
1.8.15-Lovely stay, lovely house and lovely town!
8.8.15-Bev, thanks for everything, we have loved staying in your wonderful house. x
14.8.15-We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The house is fantastic-what a view! The kitchen is super spacious, fully equipped- a joy :-) ! We loved having the town on our doorstep and will definitely be back again.
20.8.16-We loved the House and garden, and sitting outside in different parts of the garden. We especially loved walking to the small beach next to the footbridge and swam every day.
19.817Audierne was a lovely surprise.

Information about any additional facilities

Bed linen is provided but no personal towels are provided unless by arrangement.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Various markets in area
Distance: 1 km

Beach holidays

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: *
Name of nearest fishing location: Audierne
Distance: 0.5 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: L'Orangerie de Lanniron
Distance: 40 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Plogoff
Distance: 6 km

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Audierne to Pont Croix and cliff tops

Watersports

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Beverley Stenhouse

Both retired now and enjoy living by the sea. My husband Ian was a navigator at sea and my background was principally in hotel management. Ian loves messing about on boats and I love gardening, especially large sub-tropical plants.We both really hope our visitors can enjoy, for a short while, what we are lucky enough to enjoy all the time.

Year property purchased 2011
Why this location? Extremely beautiful and very peaceful. It is very similar to Cornwall where we hail from, except perhaps 50 years ago. No crime to speak of or graffiti, or car park charges, unruly children, rude people, heavy traffic…the list is long and goes on. The people here are gentle and polite. It is not too far to return to the uk if necessary but still far enough to get the benefit of slightly better weather and to feel we are in a different land with a different culture. We love it here.
Unique benefits of property Wonderful view, not too far from the town and harbour. Plenty of room, very clean, comfortable and tastefully presented with modern and well equipped bathrooms and kitchen. The beds are comfortable and I provide plenty of pillows (english style) and good bed linen.
The garden is fairly private and we provide a large Gas BBQ. There is also a vegetable plot that anyone staying here can help themselves to. We recognise that packing for all eventualities is difficult so like to make things easier - a hairdryer is provided, cookery books, good Wi-Fi connection, TV, and I also leave a fairly full pantry with at least all dry goods-Rice, Flour, Sugar, Tea, Coffee, salt, pepper and a full range of herbs and spices and some oil. We just want our guests to be able to relax and enjoy themselves here and not worry too much about shopping for the tiny things that they don't want to be bothered taking home like paprika or oil etc..

The Owner Recommends

Aquarium

There is an Aquarium that does a daily Aquashow which is very popular and also there is the ferry to the 'Isle de Seine' less than an hours boat trip away.

Audierne

Audierne is principally a fishing port, and sits on the estuary leading to the River Goyen where you will find a footpath/cycle track along the edge of this calm and beautiful river. It takes about 15 minutes cycling to arrive in Pont Croix, one of the regions tiny 'medieval cities'. Audierne also boasts a local maritime museum and a popular Aquarium.If you don’t want to drive we have beaches within walking distance, with surfing, canoeing, sailing, paddle boarding, scuba diving, bike hire. We boast our own aquarium 5min walk, well worth a visit.

Coastal and River Walks
Beautiful coastal walks or meander along the River Goyen.

Concarneau

Concarneau a beautiful port a bout an hours drive south of Audierne.As well as a charming place to wander around it also has, in the centre of the town, the 'Vielles Close' an old walled town full of shops and restaurants which is accessed over a drawbridge. It can be very busy in summer as it is so attractive but non the less very interesting for a day out.

Douarnenez

The scenic old fishing port of Douarnenez is only 20 mins drive with maritime museum and many waterside restaurants.

Festivals

There are Bretton festivals in the summer, mostly August, and plenty of beautiful places to visit within easy driving distance.

Golf

For the serious golfers there is a 9 hole Golf course at Quimper (40 mins) 'L'Orangerie de Lanniron' and a full size one at Benodet (50mins) 'Golf de L'Odet'

Markets

All the villages have markets on different days of the week. audierne is saturday morning and Pont Croix (10 minutes away) is Thursday morning.

Pointe du Raz

The dramatic Pointe du Raz is only about 15 minutes drive and is the equivalent of our Lands End but without the crowds.

Pont-Aven

The artist town of Pont-Aven is also just over an hour away.

Quimper

The medieval city of Quimper is only 40 minutes drive away with its distinctive Bretton character, Cathedral, museum, smart shops and beautiful river frontage.

Restaurants and Amenities

Audierne is well catered for if you should wish to eat, out with a selection of Good Restaurants ,Creperies, a Pizzaria and a few Waterside Bars and eateries. The little town centre manages to provide everything you would need on a day to day basis including chemist, banks, indoor market, great fresh fish shop, Boulangeries, Patisseries and a Butcher. There are also 3 large supermarkets within 5 minutes drive.

Tourist Information

There is a book here with detailed information for our visitors. If you have any queries there is a very friendly Tourist Information in the centre of the town with lists of what's on where. Everyone that comes here loves it and I hope you do too.

Watersports and Beaches

There are several sailing and surfing schools in the area and also stand up paddle boarding. The beaches are clean and sandy and there is very little pollution in the waters here.

4 Reviews
9.8/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.5
  • Condition: 9.8
  • Facilities: 9.8
  • Local Amenities: 8.8
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Colin C 17 August, 2017

The property was more than we could have hoped for. The owner was there to meet us on arrival and was friendly and efficient and understood our need for privacy yet having the owner available should there be a need.
The house was clean, well stocked with everything we needed and provided a real 'home from home'.
The location was excellent - a few minutes down a quiet lane to the small town and a few more minutes beyond to a small safe beach.
Finisterre, even in high season, feels like Cornwall before the crowds came.
Big thanks to Bev for making us so welcome - we'd love to come back one day!

Owner response

Thank you, we really appreciate you taking the time to write a nice review. A Lot of love and hard work goes into preparing the house for our guests so it is lovely to hear that it is appreciated and that you all had a super time in this very special part of the world. We look forward to welcoming you back another time :-)

9.3 / 10 4 ages 9 August, 2016

We had a good holiday with very helpful and supportive owners in a well cared for home. We would certainly recommend the holiday home to all our friends but just the though that the journey back up from the town can be hard going.

Owner response

Thank you so much for taking the time to review our property …..
We strive to provide the sort of holiday home we would like to stay in ourselves so really pleased you enjoyed your holiday here and hope you took back a few special memories.

10 / 10 Brian and family 30 August, 2015

I can say no more than excellent and Bev the owner was great start booking people you will love it

Owner response

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review, we really appreciate it and hopefully it will assist future guests. We are really glad you have enjoyed your time in this beautiful part of the world and hope that you took back many happy memories……

10 / 10 Mike Whelan 21 July, 2015

This was a new rental and really was excellent. There were some lovely and unexpected touches such as UK adapters on most plug sockets, UK Freesat TV, WiFi and AppleTV. Plenty to keep kids occupied in the evening.
The property is hard to find but the owner kindly met us and took us straight there. She showed us around and then we were left to our own devices. However, she was always available on the phone or via e-mail so we were never without support.
Audierne is a fairly quiet village. There are a couple of decent restaurants but you will have to travel to get the best out of this area of Brittany. However, everywhere is pretty close and even Quimper is only 40mins away. We found some great local beaches (St Tugen is particularly good) and plenty of nice walks.
All in all, this is an excellent rental and we would definitely recommend this.

Owner response

Thank you for your lovely comments. Feedback is really important to us so very grateful you took the time to review our holiday home.
We are happy you enjoyed your two weeks here and hope future guests can benefit from your comments.