|Kernaman||Self Catering||Monday||3||6||2||Spare mattresses|
Our holiday home is a tastefully renovated farmhouse on the edge of the charming, historic village/small town of Guerlesquin. The property is built of granite and is of typical Breton design. We have had the house for over 12 years as our holiday home and have made it as comfortable and homely as possible. It has been well used by our family and friends and we're sure it makes an excellent holiday destination.
It is within easy walking distance of the village centre, tourist office, supermarket, restaurants and bar, cash machine, pharmacy etc and within a few minutes walk of a large lake. The farmhouse comprises a large well equipped kitchen with table for 6. The large lounge, with a beamed ceiling, has a magnificent Breton Fireplace with a log burning stove, comfortable seating for 6 and an extending dining table which will seat 10. There is a downstairs WC with handbasin. Upstairs there are 3 bedrooms, 2 with kingsize beds and 1 with twin beds. One bedroom has an en suite and there is a family bathroom with separate bath and shower cubicle. The house is set well back from the road and there are good sized grounds with garden furniture but the grounds are not secure. There are outbuildings and a ancient, ruined longere. English TV via FreeSat is provided and WiFi is available. There are a collection of games and books available for guests use.
Guerlesquin has a market every Monday morning with many attractions especially in August. The village/small town is designated a 'Cité de Caractère', meaning its a pretty village, and as 3 bloom 'ville fleurie', meaning it's got lots of flowers. It's situated in the Parc National Regional d'Amorique. It is in pleasant walking and cycling country with the advantage that the nearby lake has 2 sandy beaches. Fishing is allowed with a permit available from the Mairie. The house is some 5 minutes from the N12 expressway with easy access to Morlaix and Roscoff, and only 20 minutes from the lovely north Brittany coast at Locquirec and its beaches. Coastal paths west of Locquirec and north of Lannion and around Carantec are spectacular and afford relatively easy walking.
The fitted kitchen has an electric cooker, fridge-freezer, microwave, toaster, electric kettle and coffee-machine. A washing machine and tumble dryer are situated in the porch. A rotary washing line, ironing board and iron are supplied. There are generous amounts of cutlery, crockery, glasses and cookware. A large table seats 6, with 6 kitchen chairs.. Tea towels and hand towels for the kitchen and downstairs wc are supplied.
The lounge/diner has a dining table which will seat 10, there are 6 dining chairs but additional chairs can be brought in from the kitchen.
The large beamed living room has a magnificent Breton fireplace with a log burning stove. Two settees and an armchair provide comfortable seating for 6. The Breton style table extends to seat 10. There are a number of occasional tables, including a coffee table. A bookcase houses a selection of fiction and non-fiction books and local maps. Off the living room is a downstairs wc with a handbasin.
There are 3 bedrooms, 2 with king size beds and 1 with twin beds. One bedroom has an en suite with wc, shower and washbasin. All bedrooms have adequate clothes storage and are attractively decorated. Each bedroom has bedside tables, with lamps. A hairdryer is supplied. Bed linen and towels are supplied.
The family bathroom has a bath and separate shower cubicle together with a wc and washbasin. A wall mounted electric heater is supplied. There is a lovely view over the lake from the window, for you to enjoy at your leisure!.
There are oil filled electric heaters in the kitchen, living room and 2 bedrooms. The living room has a log burning stove; logs are not included in the rental but can be available on request. The bathroom and en-suite have wall mounted electric heaters. Additionally there are several electric fan heaters for quick heating. The water is heated by an immersion heater with a large capacity water tank.
The property has English tv via Freesat and a dvd and video player are supplied. There is a selection of dvds and videos.There are 2 radios which have LW reception able to access BBC Radio 4. Wi-Fi is available. There is a selection of board games, cards, jigsaw puzzles and books. Maps and guide books with local information are supplied. Many events are held in and around Guerlesquin including Fest Noz, details are to be found at the SuperU supermarket nearby..
The large garden is maintained by a gardener and there is plenty of room for children to play or to sit outside. There is a bench and garden table and chairs, a gazebo and sun umbrella. The garden is not secure so small children will need to be supervised. From the rear of the property there is a view across the lake. The field to the right, as you face the property, is maintained by a local gardener.
There is adequate parking for at least 6 cars.
The property is suitable for a family with children or for couples. As mentioned small children will need to be supervised outside. The beaches on the north coast are magnificent and comparatively safe for children as most shelve gradually.
We have a local English manager, Nathan, who will ensure the house is clean and welcoming. A welcome pack is included in the rental price. Nathan is available if you require any assistance or any problems arise.
All our family have enjoyed our holiday home in Guerlesquin. My husband and I are retired professionals with 11 grandchildren ranging in age from 2 to 19! We are keen walkers and sailors and fortunate enough to live in beautiful countryside in the UK. We enjoy the outdoors but also enjoy entertaining our friends and family and love the company of our grandchildren.
|Year property purchased||2004|
|Why this location?||We can access our property by road and sea so are not reliant on flights, and being able to use our car is a huge bonus. The port of Roscoff is only 45 minutes from our property so travel by Brittany Ferries in not only convenient but very enjoyable. Brittany is a stunning area, the coast is spectacular and the beaches are ideal for children. It's good walking and cycling country, the coastal path has amazing views.We love the Breton culture and history and enjoy social events in the local area.|
|Unique benefits of property||The property is very comfortable and has lots of character being a period property. However it has many amenities and benefits from dry lining, so it is cool in summer but retains its heat in winter. The large garden provides space for both play and relaxation. It is ideally located for the ferry port of Roscoff, the centre of the village of Guerlesquin is only 10 minutes walk away and the lake just down the lane. It is easy to reach many places in Brittany by car, the N12 is only 5 minutes away. The house is set well back from the road so it is tranquil and an ideal place to relax. There are many markets within easy reach and local produce is always available. For Welsh speakers, the similarities of Welsh and Breton is an added interest.|
There is a (horse) racecourse (Hippodrome) with flat, steeplechase and trotting races starting on 27 July this year. Many activities are held in the beautiful 'Les Halles' old market building. These range from exhibitions or art and sculpture to 'Fest-Nos' evenings. These are traditional Breton evenings of song and dance which you are welcome to join. To see what happens, have a look at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDF0XwkxGIM The walk around the lake, near the house, is very pleasant, and takes about an hour. There is plenty scope for cycling on quiet country lanes if you bring your bikes.
Beautiful beaches at Loquirec and the north coast, about 20 mins by car. There are literally hundreds of miles of spectacular, well maintained coastal paths all around the Brittany coast. Particularly good are those west of Loquirec and the Pink Granite area around Perros Guirec, about 30 miles away. When you think about it, if you need a car to get to a beach, it may not matter much whether it takes 5 or 20 minutes!
Guerlesquin is well placed for days out to places like Huelgoed(not far away and a fascinating walk in glacial boulders park); Concarneau, (on the south coast- lovely old port); Quimper (very attractive town on a river not far from Concarneau); Locronan (mediaeval village, much used in films, near Quimper); Crozon (lovely peninsula, south of Brest); Brest (large port with a good sea life aquarium); Roscoff (attractive, historic port with regular ferries to the lovely Ille de Batz).
Many restaurants offer excellent, simple lunches (menu ouvrier), including wine, water and sometimes coffee for about 12euros in Guerlesquin and elsewhere. There is also a good restaurant (Mont d'Aree) in Guerlesquin. If you are happy to drive there are excellent 'Logis de France' restaurants about 20 miles away in Huelgoed and Belle Isle en Terre. There is Creperie in Plouigneau, and many eating places in Loquirec and Plestin les Graves.
Lively market in Guerlesquin every Monday morning with farmers bringing in local produce. Features musicians, free Breton dancing classes and pony cart rides in August - great fun! To see, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iwo0ZSir0wM Sunday market in Plestin-les Graves. Thursday market in Lannion. Large market in Morlaix every Saturday morning with local produce including sea food.