Holiday cottage in Brittany

Esquibien (6km from Audierne), Finistère, Brittany Reference: BF005357 Advertiser since: 5 January 2016
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Le Ancienne Boulangerie Self Catering Saturday 3 6 1 Bed settee

About this property

Lovely Breton Home in a Great Location.. This cottage/gite is in a coastal setting.

This house was once the focal point of the village of Lervily operating as the boulangerie with a shop and cafe. We have just replaced the original doors and windows with new ones on the bakery room which is at the back of the house and opens out on to the patio area. The neighbours were pleased when we bought it with a view to keeping its character.

We love the peaceful location yet still having the option to walk out for a meal or drink or to drive or walk into the nearby town. We didn't plan to offer the house for rental but we have just had it re-wired and it is now being redecorated. It is a large house but homely and not empty of possessions like a lot of rental properties are.

It has a kitchen and two large downstairs living rooms, one with a lovely stone fireplace with a wood burning stove. The other we use as a dining room with its grand dining table. There are two large and one small bedroom with the two large ones capable of having a single bed along with the double beds. We hope to add en-suite bathrooms to both the large bedrooms. The attic is being converted into a self contained bedroom suite for us to use when we stay at the house. We love the place and the feel of living in an authentic Breton house and not a holiday home.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Small table for 6 in the kitchen which has a gas cooker with oven and a large fridge-freezer. The door leads out to the garden and patio area.

Living rooms

One lounge with stone fire and wood burning stove. One dining room with a large table. Most of the walls are open stone work. The windows are traditional wooden windows with external shutters.

Bedrooms

One large bedroom has a double and a single bed the other just a double but there is room to add a single if required. The small bedroom has 2 single beds. One of the settees downstairs does convert to a bed if needed. We will eventually add en-suite bathrooms to the two large bedrooms and have just had the doors knocked through in readiness for this.

Bathrooms

Bath with shower and a sink with a separate toilet adjacent. The mirror above the sink has lights fitted and a shaver socket at the side of it. There is a wall mounted electric fan heater if staying out of season.

Heating

Electric heating in all the rooms with a wood burning stove in the lounge. There are old style radiators in each room and we intend to bring these back into action one day but the climate is mild and so this would be a luxury rather than a necessity. The hot water is from a large electrically heated storage tank.

Entertainment

A few nice cafes and bars nearby but a short drive or long walk to Audierne where there are many places to enjoy. The area is great for walking, cycling or watersports.

Garden and outside

Private and enclosed garden and patio area. A barbecue is available. We have a table tennis table and a table football at the house. We do have some bikes there including a tandem but unfortunately they are in need of maintenance so are not available yet.

Parking and garages

Parking is readily available on the village square at the side of the house or you can drive in to the garden to park if you prefer.

Visitor suitability

Not really suitable for wheelchair users.

Information about any additional facilities

Washing machine, iron and ironing board.
We use this as our house so most essentials are at hand.
Our friends look after the property for us and they live locally should anything require attention or you need advice on something.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: The Cap, Plozevet
Distance: 9 km

Beach holidays

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Sea Fish
Name of nearest fishing location: The coastal cliffs and piers and also down on the front in Audierne
Distance: 0.5 km

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Breton coastal walk

Watersports

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Tony Harrison

We live in a beautiful part of West Yorkshire and enjoy regular trips over to Brittany where our two youngest boys were born. We have four boys, chickens, fish, a cat and a dog. We're happy to discuss any holiday plans you may have for Brittany especially around the Cap Sizun area. We can deal with enquiries in English, French or German.

Year property purchased 2011
Why this location? We wanted to be in this lovely region of Brittany on the most western peninsula of Cap Sizun. We looked at loads of houses but this one was definitely the one for us once we saw where it was and discovered its history. There where many pretty houses available but most where just too isolated or artificially quaint. This location can be a holiday in itself or take to the car and head out to the many interesting places this part of Brittany has to offer. This is our Breton home and has not been planned as a rental holiday home. It has recently been re-wired and we are on with the re-decoration. It is just a home that we are wanting to share with anyone who enjoys the feel and authenticity of the region.
Unique benefits of property We are near a peaceful white sandy beach with interesting things around without driving out. We wanted a place that wasn't touristy but with life. It is just a few minutes walk in one direction to the sea and the ferry port to the Ile de Sein. There are a few cafes and shops there but a short drive or healthy walk gets you to the traditional and beautiful fishing port of Audierne where there is plenty to see and do. Going the other way and walking down to the light house at Lervily is the start of a great coastal walk along cliffs and rocky coves leading to one of the most impressive and isolated beaches in the area. This area is popular for surfing and other water sports with a real feeling of the energising nature of the coast. The house was once the centre of the village with a shop/bakery in one room and the another used as a cafe. Being the most prominent house and with the only phone it acted as the lifeboat alarm point. The bakery oven is still there untouched in all this time.

The Owner Recommends

Creperie De Plage

A lovely restaurant where you can sit and look out to the sea over a leisurely meal and are always made welcome.

Ile De Sein

Walk down to the ferry for the popular trip over to the Ile De Sein.

Surfing

Search for Surfing at Lervily and see what an exciting spot we have available to stroll down to.