|Gite Creach ar Glas||Self Catering||Flexible||5||12||2||Childs pull out bed in attic room, travelcot|
Our Gîte in the beautiful French village of St Catherine is just 15 mins from the Brittany port of Roscoff. This former farmhouse has a peaceful setting on the edge of the village with views to the open countryside. It forms one side of a courtyard, shared with an adjacent cottage. Ste Catherine is an ideal centre for touring the beaches and beauty spots of Brittany.
Those seeking a restful insight into the French way of life can easily relax here. Sightseeing in nearby Breton towns can be mixed with lazing on sandy beaches on the beautiful coastline 10 minutes away. The more active have plenty of opportunities for swimming, surfing, sailing, windsurfing, golf, fishing, cycling, horse riding and rambling. The local towns also offer a large range of restaurants, bars, shops and traditional markets.
The Gîte has 5 bedrooms, sleeping up to 12 plus a pull out bed for a small child and a travelcot is available. The ground floor is entered from a gravel courtyard and consists of an open plan living, dining and kitchen area, double bedroom, bathroom with wc and separate wc. The barn, attached to the house through a corridor forms a large games room for table tennis, darts and storing all your sports kit. It also houses an automatic washing machine and central heating boiler. The first floor provides two double bedrooms and a further bedroom with bunk beds. The top floor is a large open carpeted area with 4 single beds and velux windows in the roof. There is a garden with a brick built barbecue and gravelled space for a large garden table and chairs at the side of the gite to catch the evening sun.
Open plan well equipped kitchen/diner consisting of:-
Large dining table seating 12 people.
Movable central isle housing cupboards and large wine rack, separating the kitchen and dining room.
Large sink unit, fan assisted electric cooker with hob, microwave, fridge-freezer, kettle, toaster, coffee-maker.
The living room is open plan with the kitchen diner. Two large comfortable dark brown leather sofas and two occasional chairs provides comfortable lounging space. The tv screen, dvd player and music centre with auxiliary connecting cable for phones and tablets are situated around the traditional French dresser that also houses games, puzzles, cds and dvds.
The wooden staircase leads up out of the lounge area.
Bedroom one is on the ground floor through a corridor from the lounge. It is a carpeted double room with a large mirrored wardrobe, traditional French bedside cabinets and shuttered window that looks out over the fields.
Bedroom two and three are both double room with wooden floors and traditional French furniture (large wardrobes and bedside tables) The windows overlook the courtyard and fields beyond.
The bunk room is attacked to bedroom three and also has a wooden floor. It has two single bunk beds and a large built in wardrobe housing the travelcot and extra bedding as well as storage space for visitors.
The attic room is a large open carpeted room with four single beds (2 each end) that can be pushed together if required. There is a curtain separating the two ends should privacy be required. There is also pull out bed suitable for a small child at on end of the bunk room.
Advanced notice necessary for the cot bed and travelcot to be able to provide the appropriate linen.
The ground floor bathroom in the corridor to bedroom one contains a wash basin, toilet and bath with a powerful over bath shower.
Next to this is a separate toilet.
The upstairs shower room is between bedroom two and three and contains a basin, toilet and electric shower.
The central heating is oil fuelled from the tank in the barn and the radiators and water are heated through the boiler also in the barn.
We have a tv screen that has a dvd player attached and games consoles can be plugged in but it does not receive French or UK channels. We prefer to make our own fun in France!
The French dresser contains a variety of puzzles, games, cards, colouring books and pencils along with dvds and cds
The large gamesroom has a full sized ping pong table and darts board but we would advise you to bring some bats, balls and darts in case ours have accidentally disappeared or been damaged. It also has a cosy low lit lounging area with a comfy sofa and an extra fridge. There are 5 bikes, some body boards and various other beach toys for visitors to use. If you are musically inclined there are assorted musical instruments around the house, such as guitars and a traditional accordion, which are well worn and are there to be enjoyed.
The garden is to the side of the gite and contains a renovated old well. There is a metal heavy duty grid inside the well so its completely safe. There is also a brick built bbq next to the outdoor seating area where there is a large garden table and chairs overlooking the countryside.
There is off road communal parking in front of the games room for 4 cars.
Although there is no wheelchair access the ground floor bedroom and bathroom makes the gite very suitable for a visitors with reduced mobility.
There is a washing machine and washing lines in the games room for visitors to use. The recycling centre is to the right at the end of the road towards the village and a large general purpose bin opposite the gite in the farm yard.
The Gite is now in joint ownership with two families. The Coopers (Jim, Sue, Ben, Bethan and Sarah) and the Gilkes (Dave, Maggie, Charlie and Ruby) We all live in the UK but try and get out to Brittany as often as possible.<br/>The Cooper family lived at the Gite for a short time and the children went to school in the next village which of course was a wonderful experience for all.<br/>The Gilkes family are keen cyclists and have loved having the freedom of the quieter roads in this more rural area.
|Year property purchased||1988|
|Why this location?||Jim Cooper went to Brittany at the age of 22 to find farming work in the area as his background is in fresh fruit and veg. He made friends with and worked for the family that originally owned our Gite but had built a new house two doors away and rented out the original farm house. When they put the house up for sale Jim decided to buy and we now have many close friends in the village and surrounding area.|
|Unique benefits of property||The Gite is set in a beautiful, peaceful traditional French village yet there is easy access to beach's, towns, shops and the beauty of the rest of Brittany. The location on the peninsular means that both coast lines with characteristics make for plenty of choices.
It is a very family friendly house with little that can be damaged so parents can relax with youngsters running around. There is plenty of space for all and there is the bonus of having the large games room/barn which used to be the old milking parlour.
The Gite is only 15 minutes drive from the port of Roscoff so you feel like you are on holiday straight away with no long drive to endure. There are body boards and five bikes for guests to use that are housed in the games room along with the full size ping pong table and darts board but leaving plenty of space for your own equipment.
This great restaurant is on the edge of Ste Catherine and caters well for large parties. Housed in an old mill they serve traditional cuisine based on fresh and local products. You can get a seafood platter on reservation with the possibility to take away and vegetarian dishes on request. There is a playground in the beautiful grounds and terrace bar.
Open all year: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday lunch, Friday lunch and dinner, Saturday evening, Sunday lunch and dinner. (Evening: group on reservation).
A fabulous day out with a short ferry ride from Roscoff harbour that go at regular intervals. We have had many fun trips hiring bikes to get around this almost vehicle free island and visiting the exotic gardens, hidden beaches and of course the creperies. We have even hired horses and had the exhilaration of cantering along the beach.
This white sand beach is great for water and beach sports and is only 15mins drive from the Gite. It has good surf with a Sailing/Water Sports Centre offering windsurfing, kite surfing, sand yachting and there is also horse riding. Ile de Sieck is accessible at low tide and is a good walk as well as the river estuary and adjacent forest. There is a kite festival in May and there are nearby bars and restaurants.
This is our all time favourite beach and just 20mins drive from the Gite. It is a great spot for sunbathing, swimming, walking and building sand castles. Loads of fascinating rock pools that are especially good for crabbing and there is a retention pool for swimming when the tide goes out. The large rock formations on the beach make it very picturesque and give shade from the sun when needed. There is a sailing club with all the usual activities going on and plenty of parking.
This is means Harvest Festival in Breton and is held every year in mid August in the village of Plougoulm just 5km away. We have had the most wonderful experiences being immersed in the Breton local community while they celebrate the harvest. It is a great event that a starts with a huge parade through the streets in traditional costume ending up at the festival site. Here there are traditional fair games, stalls and the biggest pot of stew you have ever seen.
This is definitely worth a visit. Both a stronghold and a symbol of Renaissance in Brittany this part ruined Chateau has an interesting history which is well told in the video and displays. There is an excellent Creperie in the village of Kerjean that is also worth a visit.