Bedrooms 4, Sleeps 8, Ratings 8 10/10
|La Maison des Artisans||Self Catering||Saturday||1||2||1||Double sofabed for 2|
La Maison des Artisans is a beautifully presented and well equipped 1 bedroom holiday cottage. It is located in the Finistere region of Brittany.
Set in its own woodland and not overlooked, it is quiet and private, a romantic setting for a couple. This quirky little house has been decorated with love and has an abundance of handmade crafted features and paintings giving it a warm French bohemian feel. Anyone with a love of arts and crafts will feel right at home.
Situated on a hill it has gorgeous views along the River Aulne, part of the Nantes-Brest canal. The pretty town of Port Launay is at the bottom of the hill and the larger Chateaulin is a short drive along the Nantes-Brest canal.
It is only a one hour drive from Roscoff ferry port and ideally situated in the south of the Parc Naturel Regional d’Armorique.
The perfect base for an active couple who want to explore both coastal, canal and National park walks.
It is open plan to the kitchen from the lounge with a breakfast bar/cooking area. A fully equipped kitchen with an array of dishes, plates and bowls for catering. There is a large herb and spices rack and a range of good quality kitchen knives. A wide glass fronted toaster which can take bagettes and a wall mounted coffee bean grinder and cafeterre are provided. There is a gas hob and kettle and an electric oven. The large fridge freezer has an internal wine rack for your white wine. There is also a wine rack for your red. A bottle cooler and some ice lolly moulds are in the freezer.
There is an electric heater in the kitchen area.
The lounge has a brand new large and comfortable sofa bed (bedding provided). There is a magazine rack with maps, guides and books on the local area. These books includes maps of walks and cycling routes. Also loads of Living France magazines for you to dream over! My Guest Information folder provides loads of local information, addresses and phone numbers of any activities you might be interested in, all up to date for this year.
There is a large woodburner with plenty of cut wood both inside and out for cosy nights in. A breakfast table and 2 chairs are set by a window with a view (mind you, every window has a view here).
A king sized bed with a memory foam mattress provides a comfy sleeping area. There is a blanket box with extra blankets and sheets are all provided. There is a wardrobe with hangers and a quirky nest of tables bed side. Pretty cushions and lacy covers make the bed very inviting! An electric heater is attached to the wall and an ornate towel rail is provided.
Again there are gorgeous leafy views across to Port Launay.
This is a very quirky bathroom. It has a bath with a view and very powerful shower! There is a wc here too. Towels and bath mat are provided.
This room has some unusual features with handmade copper pipe bathroom shelf, shower rail and loo roll holder!
Apart from the woodburner there are wall mounted electric heaters. One in the kitchen and 1 in the bedroom.
Outside entertainment is in the form of a boule court. A surprisingly addictive game which brings out your competitive side!
There is a front area that you can fully enjoy the view from. Outdoor furniture, a table and 2 chairs are provided.
At the back there is another more private space and a real suntrap in the evening.
The cottage is mostly surrounded by its own woodland so it is not overlooked. There is a small boule court and a boule set is kept in the shed at the back of the house.
A few yards up the road is the private parking off the road. There is plenty of space.
Not suitable for those in a wheelchair or for those less mobile as it is on a hill.
I have lived in Dorset for the last 7 years having made a rather spontaneous move from London. Glad I did because I met my lovely fella Ade. Together we took on this project and I believe we make a good team. He is good at all things practical and I love making things and crafting. My mum has been an influence, she is a talented artist. We have put our heart and soul into this little house and absolutely love it.
|Year property purchased||2016|
|Why this location?||I love the variety of landscape you get with Brittany. It is rugged and beautiful. It has everything. The little house on the hill is perfectly located if you want to discover and explore Finistere. It is to the south of the Parc Naturel Regional d'Armorique which has many footpaths and trailways to explore if you are keen on walking or cycling.
A wide variety of beaches are within easy reach. Wide sandy beaches, rocky coastlines and quaint fishing villages are all part of the Brittany coastline. The magnificent GR34 coastal path of the Bay of Douarnenez is a must for exploring.
The Celtic heritage and wonderful arts and crafts make this a vibrant place. The people are friendly and welcoming. It never ceases to surprise and delight me.
Of course the wonderful markets ....and the food ...and the wine!
|Unique benefits of property||La Maison des Artisans is ideally positioned with the most incredible view of the Nantes-Brest canal and Port Launay. It is on the edge of its own woodland which means it isn't overlooked by any other property and yet it is just a walk away from facilities such as a patisserie, a bar and a community.
Chateaulin is a short distance away with a weekly market, supermarkets, shops,bars and restaurants.
The cottage has a romantic and private setting. You can relax inside or out and enjoy the lush greenery surrounding it.
Quirky and characterful, it is filled with lovely handmade things and artwork giving it a homely feel. It may not be big but it is packed full of charm.
Chateaulin has a market every Thursday morning. Our Guest Information folder has a detailed list of all the local food markets, when they are on and where.
There are a few brocantes in the surrounding area of the cottage ranging from small shops selling antiquities to large overflowing warehouse type shops. Always fun to have an afternoon searching out a bargain.
Quimper is just a 20 minute drive away. It is the cultural centre of Finistere. The medieval town of Locronan is worth a wander. It has interesting art galleries and craft shops.
Pentrez beach is the nearest to the house. 20 minutes in the car. 4 kms long, it is a wide and sandy beach with lots of space.
Countless other beaches are within easy reach. The coastal fishing town of Benodet is worth a visit for its amazing seafood restaurants.
Our favourite is in Chateaulin, Au Petit Bonheur. A small cafe type restaurant overlooking the canal. Mainly French spoken but they are very accommodating with Google translate to explain what is on the menu.
Run ar Puns. This little bar is in an old farm and has been running for 40 years. It has become the centre of the community with volunteers helping the running of it. They will happily chat to you in French or English and are so welcoming.
On a Wednesday evening they have an organic food market outside from 4pm - 7pm. After browsing the market you can have a drink in the bar. They even offer a free bowl of soup and bread!
I guarantee you will go there more than once!
The Bay of Douarnenez coastal path is stunning anytime of the year. There are many different sections of it that I have listed in my Guest Information folder at the cottage. You could spend a week just doing this!!
At the bottom of the hill you can join the Nantes-Brest canal (the River Aulne). This makes for a lovely evening walk or just watch the boats go by. Of course you don't have to leave the house to do this as it has a great view over the canal.
Whether you bring your own bikes or hire them, the canal offers long flat cycle rides or if you want to have a more off road experience there are many tracks over the Parc Naturel Regional d'Armorique.
If you bring your own bikes you are welcome to keep them in the shed behind the house!
You could always cook in our well equipped kitchen, crack open a bottle of wine and have a game of boule on the boule court and take in that fantastic view!
Don't miss the pizza van that parks outside the bar at the bottom of the hill, on the canal side every Friday night (around 6'ish onwards)
I know pizzas aren't French but they have a French twist with some unusual toppings and are outstanding, especially if you can't be bothered to cook.
A fantastic little property with lots of little homely touches added by the owner. In a wonderfully restful location up a (steep) hill from the local village. The day/night views down to the canal are delightful and will be even better when the trees are trimmed soon. It was lovely not to have a television or WiFi connectivity at the property - a real break from the daily slog; just time to relax, chill and enjoy each other's company.
The walk along the canal (3Km give or take) is delightful and is also a very easy drive and either way you decide to go, will take you to Chataulin for your shopping and eating needs. There is a boulangerie and bar/tabac in the village of Port Launay but that's it!
La maison de Artisans is an ideal base to explore all of Brittany from; we walked the peninsulas, visited the beaches, explored the towns, cities and villages. Local produce is abundant and local people are patient with those less fluent in French, however the local Breton language is very similar to Cymraeg and many cross-overs exist.
Liz's neighbours are friendly and exceptionally helpful people - just ask if you need help (we did, and made a couple of friends too!)
Liz provides a well-stocked folder of pretty much all the info needed to have a great holiday; oh by the way, French radio is quite good when you explore the dial!
We had a great stay in this pretty, little house with a lovely view. Charming inside and out with homely touches. The outside space has a table and chairs and boules court which we played. The patisserie in Port Launay was very good and there are supermarkets within a short drive. There is lots to discover in the area. Liz, the owner, was always helpful, if we had any questions.
It is obvious that the owners have put a lot of love and effort into this little house and we had a lovely time exploring the local area. Everyone was very helpful and friendly. Although it did not bother myself or husband, the hill to the house could be an issue for some people.
A tiny house with a big view!
This property was a little but perfectly appointed cottage. Everything that was needed was there and there were some nice touches, such as a well stocked wood pile for the stove and the boules pitch.
There are a range of attractions in the area to appeal to different interests; walking, beaches, cycling, historic and picturesque towns, and beautiful coastlines and scenery.
The real life view depicted on the photographs down towards Port Launay from the gite did not disappoint.
The owner was prompt in replying and giving information.
A perfect retreat for a quiet and peaceful stay.
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