|Orchard Barn||Self Catering||Sunday||2||4||1||Sofa bed 160 wide in sitting room for 2|
The stone house is a classic barn shape with gable end walls and a slate roof. It's part of a group of buildings ranged around a courtyard, set down into a sheltered dip. Now converted, the barn turns its back on the other buildings and opens to the south, with a terrace all along this side.
You enter from the higher orchard level, or you can temporarily stop in the yard behind to offload shopping or luggage.
You enter the house through double glazed doors into the kitchen and dining area.
The kitchen includes an electric cooker and hood, fridge with separate freezer compartment, microwave, toaster, coffee maker and kettle. Cooking pots and pans, with a good range of plates, glasses etc are provided. The table seats 6, and the crockery and glasses are ranged in old dressers.
Leading off this room is a laundry room with washing machine, and including a downstairs toilet and handbasin.
The open-tread wooden staircase leads up from here, and near to that is the wood stove. In seasons where this is alight, its central placement warms the whole house.
The living room is next to the living and dining room, again with glazed double doors opening onto the terrace. There are 2 sofas, one of which is convertible to a 160cm wide bed. Some books and games are provided, and its a large comfortable space.
Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms in the roof space, with high central ceilings and large Velux windows.
The double bedroom has a 160cm wide timber framed bed, with both clothes hanging and drawer space. Bedside lights and side tables complete the room with a blind on the velux window.
A second bedroom contains 2 single beds. These are designed to push together to make another large double bed if needed. A sofa, hanging rail and chest of drawers make up this room, with small cupboards beside the beds, and bedside lights.
The bathroom is between the bedrooms, containing a bath with shower over and glass screen, toilet and washbasin with a mirror above. A high velux window gives light and ventilation to this room.
A centrally placed wood stove is available when heating is needed. We leave you some firewood to start you off, and nets of wood are available to buy in Pont Croix.
There are books and games available, and wi-fi is connected.
The terrace alongside the house includes an outdoor table with seating and a large parasol. Here there is also a barbecue. A large garden area is available for your private use, with some children's outdoor play things.
You can park off road in the adjacent orchard, just above the house.
This is a great house for families, or groups of friends. It's very restful when you want to relax, with lots of activities available to choose from as well.
There are so many beaches you can choose a different 1 each day if you wish. If you like swimming in the sea, sailing, surfing or other water sports, cycling or walking, its a perfect destination. Nearby towns are lovely with good facilities.
We have chickens and black Ouessant sheep, and a characterful goat. If you want to visit them, please ask us.
If you would like fresh salad or other veg in season, or eggs, please ask us as we often have some to spare. Please save your veg waste for us in the compost bucket we provide, for the kitchen garden.
We have lived here since 2011, very much enjoying the friendly local people, and being near the sea. Back in England we were design and art tutors, and find the area full of good exhibitions and concerts. We like cycling and its easy to enjoy that here, there are good cycle routes or quiet roads.
|Year property purchased||2011|
|Why this location?||We are on a peninsula, almost the most westerly location of France with Breton and Roman traditions. The sea is always near, with different types of beaches and bays if you go north or south. The farmhouse itself is a classic stone building set down in a sheltered dip, with other stone buildings around the courtyard, which charmed us.
Nearby small towns are lively and offer everything you need for food markets and shops, cafés and bars, shops and galleries.
|Unique benefits of property||The building is an old stone barn, converted in 2013 to a house. Its nestled in a dip, with a sunny terrace to sit and eat outside, and an old orchard garden up some outdoor steps. The house is very light with windows on all sides, and feels spacious and open. There is a central wood stove for heating. The materials and colours are sympathetic to the old building while making a comfortable and beautiful space.|
Ti Forn in Audierne has excellent breads, cakes, pizzas and their own ice cream. Au four et au Moulin is in Pont Croix and uses unusual flours, some locally milled. There are many other boulangeries, of course!
Audierne market: Wednesday and Saturday mornings
Pont Croix market: Thursday morning
Pont Croix local growers and makers: Tuesday evenings
All the markets include local growers, cheese makers, meat and fish stalls etc, often organic.
The Tuesday afternoon/evening market is entirely local, and usually includes live music, sometimes street theatre, and a busy time in the 3 bars opening onto the market place.
People often recommend Aquashow in Audierne, an aquarium with falconry shows.
There is a nature reserve on the north coast west of Beuzec, with puffins and other rare birds nesting.
At Goulien nearby there is a small museum in the old school called Maison du Vent, about the history of windmills on the peninsula.
This is the most westerly point of the Cap, and almost the most westerly part of France. You can often see across to a nearby island which is inhabited, called Ile de Sein. Beyond that its America.
There are boats daily, several times a day in the summer, which go to the Island, from Audierne.
Douarnenez is 19 km along the north coast, and within the estuary is a good Port Musée. There are indoor displays and many old boats moored nearby which you can also visit.
Its an interesting town, once very busy catching sardines, now home to lots of good cafés and local artists, with usual markets and shops as well. The Saturday market at Treboul (west side of the river there) is very good too.
We loved staying at Orchard Barn and hope to come back next year, I would definitely recommend it to friends and family. The barn is very peaceful and lovely, and the owners have obviously put a lot of thought into the way it has been converted. It was clean and not cluttered so a nice space to be in. There was everything we needed, including some kids toys. The kitchen has everything you need.. We really liked that there wasn’t a TV, the kids were happy playing and not distracted by TV (you can bring a laptop and there’s WI-FI though, but we didn’t use it).
The house is in a rural area, and is a really short drive to so many great beaches. We loved that you can drive to the north coast for a stunning rocky coastline with beaches with rock pools that the children liked exploring, or drive to the south where there are gorgeous sandy beaches with lifeguarded swimming areas. The south beaches are good for body boarding which we did a lot of. A couple of days we went to a beach in the north in the morning and explored rock pools, then drove to the south beaches in the afternoon for swimming and bodyboarding! The area also has pretty towns, many churches to look at, walks, good local market, and a river path-there is so much to do. On a rainy day we went to AquaShow which is a very good aquarium with falconry shows which is about 10 minutes from the house in Audierne.
The owners were friendly and helpful, and gave us tips of where to go in the area. We hope to go back!