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The Old Farm is a fully renovated stone 18thC "belle longere" and has light and spacious accommodation with a large kitchen, semi island type work surface (dishwasher) and dining room. This has comfy seating, a farmhouse type table seating up to 6 persons and a willing logburner! From it are patio style window doors leading out to the terrace and gardens and adjoining it is the west facing sunny lounge with 3 large windows, TV,DVD etc.
Upstairs are three bedrooms and a large light landing and wide corridor.One double bedroom is ensuite and there is another shower room wc serving the second double and smaller twin bedroom.
Situated in a quiet hamlet 5 mins drive from Brehec’s port, sandy beaches, the trendy Café de la Plage and creperie/grill. It is only 8km to bustling Paimpol with its medieval heart and fabulous portside marinas with a great selection of restaurants. Within 10 mins drive there are several great beaches and small ports/towns. The Old Farm overlooks the coastal forest through which one can take a forestry path and trail direct to the coast! The property has its own private entrance and sunny south facing gardens.
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Old Farm is well equipped and in addition to items mentioned above it has has a washing machine in the Creche opposite and in the lounge there is a good selections of books, dvds and boardgames. The Creche also contains bbqs, garden furniture, and can be used to store guests bikes etc.
Old Farm is very close to nearby kayak, canoe and sailing schools. There is a huge range of activities of every kind within 5-10 mins, including 18-hole golf course, steam train service to Pontrieux, magical island trips to Brehat, Treguier's cathedral town with old customs houses cobbled streets, wharves etc etc
Within 10 mins drive there are the lovely resorts of St Quay, Portrieux, Binic, Palus, Plage Bonaparte. Even nearer is Plouezec(2.5ks) town with all facilities but with a village feel and the incredibly unique 16c Temple at Lanleff, the old windmill at Craca nr Plouezec, the fine abbey at Beauport on entrance to Paimpol. Plus loads of headland walks and longer distance walks - truly a beautiful natural coast not built up on in costas style! Little ports, sandy coves abound.
Even more gripping is the the heroism of the Breton resistance at nearby Plage Bonaparte. Airmen were evacuated by gunboats from Dorset under the noses and bunkers of the German occupiers. This story unfolds at just 8 mins drive away!
In summer there are many fetes - the fest diaz - day fetes with local cider and crepes plus dancing and music. The bombard trumpets are ear splitting and the feel of being in a Celtic nation is a very interesting and different experience. Breton is spoken more inland in the mysterious L'Argoat beyond Guingamp - a land of rivers, forests and meadows with delightful small settlements such as Belle Isle en Terre and Gurunhuel.
Pontrieux - a 15/20 min drive is another must visit on a 2 week stay as it has a delightful port and a magnificent chateau at La Roche Jagu. The camellia gardens are outrageous plus plus more. This is a really nice short walking centre with exceptional views over the Trieux Estuary. It is in effect a huge estate with masses of garning /landscaping ideas . The chateau can be visited and the restaurant, if open, is another delight.
St Quay to Portrieux (not Pontrieux!!)
A favourite walk is begins at St Quay - park up nr the Casino on the beach and follow the coast path to Portrieux. This walk is only 3ks but has quite spectacular views and a castle to boot- though be ware of incoming tide if visiting it!
At Portrieux are jetties and ports and a great restaurant - the Victoria -16 euros for 2 courses at lunchtime! Great sandy beach.
45 mins drive will get you to the stunning Pink Granite Coast -- le Granit Rose. A complete landscape of solidified pink lava boulders, toppled one on top of the other or simply strewn haphazardly on the coast.Make for Ploumanach . The Guirec Plage to the lighthouse is my favourite walk and there are some good restaurants. Perros Guirec is interesting but it is Ploumanach that is the epicentre of the great volcanic landscape.
Well I could go on and on as the list of places to visit is almost endless. Pardon the effusive torrent of adoring adjectives but the truth is that this region is so ……!
Very large open plan kitchen diner
Entering the house from the parking side one gets into the kitchen /diner .
Kitchen has lots of cupboard space a Bosch full sized dishwasher, hob and oven gas cooker.
Usual cutlery and cupboard with large range of cooking pots, casserole dishes, crockery etc.
Semi island type worktop with stools
Dining room is in second half of area with two relaxing in chairs and a very efficient log burner.Table for 6 persons. Views over patio through window doors which can be used as a front door. Different lighting options available.
Tiled floors throughout with stair case to first floor
Old Farm (see gallery photo) has its own private comfy lounge area next to the dining room with two settees and an armchair with deep cushions but not cushion strewn!
This room is west facing with 3 large windows and a good sunbathing spot towards the late afternoon and early evening.
Pine cupboard and a walnut chest of drawers with the flat screen TV + BBC sat box plus blue ray DVD player. No wi fi but list of these in handbook.
Old Farm - 2 doubles, one en suite (gallery photo), one twin.
All on first floor with its large landing and corridor and easy access staircase with stair rails etc.
All bedrooms have Velux windows and bedside cabinets mostly with a LW radio. Plus the usual wardrobe in each bedroom apart from small twin where the hanging cupboard is next to it on landing.all rooms have chest of drawers.
Old Farm - On first floor one en suite shower room, wc, basin plus one separate shower room, wc and basin.
In summer there are separate electric convector style heaters. In low season one can order Central Heating. No charge if use is reasonable.
Boardgames etc plus a large selection of novels, dvds and or videos, lw/fm radio in all rooms, dvd/cd player, UK sat tv.
Large bbq areas. Boules sets and gravelled areas. Back gate to lane from dining room.
Small upper and lower grassy areas. Fabulous Mimosa in off season! Crocosmia and Agapantha displays etc.
Parking for one or two cars but second car might have to park near well 5 yards from house.
All ages and tastes. Particularly good spot for a walking/biking holiday.
Excellent shopping in Paimpol and good supermarket (Intermarche) at Plouzec 2.5 ks
Bar restaurant at Plouezec out of summer holidays. 13 € 5 courses including wine!
Train service at Paimpol 8 ks. Bus to Paimpol at bottom of lane.
Nearest Airports Brest and Dinard . Rennes not too far.
Car probably best type of transport to maximise touring.
Would recommend this area as a 2 week centre as there is so much to see and do. But week visits Ok especially with my supply of Map route ideas!
This area is alive with concerts and Breton dancing/music/food evenings called fest noz. Plouezec and Paimpol have these and other entertainments regularly during July and August and these are held at the local salle des fetes (village hall) and on or around the port. In Pontrieux these take place at the port, chateau and in the medieval squares.
There are 2 delightful eating venues: The newly opened Bistrot Gourmet restaurant with seafood and full a la carte at very reasonable prices; the Salicorne Creperie and pizzeria/grill; then there is the laid back beach front cafe where one can sometimes eat moules/frites and drink chilled Muscadet for 8 Euros and have the sea virtually lapping at your feet! Food is not always on offer here. If you are sporty you can hire out kayaks or get tuition from the sail school on the beach. Lovely sandy beaches - gently sloping and ideal for the kids. Beach, shower and loos and in summer kiosks with budget priced snacks.
Markets have a great tradition here but most do close at midday! Local markets are on: Monday at Pontrieux (small); Tuesday at Paimpol (largish): Wednesday at Plouha (lively and probably the nearest best market); Saturday at Plouezec (small but good for fish/cheese/veg etc). Further but worth the visit is the all day market at Lannion on Thursdays (food/veg am, then rest all day). It is difficult to park so arrive early!
The Trestraou Plage at Perros Guirec is a great beach day out which one could combine with a visit by launch to the bird sanctuaries on the Seven Islands. There is a bird centre on Ile Grande which is not far from Perros Guirec and the stunning Pink Granite Coast. This island has a causeway which is always open and provides a great circular walking or cycling tour.
Just 20 mins from the farms lies this amazing site and monument. This 15C chateau is completely restored and the grounds are magnificent with azalea displays from Jan to July and magnificent gardens full of flowers, tropical trees, medieval crops and plants, and to top it all the most exquisite and tasteful landscaping you might ever see! It is an ideas machine which will inspire every gardener.There is a lovely rustic restaurant in the walls with special deals for meals at lunchtime. Not open in the evenings. To get there just go down to the port and take the road marked la Roche Jagu/ Lezardrieux.
Why not try some of the best bar restaurants in Brittany? Eat with the workers for 10 Euros and enjoy 5 courses with wine and coffee included. These are usually only open Mon to Fri at lunchtimes though many are closed in August. There is a good one on the Guingamp road out of Pontrieux and another nr Plouezec at Lein ar Lan on the Yvias road. The restaurant at Plouezec does these meals as well - la Horaine opposite the car park. There are several around Paimpol as well and if you see lots of vans at 12pm outside these you know it's a good one!
La Roche-Jagu's chateau restaurant nr Pontrieux is built into the walls of this 15thC marvel. One can smell and sense not only the good food but the 5 or more centuries of history. The massive stone walls and gigantic oak beams are as impressive as the restaurants, 3 courses from 13 Euros and exquisite patisseries!
Within 3km of Old Farm and Granary: Brehec Beach (gallery photo ); year round indoor tennis, sailboarding, kayak, canoe schools, bike hire, GR34 coastal paths, VTT, abbeys, castles, swimming pools (8km), evening fest noz (Breton dancing and music), huge fetes (festive occasions!) - bands, Breton food, costumes etc, horse riding, diving etc. Fishing nearby.
Browsers wanting clothes and boutiques would find Paimpol and Lannion the most interesting. Carrefour, Leclerc, Intermarche and Netto are all at Paimpol.There is also a fabulous cobbled street off the market square with small boutiques offering the latest chic fashions and jewellery etc. This little area is known as the Latin Quarter! Intersport sports shop can hire bikes and canoes/kayaks and is next to Paimpols Carrefour. However if you dont want to leave a huge deposit just hire as you need eg on the Ile de Brehat bikes can be hired.
Plouezec 2km. La Horaine. Lunchtime specials. Sunday dinners need reservations - here and anywhere!
Paimpol a few minutes down the road has an amazing variety of portside restaurants plus others in the so-called Latin Quarter plus the usual snack bars and of course not forgetting the superb Carrefour self-service restaurant! Paimpol's restaurants are open all year round. Best value are the meal deals at lunchtime. Evenings are always more expensive. The great thing about Paimpol is that it is lively all year round and is great to stroll around. I always take a coffee at the second cafe on the left as you enter the port on foot and ask for a cafe creme! Of course you could have a kier which is the local Breton drink - Muscadet (chilled) with blackcurrant liqueur. This is usually taken as an aperitif around 6ish.
The Latin Quarter is full of cobbled streets and interesting browsing possibilities. See the shopping section. There is a good indoor swimming pool - Piscine Islandia, museums of local costume and of the Iceland fishing links with this town. Only 2km from Paimpol is the busy fishing port of Loguivy with a working fishing fleet and a port front hotel restaurant!
This lies principally between Perros and Trebeurden. The best centres to see this are at Ploumanach and Tregastel.
Specialises in fish but has a la carte and fixed menus from 15 Euros, it is only 3km from the farms.
Pontrieux is only a 20 min journey from the farms and has a great range of restaurants. The best creperie/grill is in the Place de la Marie where there is also Le Pontrev hotel restaurant. The Fountain square has another creperie/grill and Le Pisa pizzeria. The best restaurant is the La Sterne on the port. The menus are straightforward and excellent value eg 3 course midday meals with wine for 14 Euros and a knockout 4/5 course meal for 28 Euros with wine with every course! Pontrieux port also has a great English style pub on the port which serves tasty snacks. See La Roche Jagu for another eating location!
The town and port of Pontrieux is worth the journey not just the visit. Strolling through its medieval flower filled squares, taking the small launch on the river Trieux to see its lavoirs (former wash houses) and flowerboats, riding in the caleches (horse and carriage), getting caught up in the Fetes des Lavoirs (every 15/8), eating in its bistros/restaurants are all set to delight in this Ville Fleurie 3 star Petite Cite de Caractere de Bretagne.
Goelo's coastal wonders are within 10 mins or less of the farms: Brehec's sandy beaches and coves; the cliff walks taking in the medieval port of Gwin Zegal and the highest cliffs in Brittany; bird nesting islets frantically alive in May and June; St Quay's chic resort; Plage Bonaparte's miles of sand. All these are at your disposal! From Plage Bonaparte 130 shot down airmen were smuggled back to the UK by the local Resistance in the 2nd World War! The signposted Circuit des Falaise from Brehec to Paimpol can be followed leading to breathtaking coastal views and seascapes plus many headland walks etc! There are sailing schools near to all gites with hire and teaching programmes.
Steam trip down the Trieux? Well not exactly but the summer steam service in ancient locos down to Pontrieux is some experience!
These are a few minutes to the north of Paimpol. Park in the free car park and take the fast vedettes (power launches) for approx 10 Euro return. On a day out one can stroll or bike (hire) around the islands, see the lovely pink granite cliffs and lighthouse called the Phare de Paon, eat at one of the bistros or buy picnics at the shop, swim and sunbathe in small sandy coves and return to the mainland as the sun sets. These islands have a micro-climate giving it Med like plants and features.
Another delightful day starting with medieval Treguier and its gigantic cathedral, amazing stained glass windows, coffee and cake cafes, and small restaurants and continuing north along the Route d'Ajoncs passing through pretty lanes, sandy coves, and arriving at the house between 2 rocks - the most photographed in Brittany, and the splendid cliffs and seascapes beyond.
If so, shoppers should visit St Brieuc at Langueux. The Langueux centre commercial is off the N12 on the Rennes road. All the big names are here! You could combine this with a visit to charming Binic!
Watch the seaweed being harvested! A good 2/3 hours walk where at times one is level with the ocean. On the way back a stop at pretty Lezardrieux will reveal more delights!