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THE GRANARY – the former granary and farm worker's cottage, but now tastefully renovated with a large kitchen/diner and a comfortable lounge with 2 settees and a Godin woodburner. There are french windows to the garden and from it are stairs to the sunny landing and granary window seat. Leading off the landing is a double bedroom, a twin bedroom and a good sized shower room (wc, basin). Electric heaters.
The Granary is a stone built Breton farmhouse 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 farm overlooks the coastal forest through which one can take a forestry path and trail direct to the coast! The granary has its own private entrance and sunny south facing garden.
The Granary has a washing machine, logburner, video and/or dvd player, cd player and radio in all bedrooms. There is a good selection of books, videos, dvds and boardgames. Outside storage buildings for bbqs, garden furniture, guests bikes etc.
The Granary is near kayak, canoe and sailing schools. 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, cathedral cities etc etc
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(Plenty of inside photos on the website).
A modern kitchen with a wide range of appliances. There is a very large, open plan kitchen/diner.
The Granary has its own comfy lounge.
Granary - 1 double, 1 twin. Fisherman's 2 doubles with extra single bed in each double room.
Twin room although having adult length beds at each end of room plus bedside tables with lamps and hanging wardrobe it is smallish and probably more of a children's room.
Both bedrooms on 1st floor with shower room a few steps from each. Nice open landing with dormer overlooking gardens and forest below.
Granary - large shower room, wc.
Electric heaters - individual types
Godin woodburner for off season heating at users risk! Top loader so great care needed when topping up.
Wood can be foraged in woods below on coastal footpath. Or bought at supermarkets. Take sharp saw - some saws provided but not always too sharp - ok for old wood.
Boardgames etc plus a large selection of novels, dvds and lw/fm radio in all rooms, cd player, UK sat tv.
Large bbq areas. Boules sets and gravelled play area.
Lawn area added for this year
Own parking area - one car at end of building off road
All ages and tastes.
End of building lean to for bikes, bbq etc.
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!