|Garden Cottage||Self Catering||2||5||1||4 (2 doubles) and single futon suitable for child|
Garden Cottage is a detached stone holiday property set in some of Brittany's most scenic countryside. It is perfectly located for visiting the stunning Pink Granite Coast and pretty seaside resorts such as Binic to the north, whilst to the south lie the picturesque Guerledan Lake and Nantes Brest Canal. Steam train enthusiasts will enjoy the journey along the nearby Trieux Valley, also home to Chateau de la Roche Jagu with its beautiful gardens.
This is a good area for walkers, cyclists and watersports enthusiasts. Guingamp and St-Brieuc are a half-hour away whilst the historic town of Quintin (20 mins) has a large supermarket, shops and restaurants. Smaller shops and bars are available in neighbouring friendly villages.
Ground floor. Open plan living room/kitchen (cooker, fridge, microwave, washing machine). Comfortable lounge area with radiator, woodburner, tv for dvd only, micro-music system/radio. Shower room/wc with bidet and heated towel rail.
First floor. Two bedrooms (one king size with access to orchard, one double). Single futon bed. Duvets and pillows provided.
Outside. Surrounded by garden areas on various levels, with small orchard and meadow. Garden furniture, barbecue, games.
No smoking. English caretaker, living locally. Short breaks and flexible changeover dates available.
Well behaved pets allowed.
Pretty rural area, great for lovers of the countryside but close to many amenities and attractions. Lovely forests close by for cycling or walking. This part of Cotes d'Armor has some of the best scenery in Brittany, being mainly upland with numerous lakes and rivers and with some stunning viewpoints. Many beautiful and historic towns nearby, such as Guingamp and Quintin. Friendly villages in all directions. The coast to the north with its offshore islands and lovely coastline must form part of your holiday itinerary.
The second consecutive week booked is discounted by 10%. Short breaks (4 or 5 nights) also possible (subject to availability and usually out of season).
Small fridge with ice box, microwave, gas oven and hob, washing machine, kettle, toaster, full range of cooking equipment. Pine table and 5 chairs.
Semi open plan. Large built-in logburner. Tv for dvd only. Micro-music centre (cd, radio, tape). Growing library of books. Guidebooks, maps, brochures and binoculars.
Two double bedrooms on first floor, the larger with access into the orchard. One king size, 1 double bed, extra futon bed suitable for a child. Pine floors and furniture.
On ground floor: shower, bidet, wash-hand basin and wc. Heated towel rail.
Woodburner in lounge area. Electric radiators. Heated towel rail in bathroom.
Children's outdoor games, badminton, etc.
Good selection of books to read. Indoor games.
Dvd player (bring your own favourites!).
Attractive garden areas on 2 levels: small orchard and lawned areas, wilder 'meadow' area with mown path to seat. Granite benches, garden furniture for outdoor meals immediately outside the cottage and on the upper lawn.
Room for 2 cars to park by the side of an access lane (no through road) at the top of the garden, from where steps lead down to the front door. Access is also available to the larger bedroom on the first floor from the upper garden.
It is possible to make a brief stop for loading/unloading at the side of the house, where more level access is available to the front door.
Suitable for adults or families. Ideal for one or two couples or small families. Will sleep a total of four in one double and one king-size bed. There is a futon which will sleep a younger child. The property is not suitable for very young children due to outside steps and slopes, low window sills, etc.
Care needs to be taken in French properties as windows are low. Easy staircase. Steps from parking area are broad and shallow. Garden areas are on several levels.
Jean and Bob now live in Dorset but have been travelling to Brittany for many years for holidays.
|Year property purchased||2003|
|Why this location?||When we were looking for a holiday home we fell for Garden Cottage, which is located in a very attractive, and little known, part of the Cotes d'Armor department. The house is snugly positioned in a valley with farms and woods and forest walks close by. It is only half an hour to the coast and, with this part of Brittany boasting a stunning coastline, this was a further attraction.|
|Unique benefits of property||The cottage is in a quiet, rural, very French part of Brittany. Villages are small and friendly and all hold fete days and other events and if you coincide with these you will be well entertained. The cottage has good links with nearby towns and the whole area is very attractive. It is a peaceful place to relax, and the birdsong is lovely in the nearby wooded copses, especially in the early morning and evening. We even heard a nightingale one evening.|
Cycling and walking: recommended are the woods of the Bois Meure and d'Avagour a few km to the north. The Grand Randonee footpath along the Trieux Valley. The lovely Nantes-Brest Canal and the Lac de Guerledan 45 mins to the south for all watersports, cycling/walking along the canal tow path. Many walks and rides in the cottage vicinity - woodland, farmland, small recreational lakes, small villages.
Ancient sites/towns: Quintin, Guingamp, both ancient towns, much to see. Ancient calvaire at Senven-Lehart; the decorated riverside wash-houses (lavoires) at Pontrieux to the north.
Coastal: A must-see are the Isles de Brehat - very short sea crossing from Paimpol and other points along the coast; the stunning Pink Granite Coast to the north-west; nearest sandy beaches at Binic half an hour from cottage with many other lovely beaches, rocky coves etc to discover around the coast.
The area is well known for 'vide greniers' (empty the attics) and 'foire aux puces' (flea markets) often in the summer months - watch out for adverts for these. Lanvollen to the north and near the coast has a particularly market one weekend in August each year which takes over the whole town.
Visitors have also played golf (half hour to north) and fished (Etang Neuf nearby).
Loads of ideas in visitors' book and brochures/maps/guides at cottage.
There is a huge Leclerc at Guingamp, just as you enter the town. Also has a restaurant. Large Carrefour at Quintin is nearest - 20 mins, and a Lidl, also a Leclerc on the other side of the town. Also recommended are the boulangerie at Plesidy (10 mins drive) and butchers at Senven-Lehart (10 mins walk).
Lunchtime and evening menus available small bars and restaurants in Quintin, Guingamp, Bourbriac - all 20-30 mins drive from the cottage. Further afield, if you are out for the day, all the large coastal towns will provide many choices of places to eat. All are very child-friendly. Also try local bars/restaurants in nearby villages, eg Plesidy and St-Pever where you will find a simple lunchtime menu available. Popular with locals.
Situated on edge of small hamlet, 10 mins walk from village of Senven-Lehart, in attractive hilly area of woodland, fields and farms. Fishing and horse riding nearby.
Quintin (20 mins), Guingamp (30 mins). Also local small restaurants and bars for good value lunches.