Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 5
|7 rue du General de Gaulle||Self Catering||Flexible||2||5||1|
The house was once a bar on the main street through the village of Plouguenast. It is just by the bridge over the River Lie.
Downstairs is an open plan living and dining room, with a corner kitchen, toilet and cellar. Upstairs there are 2 bedrooms (one double, and one double and single) and a bathroom. Electric radiators throughout the house. Outside the landing door is a sunny terrace which sits between the house and a small cliff. There are steps up the cliff to the garden, which is at roof height, with great views across the little valley.
The baker, butcher, chemist, bank and a small supermarket are within a few minutes walk. The local people mostly work in farming, and there is plenty of local food. There are lovely walks on the doorstep, cycling, fishing and pony trekking are popular locally. Plouguenast is an ideal base for days out to the north and south coasts of Brittany, as well as many old towns (Dinard, Pontivy, Guingamp, Josselin, Lamballe) with castles, markets, restaurants and shops.
An ideal base for touring Brittany. The roads are well maintained, well signed and usually empty. Lovely countryside for walking - rivers, lakes, forests, prehistoric sites. Plenty of little towns with restaurants and markets. Very helpful local people. Many small festivals nearby during the summer. Local produce in the shops and markets.
There are excellent restaurants in nearby towns. We recommend the St Antoine in Plemet and la Mulette in Moncontour. In Plouguenast there are 2 cafes serving 'workers' lunch', which is 4 or 5 courses of local food for about 12 euros. In the evenings, there are bar snacks, and pizzas at the weekends.
Please propose your own arrival and departure dates. Price per night for the house are from £35 in winter to £60 in high season. You are welcome to start your visit on any day (arrive mid-week for cheaper travel) - reductions negotiable for long stays.
Open plan kitchen with gas hob and self-cleaning electric oven, microwave oven, toaster, kettle, fridge, separate utility room with washing machine. Dining table in living area seats 6
Front door opens into internal porch, which leads to a sunny open plan ground floor (former bar/cafe) with 3 big windows to the front, sofa and armchairs, tv, cd player, wi-fi, dvd player, books and board games, big table, extra wc under the stairs.
Red bedroom: one double and one single bed. Green bedroom: one double bed.
Bathroom with bathtub and wall-mounted shower, sink unit and wc.
Returning guests please note: we have a new water heater! Bliss!
Electric radiators heat the house well. There is a gas heater for back-up.
Tv with French and international channels, wifi broadband, cd player, dvd player, help yourself to the books.
Terrace at first floor level, with dining table for 6. Stone steps up to cliff top garden, with views at roof level. Rabbits live under the flower bed. Spacious lawn.
On some maps and photos there is a pond opposite the house. This area has now been renovated and is now a garden with a stream running through it.
One public parking space on the street outside, more spaces in the car park by the river immediately opposite, plenty more spaces by the village green just over the bridge.
There are some steep steps (with handrail) up to the garden, and down to the cellar. The garden can not be seen from the house, because it is at roof level.
I am Jane, and this is my holiday home.
|Year property purchased||2006|
|Why this location?||I love it.|
|Unique benefits of property||This is a simple house with everything you need as a base for your holiday. You will have a short walk to the shops, yet also a quiet and private terrace for a relaxing lunch. Then you can stroll along the river bank and watch fish, or drive off to the historic and beautiful towns and beaches of Brittany.|
For classic 'seaside' with promenade, ice creams and souvenir shopping, try Pleneuf-Val Andre. The beautiful sandy beach is great for walking, sunbathing and childrens' activities. Erquy offers everything on several beaches: a 'wild' beach to the south, for walking and watersports. The main beach is by the shops where there are restaurants along the prom, and a small fishing port; and there is a 'nature' beach at the foot of a pine wood, where everything is 'au naturel', including some of the people. Hilion is a quiet beach which is huge at low tide. The local racing horses are sometimes exercised here, which is a spectacular sight. These north-coast beaches are all on the Bay of St Brieuc, which is shallow and flat. For deeper water for swimming, try the south coast. Damgan on the south coast is a friendly beach with few facilities but great for swimming. Often, when the weather is not so good in the north, it is much better here, especially in the afternoons.
Worth a trip: Dinan, for historical interest, and contemporary shops. Try the restaurants down the hill by the river. Vannes, for 'big city' shops, and tourist attractions including a butterfly house and aquarium. St Malo, for the lovely old town with its shops and restaurants, and the boats and beaches. Lamballe, not far from home, a pretty town with a historic town square and much else besides. Once the capital of the area, it is home to the 'haras' where horses were bred and trained, and a great market on Thursdays. The railway here connects you to Rennes, le Mans and Paris.
Try Josselin, with its classic castle of the Dukes of Rohan and many medieval features. The canal provides pleasant walks, and the town is worth browsing. For local cuisine, try the Hotel du Chateau across the bridge from the castle, with lunches and bigger meals in the evenings. From the house, cross the bridge and follow signs to Loudeac, then to Pontivy or Plemet, and finally to Josselin. Pontivy is another historic town, with the canal, a mediaeval castle and much architecture dating to its days as a Napoleonic garrison. There is also a charming high street with independent shops. Follow the canal beyond the town for an extensive 'retail park' with discount warehouses. Closer to home, Moncontour is a tiny mediaeval walled city which is well worth a stroll. Park outside the walls if you can. There are some lovely artisan food shops here, and a small supermarket which is open until 8pm. For a good meal, try La Mulette outside the walls, and Le Chaudron Magique on the main square.
There are various 'pony club' sites in the area, including at Loudeac (cross the bridge and keep going). Horses are raced by amateur and professional riders at Corlay (north-west of Plouguenast), and at one-off events in villages across the region during the summer. Horse displays are stages at the haras in Lamballe (turn left and keep going). There are many horse trails through the local countryside.
In season, you can join a local group, usually at the weekends. Look out for local notices about 'les randonneurs'. Some walks are themed, for example about trees or foraging.
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