Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 9, Ratings 1 8.5/10
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Le Pont D'or is a much loved family holiday home, situated in the fishing port of Erquy. It is less than an hours drive from St Malo, and accessible from Dinard Airport, either by hiring a car, or arranging a taxi.
There is no changeover day. We let nightly, and if the house is empty, you are welcome to go. We find this flexibility suits many guests - not least as it enables accessing cheaper crossings.
We have shared our family home with friends for over 30 years. While we do have English friends in Erquy who can be contacted if there is a problem we do not have a guardienne who provides cleaning and linen changes and this is reflected in the year round low price.The arrangements are that guests provide all their own linen and we ask them to leave the house in the state that they would like find it.
Erquy boasts 10 sandy beaches, ranging from the main Plage du Centre, with facilities such as many harbour side cafes, hotels and restaurants, boules, playground, toilets, a roundabout , and completely unspoilt beaches reached by a cliff path through the pine forests.
The town is small, but well supplied, with a supermarket as well as traditional shops if you want to try your French.
In the high season the entertainment increases - a fair, a circus, many concerts - outdoor and free, 'Fest- Noz' Celtic festivals with dancing and food - mainly Moules Frites. Or one can rest quietly in the house, reading or listening to music or playing old fashioned family games.
We deliberately don't have a tv, but there is a fine supply of Beano and Bunty Annuals!
Wifi connections are available at many local cafe's, there is a list in the house.
The more energetic guests can explore the many cliff top walks around the Cap, or hire bicycles. There is a watersports school.
More info on our website - details below.
It is the perfect place for a family holiday.
Forte la Latte, Cap Fehel and Chateau de Bien Assis are a short drive away.
Dinan, a beautiful Medieval town, St Malo with it's 'Intra Muros' old walled city, where the cobbled streets are packed with creperies and restaurants are a short drive away. There is also a good Aquarium at St Malo - good for a rainy day. Other nearby resorts include Val Andre, which has a golf course as well as the beach and pretty town, and neighbouring Sables D'or les Pins have more to offer, including a casino, mini golf go karts, bouncy castle as well as lovely beaches.
Scallops are the speciality of the area and there is plentiful and delicious seafood available in Erquy's restaurants.
Le Pont D'Or is not a show home. It hasn't been bought to run as a business. Our concept has been to let it reasonably, to help cover the costs of ownership. It is maintained comfortably, and for 20 years it has been enjoyed by many like minded visitors. We have 3 books of happy diary entries, and in one case, we have welcomed a third generation of the same family.
Arrival day and the duration of your holiday is completely flexible, if the week is free message us to see what we can do!
From members of the Gore family - first visited 1988!
"We have been able to swim - revisiting our favourite beaches - weather sunny and warm"
Derek & Anne Gore Sept 2009
"8th visit for me, 3rd for my wife Anna & 1st for little Oli (9 months ) Erquy seems posher and bigger than it used to be. However the food and the lovely beaches remain unchanged, and once again, this is the perfect house from which to enjoy it!”
Ed Gore July 2009
"The views along the coast are spectacular. We've decided to spend an extra day and make the most of swimming in the sea before heading off."
Netty and Burney Aug 2011
"Thoroughly enjoyed this home - a very, very relaxing time. What a beautiful place Erquy is. My batteries are definitely re charged"
Peter Sharnbrook Sept 2012
"A lovely place to come with children"
Nan and Julian Aug 2013
"Our first, but hopefully not our last visit to Le Pont D'Or. A perfect location for a relaxed easy beach holiday. All the beaches were great and the people lovely. This house has been a proper home to us on our French adventure. Thank you for sharing this special place."
Nicky July 2015
"House is a gorgeous gem; beaches are stunning. Today was blissfully sunny. We had the beach at Ilot-St-Michel completely to ourselves.
Swam, scrambled on rocks and picnicked ourselves to a state of exhaustion! Just stunning, all of it. Can we stay for a year???"
Jennings Family May 2016
The kitchen is fitted with an eye level electric oven and an induction hob. There is a large fridge and a dishwasher. The kitchen area is well stocked for approx 8 people, including children. There should be everything necessary to cook and eat at home.
Many appliances, eg the iron and hairdryer, have french plugs fitted, but we also have a French/English adaptor.
We have a general store of basic provisions and toiletries which guests are very welcome to use; we simply ask that you replace any items used for the next guests.
The sitting room has 2 comfortable cane chairs, and a futon. There is a small table which has always proved a very appropriate place for younger visitors to play.
There is a cd player, books, including maps, dictionary and many local leaflets - jigsaws and childrens games.
The large room downstairs is a joint kitchen/sitting room. The spiral staircase leads upstairs into the green bedroom.
There is a double bedroom downstairs, with a double bed, chest of drawers and hanging rail.
Upstairs there are 2 rooms, one that leads straight off the spiral staircase which has 2 single beds and the second which has a double and a single bed. You can also access this bedroom via the outside staircase.
The bathroom has a shower, wash basin and toilet, but no bath. There is also a spindryer.
There are simple electric heaters in evert room.
The house is accessed up some fairly steep steps. The garden is enclosed, and secure with a gravel path at the front and to the side and a large gravel area to the back.
There is a small lawn to the side of the house with a washing line. There is garden furniture including a parasol and a working, but cobwebby outside toilet. We also have a child's plastic table and 2 childrens chairs.
There is a wide pavement directly opposite the house with plenty of room for parking.
This house is suitable for individuals, couples or families. There are stairgates at the top and bottom of the spiral staircase.
It is detached and quite private.
Our policy has been to let it to people who are happy to provide all washable items, linen, towels, bathmat, and to clean through on leaving.
Keys are sent in England on receipt of the fee, and returned by the same process.
There is an English contact in Erquy who can usually be on call for problems.
Duvets, pillows and blankets are provided.
Great Saturday morning market with a wide range of stalls. Local produce, cooked foods, artisans, clothing and much more. The market is only a couple of minutes walk into the centre of town.
Erquy - Saturday morning. Matignon, a few km away - Thursday mornings
The town is full of bars, cafes, creperies and restuarants.
We paid our seventh visit to Pont d'Or last week and it was as delightful as ever. I can say, hand on heart, that it's our favourite place in the whole world. The little house is snug, charming, cosy, friendly and well laid out. The house is Jenny's family home and one of the things we love about it is the art on the walls, the many books on the shelves and the feeling that you are living in a place whose very walls are imbued with years of happiness, laughter and joy. The spiral staircase leads up to two loft rooms with Velux windows looking out over the huddled rooftops and beautiful bay. The children love it up there. There are 2 sets of boules, buckets, spades, pens and pencils plus board games. The house is ideally situated - a few minutes' walk takes you to the shops and the market on Saturday mornings is a delight. The beaches nearby are huge, beautiful and all different to each other. If long walks, sea air, stunning views, rock pools and fascinating attractions are your thing, then you will love Pont d'Or. It is not a featureless white box with halogen lights and all the trappings of modern life. It's a home on the beautiful Emerald Coast, perfect for recharging and chilling. Erquy is delightful and has fishmongers, bakers, butchers and delis a-plenty. Wifi can be had by walking down to the port and visiting Quai Ouest. There's a washing line outside in the garden and washing can be done at nearby Super U. We can't recommend Pont d'Or highly enough. Roll on next year
This was our fifth visit to Pont d'Or and we have already booked next year. Our holiday at this beautiful place is the highlight of our year. The owner, Jenny, is charming and friendly, the house is a home, and the location is stunning. Pont d'Or has been in the family for over thirty years and the minute you walk in, you can feel the atmosphere. If you want a soulless, white, halogen-lit box, then this Breton hidewaway is not for you. It is a charming family home with the artwork on the walls which the family like (we do too), lots of thoughtful touches like colouring pencils, books, buckets and spades, a pushchair, shrimping nets etc.
The kitchen is well equipped with an induction hob, brand new fridge freezer and very efficient dishwasher.
The house is on the edge of Erquy and you can be at the fish shop or buying your croissants in 3 minutes or so, walking distance. The Super U up the road is brilliant and if you need to do washing, there is a launderette there, or you can hand wash and hang it out on the line. We have three children and we have managed very well every year.
The local beaches are outstanding - huge, golden expanses with stunning scenery. If it's wet, you can visit the St Malo Aquarium or plenty of other places.
We absolutely love Pont d'Or. It restores and relaxes us every year. It is a glorious place and we cannot recommend it highly enough.
You, Family Leigh, are the perfect visitors!! For thirty years we've shared my French Home, and it is so wonderful to have you to enjoy, share, and help out with keeping this little house going.
You feel the magic too?
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