Spacious house in Cotes d' Armor

9.1/10
Plestin-les-Greves, Côtes d'Armor, Brittany Reference: BN003376 Advertiser since: 12 September 2013
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Les Rosiers Self Catering Saturday 4 7 2 Inflatable single mattress

About this property

Attractive Neo-Bretonne House with Large Garden. This cottage/gite is in a coastal town setting.

Set on a hill south of the town of Plestin-les-Greves, this attractive family house has living space over 3 floors as follows and can accommodate up to 7 visitors:
Ground floor - Hallway, garden room, single bedroom, wc, large garage (with washing machine)
First floor - Large kitchen, living room with dining alcove, large log burning fire and balcony. Double bedroom, cloakroom, wc, bathroom with shower over bath and bidet.  
Second floor - Two large bedrooms, one king size and one twin, with plentiful storage, shower room with washbasin and wc.
 
There are charming French neighbours, some of whom speak English. Generous parking on front drive. Large garden at front and rear, which is enclosed by strong fences, so secure for children and pets.
 
Though the changeover dates listed for high season are Saturdays, we would be prepared to consider Fridays if necessary; we are also happy to provide specialist advice re local facilities to guests on request.
 
Visitors who bring a dog (only well-behaved ones accepted, please) are asked to 'clean up as necessary before departure.
 
Guest Reviews:
"We (my husband and 2 children) have rented this property several times, and would highly recommend a stay here. The house is always clean and welcoming (fully equipped kitchen) and there's a lovely garden to sit out in and eat and play boules. The surrounding coast line is beautiful. Each time we return we discover a new place to visit. This is mostly down to the owners' fantastic 'places to visit' booklet which is set out for you to read. Don't miss the 'Caplan & Co' coffee/book shop and its secluded beach (our firm favourite)." The Laurent Family 17th-19th May 2013.

“We have stayed a number of times at 'Les Rosiers' (the last time: 4th-13th August 2013). It is a large and very welcoming house, with its spacious bedrooms, well-equipped kitchen and lovely garden which lends itself to both peace and quiet and to eating outdoors. Everything you need is there for a great stay. The house is close to all amenities (bakers, butchers, supermarkets, pharmacies ...) and the surrounding region is very interesting, with beautiful beaches, coastal walks, chateaux and museums; in July and August there are lots of local events featuring folk-groups and gastronomic markets. Altogether delightful. We thoroughly recommend a stay here.
Thank you for all." Isabelle Moreau 2014.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Large well-equipped kitchen with table seating 6-8 people. Further dining table in alcove in lounge. Equipment includes electric oven/hob, dishwasher, espresso coffee-machine, electric mixer and cafetieres, fridge-freezer, microwave, toaster, jug kettle, iron/ironing board - in fact everything necessary to produce gourmet meals if that appeals to guests!

Living rooms

The lounge has a double sofa and 2 armchairs and matching pouffe, plus a dining table with 4 chairs, occasional tables and tv; a good selection of games, videos/dvd's and puzzles are available for use.
The garden room on the ground floor offers a double sofa, 2 wicker chairs, sink/fridge unit, plus a large selection of books to suit a variety of tastes.

Bedrooms

Two very large bedrooms on the second floor with plentiful wardrobe space (and view of the sea in the distance from one). One double bedroom on the first floor with wardrobe and chest of drawers. One single bedroom on the ground floor (unfortunately the Allen digital organ with full pedal-board also kept there would only be available to guests in very special circumstances!).

Bathrooms

The bathroom on the first floor has a low-level bath with shower attachment, washbasin and bidet, plus hairdryer. The shower room on the top floor has a step-in shower, washbasin and WC.

Heating

The property is heated by an oil-fired boiler on the ground floor, supplying 10 radiators. Additionally there is a free-standing electric convector heater which is useful for 'in-between' times. The large logburner in the lounge is very efficient, with a supply of logs kept in the garage and garden shed.

Entertainment

There is a tv set/dvd/video player in the lounge which receives UK programmes via satellite, lots of cds/dvds/videos to suit all tastes, a very varied selection of reading material, plus radios if you are a BBC4 lover. Wi-fi is provided and is free. There is also a brand new fishing rod in the garage for anyone wanting to try it out.

Garden and outside

The garden room leads out onto the top patio which is decked. There is a further terrace at the bottom of the garden with garden furniture; and a gas barbecue is available in the nearby shed. Part of the rear garden is given over to a 'boules pitch,' which is available to visitors provided they don't lose the 'jack'! There is also a vegetable patch and areas containing raspberry canes, blackcurrant bushes and rhubarb, and we are happy for guests to help themselves to soft fruit etc when in season. Gardening fanatics are welcome, particularly for watering and dead-heading when appropriate!

Parking and garages

There is parking for a number of cars on the front drive.

Visitor suitability

This is very much a family house, with a garden ideal for children. Because of its proximity to 7 nearby beaches with their sporting facilities which include windsurfing and paragliding, it will appeal both to visitors who want to make the most of the local facilities and to those happy just to spend time relaxing in the garden and listening to the birds. The owners welcome guests willing to treat it as their own home.

Information about any additional facilities

Duvets, pillows and blankets are provided. Guests can either bring their own covers, pillowcases and towels, or pay an additional charge to cover laundering costs to hire these items from the owner. We have a delightful English-speaking French caretaker/cleaner who lives nearby and who will look after guests as far as keys etc are concerned.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

* Vet details: The local vet in Plestin-les-Greves is called Dr Elke Nachtergaele who is familiar with DEFRA requirements regarding pets. Tel No: (0033) 2 96 35 03 03.

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Guerlesquin Brocante fair each April plus numerous 'Vide Greniers'
Distance: 20 km

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Sea fishing off rocks
Name of nearest fishing location: Beg Douar Jetty, near St Efflam
Distance: 8 km

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Numerous coastal paths, especially to east and west of Locquirec

Watersports

About the Owner, Mrs Valerie Harris

We are a retired couple of 'Francophiles' who love spending as much time as possible at our 'second home' on the north coast of Brittany, where we have great French neighbours and easy access to the town of Plestin-les-Greves and nearby beaches.

Year property purchased 2003
Why this location? Ease of access from ferry ports, especially Roscoff. Availability of UK tv and radio! Brittany is very like Cornwall, which until 2003 had always been our favourite holiday place.
Unique benefits of property It is a 'lived-in' family house, with all the creature comforts including a large garden, and yet very close to the coast/beaches.

The Owner Recommends

Boat Trips, Steam Railway, St Malo and Mont St Michel

Two not-to-be-missed attractions are the Ile de Brehat and the Sept Iles boat trips, both possible day excursions. Also Erquy, Cap Frehel, a delightful steam railway between Paimpol and Pontrieux, Mont St Michel and St Malo are all within striking distance for a great day out.

Distance from Ferry Ports/Airports

'Les Rosiers' is situated approx 45 minutes by road from the port of Roscoff, 2-4 hours from the ferry ports of St Malo/Cherbourg/ Caen-Ouistreham, one hour from the airport at Brest, and less than 2 hours from Dinard Airport. As such, it is ideal for short breaks, or stopovers for guests travelling further into France.

Guerlesquin, Huelgoat and Cider Vendors

Guerlesquin is our nearest 'Petite cite de caractere' with its lovely lake, and only a 20 minute drive southwards brings you to the famous town of Huelgoat with its rock-strewn ravines and wonderful woods. Only a 15 min drive to the east of Huelgoat is the 'Vallee des Saints', a very interesting new site for carved granite images of all the Breton saints. If you are a lover of 'real cider', you have a choice of local vendors (as opposed to the shelves of a supermarket). And if you happen to be in Plestin at the right time in the summer, you can't possibly miss the 'Nuit de la Saucisse'!

Local Attractions for Children

There are a whole host of activities geared to children of all ages in the area, some of the 'Go Ape' type, others include Karting, boating, sand-yachting, cycle hiring, zoo-parks, aquariums, planetariums, even Paintball!

Local Markets/Vide Greniers

Plestin has a wonderful Sunday morning market with a wide variety of stalls. There are similar markets at Lannion (Thursdays all day) and Morlaix (Saturdays), and many other smaller ones nearby - in fact one for every day of the week! For lovers of car boot sales, there are many Vide Greniers in the area between April and September where bargains can always be found.

Nearby Towns

The nearby town of Plestin (which has 2 excellent supermarkets plus a cinema and Roman Baths) is well placed for visits to Locquirec (well known local resort/port), Roscoff/Ile de Batz, Carantec and the Ile de Callot to the west.

Pink Granite Coast Resorts amd Treguier Catherdral

To the east it is only a 45 min drive to the Pink Granite coast resorts of Tregastel-Plage (Aquarium and Forum leisure centre), the fantastic rocks at Ploumanac'h and Perros-Guirec and the lovely cathedral at Treguier.

Restaurants/Eating Out

In addition to many excellent local restaurants (details available at property) we have also discovered the joys of Repas Ouvriers where a 4-5 course meal plus wine/water/coffee can be had for 12 Euros! These are workers' restaurants (similar to les Routiers) where 'private' bookings are also available. Brittany is renowned for its seafood and you will be spoilt for choice if this is your passion. You may even be tempted to try the local speciality, 'Kig Ha Farz', details of which are available on request!

To the West and South of Brittany

To the west are the delightful village of Locronan, the port of Douarnenez, Brest where you can visit 'Oceanopolis', plus Le Conquet/ Pointe St Mathieu on the Atlantic coast. For early risers day trips are also possible to Southern Brittany including Concarneau, Pont Aven and even Carnac.

5 Reviews
9.1/10
  • Cleanliness: 8.8
  • Comfort: 9.2
  • Condition: 8.6
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 9.6
  • Setting: 9.2
  • Value for Money: 9
9.7 / 10 The Hollands 17 September, 2016

We took the 'Normandie Express' (Brittany Ferries Portsmouth/Cherbourg 3hr crossing) & then a 5 hr drive to Les Rosiers. The house is beautiful & set about 5mins drive from the town of Plestin-les-Greves on the borders of the Côtes d'Armor & Finistere. The town has a good mix of shops and eateries and has a large Sunday market. Plenty to see in this area & the owners have very helpful leaflets/books on the area. There are lots of towns & beaches to explore, sadly for us, not all allowed dogs. One we did find is near Tregastel where there is a separate beach where dogs are allowed-there are a few others. Beaches in the main are sandy with lovely clear waters with many islands and rocky outcrops to explore. Les Rosiers is set in beautiful grounds & is owned by enthusiastic gardeners which is very obvious. There is plenty of off road parking to the front with beautiful flowers and shrubs. The rear garden is set with more flowers, arches, vegetable/fruit plots & a seating area. The house is well equipped with everything you would need, this after all, is also used by the owners periodically through the year so it is very comfortable. I would say that the furnishings are in keeping with the period of the house, so not modern. English TV & Wi-Fi internet a big plus & is reliable. There is a very helpful English speaking housekeeper on arrival & together with the fantastic owners, who bent over backwards with advice & information, made our 2016 holiday such a success.

9.4 / 10 David H. 3 September, 2015

We stayed for two weeks in August. Having left booking our holiday very late we had been planning to go elsewhere in France but this looked too good to miss. We were not disappointed. It's a lovely house, not very modern but well equipped, spacious and comfortable. There were four of us and we had more space than we needed, with a choice of bedrooms and two bathrooms. Please note that it is necessary to bring own sheets and towels. The kitchen is large,with a table that we used for breakfasts and lunches, and the living room has a dining area, as well as a sofa and easy chairs. The TV in the living room has some English channels, the internet connection is good and there are many books, DVDs etc.The garden room opens to a decking area which is quite a sun trap, and has its own fridge which is good for cold drinks. The garden is lovely, with flower beds, a vegetable patch, fruit bushes and an outside eating area with barbecue, There are outdoor chairs but a couple of sun loungers would have made the garden perfect! The pretty little town is a little too far for walking, but has an excellent restaurant, some small shops and a wonderful market on Sundays. There is also a good well-stocked supermarket (Super-U). The local area is very nice for holiday activities when the weather is good. We especially recommend restaurants at nearby Locquirec and St Michel en Greve for fresh fish with a sea view. The holiday would have been perfect if we had not had several rainy days....

8.7 / 10 nicb 14 September, 2014

A lovely, well-equipped house that's been well used, so felt very comfortable for the kids and dog. Plenty of space with a great garden. Thank you to the owners who made us feel very welcome and we enjoyed using the fantastic produce from the garden.

The town of Plestin is a 15 min walk down the hill and we discovered lots of beautiful beaches in the area. Would definitely stay there again.

7.9 / 10 Sara P 25 August, 2014

Lovely family home with a really nice well stocked garden. The house is as described with plenty of parking, a well equipped kitchen and spacious living areas. The garden is a real bonus, it is safe and secure and very well planted so it is a real pleasure to be outside, The washing machine is a welcome benefit and laundry can be dried outside. Wifi is provided and worked well although be prepared for a very long code.. We were welcomed by the friendly housekeeper who has a good knowledge of the property. The property is situated in a quiet area just a couple of minutes drive to Plestin, which has plenty of free parking. There are several bread shops and a fresh fish shop in Plestin along with a couple of bars and 2 restaurants we found the restaurants a bit pricey for the area but did try Avel Zo where the pizza was excellent.

We got the impression that this area of Brittany is really aimed at French tourists, not much English is spoken and menus are mostly just in French, so plenty of opportunity to practise your French.

There are plenty of lovely beaches in the area perfect for swimming, bodyboarding and surfing. They are mostly flat and seem very safe.


The owner provided excellent instructions for finding the property and loads of information on the area is available at the property. She was very happy to answer any queries both before and after booking. We would love to go back to this area of Brittany.