|Le Petit St Brieuc||Self Catering||Saturday||4||9||2|
Le Petit St. Brieuc is a beautiful 4-bedroomed Breton farmhouse, nestling in just over 2 acres of peace and tranquillity, yet only a 5 minute drive from a small town offering all the usual amenities and just 25 minutes from a beautiful beach. The farmhouse comfortably sleeps 9 adults, and there is also a travelcot and high chair. The extensive grounds, covering 8,500 square metres, include 2 barbecues (1 gas, 1 charcoal), golf clubs and balls, beach chairs and mats and buckets and spades.
The kitchen/diner is a large L-shaped room on the ground floor. The kitchen is fully-equipped with solid oak free-standing units with granite worktops, a 5-burner range gas cooker, integrated dishwasher, American-style fridge-freezer with water and ice dispenser, microwave oven, kettle, toaster, coffee-maker and Italian Aga-style wood burning cooker, together with a wide range of pots/pans/utensils and store cupboard essentials.
The dining room has a large solid oak table and chairs, which comfortably seats 10 people. There is also a highchair.
There is also a utility room complete with washing machine, tumble drier, iron and ironing board, wc and hand basin.
On the ground floor, there is a large lounge with 4-piece leather suite, a 42inch tv with UK Freesat (all standard UK channels available), cd and dvd players and a free-standing wood burning stove. There is also a wide range of cds and dvds, board games, cards and books, crayons, colouring books and paper. The lounge has frenchdoors opening onto the terrace and rear garden.
There are 4 bedrooms on the first floor, three of which are doubles. The large master bedroom has its own en suite bathroom comprising bath, wc, handbasin, separate double shower cubicle and heated towel rail. The fourth bedroom has a single bed and a double sofabed and includes a well-stocked toy chest and bookcase. All bedrooms feature built-in or free-standing wardrobes and bedside cabinets.
The large master bedroom has its own en suite bathroom comprising bath, wc, handbasin, separate double shower cubicle and heated towel rail. There is also a large family bathroom comprising bath, wc, handbasin, separate double shower cubicle and heated towel rail. Additionally, on the ground floor, there is a utility room complete with wc and handbasin.
There are electric heaters throughout, plus a free-standing wood burning stove in the lounge and an Aga-style wood burning cooker in the kitchen.
The large lounge features a 42inch tv with UK Freesat (all standard UK channels available), cd and dvd players and a wide range of cds and dvds, board games, cards and books, crayons, colouring books and paper. The fourth bedroom also features a well-stocked toy chest and bookcase.
The extensive grounds covering 8,500 square metres, include gardens to the front and rear, and a field and wooded area to the side of the house. There are 2 bbqs (one gas, one charcoal). The terrace features a table, chairs and parasol, a separate table and chairs for children, and there are plenty of garden chairs/loungers. There are also golf clubs and balls, boules sets, bats and balls, footballs and buckets/spades and beach chairs/mats.
There is ample parking for several cars.
Aquarium marin de Trégastel.
Golf Blue Green Pleneuf Val Andre Rue de la Plage des Vallées 22370 Pléneuf-Val-André France
Centre Equestre de Pontivy, Fontaine Faven - MALGUENAC 56300 PONTIVY 02 97 25 21 72 - 06 42 28 99 33
The Brittany countryside offers many opportunities for walking, cycling, horse riding and watersports. There are also golf courses nearby.
The Guerledan Lake is a very popular leisure destination, with a wide variety of leisure opportunities both water based and marked trails through the surrounding forests.
You will also find similar activities including boat hire available on the Nantes-Brest canal in this region.
Also in the south of the Cotes d'Armor department, an unusual attraction can be seen at the Forges des Salles (on the border with Morbihan), where a 19th century charcoal producing village has been preserved unchanged since 1877.
The Cotes d'Armor department of northern Brittany is most visited for its stunning coastline and many beaches, while the attractive historical towns such as Lannion and Dinan provide a fascinating glimpse into the long and colourful history of the region. There are numerous beautiful beaches in the local area including:- Plage Les Rosaires - just 25 minutes from the house, Binic, Pleneuf Val Andre - famous for its casino, Etables sur Mer, Paimpol - famous for its oysters, from here you can also take a boat trip to visit the Ile-de-Brehat and visit the 12th century pilgrim's abbey at Beauport (one of just 33 listed 'Grand Sites of France'), St. Cast le Guildo, and Larmor Plage.
Ploeuc-sur-Lie: Thursday, Quintin: Tuesday (13km), Saint-Brieuc: Wednesday; Sunday & Saturday (18km), Loudeac: Saturday (19km), Plerin: Sunday (21km), Lamballe: Thursday all day (22km), Chatelaudren: Monday (27km,) Binic: Thursday (29km), Pleneuf-Val-Andre: Tuesday & Friday (30km), Etables-sur-Mer: Tuesday (32km).
Nearby places of interest include:- St. Brieuc - the city of Saint Brieuc, with its cathedral and weekly (Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday) markets is a 20 minute drive away, as is Langueux, Saint Brieuc’s enormous out-of-town shopping centre. Saint Brieuc also has several interesting historical buildings to see in the old part of the town, and in the bay of Saint-Brieuc, the resorts of Binic and Saint-Quay-Portrieux have easy access to family friendly beaches. Moncontour – 15 minutes, Moncontour is a medieval town built on a hilltop with Xlll century ramparts and interesting buildings in its narrow winding streets. There is also a museum to visit and close by a modern swimming pool. It is a town with an interesting historical centre that was once the centre of Brittany's linen production, Quintin – 20 minutes (weekly Tuesday market), also features some medieval buildings and a 17th century chateau, and is in a pleasant setting overlooking the broad waters of the river Gouet, Josselin – 40 minutes (listed as village d'etape), Dinan – 45 minutes, an interesting historical walled town with a great deal to enjoy in its extensive historical centre, including some picturesque half-timbered houses. Vannes – 1 hour, Lorient – 1 hour, Le Mont St. Michel – 75 minutes. Dinard, a longstanding coastal town with much of interest to discover; The historical port town of Saint Malo (75 minutes), the earliest important town to develop along this coastline, and with a fascinating 'old town' with numerous important buildings; Cancale, based around a picturesque harbour, and well known for its oyster production.
Grand sites of France - Cap d'Erquy / Cap Frehel (38km). Remarkable gardens - Jardin du Colombier (7km); Jardin du Botrain (23km); Jardin du Grand Launay (34km); Jardin du château de la Roche-Jagu (52km). Sites of natural beauty Source - Rance (17km); Lac de Guerlédan (27km); Îlot du Verdelet (32km); Baie de Saint-Brieuc (35km); Le Grand-Pourier (42km); Menez Bré (48km); Cap Frehel (49km); Îlot de la Colombière (51km); Baie de Lancieux, baie de l'Arguenon, archipel de Saint-Malo et Dinard (54km); Forêt de Paimpont (56km). Listed as villages d'etape - Josselin (46km) Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie) - Quintin (13km); Saint-Gilles-Vieux-Marche (20km); Pontrieux (49km).
There are swimming pools at Saint Brieuc, Moncontour and Loudeac.
Zoo and wildlife park Zooparc de Trégomeur (28km) - highly recommended as a day out with children
Lovely house home from home. Excellent communication all very straightforward
The house and property were beautiful; very clean and spacious, and lacking nothing. The setting was idyllic, with no traffic or bustle of people, just the beautiful, calm, restoring sounds of nature. The town nearby had all we needed for food, and wandering farther afield to the mediaeval walled cities like Moncontour was great fun. The patisserie Poireau had the best croissants we've had in France, and the Crêperie Au Coin de Feu served us fabulous salmon and leek galletes.
The cottage was a perfect center point for day trips to other parts of Brittany as it was straightforward to get to the main roads. You will definitely need a car to get around though as there is not much within walking distance.
The booking was straightforward and the owner was easy to contact and was extremely helpful, as we were travelling with our octogenarian mother. The only slight problem was the lack of internet, but we knew this in advance and brought our own person hotspot.
I am so pleased that you enjoyed your stay and thank you for your lovely comments.