Holiday cottage farm near Carnoe

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Carnoet (14km from Carhaix-Plouguer), Côtes d'Armor, Brittany Reference: BN004380 Advertiser since: 4 November 2015
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Brittany Farm Cottage Self Catering 2 5 1

About this property

Beautifully renovated stone cottage. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

A superbly restored and modernised stone cottage situated on our small farm in the heart of the stunning Brittany countryside. The ground floor features a large open plan kitchen, dining area and lounge.
 
Stairs lead up from the living area to a landing which provides access to 2 double bedrooms and a modern bathroom and toilet. Both bedrooms have double aspect windows with stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
 
Outside there is an elevated patio which can be accessed by steps or a shallow ramp with patio furniture and a bbq..

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The modern kitchen is fully-fitted and equipped with a cooker, refrigerator, washing machine, kettle, toaster and microwave.

The dining area is open plan with a large table and seating for 6 people. We can provide a highchair if required.

Living rooms

The lounge is nicely furnished with a 3-2-1 suite, has electric heating, a tv with UK Freeview channels and a dvd player.

Bedrooms

One bedroom has a king size double bed, the other has twin beds and an additional bed and cot can be provided if required. Both bedrooms have stunning views of the surrounding countryside. All bedding and towels are provided.

Bathrooms

A modern bathroom with a toilet, sink and bath with a fully-fitted over bath shower.

Heating

Downstairs there is an electric flame effect fire with a built-in convector heater. The bedrooms have electric oil filled radiators and the bathroom has an electric heated towel rail. The cottage is fully double glazed and insulated.

Entertainment

Satellite UK Freeview channels tv, dvd player, a small dvd library books and boardgames.

Garden and outside

A spacious raised patio with views over open country side. There is a table, chairs, lounger, gazebo and bbq.

Parking and garages

Ample parking outside the cottage.

Visitor suitability

The cottage is suitable for couples and families.

Information about any additional facilities

The cottage is situated on a small farm with a flock of about 20 sheep, a few friendly goats and about 8 chickens. The ewes should lamb between April and June so there may be an opportunity to see new born lambs. We can also provide fresh free range eggs daily!

Facilities

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Deja Vu
Distance: 14 km

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout
Name of nearest fishing location: l'Hyeres - Trout Stream
Distance: 8 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Carhaix Golf
Distance: 14 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Centre Equestre de Kerniguez, Vallee de l'Hyeres, Carhaix Plougher
Distance: 14 km

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Foret de Freau

Watersports

About the Owner, Mr Stephen Davis

We took early retirement in the UK to live a more peaceful and rural lifestyle in Brittany. Now we have a lovely small farm with about 30 sheep, some friendly goats and free range chickens. Over the past couple of years we have been busier than ever developing the farm, learning shepherding skills and integrating into French life. We love it here and through our small holiday business enjoy the pleasure of sharing it with others.

Year property purchased 2014
Why this location? Brittany reminds me of the peace and tranquility of growing up in rural England in the sixties. There is hardly any traffic, occasionally you may have to slow up behind a tractor or stop for a herd of cows but there is no great rush to get anywhere. The people have time to pass the time of day with you and are usually very polite. If you are willing to try and speak some French they always do there best to try to understand you and when you get stuck often reply in English. Our French neighbours are lovely, when we are passing we are often invited in for coffee and cakes or crepes in the evenings. We provide the dairy farm next door with eggs and they give us fresh milk in return. Their grand children love to come to the farm to see our lambs and feed stale bread to the goats and chickens. It just seems that this is how life should be and this is the perfect place to wind down and live it.
Unique benefits of property We have a lovely Cottage completely renovated to a very high standard. It is located on our small farm so guests can relax, watch the sheep with their lambs, feed the chickens and goats or even help collect our fresh free range eggs (under guidance). They are really tasty and make great breakfasts for our guests! Lambing season on the farm is usually between April and June, its a joy to see our new lambs arriving and a very exciting time of year.

Despite being situated in the heart of the country side there is still plenty to do and see within a short drive. Located in central Brittany it a great base for exploring everything Brittany has to offer. The beautiful and unspoilt north, south and west coasts are within easy reach. There are also wide variety of things to do in the surrounding area to entertain both children and adults.

The Owner Recommends

Eating Out

In the nearby towns there many Creperies and Restaurants, Most offer excellent dining opportunities and we would be happy to advise you during your stay according to your taste and budget.

Adventure and Water Parks

Karaezadrenaline: This highly rated adventure park offers a range of activities including Tree Top Ropes, Zip Line, Climbing area, Paintball and a Maze.
Located in Carhaix Plougher about 15mins drive from the cottage.

Plijadour: An indoor pool with hot tub and a large outdoor area with a paddling pool, swimming pool and large water slides. It offers great value for money and has excellent reviews.
Located in Carhaix Plougher about 15mins drive from the cottage.

Armori Park: This offers a wide range of activities including indoor and outdoor pools with giant slides, pedallos, trampolines, mini golf, giant outdoor slides. Check the website for more information: www.amoripark.com
Located at Gwenezhan near Begard about 45mins drive from the cottage.

Zoos, Aquariums and Botanical Gardens

Zooparc de Tregomuer: A well laid out small zoo with a good variety of animals. It is very clean and the grounds are well kept. Access is steep so it may be difficult with a buggy.
It is located between Guingamp and St Brieuc about 45mins drive from the cottage.

Oceanopolis: Located in Brest Oceanopolis offers a unique insight insight into the worlds oceans. 10,000 fish and animals live in faithfully reproduced marine temperate, tropical and polar environments with amazing bio-diversity.
Located in Brest about 1hr 10mins drive from the cottage.

Le Jardin Exotique and Botanique: Near the ferry port of Roscoff it has a wonderful variety of plants and unusual features such as Maori Carvings. It has a fantastic look out place with panoramic views and a lovely beach close by if you fancy swim.
Located in Roscoff about 60mins drive from the cottage.

Surf Schools

Surfing Locquirec: Offers courses in Surfing, Body Boarding and Stand up Paddle Boarding. Check the website for up to date details www.surfing-locquirec.com or Facebook
Located at Locquirec about 45mins drive from the cottage.

Ponant Surf School: Located at Perros Guirec this Surf School has excellent reviews and offers courses etc. Check the website for up to date details www.ponantsurfschool.fr or Facebook
Located at Perros Guirec about 60mins drive from the cottage.

Outdoor Activities

La Vallee de l'Hyreres: This beautiful valley just outside Carhaix offers the possibility of fishing (with the appropriate license), canoeing, cycling, walking and an equestrian centre.
It is located close to Carhaix Plougher about 15mins drive from the cottage.

Family Golf Complex

Carhaix Golf: A nice par three golf course with a driving range, practice area and putting green.
It is located close to Carhaix Plougher about 15mins drive from the cottage.

Markets

Almost every day there is a traditional Market in one of the surrounding towns and villages:

Monday – Guerlesquin: Small market in a pretty village square with a traditional livestock market close by.

Tuesday – Rostrenen: Held in the centre of the town this market has a unique almost “hippie” ambiance. In the summer there often impromptu musical performances. You can also enjoy a number of curiosity shops and street side cafes.

Wednesday – Callac: A small, atmospheric market based in the town square and in front of the church.

Thursday – Huelgoat: A Tiny tradational market in the square of this quaint historic town. There is a beautiful lake with boat hire and wonderful walks through woodlands and gorges.

Thursday – Lannion: One of the largest markets in the area with a wide selection of merchandise and a seaside atmosphere. The town is picturesque and is close to the coastal region. The market is based in a centrally located square which borders the river.

Saturday – Morlaix: A large sprawling market through the centre of this lovely town spanned by a huge old viaduct. Can be combined with a trip to the coast of the beautiful Bay of Morlaix

Places of Cultural interest and Museums

Valley of the Saints, Carnoet: The Valley of the Saints is actually an ancient feudal mound on which stands 50+ giant granite statues of the Saints of Brittany. More are being added and you can watch the sculptors carving new statues in the outdoor working area. The statues look out over a stunning landscape with views to the Monts d'Arree mountains. In the summer there are guided tours and entry is free.
Valley of the Saints is only 5mins by car from the cottage.

Huelgoat: Huelgoat means "High Wood" in Breton and is located high in the Parc d'Amorique on the shore of a lake. On the edge of village is a green, mossy rock strewn forest that has inspired both Arthurian and Christian legends. There are enjoyable walks in the forest which can take you to places of interest such as Arthurs Camp. There is also an arboretum, nice restaurants and a cobbled square at the centre of the village.
Huelgoat is 20mins by car from the cottage.

Pont Aven: A beautiful small town best known for its association with the post-impressionist painter Paul Gauguin. A lovely small river runs through the village down to a port area. There is a Museum, lots of galleries and some nice restaurants.
Pont Aven is about 1hr 15mins drive from the cottage.

Quimper: Quimper is generally regarded as the cultural heart of Brittany. The town is known for it's cathedral, museums and the atmospheric old quarter but most of all for it's annual festival celebrating Breton Culture. The Musee Breton and the Musee de Beaux Arts have excellent collections of artefacts and paintings.
Quimper is about 55mins drive from the cottage.

Concaneau: The Ville Close is a lovely old stone fortified town with a few narrow streets filled with shops and restaurants. You can walk around the ramparts for a lovely view of the surrounding area. Near the entrance is the Musee de la Peche, Concarneau is France's 3rd most important fishing port.
Concarneau is about 1hr 15mins drive from the cottage.

Festivals

The are lots of Music and Marine Festivals throughout the summer in Brittany, these are only a few:

Vieilles Charrues Festival: This is a huge music festival attracting 200,000 people that takes place every year over 4 days in July. Top bands and acts from all over the world take part. Look on the website, Facebook etc. for the most up to date information. Tickets sell out quickly and can be bought for the whole festival or individual days.
Located in Carhaix Plougher about 15mins drive from the cottage.

Fete Maritime de Brest: This takes place in July each year and is one of the largest maritime festivals in the world. It features tall ships and numerous maritime activities. Look on the website, Facebook etc. for the most up to date information.
Located in Brest about 1hr 10mins drive from the cottage.

Inter Celtic-Festival: The world's largest Celtic Festival takes place in Lorient over 10 days from the 1st Friday to the 2nd Sunday in August. Various activities embracing music, art and literature take place all over the city. Look on the website, Facebook etc. for the most up to date information.
Lorient is about 1hr 15mins from the cottage.

Breton Music and Dance

Hardly a weekend goes by without a fest noz (“party night” in Breton) taking place somewhere in the neighbourhood. Traditional music, with its roots shared with Irish and Welsh music, can be heard live, sung often by two singers accompanied by bagpipe and clarinet. Breton dancing brings together people of all ages, arm-in-arm in groups of up to 50, stamping their feet in time to the music.

The Nantes-Brest Canal

Initially built under Napoleon’s orders to protect his naval arsenals from British blockades, this canal, largely built by prison labour, once brought the outside world to the impoverished backwater which was Central Brittany. The dam at Mur-de-Bretagne forms the largest lake in Brittany, the Lac de Guerlédan. No longer fully navigable, the canal is a peaceful place to walk or cycle.

Ancient Neolithic Sites

Alignments de Carnac: This world famous site features alignments of almost 3000 Menhirs (large stone megaliths) up to 13 rows wide and stretching for more than 4kms. The stones were erected between 5000 and 2000BC by Neolithic Civilisations. This site is a model of monumental architecture unequalled in Europe.
Located at Carnac about 1hr 40mins drive from the cottage.

Site des Megalithes de Locmariaquer: The Grand Menir Brise is an enormous broken granite block which would have stood 21m tall and weighed 300 tonnes and is the largest known Stele in Europe. The Er-Gras Tumulus ad the Table de Marchands dolmen are extraordinary testaments to the funerary rites practised in Brittany by Neolithic Civilisations.
Located at Locmariaquer about 1hr 40mins drive from the cottage.

The Grand Cairn De Barnenez: At the summit of the Kernelehen peninsula which dominates Morlaix bay sits a unique monument dating back some 6000 years; the Great Cairn of Barnenez. This Neolithic burial place, the largest in Europe, is composed of 11 dolmens and slabs of granite weighing several tons.
Located at Barnenez about 1 hours drive from the cottage.

Cairn de Petit Mont: This is an immense dry stone structure of which over 10,000m3 is still standing. It was built between 4,700 and 3,200BC so pre-dates Stonehenge and the Pyramids by 2000 years. It is situated on a rocky headland overlooking Quiberon Bay in the Gulf of Morbihan.
Le Petit Mont d'Arzonis about 2hrs drive by car.

Fishing (Rod license required - obtainable locally)

Trout Stream:

l'Hyères (10mins drive)

l'Hyères rises between the towns of Callac and Chapelle Neuve. After a journey of 25 km, it enters the Finistère downstream of Carhaix. There is easy access from the D 787 from Callac to Carhaix. The l'Hyères is perfect for the fly fishing. The Trout are a good size and plentiful. The months of May and June are the best months for fly fishing and it is not uncommon to reach more than twenty fish on an afternoon. Detailed mapping of the river can be obtained from the Fishing tackle shop in Callac. The minimum size for Trout to be taken is 23cm.

Lakes:

Callac Lake / Etang de la Verte Vallee (15mins drive)

Callac Lake is a stunning water of just under 20 acres situated just outside the town of Callac. There is a wide walkway around the lake so is suitable for wheelchair users and family fishing. As it is a 1st Category water and stocked regularly with Trout it is mainly fished by the French anglers for the Trout ( to over 2 Kg ) there are just a few Carp anglers that fish it which is a surprise when there has been some stunning Commons, Mirrors and Grass Carp caught well in excess of 20Kg. There are also some very large Tench, Pike, Perch and Roach. Toilets and fresh tap water at lakeside.

Huelgoat Lake (20mins drive)

The lake at Huelgoat is a pretty and peaceful environment in quaint village surroundings. A manmade lake built to provide water for the nearby silver and lead mines. Canals lead off to the disused mines but today the lake is a great place to enjoy some boating and fishing. Carp, pike, tench, perch and roach can all be caught. You can hire a fishing boat

Etange Neuf St Connan (45mins Drive)

A beautiful lake that is a specialized Fly Fishing water for Trout. This is a Public lake but due to the large fish stocking programme it is run as a day ticket water where there is a charge of 18 euros a day. Boats are available for hire.

2 Reviews
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  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 Pat, Gerry, Rachel and Kevin 11 August, 2016

We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Brittany Farm Cottage and would have no hesitation in recommending the cottage to family and friends. The property is new, well maintained, clean, welcoming and spacious and the facilities offer ample scope for some self-catering. It was a pleasure to meet the owners, Sue and Steve, who gave us much helpful advice about places to visit and where to eat. Everything about the cottage was positive and we plan to return again next year.

10 / 10 Bobsand 2 August, 2016

The gite was as described. It was very tastefully fitted out and had everything we needed. We found the gite to be excellent in every way. The location meant that we could travel to places we wanted to see within 1hr 15min. It is also a very peaceful and relaxing place to be. Both Steve and Sue are great hosts, easy to talk to, helpful and very good company. They made us both feel very welcome, more like friends than paying guests. Their beautiful little Border Collie added to our feeling of welcome as she would seek us out at any opportunity and pour affection upon us. Without a doubt, a great place to be and we thoroughly recommend the gite and Steve and Sue as hosts.