|La Latte||Self Catering||Saturday||1||2||1|
The property is a charming, tranquil and private 1 bedroom stone cottage on the coast and in a rural setting. It is close to the coastal footpath and to several beaches and there is excellent walking, swimming and cycling on the doorstep.
The cottage adjoins the main house, a farmhouse dating from the 1700s, has its own access, is private and is not overlooked. It faces south with open views over a wild flower meadow, fields and woodland and there is off-road parking The sitting room with dining area adjoins a separate kitchen, which leads to the bathroom. The spacious first floor bedroom, accessed from the sitting room, has a lovely view.
The cottage lies on the edge of the “Landes” a protected area of beautiful coastal heathland. It is only 300m from the GR34 coastal footpath that runs between Cap Frehel with its lighthouse, magnificent cliffs and sunsets and Fort La Latte a spectacular 14th century castle. Both are within easy walking distance, as are 2 quiet beaches, though these involve a difficult climb down steep paths. A further 4 more accessible sandy beaches are minutes away by bike or car.
There is a creperie within walking distance (300m) and a small restaurant on the way to Plevenon, the nearest village (4km). The boulangerie there sells a huge range of delicious breads, pastries and cakes – try their almond croissants! There is also a bar, a butcher/charcuterie and you can also buy local mussels and oysters. On Fridays there is a stall selling fish and one with fruit and veg. Supermarkets and a full range of shops are within 15km at Matignon and Erquy both of which have weekly markets. Erquy, a thriving fishing port and seaside town, has several restaurants.
The cottage is also ideally placed for exploring both the North Brittany coast and the interior. Dinan, Dinard and St. Malo are within easy reach while the Mont St Michel, the famous pink granite coast and the picturesque Iles de Brehat are further afield.
There is good mobile phone reception. The internet can be accessed at the mairie and at the bar in Plevenon. When we are at the house (usually May -September) we have limited access to the internet via a "dongle" connecting to the french mobile phone network. Guests can use this by arrangement for emails, etc.
Fully fitted; electric oven and hob, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, electric kettle, fridge-freezer. Good range of cooking equipment; pans, cutlery, glasses and crockery. You will need to provide your own tea towels and hand towels. Part glazed door to terrace. Dining area in the living room. There is a small utility area between the kitchen and bathroom with a washing machine, fridge-freezer, ironing board, iron, clothes airer, cleaning equipment (vacuum cleaner, mop, dustpan, brush, etc.). Under-floor heating.
Sitting/dining room, open stairs to bedroom. Sofa, easy chair, coffee table, radio/cd player, reading lamps, books. Dining table and chairs. Limed oak cupboard for crockery etc. Oriental rugs. South facing door to terrace.
A light, spacious first floor room with one exposed stone wall and a south facing window, which looks out over the terrace, front garden and open country. There’s a super-kingsize Vi-Spring bed, chest of drawers, shaker-style hanging space and armchair. Bed linen is provided and fresh linen supplied each week for stays of more than one week.
This is on the ground floor, accessed via the utility room/kitchen. There is a bath with shower over and glass shower screen, basin, toilet and heated towel rail. You will need to provide your own towels.
Electric underfloor heating downstairs (sitting/dining room, kitchen, bathroom). Electric convector heating in bedroom; useage charged at cost. (Cost of water and of electricity for cooking and hot water is included in the rental).
Radio/cd player and collection of books in sitting room.
The cottage faces south with open views over a wild flower meadow, pasture and woodland. There is a gravelled terrace and flower beds with sun loungers, parasol, outdoor table and chairs, washing line and a small charcoal barbecue.
There is off-road parking right beside the cottage and also a separate larger parking area at the end of the garden 20m away.
The cottage is non-smoking. Not suitable for children because of open staircase. Upstairs bedroom and change of levels on ground floor mean unsuitable for adults with limited mobility. No pets.
Prices are per week and are inclusive of charges for water and bed linen (changed weekly) and for an allowance of electricity which is adequate for normal usage (cooking and hot water); any additional electricity used, e.g. for room heating, is charged at cost. Towels are not included but a pack of towels can be supplied at a cost of £30 per visit. Please ask for details.
The prices are exclusive of the local tourist tax (taxe de sejour), which is set at 3% of the rental rate. It is to be paid to us in euros at the end of your stay.
Changeover day is Saturday. However, if you would like to start your visit on a different day or to stay for a different number of nights, some flexibility may be possible; please ask.
Please note that stays of a part week (or weeks) can leave us with short periods that we cannot let. Consequently, particularly in high season, there may be a supplement to the pro rata rental cost, to partly offset this loss of rental income
We were both in higher education; Jane taught French and Literature, David was an ecologist.
|Year property purchased||1999|
|Why this location?||We came to this corner of Brittany many years ago and loved the beautiful and dramatic coastline. Later, we spent several years searching for a property to buy. In 1998 a rare opportunity to buy a delapidated longère right on the coast came up - we took it!|
|Unique benefits of property||The cottage is part of a traditional stone Breton longère dating from the 1700s. It is in a peaceful and quiet rural location, with south facing views over open country. We are situated on the edge of a protected area of unspoilt and beautiful coastline; there are cliffs, beaches, heathlands, the coastal footpath and stunning views on the doorstep. Superb opportunities for walking, cycling, swimming, observing the wildlife - and just sitting!|
Have a late breakfast outside, perhaps after a visit to the boulangerie in Plevenon for fresh pain au chocolat, croissants and baguette. Later take a gentle walk or cycle ride; or buy fresh seafood, fruit and vegetables at a local market or supermarket. After a leisurely lunch on the terrace, relax on a lounger, reading, snoozing or watching the butterflies on the wild flowers and the lizards on the walls. Then walk or cycle to one of the local beaches for a swim. In the evening, barbecue some fresh fish and open a bottle of wine. Then as the light fades watch the bats come out before retiring to your super comfortable bed. Perfect!
Two quiet beaches (Les Fontaines and Le Vaugamont) are within walking distance of the cottage, though they do involve a difficult climb down steep paths. There are a further 4 easily accessible sandy beaches within 5 kilometres, La Fosse, a superb cove between rocky headlands and Château Serein, a beach with magnificent woodland going down to the shore. Larger more extensive beaches at Les Greves d’en Bas and Sables D’Or les Pins have lifeguards in the summer and also attract surfers and wind-surfers. There is good swimming at all these beaches.
The GR34 coastal footpath lies 300m from the cottage. It runs through the heathlands and along the cliff tops linking beaches to the west of Cap Frehel, the Cap itself, Fort La Latte and the Baie de la Fresnaye, all of which are within walking distance. It provides spectacular scenery and views. It links to an extensive inland network of other footpaths, tracks and quiet lanes allowing for numerous and varied circular walks of different distances. These inland tracks and lanes are ideal for cycling while the scenic (but busy) coastal road west of Cap Frehel has a dedicated separate cycle track. Cycles can be hired locally.
The whole area is a Natura 2000 site because of the wide diversity of habitats, ranging from sea cliffs and coastal heathlands to sand dunes and saltmarshes so it is excellent for wildlife. You can see nesting seabirds e.g. guillemots, razorbills, fulmars on the cliffs at Cap Frehel where there is an ornithological reserve, while the salt-marshes and mudflats of the Baie de La Fresnaye (5 km) are good for waders. There are buzzards, kestrels and occasional peregrine falcons while nightjars nest on the landes. Foxes, hare and deer can often be seen in the surrounding fields and you may be lucky enough to see the resident school of dolphins from the coastal footpath. Several species of orchid occur locally, while on the landes you can find insectivorous plants, 4 species of heather and the endangered marsh gentian. In front of the cottage is a wild flower meadow, while the flowerbeds are mainly given over to local wildflowers.
Brittany is famous for its seafood. Oysters and mussels are produced locally as are scallops (in season October-April). Buy them in the market or the supermarket along with crabs, lobsters, langoustines and shrimps. You’ll also find a wide range of really fresh fish such as sardines, mackerel, sea bass, brill, sole and red mullet, much of it landed locally at Erquy and plenty of fresh local vegetables and fruit. In Plevenon (4km) the bakery has a wide range of delicious breads and patisserie, you can buy local oysters and mussels and there is a good butchers too.
If you wish to eat out there is a wide range of options. A creperie, Le Petit Galet, is 300m away while La Ribote, a small restaurant is on the way to Plevenon; you’ll find both of these on TripAdvisor. Sables d’Or (10km) and Erquy have a range of restaurants though not all are open all year round. St Malo has many places to eat including, for that special meal, two restaurants with Michelin stars (Le Saint Placide and Le Chalut).
Plevenon, the nearest village with a bar, butcher and boulangerie, is 4km away. Supermarkets, shops and restaurants are in the local towns of Matignon 13km and Erquy 15 km, while St Malo (45 km) and the medieval town of Dinan (45km) have a much wider range of shops and attractions. There are weekly markets markets all year round in Matignon (Wednesday) and Erquy (Saturday), while in summer there are smaller markets at Frehel (6km) and Plurien (10km). There are supermarkets, pharmacies and banks/cash points at Matignon (13km) and Erquy (15km) and a doctor at Frehel.
There are 4 golf courses within 40 km. Pleneuf Val Andre (25 km) is rated among the best in Europe, while Dinard (35km) is reputed to be the second oldest course in France. These 2 courses along with Pen Guen at St Cast (20 km) are right on the coast with fine views. There is a further course at Sables d’Or (10 km).
There are public tennis courts at Pleherel Plage (6km). Horse riding is available at Sables D’Or (8km) where bicycles can be hired and where there is also a sailing school. If you want pampering there are spas at Dinard and Pleneuf Val Andre.
The inland town of Dinan with its medieval ramparts, the Edwardian seaside resort of Dinard and the walled port of St Malo are all within 50 km. The Mont St Michel, 80km to the east, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. To the west (120 km) lie the famous pink granite coast at Perros Guerric and the picturesque Iles de Brehat. The south coast of Brittany is within reach though you should allow a full day. There you will find towns such as Concarneau, Pont Aven and Quimper and the standing stones at Carnac
September can be a glorious month in Brittany. The weather can be superb and the sea is at its warmest. The crowds have gone so the beaches and paths are almost deserted but there are still enough tourists around for many of the restaurants to be open. There is plenty of daylight and the evenings are still light enough to sit outside.
"How do we give true justice to this beautiful bit of paradise that has become our second home.
'Our little gite' is testament to the wonderful hosts Jane and David, who are there if you need them, but allow you to feel as if you are indeed in your own little home for a truly restful, peaceful holiday. The gite is spotlessly clean, comfortably and tastefully furnished with beautiful bed linen. If you have a stop off on the way to stock up on basic needs it is possible to buy everything you need in Plevenon, a very pleasant cycle ride away. Walking, cycling , swimming are all on your doorstep and the darkness of the night and peace of just watching the rural world go by all add to a haven for rejuvenation from the busy world.
The beautiful beaches vary from secluded and sheltered where you are often on your own to large sweeping golden sands ideal for swimming and surfing or rock pooling, more activity going on yet still peaceful.
We are not sure why we are saying all this because we have been back eleven times and always want to be able to go back so we have actually kept the precise location secret from our closest friends! This year I may relent and tell my brother!
A lovely base in a tranquil location.
The Gite at La Latte was perfect for our quiet week in Brittany. Clean, tidy, comfortable and well equipped.
We enjoyed walking and running parts of the coastal path which was easily accessed from the gite (3min walk). There are a couple of beaches in walking distance with lots more a short drive or cycle away. We visited a couple of larger/more commercial beaches and found Sables D’or Les Pins to be well equipped with casual bars and restaurants and shops, if you want to spend the day there.
I would recommend taking a bike(s) if you are staying at La Latte... Plévenon is the local village with a couple of creperies, a tabac and an excellent boulangerie - which is a nice place to start your day however it is probably too far to walk there and back every day for a croissant. A bike would make this much easier. The local roads are also quiet and bicycle friendly.
We would recommend La Ribote restaurant near La Latte and if you venture to St Malo during your stay, you must visit a restaurant called ‘Effet Mer’ - a lucky find for us but we had a memorable meal with excellent service and incredible food. Operated by a friendly young local couple who are extremely passionate about their business - I’d recommend booking in advance.
In all, a lovely spot in a quiet part of Brittany. If you’re looking for somewhere peaceful to unwind, I doubt you’ll find anything better!
This property far exceeded my expectations! It's several years since we've been to France and many years since we last visited Brittany and this was such a good experience it makes me want to go back - I'd go back immediately given the chance! The property is delightful. It is extremely well maintained and kept to a very high standard inside. It is immaculately clean . Particular mention must go to the beautiful wild garden which attracts butterflies and bees and also to the lovely things inside the cottage- it is a delight. The owners are so friendly and very knowledgeable about the area and walks that may be taken. We spent a lot of time exploring the many coastal paths all affording breathtaking views of the bay. Fort La Latte and Cap Frehel are well worth a visit. The nearby beaches are beautiful.
I would certainly recommend this property especially if you like exploring on foot - there is a great deal of beautiful countryside to see!
Ten out of ten for every aspect except local amenities, as we had to travel to get wifi coverage; no great hardship as we could find coverage somewhere on our journey anyway.
Our hosts were most helpful and welcoming, giving us guidance for local facilities and walks, and taking an interest in our welbeing during our stay.
A large number of wonderful beaches, mostly almost uninhabited on our visits, gave us a very varied number of walks.
The gite had been established and maintained to a high standard, and must be one of the best that we have stayed in. The local creperies and the boulangerie in the local village were excellent.
All in all, a hugely enjoyable and relaxing week in a very relaxing environment, and we would recommend the gite to any couple who are looking for a quiet, but by choice, energetic holiday.