Rural cottage on coast near Cap Frehel

9.8/10
Plevenon (42km from Saint-Malo), Côtes d'Armor, Brittany Reference: BN004425 Advertiser since: 3 December 2015
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La Latte Self Catering Saturday 1 2 1

About this property

Tranquil and Private Stone Cottage on Coast. This cottage/gite is in a coastal setting.

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 a bar (with wi-fi) a butcher/charcuterie and you can also buy local mussels and oysters. 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.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

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

Living rooms

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

Bedrooms

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.

Bathrooms

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.

Heating

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).

Entertainment

Radio/cd player and collection of books in sitting room

Garden and outside

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

Parking and garages

There is off-road parking right beside the cottage and also a separate larger parking area at the end of the garden 20m away

Visitor suitability

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.

Information about any additional facilities

Prices are per week . Please ask if you would like to stay for a different number of nights. Changeover day is Saturday. However some flexibility may be possible; please ask.

A non-returnable deposit of £100 at the time of booking secures the booking; the balance (non-returnable) is payable 6 weeks before the arrival date. A returnable £100 damages/cleaning deposit (cheque or cash) is to be made with the final balance or on arrival.

The rental includes an allowance for electricity (cooking and hot water). This is adequate for normal usage. Any additional electricity used e.g. for room heating is charged at cost. The cost of water is included in the rental as are local taxes
The cottage is ready from 2 pm on the arrival day and must be vacated by 10 am on the day of departure.

Bed linen (changed weekly) is included in the rental, but not towels. A pack of towels can be supplied at a cost of £30 per visit. Please ask for details.

Facilities

  • Linen

  • Couples only

Activities

Beach holidays

Cycling

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR34

The Owner Recommends

Relaxing

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!

Going to the beach

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.

Cycling and Walking

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.

Enjoying the natural environment

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.

Food and eating

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). There is another Michelin starred restaurant (Maison Crouzil) at Plancoet (30 km).

Shopping

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.

Sports

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.

Going Further Afield

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

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.

9 Reviews
9.8/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9.9
  • Condition: 9.9
  • Facilities: 9.7
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 9.9
  • Value for Money: 9.7
10 / 10 Roger & Liz Bryant 24 August, 2017

We spent a wonderful holiday in La Latte. The accommodation is restful and well equipped and in a lovely setting.The goats in the field outside were an added bonus! David & Jane, the owners, were helpful & welcoming and on hand if we needed anything, without in any way being intrusive.
The wider area around the gite is very attractive with wonderful cliff top walks and a variety of sandy beaches within easy reach. There is every opportunity to just relax with a glass of wine & some cheese, or to venture out to visit nearby towns, to browse, drink coffee or sample local restaurants. We are hoping to repeat the experience in 2018!

9.3 / 10 mer.mcg 10 August, 2017

We spent a week in late July at La Latte. The cottage adjoins the owners' home which was nice to know - friendly people, living the dream!
The setting of the cottage is second to none, if you're into coastal walks and nature. Very varied land and seascapes. Beautiful area, literally on the doorstep, for exquisite scenery, walks / swims / exploring.
The cottage is stylish and thoughtfully decorated, making for a very pleasant stay. Peaceful also.
Naturally, on a holiday let, you perhaps don't expect to do a great amount of cooking - the kitchen space (worktops especially) is compact and not ideal for excessive amounts of food preparation. The bathroom being downstairs is manageable - visitors maybe have a little torch handy?
The amount of kitchen equipment, delph and glassware provided is very impressive - everything in terms of utensils and serving food has been thought of for laying out a meal.
Would happily return and recommend to people who enjoy nature, scenery, peace and 'quality time'.
La Latte - great spot!

10 / 10 Broughton 4 July, 2017

We spent a relaxing, peaceful week in early June Broughtonat La Latte. The cottage is perfect for a couple with everything one needs for a comfortalbe holiday. It was spotless, very well equipped and attractively presented.

We were met by the owners on our arrival. There was a bowl of delicious strawberries and flowers in the bedroom, all very thoughtful touches. We also received a bag of homegrown mange tout while we were staying. We were given helpful advice about local walks, the markets and places to eat. The market in Matignon should not missed nor the pain au raison in the Boulanger in Matignon!

There is a lovely view from the house over a wild flower meadow with the sea and beautiful coastline only a short walk away. We explored the excellent local walks but it would also be a good base to go farther afield.

We hope to return.

10 / 10 Jane and Andrew 30 June, 2017

We received a warm welcome from the owners of La Latte and a lovely dish of home grown raspberries which was a thoughtful touch. The cottage is in a peaceful hamlet surrounded by beautiful countryside and close to stunning beaches and a coastal footpath. The cottage was very comfortable and well equipped. We enjoyed the peace and tranquility of the location.

Nearby restaurants at Pleherel Plage and Erquy were excellent and a visit to the market at Matignon is a must. Fort La Latte is a short walk from the cottage. Enjoy the wild flowers and many birds along the way. Brittany at its best!

The owners were able to provide helpful advice about the area. We loved their wildflower meadow. We hope to return soon and explore more of this beautiful coastline.