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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.
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 . 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.
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). There is another Michelin starred restaurant (Maison Crouzil) at Plancoet (30 km).
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.
If you need to get away from planet earth, this is it! The perfect location for a short break. Terrific accommodation with everything you will need available. The hosts who live next door were very helpful, especially accommodating us at short notice.
A great walking location, unreal beaches, very quiet and not at all busy, but it was September and this part of France does seem to "close" for the season about now. Therefore if you want to eat out, you will need to drive and go further afield. Probably true in the height of season too? The nearest supermarket is in the beautiful town of Matignon, some 15 mins away, but Plenavon, a few minutes drive has a butcher/baker/bar etc.
If you like or think you might like to cycle, take your bikes. It's perfect. A) to pop to the above stores or B) to explore the region by pedal power
The Cap Frehel, is in my opinion, one of the most stunning examples of where countryside, arable and forest, meets coastline, that you may encounter.
I would definitely recommend this property if you want peace, quiet and fresh air, enjoy walking and cycling......plus chilled nights in. It's perfect!
We needed total RnR and this was absolutely idyllic.
The cottage is perfect: aesthetically beautiful, spotlessly clean, stocked with everything from caffettiere’s to comfy bed - all of a very high quality - and set in lush farmland with a wild flower meadow as part of the garden. We spent our holiday in the company of bird song and butterflies. Owners, David and Jane, were in residence, in the house next door. They were so kind, helping us out when needed and guiding us to places to go, tailored to our needs, informed by their fantastic knowledge of the area.
The built and natural environment, of the area, is stunning. The beaches are beautiful, quiet, and set against dramatic scenery. The cliffs are purple, covered in purple and yellow flowers and green bracken. The sea is bright blue, when it hits the yellow sand the waves become an emerald green. We watched the sunset from the light house nearby. The roads, buildings and gardens, of the surrounding villages, are so well kept. The weather was wonderful. Totally fresh air: the lack of humidity, and the constant light sea breeze, kept all allergy triggers and biting insects at bay. Then there is the food and the decorum with which the French socialise - no tub-thumping boat parties. We liked the Breizh Bistro, in nearby Plevenon, very traditional and friendly.
Enchanting, totally recommended.
We had a great holiday, I've never felt so relaxed during and after a holiday before.
The setting, which is countryside , but only a 10 minute walk from the coast. The owners were very friendly and helpful ,showing us maps and drawings of the local walks /beaches etc. it was exactly as we had hoped for. You really need to hire a car to get the most out of your trip, the beautiful beaches and woodland walks are bountiful and many small towns/villages and ports are just waiting to be explored. The weather in June /July was great and due to the fact we had laundry facilities in the cottage combined with dry warm weather ,we managed to go home with all our clothes clean and dry.
We enjoyed cooking and Bar B Qing our meals when we wanted to and had a few meals in the local restaurants too.
We can highly recommend the cottage at La Latte for couples wanting to get away from it all and enjoy the peace and quiet of this lovely part of Brittany. The cottage was tastefully furnished, well equipped and very clean. On arrival we found freshly cut roses in the bedroom and a bowl of fresh strawberries in the kitchen, both from the owners’ garden, which were a nice touch. The owners who were resident during our 12 day stay were very friendly without being intrusive. The cottage is only a 5 minute walk from the GR34 coastal path with its breathtaking views from the cliff tops – the fort to the east and the lighthouse to the west. The coastline is stunning. The beautifully clean beaches nearby were virtually deserted, and this was in June! Le Petit Galet just 300m away served very tasty and good value galettes and crepes. There is a bistro on the way to Plevenon but it was closed most of the time we were there, so we did not get chance to go. Plevenon is the nearest village (boulangerie, butcher, bar), 3 miles away, so a quick trip in the car. Of the many local towns, we particularly liked Sables d’Or Les Pins, Erquy, Pleneuf Val André and Saint Cast le Guildo. Further afield, we recommend St Malo, Dinan, Binic, Tréguier and Le Gouffre (with its house built into the rocks).