|Pont Camarel||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||2||Travelcot|
Pont Camarel is a 200 year old artisan's cottage situated in its own grounds of three quarters of an acre, close to the village of Brelidy in the Cotes d'Armor, Brittany. The cottage stands in a very tranquil setting, near a bridge over the river Theoulas, which gives the house its name.
Set in beautiful countryside, Pont Camarel is close to many quaint towns and villages, and the Pink Granite Coast with its numerous coves and beaches lies within a short drive.
We have tried to retain many of the cottage's quirky features while making it a comfortable place to spend a holiday. It has all the necessary conveniences for modern living but retains enough of its past to allow the visitor to experience its rustic origins.
Pont Camarel is suitable for a range of guests from the couple seeking a tranquil retreat from the hubbub of daily life to the energetic family looking for plenty of outdoor space for the kids.
The cottage has a dining area that seats 6 adults and a corner kitchen complete with hob, oven, fridge-freezer, microwave and washing machine. It is also well equipped with such items as a coffee-maker, toaster and all the necessary crockery, glassware and utensils that guests will need.
The living area has a tiled floor and a traditional Breton fireplace with log burner. Furniture comprises two large sofas, coffee table, Welsh dresser and chest of drawers. There is a beamed ceiling.
The cottage has 3 bedrooms, 2 upstairs and one down. All the bedrooms have double beds, allowing 6 adults to sleep with ease. There is a travelcot for a baby.
Upstairs is a bathroom with bath and wc, while downstairs is a shower and wc.
The heating is electric throughout the cottage and guests may also use the log burner in the living room if they wish. Electricity and wood is included in the price.
The cottage has a television and dvd player, plus cd players. The television can only be used for dvds.
There are also a number of boardgames available and outdoor games equipment.
Guests can also barbecue outside.
To the front of the house is a lawned garden for relaxation and play, while to the side is a small meadow leading to the stream. There are benches and tables on which to dine outdoors.
There is an ample parking area off the lane that runs alongside the cottage, allowing at least 3 or 4 vehicles to park off-road.
The cottage suits couples and families with children equally. There is certainly plenty of outdoor space for children to explore and enjoy. Adults may feel less energetic and therefore can enjoy a lounger on the lawn with a glass of wine, listening to the birdsong.
The cottage may not be suitable for anyone with an infirmity. Obviously there is a staircase to go upstairs and the lower bedroom and shower room are accessed by steps down.
If you are a keen walker there are a number of designated walking routes close by. If you like animals you may be lucky to see deer and rabbits. Cyclists will enjoy the surrounding area, which has little traffic.
I am a retired headmaster and live in Cardiff with my wife Joy. I love all things French, particularly the sport of petanque, which is my main pastime. I play for a local club and have had the honour of representing Wales. I also like quizzes, whether competing or compiling.
|Year property purchased||1997|
|Why this location?||We chose Brittany because of its beautiful scenery, its quaint towns and villages, its dramatic coastline and its rich cultural heritage.|
|Unique benefits of property||Pont Camarel is a charming artisan's cottage in a quiet, secluded setting. The cottage is over 200 years old and retains many of its original features. Situated in the beautiful countryside of the Cotes d'Armor, it is also within easy reach of the stunning Pink Granite Coast.
The ferry ports of Roscoff and St Malo are easily accessible. Larger towns like Morlaix and St Brieuc are a short drive away.
Seaside village with beautiful pink granite rock formations and walks along the stunning coastline. Shops, bars and restaurants close to the beach.
Very quaint medieval town and port on the river Trieux. 12th century cathedral in town square. Bustling market every Wednesday morning. Treguier is ideal for a spot of lunch.
Old town and and working port. Particularly good for seafood restaurants and small shops. The 12th century Abbaye de Beauport nearby is well worth a visit.
Absolutely stunning mediaeval chateau on the heights overlooking the valley of the river Trieux. Beautifully kept grounds and good restaurant.
Popular seaside town with large marina from which many smaller beach resorts can be accessed.
Nearest large town with good supermarkets, plus a busy market on Friday mornings but get there early for parking!
Very pretty town close to the cottage, renowned for its floral displays in the summer. Take a boat ride to see the 50 lavoirs (wash-houses) along the edge of the river.
Large ancient town with dramatic railway arches and old buildings. A pleasant place in which to linger with a range of shops, bars and restaurants.
Large historic town with winding streets, excellent source of local foodstuffs but also large shopping centre nearby.
Town on the Rose Granite Coast with beautiful beaches and rock formations.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Pont Camarel. The house was more spacious than we’d expected from the photos and well equipped for our family of 5. We enjoyed the remoteness of no phone and WiFi and there was a large DVD collection suitable for adults and families alike.
We found plenty to do to entertain our family with days out at beaches,, Amoripark (a 10min drive away -good family fun day), and a trip to the zoo. As the French roads were so easy to drive we also did some longer trips eg 90min drive to St Malo for a day.
The cottage owners kept in touch via email in the lead up to the holiday. Once there, the neighbour was friendly and invited the children to feed his goat in the evenings.
I would recommend Pont Cameral to anyone who wants a self catering and doesn’t mind the lack of WiFi and some driving for days out.