Luxury cottage centre of Pontrieux Brittany

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Pontrieux, Côtes d'Armor, Brittany Reference: BN005392 Advertiser since: 16 March 2017
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Ti Hanv Self Catering Flexible 2 4 2

About this property

Luxury Cottage Centre Pontrieux With Walled Garden. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Home from home in heart of Pontrieux.

Luxury Cottage, in the centre of Pontrieux. Relax in south facing walled garden. Few minutes walk to river, port, supermarket, shops, creperies, pizzaria, brasserie and 2 bars.

A rare gîte with the accent on peace, quiet and a certain je ne sais quoi...

Ti Hañv in the original Breton language: trans 'Summer House'

At the very heart of timeless Brittany, Ti Hañv is a home from home for discerning travellers who yearn for the traditional France.

This beautifully restored private gite is a hideaway known to only a few. Situated in the centre of Pontrieux, where many of the buildings haven’t changed in a hundred years.

What makes it special? Spend a week here and you discover the rare pleasures of a Petite Cité de Charactère that values its heritage and regards visitors as guests.

Riverside restaurants, idyllic walks, lanes that are perfect for cycling, unspoilt beaches to discover, a bustling village - and all within easy reach of the UK.

Sounds like your kind of place?

The cottage, in the heart of Pontrieux, is in Breton style and has been fully renovated with an immaculate and modern interior. Well-equipped, it has private access, with walled garden, patio and summer house for the exclusive use of guests.

The walled garden in front of the cottage is south facing. Most guests comment on how lovely it is to sit in the summer house. The garden bathes in sunshine but there is always a shady spot.

The ground floor is open plan and arranged like a French longere with the living accommodation at one end including log burning stove, and the kitchen at the other, with dining area in between. With comfortable sofas on which to read a range of books, listen to music on the CD player or via wifi or watch English and French TV programmes and DVDs.

The downstairs bathroom has a large walk in shower and the upstairs bathroom has a bath with shower

There are two bedrooms, either side of the upstairs bathroom, one with a double bed in one and a single in the second - all with views over the colourful garden.

Eat in the half a dozen restaurants in Pontrieux or buy fresh food from the local markets or supermarket and eat in this home from home.

Restaurants include two creperies which also have grills and fish, a pizzeria, hotel, and a brasserie and pub with food in the port area,

The kitchen which overlooks the patio and garden, is extremely well equipped to be able to cook or eat almost anything. It is modern with fitted cupboards, built-in oven and hotplate, extractor fan, full height fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and washing machine.

There is a gate fold dining table housing four chairs and a breakfast bar with four stools. On the terrace is a table with four chairs and umbrella, as well as lounging chairs on which you can lie down. And of course a barbecue.

The summer house bathes in sunshine and catches the last sun of the day. Continue to sit out late and enjoy the night sky as there is a wall heater and lights.

Pontrieux is a ‘Petite Cité de Charactère’, dating from 15th century, famous for its Lavoirs or wash houses. Home to artists, Pontrieux is renowned as a 'Ville Fleurie' with four stars, and it has a weekly market on Mondays. The town is at the bridging point of the River Trieux with a pretty port area where one can watch the boats, canoe or just while away some time in the bar or restaurants. Some 4 miles downstream is the Château de la Roche Jagu with extensive park and gardens and wonderful views of the river.

Free fetes and events during the summer period, including Fetes des Lavoirs.

The cottage is within easy reach of the spectacular coast (including the Cote de Granit Rose), large sandy beaches, islands, villages, towns, harbours and castles to explore.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The kitchen which overlooks the patio and garden, is extremely well equipped to be able to cook or eat almost anything. It is modern with fitted cupboards, built-in oven and hotplate, extractor fan, full height fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and washing machine.

There is a gate fold dining table housing four chairs and a breakfast bar with four stools. On the terrace is a table with four chairs and umbrella, as well as lounging chairs on which you can lie down. And of course a barbecue.

The summer house bathes in sunshine and catches the last sun of the day. Continue to sit out late and enjoy the night sky as there is a wall heater and lights.

Living rooms

The ground floor is open plan and arranged like a French longere with the living accommodation at one end including log burning stove, and the kitchen at the other, with dining area in between. With comfortable sofas on which to read a range of books, listen to music on the CD player or via wifi or watch English and French TV programmes and DVDs.

Bedrooms

Two bedrooms - Sleeps 2/3/4
Master bedroom: normal 4'6" double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, two bedside tables (with drawers), dressing table with wall mirror above and chair and table in corner.

Bedroom two: one single beds, three tall chests of drawers/cupboards and one low cupboard with two drawers and wall mirror above. Second bed can be added if required

Bathrooms

Bath on first floor with shower screen and shower over bath, toilet and washbasin in built-in vanity unit with cupboards with electric wall heater.

Large walk-in shower on ground floor, with toilet and washbasin in built-in vanity unit with cupboards on ground floor with electric radiator and towel rail.

Heating

Electric heaters mounted on walls in all rooms including two bathrooms.

Log burning wood stove.

Overhead heater in summer house.

Entertainment

Flat screen TV with free to view English channels and also French channels.

DVD and VHS players with some DVDs and VHS videos.

CD player with some CDs.

Books.

Garden and outside

The walled garden in front of the cottage is south facing. It is always colourful and smells delightful, with a range of trees, roses, and a vine.

Most guests comment on how lovely it is to sit in the summer house which has lights and heater and where you can watch the sun go down.

The garden bathes in sunshine but there is always a shady spot.

Parking and garages

Parking is on the one way street outside the gite where there are four marked spaces.
Only light traffic passes by.
Parking also in two nearby squares.
All parking in Pontrieux is free.

Visitor suitability

Some provisions for slightly limited mobility such as hand grips in garden and handles in shower.
Generally unsuitable for somebody in wheelchair as bedrooms are on first floor and garden has stone paths.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Child facilities

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Pontrieux & also in many nearby villages and towns eg Lanvollen, Paimpol, Lannion

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Varied
Name of nearest fishing location: Pontrieux river and also sea

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Begard & Etables Sur Mer
Distance: 15 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Equestrian Centre Pommerit-Jaudy
Distance: 7 km

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR341

Watersports

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Kay Allan

Our family has been travelling in France for 40 odd years and we love Pontrieux and can thoroughly recommend it to you. I'm in the privileged position of working for nine months a year and spending three months in Pontrieux, enjoying the wonderful life in a friendly, thriving village. Our children have benefited from freedom and space, speaking French and being part of Europe. And now our grandchildren love the beaches... what more can you want!

Year property purchased 1989
Why this location? We were on holiday in France with the family, staying in a gite nearby which was in a farmhouse, with old furniture and not as clean as we might have liked! But the region was and is lovely. We visited Pontrieux which is a 'Petite Cite de Charactere' and a Ville Fleurie and saw a house with a sign 'A Vendre'. The owner was standing in the road, chatting to a neighbour. When we enquired about price, she asked us if we would like to see the house. That was it, we fell in love with it and went back to buy the house in the autumn. That impulse was over 28 years ago and we’ve enjoyed holidays and being part of village life there ever since. Over the years we've made many French friends. Our roots are firmly established. We've extended our house and built a completely separate cottage for the family, which is available to hire: Ti Hañv.
Unique benefits of property A rare gîte with the accent on peace, quiet and a certain je ne sais quoi...Ti Hañv in the original Breton language: translates as 'Summer House'. At the very heart of timeless Britanny, Ti Hañv is a home from home for discerning travellers who yearn for the traditional France. This beautifully restored private gite is a hideaway known to only a few. Situated in the centre of Pontrieux, where many of the buildings haven’t changed in a hundred years. What makes it special? Spend a week here and you discover the rare pleasures of a Petite Cité de Charactère that values its heritage and regards visitors as guests. Riverside restaurants, idyllic walks, lanes that are perfect for cycling, unspoilt beaches to discover, a bustling village - and all within easy reach of the UK. Sounds like your kind of place? We thought so and bought our home 28 years ago.

The Owner Recommends

Restaurants

Pontrieux itself has within very easy walking distance from the cottage:

Two creperies (Creperie des Lavoirs & Les Jardins du Trieux)
A pizzeria (La Piazza),
Three restaurants (Hotel Le Pontrev, La Sterne, Restaurant la Vallee)
Three pubs/bars (Le Schooner pub in the port also serves brasserie type food, PMU and bar in Le Pontrev)

Other villages and towns with 10 to 30 minutes drive have a big variety of restaurants, bars and cafes. Here are some favourites:

La Ville Blanche near Lannion
Auberge du Trieux in Lezardriex
La Clarté near Ploumanach
Le Café des Halles & many more in Lannion
Le Ponton & Hotel de l’Estuaire in Treguier
BZI (Breizh’ilien) & Quai des Isles in Trevou Treguignec
Les Embruns & Grand Hotel in Port Blanc
La Mandoline & many others in Guingamp
Aux Pesked & other restaurants too many to name in St Brieuc

Beaches

There are large sandy beaches within 20 or 25 minutes drive, miles of stunning coast line with panoramic views.

On the river at Lezardrieux, only 15 minutes from the cottage, is a small beach where you can swim in the river

Port Blanc is the closest beach 20 minutes away with several different beaches on a natural harbour

Trevou Treguignec - wide open beach where you can always swim whatever height of tide, with views to Les Sept Isles

Perros Guirec with Tregastel Plage

Plage Bonaparte - the most stunning beach in the region. At low tide there is a mile of golden sand which is covered at high tide so it is incredibly clean. You can walk down on to the beach at Bonaparte and walk for 20 minutes until you reach Gwin Zegal, a sweet harbour with tree trunks to moor boats and stop erosion, then back along the cliff. But you can only get that far at low tide. You can do it the other way round, but take care to check tide times as you could end up getting wet feet or even cut off!

Saint Quay Portriuex - two ports and beaches of many colours

Etables sur Mer - the first beach we visited with sand, swimming and rock pools to explore

Binic has three beaches and lots of cafes and restaurants

Ploumannach has wonderful rock formations on the beach including a cross in the local red granite

St Michel en Greve, where you can watch the tide creep in

Walking

Pontrieux is a great place to base yourself for some walking and there are sometimes guided walks in the season.

Grand Route 341. You can set off from the village and walk along the River Trieux. There are many places to access this Grand Route, so you can park by a Moulin and walk on different parts. Good places for bird spotting along the river bank.

Château de la Roche Jagu is about 10 minutes away where you can wander around lots of different gardens and paths and down to the River Trieux and there’s a café/restaurant. (see parks)

Coastal paths. There are many walks along beaches and coastal paths with gems to discover. For example Plage Bonaparte to Gwin Zegal. (see beaches)

Le Gouffre, north of Treguier, where there is a house built between two large boulders. Wild coastline when it is windy.

Cote Ajonc d’or is a route near Le Gouffre, marked for driving or walking along the coast –worth following, meandering along the coast through some villages. Also lovely for cycling.

Ile de Brehat. This island is famous for its micro-climate, lovely flowers and fact that no cars are allowed on it. Transport is by bicycle (which can be hired) and tractor pulling trailers or walking of course! It is north of Paimpol, reached by short ferry (about 15 minutes) from Pointe de l’Arcouest. Take a picnic for the day or buy local crepes on the island.

Mont d’Arree. This is south of the RN12 between Guincamp and Morlaix where you can do lots of wonderful walks, including across moor land. The forest around Huelguet is also lovely to walk in.

Markets

Pontrieux has a market on Monday mornings in the square close to the cottage with fruit and vegetables, crepes, flowers and plants, cheese and farm produce.

There is a market close by on almost every day of the week:

Paimpol on Tuesdays has great fish, food, clothes and a wonderful selection of restaurants all along the road over looking the Bassin - full of ships.

Treguier on Wednesdays spills from the square down to the river, with food, fish, clothes and so many things to buy.

Lannion is 25 minutes drive away with the best market in Brittany, held on Thursday mornings with the clothes and household stalls remaining in the afternoons too.

Penvenan on Saturday mornings is a very sweet market with everything including shoes, 15 mins away

And of course there are supermarkets including Intermarche in Pontrieux, with everything you could want including a very good fish counter, just a few minutes from the cottage. All the local towns and villages have at least a small supermarket if not large well-known names.

Heritage

We call it 'patrimoine' and you can find it in every village and town close to Pontrieux.

Churches have wonderful statues and stained glass windows. Churchyards have interesting tombs. And the 'monuments aux morts' or memorials to those who fell in the First & Second World Wars are wonderful. For example in Treguier 'La Pleureuse' of a woman crying by the famous sculpture Renaud.

And there are monuments for members of the resistance to be discovered in the countryside beside roads.

Not to be missed are the Parish ‘enclosures’ of St Thegonnec and Guimiliau with their rival calvaries showing characters in Breton costume.

The Breton culture is evident everywhere from the road signs which are in Breton as well as French, to the Fetes in villages celebrating a Saint, often including Breton dancing (Fest Noz) and singing.

There are many museums and art galleries including the Costume and Sea Museums in Paimpol, for the writer Ernest Renan in Treguier, art and olden times in Binic, art gallery in Morlaix and the planetarium at Pleumeur-Bodou.

Also a must to see is the Vallee of the Saints where dozens of very large granite statues of Breton saints dominate the landscape - in Carnoet near Callac

Parks & Gardens

In Pontrieux there is a small park by the River in the centre of the village.

Some four miles downstream from Pontrieux is the Château de la Roche Jagu, where there are extensive park and gardens and wonderful views of the river Trieux. Normally there is an exhibition and free events during the summer period. Walking around the park following the ‘Grand Tours’ is a joy, particularly in the spring in the camellia walk. There is a continuous programme creating new features and gardens. Pure delight, not to mention a cafe/restaurant to enjoy after a meander!

Les Jardins de Kerfouler in Plouec du Trieux less than 5 minutes from Pontrieux is an inspiration created by a couple who used to own a flower shop in Holland. It includes 14 different gardens from ones inspired by Morocco and Zen to others inspired by the sea and dunes.

Armoripark - amusement park including a lake with boats, slides and games to play, with an indoor and outdoor swimming pool

Artists' galleries

Pontrieux has a thriving community of artists including painters and a jewellery maker. Nearby Pomerit Jaudy has a sculptor who carved one of the giant Breton saint statues in the Vallees des Saints

Castles & abbeys

Chateau de la Roche Jagu is a fortified castle on the River Trieux

Tonquedec is a ruin which is fun to explore

Abbaye de Beauport, also a ruin is near Paimpol

Swimming Pools

There are public swimming pools in Guingamp, Binic, Lannion and St Brieuc, With a special sea water pool the Forum at Tregastel and pool in the Armoripark.

3 Reviews
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  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 A. Tucker 20 September, 2017

Best and most fully equipped cottage I have used in France, (and I have used quite a few!) and sited in the lovely village Pontrieux which is an ideal location, being within easy reach of the north Brittany coast with its many attractions. One word describes this cottage - "Excellent"

Owner response

Thank you so much Alan, it's very kind of you to say this. It would have been great to have met you personally. Please come and visit another time, in the summer when the weather is warmer! Best wishes, Kay

10 / 10 FranMoxham 3 August, 2017

We had a beautiful time staying in Ti Hanv for the week.

The gite is very roomy and well furnished. Everything you need is already there - especially when it comes to the kitchen.

Pontrieux is an idyllic town, with plenty to do. All the locals, including shop owners, were very friendly towards us and had some great advice/tips for our trip.

We ventured out to a different town/beach each day and really enjoyed every place we visited. Le Yaudet was a personal favourite.

Ti Hanv would be perfect for a family, or just a couple (couples) looking for a nice break in beautiful Brittany.

We cannot wait to visit again.

Owner response

Thanks Frances and Tom. Look forward to welcoming you again next year. Best, Kay and John

10 / 10 Stephen and Penny Bligh u u 7 15 June, 2017

Ti Hanv is situated in the centre of Pontrieux; a charming small French town with plenty of restaurants a weekly market, and the most beautiful beaches are a short drive away.
The Gite is so well equipped with everything you could possibly want and spotlessly clean. The garden and summer house is an oasis.
No hesitation in recommending this gite it is outstanding.