|Ti Hanv||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||2|
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, creperie, 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: translates as '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.
Eat in the half a dozen restaurants in Pontrieux or buy fresh food from the local markets or supermarkets and eat in this home from home.
Restaurants include a creperie, providing a range of food, a pizzeria, hotel, and a brasserie and pub with food in the port area.
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 four 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.
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 4 chairs and a breakfast bar with 4 stools inside the cottage.
On the terrace is a table with 4 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. Contains a round table and 4 chairs.
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 2 comfortable sofas on which to read a range of books, listen to music on the cd player or via wi-fi or watch English and French tv programmes and dvds.
Two bedrooms - Sleeps 2-4
The 1 bedrooms are either side of the upstairs bathroom. Bedroom 1 has a 4'6" double bed and bedroom 2 has two 3 foot single beds.
All upstairs rooms have lovely views over the colourful garden.
Master bedroom with double bed also has a wardrobe, chest of drawers, two bedside tables (with drawers), dressing table with wall mirror above and chair and table in corner.
Bedroom 2 with 2 single beds also has 3 tall chests of drawers/cupboards and 1 low cupboard with 2 drawers, a coat/clothes stand and wall mirror.
The downstairs bathroom has a large walk in shower and the upstairs bathroom has a bath with shower.
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. Wooden 'trivet' and hand rail in shower for extra safety.
Electric heaters mounted on walls in all rooms including two bathrooms.
Log burning wood stove.
Overhead heater in summer house.
Flat screen tv with free to view both English and French channels.
Dvd and VHS players with some dvds and VHSvideos.
CD player with some cds.
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 grapevine. The garden bathes in sunshine but there is always a shady spot.
On the terrace is a table with 4 chairs and umbrella, as well as lounging chairs on which you can lie down. And of course a barbecue.
Most guests comment on how lovely it is to sit in the summer house which bathes in sunshine and catches the last sun of the day.
Continue to sit out late, watch the sun go down and enjoy the night sky as there is a wall heater and lights. Contains a round table and 4 chairs.
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.
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.
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 30 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 30 years ago.|
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
First class cottage; administration excellent. Thank you.
A great holiday in a property that had everything.Very close to all local shops and facilities.Very clean and with everything that might be required on holiday. Plenty of outside equipment for eating and relaxing.I would totally recommend the property to anyone thinking of staying in the area.Many nearby sights,beaches and towns.The owner was extremely helpful in both booking and local advice. A 10 out of 10 property. Well done the owner.
Hello Peter, thanks so much for your kind comments. I'm glad you had a wonderful holiday in this lovely weather. Thanks also for ringing me. It was great to hear of all the places you visited, including a restaurant we haven't tried. So that is on the list for our next visit. Please do come and visit again. All the best, Kay
What a treasure!
Ti Hanv is a lovely gem set in the middle of Pontrieux, which is perfect for exploring the rest of the North Brittany region due to its central location.
Starting with the property, it is faultless. Really, 10 out 10. It has a beautiful garden, which is not overlooked, and with a lovely dining area under cover, in addition to the usual patio area, it made a lovely place to sit out at night and while away the hours.
Ti Hanv has absolutely everything that you could possibly want, and is in good decorative order. There was just us, a couple there, but it would also suit two couples or a family as there are 2 toilets/showers.
All the amenities are just outside the gate, and Pontrieux is well equipped with a good butcher, 2 boulangeries, a big supermarket and a choice of 3 or 4 decent restaurants that are inexpensive.
We were there for 2 and a half weeks and saw a lot of the surrounding region, but still didn't see everything.
The owners, Kay and John were a delight to deal with. In fact, they own the property next door as well was a stroke of luck that they were there when we were, at least for part of the time. They are not obtrusive, but it was reassuring as they could offer great advice. They use a local English lady called Judith to meet and greet, and again, nothing was too much trouble.
Thank you so much Adrian for this wonderful review. We are so glad you had a good time and explored our lovely region. Please come and visit us again. All the best, Kay and John
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"
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