|La Tour||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||1|
'La Tour' (the tower) is a 4 storey tower built in 1810 according to local history for a family so they could see the sea from the top (not visual now but the coast is only about 30 mins away). Over time the tower has had many uses from being a family home, accommodation for nuns/monks (the old presbytery is next door) and when donated to the local community 'the poor' and others stayed there. More recently it was a 'gite' run by the local commune (council) until I brought it in 2017. The sale of the property by the commune has enabled renovation of another property in the centre of Landebaeron for social housing.
La Tour sits within its own walled entrance and gardens - a gravel area for parking and grassed areas with borders for relaxing. The walled area at the back of the property (front door access) is not overlooked. There is a range of outdoor furniture including a large metal table and chairs, small table and chairs, a hammock and 4 loungers. Underneath the tower is the 'cave' where the washing machine is situated as well as storage of outdoor equipment. Access is via a code provided at the property.
Many of the original features remain including beams in all rooms and the wooden staircase (42 steps so not suitable for those with limited mobility or small children). Over 4 floors it provides a characterful holiday home with modern facilities.
Landebaëron is a small village with no facilities though there are interesting old fountains, a church, many walks and trails. Not too far away in one direction is a community run bar and shop (St Laurent) and in the other direction is Kermorc'h with a shop, restaurant and bar combined, (check opening times especially at lunchtimes). Also at Kermorc'h is an electricity charging station (www.chargemap.com/map) as charging of vehicles at the property is not permitted.
The nearest town is Begard (7km) where you will find a supermarket with fuel and laundry facilities as well as restaurants, café/bars, pharmacy and banks or Pontrieux on the river at 8km. Remember most shops are closed at lunchtime and limited on Sundays and public holidays (check times so you don't miss out!)
La Tour welcomes all visitors including the furry types (note that the garden is not enclosed). Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the property or in the grounds.
From the 7 steps outside to the main door takes you into the kitchen/dining area. In the kitchen is a large fireplace housing an electric wood effect fire. A large blue fridge-freezer. A round table with tablecloth and 4 chairs. An electric cooker and oven, dishwasher, 'butler' type sink and a range of tiled worksurfaces with storage space under. A freestanding unit with cupboard housing glassware. A range of cooking pans, toaster, utensils, crockery and cutlery allows you to cook at home or prepare your picnic (picnic basket provided). Whatever your beverage there is an electric kettle , coffee-maker, wine bottle opener and ice bucket provided. A towel, tea towel, dishcloth and a couple of dishwasher tablets are provided at the beginning of your stay. Under the stairs are cushions and throws for use outside, some outdoor games and the seat/cover for the hammock) plus a hoover. Further cleaning materials in the tall cupboard near the fridge or under the sink.
Wooden stairs up to the lounge which is on the first floor and is open from the stairs. There is a two/three seater sofa with throw and cushions plus an additional chair with cushion. A coffee table with glass top and coasters. A wood effect electric fire with heater under the window. Two windows with roll down shutters. Some curtains. A shelf unit housing books and a console table with a television. There are both English and French TV and radio channels. Selection of books on the local area for borrowing. Selection of pictures, clock and 'tide clock' (decorative purpose only - check local tide tables)
One main bedroom on the 2nd floor is light (3 windows with shutters) has a kingsize bed (5ft wide 150x200cm), bedside table, small wardrobe, chaise lounge, dressing table and a sink. Heated towel rail and electric radiator.
Second bedroom on the 3rd floor has 2 'round' windows with curtains, 2 small double (4ft wide, 120x 190cm) beds suitable for a child or one adult. A dressing table, settle/bench, bedside tables and lamps. One electric heater. This bedroom has access to hanging space in the cupboard at the top of the stairs. In this cupboard is the iron, ironing board and a beach bag with beach towels (please keep the main towels in the house)
Both rooms have hairdryers, coat hangers, pictures, mirrors and lamps. All bedding and pillows fillings are not of animal origin and the bedding is a mix of linen, cotton, cotton mix with decorative throws and cushions. The duvets have a 'winter/summer' weight so can be adapted to how you like to sleep.
There is one bathroom which is on the 1st floor with access from the lounge. The toilet has a separate door within the bathroom. The bathroom has one window with a shutter and is heated by an electric towel rail. There is a shower unit and a basin. A hand towel is provided for the bathroom in addition to one hand and one bath towel for each guest booked. Water , which is drinkable, comes in from the mains system. The property is not on mains drainage (common in rural France) and has a 'fosse septique' (septic tank) method of dealing with waste- therefore it is important that nothing other than toilet paper (provided) is put down the toilet. Anything else is likely to cause blockages which are inconvenient for your stay as well as costly! (any blockages will be charged for and this is a reason to hold your security deposit for a few days until we are sure everything is functioning well)
La Tour is heated by electric radiators in most rooms except for the bathroom which has a heated towel rail and the lounge which has an electric log effect fire. In addition the main bedroom has a heated towel rail and the kitchen/dining area an electric 'logburner' type fire.
Along with a television (English and French TV channels including radio and music channels) there are a variety of boardgames and books to borrow. There is an outdoor area where you can play petanque/boules (balls and rules provided). Lots of trails and walks from the property as well as the coast about 30 mins away. More information in the property.
Wi-fi is provided and the box is in the kitchen - occasionally depending on weather conditions the line will go off and it is always best to switch off if there is an thunderstorm otherwise the box might burn out and you have no access until an engineer can attend! (we had this problem at our main house when we first arrived).
La Tour sits in its own walled grounds. One area of the garden is not overlooked- in this area is a built in bbq and provides space for outside dining including a table and chairs. The washing line is also in this area. In addition there are loungers and other table and chairs around the grounds. There is an area to play boules (rules and balls provided). The garden has a range of flowers and herbs - and depending on the season guests are welcome to use these during their stay.
La Tour sits in its own walled grounds and there is plenty of gravel space for parking.
La Tour is suitable for singles, couples, friends and families. Due to the historical nature of the building with 7 steps into the property and 42 inside it is not suitable for babies, small children and those with limited mobility. Well behaved dogs are also welcome but currently the garden is not enclosed- plenty of walks locally. A number of beaches allow dogs depending on the season (check for local information).
La Tour is available all year round for a minimum of 4 nights (5 nights in July/August) and up to 90 days. Please ask for longer term or out of season offers.
For your safety the property and grounds are non smoking and the use of naked flames (like candles) are not permitted in the property. There is a fire extinguisher and fire blanket (along with first aid kit) in the kitchen as well as carbon monoxide monitor (not strictly necessary as there is no gas at the property) as well as smoke detectors through the property.
Having worked in the health system for many years in the UK I was able to take early retirement in 2015. This freed up new possibilities including buying a house, an old dairy cottage, in Brittany. In addition an opportunity to purchase the tower (La Tour), an unique and interesting historical property , arose and so began a new and different working life for me of running a holiday home. Join me in enjoying this wonderful home for your holidays.
|Year property purchased||2017|
|Why this location?||In a small rural hamlet of 3 properties (French neighbours who speak some English) with walking trails straight from the property. Close to the historical towns of Lannion (inland port) , Guingamp (home to thriving football team) and Pontrieux (inland port). At Pontrieux you can take a train to Paimpol on the coast. From Paimpol there is access to boat trips to Ile- de-Brehat, one of the many islands around the coast.
Ideally located to visit the Cote de Granit Rose (Granite Rose Coast) as well as the Chateau de la Roche Jaqu.
La Tour is easy to access from the two main ports- Roscoff (58km) and St Malo (87km) though a bit further from Caen (but a shorter crossing). 83km from Dinard airport (though you need to hire a car for the rural location) with Ryanair flights from London Stansted (all year) and East Midlands (spring to autumn only). Also accessible from Rennes airport. (all distances are approx). You can also take the TGV from Guingamp to Paris in a few hours.
|Unique benefits of property||Unique, historical building retaining some original features with modern facilities to make your stay comfortable. Stands in own walled garden which is not overlooked at the back. Lovely night skies as no light pollution. Rural but within half an hour of the coast.|
Most towns hold weekly markets, often in the morning - here are some local ones:
Guingamp - Friday and all day Saturday
Perros Guirec- Friday
From car boot sales to antiques your chance to pick up something 'French'- there are many places to visit like the one in Guingamp as well as markets/stalls and events in towns.