2hrs from Roscoff, 3hrs from St Malo and 45mins from Brest airport, our gites are located in an idyllic part of Finistere.
The varied coastline of sandy beaches, rockpools, craggy cliffs and secluded coves is just a 10 min drive away. Still unspoilt, and far less built up than many other parts of Brittany, our beautiful, family friendly, yet relatively undiscovered beaches, are a rare find. We feel privileged to be able to offer holiday accommodation in this wonderful and special area.
Our beautifully renovated farmhouse, and 2 adjoining gites, plus private family heated swimming pool (open from mid May till mid October), enjoy a secluded 1 acre garden, edged by a stream and woodland.
The heated swimming pool is inside the walls of the beautiful roofless coach-house, across the courtyard from the gites. Our pool is large - 8 x 4 metres, with no shallow end, which gives plenty of room to either swim laps or play games. We heat it to 38 degrees during summer, regardless of the weather. This keeps it warm enough for the smallest of toddlers to use, even when our Brittany weather is not at its best! The poolside is decked, with sunloungers, and the pool adheres to current safety regulations. Outside the coach-house is a seating area screened by shrubbery from the other buildings. The pool can be used at any time of day, and we have found it the perfect place for the kids to get to know one another while parents enjoy some downtime. Towels are provided.
In the garden the swings, trampoline, badminton, swingball, and other play equipment will keep your kids busy, plus some small kids' bikes. Les Hiboux has its own private garden and eating/barbecue area secured by an attractive low fence and flowerbeds, overlooking the grassy play lawn so you can enjoy a glass of wine in comfort while supervising the kids. The Farmhouse has a large private, fenced garden area separated from the main garden, making it safe for small kids and pets and giving extra privacy, whilst at the same time the play lawn is visible from the garden.
The buildings have been very recently renovated by ourselves, maintaining as many original features as possible, such as the beautiful beams, and exposed stonework. We completed the work in 2015, installing modern kitchens, Wifi and satellite TV. There is central heating in Les Hiboux which is available in the colder months, and both properties have woodburning stoves, for which we provide as much wood as you like, at any time of year, free of charge.
If you have children, we provide personalised toyboxes for them, plus each cottage has board games, books, DVDs, TV in English and French and an excellent Wifi connection.
Our kitchens come fully equipped with oven, dishwasher, washing machines, microwaves, toasters, coffeemakers etc. We also leave some basic kitchen supplies such as washing powder, washing liquid, sponges, cling film, tea/coffee, salt/pepper, oil and, during high season, a welcome pack including fresh milk, bread, croissants and other goodies so that you can relax with a cuppa before heading off to the supermarket(5 mins drive in the local village) or unpacking. If you arrive late at night we can put in supplies for your breakfast next day, or just let us know what you need and we can pop to the supermarket for you!
We love having kids to stay and we understand that with small kids packing can be a trial so we have tried to make life as easy for you as possible, providing baby baths, changing mats, travel cots with comfy mattresses and blankets, plates/cups etc, booster seats and highchairs. Let us know if there is anything particular you need and we will do our best to accommodate you.
We have travel cots on hand with cosy mattresses and blankets.
We also provide plenty of towels and high quality bed linen at no extra cost and, of course, bathroom supplies such as loo rolls and hand soap.
We live all year on site so we can answer any queries and provide advice and recommendations about the area. If you like, we can make your vet or, if necessary, doctor appointments, and can even book a restaurant table for you if you are not confident in using the french language.
Our complex is part of a tiny hamlet called Leskobet, proud guardians of the St Corentin Chapel, which is a local pilgrimage site and connects to a network of walking routes leading to majestic views at the Menez Hom, highest point in Finistere. The mythical stream of St Corentin runs through our garden and feeds eventually into the Odet River at Quimper.
Our local village, Plomodiern, has splendid sea views, a supermarket, tourist office, several restaurants and bakeries, a takeaway pizzeria/creperie and a bustling market each Friday. It is also host to the annual Fete De Menez Hom in August, when locals dressed in Breton costumes parade through the streets together with Breton dancers from all of the regions of Brittany. During summer a Fest Noz is held every Monday night, when all are welcome to join with the locals, trying out these special Breton dances (or just watching of course!).
A ten minute drive away, are a number of sandy beaches, for swimming, surfing, or sand buggying. All are unspoilt, backed by dunes and cliff paths. We will provide you with beach towels and parasols for your daytrips.
Equally accessible is the stunning historic town of Locronan, often used in filmsets, and the canal town of Chateaulin, with cycle tracks along the banks of the beautiful Brest-Nantes canal. Within half an hour, you can visit the facilities of the historic town of Quimper, the fishing port of Duarnenez, or the unspoilt Crozon peninsular with its pleasure beaches and cafes. Further afield it is easy to reach the more touristic beaches of Southern or Northern Finistere, simply take your pick. Or explore the countryside inland. Feel free to ask us for recommendations regarding the many museums, beaches, national parks or attractions nearby.
For the sporty, there is swimming, surfing, and paddle boarding at the nearby beaches, also kite buggys, diving and kayaking are available at Pentrez or Crozon. Cyclists can enjoy the canal paths at the Brest/Nantes canal or the Foret du Nevet at Locronan, and there are tennis courts in the village, a swimming pool at Chateaulin, a kayaking school on the canal, hiking paths, climbing crags and paragliding.
Pet owners can enjoy the many secluded beaches and walks on cliff paths and countryside. The Bretons are particularly dog friendly people and welcome dogs into most of their cafes and restaurants if asked, so you will be able to take your dog with you on many of your day trips.