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Le Chataignier


Excellent 5/5 Score from 10 reviews

balcony from sitting room with sea view

House | 5 bedrooms | sleeps 10

Key Info
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden

Overlooking the beach the house is of an attractive neo- Breton style which has been extensively renovated and beautifully refurbished by an architect designer. Both bathrooms and kitchen are new and the house is beautifully equipped, It is perfectly situated for family holidays, being at the end of a private road, with views of the beach which is a 7 minute walk away. The town of Douarnenez is a few minutes drive away, with a good variety of restaurants and shops, and a large intermarche is a few minutes drive away.

The house is perfect for 2 families or groups holidaying together and with two sitting rooms enabling children and adults to have their own space . There are 2 terraces and sea facing balcony for al fresco dining, fully equipped with dining and relaxing furniture. The furniture is of light oak, shaker style and of good quality, ensuring comfort in a charming environment.

Size Sleeps up to 10, 5 bedrooms
Nearest beach Kerlaz 500 m
Will consider House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)
Access Car advised
Nearest Amenities 3 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Quimper or Brest 25 km, Nearest railway: Main rly Quimper 25 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

Luxuries Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view
General Central heating, TV, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine
Rooms 5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms
Furniture Single beds (6), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 10
Other High chair
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, BBQ
Access Parking
Further details indoors

The house has been completely renovated by an architect and designer, with new kitchen and bathrooms and offers spacious accommodation for 2 families on holiday. Consideration has been given to retain the charm of the house and yet offer all modern day comforts.There are 2 terraces and 2 balconies for outdoor dining, and should the weather be unkind there is an open fire. The rooms are light and airy and many have a view of the sea.

All the furnishings are of good quality. We have chosen light oak comfortable beds and shaker style furniture. Great care has gone into the renovation of this house and we are confident that you will appreciate the attention to detail.

It comprises of:

Ground level , large 'sitting room with 36 inch plasma screen TV ,DVD player, music centre, snooker table and sofas. French doors lead onto a lovely west facing terrace. This is a perfect kids retreat, where they can have their own space and not annoy Mum and Dad !!

Twin bedroom - children's room. No sea view.

Upper level- front door entrance into newly fitted kitchen with Shaker style oak cupboards and granite worktops. The kitchen leads onto the terrrace at the back of the property which is equipped with table and chairs.

Large sitting room with log fire and 2 french doors leading onto the balconies which overlook the bay. Comfy sofas and dining table and chairs for 10.The floors are of travertine marble as is the art deco style staircase.

Also on this level -Spacious double bedroom with twin light oak bed and windows looking to the bay.

Family bathroom with free standing Victorian style bath and tiled shower,

Separate WC ground floor.

Follow a pretty art deco marble staircase to the first floor -

Spacious bathroom with fabulous walk in shower , all recently fitted. Twin washbasins.

Master bedroom with views over the bay has a king size bed, fitted wardrobes and oak floor.

The furnishings are light oak , clean modern lines with the use of soft blues and greens to compliment the beach location.

The second bedroom also has a king- size bed , following similar style to the rest of the bedrooms with light oak and oak floor .

Third bedroom has twin beds, light oak furniture , with a sea-side feel. This is a spacious room again with sea views.

Further details outdoors

There are 2 terraces, both with garden furniture and beautiful plants. The house is situated at the end of a quiet lane,with an acre of garden , this is mostly treed as the house is built into the rock . There is a car port and large garage for bike and surf board storage. There is ample parking for 2/3 cars .

There is no lawn as such and no play area for young children. The house is surrounded by fields and woods.

Further details

20% non refundable deposit required please to reserve a booking.

Balance due 8 weeks prior to the holiday.

Payment in sterling or euros by cheque or bank transfer, or Pay pal with surcharge.

We accept credit card payment with Pay pal.

We include a light clean but extra cleaning is deducted

We ask you to leave the house tidy and remove all rubbish.

English speaking housekeeper lives locally.

The Brittany region

Douarnenez is a haven for sailors and fishermen and enjoys a mild climate.This area of Brittany is known as Cornouaille, whose capital is Quimper, a bustling thriving town. The coastline can be quite dramatic,La Torche being the rendevous for surfers whereas Cap Sizun provides a wild and magnificent setting for rare birds.

Pointe de Raz is a rocky promontary at the tip of Cornouille, now heavily protected as part of France's national heritage. From Douarnenez you are perfectly positioned to visit the lovely coastal towns of Benodet, and Pont L'abbe, as well as exploring the inland city of Quimper and charming villages such as Locronan only a few minutes drive away. Brittany has strong identity in terms of culture, peoples ' landscape and history. It has dramatic coast, white surf beaches and sheltered white sandy beaches. There is sparse heathland and dense forest, medieval ports and abundant seafood. It is the ideal place for a family holiday.


The house overlooks the Bay of Douarnenez, Plage de Trezmalaouen a 3 km stretch of sand , being a 8 minute walk away. This is a popular beach for beginner surfers, before attempting the big waves at La Torche or Bai des Trepasse 30 minutes away ! The house is privateand peaceful situated at the end of a lane so there is no through traffic, yet the town of Douarnenez is only 4km away. Douarnenez can be divided into 3 parts- the Old Port , the main town and Port Rhu , where there is a maritime Museum.

This is a popular area for sailing and Douarnenez has a strong history of fishing, being particularly famous for sardines ! Across the river is Treboul, once part of Douarnenez, where there are sandy beaches , a Spa , Thalassothermie, daily fish markets and twice weekly markets brimming with local produce- vegetables and fruit, seafood, oysters and the wonderful spider crabs ! At Treboul there are tennis courts and an indoor court close to the pretty beach Les Sables Blancs. Treboul has a sailing club and scuba diving school , and various cafes and restaurants bordering the marina. There is an abundance of good restaurants both in the town and in the neighbouring small towns and villages. The well known 'petit cite de characteur' , Locronan is a short drive away, its cobbled streets lined with prettty shops and restaurants.

Twenty minutes drive will take you to the capital of Finistere, Quimper, a pretty large town with a busy daily market and many interesting shops and restaurants as well as old churches and characterful streets.

This area has a huge amount to offer for day trips- Pointe de Raz with its dramatic coastline, Benodet, famous for its marina and sailing, Pont L'abbe and much more. The area is quite unspoilt with a marked lack of large hotels and commercial buildings and here one can really experience true Breton life .

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28 Oct 2014


"Fab U Lous"

A beautiful house in a lovely location with a stretching out view over the sea. Every comfort was catered for; lovely airy rooms, lots of comfy chairs, big tables for meals, TV and games area. W… More

31 Oct 2013


"Fantastic House, Great Location"

We booked La Chataignier for a week in October as a group of ten to see a friend off in this years Mini Transat from Douarnenez.Organising the stay was very straight forward, helped by the owner, Vick… More

1 Sep 2013


"Beautiful house in a beautiful setting"

Our extended family group 2 over 60's ,4 30 something's and 2 kids aged 7 and 8 had a great holiday in this lovely house. The house was very well equipped. The kitchen was fully fitted with … More

27 Aug 2013


"Fabulous house in a great seaside location, perfect for large family stay"

Le Chataignier is a lovely presented house in a picturesque setting. Good sized rooms and bedrooms. Very well equipped kitchen which opens onto a nice terrace for outside eating. Very clean and well m… More

19 Nov 2012


"A stunning, salubrious retreat for that well-earned holiday and/or celebration"

It was my 60th but, in truth, it could have been for any special family occasion. There were ten of us, six adults and four children, and the house was excellent, very well prepared/appointed/equipped etc - so spacious that we were never under anyone's feet, while close enough to be intimate in the family sense.
Most of us knew the Douarnenez area but recent skiing and summer holidays have taken us much farther south (especially the Vendée) in recent years.
Yet this short break, out of season, made us fall in love with Brittany all over again - it is, of course, so similar to our beloved homes in Cornwall after all.
Douarnenez town may be a tad disappointing out of season (its summer hive of port/ports, sailing, boating and fishing activity, for us, is the main draw) but the nearby beaches are superb (at any time of the year) and close by places like Quimper, Locronan, Giulvenic, Concarneau, Pont l'Abbe, Benodet, Audienne et al are lovely and superb whatever the date or weather.

We love the Vendée but we have fallen in love again with Brittany - and that, in no small part, is because of this homely, welcoming retreat, salubriously maintained by Vicky and Phil W and brought to life, on our arrival, by the delightful Karene.

We cannot recommend this place/area enough. We went for a party but this homely abode is a celebration for all seasons and occasions. Enjoy!

19 Aug 2012


"A perfect retreat"

This is a fantastic house if you want to get away from the crowds, but still have local amenities not too far away. As the property is at the end of a private road it is very quiet, apart from the sound of wildlife and the waves crashing on the shore. The views from the balcony are wonderful and it is just a short walk to the coast, with fantastic views from the coastal path. The house is very well equipped and the snooker table provided added entertainment, although sitting on the balcony with a glass of wine, watching the sun go down, was hard to beat. The owner, Vicky, was very helpful, as was Geraldine the housekeeper who gave us a warm welcome. We would definitely stay here again if we decide to holiday in this area. We have stayed in many houses in Brittany, but this was the best so far!

Thank you very much for your review. I am delighted you enjoyed your holiday here . It is always nice to hear that guests love it as much as we do ! I hope you may visit again . Vicky

14 Aug 2011


"Top notch self-catering in beautiful setting"

Have just returned from a week away here - eight members of family from three generations - and had a wonderful time. The house is beautiful, built into the hillside overlooking Douarnenez Bay, extremely well-equipped and comfortable. The basement containing a twin bedroom and large separate lounge including pool table, tv,dvd, wireless broadband was perfect for our teenagers, and other rooms very comfortable - beds are great and most rooms have a sea view. Beautifully designed, fab balcony leading off main lounge (coffee a.m, wine p.m!), plenty of parking and enough room for eight people to spread out and have a little down time if needed! Highly recommended. If you haven't been to this part of Brittany, go - and stay here!

10 Aug 2011


"Enjoy with a capital E"

A wonderfull house with "a room with a view" over the ocean! Sitting on the balcony - hearing the ocean - looking at the waves - you feel like a king and queen!

21 Jul 2011


"Lovely house in a great part of France, going is a must!"

Wonderful house which was very tastefully furnished in a beautiful location. In the morning sunshine we drank coffee on the balcony which over looks the beach. After a day at the beach which was only … More

19 Jun 2011


"Beautiful house in beautiful location"

We stayed at this really well equipped house for two months last September and October 2010. Never been to Brittany before so was not sure what to expect.Didn't need to worry really as it is prob… More

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