Gite | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Set on a small fish farm surrounded by beautiful river meadow and woodland, the cottage and garden face south, with views across the farm and river Trieux to the wooded hills on either side of the valley. No longer farmed commercially, the trout and salmon farm was one of the the first in Brittany, built in 1938. It is on a designated scenic route approximately 15km from the historic market town of Guingamp. The nearest village is Plésidy, 3km along a lane opposite the house.
There is ample opportunity to discover regional culture, take part in the frequent local social events and enjoy the local countryside, woods and coast. The area is ideal for walking, cycling, fishing and horse riding and local attractions are plentiful, including castles, churches, abbeys, museums, theme parks, busy markets and fishing ports. The cottage is easy to reach from the UK and a short drive from the beautiful cliffs and sandy beaches of the Côte de Granit Rose (Pink Granite Coast).
English speaking caretakers in the village.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Binic 30 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Dinard 120 km, Nearest railway: Guingamp 15 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Trampoline, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors||
The house is self-contained and centrally heated. Although there are steps up to the front door the kitchen is at ground floor level because of the slope of the land. It has a south-facing central sitting/dining room with a table and chairs at the window, a double sofabed, armchairs, TV (French TV only) and DVD player. A selection of DVDs is available. Both bedrooms have similar south-facing views. The kitchen has an electric cooker, microwave, fridge-freezer, washing machine and dishwasher. The bathroom has a shower/bath. We have a cot and high chair if required. You can hear the sound of the waterfalls supplying the fish ponds.
|Further details outdoors||
The small private garden is fully enclosed and has a grass terrace, table, chairs and a barbecue. Boules, badminton set, bikes, etc. are available. Beyond the garden in a grassy, pondside area are some tyre swings and a 12' trampoline. Access to the house and garden is either down steps from the road or through a gate on the farm side of the house where you can bring your car to park and unload.
The construction of the fish farm, largely unaltered since the 1930s, blends well with the surroundings. The fish were kept in weathered concrete tanks connected by an ingenious arrangement of pipes and waterfalls, most of which are now disused and a haven for wild flowers and wetland wildlife.
The river runs through the property and beyond the garden there are other waterside areas where you can relax, barbecue and eat outside. These are unfenced so please bear this in mind if you have young children. There is access across the farm and over a bridge to the woods running up the valley through our land. You are very welcome to explore and fish along the river bank and information is provided about walks from the farm. We are situated some 6km from the source of the river, which is fed by two picturesque lakes. In summer you can walk on stones across the river, while in winter the flow increases tenfold or more and can be quite spectacular.
Rental during the summer months is usually on a weekly basis with changeover on Saturday. Please contact us for longer or shorter stays and we will do our best to accommodate you.
The Brittany region
Brittany is an area settled by Celts from the British Isles and the local culture has similarities to that of Ireland, Wales or Cornwall. It is still largely agricultural and the countryside is peppered with small fields, hedgerows and woodland.
The coast has everything; it is perfect for walking (there is a public footpath which follows the entire coast), for relaxing on the beach or for a fine seafood lunch overlooking one of the many small fishing ports. There are dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches, large sweeping bays, small coves with rock pools and historic harbours. The nearest beach to the farm is at Binic, a small port with a big sandy bay. A ramble along the coastal path at Plouha will take you past the picturesque Gwin Zegal, one of the last mooring sites in Europe still to use traditional wooden piles. Wilder areas include the Sillon de Talbert, a long pebbled spit jutting out to sea between the Jaudy and Trieux estuaries, and the rocky coastline to the north near Ploumanac'h. The Baie de Hillion is an estuarine bird-watchers paradise as are many of the offshore Islands such at the Sept-Isles to which you can make boat trips. There are other islands off the north Breton coast such as the Isle de Bréhat (a 10 minute boat trip from l'Arcouest), remarkable for its temperate micro-climate and lovely gardens. It is a paradise for children (and parents) as there are no cars.
The towns and villages along the coast are full of bustling traditional food shops, boutiques, cafés, bars, crêperies and seafood restaurants. Particularly attractive is Paimpol with its fishing port and marina, big weekly market and the nearby beautiful Abbaye de Beauport, situated along the bay at Kérity. There are centres for diving, sailing, windsurfing and other water sports as well as horse riding centres some offering rides on the beach.
There are also beautiful market towns with interesting histories. The site of the Château de Guingamp dates back to the C9th. There are many castles in the area including the Château de Tonquédec, a mediaeval fortress with a most impressive command of the beautiful Léguer valley and the Château de la Roche Jagu overlooking the river Trieux on a dramatic site near the estuary with beautiful terraced gardens, a gallery with exhibitions all year round and frequent concerts in the summer. Further inland the picture postcard lakeside towns of Quintin and Châtelaudren (complete with sound and light show) offer the opportunity to admire local architecture and soak up centuries of history.
Many farms are open for visits under the bienvenue à la ferme (welcome to the farm) initiative, whereby farmers and artisans invite you to discover their work. There are also museums, funparks, fairs and other wildlife and outdoor discovery centres, all of which are very child-friendly.
If you want a rest from travelling, why not relax at the farm, enjoy the garden and explore along the river? Information is provided about local scenic walks from the farm. There are many megalithic monuments in Brittany and in Plésidy there is a 5m menhir, or single standing stone, at the site of what is thought to have been a sacred spring. The villages surrounding the farm all have beautiful chapels and churches with ornately carved calvaries and many hold pardons during the summer months. Pardons are yearly religious festivals that are part of the Breton tradition and usually include a colourful procession, sometimes with people in traditional dress, carrying ornate banners and candles to the church or chapel, followed by a fest deiz (lay festival) which may include a convivial sit-down meal to which all are welcome, traditional dancing or a boules competition.
If you want to meet local people, there are also numerous festou noz (evening festivals). These are similar to a Scottish ceilidh, with traditional music and dancing in which everyone is invited to take part. There are usually refreshments - anything from galette-saucisse and a glass of local cider to a sit-down meal.
In and around the local villages are roads and paths perfect for walking and cycling. There is a local publicly-owned forest with endless footpaths and cycle tracks. There is also a horseriding centre in the nearby villiage of St Adrien which organises both lessons and rides in the surrounding countryside for all abilities. Beside the trout fishing along the river at the farm and further downstream, there are also coarse-fish and trout fishing lakes nearby.
Guingamp and the surrounding towns have plenty of restaurants to cater for all budgets. Most reasonably sized villages have a crêperie or restaurant ouvrier (workers' bar and café) and the area has a good number of top class restaurants such as the Auberge Grande Maison, Aux Pesked and JP Crouzil.
A tourist information pack is supplied in the cottage and we will be very happy to provide additional information about places to visit and local events during your stay.