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Cottage | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Riverside Cottage is a charming rustic detached south facing cottage, dating back to 1870 with extensive views to the river Trieux estuary and marina. It is superbly situated on 'La Rive Gauche', the left side of the river bank with gardens to the front of the cottage leading to the river edge - ideal for a lazy afternoon picnic watching the world go by! Recently renovated and Accredited 3*** in 2012.
The great advantage of Riverside is that you can walk everywhere locally so no need to take the car as the village center is within 400 meters. You can enjoy a meal and a glass of wine without worrying about driving home. Yet you are in a tranquil and quite beautiful spot. It is a very spacious cottage with river views from each and every room and has a light & airy 'seaside' feel. Riverside boasts 2 large king size double bedrooms, one with an en-suite WC, and a further alcove bed area with bunk beds. The sleeping arrangement is flexible and so for couples wanting to enjoy the space and position of this detached cottage it's great, or for groups of individuals travelling together and for families with children it's a super spot . There is a fully fitted kitchen and dining room plus a separate spacious lounge with a fireplace.
Outside the cottage has a private elevated sunny terrace which offers gorgeous views to the marina, estuary and village beyond. The kayak center is opposite the cottage and they offer courses and excursions to all age groups. During the warmer months there are weekly boat trips to visit the islands from the marina. If you like to walk or cycle there are marked routes for all levels and abilities. For fishing in the river you can buy your fishing permit from the harbor master for the day or longer.
Riverside is particularly suited to couples, groups of friends and families looking for space, charm and an excellent location with lots of things to do nearby. Fishing,kayaking and boat trips from opposite the cottage on the other side of the river and lovely walks from your doorstep!
Children and pet friendly!!
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|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||400 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Brest, Nearest railway: Pontrieux|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Sea view|
|General||TV, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Private fishing lake or river|
|Further details indoors|
Inside the house there is a variety of board games, dvds for both children and adults. The house is also pet friendly.
There is a garage attached to the house where picnic table and chairs are stored which can also be used to store your own bikes.
|Further details outdoors|
The private terrace is in an elevated position and commands excellent views to the river. Here you will find a full set of garden furniture and the very important BBQ. Guests are welcome to use the boules and badminton equipment during their stay - kayaks can be hired from the centre opposite.Bikes on request.
There is also a picnic table and chairs that can be used - guests often like to sit by the river edge in the front communal gardens and enjoy a picnic lunch or an evening glass of wine.
Superb views from the raised terrace garden - guests can take the steep steps up and enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the sunshine,or, watch the world go by whilst reading the latest novel!
Boat trips depart from the marina opposite the cottage.Steam train to Pontrieux via Paimpol.
Fishing permits available from the village bar/tabac and from the Port office - fishing in the river opposite the cottage.
Welcome basket on arrival - enough to get you started - coffee tea etc
No smoking in the house.
Full wifi access in the cottage
The Brittany region
It has been said that this part of Northern Brittany is one of France's best kept secrets and it certainly has a lot to offer in terms of culture and history. Its beaches and coastline are unspoit.
The medieval village of Pontrieux is in the Cotes D'Armor region of Northern Brittany and straddles the river Trieux. Pontrieux is famous for its 50+ lavoirs which can be visited by electrically powered boats and is a village with protected status by French National Heritage.
It has won awards nationally for its flower displays and has the prestigious classification as a 'Petit Cité de Caracter'. It also has one of the oldest running steam trains in this area and clients can take a days excursions up and over the valleys to Paimpol - a great day for all the family.
Pontrieux has a good variety of small shops, art galleries, pavement cafés and restaurants, a super wine merchant with a lovely boutique and really everything you need within easy walking distance of your house!
There is a weekly market, lots of local festivals and expositions and many places to visit locally. Why not start by visiting 'Le Chateau de la Roche Jagu' a wonderful castle dominating the estuary and its super gardens - 2 mins drive from the cottage.
The cathedral in Treguier, La Place du Centre in Guingamp are great places to visit locally and within 15 minutes. Sandy beaches, small fishing ports and some spectacular coastline and walks are within 15 minutes away. Try Paimpol, Treveneuc and St Quai de Portrieux for seafood.
Within 30 minutes you can visit the Tregomeur zoo, the theme park Amoripark, the island of Brehat, Ploumanach and Perros Gueric part of the Granite Rose coastline.
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16 Jun 2013
"A great base to explore Brittany"
We stayed in Riverside cottage for a week in May and used it as a base to explore Brittany by motorcycles. There's good parking immediately opposite and a great view across the river. The cottage really had everything we needed, including a small barbecue that was well used. The elevated terrace to the side of the cottage was a nice touch too. Pontrieaux is a picturesque town with has two boulangeries, a few restaurants, a pub and a good sized supermarket, all within walking distance of the cottage. Mauro and Alison were lovely hosts and always responded quickly to emails.
6 Jun 2013
"A comfortable cottage on the edge of a pretty village"
A pleasant stay within walking distance of village shops and amenities. The cottage is bright and comfortably furnished and made a great base for exploring the area. Wi-Fi only available at the pub across the river - not far but not always convenient. We did not use the terrace as it is up very steep and potentially dangerous steps and the weather wasn't really suitable for relaxing outside.
The beautifully kept public gardens to the front of Riverside Cottage provide a great alternative to the raised terrace area,especially for our more elderly guests.However, if you do feel able to take the steep steps up to the private terrace, the views across to the estuary and beyond are well worth it!
14 Sep 2012
"Relax at the Riverside"
My wife and I were looking for a relaxing week in Brittany, in a gite within walking distance of a small town, but also with the benefit of surrounding countryside, and not too far from the seaside. A big ask? Well, we found it all in “Riverside Cottage” in Pontrieux. The owners, Mauro and Alison, who live a few minutes away, were friendly, helpful and accommodating right from the very first email contact, through to them waving us goodbye as we drove off at 6.30 am at the end of our week's holiday.
The cottage is located on the bank of the River Trieux, about 400 metres from the town of Pontrieux. It has been recently renovated and is clean and freshly decorated. We didn't expect 5 star luxury hotel standards, nor did we get it. But that's no criticism of Mauro and Alison's cottage, because it is let as a gite and that's exactly what it is, but it was certainly one of the best gites we've ever stayed in. The two king-size beds were very comfortable, with nice firm mattresses. The two settees in the lounge were not particularly comfortable, but then we didn't spend too much time there. There's a small TV with Sky Freeview channels, and you can play your own mp3 music files via a USB slot on the TV. There's a really nice decking terraced area next to the cottage, although the steps to get to it are a little daunting. Our only disappointment about the cottage was the absence of wardrobes, and hence no hanging space for clothes.
By far the best bit for us was the grass area on the riverbank right outside the cottage. We spent many hours sitting, relaxing and dining there (take your own comfortable folding chairs if you've room), and you can even pick up free WiFi from the pub and the restaurant across the river. There are a number of yachts and pleasure craft berthed in the river, and this adds to the charm with a seaside harbour feel.
Pontrieux is a lovely small town, full of flowers when we were there in early September. There's a fantastic chateau only a 5 minute drive away, which is a must-see. Wear sturdy shoes because, as well as the chateau interior, there are wonderful gardens and walks down to the estuary. There's also a restaurant in the grounds.
We had a wonderful week at Riverside Cottage and would like to extend our thanks to Mauro and Alison for making it available to us.
Mike & Denise Bradshaw
1 Aug 2012
"Glorious stay in a fantastic setting"
A truly gorgeous setting with views of the river from all rooms. Pomtrieux is a lovely town a 10 min stroll away to collect the morning croissants and for evening bars and restaurants.
A huge selection of fab beaches and beachside restaurants within 20-30 mins drive
The owners are really friendly and helpful.
I'd you want wifi walk across to he pub opposite and you can get free wifi there (. And enjoy a beer or coffee at same time)
Not used much but nice to see british tv channels set up to keep the kids amused.
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