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Robinson R44 Raven II lands at Coat Amour

Robinson R44 Raven II lands at Coat Amour

Guests arrive at Coat Amour using all modes of transport.  The great majority come by car, usually fairly modern ones, although we have had quite few vintage cars here and some veteran ones too.

Some arrive by train, some by bicycle, others by motorbike, some walk and some fly to Brest or Dinard (Pleurtuit) or Rennes, and then hire a car.  We have some guests that have flown their light aircraft into Morlaix (Ploujean) airport.

About to land

About to land

Today was a the first time somebody arrived in their own helicopter.   The Robinson R44 Raven II helicopter flew in this morning and landed in our field adjacent to the swimming pool.  It all seemed so simple, and what a way to travel!  It is a very stylish machine finished in a royal metallic blue, with a range of about 250 miles when flying at 120 mph.

The owners often go off for the weekend and sometimes fly in company on safari type jaunts ~ what fun.

Super royal blue metallic paint

Super royal blue metallic paint

In September 2012 we entertained two guests from England, Chris and Nangi and, as you do, spent some time talking about our respective professions.  We all got on famously and we discovered that Chris is a film producer based in Totnes Devon. They were  very enthusiastic about our lifestyle, house and its grounds.

After they had returned home , Chris e-mailed us and suggested that he produce a film for us along the lines of one that he had produced for an hotel in the UK.  It took Jenny and I a hesitant six months to decide, courageously, to go ahead!

Chris and his family returned for a weeks holiday at the end of May with a large camera!  Over a fascinating and most enjoyable week, he collected over two hours of film and terrified Jenny and me  into giving interviews in both English and French. When you see  the film , you will recognise that interviews are not our strong point!

Chris then distilled the two hours into two You-tube films of just under five minutes in length.  One is in English and the other in French. We are very pleased with the results, although a little self conscious and critical of ourselves.

imagesHere are the links :~ English Version  and the French Version

or go onto our web-site and click the you-tube button ~ web-site

We hope that you will enjoy the films for what they are – a bit of fun.

If you want a You-tube film made for you, I recommend Chris Watson of Totnes. Contact him by e-mail at Chris Watson Films thechris.watson@virgin.net and/or 07770 790 762

Pendant le  séjour  de deux hôtes ( Chris et Nangi) au mois de septembre 2012, nous avons appris  que Chris était un producteur de films a Totnes dans le Devon. – (Grande Bretagne) Ils aimaient bien notre Manoir et parc.

Après ils sont rentrés chez eux, Chris nous a envoyé un courriel et a proposé qu’il produise un film pour nous comme celui qu’il avait produit pour un hôtel au Royaume-Uni. Il a fallu pour Jenny et moi une période de six mois pour nous décider, hésitants, courageusement, pour aller de l’avant!

Chris et sa famille sont revenus pour une semaine de vacances à la fin du mois de mai avec un grand appareil photo! Au cours d’une semaine passionnante et la plus agréable, il a filmé plus de deux heures et nous a impressionné  en donnant des interviews en anglais et en français.

Voici le film en français ~ French Version

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Nous sommes très heureux d’annoncer le lancement d’un nouveau site internet – CHARME BRETAGNE.

Ce nouveau site est le conséquence de mois de travail par un groupe de membres bénévoles du club.  L’association fédère désormais 41 des plus belles maisons d’hôtes et gîtes de charme de Bretagne.

Nos membres habitent dans les Châteaux, Manoirs, anciens Moulins, Fermes et d’autres bâtiments de charme en Bretagne. Nous ouvrons nos portes aux visiteurs que ce soit dans nos gites ou chambres d’hôtes.

Le nouveau site regroupent toutes nos belles adresses afin que les vacanciers puissent trouver un petit endroit en Bretagne pour un moment de détente et ou de découverte.

Les membres du club sont sélectionnés pour la qualité de leur hébergement mais également pour la qualité de leur accueil. Chaque endroit est unique et plein de charme !

Le site existe en Français et en Anglais. Vous y trouverez des lieux de séjour répartis sur toute la Bretagne. Nous espérons que ce site vous aidera à trouver votre endroit de charme en Bretagne !

A bientôt, nous vous attendons !

We are very pleased to anounce the launch of a new web site called CHARME DE BRETAGNE. The web site is the result of several months work by members of a new  club which has been started by a group of 41 like minded owners of chambres d’hôtes and gites (B&B and self catering holiday homes) in Brittany.

Members of the club  live in Chateaux, Manor Houses, Mill Houses, farms and other historic buildings.   We open our doors to paying guests, be it for a self catering holiday in a gite – often created from lovely out – buildings on site – or in bedrooms in the main house on a B&B basis.

The new web site groups together all of best adresses , in order that the holiday maker may find a little piece of French ambiance and history in which to relax and have a wonderful time.  Each property is run and managed by like minded people, mostly French but a number of English owners,  like us,  are included too. Each property is unique, individual & full of charm.

The web site has been compiled in French and English.  The properties are to be found all over Brittany.  We hope it will  make it easier for people to find somewhere ‘special’ to stay, either for a period of time, or on a touring holiday.

Home owners who do this job enjoy entertaining people and they would love you to stay for more than one night, so that they  can get to know you and so that you can have the time to explore their little corner of France.

Go on…..spoil yourself !

Attacking through the woods

Pirates ship moored at Coat Amour

A group of nine English pirates successfully returned to their base in Bristol after a profitable raid on Coat Amour, Morlaix, Brittany, today.

On Friday last the pirates fought their way past the Chateau du Taureau and into Coat Amour in Morlaix, mooring their ship behind the chateau.

The fighting continues

They thoroughly searched the grounds for buried treasure, using clues left by two local conspirators.

They soon found the map telling them where the treasure was buried.

Gold pieces of eight were found in some quantities, with other trinkets and precious stones, in a brass bound treasure chest.

 

Hmmm ~ Yep its Gold!

Pirate ship moored behind the Chateau

Flushed with their success they settled down to a hearty meal on board their ship before turning in for the night!  Aarrh!!

Hearty pirate grub!

Co-incidentally the notorious pirate captain, Henry of Bristol, was celebrating his fourth birthday on the same day.

Walking the plank

La Maison du Jardinier

Jenny and I feel very privileged (thrilled and excited actually!)to have been mention in the Times newspaper travel section today 14 July 2012.  Our Gite “La Maison du Jardinier” has been chosen as one of the 20 outstanding places to stay in Brittany ~ WOW!

Our heartiest congratulations go to all the other places chosen and particularly to our good friends Peter and Penny Dinwiddie at Kerlerdan ~ BRILLIANT!

Jenny et moi nous sentons très privilégiés d’avoir été mentionné dans le journal “THE TIMES” aujourd’hui le 14 Juillet 2012.   Notre gite “La Maison du Jardinier a été choisi comme l’un des 20 meilleurs endroits pour séjourner en Bretagne ~ WOW!

Nos plus sincères félicitations à tous les autres lieux choisis et en particulier à nos amis Peter et Penny Dinwiddie  à Kerlerdan ~ NICKEL!

Our special cottage La Maison du Jardinier

From this to ~

to this!

Le Salon

La Cuisine

Nice and cosy in winter with it’s wood burner and gas central heating

La Chambre

La grande Phare ~ Kervilahouen, Belle Isle en Mer

Go and visit one of the largest and most beautiful islands off the south coast of Brittany ~ Belle-Isle-en-Mer.  Just before we went Jenny and I had spent a very concentrated period of time, refurbishing our larger gite, “L’Ecurie”, plus a bedroom in the manor house, and had the busiest April in our B&B ever.  Basically we wanted a quiet holiday close by, to recover.  We chose to go to Belle-Isle-en-Mer and to go to a hotel with a good reputation ~ La Desirade.

We made some good choices!  Belle-Isle-en-Mer is a charming little island, only about 20 kilometers long, not much traffic, lots of fabulous walks, deserted beautiful beaches, and with it’s own weather pattern.  La Desirade was very comfortable, the staff very friendly and efficient and the breakfasts and dinners yummy!

Le Palais, the main entry point to the island (and notional capital, I think) is a lovely little town dominated by the the Vauban Citadelle.  This is an enormous fort, of complex design, now containing a museum and an upmarket hotel/restaurant.  We spent a large proportion of the first day wandering around the battlements and the museum.  There are lots of interesting exhibits and paintings, and did you know the English once owned the island and did a swap with France for the island of Minorca!

Beach at Donnant, Belle Isle en Mer

As a sailor I had always wanted to sail and moor in Ster Vraz on the west coast of Belle Isle.  Needless to say I have yet to do this, but did go and see it this time and was entranced.  It does not seem so small as the charts would have you believe.  On the first visit the wind was blowing very strongly from the east, yet boats were coming in and out in complete calm.

The coastal paths are extensive and at the weekend were very well used by walkers and mountain bikers.  The beaches were deserted though and we spent most of one day on one beach and shared it with one other couple.  So, in summary, go to Belle Isle, out of high season, and have a happy and wonderfully relaxing holiday.

Co to Citadel Vauban web site

Go to Belle Isle web site

The harbour at Le Palais – Belle Isle en Mer

Click for more photos of our holiday

One of the most beautiful islands off the North coast of Britany is called the Isle de Brehat.  It is found on the coast of  the Cotes d’Armor just north of Paimpol, and about a one hour drive from Morlaix.  The approach to the departure point is well sign posted from the centre of Paimpol and the view from the top of the cliffs just before you arrive at the quay is truly fabulous, and even more amazing at low tide.  The boat trip across to the island takes about ten minutes and is very pleasant.

Approaching Le Port Clos ~ Isle de Brehat

The island itself has few if any cars, it is warm, luxuriant and criss crossed by tiny sheltered lanes, that are wonderful to explore.  The pink granite rocks and the pine trees, echiums and other wonderful flowers are a joy to behold.  You cannot help but be taken back in time and wonder if they could tell some interesting stories.

Press here for a map

Jenny and I took our friends Chris and Diana for a quick visit to the island on the last day of May, in between guests leaving in the morning and others arriving in the early evening.  The weather was very kind to us, and we were extremly lucky to arrive in time to walk onto a ferry and get to the island for about 11:30.  We had to leave by 15:00, but it was enough time to walk around the main part of the island and have a picnic too.  There are lots of places to hire  bicycles at a reasonable prices, and I think that this will be a good idea for next time.

Jenny and I can thoroughly recommend a trip to this island ~ we all had a great day out and shall return.

Some more photos ~ click here

Manoir de Coat Amour

View west from La Chapelle Saint Michel

La Chapelle Saint Michel, Isle de Brehat

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