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Manoir de Coat Amour as seen by You-Tube

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

THE TIMES ~ 20 Outstanding Places to Stay in Brittany

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

Creating a new web site ~ part one

This is a two part blog, the first part celebrates the launch of the our new web site, whilst the second part will feature the inclusion of some new super photos within the web site.

I am not sure still, after seven months work, what the secrets are to creating a web-site easily.  If anybody has any ideas I should love to hear from them, just for the next time around.

Jenny and I wanted a refreshed, easy to use, modern, stylish replacement for our original web-site that was created for us by our friend John Worsfold about seven years ago.  We have largely retained the wording from the original and indeed many of the photos.  We even had a good idea of how we wanted it to look.  It took us longer us much longer to achieve than expected, but in any event it is now finished and launched.

I am sure that the critical and particularly the teachers amongst you, the readers of our blogs, will spot the typos and grammatical mistakes/errors.

So on to some excuses.  Spring has sprung, we have almost finished the complete refurbishment of our big gite L’Ecurie, with a new roof, new internal and external decorations and some little other tweaks too.  We have been busy in the manor house as well with redecorating the dining room and two bedrooms plus making some changes in the garden.  We have yet to take any new photographs, however, the wisteria and the azaleas around L’Ecurie are almost in full flower ~ so anytime soon!  In addition we have been so busy with clients this April, and both gites are occupied so that photos have not been at the top of our agenda!

Bike hire in Morlaix / location de velo a Morlaix.

No Nellie ~ Stay!

Bike hire in Morliax / location de vélo a Morlaix.

A super new facility is available to visitors to the town. A bicycle hire shop has been set up in the ex -tourist information office, which was formally a railway station building.  Conveniently situated just close to the viaduct, in the Place des Otages, the shop is called the ‘Pavillon de la randonnée.’  It is open all year from 9am until 7 pm, including lunch times (closed on Sundays except in July and August)

C’est possible  à louer des vélos au centre ville de Morlaix. Le Pavillon de la randonnée est situé tout près du viaduc dans l’ancien office de tourisme, Place des Otages.   Les horaires sont 9 hrs au 19 hrs tous les jours.  (Fermé  le dimanche, sauf juillet et aout)

Quelques différents modèles sont disponibles.  Vélos pour les enfants entre 6 et 12 ans.  Several types of bicycle are available, including bikes for children from the age of 6 – 12 yrs.

VTT  – Vélo tout terrain  – off roader

VTC – Vélo tout chemin  – mixed off roader and city bike.

VAE – Vélo assistance électrique.  Electric bike for adults.

It is also possible to hire a trailer for children ( UNE REMORQUE)  a baby seat (9 – 20 kilos)( PORTE – BEBE) and basket / saddlebags. ( PANIER / SACOCHE)

On peut louer les remorques, porte bébé ( 9 – 20 kilos) paniers ou sacoche.

Bicycles are hired with a helmet and luminous vests. Une casque et une veste lumineuse  sont inclus avec la location.

A family who stayed with us in August about to set off on an excursion!

It is advisable to reserve in advance for the summer season. Vaut mieux réserver en avance pendant la saison estivale.

For information and prices/ renseignements et prix :

Contact Yannick Le Fuc . e mail velo.rando@tourisme.morlaix.fr 0033 ( 0) 2 98 63 87 82

Early Booking Offer

Bretagne

A big hello to all of our Blog readers.

Brittany Ferries will be introducing an early booking offer on or soon after 19 September that will last through until 31 October 2011.  The early booking offer will provide a 25% saving on car and passenger fares with Brittany Ferries instead of the usual 20%, available to our customers.  So take advantage of this offer and come and see us here in beautiful Brittany.  Take an night ferry, even better have a commodore class cabin with breakfast in bed, arrive in St Malo or Roscoff followed by a gentle drive to Coat Amour.  Spring is a wonderful time to visit us, the garden will be full of primroses and daffodils, the magnolias will be if flower, together with a host of other flowering shrubs and trees.  Come, relax and let us help you to throw off the winter blues.  As a little incentive we are offering a stay four days at Coat Amour for the price of three between the 12 March and 13 April 2012.

Primroses at Coat Amour

Recycling ~ a passion?

At Coat Amour we try to do our bit for the environment and follow the normal route of recycling.  Bottles, plastics, cardboard are recycled.  We have large dustbins for all of these things near the house and near to each of our two gites.  Vegetable peelings and of course grass weeds and other vegetable material goes into our compost mountain.

We have now gone one stage further and used wood from a sequoia tree, some reclaimed oak panelling, parts of the old swimming pool roller mechanism and some salvaged pulleys and have started to build two climbing frames.  We cut down the sequoia about four years ago because it was threatening to topple over across the main road.  We had the trunk cut up into large lengths, then planked and left to dry.

After three days work the first of two identical climbing frames for my grandchildren was finished.  Planks from the sequoia form the frame and the floor, the oak paneling the side walls, the alumimium tube from the roller mechanism forms the fireman’s post, and the old roller handle has been adapted to make a winch to hoist supplies into the camp!  I even donated the Jolly Roger from ‘Silent Flight’.  The grand children want a slide, however I may have to buy a plastic one.

The next job will be to make another one, then take them to pieces, flat pack fashion, and take them to the UK for final erection.  Jenny is not sure who is most excited about all of this ~ the grandchildren or me!

Recycled ~ a climbing frame for our grandchildren

The perfect place for a sundowner ~ La Maison du Jardinier

La Maison du Jardinier

Following on from a suggestion made by guests staying in La Maison du Jardinier we have created a perfect place for a sundowner.  The work required was simple.  We have cut back some of the overhanging branches to a yew tree and trimmed some of the hydrangeas.  We have bought a wooden bench and used a wrought iron slate topped table for drinks and nibbles.  Our guests this week were thrilled with the result and spent nearly two hours on three consecutive evenings in the sunshine.  I just do not know why we had not done this before, it now seems so obvious!  Cheers by the way!

La Maison du Jardinier ~ evening drinks

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