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Helicopter lands ~ Manoir de Coat Amour

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

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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

Co-incidences

The governess

Jenny and I are constantly surprised by life.  Over new year’s eve we had a charming French couple stay the night.  They live in the Loire valley but it turned out have a holiday house locally and their daughter was having a new years eve party for her friends.  As you might imagine parents and teenage children’s’ parties do not go well together!   Mme left some earrings on the bedside table at Coat Amour and Jenny e-mailed her to say so.  The return e-mail came back with a different name on it than her married name (not at all uncommon in France, and yes they were her earrings). Two days before this we had received an e-mail from an English couple who wished to bring their elderly mother to Morlaix to find a chateau, where her mother had been a governess during the first world war.

We were told the name of the chateau and the name of the family and asked if we could help find where this was. We put the two e-mails together and found that name and chateau matched.  So ~ just a few days ago we were able to take the English couple and their mum to the chateau and walk around the grounds.  Needless to say “elderly mum” was thrilled and moved by the emotional experience.  Jenny and I had a great morning with them sharing a little bit of history and visiting a local private chateau.

Now that is a co-incidence.

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

Small Walks and Things to do and see

New knee bits

You know, I find that getting on a bit in years does make life a bit difficult sometimes. It is especially so when you still think like a 21 year old ~ well nearly !!  Well I have had to have a new knee, Jenny has had her toes done and so for us walking long distances is just not on.  So I thought that those readers with sympathetic traits might like some ideas for a gentle day out.


A gentle walk near Carentec

We can lend you some detailed maps to help you with your enjoyment.

Isle de Louet ~ lighthouse

It takes about 15 minutes to drive to Carentec along the beautiful coast road via Loquenole.  On approaching the centre of Carantec turn right at the second round about towards the Point de Penlan.  You will drive through a lovely suburban part of Carantec, straight across a mini roundabout until you reach the tennis club on the left.  Park just beyond this on the right and retrace your steps until you are opposite the tennis club.  Here you will find a rather overgrown Arboretum.  Entrance is free and you can walk down through the arboretum to the coast.  You will arrive at the bottom of the hill on a road/coastal path.  Here there is an Oyster farm shop selling delicious oysters and other crustaceans.  If that is not for you, walk east along the footpath (turn left at the base of the hill).  After some while you will pass the end of the promontary with amazing views across the Baie de Morlaix toward the Château du Taureau and the little lighthouse on the Isle de Louet.  In the distance, across the bay, is Terenez and Le Diben, whilst on the horizon you can just see Treburden.  If this is enough walking for you, follow the footpath directly up the hill to your car.  If not continue on the coastal path.  At the next headland it is again possible to return directly to your car.  Continue on the coastal path and you will find yourselves on the lovely main beach at Carantec and a selection of beach side cafes where you can  quench your thirst and or hunger.

Baie de Morlaix ~ from Roscoff

Château du Taureau

I think that this is a must see if you are going to stay at Coat Amour for any time.  In the medaeval times the English and French sailors of a piratical disposition spent some of their time raiding each other’s ports.  The Château du Taureau was built in XVI century to keep the English out of Morlaix.  It is a very special place, well restored, and a superb example of a defensive castle.  You should go and see it,  children and adults alike will enjoy the experience.  Parts of the château are subtly annotated  in English as well as French and you will understand the history of the place.  Boat trips go to the château from  Carentec, Roscoff and Plougasnou (Port du Deben).   See www.chateaudutaureau.com for further info.

Chateau du Taureau

Loquirec

This is a super seaside town with a little port, and excellent sandy safe beach and some good cafes/restaurants.  In fact something for most relaxed holiday makers.  It is only twenty minutes by car from Coat Amour.  For a good post lunch walk we suggest leaving the port and following the road past the church and the post office out toward the point.  The views towards St Michel en Greve and Treburden are marvellous and the going easy.  This little walk takes you anti clockwise around the coast and brings you back to the large north facing beach on the far side of the town.  It is a short walk back to the port via the church.

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