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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

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Creating a New Web-site ~ Part Two

L’Ecurie ~ front garden and parking

Jean Oriot

Time absolutely flies past when one is busy. It seems like yesterday since I wrote Part One of this blog and yet three weeks have passed by.  In the meantime Jenny and I have spent a few days in Belle Isle en Mer, managed to finish off the decorations to L’Ecurie gite and have given one of our letting bedrooms, that we call Jean Oriot, a thorough make over.  We have some details to finish and maybe a carpet to change, but it looks good, don’t you think?

L’Ecurie ~ Living room

The work schedule was really started by the need to replace the roof covering on the gite.  The nails had rusted badly allowing some of the slates to slide off the roof and the frost had seriously damaged the ridge tiles.  The re-roofing works were done in late February and the roofing company, Gilbert Moal of Cleder, did a marvelous job, on time.  The roof looked smart, but the external paintwork did not look very good at all.

L’Ecurie ~ back garden

This has now been finished, using a different colour scheme of charcoal grey and rust red.  This scheme has beed carried through into the main living room, where we have used a pale and mid-grey colour scheme to compliment both the exterior and the kitchen.  Whilst we were about it we redecorated all the other rooms too!  Jenny and I are thrilled with the results.  For more information on renting this cottage and our chambers d’hôtes ~ click here.

L’Ecurie ~ kitchen/living room

L’Ecurie ~ kitchen

Épreuves de voile à Morlaix – Sailing Events in Morlaix

Stripping varnish

Jenny and I moved to Morlaix for many reasons, the house was beautiful, the location ideal for a B&B and Gite business and a marina in which to moor our boat “Silent Flight”, and to go sailing.The business has occupied more time than originally envisaged, and sailing has been seriously curtailed.  Jenny did tell me so!!!  Every year I prepare the boat for the season and watch as boats are taken out of the water and put back in all ready to go sailing.

THE TELEGRAMME TRESCO TROPHY    ~  1 – 5 Juin 2011
L’atmosphère festive qui entoure le TELEGRAMME TRESCO TROPHEE commencera le week-end du 28 mai  avec l’arrivée de très nombreux voiliers qui viennent participer à la course et qui vont rejoindre tous ceux qui sont déjà dans le port.

Le depart ~ Chateau de Taurau

Dès 16 heures, le mercredi 1er juin, les concurrents rejoindront les écluses, remonteront la magnifique rivière de Morlaix  pour se présenter  sur  la ligne de départ, à proximité du Château du Taureau. N’hésitez pas à venir encourager les équipages qui vont prendre le départ d’une longue navigation de nuit pour rallier Guernesey. Les différents sas seront animés par une fanfare de Carantec qui sera là également au retour.

Le depart

St Peter Port

Vous pouvez également suivre la remontée de la rivière sur le parking du château de Lannuguy (le château blanc), le long de la corniche jusqu’à Locquénolé  et évidemment à Carantec à la Pointe de Pen al Lann.
Mais vous pouvez également aller à la Pointe de Barnenez en passant par Plouézoc,h. Vous aurez un merveilleux point de vue sur la flotte qui s’élance vers le large.
La flottille du TELEGRAMME TRESCO TROPHEE représente environ 650 équipiers qui vont donc naviguer de nuit pour atteindre Guernesey, y séjourner 48 heures, pour les plus rapides, et revenir, le samedi matin vers PERROS-GUIREC et reprendre la mer le dimanche 5 juin pour rallier Morlaix et remonter jusqu’au port. Le dimanche soir la fête se termine à Langolvas par un buffet au cours duquel les résultats sont proclamés et les récompenses attribuées.

Le dimanche 5 juin les écluses s’ouvriront dès 19 heures.

THE TELEGRAMME TRESCO TROPHY    ~  1 – 5 June 2100

The carnival festival that surrounds the Telegramme Tresco Trophy commences on the weekend of 28 May with the arrival of many yachts, to join those that have their home in the port of Morlaix.

At about 16 :00 on Wednesday 1 June the competing yachts will squeeze into the lock before running down the magnifcent estuary to the start line close to the Château de Taureau.  Do not hesitate to come and cheer the boats and crew off on their first long trip to Guernesey, a distance of about 73 miles.  There are a number of really good viewing places from which to do this, both at the start and on their return on Sunday 5 June.

Dawn

You can try the parking space opposite the château de Lannuguy ( white château ), or along the corniche at Locquenole, in Carantec at the Pointe de Pen al Lann, or even at the Point de Barnenez near to Plouezoch (opposite side of the estuary).

There will be approximately 650 members of crew participating in the race.  The course will take them direct to Guernsey, followed by a 48 hours rest and then a race to Perros-Guirec, and the following day a race back to Morlaix.  The lock at Morlaix will open at about 19 :00 on Sunday 5 June.  The event will be rounded off by a party, with buffet and a prizegiving.

“Entre Terre et Mer”~ 28 – 31 Juillet 2011 

http://www.asvaurien.fr/documentsasvaurien/pdf_sportingevents/BaieMorlaix2011-Fichebateaux-1.pdf

Ballades nautiques, courses, animations autour du patrimoine culturel et naturel… Le Trégor et le Léon prendront des airs de fête du 28 au 31 juillet prochains avec le nouveau festival “Entre Terre et Mer”.

Mettre en avant une complémentarité historique entre marins et terriens. Renouer avec les traditions ancestrales qui ont permis aux hommes et aux femmes de la baie de Morlaix d’y vivre et d’y travailler. S’appuyer sur le ballet entraînant de voiliers cabotant de ports en mouillages pour redécouvrir les trésors cachés d’une région rare. C’est ce que propose “Entre Terre et Mer”, nouvel événement maritime lancé sous l’impulsion du Télégramme et de l’Association Terre et Mer en Baie de Morlaix.

Cette manifestation, qui se déroulera du 28 au 31 juillet 2011, est née de la volonté de mettre en lumière toute la diversité du patrimoine culturel et naturel de la Baie de Morlaix.

De Roscoff au Diben, en passant par Saint-Pol de Léon, Carantec, Térénez, Le Dourduff et Morlaix, de nombreuses animations ludiques et pédagogiques seront proposées au public à terre et en mer. Elles permettront de découvrir l’éventail des activités humaines de ce territoire, de l’agriculture à l’ostréiculture, en passant par les chantiers navals, le ramassage du goémon, …

Les bateaux de la Baie au cœur de la fête

Répartis en différentes flottilles, les bateaux participeront également à l’événement. Ils évolueront d’escale en escale pendant ces 4 jours et navigueront en baie, à la journée, à l’occasion de courses, de randonnées ou de balades nautiques, sur des parcours différents.

Si les grands voiliers, les bateaux de travail, de la belle plaisance ou les voile-avirons seront à l’honneur, un soin tout particulier sera apporté à la mise en avant des bateaux originaires de la Baie de Morlaix : cotres de Carantec, Cormorans, goémoniers…

“Entre Terre et Mer”.  Between Land and Sea.

This a new event proposed for the period between 28 ~ 31 July 2011.  The proposal is to combine in one festival a mix of maritime and land based events representing the history of sail , boat building, fishing, collection and farming of Oysters, moules, seaweed, and the land based based farming traditions of the areas both sides of the Bay of Morlaix, namely Le Trégor et le Léon.  If the superb events, of a similar nature, held at Douarnenez and in the Gulf de Morbihan are anything to go by this should prove to be something really spectacular.  There will be sailing events for many different types and size of older style of boat.  At different times these boats will be in Roscoff, St Pol de Leon, Carantec, Morlaix, Le Dorduff, Terenez and Le Diben.  I can’t wait!  I am very tempted to enter Silent Flight.

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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