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I am often asked and happy to recount, what should people do on their holiday.  I think it is maybe more beneficial to know what you should NOT do on holiday.  Here are the most common mistakes that you can make on holiday with us – avoid them and it should be plane sailing…

The French lunchtime – This is sacred. It is not to be messed with or trifled with. It lasts two hours, sometimes 3 hours depending on the location. It starts at midday in most places, sometimes 12.30, sometimes 11.45. If you have a nice leisurely morning, a late breakfast, a quick swim, and then head out, more than likely the shops will close just as you get there…. when we first moved here even the supermarkets closed. At least that is no longer the case but in most towns, boutiques and that one place where you really want to go to, will in general, close just as you arrive!

The toddler supermarket trolleys – when we first moved here, Sam was 2 years old and I was pregnant with Evie. My delight, as I saw a tiny little trolley in the supermarket for Sam to push around, was palpable. Wow I thought – how cool is that? Little did I know what a menace toddlers in charge of a trolley are – bent over whilst heavily pregnant trying to steer the bloody thing and avoid little old ladies’ ankles is no mean feat. I tried this a few times – each time a disaster – nothing is safe and you are guaranteed to take out breakfast cereal boxes, shampoos on low shelves and grannies!  Avoid them at all costs. Don’t be that wally with a trolley!

Queueing – don’t get upset – they aren’t pushing in. There is a method to the madness of a non-uniform line. It is engrained in us Brits, at a young age, to stand in line and queue. We form an orderly line, each person standing behind the person in front of us. The next person behind us. We know where we are and we know who is next. Simples. One can feel the blood pressure rising as someone comes and stands at the side of you, or even slightly in front of you, and then someone saunters up to the other side. Are they trying to jump the queue?  What are they doing?  Don’t panic… they aren’t. I don’t know how it is done, it is some sort of Superpower, but the French know exactly where they are in the queue as they join in their rather random spot. They know you are in front of them, and they probably know, who is in front of you.  Whilst you will be getting hot under the collar about what to do when you get to the front and it’s your turn…. what do I say when this person pushes in, how do I say that in French, what shall I do?????….. aaghh…. don’t panic, invariably they will tell the shop attendant it is your turn. This works 99% of the time – of course, there is always the odd unashamed queue jumper and you could be unlucky.  But let it go…. you are on holiday and have all the time in the world (assuming it isn’t about to turn midday!).

The tides – We have the largest tide in Europe. It can be the difference between whether there is a beach and whether there is no beach at all, or a piece of sand the size of a tea-towel. Catch the tides wrong and you could wonder what on Earth I was talking about when I sent you to a beach with amazing shells on it, or the best beach for crabbing. Everything is under water. Always check the tides and always read the tide times before drinking wine in the bar (sorry Ann-Maria). The graphs are complicated and it is way too easy to read it the wrong way around. At Petit St Michel, in Erquy, there is a little chapel to walk out to across a causeway. Slippy at the best of times and shouldn’t be undertaken in flip flops (sorry Stuart). However, if you get the tides correct, and there is a noticeboard at the beach which indicates when you should and should not cross to the chapel, once across the view is amazing, the chapel is cute and all the little messages on shells are so nice to read.  What you don’t want, is to start your walk to the chapel as the tide is coming in. What you don’t want is to have to run back across that slippy causeway in flip flops carrying a small child. That would just be silly (sorry again Stuart).  And what you don’t want is to be rescued by boat because you haven’t made it. This did not happen to Stuart but he was the closest anyone has ever come!

We also have what is known as “La Grande Maree“.  This is a very high and very fast approaching tide. It is a spectacular site and well worth watching if one happens to fall when you are with on holiday with us. We go regularly to watch this and the best place to see it is at Pleneuf Val Andre. When the kids were young they loved it – less so now but I feel that is to do with them being teenagers rather than the tide. Last year we took Simon’s mother, eager to see this natural spectacle.  She was advised not to get too close to the edge. We were going for dinner afterwards. We weren’t paying attention as were picking up a dog poop, and to our horror when we looked up, Grandma had gone ‘rogue’ and was having a look over the edge of the promenade. She had got impatient and was doubting our description of the waves crashing over the barriers.  Needless to say, an enormous wave came in and landed on her. She was drenched and lucky not to have been swept away. Dinner was aborted as we raced her home to warm her up. This was in November and Simon’s mum is her 80s. I am hoping that she doesn’t learn how to read my blogs or I will be in trouble for this. Love you, Grandma xxxkiss.

Disclaimer – photo is not of Grandma

Lait Ribot – As soon as I hear someone complaining about the milk being off in the supermarket, I know exactly what they have done. The dreaded Lait Ribot. In the supermarkets you find this in the fridge next to the very small collection of fresh milk. It’s an easy mistake to make, but one that is not forgotten quickly.  Lait Ribot is fermented butter milk. The Breton’s have it in a bowl with galettes. I have never tried this local speciality but I am told it is lovely. I will take their word for that. It certainly is not lovely in a cup of tea. In summer, when emptying the fridges after people check out, we find at least 3 or 4 bottles of this a week. They don’t go to waste as the cleaners make use of them, but remember avoid Lait Ribot and definitely do not put it in your tea!

 

Passports – don’t forget these. The number of people who put them in a safe place in the gite or lodge, and then promptly forget them when they leave. We had one guy (sorry Andy), who left his passports behind. He was driving home via Calais as needed to get back quickly –  he had a cricket match he was playing in on the Sunday. Anyway, he left in the morning.  At about 6pm – I got a call, could I check for passports please.  I was given the information of a hiding place in a lodge. The next people were already installed. Up to La Garenne I went, the new family hadn’t spotted the passports, but after directing them to a very cunning hiding place, there they were – 4 British passports. No chance of getting on that Chunnel without them since Brexit. Do you want me to courier them?  No, it will take too long. Andy checked his partner and two under 4 year olds into a hotel near the Chunnel, and drove all the way back.  He arrived near midnight. It was the night of a big boxing match that we had on pay per view in the bar, so he came in, sat down, we made him a double expresso, watched the fight, got back in his car and headed back to Calais.  He made the cricket the next day, has been back to stay with us since, is coming back next year, and happily took the ribbing.  Plus his team won the cricket match!

Andouille – Andouille has two meanings, if someone calls your little bundle of joy an Andouille, it is a term of endearment – means they are a bit mischievous, or cheeky. If however, you spot this on a restaurant menu, it is perhaps the most offensive smelling piece of tripe sausage you will ever have the misfortune to have on your plate.  If you know my Simon, then you will be aware that he will eat anything, the stranger and more offensive the better. In Japan he ate a tuna head, gill and eye, he has tried the ‘Tete de veau’ (veal head) speciality, he didn’t mind it, don’t think he would order it again, but he thought it was OK, he will devour the smelliest cheese on the plate, the stinkier and stronger the better, but he cannot stomach the infamous Andouille.  Order it, if you want a sure fire way of NOT enjoying your dinner and want the rest of the family to moan at you about the smell, otherwise avoid this at all costs. Don’t say you have not been warned. I had one family who asked to move tables in a restaurant the smell was once so bad (sorry Sally).

 

The shutters – There are shutters on most windows, hence there are sheer, fine blinds or curtains on a number of bedroom windows, including roof windows (new shutters for 2024). They aren’t immediately obvious, sometimes they have a turn-y pole, sometimes a switch, to close them. But they are there. Don’t forget to close them, you may not need them when you go to bed at night, but by 6am in the morning in summer, you will have bright sunshine glaring through your windows waking up not only you, but the kids as well.  Once closed, however, set those alarms if you want to make the shops before you close for lunch – I know one family who once slept til 1pm (sorry Jo and Simon).

Pool – I am talking about the pool table in the bar! Unless you want to be there all night, do not beat Simon. He will keep you there until he starts winning. I think he has a pretty much 99% unbeaten record, mainly because people have realised the only way he will let you leave the bar is if you lose. He is ultra competitive, it’s his table, and he knows it well – and if this does not work, he will ply you will alcohol until you can no longer see the pockets (sorry Archie and Liz).

OK, these are the pitfalls that spring to mind, this list is not exhaustive and I will no doubt add to this as the years go by.  I promise also to write a blog about our mistakes…. it’s only fair. I fear that list will be significantly longer. For those of you old enough to remember Fawlty Towers, well Simon is definitely Basil & Manuel combined, and I am Sybil. I am often told I should write a book – well in the absence of any real talent, I feel a book maybe one step too far, so this blog is about as far as I will go…. Coming soon – Lesley and Simon’s Great Escapes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Holidays in Brittany – The pitfalls….

Holidays in Brittany – The pitfalls….

I am often asked and happy to recount, what should people do on their holiday.  I think it is maybe more beneficial to know what you should NOT do on holiday.  Here are the most common mistakes that you can make on holiday with us - avoid them and it should be plane...

Top 10 for pre-schoolers…

Holidays change when you have little children - there is no getting away from it. This list of top 10 things to do with pre=schoolers is here to try to help you have the best family holiday possible with enough choice for everyone to be happy, from toddlers &...

Holidays in Brittany – The pitfalls….

I am often asked and happy to recount, what should people do on their holiday.  I think it is maybe more beneficial to know what you should NOT do on holiday.  Here are the most common mistakes that you can make on holiday with us - avoid them and it should be plane...

Top 10 for pre-schoolers…

Holidays change when you have little children - there is no getting away from it. This list of top 10 things to do with pre=schoolers is here to try to help you have the best family holiday possible with enough choice for everyone to be happy, from toddlers &...

2023 The Story so far

2023 The Story so far....   People say to Simon and I 'you must be so pleased when everyone leaves'.  We smile, but we know we won't be. We miss everyone within about 24 hours of people going. The last Saturday in August, we know we are going to go from a massive...

Autumn Inspiration

Just in case you need inspiration this autumn, why not take a break with us in Brittany and see what the region has to offer.  Here is our Top 10 list of things to do.... Walk along the GR34, or at least parts of it!  The GR34 is...

Animals

Well it has been a while since my last blog as we have been open and busy with our guests.  I will post a separate blog with some funny stories from the 2017 summer season later but this post is related to the comings and goings of our animals, mishaps, problems,...

Not a bad day….

So you may think that waking up to the news that Marine Le Pen has made it to the final two in the french presidential race would put a dampner on my day but not at all.  It was completely expected and I fully expect (and hope) her to lose in two weeks time by a...

Becoming French

Well all things considered we have decided to make the move to become French. Several things have lead to this decision.... Brexit, kids schooling and sports specifically, and in general just loving the french way of life, culture and...

Preparing for winter

As the nights start to draw in and the temperature drops, thoughts here at Emerald Coast turn to all the behind the scene work required to make your holidays the best they can be. We’re continually thinking of what will improve the gites whilst remaining true to our...

Getting to us

There are several ways to get to us from the UK and Ireland.  Too many to map!  However, we have endeavoured to map the most common landing points in France on the map below.  This list is not exhaustive but just gives you an overview.  You may have to zoom out. As a...

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Top 10 for pre-schoolers… https://www.francefamilyholidays.com/top-ten-for-pre-schoolers/ https://www.francefamilyholidays.com/top-ten-for-pre-schoolers/#respond Tue, 09 Jan 2024 14:11:06 +0000 http://www.francefamilyholidays.com/?p=508

Holidays change when you have little children – there is no getting away from it. This list of top 10 things to do with pre=schoolers is here to try to help you have the best family holiday possible with enough choice for everyone to be happy, from toddlers & pre-schoolers to parents and grandparents!

 

Name Description Suitable for a rainy day?
Playing on the golden sands at one of the many local beaches The beaches of the Emerald Coast are perfect for young children. They are clean, sandy and beautiful.  The closest beach is Sables d’Or les Pins, which is 10 kilometres, but within a 10-20-minute drive you will find lots and lots of beaches.  Here are a few worth a mention:  Pleneuf Val Andre, St Cast Le Guido, Caroual Plage, St Pabu, Petit Mont St Michel, Erquy, St Jacut de la Mer.  There are also beaches that are good for body boarding, surfing, rock climbing and foraging/crabbing.  Just ask us and we will point you in the right direction. No
Emerald Coast Gites Grounds & Pools

The soft play area is where all the little ones hang out and meet the other little ones (if they havent already made friends).  Climbing, building, playing whilst the parents have a cheeky tipple at Happy Hour –  it all goes on in the soft play area and the little ones love it.

Over the years, the feedback from parents has been wonderful but something they all say, is that it is amazing the freedom the little ones have as the grounds at La Touche are so safe.  Most parents say it is lovely for them to be able to open the door and watch their pre-schooler wonder off to find their friends house and knock on the door to see if they are coming out to play.  No traffic, no easy exit and lots of toys.

Sometimes the simplest things are the best.  We have a ride-on park at La Touche, stocked full of cars, tractors, balance bikes, push alongs, trikes and other weird and wonderful toys.  We also have a long drive at the front of the property and watching the wacky races that take place is very funny!  Don’t forget the giant trampoline as well.

We have two covered pools here – the toddlers’ pool, where the little ones can stand up, play with boats, buckets, watering cans and generally splash around whilst the parents sit at the side. It is heated to 30 degrees so that the little ones can stay in for longer.  Our big pool is also great for the kids to jump in and play – I taught both my kids to swim in this pool.  Gradually stepping further back from the steps until they could get right across the pool.  Plus the dome is UV protected so no fear of sunburn and no need to smother your little one in suntan lotion!

Soft play – Yes

Swimming pools – Yes

Rest of it…. Not so much,

The swimming pool in Jugon les Lacs An indoor swimming complex with small slides and splash areas suitable for toddlers.  Suitable from about 2 to 3 years ld.  Yes
 Amoripark A theme park with an indoor and outdoor aqua park suitable for toddlers.  Really lovely place and quite old fashioned.  No huge roller coasters, but things like pedaloes, go karts and bouncy castles.  Yes
Dudi Parc Dudi park is a little wooden theme park about 5kms from us that is aimed at pre-schoolers. Little wooden climbing frames, go karts, bouncy castles and more. No
Aquarium, St Malo The Grand Aquarium, St Malo is a brilliant Aquarium with thousands of different species of fish including sharks, sea turtles and piranhas!  Always a favourite.  There is also a kids’ submarine ride, wittily called ‘le Nautibus’. Yes
Zoo Bourbansais A really lovely zoo in the grounds of a chateau, which can also be visited.  There is a fabulous falconry display and, at the end, bouncy castles, play areas and a maze (once it has grown!) Yes
Historical sites

Now, you wouldnt expect pre-schoolers to be interested in this but some of the historical sites around us have little touches that the little ones love!  Here are a few of them:

Chateau de la Hunaudauye – Medieval castle sympathetically restored in the middle of the forest – it is surrounded by a moat with a fake crocodile and there is also a dressing up box!

Fort la Latte – This castle built in 937 is a fort off of “The Grand Site Touristique” Cap Frehel.  The views are amazing – accessed by a drawbridge and with lots of a towers to climb it has something to amuse the little ones, with dungeons and climbs.  Hang on to them though and if you suffer from vertigo, be weary – some of those stairs lead to open air ‘look outs’ not for the faint hearted!

Le Mont St Michel – The UNESCO heritgage site, a day trip from us but worth it. It is also pretty busy but it is truly beautiful – it can easily pass as the real ‘Disney’ castle if you need to sell it to your child.  And if they are unimpressed, you could easily pop into Aligator Bay to extend your daytrip.

Just about!
Saint-Cast Adventure This is a tree climbing place which is suitable for big and small.  Minimum age is 3 and there are some really good courses for the little ones which will help them build confidence and coordination. Its incredibly safe and well run with helpers on hand to make sure no one gets stuck! This is great to do if you have older kids as well. Something for everyone. No
Jumpi There is a really big indoor soft play centre in St Brieuc, which is lovely and clean, very quiet and a sensory overload for the children.  I wouldnt normally recommend a soft play, but sometimes they come in very handy.  This one has a little go-kart track that is a big hit! Yes

 

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2023 The Story so far https://www.francefamilyholidays.com/2104-2/ Wed, 06 Sep 2023 18:52:54 +0000 https://www.francefamilyholidays.com/?p=2104

2023 The Story so far….

 

People say to Simon and I ‘you must be so pleased when everyone leaves’.  We smile, but we know we won’t be. We miss everyone within about 24 hours of people going. The last Saturday in August, we know we are going to go from a massive high and a buzzing gite complex with kids’ laughter ringing out and squeals of delight coming from the pool area to an eerily quiet place.  We obviously have some arrivals, and they are great, but we go from maybe 40/50 guests to maybe 8/1o; 60 galettes and crepes being cooked to 10; 45 burgers to 7! We go from running around like headless chickens to twiddling our thumbs overnight.

The age of the kids dramatically drops (along with the age of the parents) and early nights and early morning for our families are back on the agenda.  Gone are the kids staying up til 10pm and sleeping in til 10am. Gone are the games of rounders, the ping pong tournaments and the football matches.  Don’t get me wrong, we love having the little ones back again and to be honest Simon and I would find it difficult to carry on the pace of July and August for much longer, but it is just such a shock.  Happens every year, we know it is coming, we try to prepare and convince ourselves that we will enjoy the peace and quiet but we are never ready. So this year, in order to stop me twiddling my thumbs I thought I would write a blog on our season so far…. we aren’t closed; just have a lot less people.  We are going to stay open until the New Year.

So firstly in 2023 we continued to try and be more environmentally friendly. We had a new eco friendly heater fitted in the little pool, the little pool now being over 30 degrees most of the season.  We changed radiators to new eco friendly ones, we no longer have any non LED lightbulbs around the place.  We have nearly 200 lightbulbs so this is no mean feet.  We have better processes for electric cars, our recycling got a revamp, eco friendly washing machines and tumble dryers, Molton Brown refilliable toiletries and a new recycling system for the Tassimo capsules. The photo that follows doesnt properly show how many capsules we have saved to send for recycling at the end of the season. We literally barely have room in the garage for Tassimo capsules.

This year we also introduced the Brioche Burger night.  This was to replace the pizza night as our local Pizza Bus closed down and we couldn’t find a replaement service. The burger night has been a bit of a hit – I think most people suspect a Burger van is going to turn up but it doesn’t – it’s me.  I practiced and practiced at the beginning of the season, inviting our kids’ mates around for burgers and trying to make sure I could cope with a big order.  The last thing I wanted was a massive order all of a sudden…. which is of course exactly what I got. The Pizza Bus was in business entil end April.  We hit May…. weekend bookings mainly and no orders for burgers.  Then May Half Term happened – suddenly full up with clients and 40 burger orders! I coped and it was a success and we will carry on with burgers for the forseeable future as everyone seems to enjoy it.  I was even told I was giving Five Guys a run for their money!  And one teenager told me it was better than McDonalds.  High praise indeed!

 

Galette and Crepe night continued – no big surprises there.  Fruits de Mer too and a new Salades Gourmandes night. This has gone down well with those who ordered it but wasnt exactly a raging success.  I think the word Salad puts people off.  I was particularly pleased with my children’s salad – but maybe this was style over substance. Lots of social media food porn posts but still not inundated with orders so we are now going to try going down the Moules Frites route.  I didn’t think I could cope with Moules Frites until I got some insider information on how they cook them in restaurants courtesy of my daughter’s boyfriend who had a summer job in a restaurant.  Now I feel confident I can do it and over the next few months I may see if I can introduce a couple of sauce options – not promising anything here though 😉

 

We obviously had the odd issue in 2023, as per normal.  This place does sometimes remind me of Faulty Towers. I think that makes me Sybil and Simon… Basil.  Although Simon is definitely less grumpy (at least with the guests), has a far better selection of Hawaiian shirts and makes a wicked cocktail – he has added to the list this year and I can personally recommend the Moscow Mule! Here are a list of the challengers we have overcome this year:

A broken door handle on a bathroom meaning a very nice and understanding gentleman was locked in for an hour!

A broken door handle on a washing machine meaning a very nice and understanding lady was at risk of having no underwear for an evening.

A fallen down tree in the carpark, which fortunately fell on an overhead power cable meaning it missed the Volvo XC90 and the Mercedez GLE that were parked underneath it. We also never lost power thanks to a friendly local farmer who got it down for us with his cherry picker.  We have since had the trees reduced in height just in case it happens again and thank our lucky stars it missed everyone and the very expensive cars.

A poop in the litte pool! How this doesnt happen more often I have no clue but that is only the second time in 16 years.  Pool closed, disinfected, and re-opened within 12 hours and I have been put off of sweetcorn for life!

Keys locked in the boot of Land Rover Discovery HSE.  I quickly learned how to do Grand Theft Auto!  After 2 breakdown mechanics couldnt figure it out – it was my idea which worked, doors were opened and the keys were freed.

Broken bed legs – now this happened to the same lady whose underwear got stuck in the washing machine.  I don’t think there is a link but she was in the bed.

Swimming pool inspections – we passed them but what a complete stress.  Never had them before, and due to new regulations we now have surprise visits by a Lab who test our pools and check our procedures. This in turn has meant us enforcing the ‘no board shorts’ policy and I have spent a long time reassuring very shy middle aged men that they need to ‘own’ the Speedo look!  I think we will sell some sort of acceptable long speedo shorts in the Epicerie next year.

One of good thing this year is that we have had no trips to Accident and Emergency.  No one left their passports behind and drove to Calais before they realised which happened last year – no arguments, apart from amonst kids, disputes, complaints, people arriving a week early (which has also happened) or other major issues!  All in all, pretty succesful and we live to open another year.

What’s on the agenda for 2024 I hear you ask….not sure yet but you can rest assured that we will continue to tread the line between professional hosts and Basil Fawtly with a smile on our faces.

 

Just to sign off – here are a few stats for you – we love a stat!  We have delivered:

328 Galettes

299 Crepes

30 Fruits de Mer platters

1088 Happy Hour drinks

158 of Oranginas

300 Kids squashes

322 Brioche Burgers

86 Welcome platters

 

 

 

 

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2023 The Story so far

Holidays in Brittany – The pitfalls….

I am often asked and happy to recount, what should people do on their holiday.  I think it is maybe more beneficial to know what you should NOT do on holiday.  Here are the most common mistakes that you can make on holiday with us - avoid them and it should be plane...

Top 10 for pre-schoolers…

Holidays change when you have little children - there is no getting away from it. This list of top 10 things to do with pre=schoolers is here to try to help you have the best family holiday possible with enough choice for everyone to be happy, from toddlers &...

Holidays in Brittany – The pitfalls….

I am often asked and happy to recount, what should people do on their holiday.  I think it is maybe more beneficial to know what you should NOT do on holiday.  Here are the most common mistakes that you can make on holiday with us - avoid them and it should be plane...

Top 10 for pre-schoolers…

Holidays change when you have little children - there is no getting away from it. This list of top 10 things to do with pre=schoolers is here to try to help you have the best family holiday possible with enough choice for everyone to be happy, from toddlers &...

2023 The Story so far

2023 The Story so far....   People say to Simon and I 'you must be so pleased when everyone leaves'.  We smile, but we know we won't be. We miss everyone within about 24 hours of people going. The last Saturday in August, we know we are going to go from a massive...

Autumn Inspiration

Just in case you need inspiration this autumn, why not take a break with us in Brittany and see what the region has to offer.  Here is our Top 10 list of things to do.... Walk along the GR34, or at least parts of it!  The GR34 is...

Animals

Well it has been a while since my last blog as we have been open and busy with our guests.  I will post a separate blog with some funny stories from the 2017 summer season later but this post is related to the comings and goings of our animals, mishaps, problems,...

Not a bad day….

So you may think that waking up to the news that Marine Le Pen has made it to the final two in the french presidential race would put a dampner on my day but not at all.  It was completely expected and I fully expect (and hope) her to lose in two weeks time by a...

Becoming French

Well all things considered we have decided to make the move to become French. Several things have lead to this decision.... Brexit, kids schooling and sports specifically, and in general just loving the french way of life, culture and...

Preparing for winter

As the nights start to draw in and the temperature drops, thoughts here at Emerald Coast turn to all the behind the scene work required to make your holidays the best they can be. We’re continually thinking of what will improve the gites whilst remaining true to our...

Getting to us

There are several ways to get to us from the UK and Ireland.  Too many to map!  However, we have endeavoured to map the most common landing points in France on the map below.  This list is not exhaustive but just gives you an overview.  You may have to zoom out. As a...

2023 The Story so far

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Holiday Inspiration with Emerald Coast Gites in Brittany https://www.francefamilyholidays.com/what-to-do-when-staying-at-emerald-coast-gites-in-brittany/ Fri, 12 Jun 2020 10:18:17 +0000 https://www.francefamilyholidays.com/?p=1597

Inspiration for 2023

Want some ideas for when you are staying at Emerald Coast Gites in Brittany. Here are some ‘off the beaten track’ things to do in the area.  Happy Family Holidays cool

Breizh Wake Park – this place is great but it is quite hard to get up. You can also get lunch here and sometimes in the evenings there are bands playing https://bzhwakepark.com

Jugon Les Lacs Swimming Pool – this is a great facility not too far away from us. It is open to the general public at slightly funny times so check the opening times.  But inside it is brilliant for little ones, and the new addition of the outside slides means the big kids are happy as well. https://www.piscine-jugon-les-lacs.fr

Electric Bikes – This is a new craze and you can hire electric bikes from so many places these days.  One of the best days out on an Velo Electrique is on Ile de Brehat. Really is a beautiful island, no cars, lovely beaches.  Can get very busy in July and August so make sure you book these bikes in advance. http://www.locationvelosbrehat.com

Surfing  This is still a favourite and as your kids get older this becomes the go to activity.  Be cool and learn to surf with Mael at https://www.armorsurfschool.com.  Mael speaks really good English and is an excellent coach, he is so busy though – make sure you book in advance.  You can book online.  He has all the gear so there is no excuse!  You can also hire paddleboards.

 The Velo Rail.  This is something quite unique to France.  Basically on disused railway lines, across France, they have created a Velo Rail – where you can cycle on specially adapted bikes on the railway lines at superfast speeds.  Little kids, and indeed dogs, can go in the basket in the middle, bigger kids can take their own bikes. https://www.lagaredemedreac.fr

Acrobranche and Zip Lines.  We are lucky enough to be in the middle of two great Accrobranch sites, both  of which have recently updated their offers to include ziplines.  We generally recommend St Cast for families with little kids, and Morieux for families with bigger kids.

https://www.aventure-nature.com MORIEUX

https://www.saintcast-aventure.com/le-parc/SAINT CAST

The 2023 Equinox Tides – Why not try and fit in a Grande Maree, where you can see sights like the images below at St Malo and Pleneuf Val Andre.  It really is something special to see and if your visit coincides with a Grande Maree its defintiely worth going to see it. The highest spring tides occur every six months near each equinox. The phenomenon occurs mainly in March and September, but in some years it can occur in February or April and in August or October. Coefficients usually exceed 102 and are most often above 110.

The highest coefficients in 2023 are expected on the following days – you will have to tie in your visit with high tide but we can tell you when this will be:

Wednesday 22 February, tide 112
Wednesday 22 March, tide of 111
Thursday 20 April, tide of 102
Friday 4 August, tide 104
Thursday 31 August, tide 107
Tuesday 2 September, tide 112
Sunday 1 October, tide 111
Sunday 29 October, tide 104

 

Grande Maree St Malo

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Autumn Inspiration https://www.francefamilyholidays.com/the-top-10-things-to-do-in-autumn/ https://www.francefamilyholidays.com/the-top-10-things-to-do-in-autumn/#respond Fri, 13 Oct 2017 07:47:19 +0000 http://www.francefamilyholidays.com/?p=1350
Just in case you need inspiration this autumn, why not take a break with us in Brittany and see what the region has to offer.  Here is our Top 10 list of things to do….
  1. Walk along the GR34, or at least parts of it!  The GR34 is the Grand Randonee walk that goes around the whole of the Brittany Coastline. There are some magnificent parts of it to discover.  With undiscovered beaches, cycle paths, coves, disused railways, ancient lakes and the most magnificent vistas.
  2. Closeby we have Chateau Hunandaye, but why not take advantage of the quiet roads and travel a bit further a field.  There are magnificent chateaux to discover throughout Brittany.  Here are just a few.
  3. Visit Mont St Michel.  The UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Less crowds and just as beautiful at this time of year.

    Mont St Michel

  4. Visit the local markets and enjoy the fresh seasonal and local produce plus it is the season for Coquilles St Jacques.
  5. Peche a Pied – translated means Fishing by Foot.  At low tide you can pick up plenty of seafood, from the aforementioned coquilles, to crabs, winkles, oysters and mussels.
  6. Visit St Malo and enjoy the fact there are less crowds, walk around the cobbled streets and the ramparts, visit the cathedrale, walk out to the fort at low tide, shop til you drop, take a tour around a tall-ship or eat at one of the many restaurants.
  7. Learn to Surf or Paddle Board.  It may be a bit colder outside by the sea is still relatively warm.  We can arrange lessons or board hire, including the wetsuits with Armor Surf School.
  8. Paddleboard, canoe or kayak up the Rance with http://www.canoe-kayak-saint-cast-le-guildo.com.  Go with the tide and enjoy the scenery, tranquility, fauna and surrounding countryside including the family of seals that have arrived this summer.
  9. Visit Dinan, hire a boat and leisurely cruise up and down the rance, visit the park and the animals, walk around the ramparts, take a ride on the Petit Train, hire a bike at the port and cycle along the car free tow-path to the Monastery at Lehon
  10. Hang out around our gites, use the heated pools, let the kids play, sit down in the autumn sun with a glass of wine, plate of cheese and make the most of being on holiday…. Or just catch up with some well needed R&R!
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Animals https://www.francefamilyholidays.com/animals/ https://www.francefamilyholidays.com/animals/#respond Tue, 05 Sep 2017 08:15:56 +0000 http://www.francefamilyholidays.com/?p=1331 Well it has been a while since my last blog as we have been open and busy with our guests.  I will post a separate blog with some funny stories from the 2017 summer season later but this post is related to the comings and goings of our animals, mishaps, problems, trials and tribulations….

We have had several disasters with keeping animals over the years.  When we first moved here, I was a long time cat lover and Simon hated cats.  His mum does not like fluffy animals at all and this fear had been implanted in Simon.  Since then, I have devoted some time to trying to change my husband’s view of animals. Some to good effect, some to disastrous results.  So here is a blog detailing the comings and going of our animals since we lived in France.

2006 – In 2006 we moved here with no animals and with a big building project ahead of us.  I was pregnant, Sam was two and having animals could not have been further from our minds.  Within about 2 months of being animal free we had about 5 families of mice living in our house with a huge number more in the outbuildings we were about to convert.  With our belongings in storage, we suddenly noticed that there were holes in boxes and the final straw came when I took a box of cous cous out the cupboard for the contents to empty onto the floor as the boxed had been chewed out of all recognition.  I sat Simon down and explained to him we needed a cat urgently.  So we found a little kitten which we called Cookie and Sam and I were thrilled.  Simon less so and he had only relented if we promised to keep the cat outside, not let it in and if it did get in, it definitely was not allowed on the furniture.

About a month later another stray cat rocked up one day.  She was a pretty little tabby cat and whilst Simon spent a good few months chasing it around the garden with a hose the cat eventually won the game and we started feeding it.  Simon was still insisting that the cats stay outside and not be allowed in the house but to be honest he was losing this war.  With both Sam and I being big cat lovers and not being able to bear closing the door in the cat’s face each night a cat flap was installed and the cats were in, cosy on the sofa every night.  I think I may have sold it on the grounds that the cats could not clear the house of mice if they were not allowed in it.

2008 – We opened our doors to the public for the first time with our first paying guests.  All was going well until the harvest in September when enormous combine harvesters ploughed the fields and all the little field mice fled for safety to the nearest safe haven… our gites!  With only two cats on the prowl they were no  match for the displaced field mice and we once again started to fill up.

Early 2009 – I persuaded Simon that another cat was the only solution.  Along came Jerry who we still have, minus an ear as we accidentally ran her over and she lost an ear.

In July 2009 we had a family arrive in Gite No. 3 and on arrival declared how much they hated cats and could we keep them away from them.  Now any of you who know cats will be aware this is practically impossible.  We have spent ten years now telling our guests to keep their front doors shut if they do not want a cat in the house.  The cats know they are not allowed in the gites which I think make them even more appealing to them and they are in them in a shot if they see a possibility.  Well for this family our cats were not the issue, a family of kittens had been dumped on their terrace, 5 in all and they were not happy.  We phoned the Mairies, the local council, who arranged for their removal but by that time Sam now 5 and Evie 3 had completely fallen in love so we persuaded Simon to let us keep one of them, and Lucky arrived.

We now had four cats.  Simon had been completely usurped, they all lived in the house, on the sofas, on the end of the beds and Simon was moaning like a drain about it.  On the upside we had no mice and the gites were mice free.  So we now decided that 4 cats were the optimum solution and were cheaper than replacing some of the mice chewed items that we had lost of the years.  They seem to have a particular liking to the insulation and electric wires in dishwashers and had already replaced three around the place.  Not to mention the hundreds of euros worth of damage they had done to our cars over the years.  With varying electric faults all put down to mice damage by the mechanic up the road.

So now came the decision to get chickens.  “Good for business” I said.  “People love getting fresh eggs in the morning” I said.  “They will be locked up in a run” I said.  So we duly went off and bought 10 chicks from the market.  We built a massive chicken coup around the back of the bar and all was well.  Apart from after a couple of weeks when they had completely destroyed the grass and vegetation and I had just a baron patch filled with chicken poop I started to worry about the poor chickens being cooped up!  I felt really bad and started mooting the idea of letting them out to run freely around the place and after persuading Simon that this was a good idea and we would get them back in each evening we opened the door to their cage.  They were nicknamed  “The Ladies” and formed a gang and went every where together.  People barbecuing were terrorised for sausages, there was chicken poop everywhere and ladies with painted toe nails needed to be particularly careful as they had a penchent for pecking at them!  Kids could no longer run around without their shoes on for fear of treading in poop and whilst we had very happy chickens with nice big eggs with bright yellow yolks from all the grass they were eating, we had less happy guests!  Fed up with the kids treading in chicken pooh and when the toddlers and crawling babies were on site it was a particular nightmare!  So after one free season we decided at the beginning of the next season to look them up again and I felt terrible.  The chickens felt terrible. We moved their coop and gave them a much bigger run and this appeased them a little.

In 2010 Cookie our original cat got run over. Quite impressive really given that we only have about 5 cars go past the house each day.  Anyway, we found her in the road and we were back down the 3 cats.  Not the optimum number so off we went looking for another kitten.  The kids were distraught and they decided on a Cookie Mark II, same colour, same name…  Back up to four with 10 chickens in the field we were back in business!  Then a friend of mine said ‘Any chance you could home some rabbits for me?”.  He had a small holding and had decided to get rid of his rabbits.  He assured me they were all male.  The kids and I went to see him, without talking to Simon.  Lots of long haired shaggy lion head rabbits and we thought how cute they were, googled on the internet that they could live quite happy with chickens and said “sure no problem, they can live in our coop!” and five little rabbits came home with us.  “Good for business” I said.  “People love feeding rabbits” I said.  “They will be locked up in a run” I said.

About 2 months later Simon’s sister came to stay from New York.  The green grass, large garden, lots of animals, clean fresh air and all the space was a welcome change for her.  On her first morning, whilst I was busy cleaning a gite she went up to see the rabbits and collect the eggs.  She came down saying “aaawww, they are so cute and so tiny, how old are the babies?”  I said I didnt know but they were not that tiny and there are no babies.  Putting it down to her spending way to much time in the city and no knowing one end of a rabbit from another  I took not a lot of notice. Later that day, Evie came running in…. “Mummy, mummy… You know those tunnels the rabbits of dug, well they are full of babies”.  The rabbits had been digging tunnels in the hard ground under the coop.

They were up and down them like a rat up a drain pipe.  I put this down to normal rabbit behaviour.  Had no idea they were building a large network of underground tunnels to house hundreds of rabbit babies! Within a couple of months the rabbits had dug completely out of the chicken coop, we had about 60 rabbits and it was like Teletubby land in the field.  The kids that year loved it.  Lots of beautiful baby lion head rabbits were everywhere. I am not sure the farmers thought the same thing but they were out and about and I could no longer control them.  We still see rabbits in our field today and the normal wild rabbit population of Henansal has certainly changed.  No longer are they just little grey wild rabbits, but they are magnificent Lion head rabbits that roam free around Henansal.

In 2011 we lost the chickens to big bad Mr Fox and after clearing up the devastation I declared we would never have chickens again!

In 2012 Cookie Mark II had an accident and had to have one of her back legs amputated.  Our animal count was now 0 Chickens, 3.75 cats and only wild rabbits in the field occasionally.  I think perhaps the farmers crops had taken a bit of a battering but nothing was ever mentioned!

In 2014 we decided to add the lodges and the chicken coop was destroyed and replaced with three lodges for guests. We also covered the pool.   Cookie Mark II who had coped admirably with her missing leg also had an accident and died.  Again another cat was searched for that Christmas and another black kitten was found.  The kids were told they could not call it cookie as the name was bad luck and Marmite came to live with us.

In 2014 I also decided that the memory of the fox attack was behind me and that we should try chickens again.  Simon reminded me how much the chicken poop annoyed me and how they peck and how they are a pain in the bum at times and again I ploughed on with the idea.  “Good for business” I said.  “People love getting fresh eggs in the morning” I said.  “I will only get two of them this time” I said.  “There will be a lot less poop” I said and Nando and Kentucky came to live with us.  Nando was a fancy bantam chicken, completely white and fluffy and looked like he was wearing leg warmers.  Kentucky was a plain brown hen.  I bought them a nice new chicken house, situated it outside the back of our house and waited for our first egg.  Now regardless how posh a chicken coop you have, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are going to lay their eggs in it.  Especially when there is a open terrace just across the courtyard with armchairs with comfy sofas on it.  It because a morning ritual for all the guests to race over the soft play to watch the chickens lay their eggs on the cushions!  The problem was, they didn’t just lay eggs!  All the guests thought it hilarious but by the end of the summer having washed two cushion covers every day for 6 months I had had enough of the chickens. Also at the end of the summer, when all the guests left the complex and the chickens had no more attention in the back garden they turned their attention to my front doorstep!  They camped out there everyday.  Pooping all over it.  And if you left the door open they were in the house!  This had been known in the gites in summer too.  Many a guest I heard tell the story that they had found a chicken on their sofa, or worse still …. their bed!!!  Fortunately, it was all taken in good humour and became a bit of a talking point in the bar.

Late 2015 I found a young entrepreneur of 13 years old who was selling chicken eggs with is herd of chickens and asked him if he wanted two more.  He did and Nando and Kentucky were re-homed. They are still going strong today and he is still selling eggs.  We also lost Lucky, he was squashed on the driveway by one of our builders.  No bonus for him!  Children distraught as he had become a big part of the family and we down to 3 cats.  At the end of that summer a rather raggedy long haired cat turned up in the garden, looking like he had mange! Again Simon spent months chasing him around with the hosepipe but Uggy had arrived and we were back up to 4 cats.  Uggy is now a magnificent beast of a cat, looks like a Lion and is a big part of the family!

In 2016 I looked at the empty chicken coop and thought what I can put in that….  Guinea Pigs were the answer.  “Good for business” I said.  “They are no bother” I said.   “There will be a lot less poop”  Three long haired guinea pigs were found and came to live with us in 2016. We attached a run to the chicken house and Monica, Pheobe and Rachel (kids were going through a Friends phase) had arrived.  Finally, I had hit the jackpot.  They really are no bother.  Everybody does love them.  They are so happy and sing and call to you.  All the children love them and in the winter they come and live in the house.  So Eureka… I had finally after 10 years on living in France hit upon the optimum solution… 4 cats, 3 guinea pigs.  Everyone is happy!

Except I cannot leave it that, in August 2017, our busiest period in the year by far, when we are stretched to maximum capacity, tired and in need of a rest, I decide to get a dog and along came Frosty for Evie as her birthday present.  Frosty is a Coton Tulear, 3 months old and is gorgeous and fluffy.  We have never had a dog, are complete beginners.  We left the pet shop with Frosty in tow being told to lock him in a cage overnight, do not let him upstairs and be very strict.  Frosty has been with us one week now… He sleeps at the end of Evie’s bed each night!  Simon however is completely head over heels in love. Gushy as anything.  Frosty particularly likes the guinea pigs – I am not sure this is for the right reasons.  The cats do not like Frosty and Simon, whilst being in love with Frosty, has resigned himself to a life of 4 cats, 3 guinea pigs and 1 very spoilt puppy…. What will be around the corner next year????  Watch this space.

 

From a family of animal lovers.

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Not a bad day…. https://www.francefamilyholidays.com/not-a-bad-day/ https://www.francefamilyholidays.com/not-a-bad-day/#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 19:26:04 +0000 http://www.francefamilyholidays.com/?p=1293 So you may think that waking up to the news that Marine Le Pen has made it to the final two in the french presidential race would put a dampner on my day but not at all.  It was completely expected and I fully expect (and hope) her to lose in two weeks time by a fairly large majority.   So this is not what was worrying me this morning….. Driving to St Brieuc to collect the results of my long awaited french exam (allowing me to continue my mission to have french nationality) was my main concern.  I was so convinced I would be greeted with failure and that I was being asked to pick my results up in person as they were going to try and flog me more french lessons that I brushed the minor issue of Le Pen making the final two aside. There were more important things on my agenda.  Having rehearsed what I was going to say when I was told I had failed all the way to St Brieuc ….  I couldn’t concentrate, had a bad day, am better in the afternoons, other things on my mind…. I was overjoyed to find out that I had achieved the required level of french and then some!  I nearly kissed the women that told me (the test was not easy I can assure you) and practically skipped back to the car.  So now I can continue completing my quest to become french and have dual nationality to try and limit any complications caused by Brexit so that we can continue to live our lives in France and benefit from all the ups (and some downs) that comes with that.

This is not the only good thing to happen in the last few weeks…..  We have finished the “big push” to open up the gites.  They are all painted and decorated, floors sanded and revarnished, new furniture bought in places, new cushion covers made, new linen ordered, new kitchen appliances installed, swimming pools opened, cleaned and warm, the sun is shining, the guests have been lovely and Easter has been great.  We are still finding eggs from the annual Easter Hunt and we have had the most multi national start to the season ever…. Irish, Mexican, Dutch, American, Portuguese, French and the good old Brits.  So nothing is going to get me down and globalisation is living on at Emerald Coast Gites.

Big thanks to Caroline for all your help in the gites, my mum for being a sewing bee and the gardeners for doing a great job.  The place is looking ship shape and we are reporting for duty… Bring on the summer!

PS – we still have availability in May, June and July, not a lot, but its worth taking a look if you are still looking for your summer holiday.

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Becoming French https://www.francefamilyholidays.com/becoming-french/ https://www.francefamilyholidays.com/becoming-french/#respond Tue, 24 Jan 2017 07:39:37 +0000 http://www.francefamilyholidays.com/?p=1196

Well all things considered we have decided to make the move to become French. Several things have lead to this decision…. Brexit, kids schooling and sports specifically, and in general just loving the french way of life, culture and living in Brittany plus we have no intention at this time of leaving France.  So now the fun starts…. the paperwork required is pretty impressive and the bureaucracy (one of the things I like least about France) is probably about to start raising my blood pressure.  But I am motivated and will attempt to navigate my way through this potential mine field.  Hopefully keeping a smile on my face.

So first to the issues of not being French – well this is more of a problem for my son who is very sporty.  He has reached the age now where he can no longer compete at the highest level.  For example, he finished 5th in France in Karate but after age 11 was told he can no longer compete because the Champion of France has to be French. Understandable really.   So he has changed sport and now plays football and is a pretty good player.  He is going for a sports scholarship in a school called the Pole Espoirs, translated to Centre of Hopes.  This is run by the Department (County), the France Federation de Foot (FFF) and Nike, is supported by the local clubs (3 of which are in the equivalent of the Premiership), and also has links to the National Team.  Now the local clubs will not give a hoot about his nationality but as this is also run by FFF this could be a potential problem.  Plus to all intents and purposes Sam is very French.  He speaks it fluently, has lived here since he was 2, goes to school here and his mates are all French.  He even supports PSG (and Arsenal too (Simon wants this added)) and much to his dad’s chagrin, supported France in the Euros!

Evie is just as sporty but is younger so hasn’t hit any of these problems yet.

For me it just makes sense to be French as well. This will no doubt make running a business easier too.  The number of times I fill in forms and am asked for my nationality is increasing so I have started the ball rolling and here is the list of what I must provide (in duplicate):

Completed Naturalisation forms for all of us
Birth Certificates along with translated certified copies
Marriage Certificates along with translated certified copies
Marriage Certificates of our parents along with translated certified copies
Birth Certificates of our parents along with translated certified copies
Details all of siblings and their address, previous names etc
Details of all previous addresses and jobs
Last 3 years worth of payslips/business accounts
Deeds to our property
Deeds to any overseas property
Bank statements
Utility Bill
Attestation both children are schooled in France

and last but not least……

A diploma (degree level) in French that is recognised by the French authorities.

Now this is the tricky bit.  I am due to sit the exam end of January and have restarted lessons.  My French is OK but I make a lot of mistakes and in a test I will be marked down for these and my written French is terrible.  So wish me luck.  I will post updates on my progress (sometimes these may even be rants!).  I will either be celebrating or commiserating by the end of January. Both indeed will involve wine (another thing I love about France!) Once I have the Diploma it will take at least another 12 months from then and no doubt a lot of officialdom.

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Preparing for winter https://www.francefamilyholidays.com/preparing-for-winter/ https://www.francefamilyholidays.com/preparing-for-winter/#respond Mon, 14 Nov 2016 16:03:14 +0000 http://www.francefamilyholidays.com/?p=1074 As the nights start to draw in and the temperature drops, thoughts here at Emerald Coast turn to all the behind the scene work required to make your holidays the best they can be. We’re continually thinking of what will improve the gites whilst remaining true to our beginnings and making sure we retain the essence of what makes our corner of France so special. After all, it’s why we see so many of our guests return year after year!

Earlier this year we cleared a patch of land by the soft play, creating an outside chill out area which proved extremely popular with parents of little ones and teenagers alike. We’re hoping to expand this in the early part of 2017. Sam and Evie’s Epicerie was also a smash hit, and will definitely be back next summer. There are other plans afoot to create a chillout zone for the bigger kids to enjoy Wii battles and hang out on site without being on top of their parents – enabling everyone to have a bit of space and independence.

We hope you enjoy our foray into the blogging world. We’ve had so many questions from guests about what we do when you’ve gone home that we thought it was time to share what goes into making Emerald Coast so special. As ever, we’re all about meeting our guests needs – if there’s something you’d like to know about, please leave a comment or tweet us and we’ll get back to you.

But for now, it’s time to head to market to pick up some reblochon and bacon. Tartiflette is on the menu and autumn is the perfect time to enjoy it!

Lesley and Simon

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Getting to us https://www.francefamilyholidays.com/getting-to-us/ https://www.francefamilyholidays.com/getting-to-us/#respond Thu, 19 Mar 2015 22:20:09 +0000 http://www.francefamilyholidays.com/?p=947 There are several ways to get to us from the UK and Ireland.  Too many to map!  However, we have endeavoured to map the most common landing points in France on the map below.  This list is not exhaustive but just gives you an overview.  You may have to zoom out.

As a rough guide, here are the timings starting from the most common arrival points in France to us:

  • St Malo – 50 minutes
  • Dinard Airport – 40 minutes
  • Rennes Airport – 50 minutes
  • Roscoff Port – 1 h 30 minutes
  • Brest Airport – 2 hours
  • Caen Port – 2 hours
  • Nantes Airport – 2 hours
  • Cherbourg – 2h 30 minutes
  • Le Havre – 3 hours
  • Paris – 4 hours
  • Dieppe – 4 hours
  • Calais – 5 hours

The most popular route to us is via Brittany Ferries and we have a 20% discount code with them.  Once you book we will send you the code to use of your booking.  If you have already booked your crossing this can be applied retrospectively.  The closest ports that Brittany Ferries service are St Malo, Roscoff, Caen, Cherbourg and Le Havre.  Condor Ferries also service St Malo.

Flying from East Midlands Airport or London Stansted into Dinard are popular routes.  This is with Ryanair. However you can also fly into Rennes airport with Flybe or Vueling airlines.

If you are coming from Ireland, you can get to us by Irish Ferries or Brittany Ferries by boat, or Ryanair and AerLingus both serve airports in the locality.

If you are flying you will need to hire a car.  We have negotiated a 10% discount with Rhinocarhire.com.  Again once you have booked with us we can send you the link so that you can get the discount.

Some people prefer to drive the whole way.  This again is quite common, especially amongst those who do not have great sea legs.  The Channel Tunnel is about a 5 hour drive from us.  Some people break this up and a popular stop off point is Rouen or Hornfleur.

In peak season our changeover days are Saturday’s but out of this time we can be flexible so if you preferred mode of travel means you arrive on a different day, drop us a line and we will endeavour to accommodate you.

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