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Five seaside hideaways for the winter

Breton havens that let you embrace the horizon

The tranquillity of a hideaway on the seashore. Cosy ambience and natural wood to help you feel at home and welcome winter in… And what if that was the ultimate in luxury? In a guestroom or sailor’s shelter-style gite, connected with the living world and the elements, keep the chill at bay in these sea-sprayed hideaways!

In the blink of an eye

1. Family house atmosphere

Lodge Kerisper – La Trinité/Mer 

Near Carnac and the Quiberon Peninsula and a stone’s throw from the port of La Trinité, Lodge Kerisper has given itself a mission: to spoil you. Family home ambience in this former 19th-century farmhouse turned into a hotel that runs counter to the usual codes! You hibernate happily near the well-stocked bookcase and by the fireplace in the lounge area, where antique furniture rubs shoulders with creations by contemporary designers. The white-sanded beaches are accessible from the Lodge by bike or on foot. In one direction, you set off alongside the oyster-farming barges on the Crac’h River, in the other, you can enjoy the bustle of La Trinité’s quays and marina… Atypical. Authentic

Lodge Kerisper

2. Fine decor, tranquillity and spa, near Saint-Malo

Domaine de La Mulonnais – La Fresnais

So it’s windy, rainy and chilly? Then head post-haste to La Mulonnais’ wondrous wooded park just 10 minutes from Saint-Malo. You’ll have 3 gites of character to choose from, each with its own wellness area. Sauna, chromo bath, spa – can you picture yourself there? It’s going to be great, really great staying in this haven of peace, where you’re welcomed as a friend. Not far off, Rue du Jerzual’s half-timbered houses in Dinan await your coming, as do Cancale and the Pointe de Cancaval headland on the coastal path… And in the evening, once you’re back, a little get-together by the fireside, exposed beams and cinema area in the lounge. What a lot winter has to offer!

Gîtes de La Mulonnais

3. An outpost on the ocean, in Douarnenez

Villa Glaz Océan and its apartments – Douarnenez

A snug haven that embraces the horizon, in Brittany’s Cornwall. We simply love staying at Villa Glaz Océan in Douarnenez, luxuriating in one of its very comfortable apartments! On the menu during our stay: direct access to the beach and immersion in the seashore’s blue-green hues. We simply love Douarn’ and its winding little streets, the spa close by, and the fishermen’s neighbourhood of Rosmeur. We’ve fallen just as much for the local kouign-aman pastries as we have for the Villa and its delightful Scandinavian-style decoration with exposed beams and stone … How about meeting up there next weekend – feel tempted?

Villa Glaz Océan

4. Sea air and wood in Cancale Bay

The Ferme du Vent – Saint-Méloir-des-Ondes 

Overlooking Cancale Bay, between Saint-Malo and Mont-Saint-Michel, the Ferme du Vent awaits your coming. The Roellinger family’s latest creations are set in the midst of grasslands: 6 Kled (“wind shelters” in Breton), built entirely of wood and raw stone, a subtle combination of snug indoor haven and openness to luminous horizons. Curled up on the sofa, you watch the fascinating spectacle of nature evolving to the rhythm of the tides. And then there’s double-starred chef Hugo Roellinger’s cuisine to enjoy, and a dip in the Celtic Baths. In Cancale, the port is constantly alive, what with the ballet of the boats, oyster farmers going about their work, and the ebb and flow of the sea.

La Ferme du Vent

5. In a house-boat in Plouguerneau

Ecogîte Tyrheun – Plouguerneau 

30 km north of Brest, in the hamlet of Lilia, welcome aboard the Tyrheun! A Zen eco-gite in the raw, a snug wooden haven ruled by the codes of the sea: 3 cabin bedrooms, portholes in the bulkheads… Nautical charts on the walls. And if you feel like a quiet read up aloft, a catamaran-net mezzanine. An ideal base for discovering the foreshore, islands and Abers (inlets) nearby. And when evening falls, you can sit back in the warmth of the pellet stove, open a good book and escape to the sound of sea spray. Life just couldn’t get any sweeter!


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