Book Estuary House and you'll find wow factors galore! The stunning 31ft living/dining room has 3 sets of French doors leading out onto a sun-drenched south-facing balcony with spectacular views over the water. The kitchen and 5 of the 6 bedrooms all have the same view looking over nearly 2 acres of orchard and gardens which continue right down to the estuary with direct access to the water.
All 6 bedrooms are beautifully furnished and there are 2 family bathrooms, 2 bedrooms with ensuite showers and basins, 2 bedrooms with basins and 4 separate toilets. One of the bathrooms has a whirlpool bath installed and after a hard day holidaying there's nothing better than a mass of bubbles in the bath with a glass of bubbly in hand! For even more photos and details, please take a look at our own website. I'm not allowed to put a link to it here but a little detective work should find it - Estuary House, Le Faou, Brittany. Our 28'x15' (8.5m x 4.5m) pool heated to 27ºC (depending on ambient temperature) has the latest automatic dosing equipment that continuously monitors water quality to give you a sparkling clean pool.
House Layout: Ground floor - The Library is a delightful room with french doors opening out onto the huge deck. There are hundreds of books to choose from and we're happy for you to swap your holiday reading for any of them (a handful are marked not to be removed). There's also a TV in here with DVD player with lots of children's and adult's DVDs plus a cupboard full of board games. Utility Room - houses the central heating boiler, washing machine, iron, ironing board and clothes airer. There's also a large sink and a toilet. Garage: Contains 2 bicycles and all the garden maintenance tools (chained up for safety). 1st floor - Open-plan sitting-room, dining-room and kitchen. Family bathroom and separate toilet. 2nd floor - 4 bedrooms, 3 doubles (2 with handbasins) and 1 small twin (one bed pulls out from under the other), family bathroom and separate toilet. 3rd floor (loft) - 2 very large bedrooms, a double with child's bed and 2 cots, and 1 spacious twin, both with ensuite showers and handbasins. Separate toilet on landing just for these two rooms.
The secure garden is accessed via either the driveway, the library or the 1st floor balcony. The huge deck 11m x 4m is adjacent to the built in BBQ and is perfect for al-fresco dining. The pool is a uniform 1.4m in depth, great for teaching little ones to swim, and our aim is to keep it heated to 27ºC from Easter to October. However this is very dependent on ambient temperatures, so may well be more or less than this. We have recently installed a security fence to fully enclose the pool, complete with a childproof safety gate.
Bird-watching and Golf: The living area on the first floor affords the most superb view of the estuary; directly in front of the house is a bend in the river where flocks of sea birds congregate to feed at low tide. There is a high powered telescope together with an in-depth guidebook to facilitate your (new) hobby. Birds we've seen to date include herons, spoonbills, egrets, shelducks, curlews and dozens of others we haven't identified yet!
Brittany is overloaded with golf courses, all beautifully maintained by the French but very much under-used. One of the closest courses is the Brest Iroise course at Landernau. It's 6296 yards and Par 71, set in the heart of wild moors offering unforgettable views of Brest Harbour. It's one of the most challenging in Brittany and ranked 13th in all of France. There's also a 9-hole course where beginners can warm up first...........!
Eating out in Le Faou: There are 6 restaurants in Le Faou, 3 of which have covered verandas for al fresco dining. Our favourite is Brasserie les Halles, a quirky little restaurant serving traditional French fare with the obligatory 'plat du jour' of superb value. Every dish is beautifully cooked and the service is excellent, their pizzas are fabulous too, also available to take away (a emporter).
Don't leave without sampling at least one of the 3 creperies which serve a bewildering selecton of fillings for their 'pancakes'.
Worth a trip to enjoy a gourmet seafood feast on the other side of the estuary is 'Les Viviers de Terenez', 10 minutes drive away. They will also sell you live crustaceans if you prefer to prepare them yourself. This is also the location for kayak hire.