LOCAL INFORMATION FOR OLD FARM

So much to do so little time!
This is so often said by many of our guests! This part of Brittany is hopping with activities and has great restaurants at really affordable prices. Activity entrance fees are much lower than the UK even with the lower value of the £.



TOURING OUT AND ABOUT FROM OLD FARM

Best Beaches

There are sandy,safe beaches within 5 mins of Old Farm at Brehec Port and Plage.This is really lovely bay with a large stretch of yellow sand enclosed by two headlands ,part of the GR34 coastal path.
There are good facilities for enjoying a day out with restaurants(noted below), a sailing school,shower and beach wc block.
Further down the Goëlo Coast within 5 or so minutes is the Plage Bonaparte - a completely uncommercialised beach with a vast sandy beach, except at high tide. It also was involved in the repatriation of shot down airmen - an amazing example of courage by the local resistance movement -see below.You could easily walk the Gr 34 over to Port Moguer to see the fantastic sea caves! Even walking over to Gwin Zegal's stave port is easy.Le Palus Plage is also very sandy with 2 nice restaurants and is accessed from Plouha - from the St Yves roundabout at end of "ring road" dir St Brieuc. It is 3rd turnoff and immediately right down lane.
Then just a little further down the Goëlo coast there are the two attractive resorts of St Quay and Binic within 10/20 mins respectively from Old Farm. great beaches, lovely harbour and yacht basins, nice eating places and lovely beaches! St Quay has an open sea pool on the "Casino" beach this being the first part of the town you get to. The other half - Portrieux can be walked to, via the great Gr34 Coastpath, taking just 20 mins- a real gem with fabulous sea scapes.St Quay is also the home of Coquilles St Jacques and there is a festival each year.

Walking holidays on the Goëlo GR34! Old Farm and the Granary are an ideal base for cliff walking holidays.

Glorious views, bays, ports, geology,headlands. bistros. All this along the fabulous GR34!We also cover other area such as the Pink Granite Coast and can give walk info on these delights! Other more inland areas are covered. The detailed info is sent on booking but the photo gallery gives you a good insight into where these are and some of the views etc to be enjoyed .

Circular walks

The many headland walks also give easy round trip possibilities thus not necessitating 2 vehicles or public transport!

Interesting Paimpol - something for every taste! 8 mins Old Farm

Paimpol arose to fame through its connection with the cod fishing grounds of Iceland where many Pampolais lost their lives. There is a museum , nr the port, portraying this epoch. The last Paimpol cod fleet went to Iceland as recently as 1935.
In Paimpol there are many historic points amidst the little cobbled streets known as the Latin Quarter. There is the Old Bell Tower, the lovely port area with its large yacht basin and some of the traditional sail ships of the 19c.,the impressive merchant houses of the Place du Martray with its colourful weekly Tues am market.
There is a beach and open air sea water swimming pool walkable from Paimpol's port and a lovely headland walk around the Pointe de Guilben.

In the Salle de Fetes near the port there are regular concerts,fest noz,and dances.Paimpol has a yearly Festival called Fetes Pampolais Cocos named after the white haricot bean produced around this town.

The Iles de Brehat are only a stone's throw from here as is the lobster capital of France - Loguivy sur Mer'

Eating out in Paimpol is mentioned separately but is very good!

OUTDOOR PURSUITS FROM OLD FARM

Apart from the great beaches there is a good indoor swimming pool "L'Islandia" at Paimpol with sauna etc facilities.There is a sailing school at Brehec and local golf courses nearby.Bikes can be hired at Intersport nr Carrefour.
In summer there are many events held at the village halls at Plouezec (Breton dances, sea chants, bombard/trumpet bands etc). The local tourist office just off the square in Plouezec has lots of upto date info.
For walkers, the cliffs and coast are the big magnet and the G34 is the main sentier or footpath.Other delights are the steam train to Pontrieux or an evening around the Beauport Abbey with a nice meal at the creperie/grill opposite.
IGN maps blue walking maps are the best and can be ordered from Hereford Map Centre.Tel 01432 266322 and/or on line below

www.themapcentre.com

OTHER USEFUL WEBSITES

www.vapeurdutrieux.com

www.abbaye-beauport.com
www.vedettesdebrehat.com




SHOPPING OUT AND ABOUT FROM OLD FARM

The supermarket(Intermarche) is in the centre of Plouezec village.The market is every Sat am.Fishmonger with the night's catch sells from front of supermarket most days.
You may prefer a change of scenery and go towards Plouha where there is a good Champion with petrol and diesel.The shops in Plouha are of a high standard.
On Sundays the big stores close but Intermarche at Plouezec - nearest to Old Farm is open July and August until 12.15pm. However do no leave it to last minute unless you want to queue for ages!

new 09 Intermarche stores work through the dinner period.

Paimpol some 8 mins drive away has most of the larger supermarkets and hypers eg Carrefour,Intermarche and Leclerc.Netto is opposite Carrefour.
maps Top25 0916 OT, 0814 OT
To get to the large but well laid out commercial centre easily,drive to Kerity(Paimpol road) and after passing Abbey and bars, turn left opposite Kerity church(hospital,packing station etc signed).Then at first roundabout turn right. Off this road are most of the well know magasins inc Bricomarche,Pointe Verte,Carrefour, little Netto and now a huge Lidl.
There is also an Intersports shop nr Carrefour where canoes and bikes can be hired.


EATING OUT AND ABOUT FROM OLD FARM

At Brehec 3ks there is the new and very good Chez Tonton with views of the bay.Also at Brehec the Salicorne Creperie does more than just crepes!
Snack bars are tastefully positioned on the port/beach edge and the Cafe de La Plage often does moules/frites.
In Plouezec 2 mins away La Horaine is a very nice a la carte restaurant in the evenings and possibly midday. I say possibly because the restaurant turns over to menu ouvrier at lunchtimes.A score or more white vans crammed with hungry artisans descend on this restaurant for its knockout food - 5 courses and wine inc for 10 euros!
There is a self service buffet and after filling your plate from two serveries which you must choose a seat, - the ones at the back of the restaurant are usually "reserved". The garden part at back now open - and the service keeps coming. No choice of main dish. It could be lamb,rabbit or pork - even sausages.Good choice of sweets. Sadly not much going for vegetarians - I have tried persuasion but Jean is a lost cause in this respect!Always pay at the bar after the meal - no "addition svp!" Try to arrive at 12pm to beat the rush or nearer 1pm never much later when things are calmer.





Paimpol has great restaurants on the port and in the Latin Quarter. Some are resonable - price wise and others are expensive! Going for the fixed price menus seems the best option!Carrefour has a good sel service restaurant open at mealtimesie not all day.


A trip down to Pontrieux and its restaurants in the town and the port is worthwhile. My favourite is La Sterne on the port front with its fixed 3 course menus with wine from 13 euros. The creperie/grill in the mairie square is very nice and there is the Pisa pizzeria in fountain square.Mixed reports about the Hotel Pontrev opp the mairie. The La Roche Jagu restaurant in the walls of this not to miss 15c chateau is excellent - open midday only.13 e 2 /3 courses - fixed menu

Another little treasure is the Auberge du Trieux at Lezardrieux. Turn the very first right over Trieux Estuary Bridge(it looks as if you cannot due to signs) and it is on corner.

On a Pink Granite tour aim for Ploumanach for the best choice of eateries around!One creperie/grill overlooks Guirec Plage. All the other places are near Guirec Plage.Car parks ,loos etc.
Perros Guirec's Trestraou Plage also has a choice of eating venues.

On the Treguier / Pt du Chateau/ Maison de Plougrescant tour do not leave Treguier hungry as there is not much else after this! Nice choice of little restaurants off cathedral square.Menus reasonable esp at lunchtime.



AFTER BOOKING SERVICE

All guests get comprehensive Out & About info sheets plus walking maps and guided tours! We also try to get out the latest activity lists in the different areas though some of these are printed in June.There are two info leaflet distributions which coincide with the receipts sents for the deposit and the final balance.

Let us know of any special interests and we will research these to the best of our skills. We have in the past researched canoe schools, horse riding facilities, indoor and outdoor tennis facilities, golf courses, walking routes, ferry times and fares to off lying islands, fishing venues. This site has a number of websites which will help families wanting to sort out their "must see" priorities!.


Interesting venues well within range of Old Farm

www.armoripark.com

www.aquarium-tregastel.com

www.planetarium-bretagne.fr

All our web links to the other houses show what is near to these but in fact everything on the 4 websites is within easy reach of all gites.

Beat the Crunch!
see the  Netto websites - click Pricing - to check how even with a 1£ euro shopping bills can be less than the UK! Also detailed are the good value restaurants in this area etc etc!

nb ALL THIS INFO IS RELEVANT TO THE GRANARY WHICH ALSO HAS ITS OWN WEBSITE.

Breton Resistance's amazing escape route! 1944

The true events of this escape line code - named the Shelburn(e)
L'Anse Cochat was where it took place and but has been renamed Bonaparte Plage after the password used in ops.Bonaparte Plage is only 5 mins drive from Old Farm/Granary and on GR34 cliffwalk from Brehec.

In early 1944 Breton resistance fighters helped to hide and evacuate 130 plus airmen and women to England via the local Anse Cochat (Bonaparte Plage). They were truly courageous and the whole operation was masterminded by British and Canadian forceswith no loss of life!.
In the middle of the night during curfew hours the airmen were driven down to the beach and torch lights were flashed out to the open sea. Rowing boats with muffled oars took off from the motorised gunboats which lay some way offshore and which had come from Dartmouth in Devon and then the rescues took place!!
Today the monument commemorating their achievements is on the cliff top above the beach which was also renamed Bonaparte Plage.(another name used for this operation). However the most interesting point for me is the tunnel through the cliff with the original plaques from Dwight Eisenhower and Churchill still in place!
The Bonaparte Plage and memorials are 10 mins from the house and on the Gr 34 cliff walk from Brehec harbour.