Coat an Lem is a traditional three-storey 19th century Breton home with whitewashed stone walls. The original large shuttered windows let in plenty of light, with dormer windows in the roof. Four bedrooms sleep ten guests in comfort. Located beside a quiet road, it has a large child-friendly garden with swings and a sand pit. The house is on the edge of the village of Plouézoc'h, five minutes from the center with the excellent boulangerie.
The front door opens into a large hallway. On the right is the large kitchen / dining room, which is bright and airy with high ceilings. The kitchen is well equipped, with a traditional ceramic sink, a modern stove, a dishwasher, a washing machine, and a microwave, and a large original stone fireplace which houses a wood burning stove. A big dining table seats eight.
The living room also has its original stone fireplace and a wood burning stove, surrounded by comfortable sofas for cosy evenings. Also on the ground floor is a toilet with a wash basin. Old wooden steps lead upstairs. On the middle floor are the two main bedrooms. Both have high ceilings with exposed wooden beams, and antique beds and furniture. The bathroom is on this floor; it has a modern bath/shower, a toilet and a wash basin. The attic floor also contains two bedrooms with sloping ceilings. One room has bunk beds and a single bed, and the other has one double bed and a single bed.
The village of Plouezoc'h has a beautiful old church, a good boulangerie, a nice café/créperie and a small supermarket all within walking distance. There are open air markets nearly every day in nearby villages and two big supermarkets within a ten minute drive. Plouezoc'h is situated on the beautiful bay of Morlaix, which is dotted with small islands. There are many boat trips available to explore the bay. One of the islands has a fortress, the Chateau de Taureau which was built in the 16th century to protect Morlaix from the British.
Also nearby, the beautiful old town of Morlaix has many interesting buildings and a huge market. Within a fifteen minute drive, there are many sandy beaches which are safe for swimming. It is a great area for walkers, with a well-marked coastal path along the rugged coast line, which is a great way to see birds and wildlife. At the nearest beach, Kerarmel, there is a cultivated oyster bed where fresh oysters can be bought. Close by is the "grand cairn de Barnenez", a 72-metre long neolithic burial mound with 11 chambers. This area has many interesting old churches as well as a lovely old chateau, Kerjean, which hosts interesting exhibitions. Sailing and horse riding are available nearby.
Brittany is well known for its magnificent and unspoilt coastline and sandy beaches. Plan a day-trip to Brest, home of the biggest aquarium in France. An hour's drive south is the ancient forest of Huelgoat, a source of Arthurian legends. A river runs through the bolder-strewn forest, leading to a beautiful lake. Brittany is famous for its seafood, cheese and cider, and there are lots of great restaurants where visitors can discover the regional cuisine. The weather in Brittany changes very quickly from hot and sunny to showers, often all in the same day. The temperature in summer is usually between 20°-30° C.