Kermarch was built in 1762 as a stone farmhouse and cottage, in the traditional Breton style with arched granite doorways. It is surrounded by extensive private gardens with lawns, mature trees, play areas, and a swimming pool, and located in a small rural hamlet of about seven houses.
The farmhouse and cottage are available together and accommodate 13 guests in five bedrooms.
Also on the property, but set a distance away from the farmhouse and cottage, the owners have recently renovated an old house and barn to create two new homes, Maison Madeleine and Maison Marie. Maison Madeleine can sleep ten guests in four bedrooms, while Maison Marie accommodates four or six guests in two bedrooms.
Kermarch is a few minutes’ drive from the small town of Saint-Nicolas-de-Pelem, fifteen minutes from a great lake, and thirty minutes from the coast.
There is lots to do without ever leaving home. Kermarch has a 12x6 metre heated, fenced outdoor swimming pool with Roman steps, a boules court, table tennis, a trampoline with safety net, badminton, a swing and slide for children, a playhouse and jungle play centre, and a large field which is ideal for ball games.
Each of the houses has a fully equipped kitchen, free wifi access, a television with English-language channels and a terrace with outdoor furniture and a barbecue. For guests with babies, cots, highchairs and baby equipment are available free of charge.
It’s a few minutes’ drive to the nearest village, Saint-Nicolas-du-Pelem, which has all the everyday amenities. There is a well-stocked supermarket with a fresh fish counter, garage, a baker, two banks, a pizzeria, creperie, a couple of bars and a lunchtime restaurant which offers good inexpensive food.
The nearest market is at Rostrenen (15 minutes away), and a larger one can be found at Quintin (20 minutes). Slightly further away, Saint-Brieuc has an excellent market every Wednesday and Saturday, with a huge selection of local produce.
Kermarch is situated in a part of Brittany renowned for its natural beauty. The region’s largest lake is 15 minutes away at Guerledan. Surrounded by beaches, it has a great selection of watersports available, with boat trips during July and August.
The Nantes/Brest canal runs into the lake and offers cyclists, birdwatchers and walkers miles of well tended tow paths. Several restaurants and bars are dotted around the lake.
The north coast and its many beautiful beaches is a 40-minute drive. The beaches vary from long sandy stretches like Perros-Guirec and Pleneuf-Val-Andre, to the magnificent Ploumanac’h, where a small sandy bay overlooks huge boulders of pink granite and faces a château on an island, built of the same pink stone.
The region hosts many festivals and special events, especially during July and August. Particularly recommended are the medieval pageant at Moncontour, the son et lumière at Bon Repos Abbey, and the many traditionalFest Noz, or night feasts, where many people gather, usually outdoors, to eat, drink, and dance in the Breton style till the small hours.