Ev­ery so of­ten we come across a French prop­erty that knocks us for six. Ca­tri­ona Burns falls in love with this tra­di­tional cot­tage in the Bre­ton coun­try­side

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Ca­tri­ona Burns ex­plains why a tra­di­tional Bre­ton cot­tage in Mor­bi­han is her dream buy

You might think an Ir­ish girl’s dream home would be some­where with guar­an­teed sun­shine like Langue­docRous­sil­lon or with world­fa­mous glam­our that you’d find in the Riviera. Not per­haps, in ru­ral Brit­tany where the region’s Celtic folk mu­sic, ruggedly beau­ti­ful coast­line and even the un­pre­dictable weather isn’t a mil­lion miles from what you’d find on the Emer­ald Isle. But from fam­ily camp­ing trips to sea­sonal sum­mer work, I’ve al­ways iden­ti­fied with the region, and this pic­ture-per­fect stone cot­tage in a peace­ful ham­let near the vil­lage of St-Ni­co­las des Eaux only makes me love my home from home even more.

A former farm prop­erty dat­ing from the 1890s, this sweet cot­tage has an old-time charisma, with its blue painted door and cob­bled stone ex­te­rior ooz­ing a quaint coun­try­side charm that wooden beamed ceil­ings and paned win­dows con­tinue through­out, with re­cent ren­o­va­tions giv­ing a fresh, modern fin­ish.

Cool evenings would pro­vide a per­fect ex­cuse for me to in­dulge my rus­ti­cliv­ing as­pi­ra­tions and gather logs from the wood­land out­side to throw on the wood-burn­ing stove in the open-plan liv­ing room. Here I could snug­gle in front of the fire with a warm glass of red wine and a few friends as some­thing de­li­cious sim­mers in the kitchen be­fore re­tir­ing up the wind­ing stair­case to one of two dou­ble be­d­rooms. A spa­cious bath­room, com­plete with a bath and shower is a lux­u­ri­ous place to un­wind, while the bed­room’s small ter­race over­look­ing the acres of land pro­vides an idyl­lic set­ting to lounge in the early morn­ing sun.

An ex­ten­sion, ac­cessed through glass­pan­elled doors from the main cot­tage was car­ried out by lo­cal ar­ti­sans and is in keep­ing with the char­ac­ter of the old house. Com­pris­ing a cloak­room and an ex­tra bed­room, this would be an ideal space for a home of­fice or for one of the many vis­it­ing guests I’ll be ex­pect­ing.

For a coun­try­side stroll, I would walk along the wood­land path set at the gar­den’s end that laces the Blavet river to the vil­lage of St-Ni­co­las des Eaux where I would buy freshly baked bread and treats from the lo­cal pâtis­serie. Then I’d come home to en­joy a cup of cof­fee in the tran­quil­lity of the south-fac­ing gar­den, with only the sound of the wood­land wildlife to dis­turb me. Par­fait!

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