We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Recommendations? Atmospheric town, beach, country style gite

Level Contributor
224 posts
7 reviews
Save Topic
Recommendations? Atmospheric town, beach, country style gite


I ve been to France only a couple of times, camping in Biarittz when we were just a couple and Dordogne as a teenager with my friend and her family.

My husband and I fancy coming to France this year with our 18month old baby girl probably in July but we can really come any month.

Could anybody reccommend a gite/cottage with a pool, not too far from the beach and not too long a drive from a ferry port...so maybe brittany?????

We would love to be in a nice traditional french town or village where we can walk into in the morning to buy crossiants etc a few nice shops and restaurants maybe a market to visit, old churches.

All we want to do is have a bit of Sun, take our little one swimming see a few sites go out for dinner(somewhere that likes toddlers!) Good local fresh produce available to buy from markets or shops to cook back at the gite...fresh fish, meats,salad, baguettes wine.

A lovely farm house type of cottage with pool would be ideal, we dont want to be in a bland modern building and it would be nice to have somewhere to have a bbq outside in the evening when the little one is in bed while we have a glass of wine. Molst likely for 2 weeks and my parents may come out to stay with us the 2nd week aswell so 2 to 4 bedrooms really.

Could anyone recommend anything???

Paris, France
Level Contributor
11,628 posts
4 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: Recommendations? Atmospheric town, beach, country style gite

There are many websites where you can search for gîtes/self-catering accommodation in France. The two that I always use are:



Here are links to several more:










If you want to be near a ferry port I'll recommend a couple villages and an area not too far from Roscoff. I think you would enjoy spending your time in the region of Brittany known as the Côte de Granit Rose (Pink Granite Coast). The Côte de Granit Rose starts around Trébeurden and you can follow it east to the Côte du Goëlo, about as far as St.-Quay-Portrieux. Base in Ploumananch or Perros-Guirec (western portion). Spend time wandering on the white roads (shown on a Michelin map) all along the coast here passing through nice little Breton villages. Other towns to visit are Tréquier and Paimpol (and numerous others). Ploumanach and Perros-Guirec are lovely seaside fishing (and tourist) villages with sandy beaches nestled among the rocky coastline which dominates this area. Based on what you say you are looking for I think either of these towns would work well for you.

Here is a link to the tourist office website for these towns:


And links to some other tourist office websites in the area:




I would also suggest you get Michelin maps of the scale 1:200,000 and also a guidebook or two, perhaps The Michelin Green Guide for Brittany. The maps are loaded with icons for things of touristic or historic interest such as châteaux, churches, abbeys, ruins, caves, megaliths, designated scenic roads (which are highlighted in green) and a whole host of other things. These maps will be great for helping you get around and wander on some of those small white roads along the coast I mentioned earlier.

United Kingdom
Destination Expert
for Barnstaple, Robin Hood's Bay, Whitby
Level Contributor
4,766 posts
203 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: Recommendations? Atmospheric town, beach, country style gite

You could also try:


The only trouble we had last year was finding an old fashioned building with a pool.

If you sailed in to St-Malo you could look at somewhere like the Cap Frehel, which has both countryside and spectacular coast.

If you went with Roscoff you could also look at Paimpol or similar.

3. Re: Recommendations? Atmospheric town, beach, country style gite

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 11 February 2012, 08:16