Where We Are
Village Centre - 2 miles
[Boulangerie, Bar, Mini-market]
Sandy Beach - 6 miles
Large Town - 5 miles
Seaside Quay - 1 mile
Restaurants - 7 miles
[French, Piazzaria, Hotels]
Capital City - 23 miles
[Cathedral and Tourism]
The cottage is situated in a forest clearing with a small river at the rear. The area is the Crozon peninsula, which benefits from rocky cliffs and secluded sandy bays all round the coast. Coz Veil lies within the protected zone of the “Parc Natural Regional D’Amorique”, so the area is unspoilt and full with natural history. There are many museums, gardens and other visitor attractions within the area.
Despite Coz Veil being situated in a forest, this is also a maritime location. Alternatively soothed by the mild Gulf Stream and battered by Atlantic storms, the local landscape offers both bleakness and welcoming havens. A blend of idyllic sheltered beaches, picturesque wooded estuaries and quaint fishing towns give this area its distinctive charm.
On a more practical level, a boulangerie, for the morning baguette and croissants, is 2 miles away in the village of Dinéault. There is also a small mini-market in the village for other groceries, together with a couple of bars, a paper shop and a hairdresser. The local town of Chateaulin, 5 miles away, has two supermarkets and every Thursday a large street market. There is also a newsagents in the centre selling English newspapers.
The seaside quay at “La Passage” is about ½ mile away, ideal for an evening stroll to watch the boats bobbing beneath the sunset and the wading birds feeding. For the more active hikers there are several marked walks from the cottage, and there is a path to the top of the mountain “Menez Hom” which is Brittany’s highest, although only 330m.
A 10 minute drive brings you to the wide golden sands of “Pentrez Plage”. Here the tide retreats up to ¼ mile leaving a vast expanse of sandy beach. Activities include swimming, surfing, sand yachting and kite flying. Fortunately the beach is so long that different areas are set aside for different activities, so there is plenty of room for just sunbathing and relaxing. The beach remains completely uncrowded, even in high summer.
Brest is 30 miles north. A large somewhat ugly town, but with great shops and the sea world exhibition of Océanopolis, which is famous throughout Europe. Despite its commercial port, it also has some beaches and a large modern marina. There are boat trips both around the bay and to the several islands off the coast.
Quimper is the area capital, some 20 miles south. A picturesque town straddling the river with old cobbled streets and a large market. The cathedral has recently being extensively renovated at substantial cost and is well worth a visit. Quimper is famous for its pottery and visitors can take tours around the factory.
The cottage is just over an hour drive from the ferry port of Roscoff, or 150 minutes from St Malo. So you can have an early lunch in Britain and be in Coz Veil in time for an evening meal.