Plumstone Cottage was rebuilt to maximise natural light, stripped wooden floors and an open plan layout. Restored to its 17th century state, it now includes modern comforts like a roll top bath, washing machine and stainless steel cooker. The huge Breton hearth provides cosy fireside evenings. The house is south-facing and includes a fire pit, bbq and seating areas in the front and back of the house. The sandpit, rope swings and geodisic dome in the woods provide extra play spaces. Plum Cottage is located in a quiet woodland, scattered with boulders, ancient ruins, and teeming with birdlife. The woods offer a place to walk or simply just to be. The villiage of Mellionnec, with its organic bakery and local produce store, is only 15 mins walk away, while the town of Rostrenen, 10 mins drive, contains all the amenities as well as a brilliant wood-fired pizzeria. There are endless green lanes for walking and cycling. For a swim Lake Guerledan is only 20 mins/the beach an hour.
2 Bedrooom wild woodland cottage, in the countryside nr Rostrenen Cotes D'Armor
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- 12 Mar. 2019
We spent a year building the Groundhouse while we lived in Plumstone Cottage. We were filmed as part of the Grand Designs series 2009. It was a hectic year and if it hadn't been for the forest, the birds and all the animals and flowers we would have certainly gone mad! We love the peace of Brittany country living. My favourite way to start the day when I am there is in the garden. I also love washing my hair with rainwater we have harvested, turning our vegetable waste into compost, picking plums and berries in summer and mushrooms and chestnuts in autumn from just around the house. The land is so abundant and it’s amazing what you can reap with just a little work.
Adrianne purchased this Cottage in 1999
Why Adrianne chose Rostrenen
When Daren arrived in Brittany he was struck by the beauty of the countryside. He was drawn by the deep green forests and the abundant birdlife and inspired by the many crumbling cottages and manor houses. When he found the Cottage it was nothing more than a pile of stones with a huge plum tree growing out of it ! But he knew that he wanted to rebuild it. Although the area is very quiet and seems remote, our nearest village, with its organic bakery and produce store, is only 10 minutes by foot. The people here are the salt of the earth and are very welcoming and hospitable. We love the lively farmers market every Tuesday where we can buy lots of local produce including live chickens and fresh mussels, and enjoy visiting the creperie, the woodfired pizzeria or some live Breton music .
What makes this Cottage unique
When Daren renovated the property he created an open plan layout with velux and glass in the roof. This has created a beautiful spacious second story in the cottage, which is a lovely area to relax in the day. We have decorated the house in a modern minimalist style which our guestss feel very comfortable in. There is something to harvest all year round, with plum and chestnut trees, blackberry bushes and fresh mint, sage, and lemon balm all growing outside the front door. The cottage is set in 4 acres of ancient woodland and boulders. As its only 10 mins away from all amenities, and some excellent restaurants it's in a convenient but peaceful location. The beach, the lake and other swimming places are all within an hour of the cottage which makes it ideal for children.
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Location idyllic and quiet,disappointing cleanliness & tired furnishings. Gardens well overgrown.
The cottage had not been cleaned to the standards we expect and smelt awful. The smell was mainly due to some rotting bones which been left to go mouldy in the bin. The property was festooned with cobwebs and the furniture smelt like 10 years-worth of holiday makers had sat there since the last clean.
The instruction booklet advised us that food should not be left out as it attracts mice and an array of mousetraps was provided, but strangely there is a lack of storage facilities for food.
The ‘as seen on Grand Designs’ comment in the advert is a little misleading as the property that was the focus of the programme was the house that the owners built on a different part of the plot. This cottage would not have interested Kevin McCloud.
Also disappointing was the lack of a freezer or icebox in the fridge.
From a safety point of view, there are no smoke or CO2 detectors, no light or handrail on the stairs. The carpets are threadbare with numerous holes - an obvious trip-hazard. The ground floor, particularly the kitchen is very dark & dingy and the predominant vegetation in the gardens and woodland are nettles and brambles. There are a few rope swings which I would not let any young children go near. The sandpit is full of weeds and the fire pit is just an old wheel with a log to sit on.
Don’t get excited about the hot tub! It’s an old, not very clean, bathtub in the woods. Also, the fruit trees and herbs allegedly growing at the front of the cottage were undetectable.
When we asked where the barbecue was, Adi told us it was built in to the wall -
We had to laugh as we could not even see the wall as it was so overgrown! To be fair we were provided with a good kettle barbecue.
We made the best of it, spending any indoor time upstairs and picking out the 2 best garden chairs. All the garden furniture shows a decade of weathering.
The bikes were ok and we had a good ride on the canal towpath.
Overall the cottage just seemed tired, unloved and definitely unclean. The pictures on the advert are clearly 10 years old and some of the descriptions border on the fraudulent.
We were sad to receive your feedback as we made contact with you on your arrival and attempted to rectify anything you were unhappy about.
We have had very good reviews from other guests this year including this one: "The cottage was wonderful, almost felt like a dream. It was peaceful and adventure all in one. Couldn't be any happier"
I can assure you the cottage is properly cleaned fully at every changeover. There was a sad event however, on this occasion. Our property manageress mother had died earlier that week, so things might not have been 100% this time. Please accept our apologies for this.
We always keep mouse traps at the property as it's a 17th Century rural cottage and the mice often seem to find a way in !
We are sorry you did not like the 19th Century Turkish rug upstairs. We still find it beautiful even though it is worn in a couple of places. All the other rugs are in good condition.
We have worked hard on the cottage over the years to update it, and installed a sliding glass door into the downstairs that has brought a lot of light in. It is in fact very light for a Breton Cottage. We also installed large velux windows upstairs and kept it open plan for that reason.
Kevin McLoud ate lunch with us in the cottage many times during the filming of the building of the Groundhouse eco-home, and even gave us a beautiful book of Breton Architecture which is on the bookshelf in the lounge.
We enjoy reclaiming old furniture and salvaging things which would otherwise be discarded and placed a steel tractor as a fire-pit in the garden. Most guests like the adventure of BBQ in that way. However we did buy a new Weber style BBQ for you as you did not like the fire-pit option.
The bathtub in the woods is not described as a luxury hot-tub. It is for adventurous guests who fancy a wild experience of steaming in the woods under the stars. Those who have tried it, loved it as much a we do !
Finally, the photos are up to date and honest. They have not been touched up in any way. Most were taken 2 years ago when the sliding door was installed.
I do take on board your comments about some of the garden furniture. Thanks for letting us know, and I will be replacing some of them.
I am sorry that the cottage was such a disappointment to you. Our sincerest wish is that people get to enjoy rustic simplicity, and be rejuvenated by the wild woods and Breton countryside....and most people do.
Great escape in a lovely woodland setting.
We had a great time here. Lots to do in the vicinity - we enjoyed a lovely bike ride along the canal. Centrally situated, it is within reach of both the north coast and alignments at Carnac. House is well stocked and the bed was very comfortable. The forest bath was an amazing experience. Bring wellies!
We are so glad you enjoyed the cottage and made full use of the magical surrounding landscape.
Hope to see you again !
xx Adi and Daren
Really lovely house - with an amazing adventure playground wooded garden. The tree swings and clambering rocks were brilliant for little ones - we also loved having a fire in the firepit and toasting marshmallows, eating outdoors, snuggling down in the lovely sitting room in the evenings. The internet was fast and reliable. Well-equipped kitchen was good too, and properly sharp kitchen knives... Loved the big bathtub and the magic mirror in the bedroom made me especially happy.
Rostrenen is a useful little town (though sadly looking a bit under-utilized by the number of shops a vendre or a louer) with a lovely bakery/patisserie and an excellent market. Our small children loved the play park there.
Day trips to Guémené-sur-Scorff and Lac Guerlédan were lovely.
All-in-all a really happy place to spend time.
Perfect place for an peaceful, relaxing getaway
My boyfriend and I stayed here for 5 nights during the first week of January and had the most perfect week. Despite technically being 'off-season' (most of the shops, restaurants and attractions nearby were closed) we enjoyed plenty of long walks, bike rides and many hours spent relaxing in front of the log fire. The kitchen is very well equipped which meant we cooked most nights and with such a beautiful bath, you'll honestly never want to leave. Thanks so much for letting us into your home Adi and Daren!
Dear Lotte, we are so glad you enjoyed the cottage and the surrounding area so much ! I really like that the shops close otherwise we would not be able to fully retreat and take the break we need.
Wonderful ! and thank you for being great guests
xx Adi and Daren
A very relaxing stay!
How lovely it was to find this charming cottage in a great location, for relaxing walks and chilling out. The beautiful countryside which surrounds it is perfect for recharging your batteries.
delightful, peaceful cottage
we really enjoyed our week here, the cottage is cosy, and we loved the space and wilderness of the garden. we saw deer, bats and a little wren. we spent our evening sitting around a fire in the garden. the area is lovely for gentle cycling (along the canals and little lanes).
The stunning Brittany coastline is only about an hours drive from the Plumstone Cottage. To the North East, you have the Emerald Coast so named because of the colour of the sea. With its dramatic jutting rock cliffs, Cap Frehel is probably the highest point. To the North, you have the Rose Coast, so called because of the pink colour of the granite rocks. And to the South, the Quiberon peninsula with its long white sandy beaches and Carnac's megalithic standing stones and south facing bays.
Both Dinard and Brest airport, and the closest ferry port St Malo, are 1.5 hours drive away. Caen would take approximately 5 hours.
Car hire/use of car is essential.
2km to local village.
10km to the market town of Rostrenen.
3km to the Brest Canal, for cycling & walking .
20km to Lake Guerledan, swimming, water sports & walking in the forest.
60km to coasts.
Celtic hillforts, megalithic standing stones, ancient yew tree & oak forests all within 20km.
60km to the beautiful and historic medieval town of Josselin with its 12th century chateaux.
The cottage was featured in Grand Designs as part of the Groundhouse episode in 2009. The Groundhouse is a rammed earth home with many eco features. It is situated in the field adjacent to the cottage, and by special arrangement to cottage rentals visits may be arranged. We are lucky to have a wonderful organic bakery in the local village selling organic bread and pastries, and locally grown and produced organic fruit and vegetables, wines and ciders. The villiage also has a little bar with great espresso! The nearest town, Rostrenen has a great woodfired pizzeria and creperie, well worth a visit. The farmers market is held each Tuesday in the town centre and sells everything from fruit and veg, material and tools to live baby ducklings. As well as the conventional banks, chemists and supermarkets, there are also two health stores selling natural remedies. The traditional Breton barn dance is called a Fest Noz, and they are held regularly throughout the year. Keep your eye peeled for posters in the town. A great way to meet the locals and have a rollicking good laugh. The inter-celtic folk festival is held in Summer in Lorient, an hours drive, and brings together an amazing array of Celtic and Breton traditions. Great for a day trip.
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Booking Notes: Contact us by email to make a booking or if it's easier or really last minute then call Daren on 0044 7779148153. Changeover Day: Changeover day is a Saturday. Arrival time from 4pm. Departure by 10am. We try to be as flexible as we can with this so just let us know or ask if you need to...