We discovered a number of new sights during our recent trip and I will share some of these with you in future posts.
As a teaser, here is a picture of the lovely fishing port of Barfleur in Normandy where we went for a little wander before boarding our ferry in nearby Cherbourg. Guillaume le Bâtard set sail from here in 1066 becoming William the Conqueror after his successful invasion of England. We will definitely be returning there in the future, if only to see what it looks like when the tide is in!
On the sixth day of our visit, we returned to the property that was made up of two houses that were being let as gites.
There was no need to collect the key as it was conveniently already at the property so we could visit at our leisure and spend a much time as we liked. We managed to find our way back to the tiny hamlet without any diversions, only to discover there was already someone at the house.
Andy took loads of photos, often getting me to pose with my bright red frosted nose (this was the middle of January...) in front of the beamed ceilings so we would have a record of their relative heights for the future.
After a good couple of hours we had absorbed as much as possible with regards to the property so we set off to explore the immediate area, again making a photographic record (what would we do without digital cameras hey?). We found the closest source of bread and milk, looked for any evidence of developments might interfere with the enjoyment of the property, i.e. wind farms, poultry farms, pig farms, nuclear plants etc. In the event we didn't find anything to put us off and it became a serious contender.
We were entrusted with the keys and instructions on how to switch on the electrics and again managed to find our way to the house without getting lost.
Time passed quickly as we explored the property and the grounds, Andy again taking photos aplenty, though I didn't have to pose with the beams this time as headroom wasn't an issue.
We loved it just as much the second time around and I was particularly taken by the garden, it was simply a joy! Again we explored the local area, finding the closest shops and amenities and looking for anything that might prove problematic when living there in the future. Nothing came to our notice but we knew that we would have to do further research when we retuned to the UK. We returned to the Notaire's office in Huelgoat with a list of questions, told them that we were interested and would be in touch soon!
That night we packed our bags ready for our return journey to the UK via Caen the next day - this time a day crossing.
Enroute to Caen we stopped in the well preserved medieval walled town of Dinan in the Côtes-d'Armor. Unfortunately, we were in such a hurry we didn't get to see the historic centre or the old port but we did manage a quick walk around the walls and caught a glimpse of the Château de Dinan which was pretty impressive. It went on our list of places to revisit as we headed to the ferryport. On the 6 hour crossing to Portsmouth we had plenty of time to discuss what we had seen and what we wanted to do next - there was a lot to think about!