The Place Itself
Essentially, I have two properties, though they look like three.
The 'main house' is half of a traditional Breton long house - in other words a semi-detached- separated
by about 100 metres in all directions from its nearest neighbours, except for my other house, which is
Part of this used to be a ruin, now spectacularly rebuilt, which my long-term plan (pipe-dream)is to turn
into a studio/gallery. It has its own toilet and shower room.
The 'main house' ground floor is essentially one large room, though with a separate semi-circular
stone-walled bathroom, and a 'kitchen corner ', with gas cooker, microwave, small electric oven, sink
and drainer. .(click here to see pics)
An open staircase connects this to, again, one large, light and airy room upstairs, which can be
divided into three separate sleeping quarters, currently one double, and one single.
There's a communal wardrobe/storage area, with space for another bed if needed. So, you can sleep
quite privately , though there's a measure of commonality. A family might make exclusive use of it, but
individuals needn't feel too intruded upon.
click for pix
I've recently completed a conservatory on the terrace; french windows open to give an evening view
of the most glorious sunsets.
Downstairs there's also a double sofa/bed in case of emergencies.
There's a bloody great wood-burning stove which heats the whole house when needed.
Also telephone, hi-fi. There's a selection of VHS tapes and DVDs, with players. At the moment there
isn't a monitor to view them on, but I'm working on that.
The space at the back is best described as a small 'grove', with oak trees and whitethorn. A great
space for kids to play and explore.
There's a high chair, and a folding travel cot.
The immediate surrounding area is as safe a place for kids as I've ever seen.
Roughly, Southern Brittany. Departement: Morbihan(click for map) .
A bit more than an hour's drive from St. Malo, Dinard airport (cheap Ryanair flights) or from the major
town of Rennes (TGV from Paris). In March 2010 Ryanair are starting flights from Leeds/Bradford to
The hamlet (La Tronconnais -soft 'c' ) consists of about 20-30 houses, ranged around a sort of village
green. It's situated about 0.5km from the village of St.Congard (nearest bar, shop, post box) and about
9km from the nearest small town (Malestroit: medieval, picturesque, canal-side, banks, supermarket,
To get there you follow the road along the canal/river ( pic) from Malestroit towards Redon, until the
turn-off to La Tronconnais, which is close to the canal bank.
It's about half an hour from the port town of Vannes,click/pic and the sheltered Gulf of Morbihan. A little
east or west of there and you are on the Atlantic coast. Good fun in a boat. There are also the resort
towns of Carnac,click for a pic St.Trinite, and Auray, all within easy reach.
for a selection of things to do and see, click here
Here's where I really am making it up as I go along, and arrangements are infinitely variable. For the
next few years what I'm offering is more or less a straightforward holiday let, of however much of the
place each family or group needs. It would be a great place for an arts group to put a project together.
I'll make each arrangement according to the person(s) and the circumstances.
To put it in perspective, local properties rent in the Summer for 3-400 quid a week. I'm not looking to
make that kind of money.
If a family, or a group of friends, want to have exclusive use of the 'main house',I guess I'd be looking
for a high-season (July/August) rate of about 250pw, shared between up to six people. Low or
For individuals, a single 'berth' might be negotiable around 50..
If it interests you at all, get in touch and we'll work something out. The last thing I want is for nice
people, who'd like to come, to be put off by money.
My contact details:
274 Cottingham Road
mobile: 07951 577188
web address: www.robertsmagicspace.com
tel. in France (0033) (0) 2 97540935
address in France La Tronconnais
56140 St. Congard