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Traditional woodland Breton Cottage In Woodland, Featured On Grand Designs



Updated: 27-Oct-2016
2 Bedrooom wild woodland cottage, in the countryside nr Rostrenen Cotes D'Armor

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.

  • Sleeps 6
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

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.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

"I just wanted to email you to say how magical we all felt our stay to be. Your cottage is in an extraordinary ancient site and every one of us was affected by it."
Mar 2009
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2 Reviews

based on 2 holidaymaker reviews


A very relaxing stay!

  • 4 of 5

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.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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delightful, peaceful cottage

  • 4 of 5

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).

  • Review Submitted: Aug 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2015
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From the Owner

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 .

Activity and Interests


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.

Further Details:

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.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
30 Oct 2016 - 25 Feb 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring/Early Summer
26 Feb 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
25 Jun 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
3 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
29 Oct 2017 - 24 Feb 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £150

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...

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From the Owner

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.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic


  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wood Stove


  • Coffee Maker
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...

Pool / Spa

  • Hot Tub ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome

Location Type

  • lake
  • rural


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure
  • Light-filled bathroom with luxurious resin bath, hand held shower mixer and WC.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Bedroom 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 6 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: Bedroom 1: double bed, stripped wooden floors and sky views from the Velux window. Bedroom 2: open plan with double and single bed, stripped wooden floors, and a lovely sunny south-facing lounge area with views of the ash, oak and plum trees outside.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: Plumstone Cottage is ideal for a romantic getaway, but also for a quiet family holiday. The house is situated off a quiet country lane, which only gets about 5 cars driving down it in a day! So its very safe for little ones. You need hardly drive once you arrive, as the local villiage is so close and there is enough beautiful countryside near the house to keep you occupied and to help you relax in nature. Outside: The front garden is south-facing and has a garden table + chairs with an umbrella. Just outside the kitchen door, its the perfect spot for eating lunch, or playing with the kids in the sandpit. There is also an outside BBQ set into one of the old stone walls beneath a small chamomile lawn great for sprawling or playing a bit of footie. The rear garden, looking out into the woods is more secluded and is beautiful for tanning or watching the sunset with a glass of wine. There are rope swings for playing, and a geodisic dome with a woodburner, in the woodland, set amongst some mossy granite boulders as an extra fun space/camping spot. We have also created a fire pit in the back for open fires on warm spring and summers evening. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Fresh bathroom towels and linen provided on arrival. You will need to bring your own beach towels. Other: Outdoor barn, containing bicycles for cycling.

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