La Caloge – Brittany, Finistère
- Houseboat for 2
160cm double bed.
Not quite a houseboat, nor a boathouse, but a boat that's somehow a house… La Caloge has all the trappings of life on the ocean wave, with no risk of seasickness!
At the extreme west of a traditional fishing village on a remote Brittany peninsula, you can sleep in this old-fashioned fishing boat bedecked with maritime touches - all the ropes and buoys, and the mast in the middle of the bedroom, will make you forget that you're actually on dry land. After an illustrious career fishing off the coast of Brittany, it has come to rest in the country garden of a charming B&B, run by friendly Pierre and Patricia. The roof has been thatched to keep out the weather, which makes for a truly striking first impression. And the inside is a marvel, with plenty of space, polished oak flooring and an adjoining bathroom. There's a separate kitchen in the shared breakfast room so you can steam your mussels elsewhere, and deck chairs in the garden – rather than on the deck - for lounging.
Waking up in a real-life boat is the right kind of start to a day of water sports in the Baie de Douarnenez, but remember your walking boots as well. Surrounded by nature and the sea, there are plenty of footpaths and cycle trails which are perfect for exploring the local area. The coast, with its magnificent rocky cliffs and wild headlands, provides spectacular views just a few minutes’ walk away. You'll feel like you're sailing on the high seas!
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Everything you need to know about La Caloge
Sleeping arrangements160cm double bed.
Kids & PetsWe’re sorry, children and pets cannot be accommodated.
- Kitchen with fridge and washing-up facilities available to share with owners.
- Shower cabin and toilet in boat.
Heating, lighting & bedding
- Electric lighting
- 160cm double bed
- Information on local fauna and flora and regional history provided.
Kastell Dinn, Kerlouantec, 29160 CROZON, France
The closest stations are Brest and Quimper, both 60km away.
The closest bus stop is Crozon, 5km away. A free pick up can be arranged from this stop.
From Crozon, head towards Morgat. Drive alongside the beach at Morgat, and after the Maison Familiale, take the first right towards the school 'Ecole de Morgat'. After passing the Hotel Julia, continue for 1.5km.
The village is down a turning on a no-through road, Kerlouantec. Go right up to the end of the village and the house will be on your right (look out for the blue shutters and white window frames). The car park is just beyond the house – go 20m further up the little lane.
Please remember to drive slowly through the village as there are small children around.
Eating & drinking
A continental breakfast is included, but your other meals are up to you. Just past the main house you will find a cosy fisherman's cabin with a shared kitchen where you are very welcome to prepare your own meals. Pierre and Patricia are happy to lend you a bike to go and buy food at the local shop, 1.5 km away.
On the other hand, there are more than enough good restaurants around to keep you going...
In Morgat (2km):
Saveurs et Marée
Atao Aman (for traditional Breton crêpes)
Coup de Torchon
In Crozon (5km)
Le Mutin Gourmand
In Camaret (10km)
Les Frères de la Côte
Things to do
The beautiful countryside surrounding Kastell Dinn is perfect for hiking, horse riding and mountain biking, with 5 signposted cycle routes leading from the village.The Douarnenez Bay is great for most watersports, such as sailing, surfing and diving. And for the adventurous, rock-climbing, paragliding and land yachting are all possible nearby.
The Brittany coast also has some spectacular natural landmarks to visit, including La Pointe du Raz, Le Cap de la Chèvre, Les Monts d'Arrée and Le Port de Camaret.
Places to visit
You can ask Pierre and Patricia for more information on the numerous museums and local parishes. There are also many historical fortifications, for example, from the time of Vauban, Napoleon III and the Second World War.
Or for a day out a bit further afield, the popular aquarium, Océanopolis, is an hour's drive away in Brest.
Nearby towns and villages
Meet your hosts
Pierre and Patricia's first loves are the open seas, the wild countryside and the remote Crozon peninsula that is their home. When they discovered that an old fishing boat was coming to the end of its sea-faring days, they couldn't resist bringing it back to their own garden and giving it a new lease of life. Taking old photos and documents found round and about as inspiration, Pierre transformed it into the work of art it is today. They enjoy trekking, both on foot and on horses, and are real enthusiasts of the historic monuments and architecture scattered around the countryside of Brittany. Fully dedicated to Kastell Dinn, they are always available to help you out in any way they can.
Situated in a private corner right at the bottom of a peaceful fishing village, this is a real haven of peace and quiet, with countless hiking paths leading directly from the site. The boat itself is very individual with its thatched roof, but exceptionally inviting and comfortable. A corner of the garden is reserved entirely for guests with an outdoor living room complete with sun loungers. The easily accessible Douarnenez Bay offers a stunning setting for water sports like sailing, kayaking, diving, surfing and much more.
Kastell Dinn is placed right in the centre of the Armorica national park and surrounded by the Iroise marine protected area. There is plentiful wildlife – you might get the chance to see deer, foxes and birds of all types. The whole area is covered by coastal flowers and several varieties of orchids.
Kastell Dinn aims to make your stay as low-impact as possible - you are encouraged to recycle, eco-friendly products are used for cleaning, and the toilets use water from a well. Pierre and Patricia are keen to give you information on environmentally friendly activities and are very willing to lend you a bike to go do your shopping!