Please be in touch via the Contact page for availability (available dates can be found at the bottom of this page). We don’t have an electronic booking form for dates; just ask for the week you want and we’ll tell you if it’s free then or not, and go from there. Bookings normally run from Saturday after 4pm to the following Saturday 10am, though we can sometimes be flexible with days, especially out of season.
PLEASE NOTE the minimum booking is for one week. If you book two or more weeks, we offer a discount.
COST FOR 2020
Holiday rentals are normally more expensive in the summer season, we know. This isn’t a holiday rental, though; it’s my part-time home and writing retreat. As it’s offered on an occasional basis when I’m not there to other writers, artists and makers, mostly though not exclusively people I know or friends of friends, we keep it at a steady rate (discounts for longer rentals). We think the fee is reasonable, especially in the summer, and since we provide all the firewood for winter letting we think this is a fair charge then too. At the moment, this also includes electricity and water (we need to see how this pans out).
PER WEEK OR PART OF
PER (CONSECUTIVE) FORTNIGHT OR PART OF
THREE WEEKS OR PART OF
FOUR WEEKS OR PART OF
10% discount if you have previously rented Gwynvid.
Once we’ve confirmed your dates, we need the full amount on booking. Once you’ve paid we will send you address, directions and further details. NB If you find you have to cancel, as long as it’s no less than 1 month before the start date I’m willing to return your fee minus 20%, to cover reserving that week and admin costs. If closer to the start date, I will retain 40%, except in case of genuine emergencies.
Please bring your own towels, including hand towels, and bedlinen (bring 2 sheets per bed; duvets and covers provided. There is a limited supply of bedlinen if you forget for a supplement of €5 per person.) The price includes wood and electricity. There is a washing machine in the outhouse.
We ask you to leave the house as you found it as we don’t add a supplement for a cleaner, so that we can keep the rental fees reasonably low. The rental is on a trust basis in terms of cleanliness for the next guests. This way of offering the cottage depends on everyone cleaning up after themselves, so please do.
We’re less than an hour by car from the ferryport at Roscoff, and perhaps 3 hours from St Malo. There are sailings to both from Plymouth, and also to St Malo from Portsmouth. As our guest, you qualify for a 10% discount with Brittany Ferries.
If you don’t bring a car, see below*.
Remember there is no phone or broadband at Gwynvid, but there is Wifi access nearby. There is usually a mobile signal.
There is no TV or DVD.
The cottage is old and stone, with thick walls – great to retreat to when it’s hot in summer, and the patio area really catches the sun. However, it’s not the Med, so do bring jumpers for those cooler days. Remember there’s only the woodburner for heating. Once the stove is burning well it heats the whole cottage.
The forest is lush. We do have rain!
NO SMOKERS (sorry)
There are two double beds.
I strongly recommend waterproofs! – and good boots, if you intend to walk. (As we’re in the forest it is often wet.)
Bring a torch.
The cottage is dog-friendly provided you ‘pick up’, and don’t allow dogs on the furniture or in the bedrooms. Please bring your own dog towels and beds.
Of course, the pet situation is in flux as of winter 2019, depending on Brexit. At the moment, legally, you will need to have a Pet Passport with a rabies vaccine stamp, and you will need to have your dog wormed before return to the UK (the Huelgoat vets speak English). For more info: http://www.brittany-ferries.co.uk/information/PETS-travel-scheme
A WORD ABOUT GWYNVID
Remember that this is a part-time home rather than a commercial holiday cottage. It’s in reasonable repair, but is still a work-in-progress. When you visit it should be clean, but it’s not pristine and there’s always a list of things-to-be-done!
The garden: I’d so appreciate it if you could water shrubs that might need it if you’re here in a dry spell. There’s also a little push-mower in the barn should you want some exercise in between writing!
Please ask for available dates in 2020 (not available 8th – 30th September).
(NB of course you can book a part-week, but the price remains the same.)
COVID19 UPDATE: at the moment (June 2020) we’re waiting to see what happens with quarantine. My hope is that the cottage will once again be available for others’ visits in August, and again provisionally in October. We’re longing to get there ourselves as soon as we possibly can.
ENQUIRIES & BOOKINGS: contact page
*TRAVEL BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT OR BY BIKE:
Buses run from Roscoff to Huelgoat via Morlaix. (NB a few per day only.)
One of my guests who came by public transport has this useful information to offer, from July 2019:
‘The one I aimed for was
Dep Roscoff (no 29) 8.50 arrive Morlaix 9,25
Dep Morlaix (no 60) 11.55 Arrive Huelgoat 12.40
(Back up if boat delayed was Roscoff – Dep Quai d’Auxerre 11.46 Arr. Morlaix 12.47 (OR Dep Roscoff Quai d’Auxerre 16.00 Arr Morlaix 16.35…)
Dep Morlaix (no 60) 17.35 arrive Huelgoat 18.45 )
But boat arrived an hour early – and there was an earlier bus that was connected direct to the Morlaix -Huelgoat bus
(2 Euros for the whole trip! you hold on to card from 1st bus, and show it to second one…)
Dep (no 36) Dep Huelgoat 06.50
Arr Morlaix 7.50
Dep Morlaix (no 29) 7.55
Arr Ferry 08.40
(Also bus from Morlaix at 9.50)’
After that, you’d need a taxi for the couple of miles to here (one or two in the centre of town). TAXI : +33 2 98 99 75 35
If you decide to walk from Huelgoat to the cottage, be aware that you’ll need to be travelling light, and if you walk along the road (reasonably quiet) there’s a long incline to walk up.
For serious cyclists, there is a wonderful voie verte – green way, the old railway track – that runs from Roscoff to Concarneau, and you can stop off three or four miles from the cottage, and then pick up on the (quiet) roads.
‘…I feel as though there is new quiet space inside me again to carry into the months ahead. The last two weeks have been a beautiful dream; we can’t thank you enough for sharing Gwynvid with us. It is an absolutely magical place which offered peace and respite… It was a very special, comfortable time and we have come home happy and refreshed. Many, many thanks again. Our time at Gwynvid was a great gift which we shall always remember.’ (Emma T, August 2018)
‘It is as beautiful as ever; the elderflowers are smelling lovely on the arch laden with rosebuds… I’ve unpacked and am as happy as a lark to be here. These days here are my best-ever present to myself! Just perfect…’ (JL, 2019)
‘We’ve had a great 3 weeks. Thank you so much. We love the Foret and the Autre Rive and the walk into town… definitely the best walk into town in the world. Now we are drinking Duchesse Anne round the corner after a Breton fete in Plomodiern. It doesn’t get better… and you have sparked a liking for candlelight in us.
‘I spent most mornings revising scripts and thinking (unusually) clearly.’ (RC, 2019)