“A bucolic adults-only B&B wrapped in fields, a short drive from sandy beaches, the standing stones at Carnac and the glorious Golfe du Morbihan”
Snuggled under the eaves on the first floor, the 3 guest rooms are connected by a long landing lined with books, magazines and DVDs that you’re welcome to borrow. They’re all calming and comforting, with exposed stone, cream walls and ceilings open to the rafters. Pine or painted furniture, wicker armchairs and vases of dried reeds create a rustic feel, while sleek radiators and spot-lights suspended from the beams add contemporary touches. We particularly liked the quirky headboards, fashioned from old shutters or carved wooden screens.
Bathrooms have walk-in showers (no tubs), huge sinks and piles of towels and robes. Shelves are stacked with lotions and potions fragranced with enticing combinations such as rosehip and lavender or green tea and willow, plus various bits and bobs you might have forgotten (cotton wool, flannels, cotton buds). Back in the bedrooms, you get trays of tea- and coffee-making paraphernalia complete with china teapots and madeleine biscuits.
We stayed in Room 2, which has pops of pink in the cushions and throws, a beautiful Moroccan-style mirror on one wall, and a vast bathroom. Green-accented Room 1 has a smaller bathroom, but that doesn’t mean it skimps on amenities. Room 3 is the most compact overall, but its soothing grey and taupe scheme and slate-lined ensuite made it our favourite in terms of décor. All rooms can be set up as twins on request, and Room 2 has space for an extra bed.
Whichever room you rest your head in, you’re sure to sleep soundly. The skylight windows have effective blackout blinds, the super-kingsize beds are heavenly, and the cloud-like duvets are covered in crisp linen. Best of all, there’s complete silence at night.
Breakfast is a real treat. Wander downstairs and you’ll find the kitchen table laden with fresh fruit salad, baskets of croissants and pastries, fresh crusty bread, jars of cereal, yoghurts, plates of local cheese and ham, jugs of orange juice, and steaming pots of tea and coffee. Rounding things off are Elaine’s delectable homemade cakes - zesty marmalade cupcakes when we visited. It’s a wonderful start to the day, and if it’s warm enough you can take your plate outside and look out over green fields and apple trees as you munch.
There are plenty of restaurants within a short drive for lunch and dinner, including a good pizzeria in Languidic (3km away). We headed to Le Chat Botté, a buzzing bistro in medieval Hennebont (10 minutes away) that’s always packed with locals. Here, we feasted on vegetable terrine and chicken wings fried in Marsala wine, followed by beef bourguignon and a mushroom-stuffed chicken fillet with apple sauce. For dessert, we treated ourselves to a decadent chocolate coulant and a huge cheese board, before returning, full and contented, to the warm glow of La Longère.
If you’re seeking posher nosh, Elaine and Paul recommend L'Art Gourmand in Pont-Scorff and Le Quai in La Trinité sur Mer - both within a 20-minute drive.
You're also welcome to bring food back to the B&B and enjoy a DIY supper on the terrace; Elaine and Paul can point you in the direction of local markets and delis.