La Vagabonde is a place of well-being where authenticity and sustainability come together. The dream of creating such a place arose during the time when the hosts spent their professional lives in several countries. In the summer of 2011 they discovered the farmhouse while on vacation and in 2018 they returned to France to realize their dream in this house.
The proximity to the sea but also the many hiking trails in the area make a pleasant holiday possible. Just enjoying the morning coffee on the terrace while listening to the distant sound of the sea and the chirping of birds is a special experience. When you wake up, your gaze falls on the beautifully landscaped meadow, continues to the old fountain, the colorful flowers in the garden and the wheat fields in the distance.
The house has been restored with solid, simple and sustainable materials in order to preserve the originality of the place while at the same time conveying a touch of modernity and comfort. The simple furnishings are a mixture of antiques and contemporary elements. Each room was designed individually and harmoniously, inspired by the soft colors of the sand and the surrounding moors. The old stone house is cozy and comfortable with many small details, so that a feeling of well-being arises.
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ArchitectureThe 19th century farmhouse is made of solid stone and is located in a remote hamlet. It was in very bad shape when the hosts bought it. Their motivation was to fill the house with life again and to integrate the rural history of the building: The granite stones were carefully sanded, the joints were repaired with lime, the wooden beams could be preserved; and the garden and fields have been designed to reflect the agricultural origins of the place. The renovation took place with materials from Brittany. For example, the kitchen was designed and built in Brittany; the terracota tiles also come from the region. The beams of the hayloft for the construction of the yoga and meditation pavilion were reused. If the materials did not come from the immediate area, the quality and environmental friendliness were decisive factors.
It is important for the hosts to promote diversity and inclusion, along with fair working conditions and compensation. As an example, gardening and laundry are outsourced to a non-profit organization that employs people with disabilities and helps them reintegrate into society.
EnvironmentWhen the house was renovated ten years ago, one of the top priorities was to reuse rain and well water for gardening and toilets. Another important decision before La Vagabonde opened as a guest house was to avoid or at least drastically limit the use of cleaning products. A dry steam cleaner has been used since then. Guests will be emailed information about the property's sustainability efforts after booking.
Well-BeingActivities such as yoga, Pilates, Shiatsu and massages can be booked on request. In addition, host Annelise is about to complete her training as a mindfulness teacher. Guests will be able to start or end their day with guided meditations led by Annelise. With the sea and the long beaches of Kerhillio close by, all water activities are within easy reach: surfing, kite surfing, wind surfing, paddling, sailing, sand sailing, hiking, and much more. The kilometer-long hiking trails along the coast or through the surrounding forests and fields invite you to explore on foot or by bike.
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From Auray it takes about 25 minutes by car to La Vagabonde (15 km). From Rennes and Nantes it is a good 1.5 hours (148 km) and from Paris it takes around 5 hours (459 km). The exact address can be found on the website.
The closest TGV train station is in Auray (17 km away). From there by taxi to Kergrosse. The trip costs around 35 euros. From mid-June to mid-September it is possible to take the train to Plouharnel-Carnac station using the "Tire-bouchon", a TER (regional train) that leaves from Auray and connects to every TGV. The price is 4.50 euros per person. A free pick-up from the train station in Plouharnel-Carnac is possible.
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