Published by Lyn on 17 April 2016
Cyclists Gerry and Janet Wells stayed at Manoir du Coatudual near EuroVelo 1 and EuroVelo 4 in Brittany. Here's what they thought of it.
We have just returned from the characterful Manoir du Coatudual which is a large, self-catering house situated within an easy cycle ride from Roscoff ferry port, with a choice of cycle routes between 5 and 10 kilometres to Morlaix.
There are several routes in all directions from the Manoir to keep most levels of cyclists happy, though perhaps absolute beginners/children would need supervision as the routes in the immediate vicinity are not dedicated cycleways.
Accommodation at the Manoir is for up to seven, which makes it very suitable for cycling groups or families.
It is necessary to book the Manoir for at least 3 nights, so this would suit those wishing to explore this part of Brittany from a fixed base.
There is adequate lockable bike storage – even for tandems/trikes. A good wifi connection is available, although because of the thickness of the walls, access is best in the lounge. There is a large area for parking, which is useful if arriving with vehicles carrying bikes.
Certainly, with a large group, Coatudual makes a very affordable option (£480 per week or £240 for 3 days), considering heating, electric, wifi, TV are included in the price. There is a charge for linen, but you have the option to bring your own, which is more possible if you are arriving by car.
During our stay we were able to cycle and explore the immediately neighbouring villages, plus a trip to the coast at Carantec, including a great birthday lunch.
On our departure day, Gerry went for an exploratory trip along the EV4 cycleway to the outskirts of Morlaix which is well signposted for cycling, returning via an alternative route along the Morlaix river on the D769 (which forms part of the cycling Tour de Manche) up to where it turns east and leads directly back to Taulé and Coatudual.
5 things we liked
1. The 'Tour de Manche' cycle route goes by the gate (D769).
2. Good, lockable, garage for bikes – even tandems!
3. Close to amenities – easy walk or cycle into village for bakers, butchers, SPAR mini-supermarket, bank, restaurant and bars.
4. We were met on arrival by the very helpful, personable housekeeper, Cherylann. She'd brought us a welcome pack of bread, butter, milk, tea and coffee, which are staples for all guests. She then supplemented the pack with local produce: a bottle of cider, cheese, prune tart and biscuits, which she varies according to the season for all guests.
5. Our little dog, Harris, who sometimes travels with us on our bikes, was made very welcome on our stay.
There is a 15% discount for cyclists who mention Freewheeling France when they get in touch with Manoir du Coatudual.
ABOUT OUR REVIEWERS
Gerry and Janet Wells retired to Mortain in the Manche department of Normandy, from where they (and Harris the dog) embark on excursions either on their Dutch tandem or on touring bikes. You can follow their adventures here.