Travel // Bot Conan, Brittany with Canopy & Stars…

Lou Archell France Bot Conan July 2016-14Bot Conan in Southern Finistere, Brittany, is a world of calm and beauty. We arrived late afternoon and were greeted by the owner Arnaud, who was keen to share his beautiful site with us.  Arnaud, has a series of fields that surround a stone farmhouse and barn, just a two minute walk from the beach – it couldn’t be any more ideal.

In the fields, Arnaud, has constructed a series of safari tents which are designed on tents in which he stayed in and fell in love with in Botswana. Each tent is large enough to accommodate a family and more, with a covered kitchen/dining area and some with an en-suite (outside shower!).

Lou Archell France Bot Conan July 2016Sadly, when we arrived, all the safari tents were booked out with holiday makers, so we set up home in one of his six permanent bell tents. Each tent, was erected on a wooden deck and comfortably furnished with a double bed, two singles and a little table.  Next to each tent was the outside ‘mess kitchen’ and to the side an area to sit and enjoy the view.  We were delighted with the set up.

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Instantly we relaxed. Fell into the easy groove of playing table tennis, wandering down to the beach and even using Arnauds canoe to paddle around the coast. Oh that was so much fun!  Bundled in, with life jackets on, we headed out to sea, with little clue of where to go.  Passing the swimmers, and kids on inflatables until there was only us and the ocean.

Soon, we came across a small beach, only accessible by the sea.  There! We wanted to be like Swallows & Amazons and claim that beach as our own, to stick a flag in the sand.  Landing, we explored the narrow stretch of beach, finding lizards scurrying up the cliff walls and white, sun-bleached shells on the shore-line. Charlie, keen to practise his new love of snorkelling took to the water, swimming around in furious circles, squealing with delight at what he could see below him.  A new found love – underwater.

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Dan, keen to get paddling to see what else was around the corner, took Charlie off on a further adventure, leaving Rufus and I alone on the beach.  Soon the water began to rise, and so did a little bit of panic inside me.  What if we couldn’t get off the beach before the water engulfed us?  Half an hour passed and we were half way up the small beach backing away from the waters edge, when we spotted the red canoe making it’s way towards us. Phew! Saved. Never doing that again!

But, DO take out the canoe, just don’t be left behind on the beach at high tide! Please be safe on the water.

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I loved that little beach at Bot Conan, literally just an amble from the tent, across a small field and you are standing on the sand, staring out into the blue.

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The site at Bot Conan is beautifully equipped, and I can really see why it’s on Canopy & Stars books. Arnauds impeccable taste in design has led to him building the most beautiful toilet/shower block I have ever seen.  And the lodge with kitchen and lounge – well I would move in and claim it my own. Stone walls with deep blue shutters, and pale mauve hydrangeas covering the garden. It was truly French in every way.

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The boys thrived there, and felt comfortable feeding the free roaming hens, playing table tennis and even using the wood fired hot tub and sauna.  They made friends with the other children on holiday and enjoyed a game of football in the field below the safari tents.

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We all fell in love with Bot Conan, even asking Arnauld if we could stay longer, sadly no – but, we shall return for longer next time. It’s a beautiful amazing space.

I have made a small film – which I shall edit on my return from France – but until now I shall leave you with these images.





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Thank you to Canopy & Stars for sending us to review Bot Conan as part of the #cscollective, and thank you to Arnauld for your wonderful hospitality.