We bought our own house in Brittany in 1999... We had made 3 trips to view after experiencing Brittany for the first time on a 'round robin' drive around the coast over a four day break. We began and ended at St Malo with Vannes, Lorient, Pont L'abbé, Roscoff, Morlaix, Perros Guirec, St Brieuc, Erquy all on the route. That did it for us - we knew that we wanted to know more about Brittany... a lot more.

12 grand doesn't sound like the kind of money you'd spend on a house that would be up to much... So we were astounded in spending what, at the time, would have bought a decent average 2nd hand car, but an 18th Century Corps de Ferme with 3 barns, a ruin, a well and a bread oven on an acre is what we got. The journey on the boat back on the same day we had made the offer (knowing that we had secured it as ours) was so exciting. In 30 years of marriage we had never chatted and enthused at such length... the whole ten hour crossing!... What a journey we had experienced. And what an excursion we were also about to embark on!

Here are some before and after shots. Our place is still very much a work in progress, but one which we both enjoy better than anything we can think of. And, if there was ever any doubt as to whether our £12,000 could bring us a good return on our investment (although we have never looked at it as such) we have only to look at some of the houses that we receive day in day out... to place on our site.

We hope that others amongst visitors to our site enjoy their own Brittany/Normandy journey as much as we have... Good hunting!