Time for an Autumn tidy

As Autumn is upon us it’s time for a quick trip over to the cottage to pack away the summer furniture, tidy the garden, plant a new batch of spring bulbs and stock-up the log store.


Wood shed at the cottage

On Thursday we’ll be heading down to Plymouth to catch the overnight sailing onboard the Pont Aven, Brittany Ferries flagship.  Although it’s a bit of a long haul down to Plymouth, once we land at Roscoff the following morning we’re just an hour’s drive away from Kernolou.

It won’t be all work though, I”m sure we’ll find time for some culinary experiments in the Kernolou Kitchen and some long leisurely walks along the Nantes-Brest Canal.

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the fireplace

First glimpse of the living room and ‘feature fireplace’ back in 2008 just after we’d bought the house…

It had to go! Ian took a sledgehammer to it, despite my misgivings that the house might fall down…

We tiled the plinth and installed our first woodburner; there was no electricity in the house then, but we did have a back-up paraffin heater!

TKernolou 2010 First Woodburner before electricity

You couldn’t really control the burner it was either on full with the door rattling or going out, but it did make the whole place toasty warm after a couple of days.

Fast forward and a few years later we had our second, slightly more grown-up stove installed; we settled on a Hunters Cleanburn which although significantly more expensive is fully controllable so burns far less logs and gives off the most amazing glow not to mention heat – the difference is unbelievable!

Kernolou 2017 fireplace

See my previous blog… new woodburner and here’s a link to Hunters site too.

A true craftsman…

It had been over 5 years since we’d installed our first woodburner at Kernolou at a time when there were stinging nettles still growing through the living room walls.  In those early days we really were at the first stages of refurbishment and at the mercy of the elements inside or out, which on occasion felt like pretty much the same thing.

Unsurprising then that the little woodburner that had served us so Continue reading “A true craftsman…”


Nestled between the black mountains and the magical forest of Huelgoat, the tiny hamlet of Kernolou is situated in the commune of Paule in the Cotes d’Armor..


We bought the house back in 2009 and some eight years later, there’s still work left to do…

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Kernolou Kitchen



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