The Chateau de Kistinic is a small but perfectly formed 19th century chateau surrounded by 15 hectares of magnificent parkland. The large groomed lawns and glorious beds of camelias, rhododendrons and azaleas give wonderful ever changing views, and a maze of footpaths offer walks through woodland alleys, past ancient trees to holy wells. Exclusively located just 3km from the heart of historic Quimper in Southern Finistere, the property enjoys all the amenities of one of France’s most beautiful, least known little cities yet is far enough removed to feel cocooned in a haven of verdure. Not far from the sea and a choice of fantastic beaches in all directions, it is the ideal base from which to explore this lovely part of Brittany.
A review from some recent guests.
All I can say is, we have traveled to all corners of the world in the 42 years of our marriage but Kistinic is by far the most outstanding residence we have had the pleasure of residing in and that includes the Hotel Ritz in Paris and the Gritti in Rome…”
The gatehouse is a charming 3 bedroom stone holiday cottage within the grounds of Kistinic. Situated at the entrance of the property, inside the gates, the gatehouse has its own private garden, off-street parking, open access to the beautiful 15 hectare park, and is a short walk from the chateau and the swimming pool.
The gatehouse is available for holiday rental on a self catering basis throughout the year, and the whole estate can be exclusively hired for weddings, family gatherings or corporate events.
The parc was created at the same time as the chateau in the late 19th century, when it was carefully landscaped and planted with trees and shrubs. Kistinic means ‘horse chestnut’ in Breton and there are 8 hectares of woods of enormous oak, beech, sequoia and of course chestnuts. Various paths wind through the trees where you will discover ancient holy wells and ponds. The other 7 hectares are neatly mown and sweeping lawns with acid loving shrubs such as rhodendrons, azaleas and camelias which are spectacular in spring. Granite structures and slate sculptures can be found in various parts of the garden and there is an organic vegetable plot/greenhouse.
For the wildlife enthusiast, deer, rabbits, red squirrels, badgers, owls and foxes can be spotted almost on a daily basis.
Close to the chateau is the 13 x 4.5m infinity pool, designed to blend harmoniously with it’s surroundings and the chateau itself, it is edged in local granite and the interior is sparkling gold/green glass mosaic. The water is treated with bromine, so there is no smell or stinging eyes, and it is heated by an energy efficient heat pump. There is a shallow (0.8m) and a deep (1.6m) end, and granite steps run the width of the pool so getting in and out is easy for children. The pool space is a beautiful lawned area surrounded by flowers and large shrubs and is a very sheltered and sunny spot. It is gated for security.
You will also find in the garden a children’s play area with swings and a slide. One area of lawn has been given over to a spiral maze and there are wooden and slate sculptures dotted around the park.
All of the lawns are carefully groomed to fairway quality and, with prior notice, we can easily set up several golf holes (Par 5, 4 and 3) and a driving range for keen golfers.
There is also a testing 2.7km mountain bike circuit which goes through the woods and is used as part of the Breton series of mountainbike races in March of every year. There is a good mixture of climbs, descents, tight bends and berms. If you manage to complete a lap in less than 8 minutes, you will be awarded a bottle of champagne! Andrew, (a former expert category mountainbike racer) will happily give lessons to any novices! We have also outlined a more level jogging circuit.
We have a commercial quality zip line that allows you to whizz through the trees at high speed, suspended by a steel cable, and at 50m (164ft) long, it is not for the fainthearted! (Beware, you may not see your kids again for some time!)