Our house in Lostmarc’h is in an exceptional situation on the doorstep of one of the most beautiful beaches and stretches of coastline in Brittany. A small footpath from your back door takes you out onto the heather strewn cliff tops and meanders down past standing stones, and ancient roman encampments, where ceramic remains have been found dating back to 500 B.C. The beach of Lostmarc’h and it’s neighbour La Palue are on the west coast of the Crozon Peninsula, and face directly onto the Atlantic, wild and natural, and at the end of the world, this is a very ancient place where you can escape from modern stresses. While not deemed safe for bathing, there is no life guard and the currents can at times be strong, this is a very popular surf spot, and on calm days many families can be found swimming, although a certain prudence is always advised. The neighbouring beach of Goulien is more sheltered and has a life guard, and just over 2km away the beaches of St Hernot and their crystalline turquoise waters will make you think you have been transported to some tropical isle. St Hernot also has an interesting mineral museum, which might help explain why you find crystals in the footpaths and amethyst veins in the cliffs on one of the other beautiful beaches on the Cap de La Chevre. If Ice creams, crepes, and a few distractions for little ones are the order of the day, the tranquil seaside town of Morgat is just a few kilometres away, although the natural scenery is not as stunning, the sea is calm and sheltered for deep bathing, and there is a trampoline, sailing school, and kayak hire, as well as boat trips to the grottoes.