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Live like a Lighthouse-keeper on Île Louët in Carantec, northwest Brittany

Let’s start with a bit of history…

The lighthouse of Île Louët, in Morlaix Bay sits on a rocky island 350 metres off the coast of Carantec, and dates back to 1857. It was home to several lighthouse-keepers and their families until the lighthouse was automated in the 1960s.

In 2004, the town of Carantec decided to renovate the lighthouse-keeper’s cottage. The aim was to ‘make this place accessible to everyone, to reveal its identity and to protect its resources.’

The cottage was renovated to modest standards of comfort, in keeping with the spirit of the island, and the renovation meant that this magical place could then be opened up to the public. Since April 2013, running water has been available on Île Louët, while electricity is provided thanks to solar panels.

A holiday in tune with nature

Île Louët is a unique site with a fragile natural balance. Staying here means you’re living in the heart of a protected natural environment.

As the bird reserve is all around, you have a unique look-out point for spotting various species, including some that are very rare. You are, of course, asked not to disturb the birds and to keep well away from any nests.
Despite being an island, all water has to be used in moderation, because of the waste water treatment system. Any showers you take here are in cold water only.

The electric current on Louët is rather weak, so you can’t use any appliances other than those already in the cottage (with the exception of charging your mobile phone). Oh, and there’s no heating, either…!

The lighthouse-keeper’s cottage

You can stay for one or two nights, choosing one of three different options (see below). Only the house, its outbuildings and the outdoor terrace are rented; the rest of the island remains open to everyone, even when the cottage is rented out. The lighthouse - now automated - is still operational, so for safety reasons it is not accessible.

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ile louet à Carantec, Baie de Morlaix, Bretagne

The cottage itself is a gite that can sleep up to 10 people in modest comfort. It has four rooms, two on the ground floor and two on the first floor:

  • A kitchen with sink (and a limited amount of hot water), fridge, 4-ring hob, 2 tables and 10 chairs;
  • A bedroom with two beds that offer additional pull-out beds underneath, all 90 x 190cm (sleeping 4 in total);
  • Two upstairs bedrooms each with twin beds 90 x 190cm (sleeping 4 in total).

Several outbuildings complete the property:

  • The workshop ‘Atelier du cantonnier’, which is a ground-floor room equipped with a table and seating for 10 people, a sink, a fridge and a mezzanine level with two additional single beds of 90 x 190cm;
  • The toilets are in the former pig-pen, separate from the main cottage;
  • The washroom, with shower and basin (cold water only), are in the Fisherman’s Storeroom, also separate from the main cottage.

The cottage is fully equipped, you simply need to bring your mobile phone (compulsory), drinking water, food, bedsheets, pillowcases and sleeping bags.

Prices and conditions

After making your provisional booking online, you have 7 days to confirm your booking by post (the Post Office stamp acting as proof of date).
If the documents have not arrived within 7 days, your provisional booking will be cancelled and the cottage will once again be available to rent.

The person responsible for the booking must provide the following items, all in the same name:

  • The booking contract
  • The booking deposit, which is 50% of the total price, made payable to ‘Trésor Public’, using a French cheque from the same account name as the person making the booking. Please note: clients from overseas can use a bank transfer instead of a cheque – please contact the Tourist Office (see below) for the relevant bank details.
  • A photocopy of your passport
  • A copy of the booking confirmation email

The balance must be paid (by French cheque or by bank transfer) at least 8 weeks before the arrival date. A security deposit cheque of 550€ plus the Tourism Tax (0.44€ per person) must be paid by cash or by French cheque upon arrival at the Tourist Office. This security deposit will be returned to you by post the month after your stay. Please add 10 to 20 euros extra (depending on the destination) to cover the return of any cash deposit by guaranteed delivery.

Once you have all these items ready, you can send them to:
Office de tourisme de Carantec, 4 rue Pasteur BP 62, 29660 Carantec, FRANCE

Read ’Our weekend on Île Louët’ - an interview with a would-be Robinson Crusoe family

How do you get to Île Louët?

All visitors need to provide their own way of coming on to and getting off the island, using a vessel that can safely cross the 300 metres of water between the mainland and the island. You are not allowed to access the island using recreational craft such as a pedalo. If you don’t have a vessel yourself, the Carantec Nautisme Sailing School can arrange a return crossing for 100 €. You can email them (for the crossing ONLY)

For all other enquiries about renting the cottage, please contact Carantec Tourist Office on 00+33 (0)2 98 67 00 43 or by emailing carantec@tourisme-morlaix.fr