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La Vinotière***

Mature elegance meets modern chic at the « end of the earth » - that’s the feel at this 16th century merchant’s house teetring on the Finistère coast. Around it, Le Conquet butsles : fishermen and ferries sail from the port, boutiques cluster, the market confabs every thuesday. Inside lies innovation : squeezing bathrooms into all the bedrooms has required a clever use of light and space and some bathrooms are sectioned from the bedroom by half-glazed walls or low panels. Quirky perhaps, but stylish to a fault : La Vinotière is part-owned by an interior decorator. Exposed stone, customisedfurniture, neutral coulors and oak shutters convey class ; bright oil paintings (for sale) add a slash. Most fun is for kids : bunk-bedded « Petite Vinotière »is like a ship’s cabin so little ones can sleep like sailors before paddling on the local beach. You can walk the Kermorvan Peninsula or have fishy fun at Brest’s Oceanopolis, a shortish drive. No outdoor space but adults can retire to the hotel’s Salon de thé whose comfy confines offers cakes and organics teas-the perfect pick-me-up before more exploring.