The bungalow is located in small village called St. Julien, just a few minutes away from Camaret sur Mer. It is right next to a registered trekking path and right opposite the famous ancient chapel, which is only used once a year. For these reasons, you will encounter some tourists on foot, riding on a mountain bike or riding on a horse. Although the first impression seems like it's in the middle of nowhere, you are literally staying in the middle of a tourist attraction!
The house is a built on 2 levels. On the lower level, you will find a fully equipped open kitchen with a large table for meals or activities. The living room is attached as it is not a seperated room. The TV on the fireplace does not work, as perhaps there is not even a signal from there. There is bathroom behind the kitchen, with a shower and toilet. On the upper floor, you will find one bedroom with two seperate single beds (beds are pretty small!), whereas the the "room" is actually at the end of the stairs, without any door. There is a queen sized bed in this "room".
Although this house is surrounded by beautiful nature, and it is very romantic. Fach is: it was built on a very shady ground. The result over the years is that the house is moist and mouldy. The smell when you first enter it is not ver pleasant. Using the Yin-Yang principles, I would say this house is absoltuely YIN. No sunlight can shine inside the house, it is cool and dark.
We found this house on the internet and rented it via an agent (a German lady), and paid over 600 Euros per week (August 2008), we spent two weeks there - price varies according to the season. Arrival and departures on Saturdays only!
I will NOT recommend anyone to rent this house.
Dogs are welcome - we came with three dogs.
We had the lunchtime menu here a couple of times and found it good value at 11 euros for two courses plus another 8 - 10 for for wine and coffee. A la carte meals we saw being served in the restaurant looked very good.
An old, and of date guide book from the mid 1990's described this hotel and the Vauban next door as "Excellent" with "a very good Kitchen".
I don't think le Styvel quite lives up to that now but it is certainly a very pleasant place in a good location and serves a good value lunch - good fresh fish with nice vegetable accompaniments . The Vauban looked very nice but did not seem to be serving lunch when we were there.
We ate outside but I had a look at the interior of the hotel and the photographs of the rooms - 10 out of 14 have a panoramic view of the marina and the fishing port - all looked comfortable and of a standard above 2*. Prices were very reasonable.
The Styvel attracted a good number of local people also caters for coach parties in the 60 seat restaurant.
Service on the terrace can suffer when a coach party arrives. We were lucky on the day this happened and were served just in time.
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