|La Chaumiere||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||2|
COTTAGE & HAMLET DESCRIPTION
Awarded 4 stars/keys by French Ministry of Tourism and Clevacances.
LA CHAUMIERE is a beautiful detached thatched cottage in the pretty hamlet of LE HELLEGUY. The cottage offers spacious, luxury holiday accommodation, with PRIVATE undercover heated swimming pool.
Renting the cottage gives EXCLUSIVE USE OF SWIMMING POOL, grounds, and facilities on-site (you will not be sharing with anyone else!) :
- Large family trampoline
- Wendy house on stilts with climbing ramp & slide
- Climbing tower with ropes, fire man's pole & slide
- Swings for both children & babies
- Infant see-saw
- New outdoor table tennis table
- Permanently erected badminton/volleyball net
- Football nets
- Basket ball practice net
And all the usual outdoor games such as badminton, cricket, boules, Jenga building bricks, swing-ball, footballs, giant hopscotch, dominoes & connect four etc.
PLUS, pony trekking is available nearby at Quistinic to explore the surrounding countryside and woodland.
The picturesque hamlet of LE HELLEGUY can be found in the department of Morbihan, Southern Brittany, close to the River Blavet. Situated in a stunningly beautiful rural location, in the heart of the Blavet Valley, the cottage is surrounded by 2 acres of landscaped gardens and lawned play areas, rolling countryside, fields and woodland.
The hamlet consists of 3 beautiful detached Breton thatched cottages, with only LA CHAUMIERE offered as luxury, self-catering rental accommodation.
The owners who can be frequently found, gardening on-site, will be available to assist guests during their stay.
Open all year, La Chaumiere is a super retreat for relaxing summer holidays, Christmas family gatherings and out of season spring / autumn breaks.
LA CHAUMIERE - 4 bedrooms (sleeps from 2 to 8)
This cottage is the ideal choice for people who find managing stairs difficult, as it offers ground floor bedroom / facilities.
The cottage is spacious, light and airy, tastefully furnished with matching Ducal pine furniture throughout, offering 'home from home' comfort.
A well-equipped modern kitchen (with breakfast bar & stools) sits at one end of an 'open plan' kitchen / dining room. The dining area has a table and chairs to comfortably seat 8 adults.
A lovely stone archway leads through to a large lounge with a high pitched roof - showing exposed wooden beams, from which suspends a wrought iron chandelier light. There is a granite stone fireplace (with wood burning stove) and a tall white-washed chimney breast. Quaint high and low level windows, with stonework surrounds, afford the room plenty of light, keeping it light and bright.
The lounge provides a super space for all the family to relax in together, on comfy sofas and armchairs - with the added benefit of plenty of space for the children to play in on a wet day!
For entertainment there is a large flat screen TV (English & French channels available) plus DVD player (with free access to our extensive DVD library of 700+ titles); a HiFi stereo system (with selection of CDs); iPad docking station; selection of board games (all the usual favourites), puzzles and jigsaw. Plus a library of 200+ books (all genre including many children's authors)
At the far end of the cottage, leading away from the kitchen is a Utility Room (with washing machine, iron & ironing board, cleaning materials and products, patio cushions etc.), a separate toilet (with wash basin) and a ground floor Master king-sized bedroom with en-suite shower facilities.
Oak stairs (with banister and enclosed foot treads) lead up to the upper floor landing from the dining room.
Accessed off the upstairs landing, are three independent bedrooms and a family bathroom:
The 2nd master king-sized bedroom and two twin bedrooms (each with 2 single beds). All the bedrooms are spacious and indeed one of the twin bedrooms can accommodate a 3rd single bed if required (plus we also have two cots available.)
The upstairs bedrooms share a central family bathroom (with shower, wash basin & toilet)
In total the cottage has 4 spacious bedrooms (2 doubles and 2 twins), sleeping 8/9 comfortably + 2 cots.
Outside, the cottage has its own private terrace area with patio furniture.
The extensive grounds provide a private and safe haven for children to play and run off steam. With swings, slides, climbing frames, trampoline, table tennis, a huge range of outdoor games and the possibility of heated swimming what ever the weather (under the pool's retractable telescopic shelter), there is always something to keep the children well entertained.
The cottage has a modern fitted kitchen with all the usual equipment: electric oven, gas hob, dishwasher, large fridge freezer; microwave, washing machine (& ironing facilities), plus a host of appliances e.g. electric kettle, filter coffee-machine, toaster, food blender, electric hand whisk, cafetière etc.
Multiple sets of crockery, cutlery, tableware and glassware help to make dining easy, plus additional extras e.g. fondue set, bread baskets, napkins etc.
There is a breakfast bar with 4 bar chairs for informal eating (and to be comfortable whilst chatting to the chef as he/she cooks!)
A large dining room enables more formal dining with an extendable table (which comfortably seats 8) with 8 dining chairs.
The spacious and luxurious lounge has a high pitched ceiling with exposed beams and a large granite feature fireplace. A wood burning stove and radiators throughout the cottage provide all year round comfort.
Antique pine (Ducal) furniture gives the room a stylish 'country look', with large sofas providing plenty of relaxed seating.
A large flat screen tv (with dvd player) offers free to view English & French channels for entertainment, in addition to a Hi-Fi stereo system, docking station and selection of board games. You also have free access to our extensive library of over 700 dvds!
La Chaumiere benefits from a downstairs master king-sized bedroom with en-suite shower room. A toilet & wash basin are next door.
Upstairs there is a further king-sized bedroom and two twin bedrooms (each with two single beds). These bedrooms share a family bathroom.
All the bedrooms are spacious and indeed one of the twin bedrooms can accommodate a 3rd single bed if required. Each bedroom has a full sized wardrobe (with plenty of hangers!), set of drawers, bedside tables & lamps and in some rooms a comfy arm chair too!
We provide luxurious bed linen (Dorma), house robes and towels (bath, hand & flannel).
Downstairs : En-suite shower room (shower & wash basin) plus separate WC (& hand basin)
The spacious family bathroom is upstairs and has a shower unit, washbasin and WC. (We have a number of baby baths available if required)
The cottage has a wood burning stove, plus radiators throughout.
The chargeable winter heating season runs from October through to the end of April. Outside of this period you can opt to use the central heating (radiators) if required - paying via meter reading
Large flat screen tv with English (and French) satellite free to view channels
Dvd player (with an extensive library of dvds)
Hi-fi system with selection of cds
iPod docking station
Wi-fi broadband internet access
Book case with 200+ reading books
Selection of boardgames and puzzles
The cottage has its own private patio area with table and chairs, sun parasol, two sunloungers and a Weber 57 Kettle charcoal bbq.
The grounds surrounding the cottage offer 2 acres of safe playing areas for the children and family to enjoy.
In the old orchard there is a super 12 x 6m heated swimming pool housed beneath a retractable telescopic shelter - ideal in providing 'indoor and outdoor' heated swimming from the end of March through to mid November. The pool is surrounded by a security fence (AFNOR approved & certified) with 'child-proof' lockable gates.
There is also a 'park play area' with swings, slide, climbing frame, Wendy House and see-saw, plus large football nets, family sized trampoline and a table tennis. An outdoor play cupboard contains a host of additional garden games for all the family to enjoy e.g. badminton, jumbo tennis, footballs, cricket, Jenga, jumbo darts, croquet, swing-ball etc.
The hamlet courtyard provides plenty of private, off road parking for up to 4 cars!
The cottage and grounds are ideal for families, groups of friends holidaying together and couples.
We are also happy to accept family pets (please ask for additional terms & conditions) and we can recommend a local vet should any visits be required during your stay or prior to your departure.
Surrounded by 2 acres of tranquil landscaped gardens, the cottage grounds provide ample space for everyone, whether in search of quiet relaxation or fun for all the family.
Le Helleguy’s ideal location also offers easy access to many nearby medieval and historic towns and tourist attractions (eg Josselin, Auray, Poul Fetan etc). Beautiful sandy beaches are less than 30 minutes drive away at Larmor Plage, Lorient (40 minutes to Carnac beaches) where a host of beach and sporting activities can be found.
Neil and I moved to Brittany in 2004 leaving behind a very hectic and stressful life in IT and banking! The appeal of the relaxed, family orientated, French way of life drew us to Brittany, where we found and purchased a beautiful hamlet of thatched cottages. Over the last 12 years we have enjoyed developing a successful holiday cottage business, whilst at the same time, immersing ourselves in French village life and getting to grips with the French language and all its many nuances !
|Year property purchased||2004|
|Why this location?||We chose Morbihan (one of the four departments in Brittany) for a number of reasons. Firstly, the beautiful granite stone buildings had a definite appeal - each department has its own unique style fashioned by the building materials local to the area. Secondly, the beautiful undulating landscape, lush and green, very similar to Cornwall and quaint picturesque villages, reminiscent of an ‘olde worlde’ England. Another plus, the temperate climate, warmer than the south of England, but not too hot on balmy summer days, and a convenient distance, just a short two hour drive south from the northern ports of St Malo & Roscoff.
Add to the above the wonderful Breton hospitality abound in this area, a host of interesting places to visit, the beautiful Gulf of Morbihan with its many islands to explore, historical towns and medieval cities, megalithic sites and much much more and the list goes on………!
|Unique benefits of property||There are many plus points for choosing to holiday at Le Helleguy, in one of our two detached thatched cottages, La Chaumiere and/or La Grange :
• Located in a quite tranquil area, but within easy access of local amenities and the coast
• Both rated 4 star / 4 key by the French Tourist Board & Clevacannce and so you can be confident of the standard and quality offered in the cottages
• La Chaumiere offers ground floor accommodation with en-suite facilities if managing stairs is a problem
• The heated swimming pool has a high-tech telescopic shelter which enables indoor swimming in mild/inclement weather and the pool water is heated from 1st April until mid-November
• Spa facilities are available onsite, daily and in the evenings
• Living in the hamlet ourselves, Neil and I on hand to offer assistance and help make your stay as relaxed and hassle free as possible!
Visit the new pony stables in Quistinic. Introduction for young children to discover pony riding and animal care & welfare.
Explore the surrounding countryside and woodland on horseback. Pony treks can be accompanied (by stable staff) or not, as preferred & depending upon experience
Enjoy our new 'revamped' children's play area:
• Large Climbing Tower with slide
• Wooden ‘Wendy House’ on stilts
• Rope climbing Frame
• Child swings and tyre
• Infant swings
• See Saw
• Trampoline with protection net
• Large Football Nets
• ‘Permanent’ Badminton Net
• Table Tennis
Outdoor Games include:
• Boules (children & adults)
• Giant Dominos
• Giant Hop Scotch
• Giant Garden Darts
• Jenga Wooden Building Bricks
• Swing ball
• Skipping Ropes & hoops
• Bats & Balls
Enjoy the free use of 4 adults bikes to explore and enjoy the countryside around the hamlet - helmets, flash jackets and bike locks are provided
Two of the bikes have infant seats which can be installed on the back of the bikes
Our local bike hire shop will also be pleased to deliver additional bikes to the hamlet if required - a full range of children's bikes and infant trailers (to install on the back of the bikes) are available
There is plenty of choice for cycling in the local area and beyond:
• the flat towpath beside the river Blavet offers access to over 50km of scenic route between Pontivy and Hennebont – only 4km from the hamlet
• along quiet country lanes surrounding the hamlet : mini circuits of 5-10km (or longer if preferred) with local bar/creperies to stop at for refreshments on route
• a county footpath passes right by the hamlet and leads on to various off road routes through woodland and past villages
• or on the more strenuous French VTT mountain bike trails, one of which also passes by the hamlet
Southern Brittany has many fine sandy beaches. Our nearest recommended beaches are only 30 minutes drive from Le Helleguy and include:
Larmor Plage (Plage de Port Maria) – near to Lorient, a fine sandy stretch of beach with a busy water-sports centre, a favourite for surfboarding and sailing. There are pleasant beachside cafes which serve refreshments & lunch
Larmor Plage (Plage de Toulhars) – near to Lorient. Located just before the village of Lamor Plage, a left turn takes you to this lovely safe, sheltered bay, with quiet sandy beach area – ideal for families with young children
Carnac - 5 beautiful sandy beaches stretching along 2½ miles of coastline. There is a coastal path following the coast line, which alternates between capes and sandy coves, much favoured by family holiday makers
Port-Louis – Lorient. An ancient fort stands at the entrance to this beach front. The Grands-Sables beach here is a favourite with locals for bathing and water-sports
Other recommended beaches include:
St Pierre Quiberon – an ideal resort for families, lovely sandy beaches, home of the National Sailing School and the sand-carting club, UCPA
Plage de Kervert – This naturist beach at St Gildas de Rhuys offers a largely unspoilt area edged with dunes and planted with marram grass
Ile de Groix – a short boat ride from Lorient takes you to this tiny island (5 miles by 2), which offers opportunities for pleasant walks and cycle rides. In addition, the beach of Grands Sables (the sole example of a convex beach in Europe) is one of the finest beaches in Brittany, offering clear water and fine white sand.
With wildlife reserves, parks, chateaux gardens, zoos, an aquarium and a whole variety of museums covering French Resistance, dolls, postcards, megaliths etc. all be found in the local area - there is plenty to see & do!
• Camors Adventure Forest (Tree Top Adventure Circuit) (15km)
• Kingoland – Children’s Amusement Park - Plumelin-Locmine (25km – on dual carriageway)
• Poete Ferrailleur (Scrap Iron Poet!) - interactive musical & animated sculptures - Lizio (58km - on dual carriageway)
• Insectarium - everything you and your children need to know about ‘creepy crawlies’! - Lizio
• Parc Aquanature – Wildlife Park with Jeep Safari etc.
• L’Asinerie de Kergall – Donkey Park & farm. Donkey rides available
• Parc Branfere – Wildlife Park with 24 protected species, 1000 animals from 5 continents, spectacular tree top walks above the animal park
• Zoo de Pont-Scorff – 600 animals and 120 different species, with daily shows
• Tropical Parc – 5 ha of parkland, tropical gardens, animals and birds, animations
• Jardin aux Papillons - Butterfly Garden AND Aquarium
• Parc Animalier du Quinquis – 20 acre site, animals roaming freely, opportunity to feed the animals by hand!
• Ferme d’Autruches (Ostrich Farm) – view from egg to adult!
• L’Abeille Vivante & La Cite des Fournis – all you need to know about bees & ants!
• Maison de la Chauve-Souris – This ‘house of bats’ gives a fascinating insight into bat life!
• Chez Dame Nature – Nature and Farm Animal Park
• Parc de Prehistoire de Bretagne, Malansac - Prehistorical Park
• Labyrinthe du Corsaire – 4 labyrinths, giant wooden games, bouncy castles etc.
• Les Tritons Beach Club – daily beach activities for children 2-13 yrs old
• Le P’tit Deliree – indoor/outdoor play activities for all the family to enjoy!
• La Recre des Trois Cures, Nr Brest – Huge children’s Amusement Park
• Le Velo-Rail, Medreac – 6 & 14km rail-bicycle trails with central chariot for children – parents, you can do all the work!
Only 6 km from the hamlet, near Quistinic is the beautifully restored 15th, 16th & 17th Century thatched working village museum of Poul Fetan.
Lots for all the family to see and do with a schedule of daily events to events to enjoy e.g. activities such as wool dying, spinning, butter making, washing the laundry at the local lavoir etc.
There is also a traditional baker (with scrumptious pastries and bread on sale), a pottery shop, traditional costume display, farm & animals, a children's play area with lots of traditional games etc. and much more....
Particularly good for younger children with lots of animals and rural livestock from a traditional Breton farm, plus lots of space to run around!
The working museum shows the village life of Breton farmers of 1000 A.C. with a restored village; typical farm buildings; housing; gardens (with essential usage of herbs grown for medicinal purposes etc.); traditional farming tools & practices with rural livestock breeds
Lots of water sports can be found locally : on rivers (Blavet) canoeing and kayaking; inland lakes (Guerledan) rowing, sailing, surfing and windsurfing etc. and by the seaside (Larmor Plage, Carnac, Quiberon etc.) windsurfing, sand karting and jet-skiing etc.
Two local equestrian centres provide an opportunity to go horse riding and pony trekking for the novice, intermediate or expert rider. You can even enjoy a ride around the local countryside on a horse drawn cart!
Over 28 local fishing areas such as the River Blavet, the Nantes-Brest Canal and River Evel, cater for all types of angling. Daily or weekly permits available.
Potential catches include: Roach, Dace, Carp, Pike, Perch, Salmon and Trout.
Daily or weekly permits can be purchased at a local fishing tackle shop in the nearby town of Baud (12km) and we shall be more than happy to organise a permit ready for your arrival!
Brittany has a number of excellent golf courses which offer the possibility of all year round golf! These include (with distances from the hamlet):
Rimaison (12 km / 8 miles)
Val Queven (35 km / 23 miles)
St. Laurent (40 km 25 miles)
Ploemeur-Ocean (43 km 27 miles)
Baden (44 km / 28 miles)
Rhuys-Kerver (73 km / 46 miles)
Situated in beautiful natural surroundings, either by the sea or in the country, the warm friendly Breton hospitality and high quality facilities offers golfers, beginners and experts alike, an enjoyable environment to relax and unwind.
The nearest course to the hamlet is only 10 minutes drive away at:
Rimaison (12km / 8 miles) (visit : www.rimaison.net)
For more dedicated golfing information in Brittany visit : www.golf-brittanytourism.com
Plenty of well signposted country walks within the immediate area and beyond. Maps of recommended walks with details on what to see en route are available.
Le Helleguy is situated in the heart of the beautiful Blavet Valley. The local river Blavet has 50km of 'well kept' towpaths, ideal for cycling, walking and fishing.
Morbihan is famous for the volume and variety of Neolithic remains including the famous alignments of Carnac.
A host of beautiful medieval towns and cities (all 'on the doorstep') are waiting to be explored! Towns of character and historic interest include Pontivy and Josselin with their Rohan family chateaux as well as Auray, Carnac and the ports of Vannes and Lorient (the latter with its military history and huge U-boats pens).
Why not plan a visit to co-inside with market day to experience the 'hustle & bustle' of daily Breton life.....
Markets are held each week in most towns through Brittany, offering very good value, tasty fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as traditional local food, fish/shellfish, clothes and crafts.
Early rising is a 'must' to fully appreciate the hustle and bustle of a market day and to enjoy the atmosphere, as most markets start around 07:30 and start to wind up and close at around midday, or 13:00 if there is sufficient business around to warrant it!
A list of all local daily markets can be found in the cottages with our 'special recommendations' too!
Au Coin Tranquille - Creperie - St Tugdual (2km)
Les Rendez-Vous des Pecheurs - Pont Augan (6km)
La Tourelle - Melrand (5km)
La Cour Julot - Creperie - Melrand (5km)
At Vadelen - Creperie & Restaurant - Bubry (6km)
La Cheval Blanc - Baud (12km)
We took an extended family and friends group with ages from 1 to 66. This was an early birthday celebration and although out of season we were blessed with wonderful weather. The Helleguy site was perfect with ample parking, the wonderful covered pool and attentive owners. Such a shame that Neil and Tricia are retiring and that large groups will not be accommodated. All those attending agreed that they would be back and I need say no more.
What an amazing place, everything we imagined and more. A spacious, beautifully kept home with all the things you could need. The gardens are amazing and with three children under 8 they were happy to stay here all day, using the pool and running around the gardens. There is a cupboard full of outdoor garden games, football, table tennis, literally everything has been thought of. It's quiet setting is stunning, but you will need to drive to get anywhere. Good base for exploring the area. We'll be back!