Gilles holiday let near Baud Brittany

9.1/10
Guenin (8km from Baud), Morbihan, Brittany Reference: BM001973_C Advertiser since: 11 July 2005

This location has multiple holiday properties

Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Gilles Self Catering Saturday 3 7 2

About this property

Gilles One of 3 Gites in Restored Farm Buildings, 2 Pools. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Beautifully restored farm buildings creating 3 gites in a spacious setting plus 2 pools. Constructed in 1710, this non working farm offers characteristic holiday gites in the Morbihan area of Brittany which can be rented seperately or together. Le Pressoir which sleeps 10, La Grange which sleeps 7 or Gilles which also sleeps 7.
 
These rural Morbihan gites are situated around a large courtyard and overlooks the undulating countryside of Southern Brittany with surrounding fields on 3 aspects and a rural walkway on the fourth.
 
The main pool is kidney shaped, having graduated depths and an integral seating ledge which smaller children find ideal. Around the pool there is a patio with sunloungers offering superb views of the Evel valley, Southern Brittany. 
 
The farm is situated in a secluded position with no passing traffic, yet with in easy reach of medieval towns such as Vannes and Auray and the beautiful beaches of Southern Brittany and the Morbihan region, such as Quiberon and of course Carnac where you will also be able to see the "alignments de Carnac" or "Menhirs, the famous standing stones. Plus excellent shopping at Pontivy, Lorient and Vannes. Situated within easy reach of the N24 these Morbihan gites are centrally located .
 
All the gites have private gardens plus access to the farmland and main pool. There is fishing at the end of a rural track adjacent to the farm. Other activities include golf, horse riding, walking and cycling. Fully equipped kitchen. Linen and baby equipment provided.
 
La Grange and Gilles have 3 bedrooms sleeping 7. Bathroom, separate shower room.
 
Adjacent to the property, there is a chemin rural (rural walkway)which leads down through the woods to the River Evel, offering excellent fishing and walking trails. The gites offer the peace of rural cottage holiday lets with the added bonus of beaches and towns with in easy reach.
 
Excellent fishing just a 10 minute walk away Excellent walking on the doorstep Beaches 30 - 40 minutes Excellent sailing schools 30 minutes, horse riding, canal paths and much more! A popular cycling destination 
 
The whole farm can be booked for the following prices-
Low £1250  Mid £1550  High £1800  Peak £2390

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Dishwasher, microwave, hob and oven, fridge and freezer. Dining table and chairs, plus outside garden table and chairs. Barbecue.

Living rooms

Comfortable settee and chairs, tv, dvd player, music centre.

Bedrooms

Bed linen provided.

Bathrooms

Bathroom and shower room.

Heating

Log fire. Electric heaters in the bedrooms.

Entertainment

Table tennis, boules, swimming pools.

Garden and outside

Set in 7 acres with uninterrupted views over the undulating countryside.

Information about any additional facilities

Additional restoration with French character along with modern conveniences.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • No smoking

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Shared pool

Activities

Cycling

Family activities

Watersports

About the Owner, Mr Steven Franklin

We have lived in France since 2003 and . Our property is our family home and we consider it a family friendly holiday destination as we have raised our children here! We have play equipment in the garden and toys in the accommodation. We are available for any help that we may be able to give you whilst you are here with tourist infomation, places to visit etc, but do not invade your privacy.

Year property purchased 2003
Why this location? Brittany is a beautiful part of France offering undulating greenery as well as beaches. It is the place that the French love to visit and buy holiday homes too! In summer there are many traditional festivals offering a mixture of food, dance and cultural experiences.
Unique benefits of property Our property offers three seperate gîtes, sleeping 10, 7 and 7. Situated around a courtyard and central hanger, you are able to socialise with other holiday makers in the hanger and main pool or maintain your privacy in your own garden and patio. Situated in 7 acres of grounds with sheep that you can feed and overlooking the Blavet Valley. A 10 minute walk down a track to the river. No passing traffic. Ideal for families, for access to medieval towns and beaches, or for a restful rural break. Something for everyone!

The Owner Recommends

Festivals and Fetes

A MUST TO SEE! Do not miss the medieval festival at Hennebont, The traditional Craft festival at Baud and the Celtic Festival at Lorient - all in the summer months

The Festival Interceltique at Lorient takes place starting the last weekend in July/first in August every year. The festival consists of 10 days of street music and craft markets in the town centre of Lorient. Each year a different celtic country is celebrated and features in the main marquee. There are many free music concerts and bands playing in restaurants and pubs, filling the town with music and atmosphere. If you're here then, don't miss out on La Grande Parade, where you will see representatives from all the Celtic countries, but hopefully will also just enjoy the joie de vivre emanating from the spectators along the route. Great fun, and not to be missed! Some night concerts need to be prebooked, particularly the light shows. Bookings can be made in Lorient usually in the box offices that are in the streets during the festival or by the show venues. Sometimes you are able to book in advance on line.

Lorient is easily accessible from here with a journey time of around 30 minutes. We recommend that you get there early if you wish to eat in a restaurant at night or prebook the restaurant.

Hennebont Medieval 30-31 July 2016
Held the last weekend in JULY every year. This is a large Medieval Market gathering 80 craftsmen all in costume. During two days the city is transformed into a true médiéval city with performers and parades through the streets. The troops present tell and play of the episodes of the history of Hennebont accompanied by the musicians and the choral society. You are able to buy costumes, jewlery, trinkets. The "Archers" will propose an initiation with the shooting with the arc with the children. Contest of the "gold Arrow". Watch the parades and the side shows which occur through out the day - free!. All the "rabble" can feast at the medieval restaurant -have a pig roast!

Location and activities

Rural location with 2 pools, boule court and table tennis. Ideal for cycling, walking, horse riding and excellent fishing just a 10 minute walk to the river. Watersports nearby.

Nearest restaurant

Baud 6km.

Medieval Towns

Wonderful traditional markets take place weekly in Vannes and Auray. Both stunning medieval towns. Visit the markets and admire the architecture!

Medieval Town of Vannes




If you decide to visit Vannes, do go on a Wednesday or Saturday morning so you can visit the market where you can feast your eyes on wonderful local produce. As well as the large street market there is a specialist fish hall, and another covered market, Les Halles, with equally tempting displays. If you park down by the port you will find the markets close by, and then you could wander beyond the markets into the fascinating medieval quarter of the town with it's amazing architecture, cobbled streets and interesting shops. Just outside the shopping area you will find the old wash houses, an interesting historical stucture situated on the river flow where the women of the town used to do their laundry! The port offers many eating establishments and coffee shops as well as a relaxing view of the water and boats.

Medieval Town of Auray

A lovely Breton town where you could enjoy a bit of window-shopping (there is a particularly good Celtic shop with all things Breton), eat a meal or take a drink at a bistrôt on the square, or perhaps seek out the glorious ice-cream establishment just round the corner.


But perhaps the main attraction of Auray is the charming port of Saint-Goustan which lies a short stroll away. You will pass fascinating boutiques and galleries on the way. Or, instead of walking, you could take the little tourist train which makes its way through the streets of the town. Here you will find a great buzz of activity in the summer months, but no doubt you will find a table at one of the many restaurants where you can sit and watch everyone watching everybody else. Just nearby you could explore the group of 15th century houses near the rue de Saint-Saveur.

Beaches

The Coast

When you come to Brittany you must visit Carnac because whatever your taste you will surely find something here to interest you. Talk about contrasts! From the prehistoric up to now, big-time.
Carnac is famous throughout the Celtic world for its alignments of standing stones, some 4,000 in all stretching over two and a half miles. There is an interesting and free information centre you can visit. No doubt you will come away puzzled but fascinated, as no-one has yet interpreted the significance of these ancient stones.

But, if you're at Carnac you'll want to visit one of the many beaches of gorgeous white sand. You must experience this! You can hire a beach chair (choose the kind you like best!) for a few euros, settle down in the sun and enjoy! The French populace will start to arrive after 2pm, following their extended déjeuner and then will get busy with beach volley-ball, swimming and other exhausting but no doubt healthy activities.

You could choose one of the many restaurants for your mid-day meal, or perhaps assemble a picnic before setting out.

The beaches in Carnac are alive with activity in the summer. When you have soaked up all the sun and sea air you need and partaken of all the activities (or simply half-observed them between your forty winks) you can thankfully return to your peaceful country gîte!
In the summer you will find that Carnac is extremely busy as it is the most popular destination for the french. It also offers a seaside shopping area in the town and many restaurants and bistros.
The Quiberon peninsula

Look at a map of Brittany and you will see this remarkable peninsula right down in the south, but no further than an hour's drive from your gîte.
As you travel towards Quiberon the peninsula will narrow to barely more than a road's width, with the mighty Atlantic on your right and the the calmer sea of the Baie du Quiberon on your left.

Walking and cycling

Walking

This is a beautiful area for walking, and within the immediate area there are several way-marked paths and country lanes. If you follow the track adjacent to the farm you will see a series of blue arrows which indicate a walking trail that leads in to the village and circles back to the farm. It is a fairly long trail and can take the best part of the day! Certain sections can be by passed to shorten the walk should you wish, just ask us and we will tell you how!
You may see wild deer in the woods adjacent to the farm as well as foxes, hares, badgers and recently a red squirrel. There are many trails around the area from 2km to 21km. There is a guide in the information folder in each gite.

Nearer to home we see swallowtail butterflies, and any number of birds and insects on the wing. Jays and buzzards regularly fly over the Fields by your gîte. If you decide to come in the autumn you can hunt out wild mushrooms as our French neighbours do. They be taken to the local pharmacy to check that they are edible

Cycling

The Nantes Brest canal offers a leisurely cycle path for all abilities. For more adventureous cyclists there are marked cycle routes.The valley of the river Blavet, situated between Pontivy and Lorient, is distinguished by a range of hills, a tight network of fields and hedgerows in the valley bottom known as "bocage", dry heaths and numerous sunken lanes.

Trails : 100 km of way-marked routes laid out in 9 trails (1 green, 4 blue, 3 red and 1 black).

You are able to hire bikes at St Nicholas des eaux which is next to the tow path. This is about 20 minutes from your gite. Make a day of it and hire kayaks or go on the pedalos!

Fishing

Take a walk down the rural track adjacent to the gites and discover the river Evel. A delightful setting through the small woods and fields, a 10 minute walk. You will be able to fish here practically undisturbed for chubb, roach, perch, pike and trout, and then walk back for lunch! 15 minutes by car and you can try the river Blavet. These rivers offer excellent fishing with possibel catches of trout, salmon carp and more. Take a look at the map below. Permits for fishing in the lake at Guénin or the rivers are available in Baud.

In Brittany there are many well-stocked carp lakes and you can arrange a permit by the day or the week. We are able to pre book day permits for Carp fishing at a friends lake, see their site at You Tube

There are countless other places where you can fish, including deep-sea angling on the coast, and you will find further details in the leaflets in your gîte.

Markets and brochantes

Local recommended markets: Vannes, Auray, Quiberon and Hennebont

There are many markets where you are able to sample the traditional french foods and produce. Markets usually start around 9am and finish at lunch time therefore it is advisable to get there a little early in order to get parked!

BROCHANTES and VIDE GRENIER

Throughout the year there are regular antique markets, flea markets and the French equivalent of car boot sales 'Vide Greniers' (attic clearouts). These are all great places to find interesting collectables or just something very different and very french.

Water Sports

There are many water sports available in the region from
sailing
kayaking
wind surfing
Kite surfing
Body Boarding etc.

Kayaking - You are able to hire Kayaks (or take your own) to travel along the river at St Nicholas (15 mins away) or our favourite is to go to lac de Guerledan and hire the kayaks (oe take your own)for the afternoon or day. You can travel around the massive resevoir and stop off to picnic at one of the beaches or picnic areas.You can also hire pedalos at both of these places.

If you just want a quick play on the water, you could take your kayaks down to the lake in the village. You are also able to hire pedalos there.

The beaches towards Quiberon ( La côte sauvage)provide flat sands for kite boarding and good waves for surfing. Another popular surfing beach is Carnac.

Lorient provides sailing clubs and kayaking, St trinite sur mer is the mooring site of many major racing boats, and water activities are available at many places.

Zip Lines and tree top adventures

Camors adventure forest

Fancy something a little different. Try the adventure park at Camors. Just a short drive away, 15-20 minutes, with activities suitable for older children and adults.

Golf


There is a 9-hole course just 20 minutes away at Rimasion, near Pontivy. Par 35, Length 2825. We are happy to book a round of golf for you or you can even take advantage of your holiday time by taking golf lessons at this course. The french instructor is fluent in English.

The grounds of this French chateau ruins are a treasure trove of historic "old stones" and stunning views of the panoramic Blavet River Valley.

While the spectacular elevation changes, rolling terrain, and well-manicured greens provide golfers of all levels a challenge they will never forget..

Facilities at Rimaison Golf Club include: putting green, covered practice ground, coaching, tuition courses, equipment hire, trolley hire, pro shop, clubhouse and a bar.

Ten Pin bowling and Indoor Pools

If you fancy an evening bowling and playing pool, air hockey etc. There is a large 10 lane ten pin bowling club with pool tables, electronic darts, electronic games, bar etc which is suitable for all of the family situated in Pontivy, about 20 minutes from the gîtes. Fun for all the family and makes a change from the beach!


A New swimming pool opened in Pontivy in 2014, a good alternative if the weather happens to be against you! There is a large laned pool and a leisure pool, plus a toddlers area and TWO flumes! BEWARE: Men are not allowed into any public swimming pools with out Speedo (either pant or short) type swimming trunks, BEACH SHORTS are NOT ALLOWED!

Horse riding

Local stables are 5 minutes away and offer a range of horses. Suitable for the whole family. There are also stables at L’Etre Cheval and La Gwenadiere at Camors(15 mins) and Centre Equestre at Pluvigne and Locminé. If you want more of a spectacle then take a look at the "Haras" equestrian centre at Hennebont, about 20 minutes from the gites. This offers tours, shows and exhibitions and generally all horse related activities .

3 Reviews
9.1/10
  • Cleanliness: 8.7
  • Comfort: 8.3
  • Condition: 8
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 9.7
  • Setting: 9.7
  • Value for Money: 9
8.9 / 10 Maureen 19 August, 2013

Good points
Helpfulness of owners, children's toys and books, grounds, etc.

8.9 / 10 ali 23 July, 2013

9.4 / 10 Helen 11 June, 2013

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