Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 5, Ratings 3 10/10
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|Le Jardinet||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||1|
With award winning grounds and gardens of 15 acres, 2 lakes, woods and wildflower meadow, Lenvos offers a tranquil riverside setting just 5 minutes from the historic château town of Pontivy.
The 17thC courtyard cottages have been professionally restored and furnished to the highest standard. The cottages offer all the modern comforts with historic charm in an unrivalled setting.
The 15 acres of grounds are carefully managed to encourage a vast variety of wildlife and the gardens have been awarded first prize several times in the department of Morbihan for Holiday Accommodation. Visitors can enjoy seeing kingfishers, herons, woodpeckers, deer and red squirrels amongst the native woodland and wildflower meadows.
There are two small lakes offering good private fishing for coarse fish with and there are plenty of other opportunities in the area for keen anglers.
Lenvos is the ideal location for a relaxing break or a family holiday with plenty to do for all ages and tastes. It is the ideal base for exploring this beautiful area either on the many cycleways or footpaths or by car.
The newly created Japanese style garden contains several specimen trees and unusual shrubs.
Le Jardinet - Sleeps 6
Le Jardinet is a spacious newly appointed cottage which has all the trappings of 21st century living while still retaining the ancient character of this 17th century building. Master Bedroom, a twin room which can be made up to a Super King, and a twin room. A fully equipped dining kitchen with courtyard terrace. A downstairs wc. The large salon has a wood burning stove,and French and UK satellite tv. The dining area and double french windows opening onto a dining terrace and garden. The terrace has views over the oriental gardens.
The swimming pool area is fenced, south facing and looks over the meadow towards the river Blavet. The 11m heated pool slopes from 1m to 2m in depth and a smaller splash pool is 40cm in depth. There are several poolside sun terraces which have been carefully landscaped and planted up with sun loving species offering secluded areas for your privacy.
For children there is a central play area with swings, slide, a fort, sand pit and climbing walls. There is den making equipment in the woods and a secret garden with play house. In season children can enjoy 'bushcraft', go on an expedition to 'base camp' and follow the trail of Crocky Bob on the swampside path.
For children we have created a fenced, ‘Secret Garden’ with play house, a play area with climbing walls, swings, slides and sand pit. There is a football pitch, badminton / volley ball court and an archery target (for supervised use). For guests looking for the full French experience, our shaded lakeside boules court allows guests to while away those warm sunny afternoons.
Lenvos the ideal location for a relaxing break for families of all ages, couples or groups of friends. It is superbly situated to enjoy the beauty and culture of Central/Southern Brittany yet within easy reach of the coast.
The fully equipped kitchen is has an electric oven, gas hob and fitted microwave. There is also a dishwasher, fridge freezer, coffee machine kettle and toaster. There is ample crockery and cutlery and it is well equipped with a full range of pans and utensils and serving dishes.
The cottage has a large lounge with wood burning stove, surrounded by comfortable sofas and chairs. The rear of the room has a second dining area with a traditional large wooden table and chairs. The flat screen TV receives French and UK satellite programmes and there is a DVD player. The double French windows open onto the fenced garden.
Master bedroom : has a double bed (140cm x 200cm) There is a chest of drawers, hanging area, bedside tables, bedside lamps, a radio alarm and a suitcase rack.
Bedroom 2: Has two standard single beds, bedside tables and lamps and a chest of drawers.
Bedroom 3: With two standard single beds which can be made into a large Super King (180cm), bedside tables and lamps, a chest of drawers.
There is a family bathroom with bath and hand shower over, a thermostaticaly controlled, walk in, power shower, a hand basin and wc; There is also a heated towel radiator.
In addition to the large wood burning stove, the Jardinet is heated with electric radiators
During school holidays for children between 4 and 18 we offer ‘Bushcraft’ where youngsters can make friends while they discover nature, understand about the environment and learn outdoor skills which they will value in later life.
Activities can include den and shelter making, tracking, camp cooking, fish traps, pond dipping, map reading, trail making, numerous camp skills and crafts.
A history and nature walk around the grounds is also available on request. A brief history of the ancient Manoire of Lenvos from the 15C to the present day a, walk through the gardens and a discovery trail looking how the habitats at Lenvos influence the flora and fauna.
La Maison: French windows open onto a south west facing dining and sunbathing terrace. The terrace has views over the grounds and lakes and has a quality dining suite, electric sun shade and a charcoal BBQ.
The 15 acre grounds of Lenvos are bordered by the River Blavet (part of the Napoleonic Nantes to Brest Canal) and a small trout stream. There are various habitats, from pin and poplar plantings to native deciduous woodland. The meadow has abundant wild flowers in early summer and the two lakes are teeming with fish. Ideal for both beginners and keen anglers who can try and tempt one of the large wild Tench or Bream.
The owners have created an oriental style garden with several hidden corners and seating areas. There are some unusual trees and shrubs if guests are missing their own gardens, there is always some weeding to be done!
There is ample parking in the dedicated carpark. Each cottage has an allocated space, if more spaces are needed, this extra space will be allocated.
Lenvos is suitable for anyone wanting to immerse themselves in the beautiful French countryside but not be isolated from the necessities of modern living. For families of all ages. For couples and groups of friends who enjoy walking, cycling, nature, eating out and exploring rural cultures and history.
Also ideal for toddlers and young families the weather is usually good but rarely ‘blisteringly’ hot and therefore much more comfortable for young children.
Tourist literature and maps are available in our leaflet area
Lenvos has a book and dvd library. Free to use.
Wifi is free to use and available in all gîtes and in some outdoor locations
A morning Bakery Service delivers fresh artisanal croissants, pastries and bread most weekday mornings.
Cots, high chairs and other baby equipment is available and not charged for. Please ask and book in advance.
Baby sitting is usually available
We moved to France in 2004 from the UK with our three young children. We enjoy the culture and way of life in rural Brittany and take great pleasure in sharing it with all our visitors. We take great pride in our home and our reward comes from others having a great holiday.<br/>We feel that we have the best of both worlds. Lenvos is an oasis of peace with no neighbours, light pollution or traffic noise. But we have all the benefits of a thriving village and cosmopolitan town within 5 minutes drive.
|Year property purchased||2003|
|Why this location?||Lenvos is in a central location for exploring Brittany. It has good road networks to be within easy reach of all the major ports, airports and towns and is equidistant from both coasts. The surrounding rolling countryside is green, lush and accessible with quiet roads and picturesque villages. The chateau town of Pontivy is just 5 minutes away. It has all the major supermarkets, banks, hospital and health and garage services as well as a good selection of restaurants, shops and boutiques.|
|Unique benefits of property||Within the award winning grounds at Lenvos we have tried to give something for everyone. From the gardens with plenty of quiet corners and interesting plants to the beautiful lakeside walks there is always a good view. The varied habitats are a haven for wildlife and the Bushcraft morning and nature walks give a unique opportunity for all ages to discover the flora and fauna.
The cottages have been renovated, furnished and equipped to a high quality modern standard, while maintaining the character of the 16C rural buildings. The owners are on site to ensure that everything runs smoothly from a sparklingly clean pool to booking restaurants and giving ideas for days out.
We love the gardens and nature and live a largely outdoor life for most of the year.
An atmospheric restaurant specialising in the wild boar and deer raised on their farm. Solid French cuisine using locally sourced ingredients at very affordable prices.
A small rather bohemian Sunday morning market in a stunning setting in the heart of the Quenecan Forest, on the banks of the River Blavet and under the shadow of the ruined Abbey of Bon Repos. A great way to get some French ambiance at the start of your holiday.
Great fun for all the family and a brilliant way to enjoy the nature of the waterways. Ride the slides down 16 locks on the Nantes to Brest Canal. No experience needed, all equipment provided, just take some dry clothes. Suitable for 5yrs + if accompanied
Join in the French passion for 2 wheels! Not only does the 'Tour de France' visit Brittany every July but with the quiet lanes and peaceful level tow-path of Napoleons historic Nantes to Brest Canal there can be fun for all the family. For the more adventurous, there are 300km of marked VTT or mountain bike routes in our immediate vicinity.
Enjoy traditional Breton crepes with a bowl of draught cider in the cosy comfort of our noted creperie at Stival just a couple of minutes away. A warm atmosphere, friendly welcome and fantastic food all add to this cultural experience.
Lenvos 5 minutes from the riverside château town of Pontivy. The area is very popular with walkers and cyclists who can enjoy the forest trails and historic canal towpaths. There is private coarse fishing for guests on our own lakes, a lovely golf course and numerous activities from go-karts to acro-branch nearby for the more adventurous. Horse riding and watersports can be arranged nearby.
St Malo and Roscoff are both 1hr 40mins easy drive.
The village of Cleguerec offers traditional French cuisine using the very best of local produce. Pontivy has a selection of 20+ restaurants for every taste and budget
Visit this fully restored 17thC Breton village and see what life was really like 300 years ago! Milk the cows, bake bread, and see how numerous crafts were used and traditional games played everyday. Animations performed in full costume, restaurant on-site. A great day out for young and old alike.
The Wednesday market within the medieval city walls is a must for lovers of fine local produce. From cheeses to lobsters, its hard to resist the temptation not to buy one of everything! Also tucked away in the narrow winding streets are some excellent stylish boutiques.
There is some tremendous walking in this beautiful part of the French countryside. As well as the many recognised routes, we are happy to advise on a selection of walks suitable for all tastes and abilities.
There are some good walks from Lenvos without even having to get in your car. Through rolling countryside, along local waterways, under the capopy of the ancient oak forests or over the hills of the black mountains, there always a good view round every corner.
There is not only a wide variety of birdlife on our own and adjacent land at Lenvos but there are some good reserves not too far away.
We have a variety of interesting habitats including water meadow, river, stream, mature deciduous and pine woodland and floral gardens. Kingfishers, herons, gold and firecrests are common residents and we have had some interesting visiters including great white egrets, purple heron, Montagues harrier and turtle dove.
The salt marsh reserve at Sene near Vannes is worth an early morning visit with a good array of waders and waterfowl. The Bay of Saint Brieuc on the north coast is good and locally the reserve at Branguilly has a good variety of habitat.
It is less than an hours drive to the varied Brittany coast. Sandy beaches, rocky coves picturesque villages are in abundance and just add to the wide variety of days out possible when staying in such a central location.
Our nearest town, Pontivy, is just 5 minutes away. With medieval roots, it was developed as a garrison town and the centre of Napoleons activity in Western France. Centered on the junction of the Nantes to Brest canal and the river Blavet, the town boasts a plethora of wood framed houses and Napoleonic military and civil buildings.
The owners Phil and Fiona are a delight. Friendly, accommodating, knowledgeable and totally helpful.
The properties are homely, well equipment, immaculate and v comfortable- a real hoe away from home feel. You are surrounded by peace and quiet yet only a few minutes drive from the town centre and all its amenities.
A real find and a place I know we will visit again. Quite superb...
David, Tina & Jacob
Our hosts Fiona and Phil made this one of our most memorable vacations.
Their gites and grounds are just perfect that it was hard to leave on our many excursions to surrounding places of interest (of which there are many).
You will feel at home within minutes of arriving and will not know where to look first.The gardens,the pool,the lakes or even strolling around their 10 acres of beautiful ground.
If I had one negative it would be...
Where was the security to stop us from leaving at the end of our stay.
We will definitely be returning in the near future
We have just come back from our fourth visit to Gites de Lenvos. We first went when our two children were 1 and 5 years and they are now 10 and 14. They have enjoyed it as much this time as they did when they first went – Lenvos appeals to children of all ages. My daughter told me this time that she preferred her holiday in Lenvos to her holiday in Disney World as there is more to do in France!
The kids both love feeding the guinea pigs, walking the dog, going on the rope swing, swimming and Phil’s bushcraft mornings. My son and husband enjoyed just being able to grab a fishing rod and wander off to one of the lakes for a fish – 10 fish in one afternoon this year. It is such a relaxing place – even more so now the children are older and amuse themselves.
Phil, Fiona and their girls have always been so friendly and welcoming and do their utmost to make sure you have a good holiday. We have never stayed anywhere else where the owners have been so friendly and visible. They can provide advice on where to visit and where to eat and will book a table for you if necessary. The girls have babysat our children when they were younger, so my husband and I could have a grownup meal out.
We have always enjoyed the paella nights – Phil cooks a paella on an open fire by the lake for all gite guests who want to join in and Fiona makes fantastic canapes and puddings. It is always an enjoyable evening and we were sad that it was rained off for our visit this year.
A fab holiday!
Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 5, Ratings 3 10/10
Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 5, Ratings 3 9.7/10
Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6, Ratings 1 10/10
Bedrooms 1, Sleeps 2, Ratings 3 10/10