Stone cottage to let, countryside, Brittany

9.2/10
La Chapelle-Caro (9km from Ploermel), Morbihan, Brittany Reference: BM002713 Advertiser since: 4 May 2010
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Les Cérisiers Self Catering Saturday 3 6 2

About this property

Stone Cottage between Ploërmel and Malestroit. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Traditional Breton stone cottage. Well furnished, 250 years old. Abundance of character (beamed ceilings and spiral staircases), but modern facilities. Located between the market towns of Ploërmel and Malestroit and a short distance from the village of La Chapelle Caro. Ideal base for exploring Eastern Brittany. Local activities include cycling, walking and fishing and there is a large lake within a short drive with fresh water bathing and boating. Within easy striking distance of Nantes-Brest Canal. Just 45 mins to south coast. Ideal for families with school-age children as well as for those wanting a break where you can take things at your own pace.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Fully-fitted and integrated with living room, built-in gas hob and electric oven; microwave, toaster, electric kettle and fridge-freezer. 1.5 bowl stainless steel sink and drainer.Table in living room seats 6 in comfort. Further table and chairs in conservatory extension off main room.

Living rooms

Living area in main room has large comfortable sofa and 2 easy chairs, with coffee-tables grouped around inglenook fireplace. Large dresser contains crockery, glassware etc as well as games and property information. Bookshelves.

Bedrooms

Two twin rooms on first floor. Double room on second floor (attic conversion).

Bathrooms

First floor: shower room with basin and shaver point. Separate wc.
Second floor: En suite bath/shower with basin and wc.

Heating

Electric wall heaters in all rooms.
Easy to use and efficient wood burning stove in living room (ample store of firewood in outdoor shed)

Entertainment

Flat-screen HD tv with integrated dvd player. Selection of books, dvds and games. Hi-fi speaker system with mini-jack connection for laptops and mp3 players.

Garden and outside

Large garden split into several contrasting areas, enabling enjoyment of both sunshine and shade. Two loungers, a number of garden chairs, outside table and parasol available for use. Portable barbecue is stored in basement. Abundance of fruit trees and flowering shrubs.
Large rotary laundry airer available for use.

Parking and garages

Garden has parking space for at least 3 cars.

Visitor suitability

Ideal for families or groups of friends to enjoy peace and birdsong. As farm animals graze nearby, pets are not allowed. Parents of very young children should be aware that the garden, although large, is not gated. No smoking please in house or woodstore.
A damages deposit of £100 is payable upon booking in addition to the hire fee. This is returnable at the end of the hire or upon cancellation of the booking before the start date of hire. Hire fee is payable in advance and returnable at the owner's discretion (terms and conditions apply).

Information about any additional facilities

Peaceful rural location perfect for relaxation, but also an excellent base for wider exploration of Eastern Brittany and a wide variety of activities to suit all tastes. South coast 45 mins.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • No smoking

  • Linen

Activities

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout, zander, pike
Name of nearest fishing location: Nantes-Brest Canal
Distance: 4 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Lac au Duc, Ploermel
Distance: 10 km

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Voie Verte Mauron-Questembert

Watersports

About the Owner, Mr Phil Manning

Retired lawyer and now manager of two heritage buildings in London. I own the cottage in Brittany jointly with my brother, a retired doctor, and the property is a much loved bolt-hole for us and our families and friends. We also enjoy hiring it out to appreciative guests!

Year property purchased 2006
Why this location? Gentle countryside, easy access to many different parts of Brittany, including north and south coasts and a wealth of local activities, amenities and shopping. Great base for exploring all the region has to offer and the local people are very friendly.
Unique benefits of property The cottage, which is about 200 years old, has an abundance of character and is easy to use, enjoy and maintain. It is simply furnished and modernised, which preserves its character, and has a wonderful garden of decent size with a good mixture of sunny and shady areas. The hamlet where it is situated is quiet, but easily accessible, as well as being within easy reach of local amenities. Everyone who has stayed there has thoroughly enjoyed the experience!

The Owner Recommends

Lac au Duc

About 10km away on the north side of Ploërmel. Freshwater bathing from sand beach; boating and watersports. Hydrangea Walk presents a spectacular display.

Le Petit Kériquel (in La Chapelle Caro)

Restaurant forming part of local hotel (a Logis de France). Authentic regional cooking using local produce. Pleasant outdoor dining area in summer. Booking essential.

Nantes-Brest Canal

Ideal for a stroll or cycle ride along the towpath. Easy to reach at Roc St André (next village). Distance of 10km to the wonderful old town of Malestroit makes for a a great cycle ride.

Nearest Market

Ploërmel 9km

Nearest Restaurant

Le Petit Kériquel 1.5km

Ploërmel

Easy to reach medium-size market with great selection of stalls. Rôtisserie stall particularly recommended if you want a break from cooking! Market day: Friday

Proxi Local Supermarket

Easy to find in La Chapelle Caro, this is an excellent place for those daily essentials as well as for treats. The owners are very friendly. Excellent bread, croissants and pain au chocolat are available here when the village boulangerie is closed for holidays.

Rochefort en Terre

Only half-an-hour's drive through rolling countryside is this wonderful picturesque village (listed as one of the most beautiful in France) with an abundance of eating places and gift shops.

Vannes

Old walled town on the south coast is only 40 mins away and has a huge selection of boutique shops and eating places serving local specialities. Large café by the marina makes the ideal refreshment stop.

Voie Verte Mauron-Questembert

Scenic and well-signposted cycle route through local countryside and part of national network. Can be accessed at Roc St André (next village).

14 Reviews
9.2/10
  • Cleanliness: 9.1
  • Comfort: 9.1
  • Condition: 9.1
  • Facilities: 8.6
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 9.5
  • Value for Money: 9.9
9 / 10 Robin B 21 January, 2017

We had a fine time staying in Les Cerisiers. It's a charming stone house set in a quiet corner of Brittany. The recently renovated second floor features a lovely loft bedroom with exposed beams and a hardwood floor, skylights and private bath. We loved it. The first floor has two nice bedrooms so, as advertised, the house comfortably sleeps six. Everything in the property description was accurate.

On the open-plan ground floor, the kitchen is well appointed with everything you need to make your own meals. The living area has a large dining table and a cozy seating area facing the fireplace, which was well stocked with firewood. The owners provide a small library of books and a big selection of maps and guides to the local area -- very helpful. Owner support was first rate overall.

The conservatory has dining table and a view of the garden, where we were able to enjoy the sunshine and have the occasional barbecue.

Local amenities include a great little restaurant at the hotel in the nearby village of La Chapelle-Caro, Several good restaurants are in the area, especially in the towns of Malestroit and Rocheforte-en-Terre (which deservedly wins prizes for its charm).

Ploermel has good shopping -- it's a friendly town with a Saturday market. Nearby Lac au Duc is just north, where there are beaches and facilities for sailing and water sports.

We highly recommend Les Cerisiers for a relaxing and quiet holiday in the countryside. We plan on staying there again.

Owner response

Thank you, Robin, for you review and we are delighted that you liked both house and its location so much!
Phil & Chris Manning

9.6 / 10 Jo Dunn 11 October, 2015

We enjoyed our recent stay at this beautiful stone cottage in the village of Le Lesnots very much indeed. With a rambling, well-maintained garden full of hydrangeas and fruit trees, it is the perfect location in which to relax after a busy day exploring the surrounding countryside.

We chose to hire bikes from Le Roc St. Andre Camping and toured along the Nantes-Brest canal discovering such beautiful little towns as Josselin with its old houses and the ancient Rohan Castle. Riding into the town of Malestroit was also a very memorable and special experience. For further exploration, it's an easy drive to other towns such as La Gascilly and the very beautiful Roquefort en Terre. Sampling the local treats and delicacies in this area was never disappointing!

With its cosy fireplace, comfy beds and family friendly atmosphere, this cottage, near the town of Ploermel would suit the needs of any family or couples alike. We hope one day to return!

Owner response

Thanks you for your review, Phil – so glad you enjoyed your stay!
All the best,
Phil Manning

9.4 / 10 N & S 20 September, 2015

This being our second visit to this rustic country cottage we were pleased to reaquaint ourselves with it's charms and character. If you like a quiet setting and enjoying nature this is an ideal location. We enjoy the cycle paths that our so close to the property that let you discover a very wide area.

Owner response

Thank you for your review. Very glad you chose to stay at our house again!

10 / 10 Sunnymede 12 September, 2015

Lovely refurbished semi-detached farmhouse in a rural setting. Traditional stone built property that remained cool in the heat because of thickness of stone walls. Pleasant garden with own private parking, space for barbecue and chance to chill.

Property is comfortably furnished with all necessary home comforts. Our 14 year old son was especially impressed with the facilities in each room to be able to connect his iPhone to play his music.

The property is centrally located in Britanny providing access to all parts of the region. There is a main road close by, but not close enough to impact on the property.

Property would work well with a young family, although not if you are concerned about lack of gates or fences have a dog with you.

The owners were extremely helpful and friendly in all the dealings we had with them. From booking, through our stay to the return of our deposit we have had nothing but excellent customer service.