Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6
This location has multiple holiday properties
|La Forge||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||2||Plus one child cot available|
La Forge Brittany holiday cottage is a heavily beamed former 'smithy' that's been beautifully renovated and recently decorated throughout. The cottage is oozing with character and is situated in the lovely hamlet of Kerbourbon, set in the countryside but just 3 miles from the market town of Baud.
The cottage offers use of a gym / fitness center so you can enjoy the French cuisine and still keep trim.
The cottage is within easy reach of the medieval towns of Vannes, Pontivy, Hennebont and Josselin, beautiful beaches and the many attractions of The Gulf of Morbihan including Carnac with its famous ancient stones, Brittany's equivalent to Stonehenge and its Grand Plage voted one of the top 20 beaches in France.
To keep the children happy a new children's play area has been created in the garden plus just 5 minutes from the cottage is Camors adventure forest, a tree top obstacle course and just 10 minutes away is Kingoland.
A well equipped kitchen comprising a fridge-freezer, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, coffee-maker and gas cooker.
Downstairs it is all open plan with exposed beams throughout with a lovely wood burner to keep you warm in the winter months while the stone walls of the cottage keep it lovely and cool in the summer. French doors lead you out onto your own private south facing terrace that gives you access to the garden and private pool. (Please note the pool will be on a private basis for guest staying in La Forge from 24th March until 26th May and again from 8th September until first or second week of October 2018 depending on demand)
The cottage is equipped with tv/dvd player plus a selection of books for all ages, a few boardgames to entertain and free wi-fi.
The cottage provides a double bedroom that has exposed beams with en suite plus 2 additional bedrooms one being a double, the other a twin - all bed linen provided.
One en suite bathroom with bath plus a family bathroom with bath and shower.
Central heating and logs can be provided during low season at an additional charge.
Outside in the garden is the heated pool, a bbq, childrens swings plus play area and a badminton set.
The swimming pool opens at the start of March and is heated, why not enjoy an early break in France and enjoy a private swimming pool at La Forge during March, April, May.and September.
Off-road parking available.
Ideal cottage for family holidays.
During the low season short term stays are available (min stay 3 nights at £60 per night)
If you have a large group of friends or family, book both cottages to enjoy a get together in France and enjoy a private pool. (5% discount if both cottages booked).
We moved to France for a fresh start in life and fell in love with the cottages and the area as soon as we arrived - Our aim is simple, for you to want to come back year after year after enjoying a fantastic holiday here.
|Year property purchased||2005|
|Why this location?||The location could not be better, set in a rural hamlet surrounded by countryside yet just 3 miles from the market town of Baud and close to the best attractions Brittany has to offer.|
|Unique benefits of property||La Forge is a heavily beamed former ' smithy' that's been beautifully renovated and decorated throughout. The holiday cottage is oozing with character and offers a great base for couples or families to enjoy the best that Brittany has to offer while coming back to a wonderful cottage full of facilities to make for a perfect holiday.|
There are markets to be found every day of the week in the surrounding area - our favorite and highly recommended is on a Monday at Auray where your find the market stalls lined up along the narrow streets of the town centre. Afterwards you could enjoy a lovely alfresco lunch at the historic port of Saint- Goustan where fresh sea food or crepes can be savored while overlooking the estuary, the stone bridge and embattlements.
Just 10 minutes from our holiday cottage we have recently discovered a wonderful restaurant the Au Coin du Feu steak house.
Its a beautiful looking restaurant with its own gardens for children to play in and a wonderful terrace in which to eat alfresco.
They offer some mouth watering steaks cooked over an open wood fire and some of the best chips I have ever tasted. My normal order being the 300 gram entrecote steak and its the first time ever I have been asked if I want my blue steak served hot or cold which for me really shows the level of attention given by the chef.
They offer a lunch menu from € 11.50 and a childrens menu for € 8.50 (For those under 12 years.)
We started recommending the restaurant to our guest over the last 2 seasons and all have said what a wonderful meal they had and what a great place.
With 58 reviews on trip advisor giving the restaurant a score of 4.5 out of 5 we are not the only ones to enjoy dining at this lovely restaurant.
Just a short drive from our holiday cottage are the famous Carnac stones - Brittany's answer to Stonehenge. The alignments date back to 4000 years BC and are always worth a visit during your stay when your popping down to explore the coastline of the Morbihan.
Our favorite beach is the main plage at Carnac voted one of the top twenty beaches in France, very clean, safe for children and with a few rock pools when the tide goes out. In addition there is an ice cream parlor serving 160 flavors of ice cream, we tend to have lunch at one of the many restaurants but have our dessert at the ice cream parlor.
Just 10 minutes from Carnac is an inflatable bouncy castle park for the children to enjoy plus a small woodland adventure course and 10 minutes in the other direction is our favorite beach for body boarding where your find waves everyday.`
The Breton people are very proud of their Celtic heritage and throughout the year you will find Celtic bands providing music at many public events in which a lot of the public dance along. One of the biggest events held each year is the Lorient Celtic Festival just 25 minutes from our cottage - its a 10 day event at the start of August in which you will find over 2500 bands performing over the 10 days. The centre of the town is turned in to a pedestrian only section where you will find throughout the day and night bands performing on the streets free of charge and many dancing along using the traditional Celtic dances. In addition there are marching bands,concerts being played, a fairground plus stalls selling artisan merchandise and local foods.
Away from the festival Lorient has some wonderful beaches to relax upon, many restaurants,shops and for those interested in history the Nazi U-boat base is located in Lorient and is the main reason the city was rebuilt after the war as the allies tried in vain to destroy the base.
Camors adventure forest is just 5 minutes from the cottage and offers a great day out for children and active adults who would enjoy a tree top adventure course. The course is color coded like a ski run the 'black' course being the most difficult and to complete the full course would take around 3 - 3 1/2 hours. The park is situated in some wonderful woodland that has a couple of lakes for fishing and many woodland paths for walking or cycling.
Vannes was the capital city of the Morbihan region of Brittany and was a focal point back during the Roman occupation of France around 100 BC - its just 25 minutes from our holiday cottage.
Today you can still walk upon the ramparts of the medieval city centre with its cobbled stone walkways, exposed timber dwellings and where its 14th century cathedral stands.
Walk through the gated entrances of the inner city and stroll among the walled gardens or enjoy a coffee overlooking the historic port where you can board a charter boat to explore the Morbihan coast line.
Also within the town for the children is the Aquarium and a butterfly garden where children can walk among the butterfly's as they fly in and out of tropical flowers and watch them emerging from their chrysalis.
Every year Vannes holds its Medieval festival for the Bastille celebrations where you can watch 1200 plus people in costume parade within this historic town.
A highly recommended town to visit is Josselin with its spectacular castle overlooking the river Oust just 25 minutes from the cottage.
The town boasts some wonderful churches, exposed timber dwellings and cobbled walkways. The castle offers guided tours inside and out with its beautiful gardens overlooking the river. Plenty of restaurants and bars to stop for refreshments.
Josselin also holds a medieval festival around Bastille day and everyone is welcome to dress up for the occasion in medieval costume and take part in the parade.
For a really enjoyable day out the Zoo de Pont - Scorff is just a 30 minute drive from our holiday cottage.
The Zoo has over 600 animals of 120 different species covering 5 continents within its 12 hectares of parkland. Within the Zoo are picnic areas and bars selling hot snacks, drinks and Ice creams.
Throughout the day are bird, seal and sea lion displays to entertain - there is so much to see that you can easily spend 5 or 6 hours in the zoo.
The River Blavet runs from Lorient and passes through Pontivey and is just 10 minutes from our holiday cottage.
At Pont Augun there are kayaks for hire to enjoy some fun on the water or you can board a cruise boat for a jaunt along the river.
As an alternative along the whole length of the river are wide foot paths that are great for mountain biking or walking and offer a great opportunity to enjoy all the natural beauty and nature of the river.
In 2006 the river was also voted the best coarse fishing river throughout France ( fishing permits can be purchased in Baud).
One of our favorite spots is beside an impressive fish ladder where a small beach has been created where the locals swim, its a great place for picnicking and fishing.
If fishing is your thing just 100 metres from the holiday cottage is the River Tarun with
its wild brown trout and salmon par that guest have successfully caught in the past on the fly .
In addition there is a small private lake just 5 minutes away with carp to 40 lbs fished on a day ticket basis (no licence required)
Just 2 miles from the holiday cottage is a lovely restaurant run by a husband and wife team the Tarverne ( can be reached on foot walking along a flat road running along the river Tarun).
The restaurant serves seasonal food and changes its menu regularly and offers a 3 course menu for just 18 euro. With 19 reviews on trip adviser giving it a 4.5 score out of 5 everyone seems to agree that this a little hidden gem.
Just south of Vannes is Branfere animal park a wonderful day out for all the family - set in 35 hectors with 1200 animals from 5 continents, it calls itself a botanical zoo providing more space for the animals to roam than under a normal zoo environment.
Within the park is a feeding and petting area for the children to interact with some animals, bird displays, an adventure course to burn off surplus energy and a restaurant.
The park opens in February through to November but to see all the attractions its best to visit from 2nd April until 13th November.
Just 3 miles from the holiday cottage is the market town of Baud and within the town are around a dozen restaurants from creperie, pizza, Chinese, Italian and our favorite the Auberge du Cheval Blanc.
With exposed beams throughout the restaurant is extreme romantic with candles on the tables and offers a wide selection of starters and main courses.
The oysters are highly recommended.
The restaurant offers a selection of set menus starting at 18 euros for a 3 course meal or for those with a big appetite a 5 course meal for 34 euro which allows you to choose 2 starters from the menu, followed by the main, a cheese board, dessert and coffee,
This restaurant has been the most popular over the last 10 seasons with some guest dining there for every night of there holiday.
At the village of Poul Fetan, the potters, inn keepers, farmers, weavers, ironmongers and bakers are hard at work in this working village of yesteryear.
Your experience what life was like some hundred plus years ago in a rural working village where you can interact with the tradesmen, the farm animals and play traditional Breton games.
Just 10 minutes from the cottage for an enjoyable afternoon out.
Last year for a birthday treat we took a 15 minute boat trip from Lamor-Baden to the island of Gavrinis where we found a wonderful megalithic pyramid the Gavrinis tomb which is notable for its prolific megalithic art carved in to the stone.
In addition to the tomb on the way back we stopped at another island to see standing stones on land that also entered the sea and back at the port locals were catching Garfish from the jetty.
All in all a great day out.