Modern cottage, Village Préféré des Francais

9.6/10
Rochefort-en-Terre (35km from Vannes), Morbihan, Brittany Reference: BM002815 Advertiser since: 7 December 2010
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Brita Cottage Self Catering 4 8 2 Owner's 4th bedroom available with supplement.

About this property

Cottage in Picturesque Village 19 Miles to Coast. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Brita Cottage is our wonderful holiday home that we take great pride in. It is located in southern Brittany at Rochefort-en-Terre, which won the much coveted "Le Village Préféré des Français" last year in 2016. This is a France nationwide televised competition with Rochefort-en-Terre voted the 'Preferred Village of France', effectively 'the prettiest village'.

All bed linen and towels are provided free of charge to guests and there is no additional charges on top of the rental charge. So, no charge for electricity, heating or water. We do require all guests to leave Brita Cottage fully cleaned and tidy, so if this applies, there is no charge for cleaning. A £100 damage deposit is taken in lieu of possible damage or the need for cleaning.
 
A close neighbour acts as the local manager and will be on hand in case of any difficulties or to provide advice.
 
Changeover day is Saturday for the main June, July and August holiday period but any day is acceptable for changeovers outside this period.

Within walking distance of Brita Cottage is a 50 acre lake with with a sandy beach, where pedalos, kayaks, etc. are for hire and woods with shaded picnic tables . There is also a cafe bar and fishing is allowed.  You get to the lake from Brita Cottage by walking down the pathway that forms the separation between Rochefort en Terre and our neighbouring village of Pluherlin.
 
The Atlantic coast with naturally sandy beaches and coves is 20 miles to the south with Damgan the main resort town.
 
All bookings at Brita Cottage qualify for 20% discount on Brittany Ferries and to get the discount you will need a code that is provided when the booking is confirmed. Alternatively, you can fly and hire a car. Nearest airports are at Rennes (50 miles away taking just over an hour) and Nantes (65 miles taking one hour and a quarter).
 
Brita Cottage is close to the centre of Rochefort-en-Terre (half a mile) with all its restaurants, creperies and cafe-bars. Our preferred restaurant is Le Pelican although there is a fine dining restaurant as well (L'Ancolie) but we find this a bit fussy. There are also five or six creperies. You can go out for the evening without needing to take a car or a taxi.  Going in the opposite direction for half a mile is the village of Pluherlin. Here there is Auberge de St Hernin which is a small hotel/restaurant. We use the restaurant when we have our grandchildren with us as the owners are very welcoming to children and prices are very reasonable.  

A holiday information file is available to all enquirers.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The dining area includes a table and 6 chairs and is effectively part of the lounge/dining room.

In the fully-fitted kitchen there is a fridge-freezer, oven, 4-burner ceramic hob, dishwasher, microwave with grill, toaster, electric kettle, iron and vacuum cleaner. Cutlery and crockery supplied for 8 with full range of kitchen tools, saucepans, Pyrex dishes etc. There are various spare appliances kept in the laundry area of the garage, kept under the sink - kettle, iron, toaster and fan heater, just in case the there is a failure.

The washing machine and dryer are located in the laundry area of the garage where there is also a double bowl sink.

Living rooms

is a very bright and comfortable lounge with two three-seater leather sofas, sideboard, coffee-table, TV with UK ‘free to air’ programmes, DVD player, mini-stereo system (with a selection of CDs and DVDs), two standard lamps and two large fans. plus. There are two French doors plus a normal window to ensure the room is light and bright. The floor is fully tiled with a rug in the sofa area. The side French doors open onto the patio, where there are two reclining chairs and two sunbeds. The patio is enclosed by some raised planters and fencing panels to add to privacy.

Bedrooms

There are 4 bedrooms - upstairs there are 3 guest bedrooms - 2 with a double bed, bedside tables/lamps, a wardrobe and set of drawers. There are 2 windows in the double bedrooms to provide light from two sides. The upstairs small bedroom has 2 single beds, bedside cabinet, a set of drawers and a Velux roof window with an integral blind.

The downstairs guest bedroom has a double bed with bedside tables/lamps and a largish wardrobe. This bedroom is opposite the separate downstairs toilet and the shower room which includes walk-in shower plus a washbasin fitted into a mirrored vanity unit, so almost en suite.

There is a cot bed in the front upstairs double bedroom. This is generally left as a cot so if any guest would like it as a toddler bed then they are welcome to make that change. Plenty of tools in the garage.

Bathrooms

The upstairs bathroom is fully tiled and includes a bath with shower plus vanity unit/washbasin and wc. Downstairs there is a shower room with walk-in shower and washbasin and separately, there is a downstairs toilet with wc (the hot water tank is also located here).

Heating

All rooms are heated via electric wall heaters controlled by both local thermostats as well as a central control system. There is also an electric log effect fire in the lounge to make the room nice and cosy. There is no additional charge for electricity.

Entertainment

Entertainment provided includes tv, dvd player (with a large selection of discs), a compact stereo system (with a large selection of cds and tapes), Scrabble, a horse racing game and some sports equipment in the garage - badminton rackets, shuttlecocks, balls, dartboard and some free weights.

Additionally, one of the local bars (Cafe de la Pente) puts on live entertainment during the summer months (usually staged in the garden on Thursday evenings). There is also some entertainment put on by the local Mairie in the walled garden near to Place du Puit.

Garden and outside

The lawned garden is about one-quarter acre and is bordered by a variety of shrubs. Within the lawn there are 5 fruit trees (apples, pears, plum). Guests are welcome to use the fruit.
Outside, on the screened off patio there are 2 reclining chairs, 2 sun loungers and a gas BBQ. The patio screens include planters for herbs and flowers. There is also a gazebo mounted onto wooden decking with a table and 6 chairs and includes gazebo curtains to allow 'al fresco' dining with some privacy if required. Please tie the sides back when not in use.
The rear garden is fully fenced on three sides with the fourth side separated from our very helpful neighbour's garden by shrubs and bushes. There is a lockable access gate at the bottom of the garden to allow for a short cut if walking into Rochefort-en-Terre.

Parking and garages

Parking on the drive - accommodates 2 cars. Garage unlikely to be able to accommodate any car due to its use for general storage. Petrol stations are generally found in supermarket complexes and the nearest 2 are at the Intermarche in Bel Air, Questembert and the Super U at Malansac. There is also a petrol station in Rochefort-en-Terre at the bar/restaurant at the far end of the main car park at the opposite end of Rochefort-en-Terre to Brita Cottage.

The rear of the garage is used as the laundry area where we have a washing machine, dryer and double bowl sink. Also the iron and ironing board are generally kept in this area as is the vacuum cleaner.

The floor in the garage is fully tiled and walls in the laundry area are tiled.

The spare iron, kettle and dishes can be found in the garage if there is a problem with the originals. They are usually under the sink in the laundry area.

Visitor suitability

Could suit all types and age of visitors. Disabled access would be via garage into house with no ramp required (but may require assistance on gravel drive and to open garage door). Use of downstairs bedroom, toilet and shower would also suit disabled guests but wheelchair access into the bedroom would only be possible up to the foot of the bed.
For babies/toddlers there are stair gates for top and bottom of the stairs, a high chair and a cot bed (you need to bring your own bedding for the cot).

Smokers - we appreciate it if you do not smoke in the house.

Visitors with pets - £100 per week supplement is charged for each pet.

Information about any additional facilities

For your safety, there are smoke alarms in each bedroom and in the lounge (please check on arrival and, if required, there are spare batteries in the sideboard in the lounge) plus a fire extinguisher and fire blanket on the wall in the garage. Within the garage are various items available for use by our guests: 2 mountain bikes, dartboard, a small bouncy castle

Doctor and dentist
If you require a doctor or dentist either can be found in the medical centre in Pluherlin, within 1 mile or alternatively, there is a doctor's surgery next to the pharmacy in Rochefort (on the road down from the château). We have used both the doctor and the dentist in Pluherlin, with both speaking excellent English and offering a high standard of service.

Hospital
The nearest hospital is in Redon (about 20 miles away) with another hospital in Vannes (just over 20 miles away). Emergency treatment is provided free of charge if you produce your European Health Card.

Facilities

  • No smoking

  • Special needs

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Antique shops within Rochefort en Terre village.
Distance: 1 km

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Freshwater fish in a 50 acre lake
Name of nearest fishing location: Etang Moulin Neuf d'Eau lake
Distance: 1 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de Caden (near Malansac)
Distance: 10 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Rochefort en Terre
Distance: 1 km

Mountain biking

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: 6 marked trails around Rochefort, one 100m away.

Watersports

About the Owner, Mr William Elder

We are a retired couple who fell in love with France many years ago and realised our dream to own a French holiday home in 2006, when we acquired the land and arranged for Brita Cottage to be built.

Year property purchased 2006
Why this location? Rochefort en Terre is the most beautiful village in Brittany and within easy reach of the coast. We have uninterrupted country views from the back garden. When we were looking for a place in south Britanny, we stayed at the Pelican Hotel in Rochefort en Terre. Gazing out of the hotel window along the main street we decided that we wouldn't be able to find a better town/village and settled on a plot in Rochefort.
Unique benefits of property Large modern property with a one-quarter acre garden with the rear garden fully fenced off. Set in a small development within easy walking distance to the centre of Rochefort en Terre and Pluherlin. Brita Cottage is fully equipped with free to air UK TV, modern kitchen (including dishwasher, microwave, ceramic hob and oven, etc.) and utility area in garage with washing machine, dryer and double drainer sink.

The Owner Recommends

Auberge St Hernin, Pluherlin

Very reasonably priced restaurant in the next village to Rochefort-en-Terre but still within walking distance (1km) of Brita Cottage. Friendly service and good food.

Branféré Animal Park and Botanical Garden

There is a particularly good zoo within 10 miles where animals (wallabies, lemurs, prairie dogs, etc.) are allowed to wander in the public areas. Other animals include monkeys, giraffes, antelopes and zebras in a savannah setting, wolves, pygmy hippos, red pandas etc. There is also a marvellous free flying bird display featuring birds of prey, parrots, cockatoos and pelicans. And for the more adventurous there are high level rope bridges suspended in the trees.

Cote Sauvage

The 'Savage Coast' is on the Quiberon peninsula and has rocky cliffs. Particularly spectactular in stormy weather.

Damgan Beach

A lovely seaside resort with a clean sandy beach and some rocky outcrops for children to explore or for gathering sea food. This is about 19 miles from Brita Cottage. The town includes restaurants, creperies and shops. Near the beach there is a children's adventure playground and picnic tables under some sheltering trees. Further west along the peninsula foot at Penerf there are mussel and oyster bed farms where you can purchase fresh sea food. There are also several good restaurants here. To the east of the peninsula there are some further beaches, one we particulary like is Kervoyal, where there is a quiet cove that includes small boat moorings and you can park just behind the beach. Not great for facilities but there are toilets by the beach.

Etang du Moulin Neuf (New Mill Lake)

A 50 acre lake within walking distance of Brita Cottage using a footpath through the woods with only one minor road to cross. On the lake there is a small sandy beach with swimming permitted (cold!!!) and a lifeguard on duty in the July/August high season. There is a cafe/bar for refreshments at the lake where you can also hire pedalos. There is a walking path around the lake and fishing is also available (with a licence?).

Golfe du Morbihan

Large inland lake with connection to the sea between Arzon and Locmariaquer. Lots of pretty villages and ports around the lake including the main town of Vannes. Boat trips to the 2 main islands of Ile-aux-Moines and Ile d'Arz from several of the ports.

Guerande

A wonderful medieval walled town with an impressive moat protecting the walls. Large market held there and many lovely restaurants and old buildings.

La Roche Bernard Pleasure Port

A large pleasure port with many boats berthed against pontoons. There are several restaurants and within the town there is a museum. There are pleasure boat trips available on the river and if you come away from the harbour and climb (or drive) up the hill there is a spectacular view over the River Villaine.

Le Pelican Restaurant

Le Pelican is our favourite restaurant in Rochefort-en-Terre. It provides really good food at a medium price (19 to 33 Euros for three courses). Within Rochefort there is also L'Ancolie, a higher priced fine dining restaurant and 4 creperies and 3 cafe/bars that do meals.

Major Seaside Resorts and Beaches

The major resorts (going west to east) are located at Quiberon, Carnac Plage, La Trinite-sur-Mer, Damgam, Penestin, Piriac-sur-Mer, La Turballe and the grandest of them all, La Baule.

Nearest Market

Questembert 7 miles, held Mondays; Muzillac, 12 miles, held Fridays; Damgan 20 miles, held Tuesdays and Saturdays and Vannes 26 miles a very large market held Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Nearest Restaurant

All within 1 mile, so no need to use the car for restaurant visits or visits to other establishments in Rochefort-en-Terre, such as cafe bars, creperies etc. Le Pelican is our favourite restaurant with 3-course meals at 19, 26 or 33 Euros, the food is superb. L'Ancolie is a more expensive fine-dining restaurant and Le Menestral and Cafe Breton are less expensive creperies providing excellent food and friendly service. These are our preferred eateries in Rochefort. Within walking distance in the adjoining village is Auberge St Hernin, which is a small hotel with a very good restaurant with 2 courses as low as 11 Euros. The owner's wife has spent time in England working there for 12 months and speaks very good English.

Port Saint-Goustan, Auray.

Effectively the old town of Auray, the port is on the Riviere Auray that leads out to the sea past Locmariaquer at the outlet to the Morbihan Sea. The houses on the quayside date back hundreds of years and it was here that Benjamin Franklin landed to gain French support in the American War of Independence in 1776. There are numerous restaurants on the quayside.

Questembert Market

Really good Monday morning market where you can buy locally grown vegetables and many other goods.

Rochefort-en-Terre

Brita Cottage is situated in the beautiful village of Rochefort-en-Terre, one of 24 'Petite Cites de Caractere’. It is a very touristy village with lots of artisans selling their wares - paintings, sculptures, leather goods, glass sculptures, biscuits, chocolates etc. Rochefort is often used as a backdrop for filming of period and costume dramas and is also used by photographers for scenic shots etc. This picture postcard village has cobbled streets, a chateau/museum (open to the public) and many 16th and 17th century houses adorned with fabulous displays of geraniums and flowering shrubs. ("Walk through" available using Google maps street view - gives a good view of the village - keep going on D777 towards Vannes and see Brita Cottage just past the roundabout on the left). The village also boasts '4 fleuri' award related to many floral displays throughout the village and a Beau Village de France award. The village (population 700) is set to attract tourists and has 4 restaurants, 4 creperies, bars, artist studios, biscuit making bakeries, a chocolatier and antique shops. At the Cafe de la Pente there is live entertainment provided on a stage in the garden during the high season. Within the village itself there are a limited number of open air concerts put on by the Mairie in the village gardens plus various events - a major music festival at the end of August, a vintage car rally has a stop-over in the village, Celtic festival etc. In Pluherlin, the adjoining village, there is a popular Fete du Pain (bread festival) in August.

Rochefort-en-Terre

The following is from the Rochefort's Tourist Information: Rochefort-en-Terre is built on a superb site, the valley of the Gueuzon, a landscape of granite rock, woods and meadows. It is on a rocky spur and its position made it a stronghold in the Middle Ages. A fortified castle, the fief of the Rochefort family, was built there in the 12th century and was destroyed and rebuilt several times. At the end of the 19th century, all that was left were ruins overrun with ivy and brambles. However, the charm of Rochefort-en-Terre and the quality of the light bathing the town attracted many artists, painters and writers, who came to live there. These included an American Alfred Klots, who in 1908 bought the chateau ruins where the American Red Cross was to install itself to open a convalescence centre for wounded soldiers in WW1. After the war, Alfred Klots undertook major restoration work there, in particular using materials from another chateau which was being demolished; his work resulted in the Renaissance style chateau that we see today. The town has retained old 16th and 17th century dwellings with granite facades covered in flowers. Flower decorations are in fact a tradition at Rochefort-en-Terre. A great flower-lover, Alfred Klots encouraged the people of Rochefort to deck their houses and balconies with flowers, and created an annual competition for the best window box. He even had a greenhouse built in the castle grounds, where residents could over-winter their most delicate plants. This tradition has been perpetuated, for since 1945, the municipal greenhouses have sheltered private people’s plants through the winter. Rochefort-en-Terre can be justly proud of being one of France’s top towns in bloom!

St Anne d'Auray

The most notable feature of the village is the large Basilica of Sainte-Anne d'Auray, which is a major site of pilgrimage. Saint Anne is the patron saint of Brittany. The Basilica was built in the mid-nineteenth century to replace an earlier church which had housed an ancient statue of Anne. The statue was said to have been miraculously discovered by Yves Nicolazic, a local peasant, who claimed to have had visions from the saint asking him to build a church in her honour. The statue was destroyed during the French Revolution. In the gardens is a large war memorial to Breton victims of World War I, containing sculptures by Jules-Charles Le Bozec. A large statue of Henri, Comte de Chambord, the last significant Bourbon claimant to the monarchy of France, is at the end of the road leading to the now-disused railway station.

Standing Stones at Carnac and Locmariaquer

Carnac has the largest collection of pre-historic standing stones in France and Locmariaquer has fewer but perhaps more impressive.

Vannes

Vannes is a beautiful medieval walled city and the nearest large town to Brita Cottage and includes a large 'old town' area with very old half-timbered buildings and a cathedral surrounded by the old town walls. It has a large pleasure boat port that is accessed seaward from the Golfe de Morbihan and has a marina that comes close to the town centre. There is a lot to see in Vannes with several museums and a particularly large Tourist Information Office next to the port. Restaurants and snack bars are plentiful. Vannes is well worth a visit, especially on Mondays and Saturdays when the market is present.

Vannes Market

About as big as markets get! Covers many streets within the Vannes old town area. Sells a wide range of goods but the fruit and veg is particularly fresh and plentiful. Operates on Saturdays and Wednesdays.

Walking

There are 6 designated walking routes around Rochefort-en-Terre. All are within a few miles of Brita Cottage with one passing within 100 metres. The path that goes at the back of the chateau is good for walking and cycling (although a bit scary on a bike in places!) and you feel as if you are in the wilds of the countryside with granite outcrops and yet you are never more than 2 miles from the town.

10 Reviews
9.6/10
  • Cleanliness: 9.3
  • Comfort: 9.8
  • Condition: 9.6
  • Facilities: 9.8
  • Local Amenities: 9.1
  • Setting: 9.5
  • Value for Money: 9.7
9.5 / 10 J&T 25 July, 2017

A comfortable and roomy house in a quiet location, yet within easy walking distance of all village ameneties. The beautiful beaches and coast of Kervoyal and Damgan are a very easy 40 minute drive.

Owner response

Thank you for the high scores.
Unfortunately our local manager had the arrival date wrongly listed and so the garden furniture had not been cleaned nor the lawn mowed prior to the guests arrival. She has assured me that this will not happen again.

9.7 / 10 AnnieC 13 September, 2015

We had the privilege of staying at Brita Cottage for a month. The house is on the edge of the beautiful small city of character of Rochefort en Terre. Wonderful walks around the edge of Rochefort through woods, a lake to walk around or just sit by. Convenient for Vannes; Nantes; beach is half an hour away.

A lovely time and very convenient for the area of Gulf of Morbihan.

The house itself is well equipped, bedrooms, toilets and shower facilities upstairs and downstairs, large garden with Gazebo. Very quiet area. Street lights go off late at night which shows up the gorgeous night sky. Milky Way easily observed. TV with UK programmes. Can highly recommend this house and area.

The owner was very helpful and accommodating and easily contactable. We would recommend this property to friends.

We particularly liked eating at the Auberge in Pleuherlin. The owner/manager spoke English and was wonderfully helpful. The Pelican in Rochefort-en-Terre was also very nice, but quite formal. Lovely Creperies and coffee places. We don't normally visit a place a second time, but we will probably make an exception with this one.

10 / 10 Mr. A. James 22 June, 2015

Britta Cottage was clean and tidy when we arrived, the property was as the described in the advert. Every thing needed for our stay was provided including two bicycles.It is in a very quiet position between two villages, Rochefort-en-Terre being a tourist town so very busy at week-ends.
The customer service from the owner was excellent, he also provided lots of information about the area with places to visit and the nearest supermarkets.





Owner response

Thank you for the six 10 scores. I thought 5/10 for Local Amenities was a little harsh (especially as you re-booked from last year) but then it depends on each guest's particular requirements and taste.

10 / 10 frank o'phile 11 December, 2014

Photographs seldom do justice to a property, so that there is an element of chance in what you will find when you turn up. Well this was a joy. It was a very clean, comfortable, well-equipped and well-situated property. Moreover it was at a bargain rental price. The owner could not have been more accommodating. The facilities made it like a home from home, with good quality equipment in the kitchen. It was comfortable to sit inside or outside and to eat under the gazebo. Everything worked properly too! The location is very convenient and although there is a road at the bottom of the garden, the level of traffic is only intermittent and so not a distraction or annoyance. The location makes it easy to have access to the coast as well as inland. Vannes is a wonderful town to wander round on market day and has many excellent restaurants. Using the various guidebooks we made many discoveries, but it is a matter of taste best left to the individual to find their own favourites. This is definitiely a place to return to, although perhaps I should not have said so because I might find someone has booked it up when I want to go again.

Owner response

Thank you for the very positive comments.