Bedrooms 1, Sleeps 2, Ratings 15 9.9/10
This location has multiple holiday properties
|Chestnut Cottage||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||1|
Located in the beautiful department of Morbihan in southern Brittany, Couetilliec is an exclusive hamlet of 5 charming C17th and C18th stone cottages set in 30 acres of private woodland, lawns, meadow, stream and a large heated swimming pool (11.5m x 5m x 2m max. depth). The pool is open from May to September inclusive and open from 10.30 until 19.30 daily, weather permitting. The cottage has free wi-fi (suitable for web browsing).
We also offer our guests a 20% saving on Brittany Ferries Channel crossings and discounts with Brittany Cycle Tours, which is based on site for your enjoyment.
Chestnut Cottage is perfect for families; you will find lots to do in the heated swimming pool, sweeping lawns, woodland or just enjoy the peace and tranquillity. Everyone can relax and play in safety as Couetilliec is at the end of a country lane with no passing traffic and absolutely no road noise. With Brittany Cycle Tours based on site for your enjoyment Couetilliec Cottages and the local area offer a range of family activities – see our website for further info – link at foot of this listing.
Chestnut Cottage is a beautiful, bright and extremely spacious 2 bedroom 17th century cottage with an open plan tiled ground floor. Chestnut Cottage also benefits from a ground floor cloakroom. The feature open tread solid chestnut staircase leads to a galleried landing giving access to 2 bedrooms and a bathroom. This property has been finished to a very high standard.
Price includes a welcome basket (for stays of 7 or more nights), cleaning products, bed linen, bath mats, hand, bath and tea towels, please bring your own pool/beach towels.
Fully fitted kitchen with electric oven, ceramic hob, griddle/fryer and pop-up extractor fan, microwave, freezer, washing machine and integrated fridge. Dining area with dresser, table and chairs to seat 6. Window with views across the front lawn to the woodland beyond.
The lounge has 2 sofas, a leather Chesterfield armchair with footstool, coffee-table, bookcase and a wood burning Jotul stove, English free-to-air satellite tv, French terrestrial tv, LCD 46" smart tv and dvd player. Window with views across the front lawn to the woodland beyond.
The bedrooms comprise an enormous double and a triple. All bedroom furniture is solid pine.
The master bedroom is truly cavernous, double aspect having 3 windows, two with views across the lawns to the woodland below, the other faces the rear of the property. The master bedroom has a king-size bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, dressing table, mirror, stool, two bedside tables and a 2 seat sofa. You can also request a cot in the room as well.
The second bedroom is a twin with 2 single beds, chest of drawers, bedside cabinets and a wardrobe. The bedroom has two windows overlooking the lawns and woodland beyond. Both bedrooms have electric wall mounted heaters.
The spacious tiled floor bathroom has an inset bath with mixer shower over, shower screen, hand basin, toilet, bidet, extractor, heated towel rail and electric heater. With tiling to all splash back areas and a window facing the rear of the property.
The lounge is fitted with a Jotul woodburner, the bedrooms and bathroom have wall mounted electric heaters. Electric heating is for winter lets only. For winter lets logs are available, payable on site.
Free to air English satellite tv, French terrestrial tv, 46" LCD tv, dvd player. Well stocked bookcase and a selection of board games. Shared heated pool - open May to September inclusive. The children have a swing and slide activity apparatus or they can play in the woods, letting their imagination run wild and there are plenty of den making opportunities. Each cottage has its own bbq and bbqs with fellow guests are always popular.
Close to fishing, golf, horse riding, wonderful medieval towns, beaches and many other attractions, Couetilliec offers a wide range of activities for everyone to enjoy!
A shared heated pool with roman steps for ease of entry - open May to September inclusive and open from 10.30 until 19.30 daily, weather permitting.. There are sweeping expanses of lawn surrounding Couetilliec: plenty of room for bbqs, football, etc. The swimming pool is also flanked by a large lawn with woodland beyond. The woodland has many tracks to explore with a huge meadow and stream running along the bottom of the property. With nearly 30 acres to explore you can spend days in the grounds.
Extensive parking to the front of the Chestnut Cottage with additional parking to the rear of Couetilliec if required.
This property is not suitable for wheelchair users.
This is a great place if you like an abundance of fauna and flora. We have seen deer, badgers, red squirrels, pine martin, foxes, buzzards, owls and woodpeckers. There are many ancient pollarded trees most are smothered in an array of mosses, lichens and ferns. With zero light pollution it's also a great place for a spot of star gazing. If you are a keen photographer the opportunities are endless. There maybe the opportunity to try your hand at some woodland management activities or dry stonewalling.
Carl and Belinda, the owners, live on site maintaining the swimming pool & grounds. They are available when you need them and invisible when you don't. Carl's previous career focused on woodland management and forest research. Carl has a keen interest in green woodworking, traditional woodland crafts, forest gardening, sustainable woodland management, Oak timber-framed buildings, permaculture and exploring Brittany by bicycle.
|Year property purchased||2012|
|Why this location?||We simply adore the rolling Morbihan countryside, its beautiful meandering rivers set in verdant valleys and its glorious coastline with the right blend of long sandy beaches, rocky outcrops, beautiful estuaries and quaint harbours.
The gastronomic delights of Brittany are on your doorstep: crepes, galetts, beurre moule, cidre, beer (the wine's not bad either) and an abundance of fresh fish and shellfish. Boulangeries with their array of breads and mouthwatering patisseries. As well as the sense of space, peace and tranquillity all make for a more relaxed way of life.
Brittany offers hours of the kind of cycling almost impossible to find in the UK, so we are developing a good quality and affordable single centre self-guided cycle touring service that enables clients to explore and experience the rich diversity of Brittany's stunning countryside, medieval towns and coastline: we offer our guests a 25% discount with Brittany Cycle Tours which is based on site for your enjoyment.
|Unique benefits of property||Couetilliec Cottages are perfect for families; you will find lots to see and do at the many local attractions or sit back and enjoy the peace and tranquillity in extensive lawns, woodland and meadow, and take a relaxing dip in the heated swimming pool.
Couetilliec is at the end of a country lane with no passing traffic and absolutely no road noise so everybody can relax and play in safety. Each cottage has quality teak garden furniture and bbq: ideal for a spot of al fresco dining.
Couetilliec Cottages are a great place if you like an abundance of fauna and flora. We have seen deer, pine martins, red squirrels, badgers, foxes, buzzards, owls and woodpeckers. There are many ancient pollarded trees most are smothered in an array of mosses, lichens and ferns. With zero light pollution it's also a great place for a spot of star gazing. If you are keen photographer and or artist the opportunities are endless. Those who enjoy cycling please check out our Brittany Cycle Tours website.
You really are spoilt for choice but an excellent value meal (£10 including 3 courses and wine!) can be enjoyed at the Chez Marie-The in Ploerdut. For a fine dining experience in a stunning setting try the L'auberge de Pont Calleck. If you like cider the local cidreries are a must. As mentioned above fresh supplies can be found at the local markets or the local supermarket. There are also restaurants, a convenience store and a boulangerie at Inguiniel just 2.5 miles away.
Relax or play anywhere in the grounds, there's more than enough space for everyone. Anybody with a keen interest in nature and or photography can spend days relaxing, listening and watching. Having a bbq with your neighbours is a great way to meet new people. With zero light pollution and a clear sky stargazing is a must.
There are many equestrian centres in the Morbihan. It is an ideal place for horse riding and trekking. The equivalent of the National Stud is based at Hennebont. The Parc Aquanature near Priziac, west of Pontivy. Where there are 15 kilometres of footpaths, a deer park, freshwater aquarium, accompanied horse rides and guided tours.
These waterways and their surroundings offer lots of opportunities from watersports at Lac de Guerledan, to cycling or walking along the miles of towpaths. Excellent coarse fishing can be found on the river Blavet - there will be many personal recommendations...
Explore the South coast: Lorient and it's beaches are half an hours drive. Le Poldu is a lot quieter and has stunning scenery, there's mile after mile of sandy beaches and coves to explore. Our favourites include St Cado, Le Poludu, Doelan, Guidel Plage and Fort Bloque.
Vannes, Hennebont, Potivy and even our local town of Guemene sur Scorff are still partially walled. The finest example is Vannes with its 13th century ramparts from which you get a fine view of the old town and gardens.
There are a plethora to choose from but Hennebont is the largest, Vannes and Potivy also have large markets but the local markets of Guemene sur Scorff and Bubry are also interesting to stroll around.
A relaxing and tranquil week spent in Chestnut Cottage. Enjoyed a great market in Hennebont (Thursday mornings) and a good plat du jour at La Casa in Plouay. Many thanks for the generous welcome basket - much appreciated.'
Overall fine, just a few little negatives which many people wouldn't even bother about; lack of fully operational electric hob, some equipment basic and not the greatest of quality. Having said that everything was clean.
We were surprised at being expected to take our rubbish to the nearest place which was a round trip of 4.8 kms. Previously, in similar situations, the owner has had an on site area where the guests put their rubbish and then he loads this into a trailer which he takes for disposal.
We have had another wonderful 2 weeks in Chestnut Cottage. It is the most relaxing place to escape from the busy-ness of normal life and our children (aged 3 and 5) love it! Belinda and Carl are very welcoming and helpful hosts and have gone out of their way to recommend some fantastic days out for all the family. Thank you Carl and Belinda for a fantastic holiday in your lovely cottage!
Thank you so much for your fabulous comments. It was such a pleasure to have you as our guests again and good to know that you all had a wonderful time. We are certainly able to recommend many fantastic places to visit in Brittany, that is, of course, as long as you can drag yourself away from our large heated pool! We do hope to see you again.
Eldest son (aged 13): "I really enjoyed staying here - it is great! It has a very nice swimming pool which is warm and a big forest to explore with a pig and chickens. The best places to see were the submarine museum and La Balade du Pere Nicolas."
Mother: "We loved our holiday here - the gite is immaculate! and the welcome pack was very much appreciated and set us off to a very happy start. Thank you! PS Keep your eyes open for wildlife - we spotted an otter, a red squirrel, eagles, a kestrel, toads and more all on one day."
Father: "We've been stayed in gites every year for the past 6 years or so, and Chestnut Cottage provides the best combination of combination of accommodation and grounds. I'd come back in a heartbeat."
Many thanks for your comments and recommendation. It is lovely to hear that you all enjoyed your time here. Chestnut cottage is a very comfortable ‘home from home’ with plenty of space for everyone to relax and play. The 30 acres of grounds and woodland are great for exploring and playing in or just sitting in and enjoying the peace and quiet. As you point out there is much wildlife to see if you look carefully! The large heated pool is always a big hit with children and adults alike, but if you can drag yourselves away from it, there is much to see and do in Southern Brittany. We do hope we will see you again!
The location is amazing, and the cottages are stunning. Carl and Belinda have created a perfect oasis in which you can totally unwind and relax. The grounds are stunning and the outdoor pool area is the cream on the cake. Nothing is too much trouble for Carl and Belinda and they make you feel very welcome. The bikes service is excellent with an added bonus of drop off and pick up if required. The standard of finish to the cottages is to an extremely high standard and the location is ideal for walks, bike rides and visits to the beach, no more than an hour away.
We loved our stay and would highly recommend it. We will definitely be back.
Thank you so much for your fabulous comments. It was such a pleasure to have you as our guests and good to know that you both had a wonderful time. All the cottages are comfortable with a 'home from home' feeling and the large heated pool is certainly very inviting! However, if you feel like getting out and about there is much to see and do within a short drive and if you are feeling very energetic we can certainly offer bike hire and some amazing cycling routes. We hope to see you again!
Bedrooms 1, Sleeps 2, Ratings 15 9.9/10
Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 5, Ratings 6 10/10
Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 5, Ratings 5 9.9/10