Holiday rental cottage with pool in Brittany

9.8/10
Persquen (10km from Guemene-sur-Scorff), Morbihan, Brittany Reference: BM003295_C Advertiser since: 10 May 2013

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Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Hazel Cottage Self Catering 1 2 1

About this property

Hazel Cottage, Heated Pool (Shared), 30 Acre Grounds. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Hazel cottage is an ideal couple's getaway, it's also great for families with one child/baby. Set amidst the beautiful rolling Morbihan countryside, in a tranquil, idyllic sylvan setting with a large secluded shared heated pool and 30 acres of lawns, woodland, meadows and a stream to explore. The all important boulangerie, is 2.5 miles by car, bike or foot; it's conveniently next to a bar that serves excellent coffee on a wide pavement facing the impressive village church. 25 miles inland from the stunning southern Brittany coastline.

Discounts available for 2 or more weeks! 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.

Hazel is a lovely 17th century quaint and cosy one bedroom detached stone property with beautiful pierre apparente facades, South-facing French doors to the rear of the property lead onto a timber deck giving lovely uninterrupted views across lawns to the woodland beyond; ideal for a bit of deer spotting at dawn. The bright and airy dual aspect bedroom has three Velux windows; on a clear night, stargazing whilst lying in bed is a must.

The cottage retains many period features such as ground-floor ceiling beams (7' headroom) and Oak 'A' frames on the first-floor ceiling (max 6'6" headroom). The over-bath shower is built in to the eaves and showering headroom is restricted to 6' by the sloping ceiling. As you ascend the staircase a ceiling beam is 6' 1" above a staircase tread.

You will find lots to see and do at many local attractions. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity in 30 acres of private grounds, lawns and woodland or take a relaxing dip in the heated swimming pool. Everyone can relax and unwind as Hazel cottage is at the end of a country lane with no passing traffic and absolutely no road noise. Ideally located midway between the Lac de Guerledan and the medieval towns of Vannes and Pontivy, and the stunning Morbihan coastline within 25 miles. Close to fishing, golf, horse-riding, wonderful medieval towns and beaches Hazel cottage offers a wide range of activities for everyone to enjoy.

The cottage has an open-plan tiled ground-floor comprising:

- Kitchen area - well appointed U-shaped fitted kitchen with generous worktop areas, lots of storage cupboard space, electric multifunction oven, ceramic hob, extractor hood, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment, washing machine, kettle and toaster. North-facing hardwood window above the sink and hardwood half-glazed front door

- Dining area with Oak drop-leaf table, 2 upholstered Oak chairs and a wall-mounted electric heater

- Lounge area with 2-seater sofa, English free-to-air satelliteTV and French terrestrial TV. Panasonic 32" LCD smart TV and a Panasonic BluRay player. South facing French doors opening onto timber decking with uninterrupted views across the laws to the woodland below: ideal for spotting the local wildlife, especially at dawn or dusk. A mid-flight quarter turn wooden staircase (please see 'visitor suitability' below), with under stairs storage, leads to the bedroom and bathroom. Wall-mounted electric heater. There's also a well-stocked bookcase complete with board games and information leaflets.

Upstairs comprises:

- Bright and airy double aspect bedroom, the double bed is conveniently positioned between two east and west facing Velux windows affording, on clear nights, a spot of stargazing whilst lying in bed. Original Oak 'A' frames and a further east facing Velux window. The east facing widows have views across the lawn to a ruined stone barn and the rolling Morbihan countryside beyond. The west facing window has views across the lawn to the ruined cider-mill (le pressoir) beyond. Matching pine bedroom furniture includes bedside cabinets, chest of drawers and a full length mirror. Wall -mounted heater. Compact walk-in wardrobe. Door into

- Bathroom with toilet, hand basin, bath with mixer shower over (please see visitor suitability below), shower curtain, chair, over sink mirror, tiled splash-backs and a west facing feature Juliet style west facing window with views across the lawn to the ruined cider-mill beyond (le pressoir).

Outside, the south-facing secluded timber decking provides a lovely spot for sunbathing, al fresco dining, wildlife viewing, reading a good book or simply relaxing, listening to birdsong and taking in the view. A set of teak garden furniture, parasol, and charcoal BBQ place on the deck. The timber deck also benefits from uninterrupted views down across sweeping lawns to the woodland beyond - it's simply a magical spot.

The large (11.5m X 5m X 2m max. depth) heated swimming pool is open from May to September inclusive. Roman steps give ease of access, Sun loungers are positioned on the large surrounding patio. The pool area is fenced and access via a locking gate. The pool is in a secluded position and flanked on three sides by a sweeping lawn with woodland beyond.

By request we will supply stair-gates, cot, high-chair, plastic plates and beakers.

Hazel cottage is 1 of 5 cottages in an exclusive hamlet. We are open year round, outwith peak season (mid July through to the end of August) you will more than likely have the place to yourself. We will let you know if any other cottages are booked at the time of your enquiry. We live on site; available when you need us and invisible when you don't..

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. The cottage has free WiFi (suitable for web browsing).


 

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Kitchen area - well appointed U-shaped fitted kitchen with generous worktop areas, lots of storage cupboard space, electric multifunction oven, ceramic hob, extractor hood, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment, washing machine, kettle and toaster. North-facing hardwood window above the sink and hardwood half-glazed front door.

Dining area with Oak drop-leaf table, 2 upholstered oak chairs and a wall-mounted electric heater.

Living rooms

Lounge area with 2-seater sofa, English free-to-air satellite TV and French terrestrial TV. Panasonic 32" LCD smart TV and a Panasonic BluRay player. South facing French doors opening onto timber decking with uninterrupted views across the laws to the woodland below: ideal for spotting the local wildlife, especially at dawn or dusk. A mid-flight quarter turn wooden staircase (please see 'visitor suitability' below), with under stairs storage, leads to the bedroom and bathroom. Wall-mounted electric heater. There's also a well-stocked bookcase complete with board games, DVDs and information leaflets.

Bedrooms

Bright and airy double aspect bedroom, the double bed is conveniently positioned between two east and west facing Velux windows affording, on clear nights, a spot of stargazing whilst lying in bed. Original Oak 'A' frames and a further east facing Velux window. The east facing widows have views across the lawn to a ruined stone barn and the rolling Morbihan countryside beyond. The west facing window has views across the lawn to the ruined cider-mill (le pressoir) beyond. Matching pine bedroom furniture includes bedside cabinets, chest of drawers and a full length mirror. Wall -mounted heater. Compact walk-in wardrobe.

Bathrooms

Bathroom with toilet, hand basin, bath with mixer shower over (please see visitor suitability below), shower curtain, chair, over sink mirror, tiled splash-backs and a west facing feature Juliet style west facing window with views across the lawn to the ruined cider-mill beyond (le pressoir).

Heating

For winter lets the lounge/dinning and kitchen area, and bedroom have wall-mounted electric heaters.

Entertainment

Free to air English satellite TV and French terrestrial TV. 32" Panasonic LCD TV and BluRay player. Free Wi-Fi. Well stocked bookcase and a selection of board games. Shared heated pool - open May to September inclusive.

Charcoal BBQ, teak garden furniture and parasol placed on the timber deck.

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!

Garden and outside

A shared heated pool with roman steps for ease of entry open from May to September inclusive. There are sweeping expanses of lawns surrounding Couetilliec: plenty of room for all. 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 circa 30 acres to explore you can spend days in the grounds.

Parking and garages

Parking for one car to the east side of Hazel Cottage, plenty of additional parking to the rear of Couetilliec Cottages if needed.

Visitor suitability

This property is not suitable for wheelchair users. Hazel is a quaint and cosy 17th century stone cottage retaining period features such as ground-floor ceiling beams (7' headroom), Oak 'A' frames on the first-floor ceiling (max 6'6" headroom). The over-bath shower is built in to the eaves and showering headroom is restricted to 6' by the sloping ceiling. As you ascend the staircase a ceiling beam is 6' 1" above a staircase tread.

Information about any additional facilities

Couetilliec is a great 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.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Couples only

  • Shared pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Reunion Numismatique - Bourse D'Echange, Hennebont
Distance: 31 km

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Most coarse species
Name of nearest fishing location: Rivers Scorff and Blavet or neighbour's lake
Distance: 7 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Golf de Rimaison, 56310 BIEUZY
Distance: 27 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Attelages de Tro Coet, Saint-Tugdual
Distance: 19 km

Mountain biking

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Le Rond de St-Vincent

Watersports

Wine tasting

Name and address of nearest wine producer: Brasserie Celtik, rue Belle Etoile, Cleguerec
Distance: 27 km

Wine tasting and cookery

About the Owner, Mr Carl Foster

Carl, the owner, lives on site maintaining the swimming pool & grounds. He is available when you need him and invisible when you don't. His 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. <br/>His wife, Belinda, flits between France and the UK working for a global insurer.

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.

The Owner Recommends

Food and Drink

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.

Heated pool + 30 Acres of Grounds: Lawns, Meadow, Woodland and a Stream.

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.

Horse Riding

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.

The Nantes-Brest Canal, Lac de Guerledan and River Blavet

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...

The South Coast of Morbihan

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.

Visiting Medieval Towns and Cities

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.

Traditional French Markets

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.

10 Reviews
9.8/10
  • Cleanliness: 9.9
  • Comfort: 9.6
  • Condition: 9.7
  • Facilities: 9.8
  • Local Amenities: 9
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9.9
10 / 10 Grazyna&Howard 30 July, 2017

We found at Hazel everything we were seeking: comfort in the middle of a quiet and beautiful countryside. The property is lovingly restored and maintained by Carl and Belinda with admirable environmental consciousness and great attention to details. All of the necessary comforts are provided including fully equipped kitchen, washing machine, outdoor furniture, and even heated swimming pool and bicycles.
The cottages are in the middle of the historically and architecturally reach countryside with very interesting local chapels, churches, little towns, prehistoric megalithes - all within 15 minutes to 1 hr drive. Carl is more then happy to share information about surrounding region and good places to visit.
We loved laying in bed at night and seeing sky uninterrupted by city lights and full of stars ...
When possible we would love to go back and will recommend to friends and family!

9.7 / 10 West Country Bumpkins 28 June, 2017

Hosts Carl and Belinda are great hosts. Hazel cottage has everything a couple need for a quiet relaxing holiday. Location is in middle of no where (in a good way), within stunning woods and meadow.

The Welcome hamper was a pleasant surprise and well stocked kitchen utensils etc made us feel a little silly for bringing a spare tin opener and washing up liquid, (based upon stays at similar properties).

The swimming pool was a lovely bonus, especially during the heatwave we had while we were there. Their approach to reducing landfill is great (certain food waste is was appreciated by the pet pig located well away from the accommodation).

The local supermarket is well stocked and the bakery in the village does a fantastic Gateau Breton Pur Buerre (is it short bread or a cake?). The cottages are 30 to 50 minutes drive from a mixture of 'must see' places. The hosts provided some useful and comprehensive attraction / local information in English and French.

We loved the range of books, games and films, plus Satellite in French and English (this means you can just have a lazy day if you want). WiFi was another bonus.

We had a look at the other cottages and they are lovely too for a family visit. All the cottages were spotlessly clean and well looked after. The grounds were immaculate.

Yes, we would go back

10 / 10 camparker 1 May, 2017

We stayed at Hazel Cottage for three nights in Mid April 2017. The hosts Carl and Belinda were very friendly and helpful. The cottage overlooks a sloping garden / lawn and has its own small deck with a bbq. The cottage is on its own, but nearby to 4 other cottages, and as such lends itself to families seeking a time together / family reunion. There is a heated outdoor pool for use in the summer months,

Strongly recommend this place.

10 / 10 sueplikington 7 March, 2017

Carl is a great host - he came out to fetch us in the dark and the rain when we got lost! He and Belinda also left a welcome pack in the kitchen which was lovely to start us off.
The cottages and their setting are beautiful - we were on a house-hunting trip and really sad we didn't have time to walk in the woods or say hi to Carl's pig! We may have to stay again to take advantage of the heated swimming pool (not running in February!!) and the patio with a view of the woods where we only managed a brief cup of coffee. Hazel Cottage was cute, clean, well-equipped and a haven of peace in our busy schedule.
The information file in the cottage was really useful to help us find our way around the area. Lac de Guerledan and Pontivy an equidistant drive. Nearby town of Cleugerec was brilliant - vibrant small town centre with cafes, bakers, creperie, market etc. and the supermarket was open Sunday morning.

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