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|Beech Cottage||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||1|
Couetilliec Cottages are located in the beautiful department of Morbihan in southern Brittany, Couetilliec, which in Breton means Stone in the Forest, comprises 5 charming 17th century and 18th century stone cottages set in 30 acres of lawns, woodland, meadow and a stream.
Beech 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.
Beech Cottage is a spacious and beautiful 17th century three bedroomed stone cottage with an open plan tiled ground floor. The interior has been completely refurbished to a high standard in 2014. Beech Cottage has a feature pierre apparente fireplace, log burning stove, solid beech open tread staircase leading to a semi-galleried landing. With a ground floor of circa 50m2 Beech Cottage has plenty of space for all your family. Lawns to the front of the cottage with views to the woodland beyond. BBQ and quality teak garden furniture to enjoy a lazy lunch or dinner al fresco.
Fully fitted kitchen with electric oven, gas hob, extractor, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine, solid oak worktops and subway tiling to all splash back areas. Dining area with dresser, table and chairs to seat 6: all furniture is solid oak. Window with views across the front lawn to the woodland beyond.
The lounge has 2 large sofas, a wood burning stove, English free-to-air satellite tv, 42" smart LCD tv and dvd player, coffee-table, and a bookcase. Window with views across the front lawn to the woodland beyond.
The bedrooms: a double, a twin and a single with solid pine furniture throughout.
The master bedroom has two windows with views across the lawns to the woodland beyond. Double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers and two bedside tables. You can also request a cot in the room.
The second bedroom is a double with 2 single beds, chests of drawers, bedside cabinets and a wardrobe. This bedroom has 3 windows, one facing the rear and 2 with views across the lawns and woodland beyond. The third bedroom is a single with chest of drawers, bedside cabinet, wardrobe and single bed. All bedrooms have electric wall mounted heaters.
The spacious tiled floor bathroom has a p-shaped shower bath with mixer shower over, shower screen, hand basin, toilet, extractor, heated towel rail and electric heater. With tiling to all splash back areas and 2 windows facing the rear of the property.
The lounge is fitted with a Jotul wood burner, the bedrooms and bathroom have wall mounted electric heaters. For winter lets logs are available, payable local.
Free to air English satellite 42" smart LCD tv, dvd, cd, wi-fi. Shared heated pool - open May to mid-September inclusive. Children's swings, slides and climbing frame. Children can play in the woods, letting their imagination run wild and plenty of den making opportunities. Each cottage has its own bbq and quality teak garden furniture, bbqs with your fellow guests are a great way to meet people.
The cottage also has a selection of dvds, board games and books for your enjoyment.
Close to fishing, golf, horse riding, wonderful medieval towns, beaches and attractions, and with Brittany Cycle Tours based on site 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. There are sweeping expanses of lawn surrounding Couetilliec: plenty of room for bbqs, football, etc. The swimming pool is also flanked by sweeping lawns with woodland beyond. The woodland has many tracks to explore with a huge meadow and a stream running along the bottom of the property. With nearly 30 acres of private grounds to explore you can spend days in the grounds especially if you like nature, photography and art. With zero light pollution stargazing comes naturally.
Extensive parking to the front of Beech Cottage with additional parking to the rear of Couetilliec if required. We asks families travelling in more than one car to leave additional vehicles parked in the designated parking area behind the cottages.
Beech cottage is child friendly. Plastic plates and beakers, stairs gates, high chair and cot are available upon request.
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, 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 stargazing. If your are keen photographer and or artist the opportunities are endless. With Brittany Cycle Tours based on site Couetilliec and the surrounding area offer many attractions for your family.
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.<br/>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.<br/>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. <br/>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.<br/>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 Les Jardins de l'Abbaye next to the Abbaye de Bon Repos. 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.
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.
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.
Right where do I start, Beech Cottage. Couetilliec cottages........ what a fabulous place! We (my partner and our 2 teenage daughters) stayed for 10 days in September 2014.
We live in Cheshire so the thought of doing the journey in one long haul was rather daunting, We decided to take full advantage of Carl's (the host ) 20% discount code with Brittany Ferries. We took the overnight ferry to St Malo, arriving at 08.00. What a wonderfull way to start the the holiday, replenished and loaded up with a few extra items from duty free.
The journey down to Persquen is an easy journey with Sat Nav, it takes you down the fast relatively empty dual carriageways to....... somewhere in Brittany....... then onto the D roads and then eventually you are directed into the smaller roads that take you into the undiscovered heart of Brittany! It doesn't matter which way you take from the D roads to Couetillec,each route though totally different in terms of scenery, is resplendent in its own way.
We eventually arrived late afternoon, the final drive down the lane to Carl's is particularly pleasant, the cottages are set back behind trees overlooking a field and forests. As we turned the final corner into the yard we were greeted by a lively Cocker Spaniel and a more dignified Labby. Carl appeared moments later, picture jolly green giant,,,,,,,,, rather tall and very cheerful, grip like a gorilla!! What we particularly liked was the warmth in which we were welcomed and the complimentary glass of wine/beer.
Beech cottage is a superbly well equipped cottage, it's home away from home,,everything you need is there at your disposal. I do suggest you bring along a certain amount of the basics in terms of tea, coffee, cereal etc to last you for the first few days, Having gone through an extensive refurbishment, done to an exceptionally high standard, the cottage is bright, airy and clean, loads of space and very comfortable.
The grounds in which Beech cottage resides are idyllic,all 25plus acres of it, open lawns to the front leading to mature forests. You can easily spend a day just enjoying the surroundings, without even considering lazing around the pool.Carl has a real passion for the outdoors and nature in general, it was interesting to listen to him talk about the local area and his plans for Couteillec.
In terms of location we found it an ideal base in which to go out exploring. On several occasions we took advantage of Car;l's, new high specification mountain bikes and went of cycling around the quiet lanes. Loved the Scorff valley, a combination of cycling through forests and lane riding.... a lovely little restaurant/pub is located alongside the river.... the name eludes me .Guemene sur Scorff is the closest town with the best amenities within cycling distance, a great place to visit. If you really want to do some distance try the Canal de Midi.
For those who want to travel further afield, Couteillec is again well placed. Within a 45 minute drive is the most amazing coastline, the Gulf of Morbihan, We stuck to the tiny little back roads and came across some superb empty beeches, Vannes is a historical jewel, you could easily spend several days exploring the fortified walls, the architecture and the cathedral. If you get the days right you could be there when the market is on, its foodies paradise, the variety of fruit, vegetable and seafood is incredible, Whilst at Carls we went across to Mont St michel, St Malo, Trinitie sur la mer, Carnac, Nantes.....its so easy to do the mileage, roads are quiet.
In summary, the four of us thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Couteillec. Its location allows you to explore the inner beauty of Brittany either by car or bicycle. You can choose to travel or just relax in the grounds taking advantage of the pool and peacefulness of the surroundings. Carl is a very entertaining and attentative host, nothing is too much trouble. Before going out on your travels its well worth talking to Carl about where you are going etc.... our French cousins do have a rather relaxed approach to opening hours, days off and Bank holidays etc....
I think the best testament to any holiday is...... would you go back again? Well most definitely yes, we will be booking for Autumn 2015.... Maybe see you there.
Enjoy your stay.
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I stayed here for two weeks in August 2014; with my partner and found the location of Beech Cottage just perfect for so many destinations within Brittany, visiting places such as Carnac and La Trinite-Sur-Mer, Vannes and even as far as Mont Saint-Michel.
Beech cottage itself is in an idyllic setting located up a farm track with three other cottages including the owners, and surrounded by wood and farmland. The owner was very friendly and happy to give suggestions (and directions) to areas of interest that perhaps we would not have otherwise visited such as Bon Rapos (on the Nantes-Brest canal) where we visited the ruins of an Abbey, enjoyed a French Farmers Market and had a fantastic meal in the restaurant.
The cottage had recently been renovated and the standard appeared to be very high with new appliances in the kitchen and a new modern bathroom. Outside the cottage there was access to the pool which was very secluded and was not overlooked (in fact you wouldn’t even know it was there!) and large grounds in which previously children had made a den. There were also bicycles available so you could go and explore the local countryside; we rode out through Inguiniel, found a lovely café by a river for a well earned glass of wine before cycling home, the roads were all very quiet.
It’s a ten minute drive to the Supermarket but it really did have everything you could need for a self-catering holiday.
I would definitely recommend this property to couples and families alike who want to explore a little bit of Brittany.