Children's paradise! Adults peace! Sleeps 2-12
Delightful stone Gite, original chestnut beams, sleeps up to 12 people (+ cots if required). Superb exclusive-use solar-heated salt water swimming pool surrounded by attractive, well-stocked landscaped gardens to ensure complete privacy. Ideal for families - loads of space for children to run around and enjoy themselves whilst adults relax by the pool. Centrally based, great for visiting the wide variety of tourist attractions in Brittany and for golfing, fishing, rambling, cycling, beaches and much more!
Quisitinic is a renovated former Breton farm: The Long Barn is set in 10 acres of woodland and landscaped gardens surrounded by fields. This very flexible longere can accommodate a party of up to 12 people. The solar-heated salt water pool is fully fenced, with plenty of sun loungers and chairs. The pool is 10m x 5m and varies in depth from Roman steps of 1m to 1.7m at deep end. It is surrounded by palm trees, bamboo, Hydrangea's, Buddleia and Hypericum bushes and is a wonderful sun trap.
Quistinic is at the end of its own 250m driveway making it a very safe environment for children (no passing traffic). Totally private and not overlooked by any neighbouring properties.
Located just a short distance from the village of Langoelan, Quistinic is an ideal retreat for relaxing and unwinding, with the village amenities (Pizzeria, traditional French restaurant (Michelin star Chef), bar, garage, children's play areas, outside table tennis table, basketball, 5 a side football area, Boules pitches and shop/boulangerie) just 2 minutes away by car or a 15-20 minute walk.
The village also has its own lake for fishing and bird watching: complete with a lovely buvette offering light refreshments, wine and beer. Very peaceful to have a drink and watch the sunset and wildlife or play petanque.
The market town of Guemene Sur Scorff is just 10 minutes away by car for the nearest supermarkets, banks, bars, restaurants, doctors and shops. It is also reputedly the home to Queen Anne's bathing room - dating back to the 15th Century. She guarded the rights and customs of Brittany's people by marrying Charles VIII of France, thus uniting Brittany with France and ensuring amongst other things that there will never be Toll roads in Brittany!
The historic town of Pontivy is 25 minutes drive away, with its beautiful Chateau and Napoleonic layout bisected by the Nantes - Brest canal.
The beautiful Lac de Guerledan is a 20 minute drive away with safe sandy / grass beach at Beau Rivage and abundance of water sports, crazy golf and few restaurants / bars. It is a truly picturesque setting.
The beautiful southern Brittany beaches include Larmor and Guidel Plage which are a short 45 minute drive away with clean, safe sandy beaches. With a selection of restaurants at both Guidel and Larmor Plage offering everything from Crepes to Fruit de Mer whilst overlooking the sea.
The long lines of standing stones at Carnac are also located on the coast and make Stonehenge look decidedly small.
The Long Barn has 2 French-style well equipped kitchens (oven, microwave, kettle, toaster, coffee-maker etc) each with dining area. One can seat 10+, the smaller one with it's corner unit can seat 4-6. Ideal for catering for separate tastes (feeding the little ones their favourite fish fingers whilst a more adult meal is being prepared in the other). There are tables and chairs on the terrace overlooking the pool for "al fresco" dining, maybe croissants for "le petit dejeuner" or an evening bbq. Bbq overlooking the pool. The choice is yours!
As well as 2 kitchens, there are 2 separate lounges. A nice large lounge with original large Chestnut beams and a smaller cosier lounge for 4. They each have British Freeview satellite tv, so no need to miss your favourite "soap" or documentary. There are lots of books, games and dvd''s for our guests use, plus free wi-fii on site.
The main lounge also has a woodburner, great for a cosy winters evening relaxing after a day of sight-seeing. (Extra charge for logs in Summer)
There are 2 double bedrooms, and a family room (with a set of bunks and twin beds) upstairs. Downstairs at the other end of The Long Barn there is a further double room and another room with twin beds which means parties of up to 12 can sleep comfortably. Additional cots are available for babies (bedding not supplied for cots)
The upstairs rooms have beautiful Chestnut A frames.
There are 3 shower/toilet rooms, One adjacent to each set of bedrooms and also one downstairs by the large lounge.
There is a woodburner in the main lounge, background heating can be provided by gas fired radiators in winter months at an extra charge.
Heating is not provided during the summer months but when required is supplied at cost.
Inside- British Freeview Satellite tv, dvds, books and boardgames.
Outside-Lots of games, badminton, petanque, Pool etc for guests use.
Attractive, mature, well stocked and landscaped gardens. Lots of grassy areas for children to run around and enjoy.There is also a field for games, football or Frisbee. There is a swing-set and a trampoline, and lots and lots of trees!
Lovely terrace with tables, chairs, Parasol and BBQ overlooking the pool.
However the main attraction must be the pool. It is 10m x 5m, with roman-style walk-in steps (where little ones can sit) with a shallow end deepening to 1m 70 so it is perfect for the more competent swimmer as well. A solar heated salt water pool (as far as we know the only one in the area) so avoiding the stinging eyes and bleached "cossies" associated with the usual chlorine pools. The pool area has sun-loungers, chairs. It is fully fenced, with coded entry for the safety of our guests.
The little ones may enjoy running through the Bamboo tunnel, the trampoline (safety net) and games of hide and seek.
There is ample outdoor parking to the front of the property and as there is no passing traffic cars can be left with peace of mind.
We welcome all our guests and The Long Barn is suitable for those of them with limited mobility, as is the pool. Wheelchair users may not find the property suitable.
It is possible to hire cycles by the day or week from a local supplier - please ask in advance.
The English owners live on site in a separate property and would be more than happy to help you with any questions or reservations you may want to make.
Although you have exclusive use of the Pool, the 2 owners may use it occasionally.
Guidel Plage and L'Armor Plage are just a couple of the beautiful stretches of beach within easy reach of Quistinic. Guidel Plage takes approximately 45 minutes to get to and provides ample room for all sun worshippers even during the summer months.
These beaches do have a couple of designated zones which are watched by lifeguards if you like the added safety they provide.
There are plenty of restaurants and Bars catering from simple snacks to Fruit de Mer.
Bon Repos - Ruined abbey which has been renovated over recent years situated in a picturesque valley on the banks of the Brest - Nantes Canal.. Have Sunday morning at the local market along the river bank. Sightsee around the abbey.
There are a couple of bars and restaurants to eat at. Stroll along the river, perhaps see an artist at work. Afternoon at Les Salles des Forges (conducted tour in English some Sunday afternoons).
On to Lac de Guerledan, which is a huge man-made lake complete with beach at Beau Rivage where you can swim, walk through the forest that surrounds the lake, sunbathe or try water sports.
There are a couple of restaurants and bars at Beau Rivage. It is a truly lovely setting.
Lac de Guerledan is also 20 minutes away by car. It is a beautiful lake with a small man made beach and a designated swimming area which is excellent for children. There are good facilities for various types of watersports including canoes and pedalos and there is also a small crazy golf course and children's play area. There are a couple of bar/restaurants for refreshments.
There are delightful markets in various locations around the Morbihan area, selling traditional Breton wares, french food (local produce), clothing, jewellery etc. If you would like to know more about when and where you can find these markets please ask us.
Napoleonic town with some quaint old streets and a beautiful Chateau which hosts exhibitions (payable entry).
Some lovely shopping and good restaurants. Market day is Monday, but I find the market is quite poor. There is a far better market at Hennebont near Lorient.
A stunning town situated on the Gulf de Morbihan with hundreds of little islands which can be seen by the regular boat tours.
Vannes has small narrow streets and old wooden houses enclosed by the old fortified walls (English speaking tours can be taken on the electric 'train' which starts at the Marina.
Lovely restaurants overlooking the Marina
Quistinic is a lovely place set amidst beautiful countryside far away from traffic noise and the general bustle of humanity. Having said that, there is plenty for young ones to do with an outhouse well stocked with games and plenty of surrounding land to play on. A small, local shop provides essentials such as milk, bread and croissants. The pool is a dream and is where the young ones spent most of their time when not at the nearby lake.
The owner David is a friendly, amiable man, keen for everything to be good. We had a few problems with the long barn but David was keen to hear about them and put them right.
Only one problem - very hard beds. I would have loved a softer bed but I think that is probably down to personal taste.
Hi. Thank you for taking time out to review the holiday.
Sorry to hear the mattresses were too hard for you. I do have matress toppers for people who prefer softer. I will bear it in mind when I buy new mattresses.
This is a really homely, comfortable old farm house, very child-friendly - even for very young children, no tricky ornaments, dangerous corners, and the garden is especially great for children to run around with minimal supervision which makes for a very relaxing time for the adults! There are loads of garden games equipment - bats, balls, croquet stuff - as well as swings and a trampoline. But the real attraction is the size of the garden, which allows children to run around safely ‘exploring’
The cooking area in the kitchen is a bit cramped - but well equipped with pots and pans designed to make large quantities of food - and there’s a marvellous long table which makes for fabulous long, chatty family meal times. The two fridges help to keep the wine chilled too! The pool is great - well looked after (we’ve stayed in places where we’re constantly scooping out dead insects, even a dead rat once!) and a good size for young children.
The owner is really helpful and friendly, nice with the children so we didn’t feel embarrassed about our noise levels
Thank you for taking the time to submit a review. I'm glad you all enjoyed it and the children felt able to run around, explore and enjoy themselves. It was lovely to meet you all.
What a gem of a place is Quistinic. We were a family of three generations and had a magical week and built many wonderful memories. It is a very peaceful and tranquil setting a paradise for children and equally for adults. We made lots of use of the facilities swimming pool trampoline for children etc. David the owner was most accommodating and was very informative of the immediate and wider area. The week went too fast and we would definitely revisit.......
Hi Caroline, Thank you for the review and I'm glad you all had a wonderful time here. It was lovely to meet you all and you are definitely more than welcome to return at any time. David
A excellent rural location which provided a very relaxed and lovely holiday. The pool was a delight and the children spent many hours enjoying swimming and playing in it. Dave was a very helpful presence and an extremely useful guide in suggesting places to eat or visit in the local and surrounding areas.
Thank you for your review. I'm pleased you all enjoyed it. It was a pleasure to meet you all.