|Ker ar Louarn||Self Catering||Saturday||5||11||2|
A beautiful 5 bedroom villa/gite situated on the sunny coast of South Brittany near Sarzeau. Carefully designed by one of the best Breton architects, this stylish modern holiday home is spacious, convenient, quiet and fully equipped (with a 3 star official French rating). It takes only 2 hours to drive there from St Malo.
The garden is ideal for children, with its large lawn, trees, swings and bushes. Or you can relax on the landing and large sunny vine-clad balcony with views and sounds of the sea; and comfortably dine on the patio beneath, shielded from sun and showers.
One of the best and safest beaches in Brittany lies just 5 minutes stroll (500 yards) down the lane, which has no through traffic. Excellent shell-fishing. Splendid new waterpark with spa facilities close by in Surzur. There are plenty of interesting cliff, coastal and country walks in the vicinity, and it is a great area for cycling (we leave one at the property and others can easily be hired locally).
The whole area around the little port of St Jacques, which is a mile from the house, is well known by the French for its sheltered sunny 'micro-climate' from mid April through to October, like Carnac, further to the west. There are several bars and restaurants nearby, the closest on the fishing village beachfront less than 15 minutes' stroll away, together with a boulangerie and supermarket.
Sarzeau, three miles to the north, has excellent shopping and entertainment facilities including horse riding and all-weather tennis. A little further afield inland is a waterpark and Spa. Along the coast lie, to the east, the delightfully restored castle of Suscinio and, to the west, the port of Crouesty with its seawater spa, where boats may be hired, or golf played on the 18 hole course (there are several more courses within easy driving distance including La Bretesche).
A variety of cruises around the Gulf of Morbihan or to the islands offshore can be taken from Port Navalo just beyond Crouesty. The splendid medieval town of Vannes (which has a fine aquarium) is only 20 minutes away by car. Other attractions within easy access include prehistoric sites, chateaux, museums, wildlife parks and many charming small towns and villages.
The nearest chateau/museum at Suscinio, a two-mile walk along the coast or ten minutes by car has developed into a magnificently restored museum with wildlife pools behind the sand dunes, complete with its own family of otters.
Large living room/kitchen (30ft by 20ft) looks south through french windows across the patio to the garden and towards the sea.
Kitchen has oven, microwave, 4-ring electric hob, large Bosch fridge-freezer, dishwasher, toaster, kettle, coffee-maker; all cutlery, crockery, pots and pans.
Large capacity Samsung washing machine in utility room (which also has a variety of footwear for goind fishing and a wide range of beach toys).
Living area has dining table and comfortable chairs.
On the ground floor, two sofas, 4 armchairs, 2 coffee-tables, wicker chair/table set for small children; Panasonic flatscreen with Freesat tv/radio and French terrestrial channels, dvd player;stone wood burning fireplace, uplighter, games, books, guides, leaflets and maps.
Upstairs, large landing facing south with sea view and direct access on to wooden balcony balcony designed for sunbathing, cocktails and safety., Low children's play table and chairs, sofa-bed, window table for office/computer use. Built-in wardrobe with extra linen and equipment for ironing/drying. Various chairs, loungers and small tables for landing and balcony use
Master bedroom on ground floor with twin beds (normally positioned as large double): en suite dressing room with large fitted wardrobe leads to separate shower room with washbasin and wc.
Second bedroom leads off balcony with double bed, fitted wardrobe/cupboard and washbasin.
Third bedroom overlooks the garden. Two single beds. Wardrobe.
Fourth small bedroom has fine view of nearby medieval chapel and fishing/farming hamlet. Twin beds.
Fifth 'childrens' bedroom overlooks rear garden with three low single beds and fitted cupboard.
En suite shower room/wc to master bedroom on ground floor.
Separate wc near entrance on ground floor.
Generously sized bathroom upstairs with bath and shower, wash-basin, wc.
Electric hot water and central heating.
Very effective double-fan wood-burning 'insert' stove in stone fireplace in lounge area heats the whole house.
In lounge area, Freesat tv/radio and French terrestrial channels, dvd player.
Good signal for free wi-fi internet service throughout house and garden.
Wide selection of games and books including dictionary, cookery and birdbook (with binoculars).
South-facing patio has full-sized garden table and chairs to seat 11. It is shaded and kept dry by the recently rebuilt balcony and thriving old vine.
Reclining seats/loungers for sunbathing on garden lawn. Stand alone barbecue in corner of garden. Swing and ropes for children and plenty of scope for ball and chase games on lawn and around house, trees and bushes.
Long triple clothes drying lines set discreetly behind house.
Balcony has small table and chair set, for those wishing to take breakfast or afternoon tea with a sea view..
Parking for up to 4 cars in driveway and under trees; ample room for additional parking just outside on the broad grassy verges of the lane.
Highly suitable for large groups of family and friends, especially those with or without children, who appreciate staying in a quiet area, with a large fine safe and sandy beach (but with extensive rock pools and shellfishing at low tide).
Much appreciated year-round also by those who are celebrating a special family occasion or the major public holidays in December or April.
Out of the peak holiday season (July/August), the house also attracts smaller groups & families who are simply seeking an affordable comfortable coastal break.
Except in the summer season (June to mid-September), short/weekend stays can be arranged, with flexible arrival/departure dates and if necessary slightly larger groups than the usual maximum.
Designed to accommodate wheelchair access on the ground floor. Shower includes grab rail but is step-over, not wheel-in.
Baby highchair, cot bathing seat and changing mat provided.
Many beach/garden toys
Bicycle for use by guests.
Telephone (via internet).
There is good mobile reception.
Anglo-French family with strong roots in the Morbihan.
|Year property purchased||1992|
|Why this location?||Perfect quiet safe beach and garden for young family
Great climate from April to October - lots of sunshine and temperatures halfway between Cornwall and the Cote d'Azur
Close to our French family
|Unique benefits of property||Light, airy and spacious - can easily accommodate two families, an extended family or a group of friends.
Large mature garden with lots of scope for games, or quiet peaceful reading
Beautiful large balcony with view of the sea - great for late afternoon extended sundowners
Quiet safe lane a stroll away from one of best beaches for swimming and shellfishing in South Brittany
A day spent cruising on the Gulf of Morbihan, stopping off to walk or cycle on the Ile aux Moines; or crossing over to the prehistoric tomb on the island of Gavrinis....these are probably the things not to miss during your stay on the Presqu'Ile de Rhuys. You can book your cruise from Port Navalo or Vannes. We send you out 4 pages of our ideas and contacts before you travel to the area, and we make sure there is a huge range of up to date leaflets and brochures in the bookshelves when you arrive.
So much to do in the immediate area of the house. A great coastal walk to the restored late medieval Chateau and historical museum of Suscinio; the spectacular cliff walk near St Gildas; cycling along deserted lanes and former railway tracks to Port Navalo (there's a bike for your use and hiring more is easy); rambling along the coasts of sea or Gulf, sailing, windsurfing, all-weather tennis, golf, horse-riding and shellfishing, it's all on the doorstep. And a modern swimming pool with flume in Surzur, a huge modern yachting marina at Port du Crouesty, and the church and monastery of Abelard of Abelard & Heloise fame in the nearby village of St Gildas. We send you out 4 pages of our ideas and contacts before you travel to the area, and we make sure there is a huge range of up to date leaflets and brochures in the bookshelves when you arrive.
The interesting medieval town of Vannes is only twenty minutes or so away. Its ramparts and old lavoir are impressive, its half-timbered pedestrian centre delightful and it also has the facilities of a decent sized town - acquarium, large swimming pool, cinemas, a large market hall and many good restaurants. Or you can simply while away an hour or two with a coffee on the cobbles overlooking the harbour.
From Port Navalo, Vannes and Quiberon ferries will take you to explore the three smaller and wilder offshore islands, or to tour the large Belle-Ile. Beyond Vannes there are many other interesting Chateaux, towns and villages - Auray, Questembert, Rochefort-en-Terre, a wildlife park and Museums such as the fascinating Resistance museum at St Marcel.
Ker ar Louarn is comfortable with all the necessary facilities and ideally suited to a large family group. The property has a nice garden with plenty of space and the adjacent properties are similar with the overall result being a well planned layout of a lovely peaceful hamlet with lots of space. There was no "cramming" in of properties so often found in areas close to the sea.
The location is exceptional with proximity to a lovely spacious sandy beach ideal for children, plenty of rock pools and good swimming either side of high tide. The facilities and markets at Sarzeau and the local villages are very good and the nearby Port of St Jacques is easily accessible along the beach.
We had a delightful holiday and would have no hesitation in returning to Ker ar Louarn, the owners of which were a pleasure to deal with. .
The documents provided by the owner about the house and the area are perfect and very clear, credit to them for spending the time to give a lot of very useful information. This is a nice house in a nice setting and it is a very spacious house and garden, the beach is a five minute walk, but only really useful for swimming at high tide. But, at lower tides its magical. There are rocks which appear which are full of food (clams, oysters etc..) they are also full of sea life to explore. Personally, i've never been to a beach with so many different things to see in rock pools.
Plenty of walking to be done on the local beach and farther afield.
We didn't really do much except use the local beaches or coastal walks, so can't really give much other advice, although we did go to Sarzeau on our last evening, to find it was a lovely little town, with a good selection of decent restaurants
The only disappointment was Petit Mont, near Arzon, this was because you have to pay quite some Euros to see this old site.
To summarise, great house in a nice area.
Delighted to have such a positive report from Alan. It's feedback like this from guests which has helped us improve facilities and information over the years. We agree entirely with him about Petit-Mont - we'll update our information pack with a suitable warning to future guests and point them even more firmly in the direction of Gavrinis for the most impressive prehistoric site in the whole of S Brittany. We also agree with Alan about our wonderful beach. We point out to guests that the best and nearest beach for swimming at all states of the tide is about a mile away in St Jacques and there are others within easy reach. But if you time your swimming on the local beach to the five hours or so around high tides, as he indicates, it's sandy, safe and often remarkably warm because of its gentle slope.