This location has multiple holiday properties
|Maison Granit||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||2|
Built around 1800, this character cottage is set in the heart of the peaceful Breton countryside.
Fully renovated and restored to enhance its original charm, this property offers all the comfort of home.
Large open plan ground floor accommodation showing original beams.
Lounge area with 2 sofas, tv (English satellite tv) and dvd player, stone fireplace with woodburner, storage heaters; dining area with large table and 6 chairs and door to private rear garden with patio furniture and bbq and access to further garden and field; small fully equipped kitchen with fridge-freezer, electric cooker, microwave, kettle, cafetiere, toaster and iron.
First floor there are 1 double and 1 twin bedded room as well as bathroom with shower, wc, handbasin and washing machine. All with original beams. Second floor beamed master bedroom with en suite bathroom with wc, handbasin and bath. All bedrooms and bathrooms have thermostatically controlled electric heaters. Wireless internet access.
A fully equipped kitchen with fridge-freezer, electric cooker, microwave, kettle, cafetiere, toaster, slow cooker and iron; assorted pans, knives, and utensils; plenty of glasses, cutlery, crockery and mugs. There will be an initial supply of tea, coffee, sugar, essential seasonings and oils to start you off, and a welcome pack containing a selection of local goodies will be waiting for you on arrival.
A lounge area with two comfy sofas, centred around the stone fire-place, with wood burning stove, English and French tv, dvd player, and iPod dock, games and shelves full of books and dvds for all ages.
On the 1st floor, there is a double bedroom and one twin bedded room. On the 2nd floor is the master bedroom, complete with en suite bathroom with bath, handbasin and wc. We provide all bed linen, towels and tea towels, but not beach/swimming towels. A cot (with bedding), highchair and bed guards are available; please tell us when booking if you should require them.
A first floor family bathroom with washing machine, shower, wc, and handbasin.
Second floor en suite with bath, wc and sink with views over the countryside.
All bedrooms and bathrooms have thermostatically controlled electric heaters. In addition there is a cosy woodburning stove in the lounge.
English and French tv, dvd player, and iPod dock, games and shelves full of books and dvds for all ages. Free wi-fi is available.
Set in 3 acres of gardens and field, each cottage has it's own private rear garden with patio, ample patio furniture and bbq. There is access to further gardens with fruit trees and a larger lawned area which is ideal for ball games, and houses the 15' splash pool which is available during the warm summer months. Here you will also find the Boule court and childrens swing set. We are in a tiny hamlet with little traffic - ideal for a family bike ride (his and hers mountain bikes available).
Ample outside parking is available both front and rear of the property. We can also provide safe garage space for 1 or 2 motorbikes.
Neither property is suitable for wheelchair access as both have steps and sleeping accommodation is located on the upper floors.
After spending many years exploring Brittany and the local area we have a wealth of knowledge, advice and recommendations that we can share with all of our guests.
After many years of hoidaying in France, and staying in a variety of Gites (the good the bad and the ugly!) we realised a long term ambition in 2012 to move here permanently and run and manage two gites of our own. Hopefully our own experiences have given us a real insight into what makes for a comfortable, well equipped "home from home" and we strive to continually deliver what our guests want.
|Year property purchased||2012|
|Why this location?||La Ville Thedain is situated in a very peaceful spot, away from the hurly-burly of modern life. We are in a tiny hamlet, on a no-through road, where you might occasionally catch sight of a farm vehicle.|
|Unique benefits of property||We have two cottages for you to choose from; La Maison Granit and La Maison Blanche, both have been restored and renovated to a very high standard and come equipped with everything you could need for a home away from home. Both cottages have private patios with a shared garden. Here you can relax in the sunshine, with access to a further 3 acres of field - brilliant for ball games, a cool dip in our summer splash pool or a game of boules. Both cottages will comfortably sleep 6 adults, making Calon Lan the ideal destination for couples, groups of friends or even that family reunion you've been planning!
Situated in the heart of Brittany with so many wonderful places to visit, tearing yourself away from the tranquillity of the countryside and fitting them all in will be very difficult. Go north or south to find long, sandy beaches, fishing harbours, and rugged scenic headlands: great for swimming, sailing or just taking in the glorious views - a brilliant day out for families.
With close to 2700kms of coastline, Brittany has many beautiful, unspoilt beaches to tempt you, and being centrally located, many of them are in easy reach. Approximately 45mins to the north, on the Cote d'Emeraude, is Le Val Andre on a long and lovely bay - it has a sandy beach some 2.5kms in length. The site was developed as a fashionable resort in the 19th century, and many of the sea-side villas remain just as they were along the pedestrian prom. A little further east is the charming port of Erquy, its fishing fleet renowned for its scallop gathering in the Baie de St Brieuc. You can enjoy the local catch-of the-day at one of the quay-side restaurants. The long, sweeping beach at Erquy, is perfect for a family day out, safe for paddling or swimming, and loads of space for sandcastles or beach games. There are also sailing and diving schools, as well as kayaks for rent. Watch out for the sand yachts! Follow the coast to Cap Frehel for bracing walks along soaring cliffs, with stunning views over the Cote d'Emeraude and the Channel Islands. Don't forget your binoculars, this area is an important nesting site for about 700 pairs of nesting sea birds. Just a little further you will find Fort La Latte standing 60metres tall on a rock above the sea, accessible only by drawbridge, exploring its turrets and dungeons is a must. Approximately 50mins to the south, is the glorious Golfe de Morbihan, described as one of the most beautiful in the world., here you can find something for all tastes. Visit the ancient stones at Locmariaquer where you can learn all about megalithic civilisation and architecture, or perhaps spend a day in the lovely walled town of Vannes.... the children might enjoy a visit to the aquarium, or the Jardin du Papillon ( Garden of Butterflies). You could take a boat trip around the gulf from Vannes, or perhaps out to one of the 42 islands, Ile au Moines and Ile d'Arz the two largest, are very popular with summer visitors.
To discover Brittany by bike, on foot or horseback, look for the network of voies vertes (greenways), which together form 8 specially designed routes. Following disused railway lines, canal tow-paths, and winding rivers, these routes are accessible to everyone, and dedicated to non-motorized travel - pedestrians, cyclists, the disabled, roller skaters, and riders. The Carhaix-Plouger to St Meen le Grand section, 121 kms in length, passes very close to us just north of Merdrignac. Check out www.randobreizh.com for more information.
Why not join the estimated 700,000 people from all around the world, who visit L'orient each August for the annual Inter Celtic Festival (www.festival-interceltique.com). Approximately 4,500 musicians, singers, dancers and artists will be performing over the 10 day festival, representing all of the 9 Celtic Nations: Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Cornwall, Isle of Man, Galicia, Asturias, Cornouaille and of course Brittany. In July, the spectacular Cornaouille-Quimper will be taking place in the beautiful town of Quimper. Celebrating 90 years of Breton culture, this will be a unique chance to discover the diverse culture through music, dance, song and street entertainment. Find out more about the festival at www.festival-cornouaille.com and www.quimper-tourisme.com. In Rennes look out for the Tombees de la nuit (nightfall festival) in July when you can experience street performers, shows and recitals, or Les Transmusicales in winter, where emerging music stars come to find fame and fortune. Maybe you've heard of Portishead, Ben Harper, and Nirvana who came in the 90's, or Kate Nash, and The Ting Tings who have been more recently? The market town of Loudeac has a strong connection with horses. Every year since 1879 a series of race meetings are held between March and May at the Calouet Hippodrome, attracting race goers from all over western France; and on the 2nd Sunday in August La Fete du Cheval (Festival of the horse) is celebrated when a procession of over 2,000 horses, carriages and brass bands march through the streets.
Have a look on the site www.1golf.eu/en and you will find at least 8 courses within a 50km radius of us. These are the closest:- 'Golfe de lac au Duc' at Ploermel 29 kms away, a beautiful 9 hole course along the banks of the lake. 'la Corbinas' golf club at St Michel de Plelan 33kms away - 9 hole course. 'Club de la Criniere', Lamballe 37kms away - 9 hole course. 'Golfe Blue Green Pleneuf Val Andre' 45kms away - a 5* 18 hole course, set between heathland and sea-cliffs, overlooking the beach and the English Channel.
One of the main events in the life of every French town is the weekly street market. (Marche au plein air) Here you can buy everything from fresh fruit and veg; eggs, cream and cheese direct from the farmer; clothes, tablecloths, and furniture; to live chickens or ducks. Market times vary from place to place, but generally start at 6 or 7am, and finish at mid-day or 1pm. Go early to find a parking space!
Merdrignac - Wednesday
Loudeac - Saturday
Josselin - Saturday
Ploermel - Friday
Moncontour - Wednesday
St Brieuc - Wednesday and Saturday
Vannes - Wednesday and Saturday
Dinan - Thursday
Rennes - Daily market can be found in the food halls. On Saturday don't miss the amazing produce market at Place de Lice, Rennes, the 2nd largest in France.
Also look out for a Vide Grenier (literally - empty loft), a cross between an antique fair and a car-boot sale.
The historic town of Josselin offers so much to see and do, and you can quickly see why it has been given the status of Petit Cite of caractere. From its 12th century chateau overlooking the River Oust (part of the Nantes/Brest canal), to the gargoyled Basilica Notre Dame de Roncier, with its beautiful 15th and 16th century stained glass windows, to the Musee de Poupee (doll museum) with its collection of over 500 antique dolls and doll furniture. Dinan is without doubt one of the prettiest and best preserved small towns in Brittany. With its 3kms long ramparts, half-timbered houses, attractive port and cobbled streets filled with art galleries and craft shops, this Ville d'Art et d'Histoire (town of Art and History) is well worth a visit. Follow the Rue de Jerzual one of the most photographed streets in France, as it slopes steeply down to the port, from where you can take a boat trip on the Rance, or cross the bridge to Lanvally where you can find out about life on the river in the Maison de la Rance discovery centre. The city of Rennes - the regional capital of Brittany, is a fascinating mix of eclectic architecture, grand squares, and glorious gardens. You will find plenty to entertain you here...great restaurants, excellent shopping, and fascinating culture. A brilliant destination for foodies, Rennes' Saturday market in the Place de Lices, is one of France's finest. For more information, visit www.brittanytourism.com and also take a look at some of these beautiful, interesting places; Auray, Concarneau, Pont Aven, and Dinard.
Just north of Ploermel, you will find Lac au Duc, where swimming, sailing, canoeing, fishing, golf, or hiking are all available. If you are feeling energetic, try walking the Tour de Lac- 15kms in length. Lac de Guerledan offers water sports of all kinds, along with pony trecking, walking and cycling. But for all year fun, whatever the weather, try Les Aquatides at Loudeac where as well as the 25m pool, you'll find a 70m long waterslide, a lagoon of bubbles, geysers and fountains, several rivers to swim through, as well as a jacuzzi and spa-bath.