19thC farmhouse holiday rental in Brittany

10/10
Meneac (31km from Josselin), Morbihan, Brittany Reference: BM003827_B Advertiser since: 7 October 2014

This location has multiple holiday properties

Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Maison Blanche Self Catering Saturday 3 6 2

About this property

Restored 19th Century Farmhouse. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Restored in the early 20th century, this was the original farmhouse, and as was tradition, the principal ground floor room is a large kitchen and dining room, with a separate small lounge. Many original features have been retained such as the stone fireplace and beams, and it is now furnished and equipped with your comfort in mind.
 
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.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

The kitchen area is fully equipped with fridge-freezer, washing machine, electric cooker, microwave, kettle, slow cooker, cafetiere, and toaster; assorted pans, knives, and utensils; plenty of glasses, cutlery, crockery and mugs.

Living rooms

There is a comfortable lounge with two sofas, English and French tv, dvd player, together with a range of books, games and dvds to suit all ages.


Bedrooms

Two large double bedrooms, one with vanity basin plus a twin bedded room all on the first floor.

Bathrooms

There is a ground floor family bathroom with bath, shower, sink and wc. In addition there is a wc on the first floor adjacent to the 3 bedrooms.

Heating

The gite has full gas central heating and a woodburning stove in the kitchen dining room.

Entertainment

There is a separate games room on the first floor with a multi-purpose games table (football, snooker and table tennis).

Garden and outside

A private rear garden, with rotary line, patio furniture, bbq, and access to a further 3 acres of field, with a splash pool, Boule court and children's swing set. There is also a large shaded pergola providing a perfect spot to enjoy the peaceful surroundings.

Parking and garages

We have ample safe parking for several vehicles both at the front and rear of the property and we can provide secure garage parking for one or 2 cycles or motorbikes.

Visitor suitability

Neither property is suitable for wheelchair access as both have steps and sleeping accommodation is located on the upper floors.

Information about any additional facilities

After many years exploring this part of France we are able to share our knowledge of the area with our guests and recommend places and attractions to visit.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Splash pool

Activities

Cycling

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Various freshwater including carp
Name of nearest fishing location: Meneac Lake
Distance: 4 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Lac au Duc
Distance: 29 km

Mountain biking

Distance: 5 km

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Voie Verte

Watersports

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Peter Rowlands

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.

The Owner Recommends

Coastline and Beaches

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.

Cycling/Walking/Horse Riding

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.

Festivals

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. 


Golf

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.

Markets

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.

Sightseeing

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.

Swimming/Watersports

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.

1 Review
10/10
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 10
  • Local Amenities: 7
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
10 / 10 QWERTY 18 June, 2015

Karen and Peter were really welcoming hosts who have a wealth of knowledge about the area. They will recommend places to visit and make reservations at the local restaurants.
The charming gite is clean, comfortable and well equipped. You will be hard pushed to say anything has been forgotten. Although in a rural setting it is only a short drive to local shops, a bar and restaurant and only a little further to a larger town with more amenities.
The large garden means there is plenty of room for everyone to relax, and the dog and chickens will keep children amused. Be warned you will struggle to wear the dog out, no matter how many times you throw the ball.
Will definitely be returning.

Owner response

Thank you!
Knowing that our hard work and research (especially searching for good restaurants!) is appreciated, makes all the hard work worthwhile.

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