Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6
This location has multiple holiday properties
|La Maison du Puits||Self Catering||Saturday||4||8||2|
La Maison du Puits sleeps up to 8 people and is the largest of 4 gites at Gites Guebernez, a peaceful retreat surrounded by beautiful countryside but within walking distance of a village with a bakery, restaurants and bars. The gites, set in a cluster and surrounded by pretty gardens and countryside, share a heated pool and decked sun terrace with wonderful views across farmland and woodlands. For children, there's also an indoor games room, large lawn and plenty of indoor and outdoor toys. For grown-ups, there are sunbeds, quiet shady corners and pretty countryside walks.
Gites Guebernez has been featured in The Guardian newspaper, which described it as 'a gorgeous spot – a cluster of mellow stone buildings with wooden shutters, amid rolling farmland and forest'.
We are within walking distance of the pretty village of Ploerdut, with a bakers, grocery shop selling local produce, a pizzeria, a hugely popular restaurant (3 courses and wine for under €12), 2 bars, and a small weekly market. Within easy reach (10-15 minutes drive) are several lakes with child friendly beaches, boating and other watersports, while stunning sandy beaches are just a 40-minute drive.
Guebernez is the perfect spot for families, but outside of the school holidays it becomes a peaceful retreat for walkers, cyclists, writers and those who want to experience the tranquility of central Brittany, with its rolling countryside, forests and lakes, but still be within easy reach of the beaches and islands of the Morbihan coastline.
The fully-equipped kitchen has a large fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave, kettle, toaster, and all the usual crockery and kitchen utensils for a self catering holiday. It is part of an open-plan living and dining area. There is also a table outside for al fresco dining, along with a barbecue.
The open-plan living and dining area has a log burning fire, two large comfortable sofas and a chair, a rug, coffee tables and lamps. The television has English tv including all the freeview channels. Windows look out across the surrounding countryside. Next door is a large children's play room with floor to ceiling shelves filled with toys and books to suit all age groups and an IKEA day bed, which allows this room to be used as a fifth bedroom. It's next to a bathroom with a bath and integrated shower.
There are 4 bedrooms, all with wooden beams, exposed stone walls and rustic features. The spacious master bedroom has a king size bed and high ceilings, and there are 2 further double bedrooms and a smaller twin room. The playroom, on the ground floor, has a day bed so can also be used as an extra single or double bedroom.
There are 2 bathrooms. One on the ground floor has a bath with an in-built shower. Upstairs there is a spacious bathroom/wet room with a heated towel rail.
There is a wood burner in the living room and electric heaters can be provided in the bedrooms for winter lets.
We have an indoor games room with table tennis and a pool table. For children there is also a fancy dress box, plenty of games, and books - and the heated swimming pool, which is open from the May half term until the end of August. Bev often runs a Treasure Hunt and outside games.
The gardens are beautifully kept with rockeries, fruit trees and rustic touches. There is a large lawn for football, cricket or volleyball. Warren has a veg patch and there is often enough to share with guests.
Parking is on site. There is also a large barn for bikes or kayaks to be stored.
La Maison du Puits has a ground floor play room with a day bed which could be used for guests who are unable to use stairs.
Bev, Warren and their son Freddie are originally from Brighton but had always talked about escaping the city and living the 'good life'. In 2010 they took a trip to Brittany 'just to have a look' and fell in love with Gites Guebernez. Now getting ready for their ninth season, they've managed to achieve a five-star rating on TripAdvisor. They've also taken the time to fully explore the region and are full of tips about what to see and do nearby.
|Year property purchased||2010|
|Why this location?||Close enough to the coast but with all the benefits of rural life - more space, hardly any traffic, cosy and inexpensive village restaurants - Guebernez ticked all the boxes. As soon as we came down the drive and saw the beautiful setting and the little cluster of stone cottages, we knew this was the place. Although we're a short walk to the village, we're surrounded by rolling countryside and the views are amazing. We've even got our own party barn and, behind it, the old bread oven, once used by the farm community that lived here.|
|Unique benefits of property||Rural setting but within reach of the village, comfortable and clean but with rustic charm, fabulous views all around, especially from the pool terrace, indoor games room for rainy days, a large party barn which guests are welcome to use for special occasions or for dining any time, so much space for children to run around, quiet country lanes for walking from our doorstep, and a veggie patch with veggies to share, and specialist walking and cycling weeks in the spring and autumn.|
Brittany’s largest lake, the Lac de Guerledan is a vast stretch of water with several sandy beaches, restaurants, cafes, and walking and cycling trails. The Abbaye de Bon Repos is a 12th-century Cistercian abbey on the Nantes-Brest canal which hosts regular exhibitions, a Sunday craft market and a spectacular Son et Lumiere in August. The nearby Lac de Bel Air at Priziac (10 mins drive) has a small sandy beach, play area, picnic tables,and a café. It’s also popular for kayaking, sailing, and fishing and is surrounded by walking and fitness trails. There is a great Sunday market at Larmor Plage, our closest beach. It also has a small beachfront promenade with restaurants and cafes. Nearby is the Plage de Locqueltas, a long sandy beach with rock pools. The other best beaches are at Guidel, Le Pouldu, Erdeven, Gavres, Port Manec'h, all within an hour's drive. For a day out, head to Pont Aven, an attractive little town with lovely riverside walks, restaurants, galleries, boutiques and a colourful summer flower festival in August. Take a boat ride from Pont Aven down the Aven and Belon rivers and estuaries. Or, go to the historic harbour city of Vannes or the town of Auray and the neighbouring port of St-Goustan, with cobbled streets of half-timbered houses which are now boutiques, galleries, restaurants and cafes. From June to September boat trips operate around the little islands in the Gulf of Morbihan. Carnac is famous for its unique rows of ancient standing stones and also has a lovely sandy beach. The Parc Odet Loisirs Kerrun Moustoir is a seven-hectare park, set around a lake, that's great for kids with giant slides, zip wires, and other attractions. Parc Aquanature is an 80-hectare park with 140 deer and other wildlife. You can either take a tour in a 4x4 or drive yourself around in a golf cart. They're fast!