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|Le Pressoir||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||1|
Le Pressoir is a charming 2-bed gite at Gites Guebernez, a peaceful retreat surrounded by beautiful countryside but within walking distance of a village with a bakery, restaurants and bars. It is one of four gites which share a heated pool and decked sun terrace with wonderful views across farmland and forests. 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 was recently 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 newly-refurbished kitchen has a fridge with a small freezer section, kettle, toaster, and all the usual crockery and kitchen utensils for a self-catering holiday. The rustic-style dining table seats four comfortably. There is also a table on the terrace for al fresco dining.
The cosy living room has two small sofas, a rug, coffee table and lamps. The television has English TV including all the freeview channels.
The double bedroom is next to the bathroom, on the ground floor. It has a double bed, wardrobe, and bedside tables/chest of drawers. There is room for a cot. Doors lead out to the terrace. There is also a twin bedroom on the top floor with lovely views across the gardens.
The bathroom has a bath, in-built shower and a towel rail.
There is a wood fire burner in the living room and an electric wall heater in the double bedroom for the cooler months.
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 on site.
Due to the steep wooden stairs and the lay-out of the gite, we wouldn't recommend Le Pressoir for under 5s or anyone who struggles with 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!