Holiday gite in Melrand, Brittany

Melrand (24km from Pontivy), Morbihan, Brittany Reference: BM003984 Advertiser since: 28 January 2015
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Kervihan Self Catering Saturday 5 10 3 Extra single beds, Z-beds and cot.

About this property

Converted 5 bedroom farmhouse in an acre of land. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

In central Brittany, the department of Morbihan, lies the pretty, peaceful village of Melrand. Kervihan is on the outskirts, 2km from the shops and fantastic restaurant. A beautifully converted farmhouse in spacious rural setting, modernised but retaining original features. Ideal for extended family holidays or groups of friends. In a secluded rural area, at the end of a lane, so safe for children. Within easy reach of many of Brittany's attractions: Medieval towns, markets, beaches, children's activities, walking and cycling.
 
Self-catering gite with 4 good sized double bedrooms and one single bedroom plus extra beds available. Master bedroom on ground floor, with en suite bathroom, shower over bath. Two bathrooms (showers) on the first floor. Extra toilet under stairs.

Huge lounge area with comfortable furnishings, tv/dvd, table tennis table, pool table, and large assortment of games and books.
Fully equipped kitchen and tables, chairs and sideboard.
 
Free wi-fi.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

Fully-fitted kitchen, large oven, microwave, fridge and freezer, dishwasher. Washing machine in utility room, with all necessary cleaning equipment.
There is crockery and cutlery enough to cater for 30+, so no need to be chained to sink/dishwasher!
Dining: Indoors; 2 tables and 12+ chairs. Outdoors; 2 tables with 12+ chairs to front, and 1 table with 4 chairs to rear, where there are beautiful view across valley.

Living rooms

The dining area of the kitchen is an ideal 'quiet games' area. The main lounge is equipped with plenty of comfortable seating. There is a satellite tv/dvd (English), full size table tennis table, pool table, and large assortment of games for all ages. Wi-fi is available throughout the property.
There are three settees and an armchair, plus plenty of spare chairs, in the living room.

Bedrooms

There are 4 double bedrooms, 2 of which are large enough to take extra beds for families, and a single room upstairs. This includes the master bedroom, double, on the ground floor.
Extra beds are available.
All bedding and towels (including a change if staying 2 weeks) are supplied.

Bathrooms

The master bedroom has an en suite bathroom, with a shower over the bath and a double vanity unit. There are 2 family bathrooms upstairs (showers), and also 2 of the bedrooms have a sink. There is an extra wc under the stairs.

Entertainment

There are a selection of bikes available for guests to use. It is a lovely cycling/walking area, not too strenuous!
TV/DVD; a games cupboard, pool table and table tennis table are all in main lounge.
There are books throughout the property, including guides to the area and France in general. Maps and phrase books are available.

Garden and outside

Garden has an above ground 6m octagonal heated swimming pool, 10' trampoline, set of swings and rope ladder, boules pitch, and 8 bikes. Large patio to front, facing west, with bbq. 2 tables seating 6 - 8 people each. Parasols. Garden chairs and sunloungers. Paddling pool for younger children. Plenty of grassy area for children to play in. Small patio at rear, facing east, beautiful for breakfasts and quiet times!

Parking and garages

Plenty of parking area near front door.

Information about any additional facilities

There are plenty of maps, guide books and leaflets for the area. Please ask about any specific interests, eg canoeing, fishing.

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Child facilities

  • Private pool

Activities

Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: At various times during year
Distance: 20 km

Cycling

Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout
Name of nearest fishing location: Lake in Melrand, 2km distance. Rivers Blavet and Sarre run across the area
Distance: 2 km

Golf

Name and address of nearest golf course: Rimaison
Distance: 10 km

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Many walks in area

Watersports

About the Owner, Mr Andrew Norcross

We are retired, living in the country in which we had so many happy family holidays. We hope to help you have such happy times.

Year property purchased 2002
Why this location? We bought the property with a view to renovating it for use as a holiday home for families, or groups. We ourselves have had many happy holidays, usually with friends and their families, in Brittany. The weather is usually lovely, the beaches are varied and attract sunseekers, sand lovers, surfers and walkers.<br/>The countryside round us is gently rolling, with many lovely rivers and streams, woodland and farmland. It is extremely tranquil, and driving and walking are relaxing and easy.<br/>The gite itself is at the end of a lane, with no passing traffic, so quite secure for children.
Unique benefits of property We are in full countryside, with lovely river valley views, yet only 2 km from village, and 20 mins drive from towns. Best of all worlds! We have space around the house for children to play safely all day, hopefully wearing themselves out, then parents can relax in the evenings over a bbq, watch the beautiful sunsets and the spectacular night sky, totally unspoiled by light pollution. Just sitting, watching the stars at the end of a busy day, perhaps relaxing on a beach... what could be better?<br/>And because the gite faces west, breakfasts can be eaten on the patio at the rear, in complete privacy, in the morning sunshine; then suppers or bbqs on the larger west facing patio for more sunshine.

The Owner Recommends

Beaches

There are beaches to suit all tastes on the south coast of Brittany. There are calm water, long sandy stretches; there are beaches with rock pools; there are surfing beaches, and there are beaches with such strong waves that bathing is not advised - but they often have cliff walks and the scenery is spectacular. The nearest beach is 45 mins away; the best beach for children is Guidel Plages, about an hour away.

Carnac

Carnac deserves a special mention. It is most famous for its 'menhirs' - standing stones. There are over 5,000! There is a very good information building, with video performances and models of the area showing the layout. Also there is a panoramic view from the roof, accessed by a gentle slope as well as stairs. It is also a lovely sea-side town with many attractions, mini-golf, cycle hire (to seat up to 8!), lovely shops, arcades, and best of all safe sandy beaches with free parking along the front (the norm in Brittany).

Eating Out

The whole area has many superb creperies - essential to try out in Brittany. Our village has a take-away and an eat-in creperie and take-away Pizzeria. There is a superb restaurant in village, with menus priced from 17 euros in the evening. All home cooked beautifully presented food. Pontivy has a variety of restaurants, including a Chinese all-you-can-eat buffet. Best value are the lunchtime set menus, usually around 10 euros for four courses, including wine. Meant for workers, but visitors are always made very welcome. We have a selection of business cards for suggestions for restaurants in the area.

Festivals

Brittany is renowned for 'Fest Noz' or fete days. There is a procession to the local chapel, then afterwards a general party for the rest of the day. Many wear traditional costumes and there is always plenty of food and drink. Of course, the most famous 'festival' is July 14th - Bastille Day. Every village puts on a free firework display at the end of an evening of Breton dancing and general festivity. Don't worry if you're not here on the 14th - the celebrations are spread out over about a fortnight, so each village can attend everyone else's!

La Balade de Pere Nicholas

There is a recently opened children's park nearby, La Balade de Pere Nicholas. It has small animals, all sorts of activities, including traditional Breton games. There is a small cafe, and plenty of picnic tables. And a train ride round the site. Worth looking at on Google.

Lac de Guerledan

This lake is about an hour away, and normally we thoroughly recommend it; it is man made, and has beaches and play areas as well as walks around it. Cruises, waterskiing, boat hire are all normally available. But this year (2015) the lake is being drained for maintenance! However, this in itself will be interesting, as the valley floor, and the farm buildings that used to be there, will all be exposed. Many thousands of visitors are expected, and various fairs, fetes, attractions will be arranged.

Living History

The village of Melrand has 'Village de l'an mil' (Village in the year 1,000) - a site which is being excavated to reveal how villagers lived and worked over 1,000 years ago. 15 minutes away is the village 'Poul Fetan' which has been completely restored to its 15th century origins. Demonstrations e.g. butter churning, milking, bread making take place each day. Best of all is the demonstration at the washing place - women in costume beat their clothes in the stream, keeping up an endless gossip and moan about their menfolk. Many of the cottages are set out to display the various crafts of the time; one is an exhibition of Breton costume; one is furnished as it would have been at the time, and demonstrations of crepe-making are frequent - plenty of samples given out too! A definite 'must see'.

Parks and Attractions

Camors Adventure Forest (similar to Go Ape) is 20 mins away. It caters for all but the very young, on several 'pistes' of varying difficulty. Very exciting, and English is spoken. Pont Scorff Zoo is a smallish zoo, but has several 'spectacles' each day, including sealions and bird displays. Pull-along carts are available for a small hire charge - perfect for tired toddlers! Le Petit Delire is a water-based theme park near Carnac. Suitable for 2 - 82 year olds apparently. A new attraction, about 20 minutes away, is Kingoland, a traditional theme park. There are several small animal parks not far away, where children can get close to small animals.

Places of Interest - Cites de Caractere

There are several "Petite cite de caractere" in the area. These are usually medieval, cobbled street, small towns, and are all very picturesque, especially with all the flowers decorating buildings and pathways. Josselin is particularly beautiful. Its chateau seems to rise up out of the river. It is still occupied by the Rohan family, but can be visited with a guide (some English speaking). It has very attractive gardens round it with lovely walks. Rochefort-en-Terre is stunning, with its ancient buildings, all seem to be leaning at different angles! and the floral displays are amazing. It is full of 'artisan' shops, and plenty of eateries. It is set on a hill, so has splendid views. La Gacilly is another beautiful small town, with a river flowing through and lots of nooks and crannies. Its main claim to fame is the annual (June to Sept) photographic exhibition, which is displayed on large panels lining the streets, the river side and in the parks. World famous photographers exhibit and the theme is generally 'People & Nature'. And it is completely free!

Places of Interest - Other Towns and Villages

Larger towns, also very attractive, include Vannes, Pontivy, Auray, Mur de Bretagne. These all have very good markets. Vannes has ramparts to walk round, giving great views of the ancient gardens, beautifully laid out, and its lavoir - the steps by the river where the local women would meet to wash and gossip. It also has a tourist train, with commentary in various languages, which takes you round the town and points out especially interesting spots. There is a Jazz festival, in the streets, during part of July. Pontivy is our nearest town. A mix of ancient and modern - the modern being the part rebuilt by Napoleon. Again, the flowers displays along the river are beautiful. There are modern shops, and alleyways with all sorts of interesting small shops. There is a chateau to visit, which usually has a summer-long exhibition on. Last year it was Breton costumes through the ages. There is also canoe hire on the river. Auray is a town in two parts, with an enormous market on Mondays in the upper part. Hidden away down a steep narrow street you will discover the ancient port of St.Goustan. Half timbered buildings line a small harbour where Benjamin Franklin landed to try and drum up French support for the American War of Independence. Mur de Bretagne has a Friday evening market, and as well as the delicious food stalls, there is usually a display of Breton dancing and music in the open square. And if there isn't, local people start one anyway! Visitors are always welcome to join in and try their hand (or feet!) at the deceptively simple dancing.

Previous Guests Have Said...

These are some comments from our Visitor Book. Last year was our first year, with just 3 groups of guests - they seem to have had a good holiday! "We've had a brilliant 2 weeks...we can recommend Mur-de-Bretagne for its evening market and a chance to soak up a little of the Breton culture and local dancing traditions...best beach Guidel Plages, very family friendly. However, there is so much to do at (Kervihan) that you really don't need to travel to have a fun, relaxing holiday...see you next year!" "A great 2 weeks...we found the gite very comfortable and it really feels like home (our stuff everywhere and kids still in bed!) Every day has been different with lots to do within easy reach...enjoyed feeding the giraffes at Pont Scorff Zoo...lovely boat trips round the Gulf of Morbihan." "We've had a lovely time...plenty to do. Carnac warranted a return visit with its beaches, market and standing stones. Children loved the 'Balade de Pere Nicolas' and 'Petit Delire' - lots to entertain them. So much to see and do we could have stayed at least another fortnight!"