|Mure Cottage||Self Catering||2||4||1|
Mûre Cottage is a charming traditional cottage located about 7km North East of La Roche Bernard, near to the River Vilaine on the border between the Departements of Morbihan and Loire Atlantique. It is situated in a small, peaceful hamlet with about half a dozen other houses and is well placed for beaches, watersports, golf, visiting the many historic towns in this beautiful Morbihan region of South Brittany or simply for country walks and generally enjoying the spectacular Atlantic coastline.
The location is ideal for anyone who enjoys peace and quiet, while being in the heart of the Breton environment with many and varied attractions, both cultural and culinary!
The house is a traditional stone cottage located in a conservation area 20 minutes walk to the Port Folleux on the River Vilaine. It has been fully renovated to a very high standard, whilst leaving many original features including a stone fireplace, exposed stone walls and wooden beams. It has been tastefully furnished and makes an ideal retreat for singles, couples or small families.
The ground floor comprises a large lounge with fireplace, open plan to dining area and a modern kitchen. The kitchen leads into a pantry for food and wine storage and this, in turn, leads into a second bathroom with walk-in shower, WC and wash basin. There is also an automatic washing machine in the bathroom.
The first floor has 2 double bedrooms, a mezzanine with a sofa bed and a family bathroom.
The cottage has private parking and a secluded and sheltered south-facing terrace and private garden, perfect for relaxing in sun or shade during the day and, complete with a dining table that sits four, ideal for enjoying alfresco dining and barbecues. There is also a small garage which can be used for storing bicycles or other sports equipment.
The modern kitchen is fully fitted to a very high standard and includes: electric oven and hob, microwave oven, dishwasher, electric kettle, toaster, cutlery, crockery, pots and pans.
The kitchen leads into a pantry for food and wine storage which also houses a fridge-freezer.
The living area comprises a large open plan lounge, dining area and kitchen, with a 4-seater sofa, reclining lounger and a large farmhouse table with chairs.
Guests should be aware that the ceiling beams in the living area are quite low and anyone taller than about 1.9m will need to be careful to avoid hitting their head.
There are 2 large, light and airy double bedrooms. Both are fully furnished, including large built-in wardrobes.
All bed linen and covers are provided.
There is a family bathroom with a natural stone basin and wc on the first floor and a second bathroom with walk-in shower, WC and wash basin on the ground floor.
An automatic washing machine is located in the second bathroom.
Adequate towels for the duration of your stay are included.
There are electric convector heaters in the lounge, each bedroom, mezzanine and bathroom.
If required, there is also a wood-burning stove in the lounge.
There is a tv receiving UK tv and radio stations in the lounge along with a radio/cd/cassette player.
A second tv is provided in the mezzanine which also incorporates an integral dvd player.
Outside, the house opens out onto a secluded south-facing terrace and private garden, perfect for relaxing in sun or shade during the day and, complete with a dining table that seats four, ideal for enjoying alfresco dining and barbecues.
There are pleasant country walks or cycle rides along quiet roads and easy footpaths directly from the house and it is about a 15 minute walk to the river at Port Folleux.
The house has private parking and the integral garage can be used as a storage area for bikes and other sports equipment.
Guests with disabilities are welcome, but I am sorry to say that the house is not really suited to wheelchair users or those with severe mobility problems.
There is also a mezzanine with a second tv/dvd player, a table and a sofabed.
All bed linen and towels are provided and the property is fully cleaned before each guest arrives There is an optional charge for post-checkout cleaning if guests want to take advantage of this service to save time when departing.
There is no internet access from Mure Cottage, but there is a fairly good 3G/4G signal if you want to connect to the internet using a mobile device and most bars, restaurants and supermarkets also provide free wi-fi i for customers.
I am Italian and I moved to the South-West of England in 1996 to be with my English husband. I am an artist and I work from my own studio designing and making architectural glass installations.
|Year property purchased||2003|
|Why this location?||We came to this area, almost by chance, for our honeymoon and immediately fell in love with the location and environment.
I had completely re-built and renovated my house in Italy, but I had to sell it when I left for England and I was looking for another project that I could stamp my own taste and style onto. When we returned to La Roche Bernard a couple of years later, we saw the house and decided to buy it.
Since then, whenever we come here, we find that the tranquillity and change of culture just makes a complete break from our normal lives in England and we return relaxed and re-vitalised!
|Unique benefits of property||The location is ideal for anyone who enjoys peace and quiet, while being in the heart of the Breton environment with many and varied attractions, both cultural and culinary!
This area of southern Brittany is blessed with a beautiful and varied coastline and an interior of lush farmland, woods and moors to delight the country lovers. The sea, rolling hills, dense forests and lazy rivers, offer a variety of activities; from walking, riding, sailing and cycling to fishing, golf and canoeing.
There are wonderful beaches nearby; ideal for swimming, wind or kite surfing, horse riding or just playing with a bucket and spade. Alternatively, you can enjoy exciting walks or cycle rides along the wild and spectacular Atlantic coast or, for golf enthusiasts, there are several magnificent golf courses only a short drive away.
La Roche Bernard is about 7Km away and has the accolade of "Petit Cité de Caractere". It has everything that you should need, including fairly well stocked supermarkets, patisseries and restaurants. There is even a Michelin-starred restaurant. The old town is typically Breton in its architecture and is a warren of tiny streets and quaint old buildings together with some fantastic views of the River Vilaine Estuary. Below the old town, at river level, is the Vieux Port with its charm and a host of restaurants and bars. La Roche Bernard is great for sailing and boating enthusiasts. The Vieux Port hosts an Old Gaffers Association and there are frequent nautical events during the summer. There is a sailing school and canoes and pleasure craft can be hired as well as several marinas. Boat trips leave from La Roche Bernard and go down to the barrage at Arzal or up river towards Redon. Dinner and Lunch cruises are also available. Market day in La Roche Bernard is Thursday morning. Check with the Tourist Office for details of what's going on, where there is also free Wi-Fi available.
There are wonderful beaches nearby; ideal for swimming, wind or kite surfing, horse riding or just playing with a bucket and spade, the nearest beach being the Plage du Mine d'Or at Pénestin (25Km). A little further away Damgan (30Km) has several kilometres of sandy beaches, much of which has lifeguard surveillance.
You can enjoy exciting walks or cycle rides along the wild and spectacular Atlantic coast (the aptly named Côte Sauvage). There is a quiet one-way road and a cycle path between Pointe du Penchateau (just South of Le Pouliguen) and Batz-sur-Mer that follows the coast and there are numerous places where you can get down to to the many bays to find a peaceful beach pretty much to yourself. Be careful if you have children, however, as these have no surveillance and there can be quite strong tides.
Alternatively, you may simply prefer to join the locals in searching for shell fish in the rock pools exposed at low tide along the Côte Sauvage.
I am always cautious about recommending restaurants, since everyone has their own tastes, but I can say that we have never been disappointed with anywhere that we've been in La Roche Bernard or the surrounding area, whether it is a simple family-run restaurant or a sophisticated establishment providing haute cuisine. Most restaurants offer fixed choice menus at both lunchtimes and evenings as well as A La Carte menus. The fixed choice menus are generally extremely good value.
There is a small bar and brasserie in Nivillac itself, but there is a far greater choice in La Roche Bernard, where there are a number of good restaurants, crêperies and bars in the town and around the port. Most bars provide free Wi-Fi for customers, including “Le Sarah B.” a converted theatre located in the Vieux Port which is a very pleasant place for a light snack or just an aperitif. They also quite often have live music playing.
The local farm in the next hamlet, Ros, bakes its own speciality bread on Wednesdays to sell in the market at La Roche Bernard on Thursday, but they also sell it direct to the public on Wednesday evenings between about 17:00 to 20:00. It is still warm, fresh from the oven and absolutely delicious!
Picturesque Vannes is a fairly short drive away and is another must see town. It is a small, beautiful city with well-preserved medieval walls and streets of timber-frame buildings. We have always found Vannes to be a cultural oasis with concerts and exhibitions in the summer along the sides of the harbour and the public gardens beneath the city walls. The atmosphere is one of quiet, leisurely charm, although market days in summer may not seem so tranquil! Market days in Vannes are Wednesday and Saturday mornings and are absolutely spectacular for the variety of produce, the colour and the atmosphere. Even if you don’t like fish, the Halles des Poissons (fish market) is well worth a visit just for the spectacle. The indoor market (Les Halles des Lices) is open daily and always has fresh food.
There is an underground car park in the centre by the port, but it can be very busy (especially on market days). An alternative is the free Park and Ride which operates from the Parc du Golfe about 1Km South of the centre, where there is also a small tourist office that will have details of what's going on with timetables for the various pleasure boat trips to the islands around the Gulf. The free bus service only takes a few minutes to reach the centre and buses run about every 15 minutes in summer on market days. The main Tourist Office is located on the right bank of the harbour as you head out of the town.
The old town and centre of Vannes is small enough to explore on foot with some of the narrower, older streets being cobbled and there is a pleasant walk along the ramparts that overlook large French-style gardens where art exhibitions are displayed in summer. Here you will also find well-restored lavoirs, or traditional washing places dating from the 19th century.
The city operates a public bike hire scheme; Vélocéa which works a bit like the “Boris Bikes” in London with Bike Parks located at various points around the city (including the Parc du Golfe).
The medieval walled city of Guérande is a must see with its narrow streets filled with arts and crafts galleries and speciality food shops. In the centre of Guérande is the magnificent collegiate church the Collégiale St-Aubin, which was home to a chapter of canons from the 9th to the 18th century.
The salt marshes around Guérande and Batz sur Mer are an amazing place for wildlife. Northeast of Guérande is the Grande Brière National Park, the second largest wetland in France (after The Camargue). The best way to explore the Brière is on board a chaland, a flat-bottomed boat like a punt and they can be hired from several companies. The Tourist Information Office at the village of Kerhinet near to St. Lyphard will be able to provide details, but the best starting points are probably St. Andre des Eaux, St. Lyphard or St. Joachim.
A little further on from Guérande is La Baule which, with its fabulous beaches, promenade and health & beauty spas, has all the excitement, bustle and nightlife you would expect of a major international resort.
There is a bay with a beautiful beach at Pont Mahé just South of Pénestin where the water is relatively shallow making it a very popular location for kite-surfing. If you're interested, there is a school where you can get lessons and hire equipment at the camp-site on the beach (Camping du Moulin de L’éclis).
Since the water is so shallow, a vast expanse of sand is revealed at low tide. If you like horse-riding, a gallop splashing through the water along the sands at low tide is absolutely exhilarating. The "Poney Club des Iles" offers rides on the beach and in the surrounding marshlands as well as lessons and Pony rides for young children and walks for one to several hours for adults. The stables are located near to the camp-site Camping Les Iles at Pointe du Bile on the northernmost tip of the bay.
A feature of the Gulf is its islands, of which there are around 42. You can catch the pleasure boats from the Parc du Golfe for cruises around the Gulf or for visits to the larger islands of Île aux Moines (Monks’ Island) and Île d’Arz or the island of Gavrinis, which is probably the most impressive megalithic site in Brittany, whose long stone passageway is adorned with carvings. Further afield is Brittany’s largest island Belle Île where, perhaps the most famous actress of all time, Sarah Bernhardt had her home which is now a museum to her life and works. There are places to hire cycles on most of the islands for getting around.
If you fancy something a little more adventurous traditional sailing fishing boats (sinagots), with their black hulls and big red sails, operate out of Port-Anna at Séné a few minutes South of Vannes and you can take the tiller and help to steer as you cruise around the Gulf.
Le Branfrere Wildlife and Adventure Park provides lots to do and see for children of all ages and makes for a great day out for all the family. It is located about 20Km away at Le Guerno. To get there, take the N165 Motorway towards Vannes and follow the signs to Le Guerno and Le Branfrere.
For golf enthusiasts the complex “Domaine de la Bretesche”, near to Missillac with its magnificent golf course, hotel and restaurants is only 15 minutes by car. The Golf International Barrière La Baule course is at St. Andre des Eaux and features two 18-hole courses and a 9-hole course. It is just a 30 minute drive from Nivillac.
There are stables and horse riding centres at Nivillac and Damgan.
For anyone who prefers something gentler, a nearby farm offers excursions on donkeys (very docile and ideal for small children) along the banks of the Villaine. You can either join an organised group excursion or go exploring on your own. They are located abouth 5Km away at La Grée Rouault.
There are numerous events going on in summer. To find out what’s going on in the area, the local paper “l’écho de la presqu’île” is published on Fridays and is available from the local supermarket and newsagents. It lists all the local events from car boot sales to concerts (many of which are free in the summer) and Fest Noz’s (village festivals) where traditional costumes, music and dances are the norm.
Bastille Day (14th July) is always a riotous time, with parties going on all day but, since it is a public holiday, check when the shops will be open. The commune at La Roche Bernard usually organises a spectacular fireworks display in the evening from the bridge over the Villaine.
For anyone interested in basket making, the Fête de la Vannerie at Mayun (near Chappelle des Marais) is a must. Mayun itself is a village that is dedicated to basket making and there are a number of small workshops with resident craftsmen making baskets there all year round. In early July, the village invites other basket makers from all over France to show their products which range from classic shopping baskets to original artistic creations. There are also demonstrations and you can try your hand at making your own basket.
In the same area, the Marché des Potiers (Potters Market) is held in the grounds of the Château de Ranrouët near Herbignac, where potters from all over France exhibit their works and conduct demonstrations. It is usually held during Ascension Weekend (7th & 8th May 2016) and there are also ceramic installations by invited artists around the castle ruins.
There are numerous antique shops in the area selling everything from fully restored furniture to general Bric-a-Brac. Antique Markets and Car Boot sales (Vide Grenier) are also very popular for bargain hunting. Check “l’écho de la presqu’île” for details of local events taking place or just keep an eye open for signs on the road.
There is a very big Antique Market in July/August at Batz-sur-Mer which is well worth a visit. As in England, be prepared to haggle!
The Quartier Artisinal above the Vieux Port in La Roche Bernard is teeming with artists and craftsmen from painters and sculptors to wood-turners, jewellery designers, potters and glass blowers. There is quite often a craft market in the Quartier Artisinal in the evenings during July and August, but check at the Tourist Office for details.
Both the picturesque towns of Rochefort-en-Terre and La Gacilly are renowned for their character and arts and crafts. La Gacilly’s narrow streets are also jam-packed with artists and craftsmen of all types and the town is well known for its annual photographic festival, France’s largest outdoor photographic festival, which takes place from June to September. There are also regular exhibitions all year round of contemporary art, photography and crafts at the La Passerelle, the cultural and tourist centre on the banks of the River Aff.
Situated above the River Arz, the little town of Rochefort-en-Terre has been voted one of France’s most beautiful villages and, as a result, is one of Brittany’s most visited sites. The town consists of a multitude of different architectural styles cohabiting together; half-timbered houses, gothic monuments, Renaissance hotels and 19th Century architecture, all adorned with a mass of geraniums. The narrow streets are now home to various artisans and their workshops.
La Domaine de Rochevilaine at Pointe de Penn Lann just south of Billers is an exclusive resort built around a group of 15th and 16th century manor houses. As well as a 4-star hotel, it includes a gourmet restaurant indoor and outdoor pools and a spa with saunas, steam rooms and whirlpools where you can relax and be re-vitalised while enjoying the gardens and views across the Villaine estuary.
The house is exquisitely decorated and maintained. It is the personal touch of the owner that makes it feel like a home rather than just 'holiday accommodation'. This sense of home makes it more relaxing and enjoyable.
Just enjoy it!
Thank you very much for your comments. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay.
We had a relaxing weeks stay at Mure Cottage. The booking process was straight forward and we were met by Andrew the local rep on arrival who showed us were everything was and talked about local sights. The cottage was very well provisioned and felt very homely. The additional shower room and WC downstairs was a recent addition and has been done to a very high standard.The local village is about 3km away but for most of the time we went to Roche Bernard which is about 5km away. This town had a great selection of restaurants and creperies. Lovely walks by the river and exploring the town, especially the older artisan quarter. Farther afield we visited the beach just past Peniston which is about 25km away, and found it nice and quiet and good for swimming. We went to Le Baule and even though it had a big beach, we found it very overpowering and built up. Overall, even though there was only two of us and the accommodation sleeps more, we found it very good value and recommend it for anyone looking for an escape from the rat race.
Thank you for your feedback. I'm pleased that you enjoyed your stay.
Un goût de bonheur!
Petit cottage très bien entretenu, Au grand calme. une région pleine de richesses et de balades. La Vilaine est une très belle rivière et le petit port de La Roche Bernard vaut le détour!
Les Bretons sont toujours aussi accueillants, tant mieux!
Nous vous remercions de vos commentaires et je suis ravi que vous avez apprécié votre séjour. fabrizia
Fabrizia and her caretaker Andrew were very, very kind and helpfull and gave us a warm welcome at this beatiful restored cottage. The cottage is very nice and decorated with a very personal touch. It doesn't feel like a holiday home, you feel really comfortable surrounded with everything you need to make your stay as pleseant as possible. We liked the quiet surroundings and made a nice walk to the port at the river. We also enjoyed a sailing trip to ile d'houet very much. There are a lot of places of interest and we loved to stay her with our two daughters who loved the 15 rabbits from the neighbour!
Thanks very much for the feedback, although I'm sorry that you found the mattresses a little too firm for your liking.
Apart from that, I'm pleased that you all enjoyed your stay.