Mill Cottage for let in Brittany - BM004418

Guemene-sur-Scorff (28km from Guerledan), Morbihan, Brittany Reference: BM004418 Advertiser since: 30 November 2015
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Le Vieux Moulin Self Catering Flexible 2 7 1 The Garden Room, downstairs, converts to a double

About this property

Le Vieux Moulin, Charming Breton 18thC Cottage. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

"Le Vieux Moulin captured us from the start....Superb setting!" You will be entranced. Set in the splendid Scorff Valley, this traditional Longere, a former Water Mill cottage is great for exploring Brittany and its historic towns,  coasts, lakes and rivers.  Private gardens, a stream, woodland, wonderful walking, flowers and fruit trees.

Stop Press! Brittany Ferries are still offering an amazing 20% off car and passenger fares on sailings between the UK and France.

We are open for Autumn/Winter breaks too! Guests love the place at this time of year. It can still be warm & pleasant, and a superb woodburner for those crispy colder evenings.

We are offering 10% off peak Summer holidays in August, if booked by end June 2019, subject to availability.
Le Vieux Moulin is perfect for couples & families; sleeping 2-5 very happily, 7 at a pinch. Lots to see and do at the many local attractions or relax in the the peace and quiet by the stream or down in the shady woodland and meadow.  St Vincent is a quiet charming hamlet. Plenty of games for all ages, badminton, table-tennis, cards, toys, art materials, boules. "Both parents and all three young boys (5-10yrs) absolutely loved their stay."
It has a large sitting room with a woodburner, 2 double bedrooms upstairs, another double/single bedroom downstairs, bathroom and toilet downstairs, and 2 single beds. The charming kitchen has a contemporary, fresh look and yet of traditional design and made in wood. There is a splendid butler sink. It is all simple and works beautifully! The Garden Room, downstairs, converts to a double or single very comfy Ikea bed. It looks out to the gardens and stream.
A stone arched front door opens to the lovely garden and the old mill ruins down by the stream. Here there are shady picnic spots,an old boules court and a table down by the stream. And you are welcome to pick veg, fruits and herbs in season!

"We had the most wonderful, peaceful, comfortable week at Le Vieux Moulin"
Brittany is a land of festivals, legends, myths, and megaliths. Enjoy the wonderful variety of foods, and the Breton speciality seafood. The Morbihan region is one of the most varied departments in France, with prehistoric monuments and historical towns, beautiful estuaries, creeks and little fishing ports.
It boasts fine old chateaux, glorious sandy beaches and islands along the coast and around the Gulf of Morbihan.

So many charming towns to explore! Auray and Vannes are a must with their medieval timber frame houses, cobbled streets, water front restaurants and bars.
Josselin is a splendid fortified town which sits  astride the canal. Its medieval castle is still lived in by members of the legendary Rohan family.
Le Faouët is named after the beech trees that mark the pretty, rural, hilly area around it. Its centre piece is its beautiful 17thC covered market place. Its glorious outlying chapels also made painters flock to it, as is recalled in the museum.
Pont-Aven down on the coast is best known for its association with the post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin. This attractive town also has some lovely riverside walks.
We often go to Pontivy, Napoleonville, with its medieval old quarter well worth wandering through and along its canal. Quimperle is a delightful old town, also on a river, in fact the confluence of three rivers! Inland and only 30 mins is the beautiful Lac du Guerledan. Lovely walks and picnic spots and a restaurant. if you have a canoe or small boat, you can launch it here.

This region of southern Brittany offers a warmer sunnier climate than the north and is definitely a department with something for everyone.
The coast is only 45 mins away and there are numerous small sandy beaches to explore, long expanses of golden sand stretching from Larmor Plage to Guidel Plage, and many smaller beaches and inlets. A few of our favourites are Le Poldou, Raguennes, and Carnac. While you are here you will see its world famous ancient standing stones.



Kitchen and dining

A calm and peace prevail in the house as you enter. A feeling of light and airy, not dark and gloomy. You feel a sense of history, calm and strength - it has been here for 225 years, it will surely be around for another century!

It boasts a charming traditional kitchen, restored with wood and tiles to reflect its history.

There is a fridge, gas cooker and oven, beautiful traditional butler sink and plenty of tables and storage shelves.

The simplest of kitchens to clean too.

Living rooms

Very comfy spacious seating, tv, radio and cd player, excellent free wi-fi, and a superb woodburner fire. There are lots of cds and books to go through.

For those who come out in the autumn or spring, the magnificent Danish woodburner will bring a wonderful glow!

The Study or Garden room which converts to a 3rd double bedroom/or Single, has a special view overlooking the garden and stream.


The house lay-out affords privacy with two sections or wings. So, it is perfect for couples and families.Ideally sleeping 2 adults & children, or 4 adults, or larger families with teenagers! There are 2 upstairs double bedrooms, simply & charmingly decorated, and are furnished with traditional French items. There are also 2 single beds. We also have a cot & high chair. A lovely large sofa/double-bed is in the garden room downstairs. It overlooks the garden and stream.

As you enter the Duck Blue room, with its soft colours, a sense of quietness pervades, and a wonderful silence. The evening sun light comes through the window.


One of the delights of the property! - a traditional roll-top bath and chaise longue make this a special bathroom.


Gas fired central heating and woodburner for chillier evenings in the Spring and Autumn.
There are radiators in all the rooms.

These old longeres with their magnificent stone walls are warm & dry in the Autumn & Winter, and cool during the Summer.


Local towns have their entertaining market days and you will see notices of specialist Breton food festivals throughout the year.

They are very community conscious and often local village fetes will catch your eye.

We have Boules, Badminton & guests and children love messing about in the stream!

Garden and outside

This is a heavenly place!

Beautiful, peaceful half acre of unspoilt gardens, flowers, shrubs, fruit trees.
You will find your favourite quiet spot to relax in deckchairs.

Help yourself to strawberries, raspberries, herbs and veg in season!
There is full set of garden furniture, umbrella, swing over stream and boules court.
For the more sporty, there is badminton equipment and bats.

And we have built a superb outdoor BBQ with the old mill granite stones. All it needs is a glass of wine and good company and laughter!

Parking and garages

Parking for 2-3 cars

Visitor suitability

All ages, including young children.
Dogs welcome!

The stairs are not really suitable for the very elderly.

Information about any additional facilities

There is very good fishing in the area - the helpful Tourist Office will guide you.

Lots of fine walks and trails and some are marked nearby.

The Pont Calleck Gorge is spectacular, well worth a visit and only 10kms away. Great restaurant/cafe and good to explore.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

* Vet details: Guemene-sur-Scorff


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Pontivy
Distance: 25 km


Family activities

Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Trout
Name of nearest fishing location: Our stream!

Fishing on-site


Name and address of nearest golf course: Ploermel
Distance: 40 km

Organic produce/dining


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Scorff Valley

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Chaloner Chute

I have been lucky to have visited France for many years, about 50! From enjoying family camping holidays to staying in Gites and B & Bs, one is always captivated by the charm, the friendliness and the wonderful countryside.<br/>Brittany is the preferred region with its stunning coastline, lack of cars, empty roads, and rugged scenery. Oh, and its wide variety of foods, from the land and sea.

Year property purchased 2011
Why this location? The house took us two years to find, and it was one of those heart stopping moments as you rounded the bend. And there it is...nestled in the most peaceful valley with a stream and bathed in sunshine.
The climate here is warmer than elsewhere in Brittany and we are still only 45 minutes from the lovely south coast beaches, and an hour plus from the more rugged north coast. The house is away from the bustling coast roads, and its perfect tranquil setting is what appeals to our guests. We have welcomed guests from many countries, and lots of French who love it too!
Unique benefits of property The wonderful setting of valley slope, woods and stream are idyllic. The traditional, strong, calm centuries old house which will surely be around for another hundred years! We have kept the simplicity but added charming furniture. Warm and snug in Winter, cool in Summer.

Many guests long for this type of holiday unsophisticated, rural, and time to relax, unwind and read. Many play the variety of old fashioned games.There is excellent wifi too! Children love it too and play safely all around the garden.

We encourage guests to pick the fruit, veg and herbs in season.

The Owner Recommends

Wild Places to Explore

Nature Park La Faouet

Carnac pre-historic stones

The Scorff Valley and Gorge, Pont Calleck & restaurant - a surprising 10 minutes away

Lac du Guerledan - Abbey Bon Repos

Charming historic Towns

We recommend the following if you venture out:

Pontivy - delightful town and Canal. Napolean based his forces here.

La Faouet, Quimperle, Auray, Vannes

All within 45 mins to an hour.

Our Experience with French travel, advice, families, Pets and tips will help you!

With over 30 years of experience in France, mostly in Brittany, we enjoy looking after you from the moment you make an enquiry. Our experiences are travel, exploration, education, community projects, Art, hotel management trained and we enjoy the charms and food of Brittany!

We would be pleased to send you our guest references & reviews.

4 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 8.8
  • Comfort: 9.5
  • Condition: 9.5
  • Facilities: 9.5
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
9.3 / 10 Zibb 24 July, 2018

There were three of us in our party who stayed in the Vieux Moulin for a week, including my mother in her mid '80's, a very special trip for her.
Before we left home the owner could not have been more obliging by answering our queries and coming up with some inventive solutions!
Once we arrived at the Vieux Moulin (Sat Nav necessary)it was brimming with character and personal objects which we admired very much and which added to a homely feeling. The house was spacious, airy and easy to keep clean.
Outside, there were geraniums around the front door, climbing roses and hydrangeas which are plentiful in Brittany. The grounds were idyllic and well maintained with fresh vegetables on offer to pick. The view from the terrace was a high point with its wooded garden and shallow meandering stream. Many meals were taken in this great sun spot. At times it was difficult to tear ourselves away from the tranquility!
Maps and guide books were left for our use and suggestions of food shopping and restaurants were welcome for fresh bread, croissants and Breton cuisine..
We had a superb time here to recharge our batteries!

Owner response

I am so glad you all rose to the occasion and had a wonderful time! The lovely old house awaits your return some day!

9.7 / 10 Michael M 22 August, 2017

A lovely cottage set in beautiful surrounds. Our young children (4 and 6) had a great time exploring the gardens, playing in the stream, and of course using the rope swing (as did us parents...). Everything is visible from the back patio - great to relax for us parents while leaving the children to play safely. The house and gardens were inviting such that we didn't really have motivation to do too much exploring further afield, instead preferring to eat, drink and play 'at home'. However, there are some lovely walks and activities all within 20min casual drives which we found and which are highlighted on arrival in the various information packs. The cottage is very homely, and not at all pretentious to an extent where you are paranoid about breaking things! This again makes for a chilled out vibe to the place, which is a perfect escape from the realities of London. And the owner is very welcoming in all correspondence before, during and after the stay. All in all, a lovely holiday. Thanks!

Owner response

Michael, we are so glad you enjoyed our lovely Brittany house, and the children loved it all too. Most important, is that you were all able to relax and have a peaceful time in beautiful surroundings.

We look forward to welcoming you all again!

10 / 10 Mark D 5 June, 2017

Wonderful country retreat with birdsong and beauty. Beautiful garden and woodland next to the old mill stream.
Next to charming small towns, and with access to the coast for those who don't mind a bit of a drive. The benefit is that you are far away from the summer coastal rush.

Comfortable beds, and lots of charm. Good internet.

Excellent host!

Owner response

Many thanks for a marvellous Review! We much enjoyed having you to stay, and of course Gimli!

Perfect guests, who appreciated all that le Vieux Moulin tries to offer, especially the peace & quiet and lovely landscape. And, perhaps the local antique Breton furniture to take away!

We look forward to seeing you again!

9.2 / 10 George and Lucinda 22 July, 2016

Le Vieux Moulin captured us from the start. It is in a tiny hamlet off the beaten track so you can properly unwind and get used to your own company again...and that of the abundant bird and plant life. The cottage itself has a very friendly and comfortable feel. It is also very well kitted out but there are no thrills and our small boys needed to practice using the steep steps.
Trips for children are available in all directions so we felt like we got to know the region. The empty roads and primarily wooded surroundings made me feel like this place had remained largely untouched since Asterix and Obelix's time! Both parents and all three young boys (5-1yrs) absolutely loved their stay.