|Gite Malmar||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||1|
If you love exploring nature and you really want to enjoy wonderful walks and destress from your daily life, this is the place to be
Open plan kitchen, living and dining area
Beautiful open plan kitchen dining area with a beautiful wood burning stove as a central feature.
Two double bedrooms, one has a double bed, the other one has 2 single beds which can be made into a super king size bed on request, for guests that come with a baby a baby cot can be put in one of the bedrooms, just ask for it.
One bathroom next to both bedrooms, bath with a possibility to shower if you would like to.
Wood burning stove with back up system, the system is connected with the radiators in every room of the cottage, this means the whole cottage will be heated, we do offer an electric fire as well if you visit in the summertime and the woodburner would not be needed, it will provide heat on colder evenings. We will provide you with a ration of logs during your stay, if however, you would need additional logs, you can buy it from the owner at cost price.
We have a sauna on site, so if you would like to relax or de-stress whilst you are staying with you can book an hour sauna relaxation, it is a brand new Scandinavian Sauna pod, before you enter the sauna you will find a changing room and some bathrobes, we will provide you with the towels you need as well of course, an hour session will cost €12 per person. We do have a DVD player in the cottage as well and there are some English films for children to watch, we also have a petanque (ball game), just ask for it and the children can play in the big garden area if they would like to.
Outside there is a patio with a fenced area which is part of the gite, the property has a further 10,000 m2 of gardens in front of the property, this is not fenced but can be used as a walking area or play area by guests staying in the cottage
A big parking area at the side of the gite, suitable for car or mobile home, facility offered with the cottage at no extra charge
All rooms are on ground floor
Washing machine and tumble dryer available
We are a Mixed Dutch/British couple, after living in Spain for 25 years we wanted to go and settle nearer to the family, being nature lovers we found this part of France particularly interesting, we found this beautiful rural village, half an hour away from the nearest beaches, great for walking and hiking and enjoy everything the great outdoors has to offer, not forgetting the amazing Breton culture and history. If you love all the above, you will not be disappointed.
|Year property purchased||2017|
|Why this location?||Langoëlan gives you perfect peace and quiet, you wake up every morning with the musical serenade of the birds, you will immediately notice the unspoiled surroundings, breathing the pure and unspoiled air is an experience at itself, although the village is only small, there is a community spirit and the people are extremely friendly.|
|Unique benefits of property||Separate holiday cottage with its own fenced area everything is on one level|
The village where your holiday cottage is situated, we are 2 km away from the centre, you will immediately notice the beauty and the charm of rural Brittany, we are situated in the north part of the Morbihan department, bordering the department of Côtes d'Armor, the air is clean and the surroundings are filled with the songs of birds waking you up in the morning and there is a lot of wildlife about, now and again you will see the deer grazing away. In the center of the small village, you will find the Saint-Barnabé church, an example of the gothic style. Its bell tower is decorated with gargoyles depicting animals and its ossuary is beautifully crafted. Near the church there are some beautiful private properties. The "Le Corre house", built around 1930, recalls a seaside villa while maintaining its manor look. Even more amazing: the house known as the "Emir's Castle". Jacques Haik, owner of oil tankers, born in Tunis, built it in the late 20s for his bride from Langoëlan. The town also owes some of its charm to the pond of Dordu where ducks, geese, swans and herons nest. It is embellished with an interpretation path punctuated with lecterns allowing the discovery of fauna, flora and the aquatic environment.
If you would like some croissants or a fresh baguette in the morning or really some basic groceries there is a small supermarket in the village center near the Mairie (village hall), only 2 km away from our holiday cottage
If you would like a taste of good culinary cuisine in France, L'Atelier Bistrot is definitely worth trying out, the menu offers you nice French cuisine, wonderfully presented and great surroundings
If you don't feel like cooking one evening and you want a quick meal, there is a local pizza place.
If you want to do some grocery shopping for the week, you have a big supermarket in Guémené Sur Scorff, you are there in 10 minutes and they sell everything you will need food wise during your stay.
Every Thursday from 9 AM to 1 PM you can go to the local Market at the Village of Guémené Sur-Scorff, this brings a nice atmosphere and you will see local farmers offer their produce
Guémené is a medieval citadel that is almost a thousand years old and nestles in the hollows of valleys that border the River Scorff (8 km from our holiday cottage), a picturesque river that flows through the midst of magnificent valleys. Along with its banks, nice neat houses stand next to manor-houses, chapels, fountains....the entire heritage of the Princes of Rohan-Guémené. Gourmets and those who enjoy new experiences never miss the Andouille Festival (second weekend after the 15th of August), or the Guémené Thursdays during the summer, or, every alternate year at Whitsun, the Pourleth Carnival, famous for the high quality of its creations and its colorful atmosphere. This is the place to try the celebrated Guémené andouille (chitterling sausage), on the border of the village you will find the well known Andouille house (Chitterlings Rivalan Quidu SARL), pancakes soaked in cider and the famous potato cakes - specialty of the Pourleth district. The center offers delightful taverns that provide a place to slake your thirst or to find a bite to eat in an atmosphere that is warm and welcoming and where music is never far away.
Meditation, Yoga, everything for your spiritual well being can be found in the Buddhist center in Plouray, only 8 km away, well worth a visit even if you only want to get a feel of the atmosphere. Beautiful buildings and genuine Buddhists are running the centre.
About 7.5 km from your holiday cottage the Pont Samoel is nearby and is a beautiful place to go if you want to chill out one evening, if you are interested in fishing there is a fishing lake as well, but in the spring and summertime you can sit out on the terrace and enjoy the beauty of the countryside with a nice drink, what more do you need for a perfect chill out evening, on a Sunday they do a roast carvery lunch and they often have musical entertainment evenings
Stands at a crossing over the river Blavet, Bigger town, about 30 km away from your holiday cottage, nice to visit if you want to do some local clothes shopping or have a walk by the river Blavet, very beautiful river, at the foot of the castle of Rohan, the castle is being restored at the moment. The town is arranged around a central square with a boulevard that goes through the center of the town. There are some major supermarkets in Pontivy, Lidl, Intermarché, Leclerc.
The abbey was founded by Viscount Alain III de Rohan, who, according to legend, was asked to build it by the Virgin Mary; she appeared to him in a dream when he fell asleep on this spot after a hard day’s hunting in the Quénécan Forest (hence the name: ‘bon repos’ meaning ‘good rest’). After a tumultuous history, which included being burnt down by the Chouans (Royalists) in 1795, the abbey fell into ruin until it was rescued in 1986 by the local community who founded the Association of Friends of Bon Repos Abbey. Thanks to the association, part of the abbey has been restored although the main body is an empty shell.
The abbey’s most spectacular event takes place in August – a son et lumière, which recounts Brittany’s history from Neolithic times to the Revolution. The show uses more than 400 actors, 1200 costumes, 45 dogs and 35 horses and ends with an unforgettable parade of 500 flaming torches as well as a firework display. Find out more about the Historic Show. A farmers’ market takes place in the abbey grounds on Sunday mornings from March to October. While you’re there, check out the crystal shop and the dried-flower seller. There’s also a café, a crêperie, and a charming hotel-restaurant. The abbey offers guided tours in English in July and August.
Make a trip to the beautiful medieval village of Le Faouet, only 25 km away. The sixteenth-century halles, or covered market, remain in use and are a rare surviving example of a large timber structure from the period. Every 01st and 03rd Wednesday of the month the market is open in the morning from 8.30 AM to 1 PM.
The chapel of Saint Barbara is sited on a hilltop overlooking the Ellé. The fifteenth century chapel of Saint Fiacre was recently restored. The polychrome timber interior was highly regarded and earned its creator, Olivier Le Loergan, a title of nobility. The stained glass is also noteworthy. After a good walk around the chapel, you deserve a nice drink and something to eat at the bar restaurant with open fireplace inside and an outside seating area in summertime, perfect setting at very reasonable prices
Lake Guerlédan is an artificial lake in the center of Brittany, 29 km away from your holiday cottage, it extends across the borders of the departments of Morbihan and Côtes-d'Armor, within the communes of Saint-Aignan, Morbihan, and Mûr-de-Bretagne, it is Brittany's largest lake. A good time to visit Guerlédan is in mid-August when the Fête du Lac takes place – a day-long festival featuring markets, classic cars, water-based activities, fireworks and the all-important Fest-Noz. Joining the Nantes-Brest Canal at its western and eastern ends, the 7 miles (12km)-long Lac de Guerlédan was created in the 1920s at the same time as the dam, which provides hydro-electricity for the region; visit the Musée de l’Electricité at St Aignan (mid-June to mid-Sept) to find out about its history. The lake’s main village is Beau Rivage on the north bank. With its choice of accommodation, restaurants, beaches, and moorings, this is a good base to explore the surrounding area – why not do a tour of the lake on horseback, on foot or by bike? In Beau Rivage, you’ll also be able to hire kayaks, pedalos or try your hand at water-skiing. Less active sorts can take life at a more leisurely pace on a boat trip. South of the lake is the forest of Quénécan, an area known as ‘Swiss Brittany’, which covers about 11 square miles. The area is accessible to walkers from March to October via the GR37 and GR 341 footpaths; twitchers will be interested to learn that more than 70 species of birds winter here. In the heart of the forest are Les Forges des Salles, an important site for iron and steel making in the 18th and 19th centuries. Visitors can see the workers’ cottages, the manager’s house and the forges in this self-contained village that once had 150 inhabitants.
Stretching along one of Brittany's most beautiful bays, Concarneau today embraces the historic heart of the town lying within a ring of granite ramparts. As one of the towns benefiting from the 19th-century fishing industry, it developed around the harbor. Following the valley contours, it moved away from seascape to landscape acquiring its own range of idyllic rural settings. Concarneau is a town which invites relaxation. Concarneau first appears on record in the 13th-century when it was established on a tiny island in the heart of the bay. It was soon enclosed by impressive ramparts, which were subsequently altered in successive phases. A fortified town, Concarneau was a key crossing point on the route from Quimperlé to Quimper. The defensive architecture arising from its dual role encircles the oldest dwellings in the settlement. Entry to this amazing town is via a little bridge that joins the islet to the mainland. This gem of a fortification needs to be explored on foot, starting by tackling the parapet carved in the thick ramparts or by strolling along the Rue Vaubin, lined with gabled houses, and in the adjoining little backstreets. In the Le Passage district and in the center of the town, other trails highlight interesting features of the port and the coast. The prosperity of the canning factories has stamped its mark on the quaysides and streets. In the evening there are lighting effects that pick out the outline of the town. In short a town with an incredible amount of history, culture, and charm, a must see.