|La Maison Serein||Self Catering||Flexible||2||5||1||Second bedroom has a single daybed.|
Welcome to our quaint rural fermette in central Brittany.
Sympathetically restored, the home offers a comfortable retreat amidst nature. Accommodation is all on one level, with a large kitchen/living area, 2 double bedrooms, one with a daybed to sleep an extra guest and a shower room.
The large garden encircled by mature trees, is ideal for kids (or adults) to play games, or just relax and listen to the birdsong and enjoy the wildlife. We were fortunate enough to see a deer pass through one evening!
The gite is in a tiny rural hamlet surrounded by farmland and woods, our closest neighbour lives in the farm across the lane behind the house.
The countryside is very scenic and pretty - you instantly feel you have gone back in time, the way of life in this sleepy area has barely changed in decades. Apart from the occasional tractor, the only sounds you can hear from the garden are the bees, birdsong and the cows and horses that live in the fields beyond.
Scenic and peaceful, La Maison Serein is the perfect 'get away from it all' stay.
The kitchen has a gas bottle cooker with a small oven and large hob, a microwave, fridge freezer, toaster, kettle and plenty of pots, pans and utensils for all your home cooking. There is also an extendable oak table with 4 chairs and a wooden bench if you need to seat extra bottoms.
There is a comfy armchair and sofa with lots of snuggly cushions. A woodburning stove for those chilly autumn or winter days.
Two double bedrooms, one with a single daybed to sleep an extra guest. Both rooms have a hanging rail and a chest of drawers for your clothes.
The shower room also has the loo and a sink! There is a washing machine in the hall.
The woodburning stove in the main room keeps it toasty even on very cold days. There are electric heaters in the bedrooms and shower room and a gas heater for the main living area/hall (please DO NOT use the gas heater in the bedrooms).
There is French tv and a dvd player with a selection of dvd's (you could bring your own). There are also plenty of books, some about the local area and some novels, for you to read and lots of boardgames for whiling the evening away!
There is a patio at the front of the house which overlooks a large grassy field - perfect for frisbee or a game of badminton or volley ball! We also have a covered area with a ping pong table and dartboard for the more competitive! (Outside games are stored away during colder months, so please ask if you want them left out for you during these times).
Alternatively, you could just lounge around on a deckchair, have a glass of wine & doze waiting for the bbq to cook.....
There is enough space for 2 cars to park comfortably. The garage is used for storage purposes (it is full of junk!), so that is not available to guests.
Ideal for families, couples, walkers, cyclists and nature lovers, or anyone looking for somewhere to completely unwind.
A welcome shopping pack can be arranged (payable locally).
Our key holder can make sure some basics are ready for you, such as bread, milk, cheese & cereal ready for your arrival. Please contact us if you would like this service.
There is usually tea, coffee & a few tins etc. in the cupboard - please feel free to use whatever is there.
Having spent many years holidaying in France when our children were young, the dream was always to be able to spend more time there. In 2015 we decided to take the plunge! Our little house was only the second property we viewed (after hours of pouring over various websites) & we fell in love at first sight. After lots of hard work restoring the property & making it our own, we now spend as much time as jobs and life commitments allow. It is a special place and now we can share it with you.
|Year property purchased||2015|
|Why this location?||Ease of travel to the UK. Being immersed in nature. Total tranquility and peace. Beautiful beaches within an hour or so. You can do as much or as little as you want!|
|Unique benefits of property||La Maison Serein is homely and comfortable. In the cosy living/kitchen area there is a woodburning stove for chilly evenings with Freeview tv & dvds & plenty of books & boardgames for entertainment. We have a quirky gas cooker with oven and large hob for cooking all your meals. Two double bedrooms, one with a daybed to sleep an extra guest and a shower room with toilet lead off from the hall. As the accommodation is all on one level, it could be suitable for those with limited mobility.
Outside, the patio and bbq area overlook the huge grassy garden/field, with plenty of space for the kids to run around, kick a ball or play a game of badminton. There is also a covered area with a ping pong table and darts behind the garage. Alternatively you could just lounge around with a glass of wine & listen to the birds. We were thrilled to see a deer pass through one evening!
It is the perfect place to recharge the soul!
Our house is in a tiny rural hamlet surrounded by farmland and woods.
The nearest restaurant is just 1.7 km away in the village - a 2 minute drive or a 20 minute stroll. For such a small village, the food really is impressive & also very reasonably priced.
You can find supermarkets and shops in the local towns, there are a few between 10-20 minutes away.
This region of Brittany is famous for The Forest of Broceliande. Local legends and myths tell the story of King Arthur and his knights - Merlin the wizard is said to be buried in a tomb in the forest near Paimpont!
As well as Brittany's endless coastline, there are nearby lakes with beaches & activities to try if you are feeling energetic! The Lac au Duc is only 25 minutes away & has an array of outdoor leisure facilities including watersports, fishing & a Blue Green golf course, to name just a few. It is very popular with locals and tourists.
Consistently in the top 5 places to visit in France, Mont St-Michel is a 'must see' when visiting Brittany or Normandy.
Whether you sail into St Malo, Roscoff or Caen, it's definitely worth taking a detour to this famous landmark before heading down to La Maison Serein.
It's truly a magical sight when you happen to glimpse this rocky island emerging from the sea as you drive along.
Cycling is a fantastic way to explore your surroundings.The countryside is mostly rolling hills so nothing too demanding for even the occasional cyclist! Roads are quiet & most drivers are considerate to bicycles.
There are marked cycle routes just a few hundred metres from the house or you can get your map out & explore some of the pretty neighbouring towns & villages. Brittany has fantastic network of clearly marked safe cycle routes - visit www.freewheelingfrance.com for more information.
If you're looking to relax and get away from the pace of life at home then this is a great place to stay. No broadband/wi-fi and pretty patchy mobile phone signal will mean you aren't tempted to check your work e-mails when on holiday. (it does also mean you can't look up details of possible places to visit etc., so do your research before you go).
The cottage is charming and the setting peaceful. There's a lovely lake at the end of the road with heron and other wildlife, and birds of prey aplenty searching for food amongst the corn fields. We didn't see the deer mentioned in the description unfortunately, but the hare did put in an appearance.
The village is just about walkable, but take a torch if you'll be getting back late as no street lights. We didn't get to the highly regarded local restaurant as it, along with every other restaurant we tried in nearby towns/villages was mysteriously closed on the evening we had chosen to eat out (a Wednesday). A general word of warning though - compared with the UK France, especially rural France, doesn't really embrace vegetarianism and lovely as egg & cheese gallettes are, you may not want them every day.
Plenty of interesting places are within easy driving distance. If you like classic cars then the Manoir de L'Automobile in Loheac is a must.