|Les Roche Pins||Self Catering||Flexible||3||6||2||2 (double sofabeds)|
Les Roche Pins is situated in the delightful hamlet of Carbouede, in its own large garden.The atmosphere is calm, rural and peaceful.
It is a large, new-build wooden chalet, spacious and open-plan. A high staircase takes you to a mezzanine lounge, with extra comfy seating, and the main bedroom and bathroom. There is a balcony (with railing) with space for seating to enjoy the sunset, or morning coffee.
The house provides a warm, pine-scented environment in which to relax, and as a base from which to explore the many adventures this part of South Brittany offers.
The kitchen/dining area is spacious and open plan, with a dining table hand made from a single piece of solid oak.
There is a highchair for small children available.
The kitchen has plenty of work space, with an induction hob and electric oven, and a microwave. A large fridge-freezer will cater for your week's shopping. The cutlery and crockery is supplied for 8+ and there is a large selection of cooking utensils and equipment.
In the understairs cupboard there is an iron, ironing board, hoover, mop and dustpan and brush. There is a washing machine, and a fold-out airing rack under the stairs.
There are various bins and bin bags (yellow) for recycling under the sink : the house file contains specific instruction on recycling. We have a bin for compost; and there is a wooden compost bin outside in the garden, for depositing compost waste at the end of your stay.
The living room area downstairs contains a large comfy sofa (which in fact is a double sofabed); the wood burning stove has a large supply of split logs and is easy to use, providing cosy and effective heating. There are french windows leading into the garden.
Upstairs, the mezzanine lounge has a large comfy sofa and cushions, (also used as a double sofabed), shelving and a selection of books and family games and cards.
A door leads to the balcony area for enjoying the evening sunset, and view over the fields and forest.
Downstairs there is a double bedroom with hanging space and chest of drawers, with additional space to be found in under the bed drawers.
The second bedroom downstairs has 2 adult size sturdy bunk beds and fixed ladder, (similar hanging space and drawer space).
Upstairs is the main double bedroom with view over the garden and surrounding fields.
There are 2 double sofabeds (the main one being in the mezzanine lounge) if extra space is needed.
There is a travelcot that can be erected for your use.
Linen is supplied for all beds (beds will be made up for your stay) and towels are all supplied.
Upstairs there is a warm, efficient shower room with toilet; downstairs there is an extra wc.
Heating is provided by electric heaters in each room with individual thermostatic control; The woodburning stove with log supply (that can be replenished from the stock outside) provides effective and warm heating in the main area that also carries upstairs.
The garden area is quiet and private, with space to play badminton or boules; or to eat outside.
Our hamlet is quiet without much traffic at all, so the road/track is safe for riding bikes around. It's possible to go for walks down the track or through the woods directly from the house.
There is a garage that is kept locked as it is just for storage.
There is plenty of parking space off the road in front of the house. The area is very quiet and safe.
Our house would suit families on holiday, or family/adult groups holidaying together. For families with babies/small children there is a travelcot and a highchair.
The chalet would be lovely and spacious for a couple. But no parties please! It would also be suitable for people looking for a base if they are working in this area.
Although our house is situated on its own land, it is in a small hamlet, with families living nearby, and we would ask that our neighbours' peace and quiet is respected, especially with no music late night outdoors.
Visitors with pets are very welcome, (we would prefer no pets upstairs).
There will be an extra supplement of £50 per week for bringing pets due to extra cleaning charges.
Gabrielle & Guy bought a small house in the hamlet of Carbouede, near Rochefort en Terre, 15 years ago, fell in love with the area as we visited every holiday with growing children and other families. We built the wooden chalet on our land a few years ago to rent so others can enjoy this beautiful area in south Brittany .
|Year property purchased||2002|
|Why this location?||It's a beautiful rural area, but within easy distance of many historic and interesting towns , and of course, beaches. The beaches are varied and range from the popular Damgan, with its watersports and oyster gathering; to the attractive Penvins, where you can collect cowries; to the peninsular of Quiberon, famed for surfing. Close to Rochefort en Terre, voted 'The most beautiful village in France' by the French, full of artisans and unusual shops , a historic castle & C16th /C17th houses . Nearby , the city of Vannes offers shopping, galleries and museums & nightlife. We are also close to many great places to visit with your kids (tried & tested); Branfere: a wonderful open air animal park with flying bird displays; the 'Parc de Prehistorie' where you can marvel at the life size dinosaur models, to name but a few. There are many opportunities for walking and cycling in the local area: safe, quiet and rural.|
|Unique benefits of property||As you enter our chalet, you are enveloped in the faint aromatic scent of pine. The setting is very quiet and calm, with friendly neighbours. Our chalet is spacious for family holidays, with a large mezzanine sitting/relaxing area upstairs (some family games available), and a large dining area downstairs, with access to the garden through French windows. There is even a (safe) balcony upstairs for the perfect sunset drink, or morning coffee. Downstairs, a wood burning stove (with free supply of wood logs) provides a cosy and warm focus. The kitchen is fully equipped for 8 and all sorts of catering. There is also a washing machine, iron & ironing board. The garden is quiet & private, the rural road that runs through the hamlet is safe for kids to play or cycle in, and the garden is large enough for badminton and boules, or barbecues. We are located so it is possible to enjoy a wide range of activities that will suit all ages and tastes.|
'Le village le plus préfère '- voted one of the most beautiful, characterful villages in France with C16th/17th houses and cathedral. The castle boasts it's own society painter, the previous owner, but also several medieval activities and pageants in the summer. The town is full of practising artisans and unusual shops (including a Harry Potteresque sweet shop), displays of geraniums, and also a centre for walking in the local rocky and wooded area. Christmas sees a fabulous display of lights.
Great local (20 km) natural safari park, with everything from lemurs and capuchin monkeys to giraffes and water buffalo and penguins! There is a children's petting area, and the fun netted climbing area for all. They have wonderful flying bird displays regularly each day, and wallabies and lemurs wander freely. This is a great place for a whole day visit with a picnic - well worth the money, and a unique visit.
Yes, the local swimming pool is large, clean, with friendly staff, spacious showers and a baby pool. It also has a fun flume, wave machine, floats and occasionally pool discos. Great for those rainy days.
Damgan: nearest at 20 mins drive away, it's wide and sandy, with opportunities for sailing, children's and adult's sailing/ windsurfing classes. When the tide is low, the locals take their nets and picks, and collect oysters and shellfish.
Penvins: good for walking on the little peninsula, swimming, windsurfing (there's a centre there).
Quiberon: Surfing, wind surfing, walking.
Penestin: more sports and a great beach.
Wonderfully preserved chateau , about 40 mins away, in a beautiful seaside setting. Has a beautifully preserved mosaic pavement, and runs many activities throughout the year including 'Son et Lumiere'.
Questembert is our favourite, on Monday mornings, and only 10 mins away. Great for local organic veg, cheese and milk, sourdough bread and honey. Everything from local fish to Breton wine. And not forgetting the handmade soap stall, and every other household item you can think of.
Vannes also holds huge markets on Wed and Sat.
Antiques and Brocante Markets are frequent in the summer, and Best Guy to check with the local tourist office in Rochefort or Questembert (English spoken).
Pretty port town, with marinas with a mixture of old and new boats. Boat trips can be taken up and down the estuary , and there's a little maritime museum.There are often open craft displays in the afternoons: glass-blowing & pottery. Many attractive cafes.
The building has a nice design, with high ceiling in the living room,everything feels like brand new. There's a nice balcony to sit on in the evenings and watch the sun go down and wildlife. We saw herons and hawks in the fields, bats flying up and down the street in the evenings - we even saw glow- worms in the garden.It is really quiet and the stars at night are amazing We went for lots of walks in the chestnut and pine woods.
Questembert has a great market on Mondays which was fun and where you can get nice food, and is one the local people go to.
One thing we really enjoyed was exploring the neolithic sites. We did Isle de Gavrini , which is a boat ride and tour of the site, and then the stones of Carnac.
The house was easy to use, and clean with plenty bedding and towels. We had good communication with the owners with helpful info about things to do such as market days.
Good place for doing outdoor stuff but then coming back to a quiet peaceful place.
My partner and I have been to many affordable holiday homes that haven’t been inspiring nor memorable but this one was a welcomed change. Despite getting lost on the way (p.s. don’t trust me to read maps), the hosts responded quickly and helped us find our way. The house was spacious, but the burner kept us super cosy and despite it being the October half term, we didn’t need to turn the heaters on once. We slept like babies and were almost tempted to take the mattresses home they were so comfy. The nearby village, Rochefort en Terre, is absolutely stunning and the perfect spot for a coffee. I would highly recommend the cottage to anyone in need of peace and quiet, with all the comforts of home.