|La Cheneraie||Self Catering||Friday||2||4||2||Double sofabed for 2 people|
Typical old Breton cottage with many character features, set in very peaceful location in central Brittany countryside.
Fully renovated and restored to retain its original charm and incorporating lots of interesting features. The cottage is spacious yet cosy and sits in a delightful garden, which overlooks farmland.
The ground floor is open plan and provides a large well equipped luxury kitchen, dining area and living room with feature fireplace and wood burner. There is also a toilet and shower room. Old beams and rustic stonework add to the charm.
The first floor accommodation includes a double bedroom, twin bedroom, open landing area with desk and sofa bed, bathroom with slipper bath, toilet and basin.
Dogs are welcome, but we ask that they are kept off the beds and furniture.
The open plan kitchen/dining room is extremely spacious and well equipped. The fridge, freezer and washing machine are integrated and there is a tumble dryer located in the shower room just off the kitchen. The electric range cooker has 3 separate ovens and an induction hob. A microwave oven, stove kettle, toaster, coffee pot, plenty of pots, pans, crockery, cutlery, glasses etc. are provided. In addition, the larder is stocked with basic cooking supplies which guests are welcome to use, we just ask that they replace if depleted.
The large circular round table seats 6 comfortably.
Laundry basket, pegs, iron and ironing board are all supplied and there is a washing line in the garden.
The spacious living room is comfortably furnished with a large quality sofa and fireside chair, side tables, coat and shoe cupboard, log box and large English tv.
The stone fireplace with its carved faces, is the main feature and the large wood burner gives a delightful ambience as well as warmth on a chilly night. Logs are included free of charge.
The master bedroom with its quirky feature window frame boasts a kingsize antique style bed, large double wardrobe and Victorian dressing table, 2 skylight windows.
Next door is a twin bedded room with storage, chest of drawers and dormer window.
The open landing area houses a desk, cd player, book shelves and double sofabed.
A retained curtain can be dropped to afford a little privacy should the sofa bed be used for sleeping. Alternatively, it is a pleasant place to sit and read or listen to music.
There is a toilet, wash basin and shower on the ground floor.
On the first floor the bathroom provides a toilet, wash basin and slipper bath. The overhead velux window makes the bathroom light and airy and also allows one to look at the stars whilst bathing!
There are portable thermostatically controlled electric heaters in all the rooms but the wood burner in the living room offers the main source of heating.
43" English Freesat TV, CD Player together with wide selection of CD's. Board games and garden games. Free unlimited high speed Wi-Fi.
Good size fenced garden with room for games. Patio area for sunbathing and built in barbecue. Quality teak outdoor table with 6 chairs.
Parking outside front of house and also on driveway behind gate
Not suitable for wheelchair access as all the sleeping accommodation is located on the first floor.
Travelcot (bedding not supplied) and stairgate supplied
We have spent the last 20 years holidaying in France, exploring every region. It was always our dream to own a cottage there, and finally realised that dream in February 2018. Although initially habitable, we have spent several months remodelling and updating the interior to bring it up to the spec we want. It is our home, but as we currently work in the UK during the summer months, we hope our guests will enjoy using it and appreciate the homely atmosphere we have created.
|Year property purchased||2018|
|Why this location?||Our cottage is located in a sleepy hamlet on a very quiet lane. There is very little passing traffic, so it is very tranquil but not too distant from amenities.|
|Unique benefits of property||The cottage is our home during the winter months so it is furnished to a high standard, and appointed with everything you need to feel comfortable and enjoy your holiday. It is the perfect place to relax and recharge your batteries but also benefits from being very centrally located for sightseeing. Both the north and south coasts are just an hour away, and many beautiful towns and villages are even closer.|
With close to 2700kms of coastline, Brittany has many beautiful, unspoilt beaches to tempt you, and being centrally located, many of them are in easy reach. Approximately 45mins to the north, on the Cote d'Emeraude, is Le Val Andre on a long and lovely bay - it has a sandy beach some 2.5kms in length. The site was developed as a fashionable resort in the 19th century, and many of the sea-side villas remain just as they were along the pedestrian prom. A little further east is the charming port of Erquy, its fishing fleet renowned for its scallop gathering in the Baie de St Brieuc. You can enjoy the local catch-of the-day at one of the quay-side restaurants. The long, sweeping beach at Erquy, is perfect for a family day out, safe for paddling or swimming, and loads of space for sandcastles or beach games. There are also sailing and diving schools, as well as kayaks for rent. Watch out for the sand yachts! Follow the coast to Cap Frehel for bracing walks along soaring cliffs, with stunning views over the Cote d'Emeraude and the Channel Islands. Don't forget your binoculars, this area is an important nesting site for about 700 pairs of nesting sea birds. Just a little further you will find Fort La Latte standing 60metres tall on a rock above the sea, accessible only by drawbridge, exploring its turrets and dungeons is a must.
Approximately 50mins to the south, is the glorious Golfe de Morbihan, described as one of the most beautiful in the world., here you can find something for all tastes. Visit the ancient stones at Locmariaquer where you can learn all about megalithic civilisation and architecture, or perhaps spend a day in the lovely walled town of Vannes.... the children might enjoy a visit to the aquarium, or the Jardin du Papillon ( Garden of Butterflies). You could take a boat trip around the gulf from Vannes, or perhaps out to one of the 42 islands, Ile au Moines and Ile d'Arz the two largest, are very popular with summer visitors.
To discover Brittany by bike, on foot or horseback, look for the network of voies vertes (greenways), which together form 8 specially designed routes. Following disused railway lines, canal tow-paths, and winding rivers, these routes are accessible to everyone, and dedicated to non-motorized travel - pedestrians, cyclists, the disabled, roller skaters, and riders. The Carhaix-Plouger to St Meen le Grand section, 121 kms in length, passes very close to us just north of Merdrignac. Check out www.randobreizh.com for more information.
Have a look on the site www.1golf.eu/en and you will find at least 8 courses within a 50km radius of us. These are the closest:- 'Golfe de lac au Duc' at Ploermel 29 kms away, a beautiful 9 hole course along the banks of the lake. 'la Corbinas' golf club at St Michel de Plelan 33kms away - 9 hole course. 'Club de la Criniere', Lamballe 37kms away - 9 hole course. 'Golfe Blue Green Pleneuf Val Andre' 45kms away - a 5* 18 hole course, set between heathland and sea-cliffs, overlooking the beach and the English Channel.
One of the main events in the life of every French town is the weekly street market. (Marche au plein air) Here you can buy everything from fresh fruit and veg; eggs, cream and cheese direct from the farmer; clothes, tablecloths, and furniture; to live chickens or ducks. Market times vary from place to place, but generally start at 6 or 7am, and finish at mid-day or 1pm. Go early to find a parking space!
A full list of markets and which days they are on can be found in the cottage.
Also look out for a Vide Grenier (literally - empty loft), a cross between an antique fair and a car-boot sale. They are held mostly on Sundays in a variety of towns, a full list can be found on www.vide-greniers.org.
Brocantes (second hand shops) can be found in most towns and are quite interesting. There is a large one on the D764 close to Pleugriffet, and another in Augan just east of Ploermel.
The historic town of Josselin offers so much to see and do, and you can quickly see why it has been given the status of Petit Cite of caractere. From its 12th century chateau overlooking the River Oust (part of the Nantes/Brest canal), to the gargoyled Basilica Notre Dame de Roncier, with its beautiful 15th and 16th century stained glass windows, to the Musee de Poupee (doll museum) with its collection of over 500 antique dolls and doll furniture. Dinan is without doubt one of the prettiest and best preserved small towns in Brittany. With its 3kms long ramparts, half-timbered houses, attractive port and cobbled streets filled with art galleries and craft shops, this Ville d'Art et d'Histoire (town of Art and History) is well worth a visit. Follow the Rue de Jerzual one of the most photographed streets in France, as it slopes steeply down to the port, from where you can take a boat trip on the Rance, or cross the bridge to Lanvally where you can find out about life on the river in the Maison de la Rance discovery centre. The city of Rennes - the regional capital of Brittany, is a fascinating mix of eclectic architecture, grand squares, and glorious gardens. You will find plenty to entertain you here...great restaurants, excellent shopping, and fascinating culture. A brilliant destination for foodies, Rennes' Saturday market in the Place de Lices, is one of France's finest. For more information, visit www.brittanytourism.com and also take a look at some of these beautiful, interesting places; Auray, Vannes, Pont Aven, Dinan, St Malo and Rochefort-En-Terre ( one of France's most beautiful villages ).
Just north of Ploermel, you will find Lac au Duc, where swimming, sailing, canoeing, fishing, golf, or hiking are all available. If you are feeling energetic, try walking the Tour de Lac- 15kms in length. Lac de Guerledan offers water sports of all kinds, along with pony trekking, walking and cycling. But for all year fun, whatever the weather, try Les Aquatides at Loudeac where as well as the 25m pool, you'll find a 70m long waterslide, a lagoon of bubbles, geysers and fountains, several rivers to swim through, as well as a jacuzzi and spa-bath.