|Gites Les Fontaines||Self Catering||Flexible||2||5||2||Double sofabed in the mezzanine|
The gite is a large, traditional French farmhouse, a longère, painted white. It has a converted, brown, stone barn next to it and the combined properties sit in their own large gardens next to a green lane running alongside a forest. There is one neighbour and the next house is two hundred and fifty metres down the road towards the local village.
The back-garden leads onto a one-acre field, which is part of the property. The lawned garden is planted with wisteria, flowers, trees and shrubs and there is plenty of secluded space, tables and chairs for eating, drinking and lazing outside in the sunshine. There are a small cluster of sheds with a large, well-stocked wood shed for the fires.
The well-equipped kitchen has an electric hob and oven, fridge-freezer and plenty of storage and work space. The washing machine and dish-washer are in a separate ‘scullery’ space next to the kitchen with extra storage. There is a circular breakfast table and a tall wood stove which provides heating in the winter.
The large living room, with big dining table, is through a stone arch and the whole looks out onto the back garden, field and forest with a back-door leading to the side garden.
There is a spacious living room with a large fire-place, dining-table, sofa and 2 old comfy leather chairs - most of the things we have collected from the local brocantes are in this room. The book-shelves are well stocked with reading and there is a good supply of videos. There is wi-fi around the house and Internet tv from Orange.
The stairs at the back lead up to the mezzanine living room with tables, comfy chairs, sofa, books and double sofabed (sleeping an extra 2 if needed) and the 2 bedrooms.
The front door leads out to the front garden and the side door to the hall (and second front door).
There are 2 lovely double bedrooms, sleeping 5 (2 double beds and a single bed), leading off the mezzanine and a separate toilet and handwash basin. There is hanging space and drawers in all the rooms and skylights throughout.
The bathroom with shower, toilet and washbasin is downstairs off the hall and there is a separate wc upstairs next to the bedrooms.
There are electric radiators in all the bedrooms and mezzanine, a wall heater in the bathroom and large wood stoves in the living room and kitchen.
There is a dvd player with videos in the wooden drawers the tv sits on and in the white 'pouf' in front of the sofa. The Internet is through Orange and provides French Orange tv.
Our guests are welcome relax and play in the large garden at the front and back and the 1-acre field beyond. The shed next to the wood shed contains 2 bicycles and various bits of equipment. There are 2 outdoor tables and chairs and a large umbrella.
There is ample, off-road parking for several cars at the front of the house.
We love travelling, walking, talking, discovering places and all that comes with it: the food, the people, the sights, the smells, the sounds, the living. Personally, I'm trying to find a lighter way of living while seeing more of this amazing world we live in. I work on a number of projects and love music, surfing, skiing, writing and just being. The wonderful person I share life with works on Climate Change and the Future, whatever that will mean.
|Year property purchased||2018|
|Why this location?||The cottage is away from the crowds, but in easy reach of everything Brittany offers: the beautiful villages, beaches, forests, rivers and delicious food and cider. You can walk out of the door onto a tranquil forest trail or breath-taking cycling ride or, in half an hour, be at the beach or rock climbing or kayaking or sailing or visiting the beautiful local towns like Rochefort en Terre, Roche Bernard, or La Gacilly, or, in an hour, surfing at Quiberon. There are loads of markets, Questembert’s is in a 16th century halle, while Redon’s offers opportunities to combine a shop with eating at a lovely creperie, visiting cool vintage shops and watching a film at the excellent cinema. The local village has a great butcher only selling local produce, a lovely boulangerie and great restaurant. The nearest town is 10 minutes by car with its supermarket and other practical services and the cities of Rennes, Nantes and Vannes, with their airports, ports and amenities, are all in easy reach.|
|Unique benefits of property||The house is a lovely traditional French farmhouse, a longère, sitting next to tranquil forests in the middle of the Breton countryside with easy access to the beautiful villages, beaches and rivers southern Brittany has to offer. There is a spacious living room with large fireplace, 2 bedrooms (which sleep 5) a large mezzanine (with a double sofa bed if needed), a large, well-equipped kitchen with a wood stove. There is a big supply of logs for the fires and electric radiators in all the bedrooms. The garden is large with a huge field behind to laze in the sun, eat picnics in or run around and play games. You can walk or cycle for hours straight from the door and there are 2 bicycles for people to use. It's an easy drive to the nearest beaches - Billiers (30 mins), the astonishingly beautiful beaches at Penestin (45 mins) or surfing at Carnac/Quiberon (50 minutes -1 hour). The lovely cities of Rennes, Vannes and Nantes are all in easy reach (45-60 minutes).|
There is no better food shopping than going to a market and picking the best of the local produce and you are spoilt for choice here as most villages have a market during the week. Our favourites are the one at Questembert, which is in a 16th century halle, where you can pick up delicious artisan bread and Redon’s daily morning market for gorgeous cheeses and dairy straight from the farm, wonderful meats and pates, fish, shellfish, apples and of course vegetables. We often combine the shop at Redon with a trip to a lovely creperie and a quick look around the cool little vintage shops.
If you fancy something bigger, then there is the large and ancient Lices Market in Rennes, every Saturday from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM, with about 300 producers, artisans, craftsmen, and vendors.
You can walk or cycle for hours round here, straight from the door. Just go down the green lane running alongside the house and strike off along one of the numerous paths or go along Brehadoux opposite and head off through the forest down to the local lakes or pick up a bike and head for Deil or Trémoureux.
There are 3 Grand Randonees close by. The G38 can be picked up at St-Jacut-Les-Pins and offers one of our favourite walks along the ridge to the medieval Rochefort-en-Terre, with its host of delicious restaurants. The G39 can be picked up at Redon, or better still go down to Roche Bernard, buy some supplies, and head along it following the magnificent river Villaine. The G37 is a bit further and can be joined at Ploërmel.
One of our best bike rides is along the Nantes et Brest canal, follow it till you hit the L’Oust and follow that till you come to St Martin-sur-Oust and have a simple, delicious lunch at a gorgeous cider producer, Chez Bernard, which makes the best cider in Brittany.
If it's beach walks you want, then head to Pénestin and follow the beautiful coast in either direction. One of the joys of this walk is picking your own oysters off the rocks – take a screwdriver to get them off and oyster knife to shuck them.
For something truly breath-taking, then go to the Golf du Morbihan and walk anywhere around it. The Grand Randonee, G34, goes either way from Vannes, which also offers ferries to the islands. A good one is the trip to Île-d'Arz with a lovely walk around the pretty island.