|The Ancient Dwelling||Self Catering||Flexible||4||8||2||Double Sofa bed sleeps 2, Puck caravan, sleeps 2 !|
The Ancient Dwelling has been awarded the Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence since 2017 for consistent 5 star ratings.
The Ancient Dwelling is a lovingly converted 18th century farmhouse set in the heart of Morbihan, the warmest region of Brittany. The building has been sympathetically restored to provide a spacious and comfortable home for up to 10 guests.
With 4 double bedrooms, one of which is “The Nest” which leads directly off the master bedroom and is suitable for children, there is ample space for families and groups. Downstairs is a wonderful space for family and friends to play together or find a quiet nook to be alone.
Outside is our 40 square metre pool which is shared occasionally with the owners but with no other guests. There’s a patio, a deck suitable for dining for 10 and a barbecue and pizza area.
The Ancient Dwelling is the perfect place for families and friends to relax and enjoy the local area. If you need even more, space rent our minuscule but adorable Eriba Puck caravan for an extra cozy double for just £5 per night.
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The open plan kitchen has a fridge/freezer, microwave and gas range cooker. In the old and enormous Breton dresser are a good range of saucepans, casseroles and utensils for home cooking. There are place settings for 10, the dining area has a 10 seater solid oak dining table and chairs. Two cafetières are supplied. In addition there are a minimum of 10 plastic beakers for poolside. No glasses by the pool please.
In the garden you can test your BBQ skills with the Breton BBQ a fabulous Brittany invention.
The home built pizza oven makes great pizzas and afterwards, during the night while you’re asleep it cooks great pulled pork and casseroles. Miles is always glad to help with the Pizza oven to ensure it’s just right for pizza night.
The lounge area comprises 3 large sofas (one of which is a sofa bed) and 2 arm chairs centred around a powerful wood burning stove which is set in a substantial arched Breton fireplace. The ancient stone walls and “porthole” deco lighting add to the atmosphere and ambience of the room.
The master bedroom has a full size bathroom en suite and views over the garden and pool from the large velux window. The bed is a king size double; very comfortable and with plenty of room to stretch and yawn.
This is comfortable and spacious with a double bed and plenty of storage, the velux window looks over the courtyard.
As bedroom 2 but with views over the garden and pool.
Bedroom 4 (The Nest) is accessed through the master bedroom and is particularly suitable for small children.
There is one family bathroom with bath, shower and wash basin and one en suite to the master bedroom.
All heating comes from the large wood burning stove which has provided plenty of heat for the whole house even in our coldest winter nights. Unlike many gités The Ancient Dwelling wood is supplied free.
The living area is equipped with British satellite tv and a dvd player. There is also table football and lots of board games to challenge even the most competitive.
The good sized garden is fully enclosed and is safe for children and pets and contains a fully sized all weather table-tennis table.
There’s a raised seating and dining area shaded with an enormous parasol that makes it perfect for late evening dining in the setting sun.
The large pool is securely fenced and can be viewed from the house and garden. It is heated from May to October by a large heat pump.
The Ancient Dwelling has its own drive suitable for up to 3 cars.
The Ancient Dwelling has upstairs toilets and is therefore not suitable for those who cannot manage stairs.
A stairgate can be provided for adventurous toddlers.
It is a no smoking property but guests are able to smoke outdoors if they wish.
The “Puck “ caravan is tiny but beautifully formed. Pucks are universally recognised as the worlds smallest, chicest caravan. She really is only for sleeping in, she has mains electric but no toilet but she is parked only 5 metres from the gîte front door. Suitable for 5 ft 9 or 174 cms in height or less! Once you are in and snuggled up you’ll be very comfortable!
Niki and Miles are retired professionals who are determined to make their guests as comfortable as possible. They have a wealth of knowledge of local activities and attractions, whether it’s the best butcher to buy the Sunday joint or directions to some of the world’s best beaches.
|Year property purchased||2012|
|Why this location?||The Ancient Dwelling is in a wonderfully tranquil position while at the same time being ideally positioned to access the iconic medieval towns of Vannes, Quimper and Josselin as well as the shopping centres of Lorient, Rennes, St Brieuc and Brest. A number of beaches are easily reached in an hour or less, including the gorgeous Guidel and L’Armour plages which make up a strip of golden sands and rock pools nearly 8 kilometres long. The beach is served, though not intrusively, by a number of restaurants and food outlets along its length. There’s a full length, tough golf course within a 4 iron of Guidel beach and activity parks close by, so if sea, sun and sand are not your thing there’s still plenty to do. With the 40 sq metre heated pool to come back to no one is ever bored in The Ancient Dwelling!|
|Unique benefits of property||The Ancient Dwelling was built at least 150 years ago, though probably much earlier but no one knows for sure, the Kirkes rescued it from impending ruin, with just 2 1/2 walls standing and no roof and it is now a well maintained 4 bedroom gîte with almost all the original features retained, including the original grand Breton fireplace. The garden is completely enclosed and only used and accessed by guests of The Ancient Dwelling so children and pets can play securely. There’s a full sized outdoor table tennis table in the garden and a Breton barbecue, outside catering is further provided for with a pizza oven, which delivers unbelievably delicious pizzas, kebabs and casseroles, when used correctly, Miles is always around to help and give advice on pizza nights.|
You can find a good quality market almost any day of the week within an hour of The Ancient Dwelling.
Saturday: Lorient Food Market: With nearly all ferries arriving around 8 am this extensive indoor and outdoor market is the perfect place to spend an hour or two stocking up with fresh produce and just savouring the atmosphere of a true French food market before arriving at The Ancient Dwelling for your stay. The market is open until 1.30 pm and it is simply one of the best food markets in Brittany, it’s full of local fresh produce and seafood as well as artisan prepared ready meals not just from Brittany but from Vietnamese, Indian and Chinese local producers as well.
Sunday: Guidel hosts a delightfully big, bustling market selling everything from second hand books to lobsters and many things in between. The setting is charming, right in the heart of the town and surrounded with cafes and bakeries. For lunch try one of the chain of restaurants along the seafront at L’Armour Plage with views across the sea to L’ilse de Croix, it’s a fabulous setting and the food’s great too.
Tuesday: Rostrenen market, a simple but varied market that is open all day.
Thursday: Hennbont. A big market that takes up a large part of the back streets of the town and one of our favourites.
Friday: Concarneau market is a sprawling affair with dozens of stalls packed in front of the Town Hall. Visit La Ville Clos next to it, a huge Napoleonic fort with a real surprise inside! Concarneau has some lovely beaches and restaurants. It’s a great day out and an ideal place to stock up on Breton specialities if you’re homeward bound the next day.
Where do the discerning Parisiens go on holiday? Not St Tropez or Cannes they head for what many consider the best line of beaches in France, if not the world. From St Nazaire in the South to Brest in the north the south facing coast of Brittany has dozens of wonderful sandy beaches.
At Auray in the exclusive Golfe de Morbihan liés The Isle aux Moins, an Island populated with some wonderful restaurants in equally wonderful surroundings. Lunch is surprisingly reasonable in many of them.
Wind sport enthusiasts and surfers head for LaTorche, while many families love the sweeping sands and rock pools of Guidel and particularly the security that the lifeguard stations give to them and their children. There are far too many great beaches to name all of them here and guests still find new ones that we have never heard of before!
Brittany and particularly Morbihan and Finistère have some wonderfull towns and cities. Spend time shopping in Quimper, a beautiful medieval city full of exclusive shopping, an indoor food market and excellent lunchtime restaurants. A little further away is Vannes an imposing fortified city with some spectacular architecture, great shopping and restaurants. Towns such as Pontivy, Lorient, Auray, Josselin and many others are well worth visiting.
Huelgoat (pronounced Wellgwat) is a town at the centre of some spectacular walks, it has legendary status in Brittany and walkers from all over France come to enjoy its forests and trails. It has favoured status with many of our guests as a great picnic day out. La Roche Tremblante, the trembling rock, moves if it’s pushed in the right place. It really does! One of the entrances into the forest is in the heart of Hoelgoat town.
For the more intrepid Mont St Michel, a world wonder is 2 hrs 30 minutes away.
Adventure parks are big in Brittany!
Kareaz Adrenaline has been a hit with many our young guests with its ropes, swings and arial walkways.
Adrénature is an adventure park near Concarneau based in a forest. The huge trees are linked with high level walkways and there are games for all the family. There’s also a heart stopping 70ft jump into space that will really get your adrenaline going!
Within 15 minutes of Restembley is a large deer park La Parc Aquanature, running through and around the estate is a trail accessible by golf buggy which are hired at the entrance. It’s an exciting way to get close to herds of deer and foals and the trail is pretty exciting too so drive carefully!
In Le Faouet just 7 kilometres away is Bee City a complex dedicated to revealing what goes on in a bee colony, it’s a fascinating 2 hour visit.
There are many more attractions in Brittany but one of the very best is the wonderful Oceanopolis aquarium in Brest, quite simply one of the biggest and best aquariums in Europe. You can’t get closer to sharks without being eaten!
There’s surfing and jet ski hire at Guidel and surfboard hire at most of the Brittany beaches
You can buy some of the highest quality, freshest and cheapest seafood in Europe in Brittany. Every reasonable sized supermarket has an abundant fish counter and mussels, mackerel and sardines are always really good value. They all sell live crabs and lobsters and top quality sea fish. At Kosperic the local butcher In Langonnet you will find some of the best meat to be found anywhere, the staff are very helpful and take pride in preparing your meat so all you have to do is cook or barbecue it..
Langonnet boulangerie bakes some of the best bread in the region, and as an ex-baker Miles should know, try their “tradition” baguettes these are risen overnight then baked on the oven floor, the result is simply delicious.
Restaurants abound everywhere, traditional relais, auberge and haute cuisine are all well represented close by.
The hosts Nikki and Miles could not have been more helpful, a warm welcome and good instructions, they also booked the vets for our dog, and provided us with fresh eggs everyday, which were great. We did not enjoy the best weather so did not get to use the pool but it did look inviting.
A dishwasher would have been a nice addition considering this property sleeps 6 plus people. The shower leaked into the main room every time it was used, Miles was aware of the problem.
Also in our opinion it needs some new cooking pans for the kitchen, the log burner needed cleaning before we could use it & the lounge needed a good dusting & dead flies removing from windowsill.
In conclusion this is an honest review and it would not take much to improve the holiday experience.
Dear Ricky and Julie
We are used to 5 star reviews so your few negative comments hit home! Firstly thank you for your warm comments about us, much appreciated.
Thank you also for bringing to our attention small but important issues. These have with one exception all been dealt with. The intermittent leak, as you kindly pointed out does not affect the shower itself and only occasionally does it leak when tall people use it, bizarre indeed! After two visits from head scratching plumbers a new bathroom is being fitted when the season ends.
It was such a shame that the weather in western France was so awful for you that week. Though we kept the pool steamingly warm for you at 28c it was not the best weather for swimming! We do hope your journey home went well,
Niki and Miles