Holiday cottage on the Ile the d'Arz Brittany - BM007170

8km from Vannes, Morbihan, Brittany Reference: BM007170 Advertiser since: 10 April 2003
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Maison des Pecheurs Self Catering Saturday 1 5 1 2 bunk beds and child bed on landing area

About this property

Historic Cottage in an Idyllic Location, Ile d'Arz. This cottage/gite is in a coastal setting.

Leave your car and your worries behind at Vannes and take the “bateux-bus” to the beautiful Ile d’Arz!

Here you will find Maison des Pecheurs, a Fisherman’s Cottage built in the 17th century. A unique opportunity to enjoy a vacation in one of a handful of holiday rental properties in the calm surroundings of this beautiful island in the Gulf of Morbihan.

Cars are not allowed on the island but a minibus will meet you at the port and take you to your accommodation. There is one bus service between the town and the port and three passenger boats which travel between the archipelago and Vannes.

The minibus is available at all arrivals of the boat. Cost is 2.50 Euros per person. When disembarking your luggage is put in the trailer. The minibus will stop on your request at Gréavo just a few meters from Maison des Pecheurs.

There is a bike hire shop or just enjoy the island on foot!

Immerse yourself in the nature that is all around and soon you will be completely relaxed!



Kitchen and dining

As you enter the cottage you will see immediately the main living area consisting of kitchen/dining and lounge area.
The kitchen is well equipped with an oven (gas hob and electric oven), fridge, dishwasher and microwave. There are plenty of pots and pans, cutlery and glasses. Also there is a toaster, kettle and cafetière.

Living rooms

In the lounge area is an open fire, together with electric radiators, the cottage is warm and cozy and suitable for all year round holidays. Please ask the owners permission to light the fire. A small charge is made for logs.
The flat screen tv has French channels only. A comfortable leather sofa can seat 4 people.
The large wooden dining table can be used both inside and outside.


The stairs lead to 2 bedrooms. A double room with wardrobe and integral chest of drawers and a landing area. This has bunk beds and a small childrens’ bed. (Not suitable for infants under 2 years or children over 5 years). There is a large built in cupboard for clothes.


The bathroom has a “baignoire” (small bath) with an overhead shower. Also a wc and wash basin. The washing machine is housed here.


In the lounge area is an open fire, together with electric radiators


Flat screen tv, French channels only

Garden and outside

Patio doors open onto the small garden where there is a decking area with a bbq and sunloungers.
There is a small grassed area just below this with a stone wall. However, the garden is not secured so please supervise children and dogs!

Parking and garages

Parking for bikes ooutside the cottage.
No cars allowed on the island!

Visitor suitability

Suitable for couples or families.
Not suitable for wheelchair users or those with impaired mobility.


  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

* Vet details: Clinique Vétérinaire Churchill 13 r Winston Churchill, 56000 VANNES, 6,9 km de Ile d'Arz 0033 2 97 40 74 51


Beach holidays


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Various
Name of nearest fishing location: All around the island
Distance: 0.3 km

Organic produce/dining


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Blue circuit 16km


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Sue O'Grady

Claude and Karin are French. They ran a successful restaurant in the medieval town of Josselin for several years. Last year they relocated to Ile d'Arz and live here as well as offering the Fisherman's Cottage for holiday rentals.

Year property purchased 2018
Why this location? Relaxation! Stress free environment! No traffic!
Unique benefits of property The cottage is no further than 300m from the nearest beach. Being an island there are many beaches to choose from. It is also within easy distance of Vannes (half an hour by regular boat to the Gare Maritime) where there is also plenty to see and do.

The Owner Recommends

The Beautiful Beaches

In Île-d'Arz, the climate is warm and temperate. Here you are never further than 400 meters from a beach. Many of the beaches, particularly Plage de Brouhel, are safe and shallow and not affected by tides. This makes them ideal for swimming.

Walking and Cycle Routes

The blue circuit for walkers is 16km and takes approximately 4-5 hours.
The red route is for cyclists. It is about 10km and takes approximately 1 ½ hours

Oyster Farms

Although there are no longer oyster farmers on the island several of the old farms can be visited.

Musee Marins et Capitains and Captains Houses

This museum describes the life of an island community facing the sea and sailing, offshore and wide, in the calm or the storm.
Come and discover the history, sometimes dramatic, of these sailors & captains in the great time of the sailing Navy.
There are several Captain’s houses on the island. Formerly inhabited by families of seafaring captains who spent long periods of time at sea.

Ponte de Liouse

On the South end of the island stands a singular megalithic ensemble. Three ruined dolmens are embedded in a large stone slope. These three graves were excavated in 1884, and delivered pottery, fragments of flint and axes, now preserved in the Museum of history and archaeology of Vannes. These objects allow these monuments to be attributed to the Neolithic period, between 5000 and 2500 B.C. The Central dolmen, which is best preserved, have some very eroded engravings. It appears around this are several scattered stones that could form the ruins of other megalithic structures.

Le Moulin a Maree de Berno

Built in the fifteenth century, in rubble with a two-sided roof, the small mill of Berno is on a convex embankment on the sea side, 320 meters long, the largest of the tidal mills of the Gulf. It was used in the manufacture of flour on the island until the year 1910. Abandoned, but restored thanks to the formation of an Association of enthusiasts, the mill has been rehabilitated. It is one of only two tidal mills in Brittany.

Old Priory

The island became common land in 1790. The Mairie and the school occupy the imposing building of the old Priory, rebuilt in the eighteenth century and inscribed on a historical monument by Decree of 15 January 1979. Its history is related to that of the nearby church. To give an idea of the richness of the island before the revolution here is an excerpt from 1720: “the prior of Notre Dame withdraws about 360 pounds of his tithing, 200 pounds of a vine, 165 pounds of the mill, 90 pounds of a barrel of wheat and 60 pounds of the farm of the land , a total of 875 pounds. "

The Aquarium at Vannes

In an exceptional site, on the side of the Gulf of Morbihan, the aquarium of Vannes accomodates hundreds of fish species from the whole waters of the world.

Butterfly House

If the weather is not in your favour, a great way to while away a few hours is to visit the Jardin aux Papillons (Butterfly House).