Bedrooms 3, Sleeps 6
|2 Rue de la Belle Fontaine||Self Catering||Sunday||4||8||3|
A characterful old house built in the 1890’s, in the heart of a village located in southern, central Brittany. This maison de maitre is on 3 floors and sleeps 8 people and can sleep more through arrangement.
The house is very spacious, warm and relaxing at all times of the year whilst the walled garden is a peaceful haven, with outside seating for dining and relaxing as well as a climbing frame, sandpit and grass area for ball games.
The house is split over three levels. The top floor consists of two en suite king and double rooms, with an adjoining twin bedroom. The first floor has another twin room, with an additional child's bed within it, a family bathroom and a large, spacious sitting room. The ground floor consists of a hall, a living room/playroom, a toilet/basin and a generous, well-equipped kitchen/dining room.
The house is at the centre of the village and commune of Ploërdut. It is a small, peaceful, yet busy and well-resourced village. There’s a boulangerie, a couple of well supported bars, pizzeria, restaurant for lunch, pharmacy and a small shop with organic produce, all within a 2 minute walk. There is also a lively calendar of events each year including a Fête Médiévale, Cycling Festival and Marché de Noël, as well as a weekly, small Friday evening market.
Being centrally placed within Brittany there is much to explore in all directions. Extensive guides and brochures of attractions are available by the fire in the kitchen. It’s a 30/40 minute drive from the coast with many unspoilt beaches to explore and 10-minutes from a man-made lake with sandy beach, sailing, café/bar and playground. There are plenty of walks/cycle rides around the village and local countryside.
The nearest big supermarket, Intermarché, is located in the pretty town of Guémené-sur-Scorff which is a 10-minute drive away. You will find all you need here, but there are other supermarkets available if you are happy to travel further afield.
Kitchen is very well equipped with dishwasher, washing machine, range cooker, microwave and large table to seat 8 but can seat 10, children’s high chair available.
All you would expect and more for the foodie of the family - various cook books and guides for reference, as well as an open fire, make it a place for great family gatherings and relaxation.
Two main living rooms -
Ground Floor Sitting Room
Opposite the kitchen - downstairs sitting room set up as playroom with sofas, board games and puzzles for all ages. Television for DVD and video as well as Wii console, woodburner to keep the room toastie!
1st Floor Sitting Room
Spacious upstairs room with sofas, chairs and beanbag. Satellite Television (both French and English), DVD player and DVDs, stereo for music and numerous books to read. Woodburner in heart of the room.
Sleeping two persons - king ensuite - with shower and WC
Sleeping two persons - double ensuite - with Jacuzzi bath and WC and an additional child bed
Sleeping two persons - twin bedroom adjoining double ensuite with 2 single beds.
Sleeping two or three children - large twin room. 2 beds (bigger than single beds but smaller than a double) and a child bed,
Family bathroom next to bedroom (shower/bath/WC).
Top floor -1 en suite (shower/wc), 1 en suite (Jacuzzi bath/wc)
1st floor - 1 family bathroom (shower/bath/wc)
Ground floor - wc
Heating is controlled via a combination of central heating: providing heating and hot water to the ground and 1st floor, an immersion heater: providing hot water for the top floor, and wall-mounted electric heaters: providing heating for the top floor bedrooms.
This is then all supplemented for cosiness by woodburners in the two living rooms and an open fire in the kitchen.
Extensive library of books for all tastes,
Satellite television (both French and English) available in 1st floor living Room,
Dvd players with DVDs suitable for all ages,
Nintendo Wii and games available in ground floor living room,
Board games and toys for all ages,
Electric keyboard in ground floor living rooms.
Wi-Fi access is through the village bar/tabac - however 4G via Hotspot/mobile phone reception is very quick and effective. Do check your network provider over charges, but this has worked for us in recent years extremely well at no extra cost.
A porch back door opens onto an enclosed, spacious, walled garden separated into different areas. This is a very relaxing and tranquil place.
Outside dining table and chairs to seat 10 people for eating.
Small bbq pit, hammock and swing seat.
Children’s wooden climbing frame, sandpit and swing.
Grassed area for ball games and plenty of space for sunbathing.
All weeding and pruning very welcome - the growing season is long and rapid in Brittany!
Parking, do park alongside house to unpack, unload from shopping and days out etc. But just as a matter of courtesy for the farmers with their tractors, combines(!) and day-to-day its best to park immediately next door in the flats’ car park – next right.
It is common land and therefore open for anyone to use. There is more parking in the village - 100 yards away from front door.
For children of all ages this house works very well - stairgates, step-ups, booster cushion and highchair available, as well as travel cot.
For groups - the space in and out of the House allows for a relaxed holiday experience in all weathers.
Dogs are welcome.
Smoking only in the garden please.
Village Pizzeria: does take away and eat in. A menu is on the fridge.
Bar/Tabac ‘Chéz Marie Thé’ in the village, is great for a freshly cooked, cheap lunch, set menus. They do speak some English too; you are best to book/reserve table in the morning. Sells ice creams, sweets, drinks etc as well newspapers too. Free WiFi access.
Bar Le Welcome – great for a drink. Run by an English lady called Bridget.
L’Épicérie – local artisan and health/grocery shop, sells all sorts. Very handy if you need something urgently.
La Pharmacie – very helpful and speak a bit of English
La Boulangerie is great, it’s closed on a Wednesday
Health Centre (which is only a few years old) is 400 yards away if needed.
Coiffure – new, but well supported
Ploerdut village market every Friday evening, you’ll see the signs for it.
We are a family of 5 who have enjoyed Brittany Holidays for 10 years in our House and very much enjoy sharing our House.
|Year property purchased||2009|
|Why this location?||It just works on so many levels - relaxing, spacious, centrally located in Brittany, in the village but rural, with a walled and peaceful Garden, with activities, towns and beaches all in close proximity.
Additionally, it is easy to get to from the ports via Brittany Ferries and works in all weathers and seasons.
|Unique benefits of property||Space, sense of calm and with relaxing in or out of the House. You can just stay and enjoy the house and garden very easily in both summer and winter or head out for day trips - beach, lakes, attractions, shopping, restaurants etc.
There is always something going on or absolutely nothing if you so choose!
Nearest supermarket is in Guémené sur Scorff (10 min drive), called ‘Intermarché’. It’ll stock all that you will need. Go back to main road, follow signs to Guémené. Drive into village, turn right at Restaurant/Pizza place (which is on right). Follow the road round slowly, as it’s a bit narrow, at roundabout turn right; supermarket on left.
Bar/Tabac ‘Chéz Marie Thé’ in village, is great for a freshly cooked, cheap lunch, set menus. They do speak some English too; you’ll need to book/reserve table in the morning. Sells ice creams, sweets, drinks etc as well as newspapers/magazines too. Free WiFi access and good for coffee in the morning.
Lac de Belle Air is at Priziac, 10min drive away. From Ploёrdut, follow signs to Le Croisty (driving past Boulangerie on your right)) At roundabout follow signs to Priziac, Lac de Belle Air is signed in Priziac (turn right at church, then left) and is a great little place with playground, man-made sandy beach, cheap bar/café for ice creams, pedallos etc
Lac de Belle Air is at Priziac, 10min drive away - local lake with beach and facilities - see recommendation.
Lamor Plage at Lorient is a 30/40 min drive (again drive to Le Croisty but follow signs to St Caradec, to cut through to main road to Lorient) Small sandy beach with rock pools (if tide is out!) and restaurants/cafés alongside.
For a beach just a little bit less ‘built up’ go to Guidel, again just outside Lorient, blowy but gorgeous sand dunes, again a couple of nice places to eat in Guidel. There are some great beaches between Guidel and Larmor Plage –
Lomener, is one of our favourites – if you can’t park in the very tiny village square, park in the supermarket (L’Intermarché and walk across).
There’s a good restaurant called Le Moulin Vert overlooking the harbour – great ‘Menu Formula’ for lunch. The beach is then a couple of minutes’ walk - need to follow your nose as hard to describe! Walk back towards the Pharmacy and it’s off a road opposite.
There’s also a fantastic place to buy the fresh catch of the day, whether it’s crab, langoustines, mussels, lobsters. It’s fun just to go and look even if you don’t fancy buying anything! It’s a place just along from the pharmacy – it’ll have it’s opening hours on a board outside.
The best local restaurant is ‘L’Artelier Bistro’ in Langolean, fantastic restaurant - set menu option only at lunchtimes and ‘Á La Carte’ menu in the evenings. Only a 5-10min drive away. Details are on the fridge!
Les Trois Marchands at the top of the High Street in Guémené is a truly rustic place to have a really well priced lunch; you’ll need to book though - french number . Again, food is fresh - it’s a set menu so no choice but very good.
Ploёrdut village market every Friday evening, you’ll see the signs for it, very small in low season, but there’s a great fish van there, take away Pizza as well, Thai food van too which is meant to be very good and a local farmer selling his goats’ cheese!
Pontivy is the nearest big town - 30 Mins. Pretty, medieval town with its own chateau. There’s a great indoor swimming pool/spa called ‘Spadium’ – best to maybe look at it’s Facebook page for directions (I’ve liked its page) There are also lots of different supermarkets, restaurants and shops.
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