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|Superior Studio - The Roost||Self Catering||Flexible||1||2||1|
Le Boterff is a beautiful traditional Breton longere set in fabulous gardens in the heart of rural Brittany. Our newly refurbished studio apartment, "The Roost", is a very comfortable and spacious (29m2) self-contained first floor studio to sleep 1-2 people*. It has been equipped to a high standard throughout, and is ideal for anyone who does not want the additional expense of booking larger family accommodation.
We have put a great deal of care and attention into making this apartment as comfortable and welcoming as possible and we have added many little extra touches to ensure that our guests have a memorable stay. Free wi-fi is available throughout.
*Please note that the staircase access to "The Roost" is fairly steep and narrow, and unfortunately not suitable for people with restricted mobility.
The dining table is situated next to the windows, giving lovely country views and the chance to glimpse wildlife and birds in the nearby fields. The apartment faces west and the sunsets can be stunning.
The fully equipped kitchen area includes all of the following facilities:
Full size gas cooker with hob, oven and grill
Refrigerator with freezer compartment
Electric toaster, coffee-maker and kettle
Full range of crockery, cutlery, glassware, cooking equipment and utensils
Ample storage for food and equipment, spacious food preparation areas
Full size stainless steel sink with draining board
Tea towels and bin liners provided
Breakfast can also be ordered on request
There is also a table and chairs in the garden for al fresco dining
The living area contains all of the following:
Comfortable two seater sofa
Flat screen tv with French and UK channels
Cd player and radio
Thermostatic electric heating
The sleeping area contains all of the following:
Comfortable double bed with all new linen and bedding
Bedside table and lamp for each person
Recessed hanging space and storage area
Dressing table/chest of drawers
Bed linen included
Tv can be viewed from the bed if desired
The en suite shower room is fully equipped:
Extra large shower cubicle with sliding glass doors
Dual shower heads with thermostatic controls
Washbasin and vanity unit
Full length mirror and shaving mirror
Electric heated towel rail
Wall mounted bathroom cupboard and glass shelf
Towels, bathmat and non-slip shower mat included
The apartment has thermostatically controlled electric heating
The en suite shower room also benefits from a large heated towel rail
Both French and UK television channels are available
A dvd player
Cd player and radio
Library of books and games for guests' use
Guests are welcome to relax in our beautiful gardens (shared)
Garden table and chairs provided
Free off-road parking on-site directly outside the property (and visible from the window of the apartment)
The staircase to the apartment is fairly steep and narrow which unfortunately means that it may not be suitable for people with restricted mobility.
Washing machine available (small additional charge)
Clothes drying facilities available (indoor and outdoor)
Tumble drying available (small additional charge)
Helen and Carl own and run Le Boterff.
|Year property purchased||2012|
|Why this location?||We have been visiting Brittany for many years and have wanted to live here for a long time. We love the wonderful coastlines, superb beaches, historic towns and rolling countryside. The roads are so quiet which makes driving around a pleasure.
Brittany is very similar in many ways to Cornwall - but without the crowds!
|Unique benefits of property||The peaceful rural location, the superb gardens and the lovely views. Being so close to the stunning Lac De Guerlédan, means that guests can relax on sandy beaches or take part in watersports without having to travel to the coast (although being located in central Brittany, it's not far to reach the north, south or west coasts). We have two gites, a superior Studio apartment, a B&B room and a small campsite. We can accommodate larger families or small groups as well as couples and individuals.|
Saint Mayeux and St Gilles-Vieux-Marché (our nearest villages)
The village of Saint Mayeux is just 1.5 km away. In the village can be found a church, Post Office, village shop (mini-mart) and bar.
The village of St Gilles Vieux-Marché is just 2 km away. The Hotel de la Vallée in the centre of the village offers a very good "Formule" menu at lunchtimes at exceptionally reasonable prices. St Gilles Vieux-Marché and nearby St Martin des Prés have both been awarded "Petits Villes Fleuries" for their attractive displays of flowers.
Mur de Bretagne and Corlay (our nearest towns)
The nearest small towns are Mur de Bretagne to the south and Corlay to the north, both are about 10 minutes away.
Mur de Bretagne has an "Intermarché" supermarket, petrol station (24 hours when paying by bank / credit card), two boulangeries/patisseries, boucherie, florist, pharmacy, bank with 24 hour cash dispenser, Post Office and Tourist Information Office. There are several cafés, bars, restaurants, a pizza takeaway and a kebab shop.
Corlay has two small supermarkets, two petrol stations, a boulangerie, boucherie, pizza takeaway, restaurant, bar, tabac, hairdresser, pharmacy, Post Office and bank with 24 hour cash dispenser.
Larger nearby towns and cities
The nearby towns of Pontivy (25 minutes), Loudéac (25 minutes), Rostrenen (25 minutes), Quintin (25 minutes) and Saint Brieuc (35 minutes) offer a wide range of shops of all types - including large hypermarkets, supermarkets, a variety of large stores and specialist shops.
The bustling city of Rennes (capital of Brittany) with superb shopping, Medieval quarter, historic buildings, opera house, concert halls, and much more, can be reached in about 1 hour 20 minutes.
Bars, Cafés, Restaurants and Takeaways
It is so easy to relax into the French way of life and linger over a coffee, glass of wine or beer at a street café whilst watching the world go by. There are many restaurants, bars, cafés and crêperies throughout the area to suit all tastes and pockets, from Michelin starred restaurants (La Grand' Maison in Mur de Bretagne offers an unforgettable gastronomic experience) to simple cafés and bistros where you can enjoy local Breton specialties, such as fantastic seafood, crêpes and cider, as well as French cuisine, and even fish and chips!
Most local restaurants offer superb value fixed price "Formule" menus, especially at lunchtime, where you can enjoy three or four courses, often with wine, cider, water and coffee included for between € 10 - € 14 per head.
There are takeaways at Mur de Bretagne (pizzas and kebabs) and Corlay (pizzas).
Many of the nearby towns have traditional markets once or twice a week, where a large range of local food and drink can be sampled.
Mur de Bretagne has a lively market on Friday evenings in July and August with local food and drink, crafts and live music.
At Bon Repos (20 minutes) there is a Sunday morning market alongside the Nantes-Brest Canal (foods and crafts) from April to September. The adjacent café usually has live music.
A visit to Saint Brieuc bay (around Erquy) to buy fabulous fresh scallops, mussels and oysters should not be missed.
Flea markets (brocantes) and craft fairs are regularly held throughout the area.
There are numerous walks, trails and routes through wonderful countryside and villages, around lakes and over former railway track beds. The country lanes are exceptionally quiet making walking and cycling around the area pleasurable.
The delightful Nantes-Brest Canal (15 minutes) offers easy cycling and walking along the towpath.
For guided walks the Maison du Patronomie at Locarn offers nature walks from June to September.
For keen cyclists you can try out one of the most challenging sections of the Tour de France 2015, by cycling up the "Mur" - the steep hill on the D767 from Mur de Bretagne towards Corlay.
Station VTT at the Lac de Guerlédan offers cycle hire with 12 cycle routes through magnificent countryside to suit different ages and abilities with 1/2 day, full day and week long escorted tours available.
The Rigole d'Hilvern starts at the Lac de Bosmeleac (20 minutes away by car) It is part of the Voie 8 which runs from Saint Brieuc to Lorient. It is ideal for walking, cycling or horse riding.
Cycle hire and repairs is also available at MK Bikes in Pontivy.
www.cycling.brittanytourism.com has 10 great ideas for cycling in Brittany.
www.freewheelingfrance.com has maps of various cycling routes in Brittany.
www.velodyssey.com 1200km cycle route along the Atlantic Coast of Brittany. Start off in UK, get off at Roscoff and follow the Velodyssey cycle routes all the way down to Hendaye in the Basque region. The route nearest to Le Boterff is from Bon Repos along the old railway track bed to Mur de Bretagne, and then along the Nantes-Brest Canal to Pontivy.
The stunning Lake Guerlédan, the largest lake in Brittany, is just 12km from Le Boterff. You can relax on the safe sandy beaches (ideal for children and families), swim, sail and enjoy many water based activities. Small boats, pedalos and kayaks can be hired.
Les Vedettes de Guerlédan (pleasure boats with restaurants) offer tours around the spectacular lake (with or without a meal) in the summer months.
Club Ski Nautique at Beau Rivage is open from May to September for water skiing, wake boarding lessons and tows.
The Lac de Bosméléac (20 minutes) also has a sandy beach, boats for hire and a café.
There are several other smaller lakes in the local area to explore and the lovely Nantes - Brest Canal is also nearby.
There is an open air pool at St Nicolas du Pelem (June to September) and indoor pools at Gouarec, Saint Brieuc and Quintin.
Important note for male swimmers at public pools - the wearing of swimming shorts is not allowed, they must be fitted swimming trunks. The pool managements are quite strict about this and will expect you to buy trunks at the pool if they consider your shorts to be unsuitable.
Several lakes in the area welcome anglers (including the Lac de Guerlédan, and Lac de Bosméléac). Permits are easily available locally.
L'Étang des Douvres, Corlay is open for trout fishing from March to September, max 5 trout per day. There is a junior angling school.
Fresh water fishing is available at La Verte Vallée, Callac - Open March to December for pike, carp, tench, roach and rainbow trout.
Sea fishing is available at various resorts, the nearest is Binic (approximately 45 minutes away).
Being centrally located in Brittany, all three of Brittany’s dramatic coastlines are easily accessible for day trips from Le Boterff. The north coast can be reached in about 50 minutes and the south coast can be reached in around 1 hour. The rugged west coast of Finistere can be reached in approximately 1.5 hours, all on quiet roads.
On the north coast you can choose between the ruggedness of the pink granite and the emerald coast or holiday resorts with sandy beaches in Saint Brieuc bay such as Binic (50 minutes), St. Quay Portrieux (60 minutes) and Pléneuf Val André (55 minutes).
On the south coast there are sandy beaches at Guidel Plage (70 minutes), Carnac, (75 minutes) and Quiberon (90 minutes) to the south.
Brittany has a wealth of historic towns and villages with superbly preserved medieval buildings. Locally, Pontivy, Quintin, Rostrenen and Saint Brieuc all have historic quarters. There are castles at Pontivy and Corlay.
The Medieval towns of Moncontour (35 minutes), Dinan (70 minutes), Josselin (50 minutes) and Vannes (60 minutes) are superbly preserved historic gems and should not be missed.
The Abbey de Bon Repos near Saint Gelven (20 minutes) is a partly restored 12th Century Cistercian Abbey. Each Summer in late July/August there is a spectacular extravaganza depicting the history of Brittany.
Les Forges des Salles (20 minutes) is an ancient iron works with workshops and dwellings.
Beauport Abbey, near Paimpol (65 minutes) is a partly ruined abbey of immense charm and tranquility in a superb setting.
The Chateau de La Roche Jagu (60 minutes) has a superb location on a high promontory overlooking the river estuary. It also has lovely gardens to visit.
There are several ancient monuments (Menhirs) in the area to be discovered.
The Trieux Steam Railway (60 mins) runs between Pontrieux and Paimpol through stunning countryside.
The Guerlédan Steam Railway (15 mins) has recently opened over part of the original line. There are currently plans to extend the line.
There are courses at Pontivy, Saint Brieuc, Pléneuf Val André, St Quay Portrieux.
There are cinemas at Saint Brieuc, Pontivy, Loudéac, Rostrenen and Quintin. Films in English (with French sub-titles) are regularly shown.
Large concert/performance venues can be found at Pontivy and Saint Brieuc. Most towns and villages have their own Salles de Fetes where local events are regularly held.
Traditional Breton music and dancing can be experienced at many local events.
Indoor play centre - Pontivy
Ten pin bowling - Pontivy
Jardin du Botrain - Mur de Bretagne
Centre Equestre de Guerledan - Treffaut - Horse riding centre open all year
Musee de l'Electricite - St Aignan - Electricity museum near to the barrage at the Lac de Guerlédan open June to September
Quad biking - Caurel - 4 hectares of woodland terrain for adults and children, all equipment provided
La maison de l'archeologie - Plussulien - Archeology exhibition
Le Village Gaulois - Pleumeur-Bodou - Gallic themed activity park open April to September