Holiday cottage to rent near Carhaix-Plouguer - BN002685

Carnoet (16km from Callac), Côtes d'Armor, Brittany Reference: BN002685 Advertiser since: 4 February 2010
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Aupres de la Vallee des Saints Self Catering Flexible 3 6 1

About this property

Lovely Cottage in Small Village 35 Mins from Sea. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

Au pres de la Vallee des Saints is in Trévenec, which is a peaceful hamlet set in beautiful countryside close to the National Park of Armorique in central Brittany, yet only 40 minutes drive from some of the best beaches in Brittany. It is only 5 minutes by car from the Valley of the Saints Heritage Site on the outskirts of Carnoet. This European Easter island is unique with over 85 giant granite statues of Breton Saints. This will increase to 100 this summer, with the 100th statue being installed and celebrated from 26th-29th July.
The cottage itself is a beautifully presented, superbly equipped and exquisitely renovated 200-year old Breton longère with a wonderful view over fields and woodland, yet close to local towns. It is ideal for exploring Brittany by car, cycling, walking or just relaxing in peaceful surroundings and nearby there are places to visit to suit all the family from fishing to riding to watersports to the wonderful sandy beaches and the typically French markets.
With thermostatically-controlled electric heating for autumn and winter and a secluded south facing garden for spring and summer, Trévenec is the ideal location for a romantic hideaway or a family holiday. The property is protected by English smoke alarms and is now non-smoking within the house.

Sleeps 2-4 people or 5 including children.
Guest Comments
"Brittany in winter is as magical as Brittany at any time of the year! Even in the coldest January for years we’ve sat out on warm, sunny afternoons."
"The house is comfortable and welcoming, - and the bedrooms have been newly painted and re-carpeted, - Anne and John have really made a difference since taking over 22 Trevenec!"
 John K
"A quiet peaceful place, no noise, no bustle…beaches are delightful…exciting places to visit …something for everyone…friendly Bretons.. gourmet eating. Traffic is almost non-existent! Exceptional weather.."       Chris and Christine  F   July 2010
"Really enjoyed our stay here…been to a lot of beaches, towns, markets, - it’s been lovely. Thank you very much. Love to come again!"
 Claire and Hassan B and family     
"We have really enjoyed our time in the cottage. Henry (9) and Rosie (6) have loved the cows and all the wildlife."
 Matthew and Miriam L  and family
"Our stay here has been extremely enjoyable! There is so much to see – all very interesting – as well as the lush green and productive countryside. Staying in your cottage was relaxing and peaceful, and we loved the peaceful blue décor lovingly designed to make is a home from home. A wonderful experience, - and such a beautiful country!"
 Graham and Robyn M (Australia)    
"Had a lovely time, - kids enjoyed the cows and the forest – and the table football! We enjoyed the peace and the escape – and eating out in the lane!"
 Rufus and Sarah W and family 
"A wonderful holiday yet again. Weather very good and we found lots of new places and beaches which were stunning. We would recommend the tours of Finistère in the guide book so helpfully provided, - they make great days out. Thanks again for letting us stop in your gorgeous, peaceful, tranquil cottage."
 Sally and Chris K August
"What a wonderful cottage and beautiful location! It has been our first experience of Brittany and we loved exploring it. Locquirec was probably our highlight of the week."
 Tim and Sara H and family
"A lovely cottage, - a real home from home, with everything you need. It was really peaceful and we had a lovely holiday. Our favourite places to visit were Quimper and Concarneau, with its walled city near the harbour, Morlaix, Huelgoat with the lake and enjoyable walk by the boulders. We also enjoyed the beach at Locquirec. We found the cottage was very central to everywhere we wanted to go."
Many thanks."
 Sandra and Andrew P 



Kitchen and dining

The modern kitchen is fitted with a fridge, combination microwave and grill, gas cooker and hob, toaster and other kitchen equipment. Dining table seats 6 comfortably whilst looking out over the patio and garden.

Living rooms

Large lounge/dining room with original beamed ceiling, open Breton fireplace and tiled floor. The room is well furnished with comfortable seating, cushions, coffee-tables, dining table and chairs.


The attractive wooden staircase leads out of the lounge to the first floor, with a twin bedroom on the left and the double bedroom to the right, ideal for 2 couples or those with older children. The third twin bedroom is accessed through the double bedroom.


The bathroom, utility room and separate toilet have modern fittings and a washing machine, iron and board, hairdryer, drying rack and cleaning equipment.


The cottage is heated by thermostatically controlled electric heaters.


The satellite tv provides over 80 English channels, including BBC, ITV and Channel 4, regional English stations, and digital radio. A second tv/dvd player receiving some French tv channels is available upstairs. There are games, books and magazines, a parasol, windbreak and picnic set.

Garden and outside

Garden with sunny patio and lawn, patio furniture and barbecue. Fantastic views. Hammock and sunbed.

Parking and garages

Ample private parking.

Visitor suitability

Suitable for families and couples. Sorry, no smoking.


  • Cleaning

  • Linen

  • Child facilities


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Callac
Distance: 12 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Freshwater
Name of nearest fishing location: Callac
Distance: 10 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Carhaix
Distance: 12 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: GR15


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr John Botten

We purchased this lovely property after we first saw it and fell in love with it. As retired teachers we want to share the house with others and let them get to know the wonderful countryside and coasts of Brittany

Year property purchased 2008
Why this location? We are in the countryside but not isolated, have a lovely outlook across to fields and woodlands; at night the skies are dark, free of light pollution. Just down the road is the village of Carnoet and not far away the towns of Callac and Carhaix with excellent hypermarkets and restaurants. There is a great choice of sandy beaches in lovely settings on the north coast, an attractive drive along quiet roads to the area around Locquirec, and further afield the beaches of the west coast, one of which is a ten mile stretch of sand, and the south coast near Concarneau are about an hour's drive.
Unique benefits of property Comfort, peace, relaxation - a home from home in wonderful countryside close to one of the most remarkable tourist locations in France, the Valley of the Saints, which last year had over 200,000 visitors, yet remains an idyllic atmospheric hilltop with views far into the distance in every direction. Our visitors love the level of equipment and forethought in catering for their needs, from the fully equipped kitchen to the hairdryer, games for children and adults, garden hammock, barbecue, sun umbrella, and French and English television services.

The Owner Recommends

A Perfect Location for Your Holiday

Trévenec is ideally situated for visiting the moorland, forests, lakes and villages of the Regional Park of Armorique, the wonderful beaches of the north, west and south coasts of Brittany, a wide range of attractive French towns and villages and a host of other attractions such as chateaux, country crafts and also sporting and leisure sites for old and young alike.

A Remarkable New Heritage Attraction - The Valley of the Saints

In late 2009 Carnoet won a contest to be the site of the most important heritage programme in Brittany this century, the Valley of the Saints. There are now 60 3 metre high granite statues of Breton saints at the wonderfully atmospheric hill-top site next to the ancient chapel of Saint Gildas. This is a must-see attraction!

Callac - Capital of Argoat

Callac is a typical small French market town about 10-15 minutes away, with a large market square which resounds every Wednesday market day to the chatter of farmers, townspeople, villagers and visitors. Everything is sold from ducklings to duvets and artichokes to anchovies! The town also boasts local shops, including a wonderful shop selling everything from ornamental light fittings to hunting gear, and a really good Intermarché hypermarket plus a Casino supermarket. It also has a very attractive lake and nature reserve, with excellent walking. And, if you want to find the local English community, there is an English café!

Carhaix Plouguer

Carhaix Plouguer is the largest town in the vicinity and is about 15 minutes away. Another lovely French town with old Breton houses lining the streets of the town centre, with a market and a range of shops plus some excellent restaurants. Since it was once a Roman town, nearby are the remains of the Roman aqueduct and the Nantes-Brest Canal offers wonderful walks and bicycle rides. The town has lots of shops, bars, restaurants and street cafés, pharmacies and the local hospital. The Leclerc hypermarket on the edge of the town towards Callac has a very reasonable cafeteria. The town is also the location of the famous Vielles Charrues pop festival every year.

Carnoet - Our Nearest Village

Carnoet is about 5 minutes away on the road up from Callac. It is a typical French village with a post office, small but well-stocked local supermarket and a couple of bars. Will become the village of the Valley of the Saints Heritage Site.

Chateauneuf de Faou

Chateauneuf de Faou is an attractive tourist centre overlooking a lovely river valley south of Carhaix. Has a variety of canoe, swimming and other riverside attractions and is close to one of the major chateaux of the region, the Domaine de Trévarez.


Guérlesquin a beautiful petite cité de caractère with a lovely centre and very attractive gardens, best seen on market day (Monday), there is a plan d’eau nearby with a small beach for swimming.


Huelgoat is a tourist town on the edge of the Armorique Regional Park about 15-20 minutes away. It is renowned for the mysterious giant granite rocks in the river valley known as the Chaos, for the forests with their wonderful walks nearby and for the old silver mines nearby. There is also a lake near the town centre, a delightful market square with cherry trees, and beautiful countryside on all sides! This is also a good place to eat, with one of the oldest crêperies in Brittany.


Lannion is another large riverside town with old houses towards the coast in the direction of the Rose Granite Coast and Perros-Guirec about 25 miles away. Another large market on Thursdays.

Location and Activities

Callac is a typical small French market town about 10-15 minutes away. The town also boasts local shops, including a wonderful shop selling everything from ornamental light fittings to hunting gear, and a really good Intermarché hypermarket plus a Casino supermarket. It also has a very attractive lake and nature reserve, with excellent walking.
Carhaix Plouguer is the largest town in the vicinity and is about 15 minutes away. Another lovely French town with old Breton houses lining the streets of the town centre, with a market and a range of shops plus some excellent restaurants.


A lovely seaside resort at the mouth of a large estuary with rocky headlands and large sandy beaches. Excellent crêperies, restaurants and a bar by the port where you can sit out in the sun over your drinks even in January!


Morlaix is a large town on one of the rivers leading to the sea 20 miles from the house. Very large market and lovely old houses.

Nearest Restaurant

Within 10-15 minutes minutes drive there is a good range of restaurants and bars. Excellent créperies in this area!

Plestin les Greves

Plestin les Greves is an attractive small town just inland from nearest north coast beaches


Sizun is an attractive village en route to Brest via the northern route. Beautiful church and nearby free museum. Nearby is the Lac du Binnic, one of many places where there is a beach for swimming.

Some Other Places to Visit

Dinan, (especially if you fly into Dinard), Concarneau with its walled citadel, Pont-Aven, Quimper, Brest and Vannes are all worth a visit. There are maps and details of many attractive towns and villages at the cottage.

2 Reviews
  • Cleanliness: 9.5
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9.5
  • Local Amenities: 8.5
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
9.7 / 10 Craig and Chris 18 August, 2019

We stayed for 5 nights. The cottage was very nice and in a quiet location.

The lack of internet was troublesome because there was poor mobile data signal.

But it was OK on the upper floor.

The cottage is on the outskirts of a hamlet near "The Valley of the Saints" which is worth a visit (and is free).

Lots of hot water and good cooking facilities.

Private off road parking and nice patio area.

The location is equidistant from Roscoff, Quimper and Brest.

We would stay there again.

Owner response

Glad you enjoyed your visit;we are keeping the internet under review but there is no cabled internet in the hamlet at present.

John and Anne

10 / 10 Webbs 19 September, 2016

A pretty cottage in a lovely quiet location. Comfortable and well equipped and provided with lots of useful information of the local area and places to visit. Easy to book with the helpful owners. Hope to go back another year and would certainly recommend it to anyone wanting a peaceful and relaxing holiday.

Owner response

Thank you for your comments, - we are delighted that you enjoyed your holiday so much and look forward to your next visit!