|Le Gite au Manoir||Self Catering||Flexible||2||4||1|
The cottage is part of the ancient Manoir de la Boissière and is situated adjacent to the owners property. The downstairs living area, with original oak beams and huge stone fireplace, is approximately 45 square metres and has comfortable seating for 6 with satellite tv, dvd player, cd player and Bose sound dock for an iPod. There is a broadband connection with wi-fi. The kitchen is fully-equipped, including electric oven and ceramic hob, large fridge-freezer, microwave, dishwasher and a very quiet Miele washing machine. In addition to the wood burning stove, heating is provided by 2 electric radiators. The kitchen cupboards provide plenty of storage and an undersink water heater provides instant hot water.
Upstairs, the main bedroom features a super king size (i.e. 6-ft wide) bed, with bedside tables, a wardrobe and 2 chests of drawers; in the second bedroom there are twin beds, a chest of drawers and bedside table. Both bedrooms are fitted with electric radiators. The shower room is fully tiled with a 90cm quadrant shower cubicle, a large washbasin and heated towel rail. Hot water for washing and showering is provided by a large capacity immersion heater.
Outside, there is a courtyard and a large terrace equipped with a Weber bbq and outdoor dining furniture. There is plenty of parking space and open countryside to the rear of the property.
Situated in a small hamlet in the commune of Plusquellec, this pretty cottage is just a mile and a half outside the market town of Callac. Here, as well as the popular weekly market each Wednesday morning, you will find 2 supermarkets, 2 bakers, a Post Office, 3 banks, a butchery/charcuterie, a patisserie, a newsagent, a wine merchant, 2 florists and a pharmacy as well as several bars, restaurants and petrol stations and a very nice gift shop.
Please note that Le Gite au Manoir is a "no smoking" property and pets are not accepted.
Reservation is secured with a 30% deposit. The Holiday France Direct booking fee of £34 is offset against this payment.
The kitchen is fully-equipped, including electric oven and ceramic hob, large fridge-freezer, microwave, dishwasher and a very quiet Miele washing machine. The kitchen cupboards provide plenty of storage and an undersink water heater provides instant hot water.
The downstairs living area, with original oak beams and huge stone fireplace, is approximately 45 square metres and has comfortable seating for 6 with satellite tv, dvd player, cd player and Bose sound dock for an iPod. There is a broadband connection with wi-fi. In addition to the wood burning stove, heating is provided by 2 electric radiators.
The main bedroom features a super king size (i.e. 6-ft wide) bed, with bedside tables, a wardrobe and 2 chests of drawers; in the second bedroom there are twin beds, a chest of drawers and bedside table. Both bedrooms are fitted with electric radiators. Good quality bedding is provided and is changed weekly.
The shower room is fully tiled with a 90cm quadrant shower cubicle, a large washbasin and heated towel rail. Hot water for washing and showering is provided by a large capacity immersion heater. Towels are not usually provided, but may be hired at a cost of £5 per person per stay.
The property has a wood burning stove, which gives out lots of heat as well as being a lovely centrepiece for the living area. There is no charge for wood. There are 2 electric radiators downstairs and a further 2 upstairs, along with a large heated towel rail in the shower room. The cost of electricity is included in the rental rate.
There is a courtyard and a large terrace equipped with Weber barbecue and outdoor dining furniture. At the back of the cottage is a large field where children can play safely and parents can enjoy the Breton sun as they relax on the sunloungers that are provided.
There is ample parking within the grounds.
Having purchased what was left of the old Manoir de la Boissière, we renovated what is now the gîte and used it as a holiday home from 2000 until we came to France permanently when we retired in 2009. We had planned to move into the converted barns next door but, as is often the case in France, the renovation was behind schedule so we lived full-time in the gîte for ten months! We moved into our present home in 2010 and opened up our old holiday home as a gîte in 2011.
|Year property purchased||1999|
|Why this location?||We looked at a number of properties, but this one just seemed "right". It had the right feel and it had the potential to be developed into what we now have.|
|Unique benefits of property||We always planned to use the gîte for our own holidays for a number of years so, rather than lugging stuff to and fro four or five times a year, we equipped it from the outset with everything we needed to enjoy our holiday. Guests remark regularly upon the quantity and quality of the equipment.
In terms of location, the gîte has the advantage of being situated in open countryside whilst, at the same time, having the facilities of a market town just four or five minutes away. Equally, its location in Central Brittany means that all three of the region's contrasting coastlines are readily accessible.
Callac is considered the capital of the Breton Spaniel and the "Maison de l’Epagneul", a museum dedicated to the history of the breed, opened in 2007 and is located near the main square. The town also boasts its own lake (Le Plan d'Eau de la Verte Vallée) which provides lovely walks along its perimeter as well as the possibility of fishing. Slightly further afield are other lakes where it is possible to enjoy watersports. The nearest swimming pool and golf course are at Carhaix-Plouguer, about 20 minutes away by car. The nearby village of Carnoet is home to the "Vallée des Saintes", a park of tall stone figures of Breton saints that can be seen for miles around; it is intended that there will eventually be as many as a thousand figures gazing out over the countryside.
Each year in August sees the Festival de la Saint-Loup take place in nearby Guingamp. Interrupted only by the 2 World Wars, this festival of Breton traditions and dance has taken place every year since the 19th century and attracts participants from Scotland, Wales and Ireland as well as the Bretons themselves.
Why not visit one of the area's Michelin-starred restaurants? There are a dozen or more such establishments within striking distance of the gite. We have tried several and can recommend them with confidence!
No holiday in France would be complete without visiting one or 2 local markets. Breton markets are lively and atmospheric affairs, and take place locally 7 mornings a week throughout the year. The dedicated market-goer could visit Plestin-les-Grèves on a Sunday (highly recommended), Guerlesquin on a Monday (taking the opportunity to see its ancient prison, the Praesidium, and have lunch at the excellent creperie), Rostrenen on a Tuesday, Callac itself on a Wednesday, Lannion (along the riverside and up the narrow streets) on a Thursday, beautiful Guingamp on a Friday and spectacular Morlaix to round off the week on the Saturday! A visit to the market followed by lunch before exploring the countryside or going down to the beach certainly makes for a great day out!
Callac is host in June each year to the Pierre le Bigaut, Europe's 3rd largest cycling event, which draws more than 7000 cyclists from all over Europe.
In common with the greater part of rural France, most shops close on Mondays, but are open throughout the rest of the week, including Sunday mornings. The supermarkets are open 7 days a week (mornings only on Sundays). Callac also has its own railway station, from where the train to Guingamp connects with the TGV line between Paris and Brest. And if you fall in love with the area and decide you want a holiday home of your own, there are estate agents to help you make the choice!
Worth visiting are the autumn horse fairs at Bulat Pestivien and Kerien as well as the many "all-the-year-round" places of interest such as the Roman bridge in Callac itself or the "enchanted forest" in Huelgoat, with its amazing gigantic mossy boulders and sparkling clear pools. Throughout the summer months, the Amoripark at Begard (40 minutes away by car) provides a host of activities for the whole family. For the lover of art, a visit to Pont-Aven, where Émile Bernard, Paul Gauguin and Paul Sérusier did much of their work, is a must. For a day trip, it could be combined with a visit to the fishing port of Concarneau, where a stroll through the fortified Ville Close will take you back through time.
In July each year, Carhaix-Plougeur plays host to the "Vieilles Charrues", France's biggest and reputedly best music festival. The festival nurtures a wide variety of musical styles in a relaxed atmosphere, bringing together both legendary groups and legends in the making. With 5 stages, 80 artists and 230,000 spectators, the Vieilles Charrues has over the last few years become one of the largest and most important music festivals in mainland Europe.
This fabulous Gite is beautifully presented and equipped with everything (but a potato masher). We would highly recommend booking it.
The owners Val & Bryn made us feel very welcome with their invite to the main house attached to the Gite for drinks and nibbles. This was lovely when we arrived at 8.30pm before giving us the key and giving us a tour of the Gite whilst explaining everything.
The handbook they left is very informative and was most useful for amenities and places to visit.
The visitors book made a good read and is filled with positive comments and many compliments which we were happy to add ours too.
The Gite is situated in a lovely quiet, green area with so many places to visit within 15-60 min drives
which was perfect for us and just under 2hrs from St. Malo. If the location has any down side it is only that it isn't within walking distance of a boulangerie or eatery.
Although the Gite has good electric heating, as our visit was in April it was delightful to be able to light the log burner as the evenings cooled which made us feel so cosy. (wood supplied)
Thanks Bryn & Val for a wonderful stay. We hope to use it again.
This is a very impressive and comfortable gite and highly recommended. The owners are very helpful and made us feel very welcome on arrival, taking time to help us settle after a long drive and carefully explaining the features of the property. We had no problems during the stay and didn't require further assistance but they were there if needed and we caught up near the end of the stay. The place is exactly as advertised; clean and well-maintained. We can't think of any negatives.
The gite has many great features including a wonderful power shower, wifi and a fully equipped kitchen. The back garden is very open and spacious which the kids loved running around and we had many great times just playing there.
Although seemingly in the middle of countryside, the gite is very well located for visiting a huge range of places in under one hours drive with our highlights being Ploumanac'h, Mael-Carhaix, Chateau de la Roche Jagu and Huelgoat. It's a great area to explore and we all enjoyed doing that.
The weather was good which always helps and overall we had not just a great holiday, but a great family holiday with many fond memories. Overall, the gite is great, the owners are lovely and I would highly recommend staying here to anyone. Full marks.