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Le Calmité was so named by its previous French owners due to its quiet and peaceful location situated in delightful countryside. To add to the charm there is a little stream, the "Ruisseau de Querrien" that runs in front of the garden and which may be viewed from the upstairs windows. Between the front garden and the stream is a very little road which has tarmac up to the cottage and then continues as an non-tarmacked lane. There is virtually no traffic in this lane. Infact it is part of a rambler's trail.
The cottage is one of 3 houses at Le Moulin Robert. It was built around 1900 (perhaps before) as the miller's cottage where the miller and his family lived in 2 rooms up until the 1950s. Since then the attic has been converted to include 2 bedrooms and a shower room; and an annex incorporated to include a store room (not available to guests), a second bathroom and a utility room. The original rooms are converted into a large kitchen/diner and living room. The cottage has been painstakingly restored over several years and is full of character. Nevertheless every consideration has been given to providing good insulation and modern features such as the kitchen area - without detracting from the general appearance and character of the original house.
To the front of the cottage is a south facing gravelled area with rose borders. There is a patio set to one corner which catches the sun well into the evening. To the east side of the house is a patio area with another patio set that catches the early morning sun. Beyond the patio area and to the north of the house rising into the hillside is a larger garden area of about 1000 sqm. In spring, parts of this area are covered in primroses and wild orchids, and circada can be heard chirruping in summer!
The area is ideal if you are a nature lover and want the tranquillity of the countryside but yet be near enough to visit the many pretty towns and villages around. This area has the unspoilt feel of traditional rural Britanny.
Changeover days are specified as Saturdays, however the owners acknowledge that this is not convenient for everyone, and we will be as flexible as possible accepting other days when possible. Please send a message to enquire about alternatives.
The kitchen/diner has modern fitted kitchen area which nevertheless remains in keeping with the house as a whole. There is an electric oven and hob, kettle, toaster and dishwasher as well as a range of crockery and utensils. The room retains it's original wooden oak floor, although there is a carpeted area too. The table easily seats 6 people.
There is a separate utility room with refrigerator, washing machine, iron and ironing board, microwave and sink. The hoover and cleaning materials are also kept here.
As with the kitchen/diner, this room retains it's original oak floor. There is a comfortable 3 piece suite. The television has "satellite Freeview" (all the main English channels, and many others) and with a built-in DVD.
The bedrooms have high sloping ceilings with exposed beams. The larger bedroom has a double and single bed, whilst the smaller bedroom has 2 single beds. All the beds are very comfortable. There are bedside tables/cabinets with lamps and plenty of storage for clothes.
The main bedroom has lovely views as well as catching the early morning sun. The floors are original renovated pine ones, although there are rugs provided too. A hairdryer is kept in the main bedroom.
There is a shower room upstairs between the 2 bedrooms with a fully enclosed shower, wc and sink. In addition there is a bathroom downstairs with bath (and shower), wc and sink. There is a heated towel rail in each.
Bed linen and towels are included in the price.
There is a wood burning stove and electric storage heaters. An electric fire can be provided if necessary.
There is "free to air" English television with a wide range of channels. Wi-fi too is available.. There is also a range of books and games and a set of boules. Outside there is a barbecue.
There is a well tended garden to the front with rose borders. In June the ancient rose climber is particularly spectacular. There is also a large patio area and a rotary washing line is available. There is a gravelled driveway leading to the house. Above the driveway is a more natural area of garden with a variety of trees including several apple trees.
There is plenty of parking on the driveway or at the front of the house.
Unfortunately the cottage is not suitable for wheelchair users.
A cot and high chair is available, although please ask for this before you arrive.
Young children should be supervised in the area behind the house.
We would ask smokers to smoke outside, or at an open door.
Unfortunately the cottage is not suitable for pets.
Smoke alarms are fitted upstairs and downstairs.
Plug adapters are available for any electrical equipment you may bring.
Within 2 kms of the property is the village of Querrien. It is a very pleasant and interesting walk. Querrien is the site of the only "authenticated miracle" (according to the Roman Catholic Church) in Brittany, and the monument there is accessed free of charge. Just a few kilometres along the road towards Plessala can be found a delightful spot where ancient stepping stones cross the River Lie. This is known as "La Roche au Cerf". It makes a lovely picnic spot and there are nature trails nearby. There are several ancient monuments within easy reach of the cottage, near and far. For something quite spectacular, about an an hour's drive away, is the world renowned site of Carnac and this is well worth a visit. Here hundreds and hundreds of large prehistoric standing stones, as well as other prehistoric sites can be visited.
Bird watchers and nature lovers will really appreciate the location. I have seen kingfishers from the front garden and a dipper from the landing window upstairs (which overlooks the stream). One year wood larks nested in the rough grass of the back garden and many other birds can be seen and heard. Loudeac forest is less than a kilometer away where there are all sorts of animals including red deer and, so I am told, wild boar! Loudeac forest has miles of marked footpaths, a riding centre and a fishing discovery centre.
Canoeing is available on the River Lié at the "base sports nature" at Pont Querra on the outskirts of La Prenessaye (technically in the commune of Plemet). This is just 2km away. For very reasonable prices canoes can be hired. The normal route is to La Cheze, a pretty market town about 10km downstream. There are options for canoeists at all levels, and even a slalom course. Sometimes the starting point for trips is at St Sauveur Le Haut, just a couple of hundred metres away and about 2km upstream from the centre.
Bike hire is available at the "base sports nature" at Pont Querra. A choice of bikes are available. You will be advised on traffic free routes and this could be along a gentle track such as an old railway path, or for the more adventurous there is mountain bike hire. All terrain cycling is very popular locally and the VTT have established a number a routes along quieter tracks nearby, of varying distances/levels including one that passes very close to the cottage. There is also a regionally recognised VTT route that passes through Loudeac forest and further afield. As well as facilities for the casual cyclist, the area is also very good for the really serious cyclist and there is a velodrome at Loudeac.
Try the Saint Antoine in Plemet or the Bisquine in Loudeac. Both are excellent restaurants at reasonable prices. The Saint Antoine has won several awards and is very French. A few days advance booking will probably be required. There are also other good restaurants in Loudeac including a good Chinese restaurant. A number of local establishments offer the a "plat du jour" at lunch times - giving exceptional value for money (e.g at La Motte). A little further afield at Moncontour "La Mulette" and "Le Chauldron Magique" are also recommended.
There are stables just outside Loudeac and horse riding/pony trekking is available. There are delightful group rides through the trails within Loudeac forest. Leaflets at the cottage are available
The village of La Prenessaye is less than 2 km distant. It is a small village but has the unusual distinction of having a shop that, most usefully, has the distinction of opening on Sundays. Pont Querra and the "base sports nature" are located just outside La Prenessaye on the road to Plemet.
This is the largest lake in Brittany and is about 30 minutes by car. The lake has a range of water sports including sailing and water skiing, and there are several clean sandy beaches and lovely lakeside walks. A good starting off point for the lake is the Mur de Bretagne, a pretty, if slightly touristic town. A visit could be combined with the Friday evening market.
A little further away (9 km) is the larger town of Loudeac where further facilities and a range of restaurants, shops and boutiques can be found. Loudeac is an attractive market town with a lovely central area in front of the church. It is not spoilt by excessive tourism and is well known for it's weekly market where all manner of fresh produce can be purchased. Loudeac is also famous for it's horses and has a hippodrome. There is an annual festival of horses on the second Sunday in August when a procession of horses and carriages are led through the streets. Loudeac also boasts has an excellent indoor swimming pool complex which includes a large water-slide, lazy river, Jacuzzi and other features as well as a decent size swimming pool.
Most towns locally have their own market. Loudeac has a vibrant market just off its centre every Saturday morning where a large range of fresh food can be purchased as well as craft stalls and other traditional Breton goods. Plemet has a small holders market every first and third Sunday of the month at the function room (back of Maision de la Presse) from 14:00 - 15:30. La Cheze is every Wednesday in the town centre, and a little further afield there are great markets at Pontivy on Mondays and Saturdays, Lamballe on Thursday mornings and on Friday evenings in the summer (from 17:00 - 21:00) there is a lovely market, with musical entertainment at Mur de Bretagne.
There are a number of medieval towns in this part of Brittany. Dinan with its medieval streets at 60km is a delight but so is it's nearer, smaller and less well known cousin Moncontour at 21km. Both have medieval pageants or festivals from time to time. Josselin and Pontivy at about 32km each are also worth a visit. Both are well known for their castles, especially Josselin. Pontivy also has a thriving shopping centre and many cafes and restaurants. A little further afield is Vannes, full of medieval streets and a good starting point for a trip on the Gulf de Morbihan. Rennes, about an hour's drive, is a fairly large city, the capital of Brittany, but the old quarter still retains some very fine medieval buildings. Also worth a visit at about 35 kms is Jugon-les-lacs. a quaint "cite de character"
Although a rural location, the cottage is in fact only a few hundred metres from the hamlet of St Sauveur Le Haut and about 4km from the pretty little town of Plemet where a range of shops and facilities can be found. There is a large supermarket in Plemet and an award winning restaurant.
The cottage is situated about mid way between the north and south Brittany coast and each may be reached in less than an hour's driving. The north coast has some spectacular coastline with pink granite outcrops. The south coast is more sandy, and the inland sea, the Gulf de Morbihan, is the easiest place to reach. You can cruise around the Gulf de Morbihan, around many little islands in one of the vedettes. In July and August in the evening you can combine such a cruise with a full evening meal at one of the window seats.
This is a charming little village just 1km away. For those interested in history it has the remains of a 16th century water powered iron foundry. There are also some lovely walks nearby along the River Lié. Freshly baked bread, and a few other items can be bought from the ancient bakery at Vaublanc - but beware this is hardly a shop and there are odd opening times!
This is a great area for walkers, and indeed immediately outside the cottage there is a charming circular walk up the lane and then passing along county lanes through the little village of Querrien before curving back to the cottage along a different route. Also nearby are a number of circular routes along quiet trails set by the Randonee de France. These vary in length from 5 to 25km and some of them will take you through Loudeac forest which is about I or 2 kms from the cottage. The River Lie is only a couple of hundred metres away and there are some lovely riverside walks for example starting from Vaublanc or from La Roche au Cerf. Both coypu and otters can sometimes be seen co-existing in the River Lie.
We have rented several holiday cottages in Europe and Florida over the years, and this is undoubtedly one of the best in terms of equipment, condition and value for money. The house has lovely proportions and the woodwork is just gorgeous! Having a separate utility room was really useful and meant we could keep the house clean (it was spotlless when we arrived!) despite some inclement weather. It's in a beatiful, quiet location but there are lots of places to visit and good walks nearby.There is a charming restaurant in Plemet (the Saint Antoine) where we were amazed at the price for a fantastic French meal! Check opening times though, especially out of season. The usual tourist spots are within easy driving distance (don't miss Josselin) and Pontivy is particularly interesting though the Chateau de Rohan is closed for renovation. .. we visited Dinan on our way back to St Malo- superb!
Beautiful well presented property. We had an excellent week with our 3 young children. We had trouble with the oven during the stay but the owner was very good and arranged for an electrician to visit.
La Calmite is in a very tranquil place, only three houses in Le Moulin Robert. In front of the gite is a stream and during the day butterflies; dragonflies and birds fly over the area.It is idyllic.
Less than ten minutes by car is the small town of Plemet where you can find good boulangeries and an excellent supermarket, Super U.
We enjoyed our stay in this rural gite. Owners are very helpful.
Cottage was nice and clean with everything you could need .Suppermarket about 15 mins away good base to go of exploring.Only negitive was the garden grass was cut but hedges and flower beds needed cutting and weeding.
Thank you for the feedback. We are pleased to hear the cottage was to your liking. The garden did need some attention. However this was planned for the day you left. When we arrived the kettle was still hot!
By the end of the day the hedge and flower beds had been dealt with.