Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 5
|La Brousse Cottage||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||1||Sofa bed in lounge|
La Brousse is a Napoleonic site in the Côtes-d'Armor upon which two houses sit amongst really delightful gardens. Built in 1810, this 2-bedroom cottage formed part of a farmhouse and stables set in an area of outstanding natural beauty and in peaceful surroundings.
La Brousse sits in the commune of Plorec sur Arguenon which has an especially low population density (only 1/6th of that of rural Suffolk): access is by a very quiet country lane. We offer a truly authentic taste of the famed Golden Triangle of Brittany. A stunning riverside environment and lakeshore are minutes away and the famous Breton beaches within easy reach. In particular, La Brousse is a profoundly quiet space with a magical atmosphere. Almost zero traffic is a bonus and the only vehicles you are likely to see is the postman once a day and the odd farmer's tractor. The rooms are light and spacious and have pretty and cosy garden outlooks. With the house having 360 degree views over our own gardens and, beyond the hedges, private country estate and farmland a very peaceful break is assured. Local amenities are only 6 minutes away in a car. This region of the Côtes-d'Armor offers many sporting and leisure activities including picturesque (and very safe) cycling, walking, horse riding and world-class coarse fishing on the Arguenon River and at the legendary Jugon Les Lacs. The region of northern Brittany really must be experienced to appreciate the quality of life available.
La Brousse Cottage kitchen is fully equipped with fridge-freezer, washing machine, combi-microwave, electric oven and dual-fuel 4-burner hob. The kitchen has a full inventory and will find every convenience available. The kitchen has a dining table for up to 6 people.
The lounge is dual-aspect with views into the gardens and onto the courtyard. Equipment includes soft seating for 7 adults, two sofas, flat screen tv with all UK channels, audio system and Blu-ray/dvd player.
The 2 bedrooms comprise a very comfortable king size room and a twin room with adjacent shower/wc. Both rooms are spacious and command beautiful garden and countryside views through openable Juliette balcony windows and velux roof lights with shades. A full size cot and high chair are available on request.
Modern heated bathroom with wc, wash basin and shower.
Heating in all rooms in the winter months is via electric convectors and there is a log-effect fire in the lounge, which will keep you warm through winter breaks.
Flat screen satellite tv (36") in the lounge (all UK channels including UK regions). CD/audio in lounge with input for smartphone/digital devices. There are a selection of books, magazines, games and dvd/cds to choose from.
A folder on local information and attractions will be available.
Steps lead up to the cottage's own rear garden which has seating (for up to 12) and is particularly suitable for very young children as it is remote from the access lane and courtyard and is very easy to supervise. However, at La Brousse you will have access to very special and very large garden environments designed and built by an award-winning landscaper. There are ample outdoor tables and seating for dining etc. Barbecue available in several convenient parts of the garden.
There is safe, private parking for 10 cars to the front of La Brousse on the gravel courtyard.
La Brousse is highly suited to small families especially those with very young children. Being a largely silent place it is popular with artists, writers, musicians and composers as a retreat.
There is a key-holding and help service (native English and French-speaking) available on a telephone call which provides assistance with any information you may need or with overcoming any difficulties you may have to ensure a carefree holiday.
• Child Facilities - cot and highchair available
• Cleaning service
• Dog-sitting and walking service available on site
• Broadband internet access via wi-fi
• Linen and towels hire available
• No Smoking (other than in the gardens)
• Large private gardens and secure rear garden area for very young children
We are a recently-retired professional couple. Anna is a language teacher and Gowan writes and records music for film.
|Year property purchased||2012|
|Why this location?||Brittany, especially the Cote D'Armor, is a spectacularly beautiful and peaceful place and is an ideal location for quiet, tranquil breaks. The people, environment and food are all of the highest calibre and the Celtic culture resonates with many parts of UK and north-western Europe.|
|Unique benefits of property||Total silence, stunning, peaceful gardens, solitude. Yet, only 5 minutes away by car is a fully serviced small town and in 20 minutes one can be in the delightfully medieval city of Dinan. The Arguenon River, one of the prettiest in France is 3 minutes in a car and the magnificent Breton Coast is 23 minutes at St Briac Sur Mer. As an operating base, La Brousse is in the centre of a bewildering array of places to visit yet, if you choose, the only activity you will see is the odd passing tractor and the La Poste van every few days.|
A basic set of kitchen essentials is provided. Further provisions can be purchased at the mini-market 5 minutes away at Jugon Les Lacs or a very large Hyper-U supermarket in Plancoet for family shopping. Fish and seafood are a speciality of the region and the fish counter at Plancoet is quite a revelation.
Jugon Les Lacs: Small very local market every Friday morning. Dinan: Fantastic Market for food and everything else on Thursday mornings in Dinan - 22 mins by car). Lamballe: Every Thursday morning - 30 mins by car. Rennes: France’s 2nd largest food market (and possibly it's best) – Every Saturday - Foodie heaven. Other local markets can be found on website. A great day trip - 40 mins each way and a pilgrimage for food-lovers!
Jugon Les Lac - 5 mins by car – mini supermarket, two bakers, butcher and several cafes in market place in Jugon Les Lacs. Plancoet: 12 mins by car - HyperU and Petrol Station. Very large and competitive hypermarket which provides anything you may need in the way of food, drink and other items. Dinan: 22 mins by car - A beautiful medieval city awash with top quality shops and cafe/bars. Lots of cheap and free parking: Not to be missed. (All journey times have been road-tested in July and August).
Northern Brittany is a great place to visit and La Brousse provides an ideal base from which to explore the region. Within an hour's drive you have a beautiful rugged coastline to explore, numerous fabulous markets to while away a morning (Dinard in particular) and a wide choice of historic towns and villages to visit. The gite is perfectly placed for those who prefer peace and quiet, being located in a distinctly rural spot surrounded by farm land, and proved adequate.
Unfortunately Gowan and Anna were, themselves, away on holiday during our stay. Nonetheless they kept in touch to ensure all was well and have been a pleasure to deal with throughout.
We spent a very pleasant couple of weeks in this delightful gite nestled deep in the peaceful countryside of northern Brittany. The gite proved to be an excellent base for our numerous visits to the coast, local markets, historic sites and walks in the area.
Our hosts, Anna and Gowan, were most welcoming and concerned to know that everything in the gite was in order. The bottles of wine on our arrival were an unexpected touch and much appreciated.
The gite itself was well equipped and the electric heaters provided a cosy warmth on the occasional chilly mornings and evenings.
We discovered many interesting places to visit but were particularly taken with the natural beauty of the north coast and would especially recommend Cap Frehel with its lighthouse and the impressive Fort la Latte; Cancalle for its myriad of fish restaurants and views of the oyster beds; Erquy and Pleneuf-val-Andre for their delightful harbours and beaches. Venturing inland we loved the traditional markets at Matignon and Dinan and the delightful quirkiness of the book town, Becherel. For history lovers the Gallo-Roman remains at Corseul are a must and especially the impressive remains of the Temple of Mars.
The only slight downside to our stay was the timing. It sees that mid-October is very much low season and we found quite a few restaurants and visitor attractions were closed. However visits to local tourist offices provided many alternative ideas including a special autumnal garden event.
We stayed for 2 weeks,had a fantastic time. Excellent location for rural retreat.Peaceful garden with garden furniture, sun loungers etc. Local town about 5 mins drive away, has good restaurants, small supermarket and excellent boulangerie.. Great location for activities such as walking, cycling, kayaking, wakeboarding and go-karting .Beautiful beaches about 40 mins drive away, lovely river 5 mins cycle. Interesting towns such as Dinan easy drive away, about 20 mins. Very friendly and helpful owners. Would go again.
Nice to know that La Brousse as a peaceful place can also provide exciting activities for energetic kid and parents!
Thanks for the great comment and being brilliant guests
Anna and Gowan
This is our first visit to Brittney, the whole area is amazing and there is something for everybody, we picked La Brousse because of the way it was explained on the website and the way it looked in the photos, I have to say that everything that we read & saw was accurate, the gite had everything you would require & the gardens are stunning, Gowan & Anna the owners work tirelessly to keep everything looking superb, we have a small dog (Spencer) who was made very welcome, as mentioned before the owners couldn’t do enough for us, they are lovely people & fit into the hospitality business very very well, they are now offering a cooked meal service, we had told that we like Indian food, a couple of nights later Gowan & Anna prepared & cooked us THE BEST Indian meal we had ever had, and we’ve had a few.
Thank you both very much for a fantastic holiday, we have already told many of our friends about it.
very happy that you enjoyed our lovely region and the cottage in particular. Very kind of you to leave a review.
Hope to see you again, Gowan and Anna,
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