|Gite Tres Belle Maison||Self Catering||Saturday||2||4||1||Baby Cot|
Arrival days - During July and August Saturday is the arrival/departure day, unless 2 weeks plus are booked, when you chose the day of arrival/departure.
The Grand Maison & Gite of Bout es Loups is a Tres Belle Maison. An original stone and granite farmstead dating back to the 1700's. According to records, at one point it was used as a monastery. During renovation an underground passageway was found, leading to the forest. Rumoured to have been used during the wars to hide farmers and their families to aid a quick getaway.
The Grand Maison has now been brought back to life and offers tranquil accommodation with beautiful views of the rolling countryside. Set in the heart of the Brittany countryside with private gardens, it is a peaceful and relaxing setting.
Farmland and forest sit around the Maison and is known for the odd herd of cattle to go by, or to be woken by the beautiful morning chorus. But there is nothing quite like sitting with an aperitif on the patio watching the sun go down, eating alfresco.
Gite Tres Belle Maison is a pretty, light and airy 2 bedroomed Gite with a private mature garden and own parking. Perfect for couples or small families.
If you like to explore, there is lots to see. Hop onto the highway or back routes to visit Abbey Bon Repos, Dinan or Josselin for a wealth of castles and churches. Or visit a few of the many beaches dotted around the Brittany coastline. Within an hour you can be on any of the coast lines.
Lots of lovely restaurants/Bistros. Whether its seafood, steaks or Breton crepes. A vast array of local markets with fresh made produce of goats cheese, butters and yoghurts are synonymous with the area. Pick up fresh fish or oysters from the morning catch. Or sample some of the many, many, varieties of superb wines. Whatever takes your fancy there is plenty to chose from.
An open plan living area and triple aspect views with a fitted kitchen, dining area and lounge. A well equipped kitchen with gas hob, eye level electric cooker, fridge and cupboard storage. Cafetiere, kettle, toaster, pots, pans, crockery, cutlery, utensils and glasses. Ceramic double sink and drainer with utensils. There is no dishwasher or washing machine. Electrical extensions provided – UK and French. A collapsible dining table provides various seating options in addition to outdoor dining. A beautiful ornate wall mirror dresses the main wall of the dining area providing lots of extra light, bringing the outside in through its reflection, enhancing the feel of the room.
A warm seating area with a comfy 3 seater couch sits aside the wooden staircase. Opposite, sits an easy to use eco wooden pellet burner, which gives off a great heat, warming through the whole Gite and can be controlled thermostatically. Plus an extra single comfy chair, for those who like their own space. All are adorned with soft plump cushions and a blanket for a cosy evening whilst watching French or UK television. There is also a radio and dvd player along with free wi-fi which reaches throughout the Gite.
A coffee table sits on a rug in front of the fire and couch, within easy reach for your glass of wine or book. Above a pretty wooden unit finishes off the room to great effect. A tall lamp stand provides softer lighting.
From the couch, the double patio doors offer a great view onto the private garden and patio area. A back door opens onto the pretty views of the landscaped gardens and fountain of the Grand Maison.
Under stairs storage, ideal for suitcases.
A 2 bedroomed Gite with 3 beds.
The master bedroom has a comfy French carved double bed with matching bedside cabinets. Wardrobe and chest of draws.
The 2nd bedroom has 2 single comfy beds, wardrobe and chest of drawers.
All have new mattresses. Both rooms are finished with quality bedding, soft furnishings and rugs over wooden floors. Bedside lamps are provided along with and extra plug sockets for charging multiple devices overnight. A cot can be placed in the 2nd bedroom at a squeeze.
The bathroom is long and slim to house a large double shower. A sink, mirror, toilet, large towel radiator and bench style seating. All very clean with some toiletries to get you started. Fresh towels and floor mats are provided and beach towels can be to, upon request.
A new wood pellet burner has been installed in the lounge area which provides a fantastic heat source during the non-summer months. This is filled plus an extra bin, free of charge and replacement pellets can easily be purchased from the local stores. The large towel radiator in the bathroom also acts as a heating source. Wall heaters in the bedrooms offer controlled heating and can be set to come on at night, if required. During the summer months no heating is required at all, as the evening sun warms through the Gite nicely. The sun rises in the kitchen area, moves around the side of the property (into the dining area) and onto the back South facing garden.
For lots of great information on what to do and see go to our website www.tresbellemaison.com for a variety of ideas. The Gite has a basket of information and plenty of walking and bike (VTT) routes around Brittany.
The private garden is kept neat and tidy and has mature shrubs and trees all round, offering sunny and shaded areas. It is gated, so safe and secure for little ones. Great views of the countryside. The Gite is sat on a quiet road leading to Loudeac Forest and has minimal traffic. During harvest time there may be a few tractors and milking cows being herded past twice a day for a few minutes during the summer.
On the patio area sits a large wooden dining table and 6 chairs for outside dining and can be moved around to sit in the shade or the sun. 2 sunloungers are available, plus a good portable bbq.
Driveway parking is gated with additional parking outside, off road. The Gite is in a quiet rural area and your car will be safe were ever you park at the Gite.
Suitable for able bodied persons as there are stairs and steps. Grab hand rails (suction) can be provided for the shower, if required, as can a stair gate for small children.
You will find the Gite is cleaned to a high standard throughout. We appreciate guests leaving the place clean and tidy but also understand, after a relaxing holiday, you may not wish to clean upon departure. Don't worry, we offer a cleaning service for 50 euros.
Additional storage space can be provided for bikes. Additional freezer space is also available. A picnic table and seating areas sit in the gardens of the Grand Maison which you are free to utilise.
We have travelled extensively and stayed in many places. From this we learnt first hand the importance of nice accommodation and a good nights sleep, which we want to pass onto our guests when they stay with us. We are relaxed, yet professional and like to ensure everyone enjoys their stay at Gite Tres Belle Maison.
|Year property purchased||2015|
|Why this location?||We recently returned from a number of years overseas and chose France as it has so much to offer, alongside the good food and wine!
We were particularly taken with the location as it is superb for travelling North, South, East or West, being not far from the new highways through central Brittany to the coastal areas. Plus Central Brittany has much to offer. Many beautiful towns and villages, abbeys, monasteries and castles.
|Unique benefits of property||Wonderful vistas of the rolling countryside. Next door to Loudeac Forest, (200m). A private garden with privacy. Great for cycling, walking and exploring. The peaceful surroundings, plus fresh air and great views combine to make it a lovely location for a holiday.|
Just half an hour from the clean sandy beaches and safe swimming of the Brittany coast - try Pleneuf Val Andre – picturesque fishing harbour with nearby shops, cafés and casino are well worth a visit. Sable D’Or offers all you could need for a day at the beach.
Jugon les Lacs – home to a multitude of water sports, fishing, windsurfing, sailing etc.
Binic & Etables-sur-Mer both highly recommended by our guests for the marina and beach.
The Green Way/Les Voies Vertes V6 & V8. An old railway track, now a cycle path, takes you from Carhaix and St Meen-le-Grand via Loudeac and Merdrignac. Perfect for family bike rides along all or part of it 110kms.
There are many routes criss crossing Brittany to enjoy at leisure. Numerous local lakes and forests provide plenty of choice for the walking & cycling enthusiast.
Only a stones’ throw away the 2,500 hectares makes it the largest forest in Brittany. Once it formed a group with the Forest of Broceliande, that of Merlin the Enchanter and King Arthur. Today it is a haven for deer and wildlife. In the summer accompanied walks are organised to see the wide range flora and forna on offer. You are able to roam freely throughout the forest.
Access is so easy via the ferries of St Malo which arrive from Portsmouth, Poole and the Channel Islands or Dinard airport with its regular RyanAir flights. If that’s not enough, in easy reach are Roscoff, Brest, Rennes, Nantes, Caen and Cherbourg with a variety of ferries and flights from all over the UK; there are also TGV stations at Rennes and St Brieuc.
A short ride from the house is the long established Loudeac Equestrian Centre for horse and pony rides, lessons or treks throughout the Forest and surrounding area. Novices to advanced riders welcomed.
Airport – Dinard: 93 Kms Ferry – St. Malo: 100 Kms Train – Lamballe: 34 Kms Motorway – Loudeac N164: 5 Kms Coast – St Brieuc: 40 Kms National Bus – Loudeac: 7 Kms Golf – Ploermel or Pleneuf Val André : 50 Kms Bar/Pub – La Motte: 2 Kms Restaurants – Loudeac or Plouguenast: 7 Kms
Cycling / BMX forest tracks
Walking / Hiking / Running
Canoeing / Kayaking / Sailing
Swimming – indoor and outside
Lake Guerledan Watersports
Aquarev – walking, running, exercise circuits, tennis, basketball, fishing and coffee shop.
Les Aquatides, swimming complex with fun slides, sauna and hammam.
Cinema – French and English shown regularly.
Horse Racing Hippodrome.
Bird Spotting – Birds of prey and garden varieties.
Site seeing – Lake (Lac) Gurledan, Historical and Medieval villages, rolling countryside, Churches, Chateaus and Gardens (Bon Repos).
The Historical Linen Route – St Thelo, Le Quillio to Uzel Museum.
Eating Out – Restaurants, brasseries and coffee shops of an excellent standard and good value Plat de Jour (meal of the day) which can be up to 5 courses for 12 to 15 euros, which is excellent value for money, including a drink.
Lake Guerledan Beach
Base Sports Nature / Sports Centres
We are centrally situated between 3 outdoor sports centres with a wide range of activities for adults and children at Plemet (Pont Querra), Plouguenast (Pontgamp) and Lac de Bosmeleac. Activities include: canoeing, kayaking, cycling/VTT, walking, archery, rock climbing, pedalo and stand up paddle to name a few.
Cycling VTT - VTT station Pays de Loudéac is more than 400 km of marked routes. The circuits are classified according to the length, height difference and technical difficulties. With every level of challenge locally: Green, Blue, Red and Black.
Circuits No. 10, 11, 12 Circuits through the Forest of Loudéac -11, 25, 32 km respectively, all within 5 minutes from the house. Circuit 5, 28 kms starts in the local village of La Motte.
Loudeac church was constructed between 1733 and 1746 it houses a high altar canopy of wood carvings and Italian Carrara marble used in the ceilings, showing the wealth of the area at that time. Pilgrimages to this church are a common sight during the summer months. Brittany has a wealth of churches and monasteries to visit with a church in almost every village. The local La Motte church was built in 1748 and was formerly a diocese of Loudeac.
The obscure ‘Port of Dinan’ is well worth discovering for its fine assortment of waterfront restaurants.
Pirate port of St Malo – an amazing walled citadel hides a maze of shops, restaurants and bars.
Mont St Michel – a must, steeped in history with breathtaking views from the abbey.
Lamballe – The main square ‘Place de Martray’ hosts a weekly market on Thursday mornings. Adjoining the square is a branch of the national stud for the Breton workhorses.
Medieval Dinan – Narrow streets, cobbled roads, medieval half timbered houses and shops set the scene. Large weekly market held every Thursday gives the place a great atmosphere.
Rennes – the capital for shopping and culture, with a mixture of old and modern is sure to appeal to all tastes.
Loudeac is a large town with all you might want on holiday. High street shops, cafes, creperie and restaurants (French, Italian and Asian cuisine, also pizza, burgers and grills to take away). Loudeac has a cinema, swimming pool/water park, sports parks, aquarev, historic church, high street shopping, supermarkets and launderettes and a new out of town shopping area with multiple stores. Supermarkets – Super U, Leclerc, Lidle, Aldi and Intermarche.
The ancient town of Moncontour with its cobbled streets and amazing architecture is just fifteen minutes away with excellent restaurants. Well worth a visit.
35,000 people worked in the Breton linen industry in central Brittany from the 17th to the 19th century. The celebrated fine linen cloth known as the “Toile Bretagnes” made its mark in many ways on the landscape and the architectural heritage of the area. The “House of Linen” in St Thelo and Uzel (a linen merchant’s mansion is typical of the epoque (beautiful era)), houses a museum offering activities, special events, inter-active and audio-visual exhibits and children’s trails.
Tres Belle Maison, Bout es Loups is ideally positioned to visit the areas many tourist attractions and is in the commune of La Motte. Situated at the heart of a farming community the village has a good supermarket, a boulangerie, pharmacy, doctor, hairdresser, Post Office, petrol station and massage & beauty parlour. Pontivy – approximately 20 minutes away, the old capital of the Rohan family, Pontivy still has the Chateau which was built during the 15th Century. The old town has narrow winding streets centred around ‘Place du Matray’. In contrast the geometrical new town was laid out by Napoleon. Pontivy has many individual shops and is home to a regular Monday market. The Nantes to Brest Canal runs through Pontivy and is an ideal place for peaceful country walks.
Lac de Guerledan – situated approximately 20 minutes from Loudeac, this magnificent stretch of water surrounded by trees is one of the finest sights in inland Brittany. Because the lake is over 8 miles long it has been divided up into sections for the various water sports such as sailing, water skiing, jet ski etc, and three small beaches which offer safe bathing for children.
Abbey de Bon Repos near the lake is a 12th Century Abbey and it’s grounds are open to the public. It is situated right on the banks of the Nantes to Brest canal. On a Sunday morning the Abbey hosts the ‘artisan market’ where you can purchase fresh fruit and produce from the local farmers.
The close by hamlet of Forges Des Salle is tucked away at the bottom of a wooded valley and was the site of the iron/steel industry in the 18th and 19th Century. Visit the former homes of the workers which are furnished according to their original style. At the top of the terraced pleasure gardens there is a splendid view over the valley and the various stretches of water within it.
Tres Belle Maison is exactly what it is! The gite itself is very pretty from both the inside and the outside, and the main house that it is attached to (that the owners live in) is amazing! The views from the house are stunning and the local area is beautiful. It is also very well positioned for visiting any of the wonderful sights in Brittany as it is right in the centre and only a couple of minutes from the motorways running both north-south and east-west. The hosts (Brian and Sue) and very friendly and welcoming and were always on hand for anything we needed, but also left us to enjoy our own space. I would recommend this property to anyone looking for a relaxing holiday retreat, within easy reach of any part of Brittany.
Thank you for having us, hope to see you again one day!
Ben and Mandy Greenhough.
Thank you too! It was a pleasure to host you at Tres Belle Maison and would do so again any time. Wonderful guests / family to have met.