Holiday gite in Cotes d'Armor lovely views - BN004426

La Motte (5km from Loudeac), Côtes d'Armor, Brittany Reference: BN004426 Advertiser since: 3 December 2015
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms Additional info
Gite Tres Belle Maison Self Catering Flexible 2 4 1 Baby Cot

About this property

Pretty Semi Rural Gite Aside Loudeac Forest. This cottage/gite is in a rural setting.

You chose your day of arrival.

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 up to date, 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 al fresco.

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 locally. 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. Local bakery and store with butchers is a 2 minute drive.

The Gite is in a rural location which is quiet yet only a short drive from lots of lovely towns and villages. 30 minutes from the North Coast and 45 minutes from the South coast, it is ideally placed to explore the whole of Brittany.



Kitchen and dining

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.

The downstairs is an open plan lounge, kitchen and dining area leading off to the private Gite wisteria patio and garden to one side and the Grand Maison landscaped gardens and fountain to the other side. All picture perfect.

Living rooms

A nice seating area with a comfy 3 seater couch and chair sits in front of an easy to use eco wooden pellet burner, which gives off a great heat, warming through the whole Gite, controlled thermostatically. All seating is adorned with soft plump cushions and blanket for a relaxing evening. French and UK television. There is also a radio and dvd player along with free wi-fi which reaches throughout the Gite.

Double patio doors off the lounge area 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.


A two bedroomed Gite with 3 bed options:

The master bedroom has a French carved double bed with matching bedside cabinets. There is a footboard so wary the very tall traveller. The mattress is supportive and cushioned and is changed annually for a good nights sleep. A wardrobe with hangers plus a chest of draws offer enough storage for your holiday.

The second bedroom has 2 comfy single beds, a wardrobe with hangers and a chest of drawers. Bedside lamps are provided in each room along with extra plug sockets for charging multiple devices overnight. UK/French adaptor plugs and extension lead are provided.

Both rooms are finished with quality duvets, feather and foam pillows (2 per person), lovely soft furnishings and rugs over original wooden floors. Plus electric wall heaters.

A cot can be placed in the 2nd bedroom, upon request.


A newly refurbished bathroom with double shower expands this smaller bathroom to make it very user friendly, clean and bright.

Large opening windows provide lots of light and fresh air into the bathroom with excellent views of the gardens and surrounding fields and forest.

A large wall hung towel radiator is perfect for the cooler months keeping you and your towels lovely and warm. A large porcelain sink, shaving adaptor and plug socket for the hairdryer (supplied) is within easy reach of the hanging mirror.

A bench also stores extra fresh towels and your toiletries during your stay. Liquid hand soap and shower gel are provided, as can beach towels upon request. A few rolls of toilet paper are also provided to get you started.

The drains and toilet run off into a septic under ground hidden tank which means you are only able to put toilet paper down the loo. No nappies or sanitary products. A bin is provided.


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 for a variety of ideas. The Gite has a basket of information and plenty of walking and bike (VTT) routes around Brittany.

Garden and outside

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.

Parking and garages

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.

Visitor suitability

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 and a cot.

Information about any additional facilities

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.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

* Vet details: Pets not to be left all day inside. Dr Vet Emmy OTTO Clinique Vétérinaire Des Sept Sources 28 A Boulevard Victor Etienne 22600 Loudeac Tel: 0033 (0)2 96 28 98 23 0800-1200 & 1400 - 1800 Monday to Friday 0900-1200 Saturday


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: La Motte
Distance: 2 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Perch, Carp
Name of nearest fishing location: La Motte Village
Distance: 3 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Bieuzy Golf Course
Distance: 37 km

Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Loudeac Equestrian Centre
Distance: 2 km



Name/number of nearest marked trail: VTT 23, 24, 25 & 26 all pass through Loudeac Forest.


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Sue Saunders

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.

The Owner Recommends

Medieval architecture, historic buildings and local markets

There are so many beautiful medieval towns, churches and monasteries within a short drive. The historic town of Moncontour is just 25 minutes away and well worth a tour round. It's larger sister town Dinan, just 60 minutes.

The old market square and churches of central St Brieuc are a hive of activity on a Saturday morning, vying to buy the fresh catch of the day, whether it be oysters, mussels, crab or fish, there is plenty to feast your eyes upon and all very good value.
The old wooden and lime plaster houses make St Brieuc quite distinctive with their leaning disposition and bright colours. Well worth a visit, as are many of the villages and towns around Brittany, all within an hour or two.

Medieval Pontivy where Napolean's Nante to Brest canal meet is a beautiful place to stroll along the banks of the canal, around the pretty bridges and into a lovely old town with many coffee shops, artisanal boutiques and shops to wander around, before taking in Pontivy Castle, the Rohan Castle of the Dukes.

Loudeac market is on Saturday during the summer and Wednesdays Spring and Autumn. Plenty of locally made goats cheese to try, with fresh baguette and a nice glass of wine for lunch.

Why not try one of the many Plat du Jour menus (meal of the day) served at lunch time. You may chose from 3, 4 or 5 course menus with a glass of wine for around 10 euros per person.

View our website for further tourist information

Beaches and Watersports

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.

Places to Visit

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.

More Towns to Visit

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.

Easy Access

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.

How Far are We From

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: 5-7 Kms

Loudeac and La Motte Churches.

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 Historical Linen Route

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.

Equestrian Centre / Equestre, St Guillaume

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.

Cycling/Velo routes (VTT - Off road bikes) /Hiking

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.

Loudeac Forest

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.

Local Activities

Cycling / BMX forest tracks
Walking / Hiking / Running
Equestrian Centre
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.

1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 10
  • Condition: 10
  • Facilities: 9
  • Local Amenities: 10
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 10
9.8 / 10 bgreenhough 9 August, 2016

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.

Owner response

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.