|La Noisette||Self Catering||Saturday||4||9||2|
Free wi-fi - heated swimming pool (shared). Disabled access/low mobility bedroom.
Located in the heart of beautiful Brittany in the Poulancre valley, Cotes d’Armor, Les Gites du Sanglier will transport you to a world of warmth and relaxation within these traditional Breton cottages.
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Located in central Brittany they are the ideal base for a Breton holiday. Within easy driving distance of the channel ports for a relaxed start to your holiday, you are ideally placed to experience the best that Brittany has to offer. The gite complex is around 10 minutes from the safe sandy beaches of Lac de Guerledan and with both the north coast and the south coast less than an hour away. The center of St Brieuc on the north coast is only 27 miles away. The local area offers a range of attractions from wandering the old cobbled streets and markets of Pontivy and other local towns to cycling the deserted roads and tracks of Brittany. There are numerous dedicated cycle routes and footpaths locally. The road up the hill outside the gites is a regular route for cycle races – including the Tour de France, and the easier terrain of the Nantes-Brest Canal is close by. Alternatively there are watersports and swimming at Lac de Guerledan, or more relaxed attractions such as exploring local ruins, or walking in the beautiful countryside are literally on your doorstep. The lake, itself, is the largest lake in Brittany and renowed for its watersports, fishing, beaches and beauty.
The gite complex itself is in the small hamlet of Poulancre d’en Bas, which is within easy walking distance of Saint Mayeux with its friendly bar and village shop. The gites are set in private grounds of over 4 acres and surrounded by woods and fields with an abundance of wildlife. Each of the gîtes have their own character, but all are equipped to a high standard. Each gite has its own private garden and patio, separated from the main gardens, which includes a small wooded area, a large lawn and children's play areas.
Whether you are seeking a peaceful retreat, a romantic getaway, an active holiday, fishing or simply want to experience the tranquility and beauty of nature, you will find what you are looking for at Les Gites du Sanglier. Less than a 2 hour drive from Rennes airport, or less than 90 mins from St Malo channel port and Dinard Airport, Les Gites du Sanglier combines the magic of a remote getaway with the convenience of easy access.
Comfortable open plan kitchen / living room.
Looks out onto your patio and private garden, with original bread oven.
Well equipped with gas cooker, microwave, toaster, kettle, coffee-machine, cooking utensils etc along with crockery, etc for 10.
Highchair and stairgates available.
Spacious open plan living room with flat screen tv (UK Freesat), dvd player, video player, cd/radio, large sofas, hammock seat and its own log burning fire.
A range of books and games are available.
Looks out onto the patio through frenchdoors.
Bed 1 - Disabled access with Super-King size bed. Has its own walk-in wet room
Bed 2 - Super-King bed
Bed 3 - Double bed and single bed
Bed 4 - Two Single beds
Main bathroom upstairs, toilet and shower
En suite disabled access wetroom downstairs.
Log burner in living room.
Electric heaters in living room and all bedrooms. Electricity included within rental
Heated towel rail in downstairs en suite wetroom.
Flatscreen tv, dvd, video player (with videos cassettes). Freesat hd (English), radio, cd player, books and selection of games, iPod dock and radio.
Private patio and private gated garden to rear of property (safe for pets and small children).Private garden opens out onto the communal grounds, complete with children's play fort, swings, slide. Shared heated pool and sun deck within the communal grounds. Total site is around 5 acres. Surrounded by fields and woods. Lots of local walks and cycle routes.
Within easy distance of local supermarket and bar (1.5km).
Large supermarket/boulangerie/restaurants 5km.
Private parking on site - Large gravel car park with path leading to your garden gate
Ideal for young families and groups of families/friends. It has its own gated garden, suitable for dogs and children.
We can supply stairgates, cots, highchairs as needed.
The gite has a disabled access bedroom, with wide doorways on the ground floor.
Each cottage has its own private garden and patio and are equipped with patio tables and chairs, and Webber bbq. There is a shared heated swimming pool (6.25m octagonal, 1.33m deep - May-Sept) We have four mountain bikes on site for use by the guests, you can use these free of charge. For children we have swings, and a trampoline, along with a 'skyfort' which has swings, monkey bars, table, chairs, a raised 'fort' with crows-nest (age restrictions apply). In addition we have a swing under a cherry tree that adults can use too. The communal gardens have a wooded area, but is mainly grass - suitable for football, tennis, boules etc, along with sitting areas, and shaded walks with views out over the fields. There is a badminton net. Outside the property is a very quiet lane and which provides access to local tracks, cycle paths and parts of the official 'Green paths' walking network.
We moved out here to enjoy the quality of life that France is famous for, along with fresh air and beautiful countryside. Since arriving we have worked hard on renovating and updating the cottages. We have sympathetically restored the cottages, keeping their character, but adding modern facilities, such as a hot private tub, heated pool (shared), wi-fi etc.
|Year property purchased||2012|
|Why this location?||Its a beautiful location not far from all the key amenities but still has a country feel. Its less than 10 minutes from the nearest sandy beach - part of Lac de Guerledan - a 400ha lake that has the advantage of being safer, and warmer than the sea! There is lots to do in the local area, from Roman ruins, or beautiful old towns with their local markets old timber framed buildings and castles, to forest adventure parks with zip wires, horse riding, jet-ski, kayaks, moorland walks, and lots of cycling - including national cycle routes and Tour de France routes. Its also really accessible with a good road networks and being in central Brittany nothing is too far away - which allows you to visit all that Brittany has to offer with the northern and southern coasts within easy reach.|
|Unique benefits of property||Great location and sympathetically restored Breton cottages - dating back to the 16th Century.
The cottages are set in a beautiful quiet location that feels in the middle of nowhere, with amazing night skies with no light pollution, but is less than 10 minutes from a town (Mur de Bretagne) with its shops, restaurants and other facilities and plenty to do within easy reach. It has large grounds of around 4.5 acres, allowing you space to spread out and relax, play badminton, cricket, or lie back in a hammock. There is a well equipped children's play area with swings, a 'skyfort' and trampoline. There is a shared heated swimming pool and sun deck in the grounds too, so there plenty to do on site. Each cottage has its own private garden and patio with table and chairs.
The cottages have been sympathetically restored to retain their character, but have been updated with modern facilities and comforts - incl a low mobility access bedroom and wet room. Free wi-fi, on-site secure parking.
A is for Abbaye de Bon-Repos - a semi- ruined abbey with a spectacular son et lumiere. B is for Brocéliande - 'King Arthur's Forest. C is for Crepes - whether savoury or sweet they are a real treat. D is for great days out - there are lots of things to do locally and a little further afield even Mont St Michel is only a day trip away! E is for eateries - from fish and chips to Michelin starred - there are lots within easy distance of the gites. F is for 'Fort', we have a 'skyfort' on site for the children. G is for gorges - Les Gorges du Corong to be precise. H is for horse riding - from gentle pony trekking to larger horses, there are several places to get involved nearby. Loudeac has an annual horse festival too. I is for indulgence - we can organise spa treatments on site if required. J is for Josselin - a beautiful medieval town with lots to explore. K is for 'ker' - a word you will see a lot - it means 'locality'. L is for Lac du Guerledan - less than 10 minutes from the gites. M is for Mur de Bretagne - the local town and site of the annual BIO festival.
N is for Nantes - Brest canal - which enters into Lac du Guerledan. O is for outdoors - whether it be cycling, walking or just lounging by the pool. P is for piscine - the French for swimming pool - not only is there a heated pool on site, but there are several water parks nearby. Q is for Quintin - famous for its chateaux and weaving. R is for rafting - you can raft down the local rapids. S is for seaside - as well as beaches at the local lake, the seaside is not too far away. T is for the 'Tour' - or Le Tour - the Tour de France - which passes through Brittany every year - one of the routes passes just past the gites. U is for undiscovered - there is so much to do. V is for velo - whether road or off-road you will find lots of great places to cycle. W is for wi-fi - we include it for free. X is of eggs (ok, that's pushing it a bit! we have chickens and 'free range' eggs are available). Y is for yummy - lots of yummy patisserie. Z is for zzzzzzzzzzzz - fresh air, relaxation and comfortable beds should ensure you sleep well.
Ornithologists can delight in the variety of species found in this area, with the Lac de Guerledan providing a winter shelter for numerous breeds of both sea and inland birds. Around the rivers, lakes and etangs of this region herons, egrets, kingfishers and other water birds are a common sight as they swoop to poach from the well stocked waterways, as are the birds of prey throughout the region.
As with the rest of France, cycling is a major pastime in Brittany. Cycles for all ages and child buggy trailers can be hired nearby. The area is particularly well suited to VTT (Velo Toutes Terrain or mountain biking) with many specially marked and cleared VTT routes, suited to all ages and abilities. Locally these include a gentle path following the canal and lake along a disused railway track with beautiful and dramatic scenery en route. The Tour de France passes through Brittany in the first week of July each year. This and the spectacle of numerous other local VTT and road races, which are taken very seriously, can be seen throughout the year.
Both coarse fishing and sea angling are readily available throughout Brittany, but of particular note is the Lac de Guerledan which offers the chance to fish for pike, zander, carp and trout. A local holiday fishing permit can be purchased quite cheaply for 10 days, allowing the holder to fish in virtually all the rivers, lakes and streams in the area, some of which are also well known for salmon. The permit also allows the holder to keep any fish caught!
For the lovers of French cuisine, there is an incredible choice, ranging from local crepes and cider or traditional country fare in the local village restaurants, to exquisite a la carte meals for that special occasion at the prestigious restaurants by the lake or in the bigger towns. We are less than one hour away from the sea, so the the seafood that Brittany is famous for is readily available, both in the shops and in the restaurants, and is always beautifully fresh.
Many local restaurants specialise in seafood dishes, including a broad selection of fish dishes in their daily menu, and the famous "fruits de mer" dish of shellfish can be found in almost any town near to the coast. Mur de Bretange has several restaurants - including one with a "celebrity chef" - a finalist in France's version of Masterchef, and there are several more restaurants on the shores of the lake. Bretons are very proud of their region, and a number of restaurants source local products and ingredients for their dishes, even the local pizza restaurant/takeaway!
Golf courses, some well known for their stunning scenery and challenging holes, are located mainly around the coasts of Brittany. We have detailed information regarding all of Brittany's courses, including booking information, course details and green fees, which we will provide on request. Mur de Bretagne also has its own very challenging "crazy golf" course, which is open every day during July and August and at other notified times between May and October.
This part of Brittany is dotted with areas of historical interest, including many reminders of previous inhabitants and invaders, such as menhirs, megaliths, tumulii and carved stones. Largely unspoilt by commercial development, the area also has many fine original examples of chateaux, watermills and houses of architectural interest, including a nearby preserved foundry village at Les Forges des Salles which can be reached by car, or by a scenic walk through the historic Fort. The tranquillity of a walk to seek out the standing stones or visit a historical monument, is perhaps the perfect way to enjoy the Breton countryside at any time of the year. This is particularly the case in the Autumn when the variety of colours and often clear skies are most photogenic.
Only 10 minutes drive away is the stunning Lac de Guerledan, providing a full range of water sports and safe, sandy, swimming beaches, as well as beautiful walking, riding and cycling routes. Canoes, kayaks, pedalos, rowing boats and motor boats can be hired by the hour, day or week at the lake at very reasonable prices, and a cruise "vedette" makes regular tours around this magnificent 14 km long man-made valley lake. Another vedette cruises part of the Napoleonic Nantes-Brest Canal, travelling west from the embarkation point at the Abbey de Bon Repos through remarkable scenery and a series of interesting and picturesque locks. An evening dining cruise is also available on the Lac de Guerledan, with a first class menu at very reasonable prices.
The history of Brittany is very rich, with lots of castles - from those that are still lived in today to ruins. The nearest castle is 10 minutes up the road and is a large semi-ruined castle (parts of it are still used today) with its own moat. A little further afield there are a huge number of medieval remains for you to explore
The local lake (400 hectares) has some fantastic beaches and is popular with open water swimmers - both the keen (think 'ironman' style) through to just splashing around and enjoying it! There are no currents to worry about, most you can find secluded areas, or go to a larger beach with its restaurants, boat hire, pedalo hire and play areas.
A huge range of stunning scenes locally from moss covered forests, to lakes, rolling landscapes, ancient monuments etc. Fabulous sunrises, sunsets, and misty dawns on the lake. One of the Gite owners is a keen photographer and is happy to pass on local tips.
Pony Trekking and riding are very popular pursuits in this area of Brittany. There are several "poney clubs" in our vicinity, all offering excellent rates for "promenades" or riding instruction on an hourly or daily basis. Prices start at around 15 Euros for an hour, or 75 Euros for a one day trek. For the novice or enthusiast, there can be no better way to enjoy the scenery. Other equestrian related activities include the Horse Museum at Corlay, and also the Hippodrome at Petit Paris (15 mins from us) which holds regular races throughout the year.
For shopping and bargain hunting, our hamlet is 10 minutes walk away from the village of St Mayeux, where there is a post office, a friendly village shop and a bar. As well as our local town of Mur de Bretagne, we are only 15 minutes away from the larger towns of Pontivy, Loudeac and Rostrenen, and about an hour away from the towns of the south coast, including Vannes, Carnac and Quiberon. The city of St Brieuc, 35 minutes to the north, has excellent shopping facilities including one of the largest hypermarkets in Brittany and a bustling cobbled shopping area.