|Caurel Cottage||Self Catering||Saturday||1||2||1|
The cottage is a one bedroom (sleeping 2) former miner’s cottage built in the 18th Century. The cottage is situated in the heart of Brittany, France in the Côtes-d'Armor. The cottage itself is located in the commune of Caurel, within walking distance of the local and highly recommended restaurants and charming bar, and a 20-minute drive to the historic town of Pontivy. Lac de Guerlédan, Brittany’s largest artificial lake, is a few minutes’ drive from the cottage and boasts various water sports (water-skiing, canoeing, kayaking, fishing) as well as a pretty sandy beach with amenities.
The cottage is also ideally placed to access the old miner’s railway track, which is now a foot/cycle path. The path is very well maintained and stretches for miles in lovely countryside. The Nantes-Brest Canal is also easily accessible and offers excellent walking, cycling or kayaking in peaceful countryside surroundings.
The cottage is simply furnished but comfortable for a relaxing holiday.
On the ground floor, it is open plan which includes a compact kitchen with an electric oven with grill and 3-ring hob, microwave, fridge-freezer, kettle and washing machine. There is a dining area to enjoy with a table and chairs.
Within the open plan design of the ground floor, in the lounge area there is a L-shaped sofa with a tv, which provides french terrestrial television and Freesat UK channels, there is also a dvd player. For the colder months, there is also a woodburner to sit in front of and keep cosy.
The stairs lead to the bedroom on the first floor. Please note that the stairs are steep, but there is a handrail. The bedroom is light, bright and airy, and includes a king size bed, wardrobe and chest of drawers. From the bedroom window there is a lovely view of the rolling countryside.
Situated on the ground floor and leading from the open plan living area, a doorway leads through to the bathroom, which consists of a shower, hand basin and toilet.
Upon exiting the property via the front door, and a few paces to the right of the property, is the tranquil south-facing garden with a garden table, chairs and parasol. There is also a small lockable shed suitable to store bikes.
There is a car parking area approximately 100 metres from the cottage.
Please note the stairs to the first floor of the property are steep, but there is a handrail.
I have lived in France for over 10 years raising my 3 children with my husband.
|Year property purchased||2014|
|Why this location?||We live here and love it so much we want others to come and enjoy what we have been enjoying for over 10 years! The cottage is close to the voie verte which is fabulous for taking walks or cycling around lake Guerlédan. The lake is a great spot to relax or participate in some water sports. The cottage is also within walking distance of the local restaurants and the cottage is in a great position to see many other sites in Brittany.|
|Unique benefits of property||It is short distance to the voie verte and its fantastic walks/cycle routes. Having lake Guerlédan less than 2 km away with its lovely little beach at Beau Rivage and varied watersports. The cottage is also within walking distance to the village eateries, which are highly recommended.|
The artificial lake, Lac de Guerlédan, is the largest lake in Brittany at 1000 acres and forms part of the Nantes-Brest canal. The lake is less than 2km from the cottage and offers a vast natural setting for walking, canoeing, mountain biking and water skiing. Also less than 2km from the cottage is Beau Rivage, boasting a beach next to Lake Guerlédan with amenities, including an area to hire kayaks, bikes, stand up paddles, pedalos and it is also possible to swim in the lake. At Beau Rivage there are 3 restaurants (Le Beau Rivage; L’Embarcadère; Le Vieux Moulin) serving good food.
The cottage is also a few hundred metres from the ‘voies vertes’ (greenways) of Brittany. These are a circuit of cycle paths that have been created from old railway tracks. The circuits are accessible to everyone and range from 8km to 24km and longer! It is not necessary to cycle the paths, walking is also permitted!
Mountain biking is also very popular in the area and various VTT circuits can be discovered around the lake. There are 10 circuits in total with 4 levels of difficulty: http://www.base-plein-air-guerledan.com.html
The cottage is situated in the small sleepy rural village of Caurel (Fr 22530), with a population of just 380 inhabitants. From the end of the 17th Century and until its heyday in the 19th Century, Caurel was the principal area for the production of slate in the Côtes d’Armor. The slate was transported via a canal (a construction instigated by Napoleon); however, slate mining began to decline in the second half of the 19th Century and after World War I, electricity became a valuable commodity, especially in rural areas. With this in mind, a 40-metre-high dam was constructed at Guerlédan over 7 years (1923-1930) to provide electricity. The lake, dam and power station are still in commission today and provide electricity at peak times. Now that slate mining has ceased, Caurel has a slower pace of life, in the centre of Caurel and just a short walk from the cottage you have 3 restaurants (L’Auberge de Guerlédan; Valfrecos; le relais du lac) all serving delicious food. There is also a glass making workshop (la verrerie de Guerlédan) where you can book a session to make you own glassware or take a look in the shop...English and French are spoken!
North of the cottage and about 1½ hours’ drive, the Pink Granite Coast stretches from Perros-Guirec to Trébeurden. The coastline is copper-coloured with giant granite blocks providing an unusual sight. Further along the same coastline are Pléneuf-Val-André, Erquy, Sable d’Or and Cap Fréhel, which boast lovely beaches, ports and a light house.
Moving south of the cottage and roughly an hour’s drive is Carnac and its surrounding area, known for its sandy beach and also the prehistoric site of 300 standing stones, which date between 5000 and 2000 BC.
These are just a few of the many fascinating places to visit whilst staying at the cottage.
What a pretty cottage!
Built with local stone, and roses round the windows what's not to love. Inside a log burner with plenty of wood makes this cottage cosy as the nights drew in. Everything in the cottage was very clean and tidy, and the king size bed very comfortable. Everything we needed was supplied.
Local restaurants served good food and a vending machine with artisan baguette was so novel!
I recommend visiting Mont St Michel, lots of walking and well worth €10 to into the cathedral. It's like walking round Hogwarts from Harry Potter!. Quimper, Vannes and Auray are well worth visits too.
Our first visit to Brittany was lovely and I can see us returning.
Thank you for your comments. I am glad your first visit to Brittany was a success, the cottage is well located to drive off and see many of the other lovely towns in the surrounding areas. And yes, the 'baguette machine' in Caurel is quite novel and stocked with artisan baguettes from the local baker in Mur de Bretagne.My son loves them!
Many thanks, Jodie