Holiday Cottage for 2 in central Brittany - BN006258

Paule (12km from Carhaix-Plouguer), Côtes d'Armor, Brittany Reference: BN006258 Advertiser since: 20 March 2018
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
Peony Cottage Self Catering Flexible 1 2 1

About this property

Charming Cottage Set in a Beautiful Setting. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

The Peony Cottage is fully heated throughout. There is a double bedroom, bathroom with a shower and toilet, lounge with settee, tv, dvd, radio, dining table, and fully fitted kitchen. The cottage is peaceful, charming and stylish, decorated with calming pastel colours and including cosy double bed and furniture.

It has its own private outside sitting area to relax and take in the views. There is a private use of a hot tub, bbq as well and garden furniture. A prefect way to relax!

As part of your welcome you will receive a free complimentary basket with basic essentials.

It is located in the tiny hamlet of Paule, 8 minute’s drive from the market town of Mael Carhaix and 15 mins from Rostrenen and Carhaix-Plouguer where there are restaurants, boulangerie’s, bars, supermarkets and swimming pool, golf course and boules. Peony Cottage offers an ideal base for those wanting a quiet, peaceful retreat whilst being close to many of Brittany’s tourist attractions including the Northern Brittany’s coast and South Brittany's coast these are only a 45 minutes drive away. Peony Cottage is also on the walking and cycling route for Nantes-Brest Canal. Lac Guerladan is only 20 minutes away and has wonderful walking, cycling routes. It also has lots of water activities to keep you busy.

From the front door you enter the comfortable lounge area with an amazing view over the garden and terraced area. The cottage has electric heating for those winter evenings. The lounge has English TV , French TV channels, DVD and a radio and there is access to free WIFI throughout the cottage. The lounge leads through to a well-equipped modern kitchen/diner with stairs leading up to the bedroom.

Upstairs there is a light airy bedroom with a double bed. Bed linen and towels are provided. (Please can you provide your own beach towels).

Each bedroom has en-suite facilities and have a spacious bathroom they have a large shower cubicle and WC and wash hand basin.

Outside the property, there is a large terrace with table and chairs and a lawned area. This is ideal for “Alfresco dining” or just relaxing and enjoying the views. A barbecue is provided for your use. Included in the price is your own use of private wooden heated hot tub. We will heat this for free for your first night if you are staying 2 nights are more.

A well behaved dog is welcome by prior arrangement and we can assist with arranging an appointment with the local vet prior to your return to the UK in order to comply with the travel regulations for dogs.

Brittany offers a wealth of varied landscapes - beautiful sandy beaches, deep forests and medieval towns, easily accessible from Peony's central situation.

Brittany is easily accessible from the UK via several Ferry Ports and is also served by flights from the UK to 4 French airports.

From spectacular beaches with rugged coastlines to vast sandy expanses, to peaceful woods and forests and the famous Nantes-Brest Canal, Brittany has all the makings of a perfect holiday.

The cuisine in the area includes crepes and galettes and of course the seafood! Mussels and oysters are available throughout the region, particularly in the summer months. Cider is produced here and local varieties are available in all supermarkets and restaurants.

During the summer numerous villages and town celebrate the "Pardon" which is predominantly a religious thanksgiving but is always followed by a celebratory meal (with a drink or two!) and Breton dancing.

House rules
• Check-in: 16:00
• Check-out: 10:00
• Max. occupancy: 2
• Min. age of primary renter: 22
• Couples only.
• Pets considered an extra £20 per stay
• Guests are asked to leave the property clean and tidy. Failure to do this may result in withholding some or all of the Security Deposit

Security deposit £100 per stay



Kitchen and dining

Peony cottage has a stunning newly fitted kitchen which includes an oven/grill, microwave, induction hob, fridge-freezer, and dining area inside.

There is also seating area for 2 people at the front of the property and also at the back.

Living rooms

Open plan living area with kitchen adjoined. This consists of sofa, tv, Satellite having English and French tv channels.

There is also free wi-fi.


The bedroom is decorated with soft pastel colours and included in the price is linen, towels dressing gowns and slippers. Double bed sleeps 2 with fitted wardrobe, draws, side draws and chair.


The bathroom has a newly fitted walk-in shower, there are free toiletries and a hairdryer. This consists of a shower room with sink and toilet.


Electric heating throughout.


Tv with English and French channels.

Free wi-fi.

Garden and outside

Garden furniture for dinning or just relaxing, and a wooden heated hot tub in own private patio, as well as bbq facilities.

Parking and garages

Parking is free for guests outside their property.

Visitor suitability

The property is not suitable for guests with impaired mobility or wheelchair users.

Information about any additional facilities

As part of your welcome you will receive a free complimentary basket this will include local Bretton cake, bread, wine or cider, milk and butter.

Just to note people wanting to use the hot tub please inform us prior to your visit and we will prepare this for you. All guests who are staying 2 or more nights will get a free complimentary basket of wood for the hot tub and we will prepare this prior to arrival if requested. Any extra baskets will be charged £5
per basket.

We can also prepare pastries delivered to your door for breakfast each morning. This will be £7 or €8 per person.

On request we can prepare an evening meal and this will be £9 or €8 per person (we will need 24 hours notice).

One well behaved dog is welcome and this will be charged at £20 per stay.


  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Pets welcomed *

  • Linen

  • Meals

  • Couples only

  • Splash pool

* Vet details: Clinique veterinaire des Docteurs, 6 Rue Joseph Pennec, 22110, Rostrenen. Telephone 02 96 29 01 63


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Carhaix
Distance: 12 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Tench, Bream, Zander, Pike, Perch and Roach
Name of nearest fishing location: Glomel
Distance: 5 km


Name and address of nearest golf course: Carhaix
Distance: 14 km


Horse riding

Name and address of nearest stables: Glomel
Distance: 5 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: Glomel


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mrs Jane Doyle

The cottage is peaceful, charming and stylish, decorated with calming pastel colours and including cosy beds and furniture.<br/><br/>We will be providing wood heated hot tub free to use for our guests. On an evening you can sit and relax in your own hot tub admiring the beautiful countryside with a glass of wine. A perfect way to relax...<br/><br/>We are a husband and wife team who have owned the property since October 2016 and have renovated these buildings to run as a holiday rental business.

Year property purchased 2016
Why this location? Charming stylish stays in Brittany.

Set in tranquil countryside with panoramic views over the valley and wooded areas, we are situated down a quiet lane with no through traffic close to the centre of Paule, here a small bar, shop and a patisserie can be found. We are also only 0.6 miles from the Nantes – Brest canal.

A little further away (1.9 miles) is Glomel, here you will find the beautiful ‘Lake Coronc’ which has a small beach and lots of water activities, there is also a bar, pizzeria and restaurant. We are also only a 15 minutes’ drive away from the larger towns of Rostrenen and Carhaix – Plougher which have a number of bars, restaurants, shops and supermarkets. Further beaches can be found at Lake Guerledan (13 miles) which hosts many outdoor activities and has restaurants such as Auberge de Guerledan close by (we can highly recommend).

The main ports of Roscoff and St Malo are within easy reach as are the main airports of Dinard, Rennes and Brest.
Unique benefits of property The Peony Cottage is fully heated throughout. There is a double bedroom, bathroom with a shower and toilet, lounge with settee, tv, dvd, radio, dining table, and fully fitted kitchen. The Peony Cottage has its own private outside sitting area to relax and take in the views. There is a private use of a hot tub, bbq as well and garden furniture.

As part of your welcome you will receive a free complimentary basket this will include local Bretton cake, bread, wine or cider, milk and butter.

We provide the following services, free of charge:
Once you have reserved your cottage with us, take advantage of our arrangement with Brittany Ferries for a 20% discount on your ferry crossing.
Fresh flowers to welcome you, picked straight from our cottage gardens.
Basics kit – all the boring little things you need but don’t want to bother packing:
Tea towels, washing up liquid, dishcloths and scourers, dishwasher tablets, kitchen towel, hand soap and toilet rolls, and cleaning materials.

The Owner Recommends

Miles of Beautiful Coastal Beaches

There is a huge choice of white, sandy beaches, all within easy driving distance, where you can enjoy a full range of water sports. The nearest recommended sandy beach for children is just 45 minutes away at Concarneau on the Southern coast of Brittany. Some of the most popular beach areas include Carnac, Crozon, Douarnenez, La Trinite–sur-Mer, Larmor-Plage, Port Louis and St Pierre-Quiberon.

Quieter beaches, where you will find nature reserves, big sand dunes and wide open spaces include the long dune belt from Gavres to Penthièvre. Apart from the more commercial towns such as Carnac in the height of the season, the beaches never get crowded and are very unspoilt and clean.

For surfing enthusiasts, the big Atlantic rollers sweeping onto the Cote Sauvage are hard to beat. For windsurfing and kite surfing, the Penthievre area and the beaches east of Port Louis are very popular. Penthievre is also home to a couple of highly recommended sand yachting centres.

The Northern Coast line is famous for the Pink Granite Coast, Perros-Guirec is only just over an hour away where you can walk around the coast line and see the spectacular formation of the pink granite rocks. You can then take a drive around to Ploumanc’h, Tregastel, Trebeurden and Saint Efflam which are also well worth a visit.


Cycling is very popular in Brittany; the roads are very quiet and well maintained, and there are many off-road cycle tracks in the area. Enjoy long leisurely cycle rides beside the beautiful Nantes to Brest Canal, Canal du Blavet or join the velodyssee – a European bike route connecting France, England and Spain. It is possible to cycle for many miles - with no hills at all along the safe, flat and well maintained towpath. This is a great way to discover the area, is very popular with family groups and ideal for all ages and levels of fitness. There are also over 100km of marked cycle trails in the Blavet Valley. For a more energetic ride, explore the local country lanes and cycle routes.

French drivers are normally very courteous to cyclists, making cycling on the roads safe and pleasurable. We have 5 bikes available which you are welcome to borrow (free of charge) but you will need to provide your own helmets. is a useful website that shows the cycle routes of eight main cycle trails, as well as giving you advice and information.

Walking and Running Routes

Brittany has more waymarked paths than any other region of France and there are many beautiful walks and footpaths in the area – from strolls along the river bank to country, forest or coastal hikes. For joggers and runners, the area is also ideal. The roads are so quiet that you can often run for miles without seeing a car.

Useful websites for Brittany walks for costal paths, shorter hiking routes, countryside trails:


The River Blavet offers some of the best coarse fishing in France. Very few boats use the Blavet and there is very easy riverside access.

In the area, there are over 28 fishing rivers and streams, practically unused and all available to anyone with a permit. These can be bought locally and are very inexpensive. They are valid for one day (10€), a fortnight (30€) or a year (68€). A permit allows you to fish anywhere in Brittany. Potential catches in the Blavet include: bream, pike, perch, sander, roach, carp and dace. In the nearby River L'Evel there is trout and salmon. In the Tarn, Sarre or Brandfort - trout. Fishing from a sea-side beach does not require a permit and there is a good selection of bases along the coast where you can go sea-fishing for the day.

For more information about the fishing Federations in Brittany see:

Picturesque Towns and Villages

Brittany has over 4,000 chateaux, manors and stately homes and Country Cottages Brittany is centrally situated for visiting the abundance of fascinating medieval towns, villages and castles in the area. A few of the best are Carhaix-Ploughuer, Huelgoat, Auray, Rostrenen, Guingamp, Vannes, Rochefort-en-Terre, Josselin, Malestroit, La Gacilly, Hennebont, Quimper and Pontivy - all within easy driving distance. Wander the cobbled streets and discover hidden alley ways with atmospheric bars and tiny shops selling unusual gifts and crafts.

Carhaix- Ploughuer: This town has pretty old streets with carved timber buildings. There are 2 main squares which have a number of bars, eateries and creperies and you will also find number a boutique shops which are worth a look, the little local history museum is worth a visit too and a Tourist Office is available for any further information.

Carhaix hosts a major rock festival (Vieille charrue) during the school holidays, this is the largest music festival in France.
There is an indoor pool at Plijadour and you can visit the coreff Breton beer maker opposite the train station. Head out a couple of kilometres to the Vallee de l’Hyere where you can enjoy a little golf course, a treetop assault course or the equestrian centre all benefitting from a beautiful forest setting.

Huelgoat: A pretty town which has a few bars with terraces beside the lake, and you’ll find a number of galleries and pottery shops on the street above, while a traditional main square overseen by the church also has bars and creperies to tempt you in. If you fancy a walk head to the towns pretty lake marked by the extremely picturesque Moulin Du Chaos by the bridge. From the mill, then follow the Sentier Pittoresque into the extraordinary deeply dappled valley. The place is magical.

Auray: A lovely old town with lots of little shops and restaurants, and an excellent market on Monday mornings for food lovers. The picturesque old port of St Goustan.

Markets and Eating Out

Your trip to Brittany would not be complete without a visit to a local market – and there is a good variety to choose from. You will find a market every day of the week. If you want to experience the real Brittany – take the time to linger and enjoy the sights and smell of the fresh, local produce on offer. It is here that you will also find the best local Breton oysters, cheeses, crepes, cider, honey, charcuterie, patisserie and locally grown fruit and vegetables.

Monday: Gourin, Pontivy, Auray,
Tuesday: Bourbriac, Collinee, Rostrenen, Plemet et Saint-Thois (from 4pm)
Wednesday: Callac, Chateauneuf-du-Faou, Le Faout (1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month), Merdrignac, Vannes, Quimper, Carnac
Thursday: Guemene-sur-Scroff, Huelgoat, Mael-Carhaix
Friday: Corlay, Guiscriff, Langonnet (from 4.30pm), Ploerdut (from 4pm), Plouray
Saturday: Baud, Carhaix, Gourin, Gouarec, Loudeac, Saint-Nicolas-du-Pelem, Pleyben, Rostrenen, Josselin
Sunday: Lignol, Rohan, Saint-Gelven-Bon Repos-from the end of March to 1st November, Quimper

Also, throughout the year, there are regular antique markets, flea markets and the French equivalent of car boot sales 'Vide Greniers' (attic clear outs). These are all great places to find interesting collectables or just something very different and very French.

1 Review
  • Cleanliness: 10
  • Comfort: 9
  • Condition: 9
  • Facilities: 8
  • Local Amenities: 4
  • Setting: 10
  • Value for Money: 9
9.2 / 10 Carol parsons 7 October, 2018

Perfect for couples, quiet setting, short cycle to Nantes Brest Canal. Very helpful and friendly hosts. Hot tub is a nice feature. Would be happy to recommend and return.

Owner response

We are glad you enjoyed your stay. We would love to see you and your husband again.
Best wishes Jane & Richard