|Avalon Cottage||Self Catering||Flexible||3||6||3|
Newly renovated cottage provides comfortable accommodation for up to 6, in 3 bedrooms and is very close to the popular Lac de Guerlédan, This stunning lake, 7 miles long and the largest artificial lake in Brittany, provides an abundance of activities for couples and families of all ages. It is only a 20 minutes walk from the property.
The property is within walking distance (1km) to the village of Caurel. Caurel has a number of restaurants and cafe/bars and a wonderful glass making workshop and gallery where you can book a half day workshop and take home a piece of your own glass work.
There are numerous things to do in the area and the cottage is perfectly situated for those that love lakes and watersports. There is no shortage of activities from swimming, skiing, canoeing, pedloes, fishing, horse riding, quad bike hire and for the less energetic, plenty of wonderful cafes and restaurants to watch these from!
Mur de Bretagne is a small town only a 10 minute drive away. Here there are supermarkets, shops, restaurants, markets, banks, Post Office and church and of course the wonderful boulangeries for delicious bread and patisseries! You can also walk or cycle into Mur de Bretagne along the cycle track close to the cottage which was once a rural railway line. It goes for about 15 km to Mur de Bretagne in one direction and 45 km in the other direction to Carhaix. The Brest/Nantes canal is about 2 miles away (it runs into and out of the lake). The tow path is flat and suitable for walking and cycling.
The fully equipped kitchen/diner, with breakfast bar to seat 6 guests, includes a fridge-freezer, microwave, toaster, cafetière, electric kettle and cooker with gas hob and electric oven.
This leads through to the dining room, with table to seat 6.
Entering the cottage you are immediately in the main sitting room, here there is a logburning stove for cozy evenings. This makes Croft Cottage ideal for all year round lets. Electric heaters are also available and a wood burning fire (please note one basket of wood will be provided, further wood you will have to buy yourself). . Sky TV which has English and French channels, the property has also a selection of DVDs and books. Wi-fi is available throughout the property.
From the main lounge, open stairs lead up to the mezzanine floor. Bedroom 1 with double bed, new shower, sink and wc en suite. Bedroom 2 with double bed and bath/shower sink and wc en suite.
Open, steep stairs rise up to bedroom 3 with 2 single beds.There is a ground floor shower, sink and wc for guests using this bedroom. (Please note this bedroom would be unsuitable for young children and people unstable on their feet due to the steep stairs).
There is a ground floor shower, sink and wc.
Shower, sink and wc en suite to bedroom 1 and bedroom 2.
Beautifully landscaped garden with many mature shrubs and trees. Also an outdoor eating area.
At the back of the cottage there is an extensive lawned and wooded area.
Note: This area incorporates a large fish pond, therefore, you are respectfully reminded to supervise young children at all times.
Parking for 2 cars.
Not suitable for those with impaired mobility.
Suitable for children. Note: unfenced pond in the garden. Please supervise small children at all times outside!
The owners are currently renovating a smaller property (Avalon Gite, sleeps 2).
This should be available from August 2018. Parking will be shared between the two properties.
There is a dedicated garden for this gite so plenty of outdoor space for all!
I bought the house 10 years ago and have now decided to let it out for holiday rentals.
|Year property purchased||2008|
|Why this location?||There are numerous things to do in the area and the cottage is perfectly situated for those that love lakes and watersports. There is no shortage of activities from swimming, skiing, canoeing and pedaloes.|
|Unique benefits of property||Close to the Lake with all its amenities but also a perfect spot to relax in with a large garden.|
Lac de Guerledan is the largest lake in Western France's Brittany tourism region, situated deep within the Argoat forest. The artificial lake is a family-friendly destination formed where the Blavet River meets the Nantes-Brest canal. This French waterway connects the municipalities of Brest and Nantes, and is navigable from Lake Guerledan. It stretches for an impressive 209 miles and features 158 locks. The construction of Lac de Guerledan's hydroelectric dam was begun in 1923 when engineers changed the flow of the Blavet River, but not completed until 1930 when the dam was finally put into service. The dam stands 155 feet high and 660 feet wide, and serves to provide hydroelectric power and flood control to surrounding regions. Every 10 years the dam is drained for maintenance, and the city that used to exist beneath Lake Guerledan - formerly known as Ys - is revealed like magic.
Lac de Guerledan has a surface area of 988 acres and a normal elevation of 397 feet above sea level. With a maximum depth of 164 feet, it is known for both its aesthetic appeal and its wide array of water sports and recreational activities. The irregular shores at Lac de Guerledan are perfect for carp fishing. Anglers reel in catches of pike, trout and perch populations at Guerledan Lake and its surrounding rivers. Zander, a species of fish that looks like a cross between pike and perch, is known to reach weights of up to 20 pounds here; most weigh between 3 to 7 pounds.
Alternatively, visitors can spend a relaxing afternoon canoeing, kayaking and soaking up the sun along Lac de Guerledan's sparkling beaches; adventurous types might try rock climbing one of the nearby gorges. For mountain biking enthusiasts, there are almost 300 trails in the area - but in France it is known as VTT, which stands for Velo Tout Terrain. An on-site sailing school with water ski and pedal boat rentals makes for an exciting and educational afternoon at Lac de Guerledan.
The property is within walking distance (1km) to the village of Caurel. Here there are several restaurants and cafe/bars. There is also a wonderful glass making workshop and gallery where you can book a half day workshop and take home a piece of your own glass work.
At the western end of the Lac de Guerlédan overlooking the Nantes-Brest canal, the Abbaye de Bon Repos is a must for lovers of contemporary art. The 12th-century Cistercian abbey hosts regular exhibitions, a weekly farmers’ market and a spectacular son et lumière in August.
The abbey was founded by Viscount Alain III de Rohan, who, according to legend, was asked to build it by the Virgin Mary; she appeared to him in a dream when he fell asleep on this spot after a hard day’s hunting in the Quénécan Forest (hence the name: ‘bon repos’ meaning ‘good rest’). After a tumultuous history, which included being burnt down by the Chouans (Royalists) in 1795, the abbey fell into ruin until it was rescued in 1986 by the local community who founded the Association of Friends of Bon Repos Abbey. Thanks to the association, part of the abbey has been restored although the main body is an empty shell.
Nowadays the abbey is devoted to nurturing contemporary art by having artists in residence and holding regular exhibitions.
The abbey’s most spectacular event takes place every August – a son et lumière, which recounts Brittany’s history from Neolithic times to the Revolution. The show uses more than 400 actors, 1200 costumes, 45 dogs and 35 horses and ends with an unforgettable parade of 500 flaming torches as well as a firework display. Not to be missed!
A farmers’ market takes place in the abbey grounds on Sunday mornings from March to October. While you’re there, check out the crystal shop and the dried-flower seller. There’s also a café, a crêperie and a charming hotel-restaurant.
Mur de Bretagne is a small town only a ten minute drive away. Here there are supermarkets, shops, restaurants, markets, banks, Post Office and church and of course the wonderful boulangeries for delicious bread and patisseries! An evening market is held in the summer months.
You can also walk or cycle into Mur de Bretagne along the cycle track close to the cottage which was once a rural railway line. It goes for about 15 km to Mur de Bretagne in one direction and 45 km in the other direction to Carhaix. The Brest/Nantes canal is about 2 miles away (it runs into and out of the lake). The tow path is flat and suitable for walking and cycling.
The heart of the older part of Pontivy is the old town, centred around the impressive 15th century Chateau des Rohan, a medieval moated castle in the centre of the town. The beautiful Chateau des Rohan reminds us of the wealth and importance of the Rohan dynasty, based here during the Middle Ages, and is certainly among the most impressive castles in Brittany.
There are numerous shops, bars and restaurants in Pontivy. Definitely worth a visit!
About a one hour drive from the cottage is the stunning medieval town of Josselin. With its perfectly preserved chateau overlooking the Nantes-Brest canal and numerous bars and restaurants in the pretty cobbled square, it is a must on your list of towns to visit!
The bustling market, held every Saturday throughout the year, has abundant local produce for sale, including seafood.
From the main entrance, turn right to the bridge, right again will lead you through the woods on a public walkway crossing over a stream, until you reach the highest point of Caurel, there you will see the lake and ancient monuments. This path will lead you eventually down to the main road in a circle tour back to the cottage. Time: approx. 50 mins.
From the main entrance crossing over the road, the same walkway will lead you through woods to ‘Arthur’s Point’ where you will have spectacular views of the valley, forests and lac de Guerledan. Time: approx. 30 mins.
Turn left from main entrance and left again into Fountain’s lane will lead you down to the main road and the 3 restaurant/bars all providing a delicious, good value choice of food. Time: approx. 15 mins
Lake Guerledan: Main entrance turn left and walk down the hill!, turning left at the slipway will lead you to Beau Ravage Bay comprising of beautiful walkways, sandy beaches, restaurants, spectacular views, canoeing, fishing, water skiing and safe bathing. Time: approx. 20 mins down, 45 mins up. Around the lake which is 40 km, there are many bays and points of interest to explore by foot, bike or car.
The nearest town and Supermarket is in Mur de Bretagne.
Walking along the disused train track next to the lake will lead you to the old station and close to all the amenities. Time: approx. from cottage 70 mins or 20 mins by bike.
The gite is an example of a good attempt at an old Breton house renovation, but the planning and workmanship is substandard throughout.The two ensuite WCs are located too far back under the pitched roof ceiling and are difficult to use particularly for men.. 2 attempts were made to use the ensuite overbath shower and water ran through the kitchen ceiling due unsatisfactory bath ceiling and poorly fitted shower screen. The only exterior furniture facilities available were a small, unstable and fragile Parisian style table with four equally unstable chairs. We had to buy an exterior plastic table with 4 chairs which we took with us on departure. A toaster was provided but the slide handle was missing making it difficult to depress although it could be done by inserting a knife but not recommended. The stand in maintenance people were quick to respond with a replacement, but it was a single sided open wire element type which looked dangerous and we would not use.
During our stay we had an afternoon of very heavy rain and we were shocked to discover that the one of the bedroom roofs had been leaking soaking the bed, the duvet and nightclothes. The stand in management people responded right away and and discovered that and discovered that some roof tiles had moved although I doubt that was the sole source of the problem. Finally, we also got a puncture at the gite which required a new tyre..The gold coloured screw which was in the tyre was identical to others found at the gite.
I am sorry you had a disappointing holiday experience at Avalon Cottage.
The owner, who was staying at the cottage prior to yourselves, has been informed of your comments.
There was no problem with the shower leaking into the kitchen area when she was there. This situation will be reviewed by herself along with the property management team.
Regarding the outdoor furniture, the owner reports that there is a large table left outside and fold up sun chairs available under the stairs to use. Plus the small round metal table with 4 metal chairs. There are also numerous solid plastic chairs in the storage.
It appears that the property management team responded well and in a timely way to problems arising. In fact the roof leakage, where tiles had slipped, was resolved immediately. I understand that they offered fresh bedding, including a duvet but this was declined.
It is unfortunate that your car sustained a puncture but this cannot be blamed on anything amiss at the property.