Charming canal side holiday cottage, Brittany - BN006734

Plelauff (1km from Gouarec), Côtes d'Armor, Brittany Reference: BN006734 Advertiser since: 21 December 2018
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
24 le Bout de Pont Self Catering Flexible 1 2 1

About this property

Charming Petit Cottage beside Beautiful Canal. This cottage/gite is in a village setting.

Perfect for couples seeking something “special“ this snug little cottage is the perfect rural retreat. Beautifully positioned, right beside the famous Nantes-Brest Canal, the property sits in the middle of a small terrace of cottages dating back to Napoleonic times when the canal was built. Today the cottage has been updated to modern standards but still retains immense appeal, full of character and charm with its old beamed ceiling and open fireplace.

With lovely views over the canal and beyond ,the patio doors open onto a terrace with table and chairs. Steps take you down to a small garden laid mainly to lawn where you can follow the sun around from dawn to dusk. A gate then directly opens onto the tow path and canal from where you can walk in minutes to the village,over the canal, past the grand manor and into the heart of the village.

A special advantage is that the loverly village of Gouarec can cater for most of your requirements all within easy walking distance. Exploring nearby you can take a walk or bike ride [which can be hired locally] along the canal to enjoy the countryside and other villages along the way.

Apart from exploring the beautiful waterway, the canal offers canoeing and fishing right on your doorstep. The old village is just a very short stride away across the bridge or lock. It sits where the River Blavet runs through it to converge with the canal close to the cottage. The canal is no longer a working waterway but occasionally small boats and canoeists glide pass. It's popular for fishing and with occasional horse riders, cyclists and walkers using the towpath, its a great spot for just watching and relaxing over aperitifs. Built of old Breton stone the village offers traditional bars, a pizzeria, creperie, patisserie and antique shop. Recently built is a municipal indoor swimming pool, within walking distance through the village .

This charming little village offers everything you need without ever needing to travel and retains a pace of life that is there to be enjoyed. But for anyone wanting to seriously explore Brittany the cottage is the perfect location. Right in the centre of Brittany, midway between Rostrennen and Mur-de- Brettagne just off the N164 the cottage is ideally situated. Apart from the canal and amazing countryside, just 10 mins away by car is the beautiful Lac de Guerlédan, Brittany’s largest lake, its the perfect spot for swimming and watersports but the area also offers extensive trails for walking and cycling. South of the lake is the Forest of Quénécan, an area which covers about 11 square miles. The Quénécan forest and Abbaye de Bon Repos are not to be missed.

Wherever you go, near or far, almost anywhere is within 2 hours drive time, for instance to Rennes in the west, Brest in the east, Roscoff in the north and Quimper in the south and everywhere in between! Located in the beautiful Cotes d'Amour the cottage is also virtually on the border with the Department of Morbihan with its vast gulf, beaches and sea foods, within an easy day trip to the south of Gouarec.

You won't be short of things to do and places to go. Beaches north and south, beautiful countryside to explore and wonderful walks or cycle rides. Whether you like to relax and forget the car, 'take it easy' or prefer a more action packed holiday, this little cottage offers it all, where you can really experience 'true' Brittany.

We have as a family taken most of our holidays in France for over 40 years. About 20 years ago we purchased a house in Normandy to renovate which we held for 10 years.
Today in retirement we decided again to seek out a property for ourselves and discovered our little cottage on the canal .

Our cottage is also our home which means that we spend the summer ‘letting’ months with our family in England and the spring, autumn and winter months in France.
We believe our 'petit' cottage is quite unique, located on the famous and historic Nantes-Brest Canal it was built at the same time as the canal around 1840 and was probably used by canal workers.

Because we are able to spend long periods in our cottage we have furnished it as a comfortable home not just a "holiday home" so that guests can relax and enjoy their stay whatever their 'mood' and whatever the weather. What the cottage lacks in size is more than made up for in character and charm, or as a guest wrote "small but perfectly formed".

Over the 7 years of letting our property we have received over twenty five top reviews .Because this is our first full season with Brittany Ferries we are unable to show them fully on this web site in the Review section but please see below some short extracts.
10 oct 2018---"the cottage is charming , well equipped, and very comfortable ....for a quiet stay in a convenient location it was perfect .." Paul K .
6 Aug 2018...." fantastic relaxing holiday ...the location beside the canal is absolutely perfect ...."..Alan R
5 July..."a lovely little cottage ...its great for walking and cycling ...this was our second visit and we would go again ....a great place to go to get away from it all ..." Seanne G
14 Aug..."Just what we wanted .Peace and quiet French style .......Exactly as described and met all expectations ideal position for exploring Brittany ...Margaret F
1Aug 2017..a very homely and well equipped cottage near to pretty village and canal ....lots to do in the area but also pleasant having balcony and garden to relax while watching local activity ..." MG
15 Oct 2016....lovely character cottage , a stones throw from the canal ..lots of walks , peace and quiet ..a small piece of heaven !!..." Anne A




Kitchen and dining

The kitchenette is part of the living area and comes with full facilities and utensils including a butler sink, microwave, built in full size oven, washing machine, fridge with small freezer area. Everything that you would need at your own home. The dining area overlooks the canal from a table with drop down leaf and capacity for 4 diners if needed.

Living rooms

The ground floor takes in the whole living area and is designed for character and comfort with an open fireplace as a central feature. There is a full size settee and arm chair that creates a comfy setting for enjoying tv , music or just snoozing after a long day. The living area overlooks the garden and canal for total relaxation.


The stairs take you directly up to the bedroom in true French cottage style. The room is light and airy with a very comfortable king size bed. The ceiling slopes both sides and has two separate windows, with exposed beams. A door opens into the en suite.


An attractive private en suite comes off the bedroom, fully tiled, with shower cubical, wc, basin and heated towel rail.


Two electric wall mounted heaters are located downstairs in the unlikely event of being needed. A wood burning stove can provide additional heating if required. Logs are not provided but are usually obtainable from supermarkets.


French and English tv, broad selection of cds and dvds, selection of holiday books, Scrabble

Garden and outside

Steps from the balcony takes you down to a pretty little garden made mainly to lawn and plants. A gate opens onto the tow path of the canal and instantly takes you on delightful walks east or west, or across the bridge into the village.
A small bbq is provided.
A small shed holds 2 garden chairs and can be used to store empty luggage cases if necessary.

Parking and garages

Sensible on-road parking is safe immediately outside the cottage or it's better to park beside the verge opposite. A garage is not available.

Visitor suitability

There are a steps in the cottage and in the garden which may be difficult for anyone with walking difficulty. Dogs or pets are not allowed. Ceilings upstairs are sloped and maybe awkward for very tall people.

Information about any additional facilities

Nearby in the village there is a recently built municipal swimming pool which is open to the public at certain times.


  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • Linen

  • Couples only


Antiques/Brocante Market

Name of nearest antiques/brocante market: Gouarec
Distance: 1 km


Fishing nearby

Species of fish: Canal fish
Name of nearest fishing location: Canal and lake
Distance: 0.1 km

Fishing on-site

Horse riding

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

Mountain biking

Distance: 0.3 km


Name/number of nearest marked trail: -


About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr Christopher Hyder

We are a recently retired couple, living in the south of England when we are not in france. Some 25 years ago we purchased a cottage in Normandy and as a family restored it and subsequently sold it after about 10 years. In retirement we decided to start again and purchased our beautiful little cottage beside the Nantes-Brest Canal in which we live for about 6 months of the year.

Year property purchased 2010
Why this location? A perfect setting beside the canal, in the centre of Brittany, close to a charming village and not too far from the main ports. Wonderful walks on the canal and in nearby woods are all close to hand where we can enjoy a variety of bird and animal wildlife. Superb beaches, seaside resorts and little harbours are within 1-2 hours easy drive time north and south.
Unique benefits of property Wonderful countryside in a unique position. Beside the Nantes-Brest Canal with direct access from the garden but a short stroll into a very attractive village with convenient patisserie, bar and cafes.

The Owner Recommends

Lots to Do and See!

Fishing is popular in the canal Permits are readily available in selected bars and/or cafes.
In the village there is a patisserie, Italian restaurant, Creperie, and nearby french cafe/restaurant together with a mini supermarket all of which are popular with locals and visitors.
In the cottage various leaflets and guides will give you plenty of ideas to visit nearby towns, castles and places of interest.
Llocally, a "must see" is the abbey of Bon Repos a good 50 mins walk along the canal or a 15 mins drive. Also Lac de Guerladen, a 20 mins car ride is the largest and most attractive lake in northern France with great walks, cafes, swimming and boating.
The historic town of Pontivy is about 40 mins away .Once known as Napoleons town , its an interesting little town ,on the canal, but busy with shops, cafes and a few restaurants. Its an interesting drive south, well signposted, up and over the hills.