Holiday cottage, hot tub & sauna in Brittany - BN006910

Lescouet-Gouarec (27km from Pontivy), Côtes d'Armor, Brittany Reference: BN006910 Advertiser since: 4 February 2019
Property Board Arrival Bedrooms Sleeps Bathrooms
L'Ancien Presbytere Self Catering Saturday 2 4 1

About this property

Brittany Holiday Cottage Gite with Hot Tub & Sauna . This cottage/gite is in a village setting.


Set midway between the north and south coasts of Brittany this is the perfect base to explore and discover all that is on offer in this stunning part of the world.

The south coast is just an hour away and the north coast only half an hour further.

Our nearest inland beach at the beautiful Lac de Guerledan is just a 25 minute drive.

The tranquil setting of the Cottage Gite provides the perfect place to get away from it all, relax and unwind… it is comfortable, superbly equipped and private with its own terrace and garden area for relaxing and alfresco dining.

For that little bit of luxury – why not take advantage of our dedicated spa equipped with hot tub and sauna?

Deceptively small from the outside, on entering the cottage opens into a lovely large space where character meets contemporary with two bedrooms to sleep four, a large bathroom with walk in shower, a fully fitted kitchen, dining area and lounge with real log burner.

For your comfort and convenience all bed linens, towels and essential provisions are provided as well as free wi-fi and a generous welcome hamper.

The nearest restaurants, a Bistro and a Pizzeria, are only a 5 minute drive away in Langoelan and Guemene Sur Scorff with its shops, supermarket, cinema and a selection of places to dine is just a 15 minute drive.

There’s so much to see and do here in this ‘Celtic corner of France’. If you like the outdoors, the location is ideal, with lanes to cycle branching out from the gate or walks surrounded by wild life and nature along the nearby Nantes Brest canal. As well as the fabulous coastline, we especially recommend a visit to Bon Repos Abbey and market; Josselin with its beautiful castle; Vannes for a wander along the ramparts and the town before stopping for lunch at one of the creperies in the square, the Valley of the Saints and Concarneau with its harbour, beaches and old walled town.

Just the two of you? ... we can arrange that something extra special - Champagne, flowers and chocolates for that special occasion or romantic getaway.

Why not spend Christmas & New Year? We will decorate for you with a real Christmas tree; lights & decorations; festive music & games and a Welcome Hamper full of festive fayre & treats. All you need to do is bring the pressies for under the tree. Christmas is a magical time to visit with Christmas markets for you to enjoy around every corner.

Short breaks available, please ask.

Our aim is for you to experience all that Brittany has to offer and for your holiday to be relaxing, stress-free and enjoyable from beginning to end.

We look forward to meeting you and making you welcome.

Type

Cottage/Gite

Kitchen and dining

In your modern fully equipped kitchen you will find: a full size fridge-freezer, cooker and hob, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine. Also a large selection of cooking utensils, pots, pans, crockery, a kettle, toaster and coffee-machine; every effort has been made to include all items and utensils for cooking and dining. We also provide towels, tea towels, dishcloths, washing up liquid, salt, pepper, cooking oil, tea, coffee and sugar.
On arrival you will find a generous Welcome Hamper including fresh seasonal items as well as bread, milk, butter, cheese, eggs and of course wine or cider.
Also available are a hair dryer, iron, ironing board, travel plugs, picnic basket, rug and cool bag for guests to use.

Living rooms

The living area is open plan with a high ceiling and is lovely and light and airy with natural stone walls and beams, it has been carefully furnished to offer dedicated dining and seating areas.
The dining area has a large table and six chairs and a door gives access to the veranda outside.
The lounge area has a log burning stove set in a stone fire place, two lovely large sofas with cushions and throws, a rug, coffee table, bookcase, tv table and lamps. A door gives access to the veranda.

Bedrooms

The Cottage Gite has a mezzanine bedroom accessed via a return wooden staircase and banister. It has been thoughtfully created to be roomy and welcoming with a large double bed, bedside tables, seating and storage. Velux windows provide light and a lovely view of the stars at night; there are curtains too so they can be closed to the light or to provide privacy if required.
On the ground floor there is a twin bed room with two full size single beds, bedside tables, seating and storage.
All bed linens are included in the price, guests staying longer than a week will be offered fresh linens and towels for their second week.

Bathrooms

There is a large bathroom on the ground floor. It is beautifully finished with modern fittings including twin wash basins with storage underneath and a lit mirror over and a lovely large walk in shower cubicle. All towels and bath mat are included along with a supply of hand soap and toilet paper.

Heating

The Cottage Gite has a cosy log burning stove in the lounge for which your first basket of logs is free, should you need them subsequent baskets are charged at cost (10 Euros) per basket including firelighters. There is also an electric wall heater in the downstairs twin bedroom and in the bathroom. Electricity and heating is included in the cost of your holiday.

Entertainment

Within the Cottage Gite there is a television with both French and English channels, a dvd player & library of dvd's and a cd radio with a selection of cd's. You will also find a selection of books, games and jigsaws.
Wi-fi internet access is available, free of charge for keeping in touch, and planning your excursions.
Just 20 minutes away the cinema In Guemene-Sur-Scorff shows English films (or French with subtitles) at the very reasonable price of 6 Euros!

Garden and outside

The Cottage Gite has a private terrace and garden area where you will find seating for dining, sunloungers and a parasol and bbq.
Gite guests are also welcome to use the main garden areas around the Presbytere where there are other seating areas including two covered verandas, benches and hammocks. The gardens have pathways and quiet corners in full sun or shade. We have many garden birds, butterflies and bees as well a small pond with goldfish.
If you are feeling more energetic, there is boule and swingball before relaxing in the hot tub and sauna!

Parking and garages

We are situated at the centre of our small village, there is ample secure parking to the front of the house.
We can provide some indoor storage for bikes, canoes or similar if required. Please contact us for further details.

Visitor suitability

Due to the age and character of the building we are sadly unable to welcome guests in wheelchairs. The Gite has one mezzanine bedroom and one ground floor twin room, the bathroom is also on the ground floor. Guests using the ground floor bedroom would not have to climb any stairs. Outside our pathways are mostly gravel or grass. If you are unsure of suitability, please contact us for more information.
We regret that we are unable to accept pets.
Please note that we operate a non-smoking policy within the Cottage Gite and Spa.

Information about any additional facilities

Spa Rooms - They can be totally private or open to the sunshine or stars, the choice is yours. In one side of the building you will find a wooden sauna complete with hot coals to ease the stress away. Beside the sauna is a luxurious large shower cubicle with room enough for two. In the other side sits the four person hot tub complete with radio, lights and bubble jets to create just the right atmosphere. For your ultimate pleasure it is heated to an ambient temperature of 38° with gently massaging bubbles to melt away the stresses and strains of everyday life. Bathe during the day looking out at the sun or in the evening surrounded by fairy lights or the mood changing hot tub lighting. We have non-slip matting and steps for your safety and convenience. The room is also furnished with a table, stools, clothes hooks and candles to further enhance your enjoyment.
A hairdryer, iron, ironing board, travel plugs, picnic basket, rug and cool bag are also provided for your use during your

Facilities

  • Cleaning

  • Internet

  • No smoking

  • Linen

  • Meals

Activities

Cycling

Family activities

Gym/spa

Sports

Walking

Name/number of nearest marked trail: Lac De Guerledan

Watersports

About the Owner/Advertiser, Mr David Martin

We are a very ordinary couple, who had dreamed of moving to live in France but never thought we could achieve our dream until we came to Brittany. Once we explored and saw what was on offer here we were hooked. It felt like home immediately. Our search brought us to Lescouet-Gouarec, once we saw L'Ancien Presbytere - The Old French Rectory - we fell in love with it and hope all our visitors will love it too.

Owner's website www.theoldfrenchrectory.com
Year property purchased 2018
Why this location? We loved the open space and the beautiful countryside and that the people were so friendly and welcoming. We are in a quiet rural village yet with lovely towns and villages close by where you will find shops, markets, restaurants and other amenities. The location is perfect for exploring the whole of Brittany, including all of the coast with comparative ease, there are just so many interesting and beautiful things to see and do..
Unique benefits of property It is a beautiful property with lots of original features and comfortably appointed with modern conveniences including a fully fitted kitchen and large walk-in shower. It is light, airy and spacious. We have included everything you are likely to need to make your stay stress free and enjoyable. There are lovely gardens for you to roam and relax in as well as a Hot tub and Sauna to enjoy. There may even be a home made cake or treat... We have no light or noise pollution, just blue skies in the day and starry ones at night.

The Owner Recommends

Lac de Guerledan

An experience not to be missed. This enormous lake, the largest in Brittany stretches for over 12km and is the centre for many outdoor activities and water sports such as sailing, windsurfing, jet skiing and kite surfing. Spend an afternoon canoeing or kayaking on the lake or swim and relax while soaking up the sun on one of the beaches. The 7000 acre Forest de Quenecan surrounds the lake and is fabulous for mountain biking enthusiasts, there are almost 300 trails in the area of varying length and difficulty. If you love to walk, hike or run why not take advantage of the space and beauty. If you are feeling adventurous you could also try rock climbing at one of the nearby gorges. There are also boats and pedalos for hire or for the ultimate lake experience take a sightseeing boat cruise along the lake.

Abbaye de Bon Repos

A 12th century Cistercian Abbey just 5 minutes from Gouarec at the western end of the Lac de Guerledan. It is one of our favourite places to go on a Sunday morning to stroll around the farmers market with stalls full of fresh local produce and handcrafted gifts from local artisans. The beautiful abbey nestles beside the Nantes Brest Canal at the end of an avenue of ancient trees. Why not take a walk around the Abbey and along the banks of the canal to enjoy the quiet beauty of your surroundings before pausing in the cafe bar; where there may be live music, the creperie or the charming Abbey restaurant. The Abbey also hosts many events including art exhibitions and in August, a truly spectacular re-enactment of the history of the site takes place with the Abbey facade as a backdrop. The magical performance is created with thousands of costumes, impressive staging, around 400 extras, jousting horses and an amazing band providing musical accompaniment. Superb pyrotechnic effects and giant video projections transport you through history and time as you follow the two main characters to a grand finale. A masterpiece both visually and musically the marvels of the 'Son et Lumiere' are not to be missed. You need only bring a rug, a picnic, a bottle of wine...and enjoy!!

Nantes-Brest Canal

The Nantes Brest Canal crosses Brittany right through its middle and provides a perfect setting for nature and activity lovers. Running some 360km in length with 236 locks this beautiful waterway has so much to offer. A haven for wildlife. Bordered by lush countryside. Along the section from Mellionec to Guerladan (approximately 26km) you can walk, run or cycle. Bike hire is available from 'Ouibike' Location de velos or bring your own.

Josselin

A beautiful town boasting a stunning medieval castle open to the public nestling by the banks of the river Oust. Take a stroll around the towns narrow medieval streets and admire the half timbered old houses dating back to 1538. The main hub of activity is the pretty town square with its many restaurants and cafes overlooking the Basilica Notre Dame du Roncier. Why not enjoy a meal at one of the following: La Table d'Or (a cosy & casual restaurant with outdoor seating), La Sarrazine (a crêperie fantastic for lunch), Le Prieuré de Clisson (restaurant) or the Pizzeria du Château,. For the best views around climb to the top of the bell tower and enjoy the stunning panorama. Hire a canoe or pedalo for a leisurely ride on the river in front of the fairytale castle. In mid-July the town is closed off for a three day medieval festival with jugglers, jousting, knights spit roasts and even an open air cinema.

Guemene-Sur-Scorff

A pretty medieval village with a lovely welcoming feel, ancient houses, steep cobbled streets, a Roman bath and a ruined chateau. A lively and friendly village with a number of shops including: a boulangerie, a charcuterie, grocers, florist and gift shop, newsagent, tabac, brocantes, a pharmacy, doctors, banks, post office and an Intermarche supermarket. There are also a number of bars and restaurants including Aux Sabots Rouges and Les Trois Marchands. Guemene also boasts an excellent tourist office and plays host to many fairs and festivals throughout the year including antique markets and free music festivals.

Pontivy

A beautiful market town, one we love to visit as it has a lively, friendly vibe whether visiting to shop, sightsee, take part in activities, dine or just sitting and observing. It lies on the confluence of the Blavet river and Canal de Nates a Brest. Shops here range from supermarkets to boutiques and everything in between. You will find a wonderful selection of places to eat and drink. Pontivy also has its own Chateau - Rohan, Castle of the Dukes. Why not visit and soak up some local history? There are also churches and walks along the waterside or take the town trail (free trail leaflet from TI).

Beaches

Our central location in the Cotes D'Armor means that you are easily able to reach many fabulous coastal beaches on the north and south coastlines. For the more adventurous, slightly further afield, there are beautiful beaches on the west coast too. Brittany's beaches are unspoilt, clean and rarely crowded.

Situated on the south coast of Brittany Concarneau has numerous beautiful sandy beaches and is a popular resort. The Sables Blancs beach is the main one, this is where you will find beautiful houses dating back to the Belle Epoque showing that Concarneau has long been a seaside destination. The Cornwall Beach and the Belle Etoile beach are also very popular but you might want to try the Kernous beach, it is more difficult to access and is therefore a little more preserved and the cove is one of the most beautiful in Finistere.

Other popular southern beaches include Carnac, Crozon, Port Louis, St Pierre - Quiberon, La Trinite-Sur-Mer, Douarnenex and Larmor Plage. For lovers of the unspoilt coastal nature reserves and sand dunes there is the stretch from Gavres to Penthievre where you will find tranquil open spaces to enjoy and spot birds and wildlife.

Brittany's northern shores have a reputation all of their own. Atlantic rollers give the Cote Savage its name and are a dream for water sport enthusiasts. The famous Pink Granite coast is stunning and Perros-Guirec is well worth a visit to enjoy the rock formations with a walk along the coastline. If you have time, why not visit the Site Naturel De Ploumanec'h to see the wonderful rock formations there, carved out by the sea and to walk along the coastal path. While in the area, Saint Effam, Tregastel and Trebeurden are also worth a visit.

Other Attractions

The Valley of the Saints - Carnoët is a unique place the vision of one man but created by many. The site is free to enter all year round. This historic site has a feudal moat with ancient earthworks of a motte-and-bailey castle, a listed 16th century chapel, a Gaulish fountain and is home to huge sculptures of Breton Saints. Perched on a rolling hillside are at present some 50 statues each carved from Breton granite and standing three or four meters high. The sites creator Phillippe Abjean intends there to eventually be 1000 sculptures on the site each created by a different sculptor. There are trails to follow around the site with riddles, quizzes and word games or if you prefer take a guided tour and hear the legends and stories behind the statues. Take a picnic and stay all day the views are amazing!!

Carnac may look like a perfectly ordinary little Breton village, but amazingly enough archeologists consider it to be the oldest continuously inhabited settlement in Europe. Head to the rolling heathlands immediately north and you'll see why: long mysterious rows of standing stones (or menhirs as the Bretons call them) erected in parallel lines long before the pyramids of Egypt. Tucked away in the woods are ancient burial mounds, pierced by eerie tunnels through which intrepid visitors can creep. And for good measure, if that doesn't appeal, Carnac also boasts magnificent beaches!