|Bon Repos Gites - The Stable||Self Catering||Saturday||2||3||1|
Situated in a peaceful, rural setting near the charming Breton villages of Gouarec and Laniscat, the newly restored stable has been sympathetically converted into a comfortable gîte offering an extremely spacious lounge with exposed oak beams and some exposed stone walls. The main bedroom enjoys a large gable-end window, a stunning feature exposed A-frame and some exposed stone work.
The gite sits in over an acre of mature gardens surrounded by magnificent tall trees where you can, depending on the season, take your pick of figs, cherries, apples, pears, plums, walnuts and hazelnuts. Or just relax with a good book under the shade of one of the centennial oaks.
We strongly believe in knowing what you are paying for in advance. All amenities (gas, electricity, heating, water, bed linen, bathroom towels, tea towels and cleaning of the property on departure) are included in the rental price. In addition, an initial supply of soaps, toilet paper, kitchen roll and bin liners are provided for your convenience.
Large and bright fully fitted open kitchen with breakfast island. All the conveniences that you would expect to find in your home away from home, such as kettle, coffee maker, toaster, slow cooker, blender, sandwich toaster, gas hob, electric oven, microwave, fridge and freezer. There is a washing machine, in the attached utility room (as well as an iron and ironing board). You will also find plenty of good quality saucepans, a wok, casserole dishes, Dutch Oven and utensils. There's also a range of cookery books available - just in case you feel like trying something new one night.
The open plan kitchen allows for flexibility at meal times - there is the breakfast bar for a quick bite to eat but if you prefer a more formal sit-down setting you can use the separate dining area.
The living room/diner is a light and airy 44m2 (452 ft2) room but manages to retain a cosy and comfortable feel. The living area has a large, comfortable lounge suite. There is a modern LED tv (with UK Freesat), a BluRay player and a Bose iPod docking station/speaker. The dining area has a large rustic pine table capable of seating up to six people. Also in the dining area is a large Italian leather sofa - ideal for lounging with a good book.
The main bedroom is a large, bright room (22 square meters/240 square feet) that enjoys a full gable-end window, a stunning feature exposed A-frame and some exposed stone work. There is plenty of storage space for your clothes and a comfortable King size bed for a good night's sleep. There's also an alarm clock - just in case you need to get up early one day!
The second bedroom is a relatively small room with a single bed. These light and airy rooms look out over the gardens.
One modern shower room with wc and a downstairs wc.
Electric heating throughout with a great dual-aspect wood-burner for the cooler months.
Modern LED tv with UK Freesat offering over 200 TV & radio channels, Blu-ray player and a Bose iPod docking station/speaker system. Free, 'reasonable use' WiFi access is available and while this usually works well, given our rural location, no guarantee is made about the internet speed, reliability or functionality. Access to the internet via WiFi is free-of-charge and is not included in the rental contract.
There's also a broad selection of books and games. Some outside game equipment is also available.
The lawn and seating areas to the side and rear of the Stable are real sun-traps and there are sturdy sun loungers and cushions at your disposal, along with a large wooden table and bench seating for al fresco dining. There is also a bistro style table and chairs - ideal seating for that morning coffee or evening glass of wine. The sun loungers and both tables all have quality parasols available for your convenience. There is also a bespoke Harley oil drum bbq (and utensils) available for your sole use.
Private parking is available in the courtyard in front of the gîte.
Ideal for a couple or small family. The stairs are not suitable for those with mobility difficulties.
For those with babies or toddlers, we are able to provide upon booking request, a travel cot and highchair.
We love this wonderful part of France and made it our home a few years ago. The pace of life here in the heart of Brittany is quite laid-back and the locals are warm and friendly people with a strong sense of community. We love it here and really feel at home. <br/><br/>We live in an adjacent building, so, are available - if needed - to answer any queries you might have or simply suggest local attractions worth visiting and restaurants worth trying.<br/>
|Year property purchased||2018|
|Why this location?||We are fortunate to be surrounded by rolling green hills and quiet wooded valleys. The local area abounds with ancient monuments, old churches and historic towns and villages. This part of Brittany is a real gift for hikers and cyclists, bird watchers, anglers and nature lovers. Empty footpaths, flower-filled pastures, hidden valleys and lush woodland abound. It really is a place in which you can simply relax and breathe out.
We are conveniently situated right in the heart of Brittany, making us the perfect base from which to explore this beautiful part of France. There's plenty to see and do hereabouts and both the south and north coasts of Brittany are within an hour’s drive thus giving you the best of all worlds. Driving in Brittany is not a problem - the roads are well-maintained and never crowded.
|Unique benefits of property||The gite is situated off a very quiet country lane between the pretty and charming Breton villages of Laniscat and Gouarec. It's rural but not isolated! While Gouarec has a small local supermarket, there are several large supermarkets within ten minute's drive. The peace and quiet & wonderful lack of light pollution are a potent mix for long lazy evenings after a day's sightseeing!
Originally an open-sided stable, the gite has been sympathetically converted and is furnished & equipped to a high standard to provide you with a comfortable home away from home set in over an acre of mature grounds.
The largest lake in Brittany, the Lac de Guerledan, is only 10 minutes away and offer many water sports including canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing and water-skiing as well as a number of small, safe, sandy beaches ideal for swimming. It's a great day out! There are several decent restaurants and creperies dotted around the lake and a floating restaurant in the summer months.
With about 1000 miles of coastline, Brittany can lay claim to having some of France’s best beaches. There are stunning sandy beaches, picturesque coves & bays, pretty harbour villages and hundreds of offshore islands to explore. Both the south and north coasts are within an hour’s drive of us thus giving you the best of all worlds.
Brittany is blessed with scores of picture-perfect villages and well-preserved medieval towns, steeped in history. Do try to visit a few while you are here. Our personal favourites include Quimper, Vannes and Auray on the south coast; Lannion, Treguier and Morlaix on the north coast; and Rochefort-en-Terre, Josselin and Dinan inland. We are happy to suggest other interesting towns to visit!
This part of Brittany abounds in old abbeys, historic chapels, calvaries, sacred fountains and wayside crosses and shrines. Head off in any direction from us and you'll quickly notice that these share the landscape with a far more ancient heritage; hundreds of mysterious menhirs and brooding dolmens. Head-off the beaten path and get to know the real Brittany.
We are surrounded by miles and miles of quiet country lanes & roads but if you prefer a little structure to your rambling then the nearby lac de Guerlédan has over 25 miles of picturesque marked trails - of varying degrees of difficulty - for rambling and hiking. Similarly, the 3000 hectare Forest of Quénécan (about 10 minutes away from us) offers a multitude of hiking trails and cycle routes throughout the forest, as well as a number of beautiful picnic spots. The Nantes-Brest canal (under 2 miles away) also offers many excellent scenic walks & cycle rides, suitable for all ages. A wander along any stretch of the well-maintained towpath will allow you to experience the beauty and serenity of nature, not to mention the abundance of local wildlife.
La Vélodyssée (the Atlantic Cycle Route) is accessible from Gouarec – under 2 miles away - and three stages are within comfortable striking distance of us: Carhaix to Rostrenen (33km); Rostrenen to Mûr de Bretagne (30km) and Mûr de Bretagne to Pontivy (24km). You can also pick-up the V6 voie verte (green way cycle path) in Gouarec and follow the disused Breton Rail track west to the Roman town of Carhaix or east to the market town of Loudeac. The V8 is accessible at Mûr de Bretagne, where you can also pit yourself against the infamous Tour de France 'Stage 6' finish! In addition, the nearby Lac de Guerlédan and Forest of Quénécan boast some 300km of marked cycle tracks arranged into a dozen routes of varying length & difficulty through some of Brittany’s most picturesque landscapes.
Brittany is home to many of France’s best-known festivals and celebrations. The Breton calendar is packed with events and fêtes which draw international stars and spectators. Take your pick from rock, jazz, opera, food, boats, Celtic music, literature, photography or traditional cultural events. Whenever you visit, you are likely to find something of interest going on. You should also try to visit a Fest Noz while you are here. These are essentially a night-time party (well, until about 2am) with plenty of food, drink, live music and dancing. These are friendly evenings where visitors are welcome.
Brittany is justly famous as the home of the crepe and its savoury equivalent, the galette but if you enjoy fine dining, you might consider visiting one of the dozen Michelin starred restaurants within an hour’s drive of us – the closest just 10 miles away. There are a similar number of Bib Gourmand restaurants within an hour’s reach. If you want to discover the rising stars of the cooking world, there are a score of Michelin Plate restaurants within striking distance, the nearest 9 miles away.