Bedrooms 2, Sleeps 5
|Bon Repos Gites - The Barn||Self Catering||Saturday||3||6||1|
Situated in a peaceful, rural setting between the charming Breton villages of Gouarec and Laniscat, our 300 year old traditional Breton barn has been sympathetically converted into a comfortable gîte and is ideal for a family holiday. It can sleep up to 6 people in three bedrooms (two doubles and one twin-bedded room). The barn features ancient oak and chestnut beamed ceilings throughout and the spacious 350 square foot living area enjoys a wonderful vaulted ceiling with feature exposed A-frames and original slate window sills. We've even managed to retain several original stone tethering rings. Both upstairs bedrooms are bright and airy. There is a large shower room on the ground floor and a separate downstairs wc.
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.
Fitted kitchen with kettle, toaster, sandwich maker, slow cooker, electric hob & oven, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine. You will also find plenty of utensils, quality saucepans (and wok) and casserole dishes including a Dutch Oven. We hope that it offers all the conveniences that you would expect to find in your home away from home. There are also cookery books for you to use if you fancy trying something new. The kitchen is open to the living area, which means that nobody feels shut-away when preparing a tasty meal.
The 33 square metre (350 square foot) living area with its vaulted ceiling and exposed A-frames is both bright and airy. It is furnished with a large comfortable leather 3-piece suite - perfect for lounging. There's a modern LED tv (with UK Freesat channels), a BluRay player and a logburner for those lazy evenings in. Although, you are more than likely to want to spend your evenings around the large octagonal table on your private patio enjoying the evening summer sun. The dining area has a large table capable of seating 6 people.
The bright and airy 20 square meter (215 square foot) master bedroom features some stunning exposed oak A-frames. It has a comfortable King size bed and enjoys plenty of storage space. There's also an alarm clock - just in case you need to get up early for a day beach-hopping!
Another large, cheerful bedroom - accessed via stairs in the downstairs bedroom - has 2 Single beds.
A third bedroom is downstairs. This features a double bed and a generous amount of cupboard and wardrobe storage.
A large shower room with separate wc - both downstairs.
There's electric heating throughout with a wood-burner for those cooler months.
Modern LED TV with UK Freesat offering over 200 tv and radio channels, BluRay player and a Philips iPod docking station/speaker. Free, 'reasonable use' Wi-fi 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 Wi-fi 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 patio and lawn the rear of the Barn are real sun-traps and there are sturdy sun loungers and cushions at your disposal, along with a very large wooden table and bench seating for al fresco dining. There is also a small table and chairs to the front of the property to take advantage of the morning sun. The sun loungers and both tables all have quality parasols available for your convenience. There is also a bbq (and utensils) available for your sole use.
Private parking is available in the courtyard in front of the gîte.
Ideal for a family. The stairs to the upstairs bedrooms are not suitable for those with mobility difficulties but there is a double bedroom downstairs.
For those with babies or toddlers, we are able to provide upon booking request, a travel cot and highchair.
Attached to the Barn is the recently converted Stable. Both properties are independent of each other and have their own private outside areas.
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 a small, traditional Breton barn or grange, 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.
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.
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.
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 family day out! There are several decent restaurants and creperies dotted around the lake and a large floating restaurant in the summer months.
With about 1000 miles of coastline, Brittany can lay rightfully 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 while you are here.
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. As a respite from all that walking, we're sure you'll want to stop at a canal-side creperie or charming bistro to relax and recharge before winding your way home.
Whether you bring your own bikes or choose to hire them locally, you'll find great cycling routes and lots of well-maintained, quiet country lanes abound hereabouts. 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 voie vert 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. Or simply find your own way - we are surrounded by miles and miles of quiet country lanes & roads where you can soak up the scenery and explore at your own pace.
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