Verified Review icon check navigate-up navigate-left navigate-right expand mail svg-lightning svg-24hr svg-house svg-sleeps svg-bedrooms svg-bathrooms svg-stay svg-toilet calendar svg-report-flag pet-dog svg-multiunit Default Owner Icon heart-filled Family icon
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-829-7076
Book Online or call HomeAway Booking Assistance 888-829-7076

Near Josselin and Ploërmel, spacious, rural farmhouse, large, private gardens

Bedrooms 4
Space 1,614 sq. ft.
Property type farmhouse
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Sleeps 8: 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms with WC, downstairs WC, peaceful, rural

La Coudraie, about 5km from Josselin, lies amongst fields and woods but is also close to the village of Guillac. The house may be ancient but the accommodation has been brought tastefully up-to-date without hiding its rustic origins. It now provides an ideal base for relaxation and for exploring Brittany.

The fully-equipped farmhouse kitchen has a wood-burner, sofa seating and generous dining space. There is a full oven and hob, a microwave oven, a toaster, dishwasher and a washing machine as well as a range of cooking utensils. The hall leads to a large living room which has a log-burner, very comfortable seating and a DVD player and screen. There is a downstairs WC off the hall. French doors lead out onto the south side of the house. Up on the first floor there is a double bedroom, a family bathroom and a second double bedded room. On the second floor there’s another, cosy, double bedroom, a larger, twin-bedded room and a second full bathroom.

The large, mature gardens provide discrete sunny and shady areas to sit with a drink and a book but also plenty of space to play hide-and-seek! French doors lead from the kitchen onto the terrace for 'al fresco' dining by the stone-built BBQ.

La Coudraie is only 5 minutes by car from the attractions and shops of Josselin or Ploërmel, but Guillac itself has an excellent bakery.

Our farmhouse at La Coudraie is a fascinating old building with features dating back to the 17th century. We believe it was once a prosperous 'Manoir' connected to a nearby monastery. Dykes and lanes through local woods lead away from the house into unspoiled countryside, ideal for exploring, especially on foot. The house lies at the end of a short, no-through lane, so there is no passing traffic. The gardens are easy to relax in. During the last few years we have modernised the interior as sympathetically as possible and adapted the indoor spaces to make it into comfortable holiday hideaway. However, it is also well placed for wider exploration of Brittany and its varied charms.

The clean, sandy beach at the freshwater Lac au Duc near Ploërmel is around 10 minutes away and is a great alternative to the coast if you want to while away time by the water's edge. The French sailing school has a branch based at the lake. It is well equipped with dinghies and catamarans, wind-surf-boards and canoes; these are all available for hire as well. You could also take a water-skiing lesson, go fishing or perhaps just stroll quietly along the renowned Hortensia Walk on the far shore, a safe distance from the 9 hole golf course!

Attractions within 30 minutes of La Coudraie are fantastically varied. They include a zoo, a 'dinosaur park', a sculpture park, a go-carting track, woodland walks, the Nantes-Brest Canal, an Insectarium, a 2nd World War Resistance Museum and a clock museum. The nearby, wooded region of Brocelliande transports you into Arthurian legends of Merlin and Guinevere.

Also within easy reach by road is the sheltered Gulf of Morbihan where the sailing centre of Vannes can open up vast possibilities. Just beyond Vannes are megalithic sites and the wonderful beaches of Carnac. The Quiberon Peninsula with its spectacular coastline, sandy bays and rock pools, provides an attractive contrast to the bustle of the seaside towns.

Central Brittany has testing golf courses plus opportunities for cycling, horse-riding, fishing, hiking and driving amongst many other holiday pursuits.

Brittany is also a paradise for sea-food lovers. The local markets will provide you, or your chosen restaurant, with the pick of that morning's catch. Good eateries are everywhere; the hospitality and the local cider are very good indeed!

More Details


Guillac Farmhouse Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • farmhouse (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1614 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 8
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Fireplace ...
  • Firewood
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
  • Bathroom 1: bath with shower, WC, basin, mirror, cupboard and heated towel rail. Bathroom 2: bath with shower, WC, basin and mirror. There is a WC with basin on ground floor in the hall.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 4 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double
  • Bedroom 1 has a large double bed, a wardrobe, chest of drawers, dressing table, chairs, electric heater, wood floor with rugs. Bedroom 2 has a wardrobe, chest of drawers, table, chair, electric heater, wood floor with rugs. Bedroom 3 has a double bed, wardrobe, chests of drawers, chairs, electric heater, wood floor with rugs. Bedroom 4 has two single beds, 2 chests of drawers, 2 easy chairs, electric heater, bedside tables, rugs and lamps.
  • Books ...
  • Books for Adults
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Games for Kids
  • Radio
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Child's Swing
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Patio
  • Tennis ...
  • 5 bicycles
  • 6 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • outlet shopping
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
Guests are welcome to use the wood-burners, provided the doors are closed whilst the fire is alight. Small children should take extra care on the two wooden staircases. Guests are requested not to leave electric fires switched on whilst out of the house and to turn them off before leaving. Bath towels are provided but must not be taken away from the house. Guests are requested to bring their own beach towels please. Guests are welcome to use any charcoal available on the BBQ but extra supplies of charcoal can be bought locally.


4.7/5 -
(3 traveler reviews)

66% Complete
33% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
0% Complete
Near Josselin and Ploërmel, spacious, rural farmhouse, large, private gardens
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 3 reviews
Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY

Charming home, relaxing stay!

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house for two weeks in August and it was wonderful. The house itself is charming, comfortable, and very well-equipped. It has both modern touches (new bathrooms, Ikea kitchen, washer/dryer) and medieval charm (low beams, thick stone walls, fireplace in kitchen which we lit every morning). There were bikes, games, and a great collection of books and DVDs (all in English) to enjoy. We introduced our kids (ages 9 and 7) to badminton and backgammon which we played in the orchard. And we cooked amazing meals on the stone grill with food we bought at local markets. The area is peaceful and relaxing, but also close to some interesting sites. We spent a lot of time in Josselin and Ploermel, and took day trips to the coast. The Nantes-Brest canal is wonderful for bike riding and our kids enjoyed working the locks and watching the house boats pass by. There were also lots of local festivals to enjoy. Brittany is beautiful, kid-friendly, and so easy to navigate and explore. And the food and drink is divine!

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2013
  • Stayed: August 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind, positive words and thank you for choosing our house for your holiday. It seems as though you enjoyed relaxing at La Coudraie as much as we do with our own family.
Did you find this review helpful?
3 0

Lovely peaceful place, close to good facilities

  • 5 of 5

I stayed here with my family a couple of years ago, before it was listed on this website. I'm very pleased to see it here! It is a really lovely characterful property, very comfortable, with lots of outside space for children to play, even a wooded area. I remember a great stone-built barbeque too. We had a lovely week - there is a lot to do in the area and Josselin itself is very charming, with places to eat, shops, and everything you need for an enjoyable break. We didn't coincide with live Breton music that time, but it is one of my ambitions to do so (I bought some fantastic music CDs in a local shop). It's also not that far from beaches if you want sea and sand. Just checking my diary, and I want to come back this summer. Good luck with the new website!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2009
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
3 1

Lovely old farmhouse

  • 4 of 5

A lovely old farmhouse, carefully modernised and suitable for relaxed family living. Fascinating features make the house a joy to discover! Beautifully quiet, and yet easily accessible from the N24 / D169. A pleasant, gentle drive alongside the river took us to nearby Josselin, a charming town, well worth exploring. Will stay at La Coudraie again as soon as we can find another week or two.

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2012
  • Stayed: February 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Did you find this review helpful?
6 1

Property Manager

Richard Smith
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 3, 2018

About Richard Smith

Our family came to La Coudraie in 2003 having searched for a home from home for some time. Our 3 children spent long summer holidays with us in the house which gave them plenty of adventures, both indoors and in the gardens. Their holiday memories were made at La Coudraie.

We still live mainly in the UK working mainly in the education world. Having bought the house as a part-finished project, we have adapted and improved as we have gone along to provide a peaceful retreat from the faster-paced life we lead in England.

Our children are now more independent but they all look forward to sharing family time with us at La Coudraie.

Richard Smith purchased this farmhouse in 2003

Why Richard Smith chose Guillac

The house has a history which probably dates back into the 17th century. It is built of typical locally sourced stone, formed into dry-stone walls, up to 1 metre thick. Wooden beams tie the walls together and support the wood plank floors. A large, slate roof covers the house.

We believe our house was originally 3 small cottages, in an L-shaped formation, with several more cottages attached, enclosing a courtyard with a piggery. Families and their animals would have inhabited the same ground-floor spaces. The first floor would have been for storage of grain or hay.

More recently the gardens were planted with many flowering shrubs and with grape vines. The orchard has many fruit and nut trees and there was a productive vegetable garden. Nowadays the garden is much more for recreational use and relaxation.

What makes this farmhouse unique

The house and gardens are old, spacious and full of character. It is a tranquil place to relax, enjoy the quiet of the countryside, the clean air and the natural surroundings. La Coudraie provides an antidote to the faster pace of everyday life. We love the building and its setting off the beaten track. It is also close to a fascinating region of France where history and traditions are rich and there is always something to discover and explore.


Lac au Duc
Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
5 Kilometres
Nearest Ferry
90 Kilometres
St Malo
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Nearest Train
40 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
2 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
5 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
40 Kilometres
Car: necessary

La Coudraie is just 1.5km from the village centre of Guillac, which itself is just 5km from the stunning, medieval town of JOSSELIN.

The river Oust runs just below Guillac village centre and the tow-path provides a picturesque, flat route for walking or cycling into Josselin where you can visit the spectacular 15th Century Château or take advantage of the numerous bistros and restaurants and the busy, weekly street market. You can hire day boats on the river, stroll through the ancient lanes or just sit and sip local cider at a terrace café.

The castle itself is still inhabited by the Rohan family and houses collections of armour and priceless dolls. During the summer the town organises excellent free open-air concerts each week.

JOSSELIN and our farmhouse are easy to get to by road following the N24. Ferry ports from UK are not too distant :- St Malo - 1.5hrs, Roscoff - 2.5hrs, Cherbourg - 3hrs, Caen - 3hrs, Le Havre/Dieppe around 4hrs. Airports nearby include Rennes - 50 mins, Dinard - 1.5hrs, Nantes - 2hrs, Brest - 2.5hrs by road.

Guillac is our local village and is only 1.5kms away. It lies in the peaceful, green valley shared by the river Oust and the impressive Nantes–Brest canal. In Guillac village, clustered around the church square, you'll find an excellent bakery/patisserie which opens by 7am and on Sundays too! There's also a post office-cum-library. If you're feeling energetic there's a public tennis court. Just up the road is a go-cart track or for more peaceful pursuits the lanes and woods are perfect for walkers and bird watchers. You can fish in the river or you could cycle along the tow-path to the nearby canal-side crêperie or past the many pretty locks on your way into Josselin.

PLOËRMEL is about 6kms away to the east and has a larger selection of local amenities. There is sandy beach at the freshwater lake nearby where you can also go swimming, sailing, canoeing, windsurfing or water skiing. You can amble along the lakeside walks, take out a pedalo boat or just sit in the sun enjoying a glass of wine with lunch at the crèperie/café. There’s a lovely 9 hole golf course overlooking the lake and in town there's a bowling alley, cinemas and an indoor swimming pool. There are good shopping facilities in Ploërmel and a lively street market every Friday.

The University city of RENNES is about 40 minutes by road to the east. It has an international airport link with the UK, a top flight football team, a large, pedestrian-friendly city-centre and many impressive public buildings, museums and galleries to visit. It has two universities, a cathedral and a long, fascinating history.

The sailing centre of VANNES is 40 minutes by road to the south. It boasts a very impressive castle, a cathedral, a charming, cobbled old-town centre, a major, international, annual jazz festival and the bracing sea air of the Gulf of Morbihan. From Vannes you can take a boat trip to the many islands in the bay. The busy marina area of Vannes has great cafés and seafood restaurants. For water sports and wide, sandy beaches you can head east to Sarzeau or west to Carnac, where the megalithic standing stones just inland are also breathtaking. The Quiberon peninsula, 20 minutes south-west of Vannes, has wild seas and calm rocky coves to offer. There are surfers’ beaches and dunes on the Atlantic side but the eastern side is a placid, sheltered, sunbathers’ haven.

LORIENT, further south-west, is about an hour away by road down the coast. It is a bustling, maritime town and hosts an enormous Inter-Celtic cultural festival every summer.

BRITTANY'S coast is diverse in terrain and interest. There are fishing villages, seafood centres and fantastic sandy beaches to explore. The historic, French explorers' port of ST MALO in the north is only 90 minutes away by road and is near to elegant DINARD with is airport connections to Jersey and the UK. The MONT ST MICHEL is also easily reachable for a day trip and the bays along the north coast are a picturesque home to mussel and oyster beds. The city of BREST and the fishing villages of CONCARNEAU and DOUARNENEZ to the west are also really worth exploring. PONT-AVEN is a magnetic draw for art lovers today as it was to such artists as Paul Gauguin and the Impressionists in days gone by.

Inland Brittany has Megalithic sites to rival Stonehenge, horse stud farms, lush river valleys, restored rustic villages, fine golf courses, verdant, unspoiled countryside, cycling and walking routes, animal parks, mythological sites associated with Arthurian legends, ducal castles, French Resistance museums … the list is very long indeed – explore and enjoy!


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable damage deposit $280.74

An advance payment of 50% of your final rental fee is required 60 days before arrival. This payment is needed within 5 working days of verbal confirmation and will secure your booking. You can also choose to pay in full at this point or you can complete full payment with a second instalment 21 days prior to arrival. A separate breakage/damage deposit is required at the time of final payment.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

You might like these similar properties