Sleeps 4. 2 bedroom cottage with courtyard and terrace
- english, french, german
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SUPERB FACILITIES AND SUPERB HOSTS
We spent a week at the Banks' lovely cottage in Brittany. The cottage had everything that we required and Bryn and Val had provided all the little extras that are needed when away from home, which included a very generous welcome pack.
The hosts' hospitality was second to none throughout our stay.
We can only repeat that everything about the accommodation was superb and we highly recommend the property for all those wanting to visit Brittany.
Perfect cottage, perfect location, perfect hosts
We loved our week in the Gite au Manoir. Our goal was to spend the week touring Brittany by bicycle... we wanted to see as many different parts of the area as possible without spending hours in the car to get to and from each day's ride. Le Git au Manoir is perfectly located for this - we could get to just about everywhere we wanted to go within an hour to an hour and a half. It's also really convenient that Callac is on the doorstep for shopping and eating out, with even more restaurant choices in towns a little farther afield. However, we found that we spent most evenings eating in - the gite is so cozy, relaxing and welcoming that we preferred whipping up something "at home" to getting back in the car to go to a restaurant. It's also very well-stocked - we found everything we needed to cook meals, do laundry, even clean our bikes after a muddy day! Bryn and Val are great hosts - very welcoming, very helpful and very friendly - it was a pleasure to meet them. We hope to spend more time in the future touring around Brittany and we hope to go back and stay in Le Gite au Manoir when we do!
★★★★★ Excelent hosts, superb accommodation, relaxing location.
Bryn and Val are fantastic hosts, living in a beautiful manor on site they are near enough to provide assistance and advice, but savvy enough to give you plenty of personal space when/if required. The Gite is well thought out, large, homely, and spotlessly clean with your own outside areas, front and rear, so always shade or sun as required.
Bad bits: None.
Idiosyncrasies: The upstairs floors may squeak and groan a little, but are made from a lovely warm solid wood.
Callac is a nice small friendly town with good supermarket and other specialist shops. A couple of restaurants, including crepes and pizza. A great base for working from, we managed trips out to all points on the Brittany compass with the furthest coastal region being around 1 1/2 hours relaxed drive. Favourite towns were Quimper and Morlaix. (the run to Morlaix was around 60 minutes along a relaxing, well maintained single carriageway road. We did hit it once during "rush Hour" and must have passed as many as 30 cars in total!! during the complete journey. Time permitting, we will return. So thanks Bryn & Val for everything, especially the wine. Steve & Jacqueline
Excellent, quiet and rural
From the lovely welcome to the easy departure, this was a wonderful stay. The cottage (gite) is sensitively modernized, with all of the conveniences and facilities that we could want - and a few more besides. The accommodation is light and airy and set in a rural area. Val and Bryn were wonderful hosts, available, informative and welcoming and yet not intrusive - an excellent balance and one that we appreciated.
We have no hesitation in recommending this cottage very highly and hope that we have an excuse to return sometime soon.
This place is great, very highly recommended
The gite is very impressive; comfortable, clean and very well equipped. The owners are very welcoming and helpful though fortunately we didn't have any problems for them to deal with! They made us a lovely brew on arrival after a long drive and provided a welcome pack which was appreciated.
Highlights are a very refreshing power shower, wifi and a fully equipped kitchen. The back garden is very spacious and great for kids to run around and play in; despite having days out, we had a lot of great family time in the garden.
The gite is central for a large range of outdoor attractions in all directions although we went mostly to the North. Highlights being Ploumanac'h, Huelgoat, Chateau de la Roche Jagu and Mael-Carhaix, all of which the kids (girls aged 2 and 5) loved. My favourite was Fort La Latte which we visited on the way back to Calais though again, we all enjoyed it.
The weather was good which always helps and overall we had a wonderful family holiday with many fond memories. The gite is great, the owners are great and I would highly recommend a stay here to anyone.
More than a vacation . . . a memory to cherish
It’s hard to see how anyone could go wrong with this delightful property that melds old world charm and splendor with all the comfort and amenities of modern life!
This refurbished manor home is a wonderful base from which to explore or to simply unwind and relax on those days you’d rather just rest and savor the peace and tranquility of a quiet vacation. We found the property exactly as described . . . clean, well appointed, and tastefully furnished. It offers spacious, well furnished sitting and dining room, modern and well-equipped kitchen facilities, very pleasant sleeping quarters upstairs, with delightful grounds to enjoy outside . . . truly a cosy and comfortable place to come home to at the end of a busy day touring and savoring the charm and delight of Brittany.
It is a quiet property indeed for a soothing peaceful getaway, and yet close to so much to do. On those days we wanted to be on the move, we particularly enjoyed the Cornouaiile Festival in Quimper, splendid hiking along the Cote Granite Rose and the nearby Gorges du Gorong, market day in Calac, while day trips to Le Mont St-Michel and nearby St Malo were a must. On other days, it was a delight to simply succumb to the comfort of this quiet haven of peace and tranquility . . . the perfect spot to rest, to read, to cook or to just get out and explore the surrounding countryside. All in all, we wrapped up a delightful, relaxing week very much aware that there was still so much left unseen!
The information and documentation was very helpful, while the on-site hosts (Val and Bryn) were out of sight yet always near and available for help, information and suggestions when sought (help with the Wifi, extra tongs for when we lit up the BBQ, baking soda for smelly sneakers etc). Their thoughtfulness with the little details were a big plus indeed in making our stay most pleasant and memorable . . . true hospitality with a capital H!
Callac is at the heart of the Argoat region of Central Brittany and is therefore within striking distance of the highly contrasting Breton coastlines to the north, west and south as well as providing an ideal base for walking and cycling. The coastline offers a wide range of seashores, from small sandy or pebbly coves to sand dunes and broad sandy beaches and a wealth of inlets and harbours as well as massive Atlantic breakers bursting over defiant granite rocks.
Callac is considered the capital of the Breton Spaniel and the 'Maison de l'Epagneul', a museum dedicated to the history of the breed, opened in 2007 and is located near the main square. The town also boasts its own lake (le Plan d'Eau de la Verte Vallée) which provides lovely walks along its perimeter as well as the possibility of fishing. Slightly further afield are other lakes where it is possible to enjoy water sports. The nearest swimming pool and golf course are at Carhaix-Plouguer, about 20 minutes away by car.
The nearby village of Carnoet is home to the 'Vallée des Saintes', a park of tall stone figures of Breton saints that can be seen for miles around; it is intended that there will eventually be as many as a thousand figures gazing out over the countryside.
In July each year, Carhaix-Plougeur plays host to the ' Vieilles Charrues' , France's biggest and reputedly best music festival. The festival nurtures a wide variety of musical styles in a relaxed atmosphere, bringing together both legendary groups and legends in the making. With five stages, 80 artists and 230,000 spectators, the Vieilles Charrues has over the last few years become one of the largest and most important European music festivals.
Each year in August sees the Festival de la Danse Bretonne take place in nearby Guingamp. Interrupted only by the two World Wars, this festival of Breton traditions and dance has taken place every year since the nineteenth century and attracts participants from Scotland, Wales and Ireland as well as the Bretons themselves.
Callac itself is host in June each year to the Pierre Le Bigaut, Europe's 3rd largest cycling event, which draws more than 7000 cyclists from all over Europe.
Also worth visiting are the autumn horse fairs at Bulat Pestivien and Kerien as well as the many 'all-the-year-round' places of interest such as the Roman bridge in Callac itself or the 'enchanted forest' in Huelgoat, with its amazing gigantic mossy boulders and sparkling clear pools. Throughout the summer months, the Amoripark at Begard (40 minutes away by car) provides a host of activities for the whole family. For the lover of art, a visit to Pont-Aven, where Émile Bernard, Paul Gauguin and Paul Sérusier did much of their work, is a must. For a day trip, it could be combined with a visit to the fishing port of Concarneau, where a stroll through the fortified Ville Close will take you back through time.
No holiday in France would be complete without visiting one or two local markets. Breton markets are lively and atmospheric affairs, and take place locally seven mornings a week throughout the year. The dedicated market-goer could visit Plestin-les-Grèves on a Sunday (highly recommended), Guerlesquin on a Monday (taking the opportunity to see its ancient prison, the Praesidium, and have lunch at the excellent creperie), Rostrenen on a Tuesday, Callac itself on a Wednesday, Lannion (along the riverside and up the narrow streets) on a Thursday, beautiful Guingamp on a Friday and spectacular Morlaix to round off the week on the Saturday! A visit to the market followed by lunch before exploring the countryside or going down to the beach certainly makes for a great day out!
And to complete the perfect holiday, why not visit one of the area's Michelin-starred restaurants? There are a dozen or more such establishments within striking distance of the gîte. We have tried several and can recommend them with confidence!