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La Ville au Tady stands in over 1 acre of gardens. It is a traditional Breton longère, or long-house, built 1868. It has been fully renovated while retaining its charm and character.
Located in a small hamlet in Southern Brittany, the local village of Guegon is just a few minutes drive through scenic country lanes. Within the village you will find several bars, a general store and the essential boulangerie for fresh baked baguettes and croissants.
The area is perfect for exploring on foot or cycling, with a designated cycle route passing through the hamlet. The medieval town of Josselin with its famous chateau, 17th Century buildings, bars and restaurants is an easy 10 minute drive. Brittany’s largest inland lake is located just outside Josselin, with swimming and water sport facilities. Superb beaches are to be found all along the nearby Morbihan coast which is said to have 365 small Islands, one to explore for each day of the year.
There are many interesting small villages and larger towns in the region. Auray is a lovely old town with lots of shops and restaurants, an old port and an excellent Sunday market. Vannes is a large town on the edge of the Gulf of Morbihan with an old quarter bustling with good restaurants and small shops. Excellent markets are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays and a famous jazz festival in July. Carnac has excellent beaches but it is world famous for being an ancient and historic place with over 3,000 prehistoric megalithic stones. There is comprehensive information on places to visit and suggestions for activities on our personal web site (link below).
The cottage stands in over one acre of fenced garden. There are several fruit trees and a sweet chestnut to provide welcome shade in the summer months. If vacationing in the autumn, you are welcome to help yourselves to any windfall. There is parking for two cars on a drive at the front. The rear of the cottage affords wonderful views over the garden. A patio at the rear provides an informal seating area for barbecues. A mown path through the grass provides views over surrounding fields and rolling countryside. A charcoal barbecue and garden furniture are provided.
Keywords: Cottage, gite, longere, farmhouse
La Ville au Tady is owned by Martin, Esther, Beth & Meg and we live in the UK. After many happy summer holidays in France, we decided to buy our own holiday cottage in Brittany. After many months of property hunting, we discovered a traditional longère in the countryside and fell in love with it.
We feel very lucky to own such a beautiful old house, and invite you to share it when we are not holidaying there ourselves.
We believe there is an ethical dimension to owning a second home, so we price our weeks reasonably and aim to have the cottage occupied for most of the year. In this way we can help contribute to the local economy by employing our cleaner and gardener, and help generate income for local businesses. We encourage you to use the local village stores whenever possible. We would prefer to reduce our prices for late availability rather than remain empty, so provide a 25% discount for arrivals within 30 days.
Martin & Esther Selway purchased this cottage in 2005
Our cottage has been used as a holiday home for many years, and so presents a fairly unique opportunity to stay in a traditional longère that retains many of its original features. The exterior of the longère is much the same as when it was built in 1868. It is a traditional farm house of the region, and the internal renovations have preserved the character with exposed beams and fireplace hearth consisting of a massive granite stone.
The cottage is located in a quiet rural hamlet of four properties, and yet is just five minutes from the local village with boulangerie, village store, and bars. We are ten minutes from Josselin, one of the best small towns in Brittany.
This is our holiday home, and it is furnished and equipped with all the homely touches that will make it feel like you are a guest staying in a friends house, rather than a paying customer in a commercial holiday property. We invite you to share our books, our games, and our bikes.
When we holiday at La Ville au Tady we love doing so many different things! These are some of our favourites - countryside walks; swimming in the nearby open air pool or lake; cycling along the quiet country lanes; shopping for fresh local produce at Josselin market; picnic lunches in the sunny garden; exploring local towns and villages; meals out at one of the many good restaurants in Josselin; trips to the beach; or else just relaxing with a glass of wine and a good book in the garden.
The cottage was excellent - absolutely fab. We couldn't fault it. Everything was there for us. We loved the fact that we didn't have to buy washing up liquid etc which costs a lot and you never use it all. Loved that we had plenty of outdoor chairs as well. We had a fantastic holiday. Lovely and peaceful. Would love to go back there again.
In the past 10 years, we have stayed at more than 30 properties throughout France, always for a week or longer. In all that time, we have rarely come upon a property as quaint as La Ville au Tady, and we have never dealt with owners as organised and accommodating as Martin and Esther.
Their website is complete, their responses are prompt and instructions are comprehensive.
La Ville au Tady is fully equipped; it is quietly remote, yet 10 minutes from two hypermarkets; and perfectly placed for day trips across Brittany.
We spent autumn nights in front of the fire, and sunny autumn days riding the (supplied) bikes along the magnificent stretches of the canal between Josselin and Saint-Vincent-sur-Oust.
We happily recommend La Ville au Tady, and the Selways, to all.
Fantastic! Its been a wonderful week, and such a shame to have to come home & work.
I really have to say I was so very impressed by the cottage. I have never seen a rental so very well equipped. I think the owners have thought of everything. We never wanted for anything. Its a credit to them.
A car is essential but the location was ideal, only a few miles from town and yet all around was green countryside. The information pack provided was full and comprehensive. There is so much to do, so many places to see and visit, its almost impossible to get around them all in the brief holiday time.
We were blessed with some wonderful weather. Our friends who travelled with us have never experienced such tranquillity and practicality. All in all the week has been a present to us all.
A beautiful location for our week long stay. The house was as described and as seen in the pictures - very clean. The location was great for our trips to St. Malo, Mount St. Michel and Quiberon. The weather unfortunately was not too cooperative with rain and cool temperatures most of the week. We enjoyed using the bikes and the "third wheel" was great! The kitchen was well equipped and the living and dining room the perfect size for 4 adults and 2 kids.
Following a week in Paris, we (two retired American couples) rented a car and drove to this charming cottage near Josselin with the aid of the excellent directions provided by the British hosts/ owners of the property. Everything was as described in the more than adequate information presented when we were making our decision about where in the Britainny/ Normandy area we would stay. The common living spaces are large and comfortable; the kitchen is well stocked for gourmet cooking; the beds are comfortable; the baths, laundry, heat, and wood burning stove, are clean and well functioning. The hosts provided plenty of information about day trips, nearby activities, restaurants, walks, shops, etc. Although it was mid-October when we visited, the weather was picture perfect. We loved walking and touring in Josselin and the area right around the house. We took day trips to Mont.St Michel, the Carnac alignments, St. Malo, Dinan and several villages nearby. The owners were fantastic communicators before our visit. The friendly caretaker was available by phone when we had a couple questions. This was the perfect follow-up place to be after a hectic week in Paris. We totally relaxed here. The Saturday Farmer's Market in Josselin is fabulous!! We bought a freshly roasted "farmer's" organic chicken, fresh veggies, fresh cheese and bread, came home and had a fabulous outdoor picnic dinner with great French wine.
We would definitely recommend this lovely cottage for families, and couples traveling together. We're 65ish and there were only two downsides: first, it is hard to buy gas/ petrol if you don't have a special card (but people are nice and they will let you use their card if you give them cash), and the bathroom for our bedroom (NOT the master bedroom, but the 2nd bedroom) was down a flight of stairs, but that wasn't a big problem for us. This is a real gem of a place.
We stayed in this lovely house for a week. The location was quiet but with the village and the town nearby there was everything that we needed. The weather wasnt fabulous, but we were cozy and warm inside. The house well maintained and all equipment was in good condition. The detailed description that the owners provided meant that we knew exactly what to expect. We explored the lovely villages that were nearby and went further afield to the prehistoric sites on the coast. A great stay and we would stronly recommend this characterful home. (There were only 2 Aussies this time.)
There are many interesting small villages and larger towns in the region, and certainly more than you could explore in a two week holiday. Auray is a lovely old town with lots of shops and restaurants, an old port and an excellent Sunday market. Vannes is a large town on the edge of the Gulf of Morbihan with an old quarter bustling with good restaurants and small shops. Excellent markets are held on Wednesdays and Saturdays and a famous jazz festival in July. Carnac has excellent beaches but is also world famous for being an ancient and historic place with over 3,000 prehistoric megalithic stones. There is comprehensive information on places to visit and suggestions for activities on our personal web site.
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Nov 1 2016 - Dec 23 2016
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
Minimum stay in July and August (peak season) is 1 week Saturday to Saturday. Off season bookings can be flexible for length of stay and arrival/departure days. Please include in your request to book if you require bed linen/towels and the number of sets (£15 per person/set).