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Secluded canal-side location near Josselin. Canoes, bikes and internet provided - The Cottage

Bedrooms 3
Space 1,076 sq. ft.
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 - 6 nights



The Cottage

Traditional stone Cottage, overlooking lawn area with ropes-wing, with views over the lake and Mill.

Downstairs there is the lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom and separate toilet:

Lounge / Diner with dining table, sofa and chairs. Satellite TV (with iPod docking) & video. Wi-fi Internet access.

Kitchen with freestanding gas cooker, microwave, fridge, electric kettle, toaster, coffee-maker.

Bathroom: Bath with over-shower, basin and washing machine. The downstairs bathroom has the advantage that if people have been outside canoeing, for example, they can easily access the bathroom to shower or bath without having to go upstairs.

Upstairs there are three bedrooms:

Bedroom One: Queen-sized bed, chest of drawers, table and plenty of build-in wardrobe space.

Bedroom Two: Queen-sized bed and wardrobe.

Bedroom Three: Bunk-bed (also suitable for adolescents and even adults)

The Cottage can therefore sleep up to six people.

Pets are very welcome but are asked to remain downstairs

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About the property


MOULIN DE GRIFFET comprising The Mill, Mill-House and Cottage, is set in the heart of the Brittany countryside, in 4 acres of private grounds, adjacent to the Brest to Nantes Canal and a river. This offers a relaxing and fun holiday location from where it is easy to explore Brittany.

** NEW ** A 5-6 person Hot-tub/Spa on the Mill-house terrace, with lighting. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings whilst relaxing in the Spa.

The code F97831 will get you a 10% discount off Brittany Ferries.

THE MILL-HOUSE offers self-catering accommodation for at least 8 people. It has a large lounge with many stone features, kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bathroom and open plan converted attic which is great for children or for more guests.

THE COTTAGE is smaller and more basic but offers good value for those on a limited budget. It sleeps a maximum of 6. It has 2 double bedrooms and a childrens room with a bunkbed. Downstairs it has a lounge/diner, kitchen, bathroom and toilet.

Both properties have free Internet access and satellite TV. Kayaks / Canoes and bicycles are supplied inclusive of the holiday rental price. A 10% discount on Brittany Ferries is available. The location really offers something for everyone.

The many southern Brittany beaches are a little over an hour away with places to visit en route. A popular day out is to a forest location with walkways in the trees, rope swings etc. The advantage of being centrally located in Brittany is that one can also explore the north coast beaches and Mont St Michel - a 'must see' !

20 minutes to the east at Ploermel is an inland lake with sandy beach which is also popular with guests. On the other side of the lake there are gardens with picnic areas a 'Hydranga Walk' (The Hydranga is the Plant of Brittany) and a golf course with extensive views of the lake. There is also a disused railway which is great for cycling.

Please also visit the FACEBOOK site!/pages/Moulin-de-Griffet/234843753256150?sk=wall

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Giles Austin
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, german
Response time:
Within a few days
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Calendar last updated:
July 25, 2017

About Giles Austin

I hope to be able to welcome you to enjoy the beauty of Moulin de Griffet (Watermill of the village of Griffet) and the surrounding area.

Giles Austin purchased this cottage in 2010

Why Giles Austin chose Pontivy area

Moulin de Griffet is set in a wonderful location in the heart of the countryside, adjacent to the Brest to Nantes Canal, yet is very close to the magnicifent medieval town of Josselin and indeed the majority of Brittany. I have a growing number of returning guests.

What makes this cottage unique

It has so much to offer (cycling, canoeing, walking, enjoying wildlife, relaxing, etc) and will appeal to many tastes. It offers Internet access with good download speeds.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Our family of four have had a fantastic stay in the Cottage. We have spent a week not going very far, absorbing the beautiful surroundings by kayak or bike, seeing lots of fish, woodpeckers, kingfishers, etc.

Inside we had all the facilities we needed. The beds were very comfortable. It was great to have the WiFi. The outside table and parasol were great - a lovely place to sit and read or eat out with a view of the lake. The kids loved the trampoline. Also the seat down at the far corner of the lake was lovely.

Thanks again for everything.
Aug 2012
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Rental is Saturday to Saturday during the peak season. Negotiable outside of the peak season.
Arrival time: 4pm / 1600hrs Departure time: 10am / 1000hrs (to allow time for cleaning) or both 'by negotiation' (every effort to be flexible will be made when circumstances permit).
A booking deposit of £200 is required.
The rental cost is to be paid 8 weeks before the booking commmences


Pleugriffet Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage (detached)
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1076 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • pets considered
  • children welcome
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Waterfront
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Alarm Clock
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Sofa Bed
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double
    Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 2 twin/ single , bunk beds
  • All three bedrooms are upstairs, with original wooden floorboards throughout.. Bedroom 1 & 2 have impressive views of the lake and the surrounding woodland and wildlife, including herons, ducks and kingfishers. Bedroom 1 has a double bed, build-in wardrobe and chest of drawers. Bedroom 2 has a double bed and wardrobe. Bedroom 3 has a bunk bed and chest of drawers. Sleeps 2.
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Bicycles
  • Boat with Paddles
  • Canoe
  • Child's Swing
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Terrace
  • 8 garden chairs
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • arboretum
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis
Lounge/dining room has two-seater sofa and armchair and dining table with six dining chairs. There is a large circular outside table with six chairs. Shared use of 1 x 3-seat Indian canoe and 5 x kayaks. Life jackets provided. Tarzan swing in front of house keeps the kids entertained for hours - shared. Bedding is provided. Please supply all your own towels and tea-towels. Use of 7 bicycles shared with other house - 4 sized teen and upwards, 3 for smaller children. Smokers welcome, but outdoors ONLY please. Pets considered, but not allowed upstairs. Use of charcoal BBQ. NB. Please note that the property is surrounded by water and small children will need close supervision at all times.


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The Cottage
average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews

Rustic charm with modern comforts

  • 5 of 5

This was my fifth visit to the The Old Mill. Very quiet secluded and tucked away. The addition of a hot tub, decking and Jamie Oliver barbecue were great additions this year and all used. Wood-burner is superb.Giles most helpful as always as were Ann and Mark who look after the property. Accommodation was great and with an improved bathroom.Would highly recommend the property and look forward to the sixth visit.

  • Submitted: Sep 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind and helpful feedback which is very helpful to future guests. I'm glad that you have enjoyed the new facilities and I look forward to adding more. Also looking forward to welcoming you again. Giles
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Lovely cottage in great location

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week stay in the cottage. The location is perfect, at the edge of the tiny village and very remote and secluded, but only 15 minutes drive away from lovely medieval village of Jesselin. The cottage itself is lovely as well. It has all you may need for holiday. The owner is very helpful, and patiently answered a million questions we had before the trip and even gave as the details for the Vet we needed to see to able to take the dog back to UK.

  • Submitted: Nov 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind and helpful review Kristina. I hope to be able to welcome you back to Moulin de Griffet in the future. Giles
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Great place to unwind

  • 5 of 5

This is a great place for a family holiday. We spent a relaxing week in the cottage and spent our time very enjoyably paddling the kayaks up and down the river/canal. There were lots of colourful damsel flies and dragon flies hatching and darting around the water. We also rode the bikes along the broad tree lined towpath to the local creperie (about 2 miles away) where the option of a Nuttella filled crepe followed by ice cream went down particularly well with the kids and the local cidre went down equally well with the adults.

This is a great place to relax and get away from it all in a quiet rustic environment and while some of the furnishings could do with a makeover, the location, access to the the kayaks and helpful house minders more than make up for it.

Also the bottle of wine that was waiting on arrival was very welcome after a long car journey. Would happily recommend.

  • Submitted: Sep 4, 2012
  • Stayed: Aug 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your helpful review Neil. I am aware that the sofa in the Cottage is ready for replacement and I will be replacing it this year. I look forward to being able to welcome you back to Moulin de Griffet. Giles
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A beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

One of the most relaxing holidays we've ever had. Waking up to the sound of birds singing and the beautiful views over the lake. It was lovely and peaceful. The Mill house was perfect for what we needed. The bedrooms were comfortable and well furnished, the bathroom was fine for what we needed - though I hear the plans are to make an en-suite which would be ideal. The kitchen was well equipped and we had some French cider waiting for us upon arrival. We loved spending evenings sitting in the lounge in front of the fire if we weren't outside having a candlelit dinner and using the bbq!

It was great to have canoes which were free to use and we went for many trips down the river. One day we canoed for a couple of miles and moored up by a creperie!!

The people who looked after the Millhouse were extremely generous and helpful - especially when our car broke down at 5am and we needed to get to the harbour!

To be honest, we were extremely surprised that it was actually as beautiful in real life as it was in the pictures!! We would certainly love to go back. We wish we could have stayed longer!!!!

Rebecca, Andy, Kelly and Sarah

  • Submitted: Dec 7, 2011
  • Stayed: Aug 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. I look forward to welcoming you all back. Giles.
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A real gem!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in the cottage for 2 weeks with our girls aged 6 and 8 and had the most wonderful family holiday. I was a little wary prior to our arrival as to the unfenced waterways. For anyone who has read the description and is a liitle put off by this don't be. Yes you do have to keep an eye on the children and set boundaries, but no more really than you would anywhere else.

If you want a family holiday where you relax and play together, this is the place for you. Cycling/walking on the canal, fishing the mill pond, star gazing and lots of expeditions and missions with the kids. In other words the simple life!

We were pleasantly surpised as to the size of the cottage when we arrived as i was worried it may be too small from what we could see on the photos. The upstairs is very spacious with the two double rooms being more than a decent size, as is the smaller one with bunk beds. There is lots of storage space, and loads of coat hangers which is always a bonus! The kitchen and bathroom were ample sizes, with a bath and a really good shower, and the entrance hall is long and spacious. Although the lounge/diner is quite small it didn't feel cramped as there is a feeling of space in the property.

The Mill House is stunning. The terrace is beautiful, and i have to admit, when we first arrived i was a little jealous! However i settled in very quickly and actually found the cottage was more suited to our needs. It has everything you need, and also has a grassed garden area where the girls were able to play whilst we relaxed.

All communiction with the owner was via e-mail and i found him to be extermely friendly, efficient and very accomodating to our needs. So much so i wished we had had the opportunity to meet him. At the properties, he has taken great care in catering for families of all ages. There is brand new outdoor furniture at both properties, a new trampoline, a selection of brand new bikes for children of all ages and adults, brand new kayakes, boats and plenty of lifejackets, and our girls favourite, the tarzan swing and rope ladder. He has also provided a detailed information pack about the property and surrounding area .

A special thank you to Mark and Ann who look after the property. You really made our holiday special and we look forward to seeing you again when we return. Ann also paints the most beautiful pots as a hobby. Ask to see them as they are perfect gifts or as a keepsake of your time at this haven.

Book now!!!!

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
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Relaxing retreat

  • 5 of 5

Set in beautiful surroundings and ideal place to get away from it all! Perfect for family fun and those liking wildlife. Bikes provide great entertainment for cycling along side the canal. Kayaks also provide good fun in the lake and on the canal. Comfortable and clean accommodation, great garden furniture, trampoline and rope swing. Interesting towns nearby to explore. One highlight was riding into Josselin along the canal, stopping off at the lovely creperie!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2011
  • Stayed: Jul 2011
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Nearest Airport
120 Kilometres
Dinard, Rennes, Lorient, Brest, Nantes
Nearest Ferry
130 Kilometres
St Malo, Roscoff, Cherbourg, Caen, Le Havre
Nearest Train
20 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
12 Kilometres
N24 / D764
Nearest Beach
75 Kilometres
South coast of Brittany
Car: necessary

Griffet is a riverside hamlet in the heart of the Breton countryside 10 minutes North-West of the medieval town of Josselin.

The local village of Pleugriffet (3km) caters for all the essentials of life in France - the baker, the grocer, supermarket, doctor, and the bar.

Aside from the diversions available on-site or adjacent to Moulin de Griffet (fishing, swimming, cycling, walking, canoeing, tarzan-swing, birdwatching, wildlife-spotting), the house is well-situated as a base for exploring the many other attractions that Brittany offers, from its stunning coastline to its beautiful and historic buildings.

Picturesque and popular medieval town of Josselin, with its imposing turreted chateau- 15mins. Market town of Pontivy 20 minutes.

Lac au Duc, Ploermel - sailing and windsurfing school on enormous lake - 25min.

Golf next to Lac au Duc.

Mont St Michel - 2hr.

Carnac - megalithic standing stones - 1hr.

Foret de la Broceliande - forest of Arthurian legend - 15min.


Other Activities: canoeing


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