|Minimum Stay||7 nights|
In an elevated position above the Claie valley, between Ploermel and Vannes, (an area of outstanding natural beauty), and only 10 min drive from picturesque Malestroit, this sympathetically restored stone farmhouse, formerly a working farm, retains many original features, with oak beams, exposed stone, and a huge Breton fireplace with Clearview wood burning stove (winter use only). The property is finished to a high standard and offers quality accommodation. Resting in a small hamlet, with views over the wooded hills to the valley beyond, the house has a well-managed and secure garden, and is surrounded by woodland and farmland., with a short walk down to the banks of the Claie. It is an ideal location for nature lovers, the area boasts an abundance of wildlife, including chevreil, the local wild deer, buzzards, sparrow hawks, & many other species. There are many walks, nature trails and bridle paths making it a perfect base for ramblers and cyclists.
Further details: Vannes is known as the gateway to the gulf, and has a number of boat trips around its numerous islands. To either side of Vannes the coastline is a mixture of seaside towns with broad beaches, coastal walks and more intimate, sheltered coves. To the west is Carnac and the famous standing stones, La Trinite-sur-mer (the best beaches in the area) and its large marina. Nearby there is a market almost every day, including the famous, covered market hall at Questembert. The recently completed voie-verte, runs through Malestroit and has 50 Km of safe cycling/walking. Lac-au-duc (15 min) has a water-sports centre and golf course. It is also a great area for fishing, permits are cheap and readily available. The area is also famous for music and dance, having many festivals. There is free, outdoor, live music on Friday evenings, in Malestroit, throughout the Summer. The Breton Resistance Museum is five minutes drive, and there are many other attractions/facilities within easy reach. PLEASE NOTE: some reviews mention a swimming pool - THE SWIMMING POOL IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR THIS PROPERTY.
It is with sadness that we leave this beautiful house.
Our fantastic experience started on arrival. John and Maureen were waiting for us and made us feel welcome immediately.
They showed us around their wonderful home and outstanding orchard and pool area. Everything was explained or demonstrated if needed and we were made to feel comfortable from the outset. Confident that if we needed anything it would not be a problem. The house was lovely and clean. The living room huge. The kitchen well equipped and spotless. The dining area was spacious for the seven of us and had a high chair waiting for our 2 year old and Maureen asked if we would like a cot - which was unexpected but welcomed to ensure our little one was safe from falling out of bed.
The house is superb. It has everything we could need to entertain our family of age 2 - 70. The kids had great evenings trawling through the fantastic video collection whilst the adults enjoyed the tranquillity of the patio area.
The beds were the comfiest we had slept in and all enjoyed restful sleeps. You don't need an alarm clock here the rooster wakes you every morning at the same time (approx 7.30), but then has the decency to shut up so you can have a bit of a lie in - blissful.
The location is great too. Easy to visit Nantes and see the giant elephant. The Oceanarium at Le Croisic is a must. Our 8 year old recommends the Insectarium at Lizio - arrive at opening and they let you handle some of the insects ls - fabulous. Questembert has the best market we have been to in 7 years of visiting France and most of the stall holders attempt to help you in English.
A visit to Rochefort en Terre is a must if you want artisan gifts to take home at reasonable prices. The village too is very pretty.
In summary, I will be recommending this house and the hospitality of John and Maureen to our friends and family and hope one day to return when we have visited other regions in France we have yet to explore.
The Wells Family
The advertiser promised a stunning location, but upon arrival we quickly found that the hamlet where the house is located has the same appeal of a building site. The house itself was nothing special with little or no charm and character. The bathrooms were durty, orange lime scale around the shower tiles with a very shabby old shower curtain and bath mat. There was 1 toilet, in a house for 6-8!, and it did tnot flush properly and on occasions and I had to keep readjusting the cistern. The sofas in the living room smelt strongly of dogs and the rug as if it was starting to deteriorate. For people with allergies, not the best experience.
The neighbours are not the most friendly either, so you did not feel very much welcomed there. We hardly spent anyt time at the house, and so I would never recommend this to place to anyone. A shame, because with a bit more care, attention and cleaning, the property could be made into something nice, but sadly it wasnt.
We arrived at this beautiful hamlet to be welcomed by the owners who were very friendly and gave us a tour of the property. We were very impressed by the size of the house and outside areas. Everything was as described. The house is very spacious and beautifully presented and equipped with everything we needed. There is a wide variety of videos, books and board games just in case the weather is not that good. The outside patio area is charming and perfect for eating alfresco, and the orchard and pool area is delightful and was very welcome in the hot weather we had during our stay. The surrounding area is very peaceful and quiet yet just 10 minutes drive away there a several little towns with all the amenities you need like supermarkets shops restaurants markets. There is also a nearby lake which is safe for swimming and the beach is only 30 minutes away. We would definitely recommend this property for a relaxing get away from it all holiday
What a hidden gem this holiday home is! Have just returned from a relaxing and tranquil holiday in this beautiful location. The photos do not do the property justice. We are a family of six with four boys, so were looking for a property that ticked all the boxes for all their ages! 9,8, 3 and 2. The house is well equipped with a big kitchen and dining area, which opens out onto a lovely safe garden area in which the baby and toddler were safe. Off of this via a gate there is access to an amazing orchard where the swimming pool is housed, this was ideal for our two older children to play. The geese, hens and cow added to the ambience. The owners were very kind and made you feel very welcome even down to the collection of books and videos available in the house. Great places to visit such as the lake in Ploermel and beautiful beach at Damagan. A great place to get away from it all and we would love to return.
We have stayed here twice now, both times in late July / early August and we have had an excellent experience: I would heartily recommend this property to any family with young children. Who couldn't be captivated by the rural idyll, where you can watch a cow saunter past the kitchen window (!) or study the hens as they wander in the orchard?
The property is well-maintained and to me is nicer than the photos here give the impression. As a family of four, we were really very comfortable. The kitchen is a real feature - not just the size but it really is exceptionally well-equipped. Which, given the property's proximity to the fabulous Monday market at Questembert and Thursday market in Malestroit, means that anyone with a strong interest in food will enjoy this place to the full. Like others, we had lunches out but generally had dinner in - ideal with small children.
The garden is very pretty - it even inspired us to grow Evening Primrose back at home. The orchard is lovely, the views spectacular (especially from the largest of the bedrooms) and the pool is ideal after a long hot day's activity at the beach or the Lac au Duc in Ploermel - which is superb for children.
John and Maureen have been gracious hosts, particularly kind to our children (chatty six year old twins). As per the listing, they are there when you need them.
There's a good selection of leaflets from the local attractions and maps of the area in the house. Also a first rate selection of books and videos (including for children) for any rainy day, along with some board games.
The surrounding countryside is very pretty - Josselin is a really quaint little town with a lovely castle; Lizio is a nice village and Malestroit has a really gentle vibe to it.
Expect to come back home refreshed, (if a little heavier!!), with a wistful thought or two of la belle France and hopes of "au revoir" rather than "goodbye". We would definitely go back.
A lovely old house in a hidden away hamlet with a great pool, garden, orchard, river and acres to roam in. A short drive to a couple of villages and towns whilst the beaches and towns of the Golfe de Morbihan are half an hour away. Thoroughly recommend this house for anyone looking for a family rural getaway with access to the beach.
Thie house stands in a rural hamlet, 4km outside the village of St Guyomard, which has a renowned artisan bakers, bar/tabac, small supermarket, hair-dressers, post office and Le Marronier restaurant. Malestroit, 6 Km, is a lovely medieval town on the Nantes/Brest canal, with many bars and restaurants and supermarket shopping. Vannes, the old Breton capital, an ancient walled city/port is 15 min down the N166. To the north (20 min) is the famous Josselin Chateau, and Ploermel with its large lake, water sports & golf course. It is a good location for house-hunting in Brittany.
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My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||$216|
Bookings taken in whole weeks only, no part weeks. Changeover day is Saturday. Prices include electricity, gas and bed linen. Please bring towels. A £200 refundable security deposit is required.