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Stone Cottage in own beautiful gardens. Clean, modern interior with character.

Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

About the property

La Petite Maison La Roche Bernard - A Beautifully Calm and Peaceful, Country spot, close to village, 20 min Drive to the Beaches

Welcome to your holiday home in France where you can immediately relax. The beautiful open countryside unfolds directly from the gardens giving a feeling of being deep in nature. Deer visit the garden regularly and wild boar are to be found in the surrounding areas. Birds fill the trees large and small and fill the air with their chatter. There are nearby beaches and coastal walks either along the ocean or in Le Golfe du Morbihan amongst hundreds of little islands scattered in an inland sea of endless variety. The easy way to get a feel for the Golfe is by boat or by spending a day on one of the larger islands. You will be enchanted by little villages of stone as you discover this region of plenty with its Castles and medieval walled towns, traditional crafts, fresh food markets to explore and savour. La Petite Maison is private and looks out over gardens and lovely undulating countryside. The ancient 'lavoir' which was used to wash clothes by hand, and the 'four a pain', where bread was baked weekly, are slowly being incorporated into a private corner of the garden where you can sleep under the shade of the trees, a toe in the cool water of the pond. The ducks visit occasionally but the butterfly and dragon fly are there all the time exploring the mixture of wild and cultivated plants which we are trying to encourage. The 'source' which was used for drinking water in days gone by, gently flows down to the river Villaine, about 10 minutes on foot, which then finds its way to La Roche Bernard, a medieval town perched on a rock over a wide river, steeply banked and draped in trees as it wanders on to the sea. You might explore the Villaine on an old Oyster barge, or enjoy an evening cruise while you are wined and dined. The barrage in Arzal keeps the river full and gives plenty of space for all the sailing boats to tie up when they return from the open sea through the lock separating the fresh from the salty water, and the tidal from the non tidal estuary. Many boats come and visit from other nearby ports such as La Trinité or the fishing ports of La Turballe and Le Crosic.

Gérande is one of the medieval towns which is on the edge of the natural reserve park of La Briére, a haven for birds and other wildlife. There are salt pans, canals through the marshes offering bird watching boat trips, there are the finest sands in France at La Baule. You could indeed be very busy, but don't forget the relaxation on the terrace of your Petite Maison as the sun sinks and the warm dusk brings out the little pipistrelle bats.

We've just added a little 'garden room' set away from the house and low down under the oaks. It's an old reclaimed stable with it's original timbers and open sides. It will have table and chairs, a pizza oven, candles, views of the sunsets, birdsong and more.

Our permaculture inspired garden is progressing well, with endless additions of edibles and aromatics, even some more typically tropical plants having a go at making a home here. You won't find it overly tidy but it's perfectly ordered by nature and productive in terms of providing for we humans. The watercress pond is flourishing, depending on season of course, and I'm hoping for a show of water lilies this summer from the bottom pond.

More Details

Owner
Andrew Stephens
Member since: 2008
Speaks: english, french, german
Calendar last updated:
July 1, 2017

About Andrew Stephens

We found the area by accident really, some 20 years ago and since then the draw of this place has caused me to spend more and more of my time here until I moved over completely in 2006.

My home in La Ville Frabourg is a property just across from the rental Cottage. My pleasure is the garden at the bottom of this beautiful corner of our hamlet and the surrounding delightful areas of countryside and coast, rural villages and unexpected discoveries. My work is the restoration of these old buildings as organically as I am able. Work and pleasure are mostly indistinguishable. Family all grown up and so I am able to indulge myself in this adventure here. Finding a place, or being found by a place that makes you feel you belong is something special and to be valued.

Andrew Stephens purchased this cottage in 1990

Why Andrew Stephens chose Vannes area

I think the area found us more than we found it. We were here by accident and almost immediately were taken in and captivated. A long term project I thought then! It has been and still is a labour of love. Because the setting is beautiful everything else has to be made to fit in and little by little I feel I am achieving something pleasing and just a bit special. This year 2014, I have become qualified as a Permaculture Designer and am using this property to build my first design and make it a reality. It is becoming a self sustaining eco system with everything in balance, producing no waste, generating all it's needs and some surplus. I am now captivated by this notion and believe that we can all live in balance with nature and contribute to the welfare of our home planet.

What makes this cottage unique

With the sea in very easy reach there are endless stunningly beautiful amusements to be had in close proximity. The coasts here are so varied that I have never really got to know all the delights of the golfe du Morbihan for example, where 365 little islands dot a huge inlet washed by the tides twice a day, or the miles and miles of beaches, little ports and sheltered harbours.

The countryside has equal delights for those who love nature in all her splendour. Inevitably, all the activities amusements and passions we enjoy are readily available nearby.

My newly found passion of Permaculture design gives me a sense of purpose in the garden which is now more than just a beautiful looking place. It is becoming a self sustaining eco system or a garden of Eden. Wish me luck.

Amenities

Nivillac Cottage Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cottage
Location Type:
  • Near The Ocean
  • Rural
  • Village
General:
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower
  • A natural stone, tiled wet room style bathroom with a large white bath overlooking the garden through big double windows, as well as a separate drench shower and cosy warm floor. Beautifully finished and equipped.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: 1 double bedroom with large dressed window to welcome the morning sun. The room is predominantly built in oak and furnished with an oak dresser and adjacent wardrobe space. Crisp cotton sheets cover the large (modern) bed.
Outside:
  • Golf ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • bay/sound
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • library
  • live theater
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseback riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • paragliding
  • sailing
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: The property is cosy and well apportioned and caters well for two adults. The ground floor offers one room living encompassing both the kitchen and living areas. You will find enough of everything to make your stay comfortable and enjoyable, preparing food and eating either inside at the dining table, or out on the terrace under the vine around the teak garden furniture. A sofa under the window is one way of relaxing, loungers on the lawn is another. You might want to take a cool drink out into the garden where you will find other little places to sit and soak up the atmosphere, take in the view or plan tomorrow's adventures. There is an open spiral staircase to the first floor, which has the bedroom and bathroom as well as a small storage area. Outside: The house stands alone in its own grounds within a small hamlet of just 5 houses. Being the last house in the village it is completely private and opens onto open countryside. It has its own gardens and lawn, which are in turn bordered by further gardens, some for vegetables and some wild, before giving way to open countryside and the views beyond. Along the south side of the house there is a large tiled terrace part of which is shaded by vines, where there is a teak dining table and chairs. A further dining table is found at the bottom of the lawn, and various seating areas are dotted strategically around the garden. There is space for outdoor cooking which is equipped. The house is situated so as to take full advantage of its southerly views and is nestled in the shelter of mature oak trees, giving it a lovely protected feeling. The garden is well maintained and includes manicured areas of lawn and mixed beds, as well as wilder areas leading onto open countryside. Utility Room: The property has a washing machine, iron and board which is for the use of guests. A clothes line is hung in the garden. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Linen and towels are provided weekly. The property is cleaned before each guest arrives.

Reviews

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Stone Cottage in own beautiful gardens. Clean, modern interior with character.
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5

A beautiful place in a tanquil corner of Brittany

  • 5 of 5

We have just spent 10 days in Brittany at the property which was our honeymoon, and it was perfect. Having breakfast under a grapevine on the patio every morning over looking the vast garden then going out to a different beach nearly every day, just a wonderful relaxing time. The cottage is set in stunning surroundings, very quiet and peaceful, Andrew has thought about everything including sun loungers in the garden, a beautifully restored and modernised property through to providing a much appreciated fan in the bedroom. Nothing was too much trouble to ask Andrew and his local knowledge was very helpful, but always very respectful of our privacy. If you are looking for a peaceful relaxing part of Brittany, we would highly recommend a stay here.

R and C

  • Submitted: Jul 2, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
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5

Lovely property in an amazing setting

  • 5 of 5

Great weeks holiday and the property was such a lovely place to come back to after a day exploring the area. Fantastic bathroom and a lovely large double bed. The living is small but big enough for 2. The garden is beautiful with a stunning outlook.

Nivillac is a pretty village and well placed for La Roche Bernard. Take walking boots etc as there are lots of fabulous walks in the area

  • Submitted: May 26, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
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5

Beautiful and relaxing

  • 5 of 5

Completely lived up to expectations. The cottage is immaculate, small but beautifully designed and the gardens are fantastic. We spent most of the week relaxing on the patio, enjoying the gardens and the wildlife (crickets, birds and butterflies during the day, deer in the evening and bats at night). Well located for long or short days out, lots to do but such a nice place to stay! The owner was helpful but not intrusive. Highly recommended!

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2015
  • Stayed: Sep 2015
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paradise found

  • 1 of 5

If your looking for peace and tranquillity then this is the place for you Andrew has built a little corner of paradise .Myself and my wife loved it it was just what we were looking for . A stunning cottage with everything you need set in a charming frendly village but within easy driving distance of some fabulous towns and beaches.This was our first proper holiday in France and we had heard that the French might be a little offish but nothing of the kind we met nothing but friend ly people wherever we went.

Thanks Andrew for a great holiday .

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Aug 2015
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5

Delightful Cottage and Garden

  • 5 of 5

"Cosy Cottage" is absolutely delightful. Well equipped with good quality items throughout. The bedroom has a really comfortable King size bed. The bathroom is unique with a wonderful view of the garden a great bath and good separate shower. Sitting on the patio you drink in the peace and tranquillity of the very large enchanting garden.

There are numerous places to visit close by and cycling around the quite lanes in this area is a real pleasure. Our favourites places to visit this trip were La Roche Bernard, Guerande, Le Croisic, Rochefort–en-terre & Vannes.

Finally a memorable part of our holiday was meeting Andrew & Isabelle. We have very fond memories of our stay and will definitely return in the future. We cannot recommend “Cosy cottage” highly enough.

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Can't wait till we get home to post a review!

  • 5 of 5

We have only been here for an idyllic two days so far, another 10 to come! This is a perfect piece of paradise, lovingly created by Andrew and Isabelle. The cottage and the extrerior is fantastically organised, furnished and equipped, who needs loads of room indoors when you can spend all but sleeping time out of doors enjoying the amazing garden which surrounds the property. Having said that it is small I must say it is so well designed and furnished this doesn't matter at all. As I said to Andrew and Isabelle last night when they popped round to check all was ok, this is the best cottage we have ever stayed in in France, by a country mile.

The area is stunningly beautiful too, 5 minutes drive to the glorious harbour of La Roche Bernard and miles and miles of fabulous countryside to explore - we're doing it on our bikes, but you can drive or walk it too!

We will definitely be coming back here, there is not a single negative to say about the cottage, the grounds, the hosts, or the surrounding area.

Just stunning frrom start to ....well it hasn't finished yet but you get my drift!

Sandra and Ian

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2015
  • Stayed: Jun 2015
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Map

Nearest Airport
60 Kilometres
Nantes, ex Capital city of Brittany
Nearest Barpub
700 Metres
Nivillac, our local village amenities
Nearest Ferry
200 Kilometres
St Malo, walled city of character
Nearest Golf
6 Kilometres
Missillac, in the grounds of a Chateau
Nearest Restaurant
700 Metres
Nivillac, our local village amenities
Nearest Beach
20 Kilometres
Penestin town and beaches. Miles of varied coves
Car: necessary

Coast/Beach:

The nearest beaches are about 20 minutes away by car. There is a huge choice including large sandy beaches, rocky coves, hidden little bays, with sailing and all other water sports available, as well as safe swimming and lovely coastal walks. The variety of coastal scenery is huge, especially if you want to explore the Golfe de Morbihan with it's 365 islands, amazing bird life and unique and ever changing scenery; On foot, by boat, by day, by night.

Travel:

There are airports within easy reach at Nantes, 45 minutes by car, Rennes 1.25 hours, Dinan 2 hours. The ports of Cherbourg and Le Harve are about 3 hours away, as is Roscoff. St Malo is about 2 hours and the northern ports of Calais and Boulogne are about 6 hours drive from the property. All the roads are easy driving.

Distances:

The closest village, Nivillac is just a 10 minute walk. There is a boulangerie, a couple of bars and a brasserie and a small well stocked supermarket . La Roche Bernard and the river Villaine are less than ten minutes by car and all facilities are available in this pictureque little town. The Golfe de Morbihan is a forty minute drive. La Boule, one of the most beautiful French beaches is also forty minutes away. Endless country and beach walks starting from the house or within 20 minutes by car.

Further Details:

There are banks, chemists, supermarkets, cafes and restaurants in La Roche Bernard. The old market town also houses numerous craft shops where glass is blown, pottery made and much more. The nearest boulangerie is a 10 minute walk, 3 minute drive, where a limited supply of groceries is available.

La Briére National Park and the walled medieval town of Guérande are thirty minutes away by car. Stunningly beautiful village of Rochefort en Terre, with lovely walks around the lake and many interesting little shops and restaurants, is twenty 5 minutes away by car. Bike hire, walkers guides, golf, fishing, horse riding, nature walks, tennis, swimming, cinemas, and all kinds of tourism are readily available.

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Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
Please contact Andrew by phone or email if you would like to book this villa. We require a non-refundable deposit of £100 to reserve your stay, with full payment due 8 weeks prior to arrival. Cancellation fees apply - you will be notified at the time of booking. Payment can be made by bank transfer or Paypal (fees apply when using Paypal).

Changeover Day:
Saturday is the usual changeover day but we will try to accommodate your personal preferences wherever possible. The property will be available from 4.00pm. Guests are asked to vacate the property by 10.00am or to discuss alternatives on booking.

Notes on prices:
Prices are for the property per week in UK pounds.
A 10% discount applies to the second week when booking 2 weeks together

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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