About the property
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- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
Cottage in Lanouee, Nr. Josselin, Dept 56 Morbihan, Brittany, France - Brest Canal, Peaceful Location, 5 Minutes Walk To Nearby Bars And A 5 Min Drive To The Nearest Town
Built circa 1670 and formerly a communal bread oven for the nearby properties (no longer in existence) the property was completely renovated and converted (to include all modern amenities including wifi) in 2013 and is now a unique and magical 'gingerbread' cottage. We have renovated the cottage as sympathetically as possible bearing in mind the limitations and restrictions because of the property's age and close proximity to a 13th century chapel. The roof is tiled in the traditional Breton 'reducing' fashion with local slate which we chose from the quarry at Pleven, and each tile is hand-cut and nailed. The exterior of the cottage has been re-pointed with lime mortar and the interior is insulated with sheeps' wool. All wooden doors, windows, shutters and the staircase are bespoke and crafted from local chestnut wood. Regretably the bread oven is no longer functioning (we were worried about the safety aspect) but remains as a decorative feature of the lounge. The cottage is situated in rural countryside and surrounded by green fields, there are no immediate neighbours apart from wildlife including a plethora of birds and a pair of squirrels who play tag in the garden. Relax in the privacy of the lovely little garden (bottle of wine optional!), take a stroll to the river or canal which are only minutes away or get on our/your bikes and cycle for miles and miles and miles.......you get the picture! We can provide a delightful wicker picnic hamper and blanket and supply you with a delicious picnic lunch (price on application) with your choice of Champagne/wine or cider so that you don't have to worry about finding somewhere to stop for lunch along the way. Our most enthusiastic cycling guests last year attempted to cycle 100k in one day and only just fell short of achieving their target! Can you do better?
Oh and just one more thing....absolutely no children!
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- english, french
- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
About Sandra Bisson
We live in Jersey with our two cats and our pug puppies, we are both aged 50 something and had been travelling to France on our boat for about 10 years when we decided to buy a holiday/potential retirement home. Working hard in busy St Helier, we wanted somewhere to escape but within easy reach of St Malo (the drive is about 90 minutes) so that we could come across after work on a Friday night for the weekend. We both love eating, gardening, cycling and walking and the French way of life in general but we also like keeping busy so we bought a property that required an awful lot of work and have spent the last few years completely renovating the properties both inside and out. Our beautiful one-acre garden was actually a field of sheep when we bought the property but a bit, no make that a lot, of TLC has erased all traces of them. Sandra has since retired and spends a couple of weeks a month in France with the puppies, collecting Paul for long weekends which seem even longer owing to the relaxed pace of life in rural Brittany.
Sandra Bisson purchased this Cottage in 2009
Why Sandra Bisson chose Lanouée
We wanted peace and quiet so we picked Lanouee in the Morbihan which benefits from much warmer, (even hot! the temperature in the garden regularly tops 40 degrees) summers than surrounding Brittany. We are only a short distance from such towns as Josselin, Ploermel, Pontivy, Rohan, Malestroit etc but also an easy drive to both Rennes and Vannes with their bustling markets, fabulous restaurants and chic shopping. Situated on an island, the property has the Nantes-Brest canal on one side and the river Oust on the other and thus is ideal for walking, cycling, canoeing etc. In addition there is an abundance of local wildlife so if you're a keen or amateur ornithologist this is definitely the place to 'twitch'!
What makes this Cottage unique
Petite Bourgrimaud is not your usual gite! Built circa 1670 it was a former bread oven so you are unlikely to find another property like it. It has been beautifully restored with a hand-cut, slate roof (from the quarry at Pleven) and traditional lime pointing. It has a wood-burning stove, travertine floors and bespoke doors, windows and staircase made from local chestnut wood. As the only other property on the island is our longere, which we do not rent out, you will experience absolute peace and tranquillity with a complete absence of other people's screaming children! With it's pretty garden, perfect for a BBQ or chilling with a bottle of wine, you are unlikely to want to leave but just in case you do there are two bars (one of which is reputed to serve the best take-away pizzas in the area) within walking distance and a creperie. Read our numerous 5***** for yourself and you'll get a feel for just how magical Petite Bourgrimaud really is.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
Canceled bookings will not receive a refund
Delightful cottage in lovely peaceful setting surrounded by great countrysyde
Le Petit Bourgrimaud was perfect for us (active, retired couple). In rural farmland, 1 minute ride from the Nantes-Brest canal, we explored nearby towns and villages along the hugely scenic canal, right from our door. (Ideal for walkers too.) The cottage is beautifully restored and the patio and little garden were lovely for relaxing and eating our breakfasts and dinner.
Beautiful cottage, perfect for relaxation
If you're looking for boozy night life, pub crawls and crowds of people this is not the cottage for you. However if you're after a blissfully peaceful retreat from the rigours of constantly-contactable modern life, read on.
The cottage itself is at the end of a lane beyond a farm (where every now and again the lane is closed so the cows can cross to be milked), just over the bridge is a small bar, a church and lovely walk. It's a bit of a culture shock from the UK, having to drive to the supermarket that closes at 7:30pm (ours is 24hr and walking distance) then having flakey phone reception. But that's what makes the cottage so charming, it's perfectly converted from a bread oven to a little cottage, perfect for a couple.
It's like turning back the clock on technology, but set in beautiful surroundings in a cottage that has everything essential. You won't find an oven, but it's really not needed when amazing cheese, breads and fruit/veg are available so nearby. Speaking as someone who after a week off will walk back to 700+ emails, it's just what the doctor ordered. We read books, watched DVDs and most importantly enjoyed each others company.
We loved our week, 5*!
Dear Matt and Lindsey
Thank you for such a lovely Review.
it was an absolute pleasure to have you both as guests and I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the cottage so much as, initially, I was a little concerned that, being young, you’d find it a bit on the ‘tame’ side!! I hope to see more younger guests looking for peace, quiet and romance!
lovely comfortable gite very clean, everything you could possible need and location.
Thanks Steve, I'm glad that you had a lovely time.
Tranquility without Isolation
Beautifully appointed gite in tip top condition.
As it sits on a very minor, dead end road, traffic is infrequent and is then only the local farmer in his small van. Pedestrians and cyclists pass by ambling their way to the canal and/or river just as we did, but are of little disturbance. So, it is very tranquil but not isolated as one can easily get out and about, the nearby town of Josselin with its chateau and shops being close by. One can walk or cycle the 9klm to Josselin on the towpath very easily or, alternativley, the 500m to the local bar! Lots of other towns are within easy reach and we would recommend Pontivy, which has some good town walks, Vanns and its nearby coast and Dinan but a drive locally around the countryside will reveal all sorts of sights/sites, walks and villages.
If you are in doubt about anything or need any advice or support Sandra is always ready to help. A really enjoyable time, thank you.
Thank you so much for the Review. It was lovely having you both to stay for the week and I very much hope to see you again.
We wanted peace and quiet and we found it in spades! The cottage is situated in a very rural area but very conveniently situated being only a short drive to so many different place like Josselin, Ploermel, Pontivy etc, it couldn't be easier to get around.
The cottage itself is so quaint and romantic! It was an old bread oven (not sure when it was last used) but has been beautifully renovated and has everything that you could possibly want...even if it does have dodgy wifi but then so does the rest of France!
We were lucky that we had good weather even though it was already mid-September so we could eat some meals in the garden and relax on the sun loungers with a book and a glass of wine. The garden is amazing, very peaceful and great for a spot of bird-watching, we even saw a fox cub in the field at the back of garden!
Sandra was a lovely host and very welcoming (there was even a bottle of Champagne in the fridge waiting for us!) and she helped us to book restaurants for dinner and reccomneded where to go. We were amazed that we could get a 4 course meal, with a choice of wine or cider, for 15 euros each!! At the price we ate out nearly every night!
We used the bikes and cycled into Josselin along the towpath, its very flat and safe so even more 'mature' people like us didn't have to make too much effort.
We usually go to a different place in France every year but we might break with this tradition and come back to Petite Bourgrimaud again in the future. It really is perfect.
It was lovely to meet you and Ted and thank you so much for the great Review!
I very much hope to see you again, if not next year, then some time in the future.
A good base to visit in all directions
We had already explored to the north & west so found it difficult to know where to go for 6 days.The property is very appealing but is rather too small to relax in on rainy days. A comfortable sofa would be great Once I bought some ear plugs that ticking from the meter box was bearable at night.Thankyou for allowing us to use the internet from the main home.We found the easiest route to the property was to follow D764 from Josselin towards Pontivy
Thanks for your Review and I'm glad that you've made it safely back to NZ after your marathon trip!
Comments noted re sofa and we have decided to replace it for next season. We've had a bit of inclement weather recently and, as you correctly point out, the cottage is a bit small - part of its attraction is the fabulous private garden.
I'm afraid that I'm unsure what the ticking noise is, it most definitely isn't the fuse box and no-one has ever commented before! Going to have to investigate!
New Devolo plug-ins have solved the wi-Fi issue too.
Special interest holidays:
As we have the Boc-Neuf river on one side and the Nantes Brest canal on the other, the property is ideally situated for walking and cycling (bicycles provided) not to mention canoeing! There are always plenty of fishermen along the towpath or on the bridge so I guess that it's great for fishing too! We are happy to provide you with a picnic lunch (at nominal cost) so that you don't have to interrupt your cycle ride to find somewhere to eat along the towpath, please don't hesitate to ask!
We have an enormous amount of wildlife, foxes, squirrels, badger, deer etc though some of them are quite shy so you may hear rather than see them. We also have a wide variety of birds, including woodpeckers and owls, and the swallows regularly enter the house to say hello! There are some fantastic opportunities for keen photographers of wildlife or even the night sky as we have no light pollution whatsoever!
The beach at Lac au Duc is a short drive away, which offers many different water sports and a 9 hole golf course, as well as a very safe beach for sunbathing and swimming.
Situated approx 72 miles from St Malo; a drive which takes approximately 90 minutes through picturesque, rural countryside. As the cottage is situated in rural Brittany a car is absolutely essential to get to and from the property but it is situated on a 'Voie Verte' (cycle track) and thus there is unlimited cycling so you can leave the car behind, if you so wish, once there. Bicycles are provided for your use.
Josselin with it's medieval castle is a 5 minute drive or 30 minute cycle (along the tow-path) away. Ploermel is a 10 minute drive, other nearby towns include Pontivy, Malestroit, La Gacilly etc. Rennes and Vannes are within an hours drive.
Both Josselin and Ploermel are busy towns with all the usual amenities (shops, restaurants, banks etc) and weekly markets selling local produce and wares. The French supermarkets of Le Clerc and Super U are both situated within a 5 minute drive and offer a superb range of goods as well as amazing fresh produce. The supermarket at Ploermel sells fantastic shellfish and we have even been able to obtain King Crab legs which were a couple of feet long and tasted superb!
Rates & Availability
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Booking Notes: Please contact owner. Full payment is requested at the time of reservation in order to keep administrative costs to a minimum and thus be able to maintain our rental charges as low as possible. We also respectfully ask for a security deposit of £100 (to cover breakages/damage etc) which will be returned at the end of your stay after the cottage has been checked over. Cancellations made within 6 weeks of booking date will not be refunded so please take out appropriate holiday insurance, in addition an administration fee of £50 will be charged. Changeover Day: Changeover day during the summer season is a Saturday but weekend/mid-week bookings, for a minimum of 3 nights, may be made if the property is available. Check-in from 4pm and departure before 10am please. Please leave the property as you found it. Notes on prices: You will find a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge awaiting your arrival but please enquire if you would like us to provide a 'welcome pack' of basics to help you start your holiday, we will be happy to oblige if we are able to do so. Discounts available for 'very last minute' bookings.....please just ask!