About the property
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Charming Canal Cottage In Wonderful Position To Relax Or Explore the true heart of Brittany
A unique and beautiful little cottage positioned beside the famous Nantes / Brest canal the property sits in the middle of a small terrace of cottages dating back to Napoleonic times when the canal was built. Today the cottage has been updated to modern standards but still retains immense appeal, full of character and charm with its old beamed ceiling and open fireplace. With lovely views from the lounge area the patio doors open onto a terrace with a table and chairs. Steps take you down to a small garden laid mainly to lawn where you can follow the sun around from dawn to dusk. A gate then directly opens onto the tow path and canal from where you can walk in minutes to the village,over the canal, past the grand manor and into the heart of the village. Alternatively you can take a walk or bike ride [which can be hired locally] along the canal to explore the countryside and other villages along the way. Apart from exploring the beautiful waterway, the canal offers canoeing and fishing right on your doorstep. The lovely little village of Gouarec is just a very short stride away across the bridge or lock. It sits where the River Blavet runs through it to converge with the canal close to the cottage. Built of old Bretton stone it offers traditional bars, a pizzeria, crepe, patisserie and antique shop. New this year is a municipal indoor swimming pool, again within walking distance. This pretty little village offers everything you need without ever needing to travel and retains a pace of life that is there to be enjoyed. But for anyone wanting to seriously explore Briittany the cottage is the perfect location. Right in the centre of Brittany, midway between Rostrennen and Mur-de- Brettagne just off the N164 the cottage is ideally situated. Almost anywhere is within 2 hours drive time, for instance to Renne in the West, Brest in the east, Roscoff in the North and Quimper in the South and every where in between! Located in the beautiful Cotes d'amour the cottage is also virtually on the border with Morbihan with its vast gulf, beaches and sea foods, within an easy day trip to the south of Gouarec.You won't be short of things to do and places to go. Beaches north and south, beautiful countryside to explore and wonderful walks or cycle rides .The canal is no longer a working waterway but occasionally small boats and canoeists glide pass after clearing the close-by lock. It's popular for fishing with occasional horse riders, cyclists and walkers using the tow-path, so its a great spot for just watching and relaxing over aperitifs. Whether you like to relax and 'take in' the real Brittany or prefer a more action packed holiday, this little cottage offers it all and is within easy distance of all the main ports .
chris and dianne hyder
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- Apr 09, 2018
About chris and dianne hyder
We have as a family taken most of our holidays in France for over 40 years. About 20 years ago we purchased a house in Normandy to renovate which we held for ten years. Today in retirement we decided again to seek out a property for ourselves and discovered our little cottage on the canal . Our cottage is also our home which means that we spend the summer ‘letting’ months with our family in England and the spring ,autumn and winter months in France where we try and settle into the French way of life .
chris and dianne hyder purchased this Cottage in 2011
Why chris and dianne hyder chose Gouarec
Because, in the uk we live on the coast, being not too far from the beach or ‘water’ was an important factor so we consider ourselves fortunate to be 'on'a canal, with beautiful Lac de Guerladen close by and wonderful beaches in easy reach for a great day out when we need it . Brittany has always been a great place for us, offering lots of variety, friendly people, beautiful countryside and stunning beaches , so to find a cottage in such a special position was an opportunity not to be missed: beautifully located on the canal, close to a lovely old village with lots of character and centrally situated we are also within easy reach of most of Brittany. It's a place where we can be close to the French lifestyle in a rural community, peaceful and relaxing but not isolated! What the cottage lacks in size is more than made up for in character and charm , small but perfectly formed .
What makes this Cottage unique
We believe our 'petit'cottage is quite unique , located on the famous and historic Nantes /Brest canal it was built at the same time as the canal around 1840 and was probably used by canal workers. Today the canal is for pleasure and leisure only and is used for boating, canoeing, fishing and and the towpath is easy for walkng , horse riding ,cycling and above all else ,relaxation. Virtually in the centre of Brittany it combines charm, quaintness and convenience ,all within an historic environment that is away from the hustle and bustle.for instance to Renne in the West, Brest in the east, Roscoff in the North and Quimper in the South and every where in between! Located in the beautiful Cotes d'amour the cottage is also virtually on the border with Morbihan with its vast gulf, beaches and sea foods, within an easy day trip to the south of Gouarec. Without leaving our 'idyl' through the seasons we can watch the canal change its colour, observe wildlife,chat to walkers,walk or cycle the towpath , explore nearby woods and walks.Or if we want to go further afield we can head to the beaches and coastal towns north or south. Although we are unable to enjoy the pleasure of the area all year round we are delighted to be able to share the unique benefits with our guests when we are away in the uk. Because we are able to spend long periods in our cottage we have furnished it as a comfortable home not just a "holiday home" so that guests can relax and enjoy their stay whatever their 'mood' and whatever the weather .
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Comfy and convenient
We really like the Cottage. It was well equipped and very comfortable. A nice place to wind down after a long day of sightseeing. The only downside is that none of the restaurants or cafes in town were open while we were there. We were sad not to get the local flavor, but still very much enjoyed our stay!
thanks for the review and its a great shame that the cafes etc were closed but
in france , once the july/august holidays are over many of the restauranteurs take their own holidays and close up for a week or two . its the French way !
Great for cyclists
Had a great week in this cottage by the canal at Gouarec. Its perfect for two people, has everything you could want. If you like cycling then there is plenty to explore. Bike hire very from Breton Bikes on the other side of the canal is easy (thanks, Geoff). Easy access across Brittany to a number of towns.
Just want we wanted. Peace and quiet. French style.
Exactly as described. Met all our expectations.
Peaceful. Very friendly Breton village with excellent bakery choice of restaurants small grocery. Also lovely neighbours.
Cottage very well appointed. One suggestion. All those kitchen knives need a sharpener and maybe a pan big enough to cook a crab!
We had a relaxing time and really enjoyed watching all the activity around the lock whilst drinking our coffee or aperitif.
The cottage is in an ideal position for exploring Brittany and we couldn't believe how little traffic there was even by French standards.
We would certainly consider staying here again and would recommend a holiday here for those who want to experience the gentle side of French life.
thanks for your review, very positive . Comments noted but not sure about the crab pan there is a largish wok or maybe try smaller crabs !!
Ideal cottage for couple
A very homely well equipped cottage near to pretty village and pretty canal.We appreciated proximity to restaurants and visited all three during the week.Lots to do in the area but also pleasant having balcony and garden to relax while watching local activity.
Cottage was fine, small but well equipped and position overlooking the canal was lovely.
We were very disappointed not having any tv/dvd during our stay. We followed the instructions to the letter for tv usage but it did not work. We contacted owners , who were in the south of France, but they said they could do nothing about it except apologise. We later learned they did have a caretaker in the vicinity but didn't wish to send him to the cottage as it would have incurred a charge for them. We felt let down and would never make a holiday
booking again unless we had confirmation in advance that either the owner or an agent/representative was nearby in case of need.
Perhaps we have misjudged how important French television is on a five day holiday for which we apologise.
We had three conversations with our guests and have since found out that a plug was out a fraction and fixed in a second. We could not contact our caretakers ...as our guests were told....they were away at the time.
The cottage is petite but that is part of its charm as our regular returning guests tell us.
Cosy and comfortable.
We loved the traditional French ambiance. Though the cottage is small it is ideal for a couple, being very well equiped. We stayed during the "heatwave" and enjoyed evening walks along the canal towpath and into the village of Gouarec.
Coast/Beach: Lakeside beaches at Lac de Guerledan for swimming, boating, rowing etc is only 20 mins away driving or a good cycle ride if you have the energy! A big choice of beaches is in easy driving distance to the north and south coasts of Brittany for a great day out , within approx one and half hours drive time . Travel: Brittany Ferries provide an excellent service from Portsmouth to St Malo which is only 90 mins drive to the cottage on excellent roads . Alternatively we frequently use the Portsmouth to Cherbourg or Poole to Cherbourg route .Drive time to the cottage is approx 4 hours on good motorways . The port of Roscoff is only 90mins from the cottage with ferries from Plymouth . The Portsmouth to Canne route is also an easy 4 hour drive with lots of villages to stop off if required. Distances: Just a few examples include; Mur de Bretagne , pretty village close to the lake. With cafe and restaurant. 20 min drive Pontivy, Napoleons town, on the canal, old , interesting, chateaux, Mon market- 40 mins drive Rostrennen, good for shopping with 3 supermarkets . Tues market . 20mins Josselin, lovely old fortress town on the canal , castle, museum , cafes.. 90 mins drive. Lac De Guerlean, massive 10 mile long lake surrounded with forest for walking, swimming, sailing , fishing. 20 mins Abbey Bon Repos/Museum, a beauty spot on the canal for picnics, bar, Sun morning market. 35 min canal walk or 20 min cycle . 10 min drive Quinton, lovely old town, Wed market, 35 mins St. Brieuc ,busy major regional town to the north with its own small port and choice of beaches nearby at Binic, St.Quay- Portrieux and Le Val Andre.A good day trip Vannes, an ancient town at the head of the Morbihan Gulf .A picturesque old quarter, shops and cafes . An excellent day trip and easy drive .Approx 100 mins . Concarneau, A bustling fishing port and ancient walled town , beaches , shops , cafes . Excellent day trip and easy drive .Approx 100 mins . Further Details: Although a small old village Gouarec has everything you need including 2 banks , cash dispenser, pharmacy, a small supermarket , patisserie, garage. There's a choice of eateries including an old beamed pizzeria with open oven, a delightful daytime restaurant/ cafe serving traditional lunches to trades people and visitors,and a creperie. All within minutes easy walking distance but please remember that in the low season , particularly the autumn , many restaurants in France close while the owners take there own holidays . Located in the beautiful Cotes d'amour the cottage is also virtually on the border with Morbihan with its vast gulf, beaches and sea foods, within an easy day trip to the south of Gouarec.
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Booking Notes: We require a non-refundable deposit of one hundred pounds to reserve your stay with full payment due 8 weeks prior to arrival. The deposit will be held against any damages or special cleaning if required. This will be returned 2 weeks after your departure. To make a provisional booking in the first instance and to confirm availability please contact us direct on telephone or email.[ email preferred] Changeover Day: Saturday changeover arrival time after 3 pm unless by prior agreement Departure time 10 am latest unless by prior arrangement Notes on prices: We may be able to arrange an off- season booking by special arrangement. Please phone or email with details . For all UK bookings payment must be in pounds sterling. Weekly cleaning, linen and electricity is included.