About the property
- Cottage107 sq. ft.
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 - 7 nights
Lovely two bedroom cottage with heated pool in beautiful riverside village
Herisson (Hedgehog) Cottage is a cosy traditional cottage 200 yards from the River Blavet in the centre of the lovely floral village of St Nicolas des Eaux where you will find a selection of bars and restaurants. Herisson is next door to Tourterelle (Turtledove) Cottage and can be rented together or individually. There is free wifi off street parking directly opposite the cottage.
We have recently acquired the cottages, both of which had five star ratings, and we are pleased to announce that they are available all year round, including Christmas and New Year.
Fishing is available by permit all year round.
There are eight bicycles of varying sizes for guests to use. Also two kayaks for each cottage for guests to use on the river. Lots of fun!
Please note that the use of bicycles and kayaks are at your own risk and that the French laws state that children under 12 must wear a helmet while cycling. We do not supply cycle helmets so please remember to bring them with you.
Herisson Cottage is a traditional beamed cottage and is comfortably furnished with two good-sized double bedrooms.
The living/dining room has comfortable leather sofas, coffee table, flat screen television with English satellite tv and dvd player. There is a good sized dining table and chairs. A high chair can be supplied on request.
The kitchen is fully equipped for comfortable living with dishwasher, microwave, fridge freezer. The door from the kitchen leads to the fully enclosed back garden and pool.
There is a washing machine, iron and ironing board, rotary washing line and pegs.
The double bedroom is to the Front of the property and has a double bed, bedside tables, chest of drawers, dressing table and wardrobe with space for an extra bed cot.
The second bedroom has twin beds, dressing table and wardrobe.
There is a cloakroom with wash hand basin and toilet upstairs and shower room with cubicle, wash hand basin and toilet downstairs.
The above ground heated swimming pool is at the rear of the garden and is shared with Tourterelle Cottage. There are also swings.There is a blow up paddling pool available for the little members of the family.
Well behaved dogs are welcome with prior arrangement with the owners. We ask that dogs do not go into the pool area.
The cottage has a garden with fencing to give privacy, and at the end of the garden is a fence with a gate opening on to a shared area containing the swings and swimming pool. The cottage has a patio area complete with garden furniture consisting of table, chairs and parasol and barbecue for those meals alfresco.
Sunbeds are supplied for relaxing with a good book or sunning after a cooling swim.
If you prefer a more active holiday, you can walk or cycle for miles in each direction along the level towpath to medieval Pontivy in one direction, and in the other, to a lovely riverside restaurant for drinks or very delicious meals at moderate prices.
Bicycles, boats, kayaks, paddle boards and pedaloes can be hired in the village where you will find a children's playpark.
Every morning, a baker stops by the cottage with crusty bread, croissants and other delights.
There is a small shop in the village selling essentials such as bread and wine.
Things to Do
• St Nicolas des Eaux - In the village there are some lovely bars and restaurants with terraces overlooking the river. Have a delicious ice cream or crepe, yum! Mess around on the river with our kayaks or hire a boat, pedalo or paddle board. Cycle up or down the tow paths and see what you can find. Go to the children’s playpark or have a round of golf.
• Sailing – Take a boat trip from Vannes and sail around the islands in the Gulf of Morbihan, classed as one of the world’s most beautiful bays.
• Markets -There are markets on every day of the week, particularly good ones are Vannes, Carnac, Auray, Hennebont and Pontivy.
• Poul Fetan – is a restored working thatched Breton village from days gone bye and is steeped in tradition.
• Fishing – The river Blavet has the reputation of being one of the best coarse fishing rivers, including salmon and trout, in France. Daily and weekly permits are available in St Nicolas des Eaux.
• Medieval Towns – Pontivy, Vannes, Auray, Carnac, among others and don’t forget the beautiful fairy tale chateau at medieval Josselin.
• Megaliths – Carnac is the largest megalithic site in the world dating between 6000BC and 2000BC
• The aquarium at Vannes, Kingoland amusement park, museums, zoos, adventure parks, chateaux ……. See our selection of leaflets in the cottage.
David and Stephanie Norton
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- within a few days
- Calendar last updated:
- Apr 24, 2018
About David and Stephanie Norton
David and Stephanie (pictured) with Heidi our daughter moved to France 3 years ago and have not regretted it for an instant. We live on the outskirts of Rohan, a friendly, pretty little town int central Brittany, not too far from St Nicolas des Eaux. We loved being in central Brittany from the the time we move here and have made many friends both French and English. We have plenty of knowledge of the area and are close by if you need us for any reason, or would like advice or information.
David and Stephanie Norton purchased this Cottage in 2017
Why David and Stephanie Norton chose Saint-Nicolas des Eaux
We originally bought the cottages because we loved the area. The river is very pretty and tranquil and the walks and cycle tracks along the tow path are lovely. Guests can also cycle along the level tow path for miles in both directions. A holiday here can be as active or relaxing as you wish. The area is very popular with cyclists, walkers and anglers,. Available for booking all year round including Christmas
What makes this Cottage unique
There are two adjoining cottages with a shared heated swimming pool in the garden and also two full sized swings. There are eight bicycles of varying sizes for guests to use and a kayak for fun on the river. The large gardens are separate but the pool and swings are be shared at the top of the gardens. You are immersed in life in a real Breton village. It can be as peaceful or as active as you wish. You could spend a week without needing to get in a car. There is a shop that supplies many essentials a 3 km bike ride away and a baker delivers excellent bread every day to the cottages at 8.15am except Monday. There is a meat and fish delivery van that visits several times a week at noon, he toots his horn loudly to announce his arrival. A real escape from the hectic grind of daily life and work.
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Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
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The River Blavet attracts anglers and holds fishing competitions. You need a permit but this is very reasonably priced and covers the whole area. There are several fishing lakes nearby. There are many interesting walks in the immediate area especially along the river which is only 100 yards away. Cycling and canoeing is very popular here and horse riding, go-carting and golf are close by. There are good local markets all over the area. Vannes, Locmine, Hennebont, Carnac and Auray are very popular. The nearest seaside destination of Port Louis with its fine sandy beaches is about 35 minutes drive. The popular beaches of Carnac, Quiberon and the Gulf de Morbihan are about a 45 minute drive. Lac Guerledan is 25 minutes drive and has beaches and watersports as well as stunning scenery. There is the Parc Accrobranche Adventure Forest in Camor which is about 12 kms from the cottages which offers exciting activities for the family. www.camors-adventure-forest.com. There is the Kart Centre in Plumeliau only 3kms away which will surely appeal to Dad's and teens. Poul-Fetan is close by and is about 20 minutes drive away, this is a restored 19 century village with many examples of the lives of Breton people in times gone by in which all the family can participate. We are close to many interesting sites including the magnificent standing stone of Carnac. Come and experience the history and beauty of our area or just relax. Travel: The use of a car or motorbike is essential. Ferry ports St. Malo 84miles Brittany Ferries. ( 1 hour 43mins) Roscoff 88miles Brittany Ferries ( 1 hour 55mins ) Caen 181miles (2hrs 46mins) Cherbourg 212miles (3hours 20mins) Le Havre 239 miles ( 3hours 42mins ) Dieppe 293 miles (4hours 30mins) Boulogne 374miles (5hours 38mins) Airports Rennes 69miles ( 1hour 18mins) Dinard 77miles Brest 91miles (1hour 40mins) Nantes 101miles (1hour 57mins) Distances: St Nicolas des Eaux to Pontivy 8miles Carnac 46miles Josselin 24miles Quimper 68 miles Concarneau 57miles Auray 42miles Quiberon 55miles Further Details: Plumeliau - 3miles-Boulangerie , Bank, Doctor, dentist, pharmacy and supermarket with fuel. Supermarket open Sunday 9 to 12noon, Go-Karting, tennis. Pontivy-8miles- Our local large town situated on the river can be reached from village via the towpath. Has a large Hospital with Emergency department, large supermarkets and speciality shops, restaurants ( Italian, Chinese and traditional French ) New swimming pool, Chateau. Lac Guerledan- 21 miles A beautiful large lake with beaches, boat hire, water sports or just relax. Josselin-24miles- Very pretty medieval town with a large imposing Chateau overlooking the Nantes Brest Canal with boats on the canal Quistinic-12miles-Pol Feton 16th century working French medieval village very interesting for young and older! Camor -15miles- Forestry Activity Park, good for younger people especially active teens who get bored. Dads enjoy it as well. Port Louis-25miles- nice beach nearest to us. Carnac-35miles-Lovely beach, safe for little ones, lots to see, good markets twice weekly. Quiberon-40miles- Worth a visit, Our past guests say great sea-food restaurants here. La Trinite-43miles- Good seafood restaurants, smart marina. Vannes - 30 miles- harbour and marina, fantastic market on Wednesday and Saturday especially for fish, walled old town. Smart shops and good restaurants. Malestroit- 42miles-WW11 war museum, certainly worth a visit. Auray- 35miles A very old characterful town on the river estuary with lots of art and antique shops to stroll around. Concarnau- 50 miles-a fishing port with lots to see and on the way there visit Pont Aven- 40miles- Gaugan loved it so much that he settled and painted here, lots of Art Galleries but very pretty also. The Gulf of Morbihan is very beautiful, we are in a very central position if you do wish to explore further afield.