Welcome to MAISON D'HORTENSE, this lovely 3 bedroom property is situated in the ancient hamlet of St Gobrian in the commune of Saint Servant, in a stunningly beautiful part of Southern Brittany. MAISON D'HORTENSE provides a peaceful retreat, having the Nantes-Brest canal only a few minutes walk away for those who want to cycle or walk along the river’s 200k towpath, try the 3km walk/cycle to medieval Josselin with it's stunning chateau. There is a bar a few minutes walk away if you fancy a beer or glass of wine, the owner also sells the basic essentials like bread, milk etc. If you are looking for peace and tranquility yet only 10-15 minutes away from all the amenities you need, then this is place for you!
GROUND FLOOR - Upon entering the Gite with your own front door, you have a spacious lounge with tv (French) with a built-in dvd, games, a lovely open fireplace, seating for 6, a lovely bureau and chair ideal for working on laptop, wi-fi. KITCHEN well equipped for 6 people including an electric oven, microwave, kettle, cafetiere, toaster etc.
FIRST FLOOR - From the lounge a wooden staircase leads to bedroom 1 with double bed and a view to the front, bedroom 2 with double bed with views over the garden, bedroom 3 having twin beds. Electric radiators in all rooms. A hairdryer is available.
GARDEN & OUTSIDE - From the lounge you step outside onto the patio with bbq, table, chairs, parasol and 2 sunloungers, where you can sit with a glass or two of wine at night and watch the stars whilst listening to nature all around you, what an experience! the patio leads to a lovely garden laid to grass, with flowers etc.
There is plenty of space for parking in front of the property.
We can offer a 20% discount on Brittany Ferries, this applies per passenger and each standard car.
The Property is not suitable for wheelchair users or guests with impaired mobility. Well behaved dogs are welcome, please mention if you would like to bring your dog at the time of booking. Note that there will be a fee of £10 per week per dog for extra cleaning. We can also help make your Vet’s appointment if necessary before your return to the UK.
Guest access - In the laundry room there is a washing machine available for your use, just ask if you need to use it. Also an iron and ironing board are available on request. An airer will be supplied for use in the gite.
We live on site in a house next door. We are very discreet but will be available to help you at any time .
We do not charge for cleaning, but please leave the gite as you found it and replace any breakages.
Linen and towels will be included in the price. Please bring your own beach towels.
Smoking is NOT allowed indoors.
A small welcome hamper is provided.
Southern Brittany is blessed with beautiful weather most of the year, obviously there are days of rain, but it has a micro climate which means it is often 10 degrees more then the UK in the summer. It is ideally placed for so many beautiful places to visit and things to do all within an hour of the Gite. Below is a selection for you which really are a must to visit, there are of course many more, but we suggest a visit to a Tourist Office who will give you loads of suggestions, leaflets and maps to help you.
JOSSELIN (9 mins) - A very popular place, where there is a perfectly preserved stunningly beautiful chateau which is a medieval fortress and is still lived in by the Duke & Duchess of Rohan. This wonderful Chateau has just been rated (2017) as the 3rd best chateau in the whole of France! It's a must see along with the Chateau's Dolls Museum which is open to visitors from April to October, there are tours in English daily during the summer.
Le Bois d'Amour (Lovers' Wood) in Josselin is literally a "park in a town". It has been created to promote nature and the environment. There is an open air theatre where music events are held during the summer months. An amphitheatre stages open air films and concerts during the summer.
Bastille Day 14th July, a very important date in history for the French which sets the storming of the Bastille in 1789. It has become a major public holiday. with numerous celebrations going on throughout France, Josselin is no exception and holds a Medieval Festival every 2 years, (re-enactment of medieval times) in the cobbled streets with its half timbered medieval houses, this will be happening again in 2020, it is amazing to see, where the whole town dresses up in period costume, with flame throwers, artistes, stalls, restaurants, bars, fireworks and more, a really good weekend not to be missed!
LA GACILLY (34 mins) - A very pretty town, the home of Yves Rocher (cosmetics & perfumes) where the family still live. There are fields of wild flowers around the town which are used to make perfumes in their factory, they also have a shop, spa hotel, and a vegetarian restaurant, very rare in France!
Outdoor Photo Festival (the largest in France), absolutely spectacular, focusing specifically on the environment, is held from June to end of September each year all around the town. Created in 2004 by Jacques Rocher, hundreds of large format photos are installed in the open air throughout the quaint cobbled streets. The aim of the festival is to make the public think about the future of the planet. An absolute must see!
Day Boat Hire, rent a boat in this pretty town, relax and meander through the river Aff which leads to the Nantes/Brest canal, whilst spotting a kingfisher and other wildlife by the banks!
MALESTROIT (22 mins) - A pretty market town with regular concerts in summer. The canal is flanked by paths for walking and cycling, with boating for miles in both directions. On the outskirts of Malestroit is the Musée de la Résistance de Bretagne. This fascinating museum chronicles the vital role played by the people of Brittany at the time of the German Occupation during the second World War.
ROCHEFORT-EN-TERRE (36 mins) - voted “prettiest village in France” in 2015. With its cobbled streets, beautiful geraniums everywhere you look, plentiful restaurants and shops. Don't miss the church with its abundance of stunning stained glass windows, amazing colours, it is a must see on your holiday agenda!
VANNES (42 mins) - a beautiful walled city, full of art and history and is without doubt one of Brittany's most attractive sights and a must visit on any trip to the Gulf of Morbihan. Wander around the well preserved medieval streets, don't miss the spectacular and large morning market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, before taking lunch from the numerous restaurants overlooking the harbour side, try the famous seafood which includes oysters and mussels, then take a walk along the harbour with the hundreds of boats to look at whilst working your lunch off!
PLOERMEL (12 mins) - Although a town with lots of shops, on the outskirts Lac au Duc is a large stunning lake measuring 5.5km, with a sandy beach, lots to do here, kyaks, canoes, pedalos, water skiing, fishing, bar/restaurant, plenty of parking, fun for all the family! Adjacent to the lake is Lac au Duc Golf Club, this is a little gem in Brittany, a very popular 9 hole golf course. Take the hortensia trail alongside with 5,500 hortensias! or take all or part of the walk/cycle route around the lake, but beware this is long!
MORE INFORMATION ON BRITTANY.........
Brittany offers a wealth of varied landscapes, beautiful sandy beaches, deep forests and medieval towns. It is easily accessible from the UK via several Ferry Ports and is also served by flights from the UK to 4 French airports.
From spectacular beaches with rugged coastlines to vast sandy expanses, to peaceful woods and forests and the famous Nantes-Brest Canal, Brittany has all the makings of a perfect holiday.
The cuisine in the area includes crepes and galettes and of course the seafood! Mussels and oysters are available throughout the region, particularly in the summer months. Cider is produced here and local varieties are available in all supermarkets and restaurants.
During the summer, numerous villages and town celebrate the "Pardon" which is predominantly a religious thanksgiving but is always followed by a celebratory meal (with a drink or two!) and Breton dancing.
SOME LOCAL MARKETS (within an hour) .........
PONTIVY - Monday all day (36 mins)
JOSSELIN - Saturday morning (9 mins)
LA GACILLY - Saturday morning (34mins)
MALESTROIT - Thursday morning (22 mins)
VANNES - Wednesday and Saturday mornings (42 mins)
PLOERMEL - Friday morning (12 mins)