La Grange Cottage

Cottage in Brittany
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  • Sleeps
    7
  • Bedroom(s)
    3
  • Bathroom(s)
    2
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Description

La Grange was a huge former barn with haylofts above it; we have maintained this spacious open-plan downstairs, with living, kitchen and dining areas combined beneath the exposed beams in the 45ft (nearly 14m) expanse. One particular historical feature you will find downstairs is the traditional Breton ‘lit-clos’, which is a raised, enclosed bed. As you will see in the postcards on the cottage walls, which show scenes of Breton life, the family would have kept their livestock with them in the cottage in winter, in order to keep them warm. Ornamental wooden sliding doors to the bed would have provided separation for the sleepers from the animals and the rest of the household. We purchased our ‘lit-clos’ from a local antique dealer – don’t worry we won’t be expecting you to sleep in it, it merely serves as both a piece of history and a children’s play den!

Nowadays, with the upstairs fully renovated we have created three roomy bedrooms and two beautifully fitted bathrooms, one of which is an ensuite to the master bedroom. The additional two bedrooms are equally comfortable and the larger one has 3 single beds and the smaller one 2 single beds. A cot is also available on request.

The woodburning stove downstairs keeps the living room warm on cooler Spring or Autumn evenings and the thatched roofs and thick walls keep the cottages cool in the heat of the summer. We have a plentiful supply of wood available for our guests to use at no extra cost. During the renovations, we brought in the stone arched doorway to La Grange, as some of the dressed stonework had been sold by previous proprietors and replaced with concrete in a time of financial hardship. We have made every effort to source dressed local yellow granite to replace any of these later concrete additions, so that La Garenne can now stand proud and prosperous as it once would have.

As you will see from our selection of photos in both our cottage and gallery pages, the views from all the gites are simply outstanding. La Grange looks straight out on the River Blavet as it calmly carves its course a kilometre or two down the valley. The only obstructions to the view are our ancient well and Breton cider press in the foreground!

Location

Address: 305 La Garenne, 56440 Languidic, France
Zip/Postal Code: 56440
Latitude/Longitude: 47.8760342 / -3.196801999999934

Neighborhood

There are several sandy beaches 20-30 minutes by car from La Garenne ranging from the vast sweeping sands of Guidel in the west (see photo gallery) to Lamour Plage, Port Louis, Etel, Erderven and a little further, the famous and popular Carnac beach to the south (see photo gallery)

There are wonderful walks and cycle rides along the scenic towpath beside the River Blavet with the occasional little bar, café or restaurant dotted every few kilometres in each direction to stop at for refreshments. In fact, there is an authentic Breton bar and restaurant just 5-10 minutes walk beside the river from La Garenne so when in France why not do as the French do and have your main meal at lunchtime and simply amble back along the scenic towpath in the afternoon

Towns and villages
Languidic is the nearest town, about a 5 minute drive away. It has two fabulous patisseries, a supermarket, market day, central square with huge church and lots of shops all around the square.

Pay Day Loans Instant
Hennebont is a larger town with a great market held on Thursday mornings and is around 10 minutes' drive. There are also some interesting old battlements to explore and another magnificent church. Every town, small or large, has a different market day so there is one every day of the week. We have a list of all the days and towns in the housebook at La Garenne

Restaurants
Brittany is famous for its seafood and crepes and there are many good restaurants in the region, details of our favourites ranging from a simple pizzeria to the Michelin star Chateau de Locguenole can be found in the cottage housebooks

Things to do and see
Poul Fetan is a magnificently restored medieval village "museum" just 10 to 15 minutes' drive from La Garenne. In summer they dress in period costume and there are demonstrations of arts and crafts from a bygone era

Cycling The towpath beside the river is fabulous for cycling. No hills, no cars and just the occasional other cyclist or walker and an ever changing landscape as the river meanders through glorious countryside. Take your own bikes or hire them from the bike shop at nearby Lochrist. Their bikes are superb, reasonably priced and they even deliver to and collect from La Garenne. Helmets, children's bikes, baby chairs etc are all supplied

Kayaking Have a fun filled couple of hours hiring kayaks at the French National Kayaking Centre just a few minutes downstream from La Garenne. It's well priced, well organised, has a great slalom course and is safe for both adults and children. There are both a Pizzeria and Creperie opposite

Fishing The River Blavet teems with fish and we even have several families of otters who live on the riverbanks and can sometimes be seen early in the mornings on this stretch of the river

Rambling, Tennis and Horse Riding are all available close by. Walk the Blavet valley, play tennis in Languidic or even have a go at Western Riding at Hennebont! All the details are in the cottages

Accommodation, facilities, utilities

All properties
Cottage
Bedroom(s)
3 Bedroom(s), 7 Sleeps
Bathroom(s)
2 Bathroom(s)
View
Countryside views
River views
Holiday type
Activity holidays
Beach holidays
Family holidays
Golf holidays
Romantic holidays
Rural holidays
Board
Self catering
Access
Private car park
Parking
3 Cars
Off street
General facilities
Garden
Garden furniture
Parking
Indoor facilities
CD Player
Central heating
Dishwasher
Fireplace
Freezer
Fridge
Iron and Board
Microwave
Phone
Tumble drier
Washing machine
Wood burner
Outdoor facilities
BBQ
Heated pool (private)
Terrace
Services
Linen inclusive
Towels inclusive
Weekly clean inclusive
Local activities
Boating
Boule
Canoeing
Cycling
Fishing
Golf
Horse riding
Swimming
Tennis
Walking
Watersports

Policies

Check in: 16:00 / Check out: 10:00
Suitability
Pets: No
Smoking: No smoking
Children: Yes, great for kids
Long term rentals: No
Elderly or infirm: Not suitable
Wheelchair: No

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