Situated in beautiful Southern Brittany, in a quiet rural setting in the commune of Guilliers here you will find La Maison Blanche a lovely rustic old farmhouse dating back to 1727. This is great for family holidays sleeping up to 11 people, (up to 6 adults only, plus children up to and including 15 years ) with the benefit of Wi-fi. A lovely attraction is the swimming pool (partially above ground), unheated, and approx. 4' depth.
Entering the property you are immediately into a beautiful large LOUNGE, with fireplace and woodburner, 2 large 3 seater settees, Sky TV, electric wall heater, board games and books for those cosy evenings in front of the fire, dining area with seating for up to 10 people comfortably, plus a highchair.
From the Dining area there is access to the KITCHEN well equipped with Gas Hob (bottled gas) Electric oven, dishwasher, washing machine, cafeteria, kettle, toaster, cutlery, crockery and glasses for 11. This also houses the fusebox.
Next to the kitchen is a shower room, toilet & washbasin.
From the kitchen is access to an enclosed covered area with a large ping pong table, and a small pools table. Ideal for the kids!
From the Lounge area, stairs leading to a large landing with a separate Toilet & Washbasin, BEDROOM 1 with a step up to a beautiful 4'6 Breton double bed, wall heater. BEDROOM 2 twin beds with built-in cupboard, wall heater, BEDROOM 3 (Master) with another beautiful Breton 4'6 double bed, wall heater, off this bedroom is another small room with a single bed (2'6), leading to a separate shower and basin. SEPARATE BATHROOM corner bath with shower head, toilet and basin. LARGE HALLWAY with spacious cupboard for linen etc.
STAIRS leading to 2nd Floor, (please note as they are attic bedrooms the stairs are naturally steeper), spacious hallway with settee, leading to BEDROOM 4 twin beds (2'6) and cupboard, BEDROOM 5 twin beds (2'6). Due to the size of the beds, these are more suitable for children.
Nice size garden, quiet apart from the delightful birdsong, which leads to the top of the garden where a lovely above ground pool (unheated), fenced off for security, a nice sunny position. There is a BBQ for those lovely evenings outside ideal with a bottle or 2 of your favourite tipple! Outside off road parking for 2/3 cars.
We can offer a 20% discount, off each car and every passenger with Brittany Ferries.
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.
A travel cot, highchair and 2 stairgates are available.
Please note that all pots & pans, crockery etc., MUST be washed up, and Dishwasher MUST be emptied before departure.
The Pool measures
4m40 x 6m80 (approx. 14ft x 22ft)
135cm depth (approx. 4.5ft) from one end to the other.
Hand rail & steps into the pool.
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 (16 km) - 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 this year 2018, 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 (44 km) - 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 (33km) - 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 (49kms) - 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!
MALANSAC (40 mins) - The Prehistoric Park is a great day out for the youngsters. There are 30 scenes of reconstruction of the dinosaur age. The park is based on models and information from the Natural History Museum in Paris.
PLOERMEL (26 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) .........
JOSSELIN - Saturday morning (14km)
MAURON - Friday (10km)
SAINT-MEEN-LE-GRAND - Saturday (23km)
MALESTROIT - Thursday morning (26km)
PLOERMEL - Friday morning (12km)
PLELAN-LE-GRAND - Sunday (23km)
LOUDEAC - Saturday (30km)
BROONS - Wednesday (32km)