Le Fournil is a superb suntrap! The cottage is adjacent to our two bread ovens and was used primarily as a stable and cart shed. As you are no doubt aware, the French are dependent upon their daily bread, so these two ovens would have been of great importance! There is one older oven, with a huge tree growing out of it and one more modern, still in excess of 50 years old, so keep your eyes open for these – they are not too dissimilar to the Italian pizza oven!
When we took over La Garenne, Le Fournil had no roof and its front wall was bulging out with a horrible concrete lintel over the entrance to the cart shed. We sourced a beautiful stone arch from a barn elsewhere in Brittany, which was being demolished. We purchased the stones, transported them to La Garenne, demolished the old and unsafe gable end to Le Fournil, then finally rebuilt the 3m high stone arch in its place.
Inside Le Fournil there is now a spacious downstairs living area with a full height ceiling and a woodburning stove. We have managed to preserve this full height feature by creating a galleried double bedroom upstairs. The kitchen and dining area are well-equipped and the latter has been conveniently created out of a stone alcove in the barn, which makes it is a gorgeous, pleasant and light place to sit, with windows and views on all three sides. We have a plentiful supply of freshly cut, dried wood for our guests to use, which easily warms the whole cottage on cooler spring or autumn evenings. The historic thick stone walls keep the cottage cooler in the summer. Downstairs, there is also a family bathroom. The second bedroom is adjacent to the galleried master bedroom upstairs, across a small corridor. This twin bedroom actually has three single beds and enjoys views of our extensive lawns and the pool. A cot is available on request.
|Address: 305 La Garenne, 56440 Languidic, France|
|Zip/Postal Code: 56440|
|Latitude/Longitude: 47.8760342 / -3.196801999999934|
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.
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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
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