Les Hortensias is a beautifully converted stone built property in the heart of rural Brittany and opposite the ancient 14th century chapel of Saint Fiacre. Les Hortensias and the adjoining Les Cerisiers are thought to have been built in the mid 19th century. The owner added a unique touch when he mounted a weather vane, depicting Saint Fiacre, made by himself from an old copper hot water tank.
The property is situated in the peaceful village of Radenac and less than 5 minutes drive from the larger commune of Reguiny where there is a boulangerie, restaurant and bar. Also a small carp fishing lake and indoor and outdoor (summer months) swimming pool.
WiFi is available throughout the accommodation.
This spacious gite comfortably sleeps 6 people in 3 bedrooms, plus a baby, (no children between 1-10 years). The adjoining property, Les Cerisiers, (with a locked interconnecting door) sleeps 8 people in 3 bedrooms, one of which is on ground floor level. Therefore the two properties rented together provide accommodation for 14 people plus 2 babies. This makes the properties ideal for large groups.
Exposed beams are a feature of every room and the accommodation is furnished in traditional Breton style, including a “grandfather clock”.
Please be aware that if you rent one property the adjoining property may be occupied at the same time. Entrances are separate and the garden is designed to give dedicated space to the individual gites as well as having a large communal landscaped area. The pretty garden has been lovingly cared for by the owners with the hydrangeas in the summer months being a focal point of colour. The numerous fruit trees include, apples, pears, plum, cherries and walnuts.
Accomodation in more detail:
The entrance to Les Hortensias leads directly into the kitchen/dining area. Here there is comfortable seating for 6 people and the second table can be used to provide a larger seating area if the two gites are booked together. The kitchen is spacious and superbly fitted with all you need for a self-catering holiday. There is a dishwasher, oven and hob, fridge and small freezer and washing machine. Outside is a "whirlygig" washing line. Also a microwave, toaster and cafetière. Leading from the kitchen is the stunning main Reception Room with large French windows opening out to the garden. The focal point as you look towards the first floor, is the beautiful galleried landing which adds to the light and airy feel of this gite. The landing is not enclosed making it unsuitable for 1-10 year olds.
UK TV is provided and WiFi is available throughout the property.
There is a shower room and WC on the ground floor.
Leading from the lounge are the stairs for access to the first floor and magnificent galleried landing area.
Bedroom 1 – Attractively decorated with double bed and velux windows and plenty of room for a cot.
Bedroom 2 – Another attractively decorated room with velux windows and a double bed.
Bedroom 3 – Another room with a double bed.
A cot is provided and also a high chair and baby bath.
Galleried Landing Area
This is a light, spacious area with seating provided and a bright rug to give a splash of colour! It overlooks the lounge and has a slatted balustrade.
The bathroom has a shower cubicle, wash basin and WC.
All linen and towels are included in the rental price.
There is “off road” parking for 2 cars. A BBQ is provided. Also outdoor furniture, including sun loungers and deck chairs. Outdoor table and chairs are provided for "al fresco" dining.
The garden is not secured therefore guests should supervise children at all times.
Nearest ferry from the UK arrives at Saint Malo, about a 2 hour drive from the property. A 20% discount is offered on all Brittany Ferries crossings.
Flights from the UK are currently to Rennes Airport (1 hour away), Dinard Airport (1hr 39 minutes) and Nantes Airport (1hr 50 mins).
Changeover day is Sunday.
The Chapelle of Saint Fiacre is immediately opposite the property
This was built at the initiative of a Knight Templar or Hospitalier of the Order of St. John. Its construction was spread over several eras. The main nave, of Gothic style, is from the end of the 14th century.
Saint Fiacre is the patron saint of gardeners.
The chapel was also a place of pilgrimage. A register was held here from1655 which reports stories of healing.
Saint Fiacre, patron saint of the place is recalled as a miracle worker who cured many people.
Less than 5 minutes by car is Reguiny. Here there is a boulangerie for those all important breakfast croissants! Also a bar, restaurant, and pharmacy. The Intermarché supermarket is open on Sunday mornings from 9am – midday.
There is a fishing lake stocked with roach, bream and carp. Permits for using this can be obtained from the Bar Tabac in Reguiny.
Just by the lake is a World War 2 museum.
Reguiny has both an indoor and, in summer months, an outdoor pool.
The nearby medieval town of Josselin is a lively mix of shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. The magnificent chateau, still inhabited by the Rohan family, has guided tours in both French and English during the summer months.
The chateau overlooks the Nantes-Brest canal where kayaks, electric boats and bikes can be hired.
Every Saturday is market day in Josselin. Local fresh produce including, cheese, vegetables, shellfish and cold meats are on sale.
PONTIVY, less than half an hour drive from Radenac, is another beautiful market town. The market is held each Monday, throughout the year. There is also a chateau in the town and numerous eating and drinking places. Also three large supermarkets.
DOMAINE DE KERGUEHENNEC
A 15 minute drive from the accommodation takes you to the Domaine de Kerguéhennec. Here you will find an unusual sculpture park and chateau in magnificent grounds. There is a large lake and lots of woodland. There is a small café in the park but opening times can be limited! In the chateau there are often art exhibitions.
PONT SCORFF ZOO
The zoo at Pont Scorff, under an hour by car,is ideal for younger members of the family.
LAC AU DUC, PLOERMEL
About 25 minutes drive is the Lac au Duc. Here there is a small beach and watersports. At the edge of the lake are several cafes and restaurants.
The nearest beach to the gite is at Larmor Plage. Here you will find an abundance of cafés and restaurants. Many of these serve the ever popular “fruits de mer”, including mussels and oysters. The beach is shallow and safe and childrens’ clubs can be found here during the summer months.
Vannes is the administrative centre of Brittany. A delightful town to visit with some really beautiful buildings. The harbour area is always popular in the summer months with its many restaurants.
Markets in and near Radenac
• Josselin: market Saturday (12km)
• Locmine: market Thursday (13km)
• Pontivy: market Monday all day (22km)
• Loudeac: market Saturday (24km)
• Ploermel: market Friday (24km)
• Baud: market Saturday (25km)
• Elven: market Friday (27km)
• Malestroit: market Thursday (30km)
• Saint-Ave: market Sunday (31km)
• Vannes: market Wednesday & Saturday (34km)
THE BRITTANY REGION:
Brittany offers a wealth of varied landscapes - beautiful sandy beaches, deep forests and medieval towns.
Brittany 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.