Maison des Cerisiers is part of a converted stone house situated in the heart of rural Brittany. The gite is situated in the tranquil hamlet of Brenugat and close to the quirky village of Lizio. It sits alongside its sister gite La Maison des Pommes. Lizio is a small rural municipality in the canton of Malestroit. Surprisingly for a small village, there are 3 museums in and around Lizio. These include the Poete Ferrailleur, with fabulous animatronics – an old ironworks museum, Musee de vieux metiers, a step into Brittany in the past and and the Insectarium (Insect Museum).
In August the village holds its traditional Festival of Artisans, an art and model show. More than 150 craftsmen and artists are present to display their work and show their skills to the public. Also over 40 model exhibitors present their finely crafted and detailed models. Traditional Breton music and dance is also performed in the centre of the village. The village also has a bar, restaurant, baguette machine, children’s play area and several small lakes with walks.
The owners of the property have retained the traditional style of the gite. This includes exposed beams and stunning original kitchen tiles made by local potter Alain Guillard. La maison des Cerisiers sleeps 4 and has it’s own private, secured garden. There is also access to a further large grassed area, ideal for children. This is shared with Maison des Pommes. The adjacent gites can be booked together offering spacious accommodation for up to eight guests. Wifi is available throughout the gite.
Well behaved dogs (up to 2) are allowed prior to agreement by the Owner at the time of booking. Pet fee applies, £10 per week. The owner lives in the hamlet and has a wealth of information on the local area.
The owner provides a welcome pack for new arrivals.
The entrance to Maison des Cerisiers leads straight into the ground floor accommodation. This is open plan and consists of a lounge, kitchen and dining area.
There is a comfortable seating area with a large log burner. English television is available and there is a dvd player.
WC is on the ground floor.
The dining area has a table and chairs which comfortably sits 4.
Kitchen area is equipped with gas cooker (bottled), microwave, fridge freezer, washing machine, toaster and cafetière.
There is a downstairs WC off the lounge area.
Access to private garden from the back of the property.
A lovely wooden staircase leads from the lounge to the 1st Floor:
Bedroom 1 has a double bed and also a chest of drawers and clothes rail. It is a light airy room and retains the exposed beams of the original house.
Bedroom 2 is also a good size with a double bed, chest of drawers and built in cupboard space. Also a bright sunny room with a velux window with blind.
Shower room with wash basin situated on this floor.
Bedding and towels provided. There is a travel cot available.
To the rear private secured garden with patio and lawn area, stone bbq and table and chairs for al fresco dining. Access to a larger garden space shared with the adjacent gite.
There is parking for 2 cars.
Changeover day is flexible. Minimum stay 7 nights in high season, July and August, and 4 nights at all other times. A discount of 20% is available on Brittany Ferries.
Nearby are several "Petites Cités de Caractère" & "Villes Fleuries".
There are many picturesque towns on the River Oust/Nantes-Brest Canal including Josselin. This perfectly preserved medieval chateau is still lived in by the Rohan family.
The chateau and Dolls' Museum are open to visitors from April to October and there are tours in English daily during the summer.
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.
Nearby is the charming town of La Gacilly. During the summer months an outdoor photographic exhibition is held. Boat trips on the canal are available. The Yves Rocher factory, shop and Spa are situated here. Also a vegetarian restaurant - very unusual in France!
Further afield is Rochefort-en-Terre, about 45 minutes away. It was voted “prettiest village in France” in 2015. With its cobbled streets, plentiful restaurants and shops, it is a must on your holiday agenda!
A 30 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. Dogs are welcome! There is a small café in the park but opening times can be limited! In the chateau there are often art exhibitions.
The walled city of Vannes is about a 50 minute drive from Lizio. Here the harbourside restaurants are always busy in the summer months. The local seafood, oysters and mussels being particularly popular.
The zoo at Pont Scorff is ideal for younger members of the family (about 1 hour away)
The Prehistoric Park at Malansac, about 45 minutes away, is another 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.
Nearby (1 hour drive) is the stunning medieval city of Rennes, capital of Brittany. There are numerous outdoor cafés and restaurants in the picturesque square plus shops so perfect if you want some retail therapy!
Brittany offers a wealth of varied landscapes - beautiful sandy beaches, deep forests and medieval towns, easily accessible from Lizio's central situation.
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.