Leave your car and your worries behind at Vannes and take the “bateux-bus” to the beautiful Ile d’Arz! (Cost of boat is 2.50€ per person).
Here you will find Maison des Pecheurs, a Fisherman’s Cottage built in the 17th century. A unique opportunity to enjoy a vacation in one of a handful of holiday rental properties in the calm surroundings of this beautiful island in the Gulf of Morbihan.
Cars are not allowed on the island but a minibus will meet you at the port and take you to your accommodation. The minibus is available at all arrivals of the boat. When disembarking, your luggage will be put in the trailer. The minibus will stop on your request at Gréavo just a few meters from Maison des Pecheurs. There is a bike hire shop or just enjoy the island on foot!
Immerse yourself in the nature that is all around and soon you will be completely relaxed!
Just across the water, half an hour away, is the walled, medieval city of Vannes. Boats leave regularly for Vannes all the year round. It is the administrative capital of Brittany. This vibrant city has numerous restaurants, bars and cafés. The most popular are down at the pretty harbourfront. Also many shops, museums and an Aquarium.
The cottage in more detail:
One of the most popular modes of transport on the island is bicycles. There is space outside the front of the cottage to park your bike.
As you enter the cottage you will see immediately the main living area consisting of kitchen/dining and lounge area.
The kitchen is well equipped with an oven (gas hob and electric oven), fridge, dishwasher and microwave. There are plenty of pots and pans, cutlery and glasses. Also there is a toaster, kettle and cafetière.
In the lounge area is an open fire. Together with electric radiators, this makes the cottage warm and cozy in the cooler months and therefore suitable for all year round holidays. Please ask the owners permission to use the fire. A small charge is made for logs.
The flat screen TV has French channels only. A comfortable leather sofa can seat 4 people.
The large wooden dining table can be used both inside and outside.
Patio doors open onto the small garden where there is a decking area with a BBQ and sunloungers.
There is a small grassed area just below this with a stone wall. However, the garden is not secured so please supervise children and dogs!
The stairs lead to a bedroom with a double bed, wardrobe and integral chest of drawers. There is also a landing area with bunk beds and a small childrens’ bed. (Not suitable for infants under 2 years or children over 5 years). There is a large built in cupboard for clothes.
The bathroom has a “baignoire” (small bath) with an overhead shower. Also a WC and wash basin. The washing machine is housed here.
The cottage is just a few minutes from restaurants, bars and a Spar supermarket. The Spar sells fresh bread and pastries as well as groceries. It is also possible to order mussels and oysters from here.
At the nearby farm biologically produced butter, eggs, milk and yogurt are sold. The farmer brings his produce into the village centre every week.
The cottage is not suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility.
Dogs are generally welcome, maximum 1 dog. Please enquire at time of booking. Dogs are not allowed upstairs or on furniture and owners must clear up any “mess” from the garden. They should not be left alone in the cottage.
A 20% discount is offered on any Brittany Ferries travel to France.
HISTORY OF THE ISLAND AND FISHERMAN’S COTTAGE
Île d'Arz is an archipelago of nine islands and is a commune in the Morbihan department in Brittany in north-western France, only 6 kilometres (3.7 miles) to the south-west of Vannes.
It is located in the Gulf of Morbihan. Île d'Arz and Île-aux-Moines are the only two islands of the gulf that are also communes.
The main island has been inhabited since 4000 BC. Like other communes in the area, it has been populated by Celts, Vénètes, the Romans and the Bretons who all came for the fertile land the area had to offer. From the 11th century to the French Revolution in 1789, the island was split in two causing considerable tensions, with the northern part administered by the Abbey of St Georges of Rennes and the southern part by the Abbey of St Gildas of Rhuys. The island was mainly composed of farms, mills, two priories and a church. The marine trade and taxes enabled the inhabitants to get resources from the mainland and further develop the island. Since the revolution, the island has had a long tradition of being the home of many sailors and was recently given the nickname of "Island of Captains".
There is one bus service between the town and the port and three passenger boats which travel between the archipelago and Vannes.
Jean-Marie Le Joubioux, the well known French poet, was born in Maison des Pecheurs to a poor family of fishermen in 1806. He was distinguished by the Rector of the island of Arz, who sent him to the small seminary and then to the Grand Seminary of Vannes. He was ordained a priest in 1828.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO ON THE ISLAND
In Île-d'Arz, the climate is warm and temperate. Here you are never further than 400 meters from a beach. Many of the beaches, particularly Plage de Brouhel, are safe and shallow and not affected by tides. This makes them ideal for swimming.
WALKING AND CYCLE ROUTES
The blue circuit for walkers is 16km and takes approximately 4-5 hours.
The red route is for cyclists. It is about 10km and takes approximately 1 ½ hours
Although there are no longer oyster farmers on the island several of the old farms can be visited.
MUSEE MARINS ET CAPITAINS
This museum describes the life of an island community facing the sea and sailing, offshore and wide, in the calm or the storm.
Come and discover the history, sometimes dramatic, of these sailors & captains in the great time of the sailing Navy.
CAPTAINS’ HOUSES – there are several Captain’s houses on the island. Formerly inhabited by families of seafaring captains who spent long periods of time at sea.
POINTE DE LIOUSE
On the South end of the island stands a singular megalithic ensemble. Three ruined dolmens are embedded in a large stone slope. These three graves were excavated in 1884, and delivered pottery, fragments of flint and axes, now preserved in the Museum of history and archaeology of Vannes. These objects allow these monuments to be attributed to the Neolithic period, between 5000 and 2500 B.C. The Central dolmen, which is best preserved, have some very eroded engravings. It appears around this are several scattered stones that could form the ruins of other megalithic structures.
LE MOULIN A MAREE DE BERNO
Built in the fifteenth century, in rubble with a two-sided roof, the small mill of Berno is on a convex embankment on the sea side, 320 meters long, the largest of the tidal mills of the Gulf. It was used in the manufacture of flour on the island until the year 1910. Abandoned, but restored thanks to the formation of an Association of enthusiasts, the mill has been rehabilitated. It is one of only two tidal mills in Brittany.
The island became common land in 1790. The Mairie and the school occupy the imposing building of the old Priory, rebuilt in the eighteenth century and inscribed on a historical monument by Decree of 15 January 1979. Its history is related to that of the nearby church. To give an idea of the richness of the island before the revolution here is an excerpt from 1720: “the prior of Notre Dame withdraws about 360 pounds of his tithing, 200 pounds of a vine, 165 pounds of the mill, 90 pounds of a barrel of wheat and 60 pounds of the farm of the land , a total of 875 pounds. "