Situated in beautiful Southern Brittany in the commune of PLUMELEC, near to the stunning medieval town of JOSSELIN. This pretty Gite is a perfect relaxing retreat, yet near enough to many attractions to make the most of exploring this interesting region of France!
Entering the cottage, you are immediately into the large light & airy LOUNGE, with comfortable seating comprising of two double sofas (one is a sofa bed), and arm chair. A lovely feature here is a welcoming log burner for the cooler nights, perhaps with a glass or two of your favourite tipple whilst watching TV, which has access to UK freeview, or watching a good film on the DVD! Under the stairs houses the water tank, fuse box, and some cleaning equipment.
From the Lounge, there is access to the large KITCHEN/DINER, which is well equipped with large wooden table and chairs and a high chair. There is a full size gas oven and gas hob, fridge/freezer, washing machine, microwave, kettle, toaster and cafetiere, along with everything you need, pots and pans, plates, bowls, cups, glasses, cutlery and utensils.
There are 2 BEDROOMS, both having 4'6 double beds. The master bedroom has a 3 door wardrobe, small cupboard and bedside cabinet, the 2nd bedroom has a full length mirror and a set of drawers. Both bedrooms have a large space underneath the beds, ideal for storing your suitcases etc. A sofa bed downstairs makes it possible for 5 guests to stay here. There is a travel cot available if required (no bedding).
The lovely, light BATHROOM has a large shower cubicle, wash basin and WC. Linen and towels are included for your stay. However, you will need to bring beach towels with you.
The pretty garden is perfect for relaxing after a days sightseeing with a BBQ (provided) and a glass of wine or 2! Please note the garden is not secured and we would therefore remind guests with young children and/or dogs to ensure they are supervised at all times.
There is off road parking for 2 cars.
Outdoor furniture, comprising of 2 sun loungers, 2 reclining sun chairs, table with 8 chairs and umbrella, with “al fresco” dining in mind. A patio area with a wooden 2 seater/table and cushions, has been created for 2 people to relax and enjoy the sun all day long, a real sun trap, and in private!
We can offer a 20% discount on Brittany Ferries, this applies per passenger and each standard car.
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 for extra cleaning. We can also help make your Vet’s appointment if necessary before your return to the UK.
There is a £20 fee for cleaning of the Gite.
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 (19 mins) - 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 (39 mins) - 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 (21 mins) - 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 (36 mins) - 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!
VANNES (31 mins) - a beautiful walled city, full of art and history and is without doubt one of Brittany's most attractive sights and a must visit on any trip to the Gulf of Morbihan. Wander around the well preserved medieval streets, don't miss the spectacular and large morning market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings, before taking lunch from the numerous restaurants overlooking the harbour side, try the famous seafood which includes oysters and mussels, then take a walk along the harbour with the hundreds of boats to look at whilst working your lunch off!
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 (15km)
LA GACILLY - Saturday morning (44km)
MALESTROIT - Thursday morning (20km)
VANNES - Wednesday and Saturday mornings (22km)
PONTIVY - Monday (41km)
PLOERMEL - Friday morning (21km)
QUESTEMBERT - Monday morning (24km)
BAUD - Saturday morning (29km)
LOCMINE - Thursday morning (15km)
SARZEAU - Thursday morning (46km)