WELCOME to LE PETIT CHATEAU – and to the 2 bedroomed Gite PICASSO, set in a lovely and quiet area with only one neighbour, with access to a lovely 6m x 4m above ground swimming pool (unheated). Situated in the commune of NOYAL PONTIVY in the lovely countryside of Southern Brittany, this is a haven for wildlife and tranquility with the birds singing and the toads calling, yet only 5 minutes drive from NOYAL PONTIVY with amenities including a supermarket, bars, 2 boulangeries, restaurants and a take away This Gite is a perfect relaxing retreat, yet near enough to many attractions to make the most of exploring this interesting region of France!
GROUND FLOOR ......
Upon entering the Gite, there are 2 steps up to the KITCHEN area which is well equipped, including a hob & oven, microwave, cafetiere, kettle, toaster dishwasher, combination fridge/freezer and more.
From the Kitchen area, the open plan stairs lead up to a mezzanine and the LOUNGE/DINING AREA, here you have a good sized dining table and 6 chairs, there is a really comfortable 2 and 3 seater settee, rug and coffee table. There is a TV with Freeview, UK and French,a modern electric 'open fire effect' heater. Either side of the lounge are the bedrooms, BEDROOM 1 with a 5' double bed and an en-suite shower room, with wc and washbasin, wardrobe, cupboard and a hairdryer. BEDROOM 2 with a 4'6 double bed and en-suite bath/shower, wc and washbasin, chest of drawers and hairdryer. There is also an X Box unit available if you fancy gaming.
There is plenty of space for parking, you have your own area with a BBQ, table and chairs where you can sit with a glass or two of wine at night and watch the stars, whilst listening to nature all around you, what an experience! There is also a lovely ABOVE GROUND POOL 6m X 4m (unheated) with surrounding decking, sunloungers and parasols. The pool will be open 9.30am-7pm from the beginning of July until mid September. Note please bring your own towels for the pool.
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 per dog for extra cleaning. We can also help make your Vet’s appointment if necessary before your return to the UK.
The property is not suitable for children and babies under the age of 5.
There is a barn available to keep bicycles and motorcycles in, which is locked at night.
Baby sitting service available for the over 5's.
GUEST ACCESS ......
In the laundry room there is a washing machine available for you to use at an extra charge. Just ask if you need to use it. Also an iron and ironing board are available on request.
You may take a walk around our lake and woods which you will find just across the lane. There is a lovely shady spot under the cherry trees, just before the bridge to the lake where you can have a picnic or barbecue .
We live on site in a house next door. We are very discreet but will be available to help you at any time .
We do not charge for cleaning, but please leave our home as you found it and replace any breakages.
The pool is shared with Guests from the adjoining Apartment.
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.
PONTIVY (15 mins) - Now a quiet market town where the River Blavet meets the Nantes-Brest canal, Pontivy was once the seat of one of Brittany’s most powerful families before becoming one of Napoléon’s ‘new towns’. Visit the castle then amble around the streets. To get a feel for its medieval origins, head to Place du Martray, which used to be Pontivy’s main square and then take a look at nearby Maison des Trois Piliers (the house with three pillars), the only remaining example in Morbihan of a 16th-century ‘porched house’. The main site in Pontivy is its château, which overlooks the River Blavet a short walk from the town centre. The château, which retains many original features, is open to the public and often stages art exhibitions.
HAPPY PARK specially designed for fun and entertainment and for children from 0 to 12 years old. For older children there are giant toboggans, zip lines, monkey bridges, power tower. For the family, Happy Park offers:- A relaxation area with magazines, newspapers and free wifi access- A snack bar and a terrace are also available, open all year round!
LAKE GUERLEDAN LAKE & DAM (33 mins) - Situated near Mur-de-Bretagne, In the years after the First World War, electricity was a precious and rare commodity, particularly in rural areas. The construction of a 40-meter-high dam, at Guerlédan, to supply electricity to a third of Brittany, was seen as madness. The dam, the power station and Lake Guerlédan now offer an indispensable electric supplement, at times of high consumption.
L’ANSE DE SORDAN at Saint-Aignan (25 mins) - A small cove nestled on the edge of the forest of Quénécan, the Anse de Sordan is dedicated to nautical pleasures and bathing. Fun for all ages, this beach has games for the children and rental of pedalos and canoes. Restaurant on site, overlooking the lake.
JOSSELIN (30 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 (1 hour) - 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 (50 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 (1 hour) - 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 (1 hour) - 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 (1hr 10 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 (38 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) .........
PONTIVY - Monday all day (15 mins)
JOSSELIN - Saturday morning (30 mins)
LA GACILLY - Saturday morning (1 hr)
MALESTROIT - Thursday morning (50 mins)
VANNES - Wednesday and Saturday mornings (1 hr)
PLOERMEL - Friday morning (38 mins)
QUESTEMBERT - Monday morning (1 hr)
BAUD - Saturday morning (28 mins)
LOCMINE - Thursday morning (26 mins)
SARZEAU - Torning (1hr 10mins)