La Maison Blanche
Farmhouse | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 8
This newly renovated luxurious Brittany gite with private swimming pool is in a perfect location to explore the huge choice of white, sandy beaches, all within easy driving distance, where you can enjoy swimming, sand yachting, water skiing, windsurfing, snorkeling, kite surfing, sailing or body surfing.
Activities include: Fishing on the many nearby lakes and rivers; Golf on the 6 courses all within 1 hours drive. Cycling along the well maintained River Blavet towpath, many miles with no hills - A great way to discover the area. Horse Riding, Canoeing, Boat Trips, Surfing, Diving, Tennis, GoKarting and don't forget to visit the local markets if you want to experience the real Brittany.
This luxurious Brittany gite with private swimming pool is equipped with a mixture of traditional Breton furniture and modern utilities such as LCD TV with English channels, iPod Docking station, large open fireplace, modern fitted kitchen with built in appliances and exposed beams throughout
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lorient and surrounding areas 30 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lorient 48 km, Nearest railway: Baud 5 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms, 1 En suites and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
Free Wifi internet access and iPod Docking Station/Stereo - perfect for music lovers!
The Brittany region
Brittany has over 4,000 châteaux, manors and stately homes and La Maison Blanche is centrally situated for visiting the abundance of fascinating medieval towns, villages, castles and wonderful beaches in the area.
Since Brittany is on the west coast of France, it has a warm temperate climate.
There is a huge choice of white, sandy beaches, all within easy driving distance, where you can enjoy swimming, sand yachting, waterskiing, windsurfing, snorkelling, kitesurfing, sailing or body surfing.
The nearest recommended sandy beach for children is just 30 minutes away at Port Louis.
Some of the most popular beach areas include Carnac, La Trinite Sur Mer, Larmor Plage, and St Pierre-Quiberon. All recommended for children.
Quieter beaches, where you will find nature reserves, big sand dunes and wide open spaces include the long dune belt from Gavres to Penthièvre. All around the Golf du Morbihan there are tiny beaches and rocky coves where you can find a spot all for yourself.
Apart from busy areas, such as Carnac in the height of the season, the beaches never get crowded and are very unspoilt and clean.
For surfing enthusiasts, the big Atlantic rollers sweeping onto the Cote Sauvage are hard to beat.
For windsurfing and kite surfing, the Penthievre area and the beaches east of Port Louis are very popular. Penthievre is also home to a couple of highly recommended sand yachting centres.
There is a naturist beach at St Guildas de Rhuys.
Brittany has more waymarked paths than any other region of France and there are many beautiful walks and footpaths in the area – from strolls along the river bank to country, forest or coastal hikes. We can provide footpath maps and guide books to help you get the best out of your walk.
Enjoy long leisurely cycle rides along the well maintained River Blavet towpath. It is possible to cycle for many miles on the level towpath - with no hills at all. A great way to discover the area.
For a more energetic ride, explore the local country lanes and cycle routes. Cycling is very popular in Brittany; the roads are uncrowded and well maintained and there are many off-road cycle routes in the area.
French drivers are normally very courteous to cyclists, making cycling on the roads safe and pleasurable.
We have two adult and one small child's bike available which you are welcome to borrow (free of charge). Biclycle hire shop is nearby.
The French Cycling Federation, and the French Cycle Touring Federation have given the Blavet Valley official recognition and are actively promoting newly formed tracks and circuits. To date, there are 100 km of way-marked routes laid out in 9 trails.
If golf is your passion you'll be spoilt for choice here in Morbihan. There are five 18-hole courses within 1 hours drive. There is also a 9-hole course nearby.
9 hole course:
18 hole courses:
Visit www.formule-golf.com to find out more
St Laurent was a chosen venue for the French Professional Championships in 1988 & 1989, and the National Open in 1995.
The River Blavet offers some of the best coarse fishing in France. Very few boats use the Blavet and there is very easy riverside access - making it an excellent river for fishing.
In the area, there are over 28 fishing rivers and streams, practically unused and all available to anyone with a permit. These can be bought locally and are very inexpensive. They are valid for one day (10€), a fortnight (30€) or a year (68€).
A permit allows you to fish anywhere in the Morbihan. Potential catches in the Blavet include: bream, pike, perch, sander, roach, carp and dace. In the nearby River L'Evel there is trout and salmon. In the Tarn, Sarre or Brandfort there is trout.
Bait is available locally.
Fishing from a sea-side beach does not require a permit.
There is also a good selection of bases along the coast where you can go sea-fishing for the day.
From beach rides to treks through the forests, Brittany offers over 2,000 kilometres of bridle paths (signposted with orange markers).
There are three local stables within 30 minutes drive, offering pony trekking and horse riding.
The stables near Bieuzy Les Eaux are particularly good with children. Even the smallest child is encouraged to help with tacking up and grooming afterwards.
The choice of watersports is huge: dinghy sailing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, jetskiing, kite surfing, canoeing, body surfing, canoeing, sand yachting, scuba diving, waterskiing, parascending, motor or sail cruising.
Sailing in Le Golfe du Morbihan or at La Trinite sur Mer is an experience not to be missed. The enormous inland sea of le Golfe du Moribhan has hundreds of islands - some have villages and communities of their own, others are uninhabited nature reserves.
Whether for competitions, regattas or simple sailing trips, Brittany is an ideal location for water sports and activities, thanks to its 3,500 kilometres of coastline, dotted with creeks, inlets, estuaries and bays, plus its many rivers and lakes.
There are 340 sailing schools and water sports centres in Brittany and throughout the year, they offer a vast range of activities: dinghy sailing, catamarans, sailboarding, funboarding, group and pleasure trip boats.
La Trinite sur Mer is home to many of the world’s top racing sailors and there are regattas and sailing events taking place throughout the year. Enjoy a good lunch overlooking the water whilst watching the quayside activities.
The River Blavet is ideal for canoeing and kayaking. Canoes can be hired at Pontivy, Plumeliau, Pont Augen or Lochrist. Suitable for beginners and experienced canoeists alike. It is also possible to hire a qualified instructor.
At Lochrist, there is a canoe centre which has mini rapids and obstacle courses, great fun for all the family.
Sea kayaking is available at various places in the area. One or two-person kayaks can be rented by the hour, half day or day. This is a great way to explore the rivers, inlets and estuaries of the Morbihan, as well as to see more of the fabulous coastline. The kayaks are extremely comfortable with back rests and are very stable, suitable for all ages.
Boating on the River Blavet – pedaloes are available for hire at St Nicholas.
Boat cruises on the River Blavet start at St Nicholas or Pont Augen. The cruises last about 1½ hours with running commentary.
Sand yachting on the Quiberon Penisula where you will find a good choice of schools and hire centres. A session lasts about two hours, with full instruction if required.
There are a selection of diving centres around the coast. Those awarded the "Plongée Label Bretagne" offer taster sessions, photographic and ecology courses, visits to shipwrecks, etc.
Brittany's largest island, Belle Ille, lies 8½ miles offshore, and is reached by ferry from the port of Quiberon. The island is very popular for day excursions and well worth a visit.
You can also take a cruise around some of the islands in the Morbihan, getting on and off as you please. Hire bikes are available on some islands.
Surfing on the Cote Sauvage, approx 45 minutes away. Some of the best surf in Brittany is found along this rugged coastline with big Atlantic rollers sweeping in from the west.
The Quiberon Penisula is popular for all types of surfing: body surfing, kite surfing and windsurfing. Equipment and tuition is available at a variety of centres.
Other Sporting Activities
There is an indoor tennis court at St Barthelemy (ten minute drive away). There is a minimal charge. Tuition is available if required.
At Baud's sports centre (10 mins drive), there are 2 outdoor courts and another four courts at Camors.
Clay pigeon shooting
There is a clay pigeon shooting centre nearby which is available with or without instruction.
Approximately twenty minutes away, there is an archery centre where instructions and equipment can be provided.
There is a gokarting track nearby where you can enjoy organised grand prix racing or ten minute sessions at your own pace.
Quad biking is available near Auray. There are two circuits - one for adults, one for children. Trails through woodland, escorted or unaccompanied.
Your trip to Brittany would not be complete without a visit to a local market – and there is a good variety to choose from. You will find a market every day of the week where you can enjoy the sights and smell of the fresh, local produce on offer. It is here that you will also find the best local Breton oysters, fish, cheeses, crepes, cider, honey, and locally grown fruit and vegetables.
Auray - Monday
Pontivy - Monday
Etel - Tuesday
Vannes - Wednesday & Saturday
Quimper - Wednesday, Friday afternoon, Saturday, Sunday morning
Carnac - Wednesday
Hennebont - Thursday
Malestroit - Thursday
Locmine - Thursday
La Trinite sur Mer - Friday
Baud - Saturday
Josselin - Saturday
Port-Louis - Saturday. Tuesday evenings in July and August
Rennes Market - every day except Sunday and public holidays in the central food halls.
Also, throughout the year, there are regular antique markets, flea markets and the French equivalent of car boot sales 'Vide Greniers' (attic clearouts). These are all great places to find interesting collectables or just something very different and very french.
Other local Attractions
Carnac with 3,000 prehistoric megalithic stones hewn out of local granite 6,500 years ago
Poul-Fetan working farm museum
Village de l'An Mill medieval village
Camors Adventure Park
The Postcard museum at Baud
Aquarium in Vannes
Butterfly park in Vannes
The Victor Pleven – the world’s biggest trawler and cod fishing boat, in Lorient
Brittany’s prehistorical park at Malansac
Hennebont's National Horse Stud
Lac de Guerledan
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19 Apr 2014
"superb return stay"
This was our 2nd holiday under the care of Chris & Mary so that speaks volumes in itself ! Last year in Hirondelle, this time the larger Maison Blanche. We took family with us so age range was 7 to 79… More
23 Jul 2013
"Fanstastic, Rural relaxing treat for all the Family"
We have just returned from this most delightful holiday property. In a quiet, rural location, it is the perfect spot for a relaxing break. For 4 of us (2 adults and 2 kids aged 7 and 10) the size of L… More
10 Jul 2013
"A great time with friends and children in a beautiful setting, great accommodation, relaxed and very french."
The location is rural but has local shops and towns within a few minutes drive. Lot's of activities to do on the nearby river and some of the best beaches in western France within a 40 minute dri… More
6 Jul 2013
"Lovely family holiday"
We were a four generation holiday party 6 in total. The eldest 88 the youngest, 2 years. The accommodation is very good. Very comfortable beds. Good showers and plenty of hot water. My grandson was well catered for eg playhouse, toys, cot or bed, highchair, stairgate, cups, plates etc. the pool was super it was only a shame that the weather wasn't brilliant during our stay otherwise we would have used the pool much more. Mary and Chris are super hosts who were on site to help if needed. The house is very well equipped much better than most places we have stayed. We would definitely recommend this property. It is well situated for enjoying the Breton countryside but also only 30 minutes from the lovely seaside resort of Lorient.
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