THE SHACK - Artist's Retreat
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Gite | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Stay in our pretty cabin, next to the cottage where we live, which nestles in the beautiful Breton countryside. This is a very tranquil, rural area and walks can be taken straight from the back door along the lanes or across the fields. The Nantes/Brest canal is close by and is a great place to cycle or walk . Red squirrels scamper in the trees, deer roam the fields and, if you are lucky you may see the hare that visits the garden.
The cabin has a lovely hot shower, separate w.c. and small kitchen area with sink, mini fridge, kettle and oven with grill (no hob). It very comfortably sleeps two in the four poster bed.. There is a small, sunny terrace with barbeque and plenty of space to relax. There are two acres of secluded garden and you can always find a quiet spot to sunbathe or read a book. I suppose you could call this holiday 'glamping' and all our guest seems to enjoy themselves. Many return again and again. It is an inexpensive and fun way to visit the area. When our family stays, we often put a mattress on the floor for extra people and we can do this for you, if you need it.
There is a workshop next to the cabin and this has a washing machine which you can use, and a gas bottle oven with hob. This is not a proper kitchen and is very basic, but your are welcome to use it.
Our cottage is situated quite close to the cabin but we do try to respect your privacy. You may see us cutting the grass on occasion or having a sneaky cigarette in a corner of the garden. We also use the workshop and the table outside our cottage. Luckily, there is plenty of space so this should not be a problem. You are welcome to pick our brains for information or to borrow maps and guide books. Wifi works for most guests from the cabin but, if the signal is weak, you may have to sit at the table outside our cottage - or even come inside if it is raining and you need to check your emails. You can also use our phone for local calls.
Visit the market on Tuesdays and buy wonderful fresh food or have a coffee in the square and watch the world go by. Plenty of places to eat, including a Michelin Best bites restaurant. There are several historic towns which one can drive to for lunch, to buy souvenirs or just to drink in the atmosphere.
The very pretty little town of Pont Aven was once home to artists such as Emile Bernard and Paul Gaugin, and is still a well known haunt of many contemporary artists. There are art galleries to visit, a museum and some lovely individual shops to buy good quality souvenirs. Hop across the huge boulders which sit in the river or have lunch and watch the boats bobbing up and down in the estuary.
Carnac is justly famous for its 10,000 or more menhirs. These ancient stones stand in majestic rows in the fields outside the town and are a breathtaking sight. The town itself boasts five beaches and there are plenty of places to grab a meal. There is a little tourist train that you can use if you are feeling lazy. This will take you to the menhirs and around the town, so that you can get your bearings and save your feet.
Concarneau is in two parts. The modern town sits next to the sea, with lots of little roads and interesting shops. Walk across to the old fortified town, with its narrow streets and historic buildings jostling for position, which sits on a tiny island in the harbour. Peep through the ancient walls to the sea or visit the fishing museum. Plenty of things for all the family to do.
Le Faouet is famous for the medieval hall which sits in the town square and is home to the weekly market. Visit the chapel of St Barbe and ring the church bell in the grounds, by pulling the rope. The chapel itself is tucked into the side of a wooded valley and is almost hidden from view until you suddenly stumble upon it. Looking like a set for Lord of the Rings, it truly is a magical place. For the energetic, one can walk down the fairly steep hill to the river Elle, which runs along the bottom of the valley. For those in more laid back mode, there is also a tiny little stone cottage which houses a bar. In the winter they have a roaring fire, but in the summer there are tables and chairs outside and plenty of places to sit and relax whilst admiring the view. Children may be interested to visit the Bee Museum which is also to be found in Le Faouet.
There are plenty of other places to visit and things to do in Brittany, and we can offer suggestions or lend you guide books and maps. There is a zoo, kayaks to hire, swimming pools, beaches and sports centres to mention but a few. I suppose the main attraction though, is the very beautiful green and lush countryside. Peaceful and quiet with just the sounds of birdsong, the droning of fat bumble bees and the occasional cricket chirrup to break the silence. This really is a place to escape from the rat race and unwind.
We ask guests not to smoke inside the cabin but you are welcome to puff away on the terrace or in the gardens. We do not have a television in the cabin, but there is a radio for you to use. We supply all the bedding for the king size bed, but please bring your own towels.
We are very relaxed, friendly and laid back, and will be happy to welcome you to our home. Be warned! This is not the place to stay if you want a busy night life, but is perfect for those wanting to enjoy the countryside and the quiet.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||3 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Brest or Dinard - approx one and a half hours|
|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
|General||Central heating, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
The Brittany region
Brittany, lying in the northwest corner of France, is one of the great historic provinces of France. The most Atlantic of France's regions, Brittany is proud of its Celtic heritage, that sets it apart from the rest of France. It it enjoys a mild climate somewhat warmer, though not necessarily drier, than the climate of the southwest of England.
A traditional and rural area, its beautiful landscape is perfect for outdoor activities. Walking, hiking, cycling, swimming and kayaking, to name but a few. Filled with Arthurian legend and tales of mermaids and fairies, there is magic in the air. Slip into the slow and gentle pace of life which is still enjoyed by Bretons today and let all that stress slide away. Breton hospitality, gentle good humour and kindness is second to none, as far as we are concerned. Don'forget to visit the fantastic standing stones, the stunning coast with long sandy beaches and the traditional medieval towns and villages. Buy local produce from the wonderful local markets and sample the Breton specialities such as crepes, cider, cheese, sausage and freshly caught fish.
Visit a Fest Noz while you are here, with traditional costume, dancing and music - you are welcome to take part or just watch. Sit at one of the long tables and share a feast of pancakes, sausage or moules frites, whatever is on offer that night. There really is something for everyone in this very lovely part of France.
There are walks along the lanes and over the fields, straight from the house and a little town just a short drive away for the market, restaurants (including a Michelin starred one) and all necessary shops and petrol stations. Our chickens and cats roam around the gardens and you may be lucky enough to spot our resident hare or the deer in the woods beyond.
It is an hour to the coast and there are several interesting towns to visit if you fancy a day out. Pont Aven, for example, is an hour away and is renowned as the home of the Pont Aven School of Art and its earlier residents, Paul Gaugin, Emile Bernard and Serusier. There is an interesting museum and several art galleries offering contemporary works. It is also full of shops selling the local speciality biscuits and other delicious local produce. This is a very pretty town and is highly recommended.
For those in spiritual mood, there is a Tibetan Buddhist Centre just four miles away which boasts a new stupa and has been visited by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Visitors are welcome there.
The historic town of La Faouet is just a short drive away, with its medieval hall in the central square which boast a regular market, St Barbe chapel and bee museum.
We are on hand to give advice and you are welcome to borrow maps and guide books. There is much more to see!
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13 May 2014
"A curates egg"
I have mixed feelings about The Shack as does my partner. It's not a chambre d'hote nor is it quite a gite. First the pro's, Joanne is a lovely person and very helpful, I hope she takes… More
I enjoyed having this couple to stay so I was a little disappointed with their review, especially as my advertisement very clearly describes the facilities available in The Shack.
The price for renting The Shack reflects the fact that we offer a simple but comfortable and quirky living experience in a little cabin, for those who want to escape from it all. I suppose it could be described as "glamping" and is probably more suited to those who enjoy lighting fires in the garden, walking the lanes and relaxing in the garden. Sadly, it rained just about all day every day when this couple stayed, and I think this must have marred their enjoyment somewhat. We were all feeling rather gloomy about it as the weather is usually fine in May. I did, though, ask several times if there was anything I could do or get to make their stay more enjoyable. I wish they had asked where to find the saucepans!
To answer particular points: There are plenty of cupboards in the workshop, which houses the gas bottle oven with hobs. There were more saucepans and other equipment in the cupboards, and I did explain this to my guests when they arrived. The double doors of The Shack open onto the terrace and the table and chairs can be moved in or out at any time. I would have been happy to give a hand if needed.
There are lots of hangers for clothes but, admittedly, no chest of drawers. Others have used the hampers.
To anyone thinking of renting The Shack: it is quirky; it is warm and comfortable; it is simple; it is cheap. Although we try to respect your privacy, we are always on hand and are pleased to help if you have any particular needs or problems. Just ask!
We absolutely love our little cabin, as do our family and friends who would stay for the whole summer if they could. We hope that you will love it, too.
12 Sep 2013
"Perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle."
We stayed in 'The Shack' for a week, and it was just perfect for us. Great location if you want peace and quiet. Cycling and walking are right on the doorstep, so actually no need to get in… More
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