Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
The gîte is part of the ancient Manoir de la Boissière and is situated adjacent to the owners' property. The downstairs living area is approximately 45 square metres in size and has comfortable seating for six with satellite TV , DVD player, CD Player and BOSE sound dock for an ipod. There is a broadband connection with WiFi.. The fitted kitchen is fully equipped, including electric oven and ceramic hob, large fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher and a very quiet Miele washing machine. In addition to the wood-burning stove, heating is provided by two electric radiators. The kitchen cupboards provide plenty of storage and an under-sink water heater provides instant hot water. A selection of board games is available.
Upstairs, the main bedroom features a super king-size (i.e. 6-ft wide) bed, with bedside tables, a wardrobe and two chests of drawers; in the second bedroom there are twin beds, a chest of drawers and bedside table. Both bedrooms are fitted with electric radiators. The shower room is fully tiled with a 90cm quadrant shower cubicle, a large wash basin and heated towel rail. Hot water for washing and showering is provided by a large-capacity immersion heater.
Outside, there is a courtyard and terrace at the front equipped with kettle barbecue and outdoor dining furniture. At the rear, there is a large field for children to play, while parents relax on the sun-loungers that are provided and enjoy the view over open countryside. There is plenty of parking space.
Situated in a small hamlet in the commune of Plusquellec, this pretty cottage is just a mile-and-a-half outside the market town of Callac. Here, as well as the popular weekly market each Wednesday morning, you will find two supermarkets, two bakers, a post office, three banks, a butchery/charcuterie, a patisserie, a newsagent, a wine merchant, two florists and a pharmacy as well as several bars, restaurants and petrol stations and a very nice gift shop.
In common with the greater part of rural France, most shops close on Mondays, but are open throughout the rest of the week, including Sunday mornings. The supermarkets are open seven days a week (mornings only on Sundays). Callac also has its own railway station, from where the train to Guingamp connects with the TGV line between Paris and Brest. And if you fall in love with the area and decide you want a holiday home of your own, there are three estate agents to help you make the choice!
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lake at Mael-Carhaix 17 km|
|Will consider||Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Brest 86 km, Nearest railway: Callac 2 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ|
English owners live next door and arrival times are therefore flexible..
There is a No Smoking policy and pets are not permitted.
The Brittany region
Brittany occupies a large peninsula in the north west of France, lying between the English Channel to the north and the Bay of Biscay to the south. It has an amazingly long and varied coastline, with its great mix of white sandy beaches suitable for swimming, attractive rocky coves and pools to explore, and dramatic cliffs and rock formations to enjoy and photograph. In the whole of France, the Breton coast is second in popularity only to the Cote d'Azur yet, despite its popularity, it remains possible to find a quiet corner to yourself, even at the height of summer.
But Brittany has much more to offer than just its coast. The inland area, the Argoat, is particularly beautiful, a land of woods and moors and of river valleys, of lush vegetation and early crops, a land of gently rolling countryside and dairy farms but one which has a backbone of granite that forms the Montagnes Noires and the Monts d'Arrée. It is a land of clear light and spectacular sunsets which, by virtue of its westerly location and adoption of Central European Time, occur much later in the evening than they do in the UK. The region is rich in history and culture. Well worth a look are the local pardons, which take place throughout the year according to the saint's day with which a particular commune is associated. Traditional fetes are a feature of Breton life, and everybody is welcome to attend, locals and holidaymakers alike. Brittany has its own languages (Gallo in the east and Breton in the west) that the locals will sometimes use when talking to each other.
Uniquely for France, Brittany's motorways are toll-free and this, combined with its ease of access from the UK, makes it an attractive proposition for the British holidaymaker's wallet. Attractive too is the Breton climate. It is warm in summer, but not so warm as to be uncomfortable, while the proximity of the Gulf stream means that, by and large, the majority of winter's excesses are avoided.
Although there are one or two Breton beers, the region's main liquid product is cider - and very good it is too. The more adventurous may wish to sample Lambig, another local product, which is similar in many ways to Calvados but seems much stronger, especially the next day! The region's crops are many, including strawberries (from Plougastel) pink onions (from Roscoff) and artichokes (also from Roscoff). But above all, the lover of good food will appreciate Brittany for its fishing industry; if it's fresh fish and seafood you're after, then look no further!
Callac is at the heart of the Argoat region of Central Brittany and is therefore within striking distance of the highly contrasting Breton coastlines to the north, west and south as well as providing an ideal base for walking and cycling. The coastline offers a wide range of seashores, from small sandy or pebbly coves to sand dunes and broad sandy beaches and a wealth of inlets and harbours as well as massive Atlantic breakers bursting over defiant granite rocks.
Callac is considered the capital of the Breton Spaniel and the "Maison de l’Epagneul", a museum dedicated to the history of the breed, opened in 2007 and is located near the main square. The town also boasts its own lake (le Plan d'Eau de la Verte Vallée) which provides lovely walks along its perimeter as well as the possibility of fishing. Slightly further afield are other lakes where it is possible to enjoy water sports. The nearest swimming pool and golf course are at Carhaix-Plouguer, about 20 minutes away by car. The nearby village of Carnoet is home to the "Vallée des Saintes", a park of tall stone figures of Breton saints that can be seen for miles around; it is intended that there will eventually be as many as a thousand figures gazing out over the countryside.
In July each year (18th - 21st in 2013), Carhaix-Plougeur plays host to the " Vieilles Charrues" , France's biggest and reputedly best music festival. The festival nurtures a wide variety of musical styles in a relaxed atmosphere, bringing together both legendary groups and legends in the making. With five stages, 80 artists and 230,000 spectators, the Vieilles Charrues has over the last few years become one of the largest and most important European music festivals.
Each year in August (10th - 18th in 2013) sees the Festival de la Saint-Loup take place in nearby Guingamp. Interrupted only by the two World Wars, this festival of Breton traditions and dance has taken place every year since the nineteenth century and attracts participants from Scotland, Wales and Ireland as well as the Bretons themselves.
Callac itself is host in June each year to the Pierre Le Bigaut, Europe's 3rd largest cycling event, which draws more than 7000 cyclists from all over Europe. In 2013, the event takes place on Saturday 29th June.
Also worth visiting are the autumn horse fairs at Bulat Pestivien and Kerien as well as the many "all-the-year-round" places of interest such as the Roman bridge in Callac itself or the "enchanted forest" in Huelgoat, with its amazing gigantic mossy boulders and sparkling clear pools. Throughout the summer months, the Amoripark at Begard (40 minutes away by car) provides a host of activities for the whole family. For the lover of art, a visit to Pont-Aven, where Émile Bernard, Paul Gauguin and Paul Sérusier did much of their work, is a must. For a day trip, it could be combined with a visit to the fishing port of Concarneau, where a stroll through the fortified Ville Close will take you back through time.
No holiday in France would be complete without visiting one or two local markets. Breton markets are lively and atmospheric affairs, and take place locally seven mornings a week throughout the year. The dedicated market-goer could visit Plestin-les-Grèves on a Sunday (highly recommended), Guerlesquin on a Monday (taking the opportunity to see its ancient prison, the Praesidium, and have lunch at the excellent creperie), Rostrenen on a Tuesday, Callac itself on a Wednesday, Lannion (along the riverside and up the narrow streets) on a Thursday, beautiful Guingamp on a Friday and spectacular Morlaix to round off the week on the Saturday! A visit to the market followed by lunch before exploring the countryside or going down to the beach certainly makes for a great day out!
And to complete the perfect holiday, why not visit one of the area's Michelin-starred restaurants? There are a dozen or more such establishments within striking distance of the gîte. We have tried several and can recommend them with confidence!