Le Gite Au Manoir
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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, Hair dryer|
|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|
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 (17th - 20th in 2014), 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 (9th - 17th in 2014) sees the Festival de la Danse Bretonne 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 2014, the event takes place on Saturday 28th 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!
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2 Jun 2014
"Delivers what it says on the can...........plus a lot more besides!"
Conveniently situated for all the attractions of Brittany – coast, lakes, medieval castles and abbeys, markets and a host of quality restaurants. Equally well served by local facilities including an excellent “Cave” in nearby town. We did our best to explore all the possibilities during our week long stay – but failed miserably to do so!
What made our visit to Brittany even more memorable was our stay at Le Gite Au Manoir. It is unquestionably of the highest quality and a real home from home. The owners have done everything possible to make the house welcoming and comfortable. The accommodation is spacious and very attractively furnished throughout. The downstairs embraces sitting, dining and kitchen facilities. The sitting area is built around extremely comfortable furniture, wood burner, SKY TV and a choice of stereo systems. The dining area accommodates 6 adults - as we proved when visited by friends! The kitchen includes hob, oven, microwave, dish washer and washing machine – plus all the crockery and utensils one could possibly need. WiFi is available throughout the house. All the equipment appeared to be new and worked well – instructions for use produced by the owners were both comprehensive and easy to follow – as were the owners recommendations on local facilities including emergencies, attractions, restaurants and nearby markets.
The bedrooms and bathroom on the first floor were both spacious and extremely comfortable – with plenty of hot water as required. The entire house was furnished to an extremely high standard and in excellent taste.
However, what made the Gite even more special was the welcoming by the owners and their personal attention to the detail and ensuring that we had everything we needed for an extremely pleasant and relaxing stay. We will certainly be returning and recommending the Gite to our friends.
15 Sep 2013
"Lovely, comfortable gite"
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The gite was very comfortably furnished and the owners were lovely. All mod cons were provided and the area was very pretty.… More
15 Aug 2013
"A lovely place to get away from it all"
Le Gite Au Manoir is a really nice retreat if you simply want to get away from the hustle and bustle and unwind.
The Gite is very well equipt with everything you need for a comfortable stay (though remember to take your own towels) and the owners are really welcoming - providing a much needed glass of wine after a long journey!
Our two small children enjoyed running around the large lawned area to the rear of the property which provided a safe place to play. As adults, we liked lighting candles and relaxing in front of the impressive woodburner!
1 Jul 2013
Arrived after a very long drive from Scotland to a warm welcome and to a lovely, clean, gorgeous gite in beautiful and quiet country setting. This gite is the best equipped place we have rented and cooking was such a pleasure with fresh ingredients from the local markets. The gite is well situated for travelling in all directions, the roads are blissfully quiet and after 2 weeks here we have completed de-stressed. Our little boy loved staying here too and we saw lots of wildlife, hares, a fox in the field and lots of birds. We actually miss the neighbours funny little dog who greeted us back every day after our day trips! We would recommend trips to Le Mont St Michel, Dinan, Josselin, Chateau De Roche Jagu, Healgoat and the Granite Rose Coast and on a rainy day Oceanopolis. I'm sure we'll be back.
1 May 2013
"Lovely cosy gite in beautiful countryside"
Despite the weather being far from pleasant we had a great stay in this lovely gite. It has everything one would wish for , very well equipped indeed and in easy driving distance of many points of interest in Brittany. Our hosts Bryn and Val made us most welcome and were there with helpful advice if needed. Bryn has composed a very useful guide to the area which we followed and found markets and restaurants he recommended to be just what we were looking for. The countryside surrounding us is truly magnificent ,undulating with many lakes forests and rivers and driving was a pleasure on very quiet roads. I have no hesitation in giving the highest recommendation to this venue and indeed will be returning one day for sure hopefully in better weather. The wood burner was quite the best I have experienced so even when Mother Nature was doing her worst we were soon cosy and with a glass of wine well able to shrug it off. Very nice place, very nice people. Enjoy.
5 Apr 2013
"Perfect Place,Perfect Hosts"
Val and Bryn are all you could wish for as hosts, nothing was too much trouble and even provided a welcome glass or two of wine on our belated arrival.
The gite itself has everything you could need for a home from home holiday including an endless supply of wood for the fabulous woodburner. It was comfortable and spotlessly clean.
The location is very quiet and peaceful on the outskirts of the town but close enough to easily get to the shops and supermarkets and is perfectly placed for exploring all areas of Brittany including the beautiful Rose Granite Coast, Pont Aven and Concaneau.
A trip to the Crozon area and spectacular Pen Hir is a must.
I can't think of anything negitive I could say so I'm not even going to try, was wonderful from begining to end.
2 Oct 2012
Such a beautiful tranquil spot to escape from the pressures of life. Cosy log fires in the evening, sitting outside for breakfast in the sun. The Gite is absolutely lovely. We were sure the bed was enchanted as we have never slept so well and had enormous trouble getting up in the morning, only those fabulous croissants were beckoning from Ty Coz in Callac Village. Val and Bryn are just lovely - great advice on hand when needed but we felt totally private in our Gite and in the Garden. Bryn's guidebook should win a medal - he thought of everything. Go and see the Granite Rose Coast - the prettiest beaches and almost deserted, Mael Carhaix was a great find and on a sunny day you can spend hours walking around the lake and gardens. On a clear night the stars are just the most incredible sight - something I shall never forget. Huelgoat was a really interesting day out, the village is pretty but those giant boulders were amazing!! If you are looking for peace and quiet, look no further. We loved it - wanna go back!!
3 Sep 2012
"Beautiful well equipped gite, ideal location to explore, home from home"
Val and Bryn were great hosts, we visited in summer, plenty of space for children to play and explore.. Coasts are all accessible, inland lake with facilities just up the road. Plenty of day trips to entertain the children. Really well equipped, big comfy beds, wi-fi, CBBC for the children. We would recommend this for families with 2 children, or 2 plus a travel cot, but equally so it would be great as a couple. Hosts were helpful before, during and after visit (posting on the bits our boys had left behind), would thoroughly recommend this gite 5*.
28 Aug 2012
"A Lovely Family Break"
We especially chose this house as it looked like it would be a prefect retreat if the weather didn't allow us to be on the beach all day, or if we just didn't fancy going anywhere. It was perfect. Very comfortable with everything you could need and more. The kids (we have 2 boys, 6 and 2) loved the box of games and I appreciated the well equipped kitchen and specious bedroom with large comfortable bed.
The surrounding area is lovely - we especially loved the pink Granite Coast. St Eflam beach was heaven - it was practically deserted, despite it being a lovely sunny day, so the kids could run wild and the whole family could play cricket without getting in anyone else's way. There are more touristy beaches which have restaurants and shops, but St Eflam had easy parking, loos, a shower and a Tabc, which was all we needed with a picnic packed.
We did lots of BBQs and made the most of the big lawn area at the back of the house.
Val and Bryn were thoughtful, kind and very hospitable. They offered to help us out when we broke down and helped my In-Laws find a nearby B&B so they could spend a few days with us. Our deposit was returned promptly.
It was a great base and I would highly recommend it.
10 Jul 2012
"Thanks to Bryn and Val for rescuing us and for a great place to stay"
My partner and I were scheduled to stay at another location in Brittany for 1 week and then at Le Gite Au Manoir for the second week.The first week's property turned out to have rather too many m… More
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