La Maison Manoir
Manor House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Built in 1882: La Maison Manoir, by structure, complete with its distinctive Mansard Roof and incorporated Dormer Windows, front and rear, was built to reflect the exuberant “Paris / Versailles style” which, in Vogue, was adopted by wealthy ostentatious property owners at that time.
A visual and tangible status reflecting power and success for the few that could afford such luxury within their community.
By 1900, the Louis-Napoléon Bonaparte (Napoléon III) dream revealed decadent architecture, which is today's Paris, post-reconstruction became and continues to be, as one of the finest and romantic Capital Cities, the envy of the world.
Today La Maison Manoir can boast the status of being a by-product of the Second French Empire Paris re-birth which, although no Chateau, still holds a significant place in French architectural history. La Maison Manoir æsthetically represents “Grandeur” through a relatively simple but very era-specific design.
Simon, the English Owner, specializes in sensitive Restoration of period property and has made every attempt to keep the property as close to an age related style as practicable whilst ensuring that La Maison Manoir can meet and fulfill modern expectations and demands.
4 Bedrooms and Family Bathroom. Perfect for Family and Friends.
Village location in the heart of magical rural Brittany with it's eye-catching views and Celtic allure. La Maison Manoir is well situated to discover popular tourist sites this fascinating, historic region has to offer.
Ménéac Village has a population of circa 2,000 inhabitants. This has the advantage of NOT turning into a “Tourist Ghost Town” out of season, making a great location all year round. La Maison Manoir is located opposite the village school and street also boasts; the Mayors Office, Library, Pharmacy, Pizza-Bar (with Pool Table) and General Store.
At the top of the street is the Church, Newsagents, Post Office, Credit Agricole Cash-Point Machine, Boulangerie / Patisserie and Restaurant.
Free Wi-Fi, Welcome Hamper, Linen, Central Heating costs all provided. No hidden or extra charges.
This classic French Country House offers a very comfortable 264m² (2,850ft²) of internal living space. The perfect opportunity to immerse into French-life during your stay in an small village which is rich in amenities all at a pedestrian distance.
A truly wonderful restoration. Luxury accommodation with modern conveniences including UK Satellite Free-view TV and Wi-Fi internet access.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Lakeside Beach Lac au Duc, Ploërmel 20 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Dinard or Rennes 75 km, Nearest railway: Rennes 80 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Telephone, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (3), Double beds (3), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
The Brittany region
There are some great places to visit in Brittany;
Medieval walled city with a fascinating history dating back to the 6th Century, full of places to visit amongst its cobbled streets with plenty of places to eat and drink.
Dinard has all the elements of the perfect resort, luxury villas, long paved promenades, plush hotels, smart shops, parks and gardens. These along with its victorian atmosphere adds to Dinard's appeal for all.
The busy capital of the Cotes du Nord, St Brieuc is a country town with old country houses and a pleasant pedestrian only centre. Its fortress like cathedral, markets, good restaurants give it a cheerful, human feel
An important car ferry port and a fishing port famous for its lobster and crayfish the port also boasts a prominent marine biological laboratory and a fascinating aquarium
Boats a large natural harbour with panoramic views. Be sure to see the fascinating Musee du Vieux-Brest with its exhibition of documents and pictures that portray its past.
Known as Brittany's Cornwall, it is the treasure house of of the Bretons values and traditions.
Once the base of the French East Indian Company, it suffered badly during World War II and was reconstructed in its entirety to become a businesslike port and naval dockyard.
The delights of the French way of life can be summed up in one word, Brittany. Brittany offers eight hundred miles of grand rocky coastline with scores of bays and little fishing villages. The enchanting countryside is dotted with giant granite boulders and wild meadows on the moors, thickets and forests in a gently rolling landscape.
It is the buildings that give a region its soul, and in Brittany, you can find it in the megaliths, cavalries, castles, manor houses, countless chapels and old villages. All of them bear witness to Brittany's eventful history and wealth of traditions. Brittany was, after all, home to the enchanted Forest, was where Merlin lived, and where corsairs sailed to the new world. The people from Quebec retrace their roots here, and Great Britain owes the "great" in its name to distinguish it from this unique region of France.
Some specialities of the region are wafer biscuits and butter cookies. However, Brittany's proudest addition to the great cuisines of the world has to be the crêpe and its savoury equivalent the galette – these can be found all over in any of the typical Breton "crêperies" along the roadside or in the centres of old towns where visitors are often welcomed with a traditional cup of cider.
The Capital of Brittany
A part-fortress, part-chateau, part-feudal, part-Renaissance town with its imposing charming chateau is a must to visit. Saturday Market and many festivals and music events throughout the summer. An amazing firework display and festival to celebrate Bastille Day on the 14th July.
Only 15 minutes drive south east of us, 570 acre lake with man made beach, boating, fishing and golf. Plenty for the kids to do. Market day Friday morning (Chinese takeaway stall at market)
Lovely old town well worth a visit
Beside the River Blavet in the very middle of Brittany - the capital of the province.
Lovely old town shopping and market, great 'all you can eat' chinese restaurant.
Large town about 20 minutes drive west. Large indoor swimming pool - lots of shops/bars and supermarkets, lovely lake with walks and play areas for the children..
Old cotton mill town, lots of character, lovely shops and bars, chateau, river with boat trips etc. Market every other Thursday.
About 5 mins drive north of us, with Garden Centre, shops, bars and restaurants.
Lovely large town on South coast, English Bar, hypermarket, restaurants and shops, a good day out with market day on Wednesday
Museum of the Vilaine
Maritime Two floors of the Chateua house collections presenting the maritime and rural traditions in the vilaine estuary.
Chateau de Josselin
Its three majestic towers leaning the Oust Valley and its splendid facade in gothic flaming style allows Josselin to display an outstanding example of medieval architecture.
Chateau de Comper en Broceliande
This castle keeps the memory of Raoul de Montfort. Built on the edge of a peaceful lake Comper is the legendary place where one says Vivien brought up Lancelot.
Chateau de Crevy
The history of this castle goes back as far as the third century. T retains fine elements of XIV century military architecture.
Chateau de Suscinio
Erected on the edge of the forest. During the revolution Suscinio was ruined by vandalism. It is now fully restored and features a museum and festivals are organized during the summer.
Lac de Guerledan, the largest lake in Brittany. You can enjoy various water sports such as water skiing or swimming, or hire a motor boat, canoe, kayak, rowing boat, dinghy or pedalo, or enjoy a lake cruise. Take dinner one evening during the summer on a floating restaurant. There are great places to eat and drink onshore and three small beaches which offer safe bathing for children. There are also timed walking routes around the lakes perimeter with varying distances and times. Alternatively, if you wish it quieter, Lac Bosmeleac, 7 miles by road, offers a more tranquil setting. With one restaurant overlooking the lake. This also has mapped timed walking routes of varying distances.
The local area is ideal for bike riding with many small quiet country lanes to explore. Cycle along the tow path of the Nantes/ Brest canal or from Carhaix to Loudeac passing by Lac Guerlédan you can now cycle along the 111 kilometre long consolidated sand trail following the tracks of the old railway line.If you want to leave the track there are 24 round trips which vary in length from 4 ½ to 16 ½ km.
There are plenty of golf courses for the keen golfer. Golf de Rimaison at Pontivy is a 9 hole par 70. It has a good club house with refreshments available. The Ajoncs Dor is about 40 minutes drive away and is a 9 hole flat course, also there is a beautiful course overlooking the sea at Val Andre.
Equestrian Activities - There are a number of 'poney clubs' in the area where you can hire a hack by the hour, around 15 euros, or for the day at about 75 euros, or you could have lessons and learn to ride. There is Guerlédan Riding school near the lake and there is a horse museum in nearby Corlay.
Fishing - There are numerous fishing lakes close. In Corlay, St Gilles Vieux Marché, St Guen and Lac Guerledan. Fishing permits for public waters can be obtained from local newsagents (tabac) or bars and a fishing licence covers all local areas and cost around 10 euros per day / 30 euros for 2 week
Markets - The nearest is at Mur de Bretagne on a Friday evening with the main part in the square but also dotted along the side streets. Traditional Breton dancing and lots of different general stalls, food, plants clothes etc and also live chickens/turkeys and ducks.
Pontivy, which is 25 minutes away, is a large town with a beautiful Chateau and old town quarter. Formerly named Napoleonville after his design of the new town, it has a beautiful setting on the Nantes-Brest canal and has everything you could possibly need for a day's excursion. There are some lovely restaurants and very nice shops!
The Coasts and Sea
The north Brittany coast close to St Brieuc, is about 40 minutes by car. Here there are not just lovely sandy beaches but also fascinating rock pools for the children to try their hand at crabbing! Or visit the west Brittany coast for surfing and the south Brittany coast for glorious sandy beaches, both within easy driving distance.
Large amusement park at Begard with an indoor and outdoor pool with cascades, three water slides, trampolines, bowling, 130 metre toboggan run, water chutes, bumper boats, pedal karts and buggies, mini golf, summer sledge, toddlers playground. Restaurant and café.
set in 12 hectares of woodland between Rennes and Saint Malo offering some 30 activities including a carousel, mini golf, go karting, The Rapids( descend in inflatable boats),monkey bridges, trains, wildlife museum, swimming pool with chutes, quad track, bouncy castles. Restaurant and café.
Les Aquatides - Leisure centre at Loudeac with 70 metre giant waterslide swirling river, play area for toddlers with fountain, paddling pool and mini pool.
Les recre des 3 cures
Leisure /amusement park 5 minutes from Brest with carousel, giant slide, lake, dodgem boats, little train, wild ride, trampolines, cable car, bouncy castles, go-karting, aquapistol, pirate ship, scenic railway, The volcano, The Tempest, mini farm and river splash and a 500 metre summer toboggan run. Restaurant and café.
Zoos and animal Parks
La Bourbansais Chateau
Zoo and park between Rennes and Saint Malo. Visit the listed château which houses the furniture and treasures of Count of Lorgeril's ancestors. Large formal gardens, game areas, picnic and barbeque areas and large green floral areas to allow visitors to observe the numerous wild species wandering about: Ostriches, Zebras, Gibbons, Macaws, Wolves, Deer, Monkeys ,etc
Founded twenty years ago this zoo in the Ic valley allows you to travel from island to island and observe the Monkeys, Lions, Sumatran tigers, Wallabies, Kangaroos etc
Alligator Bay Reptilarium at Mont Saint Michel
See more than 300 tortoises living in the large landscaped gardens, some weighing more than 100 kg and more than a 100 years old. Crocodiles, Caimans and Alligators. Visit the large reptile house, with tunnels, ladders you can climb, pyramids and glass towers with boas, pythons, iguanas, monitor lizards and chameleons.
Large ocean Discovery Park near Brest. Visit the three thematic pavilions Polar, Tropical and Temperate containing 10,000 animals representing 1000 species. Recreated habitat in the polar pavilion with 40 penguins. Real pack ice for the seals of the far North! Enjoy watching the seals play.
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