Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Oak View is a converted 'grenier', or loft, above a former dairy, attached to the owner's house which is a 'manoir', or French manor house, some centuries old.
Oak View is for lovers of the countryside, peace and quiet and privacy. Situated at the end of a country road, with no passing traffic, it's very safe and tranquil... except for an abundance of birdsong in the morning and the sound of owls hooting at night. Deer pop up in the surrounding woods, along with hares, red squirrels, badgers and foxes. Wild flowers and edible mushrooms in spring, summer and autumn. Panoramic views of the stars on clear nights, unspoilt by light pollution.
Two kilometers away is Inguiniel, a small picturesque town with a bakery, bar, restaurant and mini supermarket, whilst seven kilometers takes you to Plouay with a greater range of shops and restaurants. The port city of Lorient, a boating and yachting centre, is a 25 minutes drive with its seaside neighbour, Larmor Plage, whilst there are many other Morbihan beaches within very easy reach. You will have plenty to choose from and explore.
This is an ideal centre also for walking and cycling pursuits, offering gently rolling countryside and forests, situated between the two river valleys of the Blavet and Scorffe, with all the water sports that they offer, such as boating, fishing, kayaking and canoeing. Plouay is known as the French cycling capital, frequently on the Tour de France route, and hosting a cycling 'Grand Prix' in August. Bikes can be hired locally; the roads in Brittany are largely uncrowded and very safe for cyclists. Lorient's International Celtic Festival is a major local event attracting many thousands of visitors from all over the world during early August each year, a cultural and musical feast, and there are many similar festivals show-casing Breton culture in other towns and villages in the region throughout the summer.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Larmor Plage 25 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lorient 25 km, Nearest railway: Lorient 22 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Sauna, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, CD player, Pool or snooker table, Games room, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (2), Cots (1), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 7|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Shared garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
The apartment is light, modern and airy, well-equipped and with plenty of storage throughout. The kitchen, dining area and lounge are open plan, with country views on three sides, the nearest neighbours being half a kilometer and more away. The view of a spectacular oak tree in our grounds from the huge arched window in the living room inevitably prompts a 'wow' from guests.
Furniture is solid oak or teak, with comfy leather sofa and leather chairs; modern, oak fitted kitchen with quality appliances, including separate washing machine and tumble drier, and full size dishwasher. Plenty of cooking equipment, nice crockery and cutlery, and if you need something more, just ask, we'll try to provide. Large HD TV with UK Freeview channels, DVD player, wi-fi internet; large library of DVDs and 'giga-juke' player loaded with music for a variety of tastes .
A long hallway fitted with oak wardrobes and a desk, leads to the three bedrooms and family bathroom fitted with large bath, shower over the bath, washbasin, bidet and WC. The main double bedroom has a beautifully tiled and fitted ensuite bathroom comprising a spacious shower, washbasin, bidet and WC. The second double bedroom has fitted oak furniture, including wardrobe. The third bedroom has fitted single bunk beds made from some of the original oak beams in the building: somewhat sturdy! Suitable for adults as well as children.
Good, comfortable, new mattresses, and all-cotton bedding and towels are provided.
Ceramic tiled floors with electric underfloor heating throughout. The apartment is very warm and cosy in the cooler and colder months.
Not only an apartment ... guests will have the use of a spacious games room and bar, providing a great extra recreation and relaxation area in the former dairy, immediately below the apartment. Twelve-foot long mahogany wood bar, professional (10' x 5') snooker or pool table, bar-stools, darts board and other games. There is a large screen HD satellite TV, and a Sony Gigajuke wifi hifi system loaded with thousands of tracks, plus a docking station for your own Ipod, to provide music. Very atmospheric, with stone walls and beautiful lighting. Also available exclusively for guests is a new sauna room, spacious enough for up to 6 people to use, with an attached shower room for the complete sauna experience.
Parents, particularly, may like to relax and enjoy this facility in the evenings whilst their children sleep safely in the apartment above (connected by an intercom, if need be). Young adults/teenagers also love this adult space.
|Further details outdoors|
The buildings are set in grounds of 5 acres with lots of mature trees and lawns. There is plenty of space to walk around/play, with tables and chairs set out outside next to the bar and games room on an open paved patio area so you may relax outside with drinks and food, and soak up the sun, plus a picnic table near the splendid oak in front of the apartment.
Welcome food basket on arrival.
All linen and towels, including beach towels, are provided.
A cot, baby's high chair, baby alarm and safety gate are available for use. There is no fenced private garden area attached to the apartment if very young children need 'containing'. However, there are extensive grassed areas where children are free to play.
The owners occupy the main house, have two dogs and a cat and keep a few friendly Shetland sheep.
The Brittany region
Morbihan is the most southern of the departments of Brittany and is recognised for having the most sunshine. Situated between the towns of Plouay and Inguiniel, the property is perfectly placed for both seaside and countryside, being only 30 minutes from the coast. Excellent roads mean that most tourist destinations in Morbihan and Finistere are within an hour's drive or less. All tastes are catered for... these are just a few suggestions:
• museums and eco-museums
• churches and chapels (almost every town has an interesting one)
• châteaux, abbeys, forts (e.g. Josselin, Pontivy)
• prehistoric sites (Carnac)
• boating and fishing on sea or river or carp pond (Blavet and Scorffe rivers)
• sea cruises to nearby islands (Ile de Groix off Lorient, Belle-Ile en Mer off Vannes)
• mediaeval buildings, festivals and markets (Hennebont, Auray)
• zoos, petting farms, horse riding and nature parks
• art and exhibitions
• surf, sea and sand (Larmor Plage, Guidel, Quiberon, Concarneau)
• historic towns and cities (Vannes, Quimper)
• rambling and cycling (Plouay)
• culture and festivals (Lorient International Celtic festival in August)
• aquariums (Vannes and Brest)
• not least, Breton food specialities – seafood (mussels, oysters, etc.), crêpes
Plouay has its own tourist information centre and brochures are available at the property on all the attractions in the area.
These are just a few of the tourist attractions in the immediate area (within 30 minutes drive):
• International Celtic Festival, Lorient, 1st - 10th August 2014 (www.festival-interceltique.com)
• Aquanature Park at Priziac (www.parc-aquanature.com)
• Cruises from Larmor Plage (Lorient) to Ile de Groix
• Canoeing, kayaks and river cruises on the Blavet river
• Carp fishing: www.blavetvalleylakes.com
• Several riding schools/stables in close proximity and equestrian shows at Hennebont during August (www.haras-hennebont.fr)
• 'Odyssaum' at Pont-Scorffe detailing the adventures of the salmon (www.odyssaum.fr)
• Zoo at Pont-Scorffe (www.zoo-pont-scorffe.com)
• Cite de la Voile Eric Tabarle, Lorient (www.citevoile-tabarly.com) – interactive sailing exhibition
• Melrand : village year 1000 (www.melrand-village-an-mil.info) – recreation of a middle Ages village. Also, Quistinic: Breton village of olden times (www.poul-fetan.com)
• Stained glass courses at Ty Skol (www.tyskol.com)
• Plouay bicycle museum and 'velodrome'. Plouay has an annual 'Grand Prix' - 4 days of cycle races on the last weekend of August when the town is packed with cycling enthusiasts: http://www.grandprix-plouay.com/
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30 Apr 2014
"Best gite I've ever stayed in"
Beautiful rooms, incredibly well equipped kitchen, hosts delightful. 10 ft snooker table in great condition, sauna room a bonus. Can't fault the place. Planning on going back.… More
16 Oct 2013
"Luxuriously reclusive, renovated longere in quiet Brittany countryside."
Enjoy an all amenities of a lovely hotel with the convenience of home. The kitchen was great to work in, I could create a formal dining experience or a casual one in front of the tele - stocked with c… More
22 Jul 2013
"Back to Stay for Trip No. 2 at Oak View - Blissful ............"
We have just returned from our our second trip to 'Oak View' and can only reiterate how fabulous this property is, not withstanding the superb hosts that Jill & Malcom are, who have made … More
7 May 2013
"countryside peace with modern amenities"
Stayed 6 days with relatives at this clean, modern gite beautifully retrofitted in an old farm dairy. Jill, our host, was kind and helpful. We went off each day in different directions to explore Brittany, but enjoyed the comforts of the place when we were there -- a well-equipped little kitchen, modern bathrooms, comfortable beds. There were lots of movies to watch, wifi, an extensive sound system we didn't use, and a games room we did. It's off the beaten track, so not easy to find, but Jill provided good directions and the GPS helped. Two villages nearby to supply breakfast croissants and such. They have plans to add a sauna, pool, tennis courts...soon, people will come and never leave!
24 Sep 2012
"This is a fabulous property - superb accommodation in an ideal location."
When Jayne and I saw the property on the internet we thought it looked exceptional and incredible value for money, located in a really good position for exploring the Gulf of Morbihan.
We arrived and Jill showed us around which confirmed our thoughts that this really is an exceptional property fully equipped to the very highest standards throughout. The kitchen and bathroom fittings are superb with a lovely dining table and a great view from the very comfortable lounge area. It really has been designed to please and succeeds in every respect. The whole property oozes quality. It will be fantastic when the covered swimming pool and tennis courts are finished!
We didn't eat out in the evenings - we were happy to sit in the sun outside the wonderful bar room (wonderfully stocked!) and cook leisurely later on - Jill supplied a pestle and mortar at short notice one evening!
There are lots of places to visit within a fairly easy drive including Vannes (nice street market on Wednesday) and Port Navalo (this took us the whole day). We also visited Auray(beautiful by the river) and Quiberon for lunch and a stretch on the lovely beach. The Chateaux at Pontivy and Josselin are well worth a trip (you can do both in a day).
We had a thoroughly enjoyable visit to Oak View and we cannot recommend it highly enough. It is a superb property set in a peaceful environment. Jill was such a good hostess - she even took me to the dentist in Plouay when we arrived for some emergency treatment -and was totally unfazed by the number of empty wine bottle we left behind!
23 Jul 2012
"Stunning Property in great location"
Jill & Malcolm in our opinion have created a little piece of heaven at 'Oak View, it combined everything we personally would want from a holiday. Beautiful property very tastefully renovated wit… More
26 Jun 2012
"High quality accommodation set in beautiful countryside"
The accommodation has been refurbished to a very high standard. It is set in a tranquil location amongst 5 acres with countryside extending beyond. The owners Jill and Malcolm were extremely helpful f… More
3 Aug 2011
"The apartment and its location certainly has the "wow" factor."
Set in a tranquil, beautiful location, this amazing apartment which is both tastefully decorated and furnished is filled with everything you could possibly need for your holiday. With it's oak be… More
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