Cottage | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Ker Allain is a traditional Breton granite cottage. Downstairs is a large open living space with a well equipped kitchen area, farmhouse table and comfortable sofas around a wood burning stove. Underfloor heating keeps the stone floors cosy. Upstairs there are two generously sized bedrooms and a large bathroom. Exposed beams and natural building materials add to the charming character.
A large terrace provides room to relax outside. The garden is large and rambling with space to play, relax and explore. Surrounding the property is open countryside but within easy reach are all the facilities that you may need; picturesque villages to visit, towns for eating out and sight seeing, the forests for walks and mountain biking, not to mention the fishing, golf, fungus foraging, prehistoric monoliths and the wildlife. There is so much to do in the area, whatever the weather or time of year.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Quiberon 100 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest railway: Rennes 100 km|
|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
|Luxuries||Log fire, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 6|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ|
|Further details indoors|
There are full size double beds in each of the two bedrooms, a double sofabed in the living area and a single pull out bed in either of the bedrooms. All facilities for self catering are provided. Linen can be brought in by guests or can be hired through the property caretakers (details and prices on request) who are an english couple living nearby.
The living area centres around a wood burning stove set within an impressive fireplace. There is a CD player and iPod dock linked into a Hi-Fi sound system. There is flat screen TV with in built dvd and a selection of dvds. Guests are welcome to use all the facilities in the house.
The kitchen is equipped with a large cooker and oven, microwave, kettle, fridge freezer, mini grill and enough kitchen implements for any cook.
Heating is by underfloor electric heating supplementing a wood burning stove downstairs, and electric heaters upstairs. The property is well insulated and double glazed to keep the elements out and the warmth in. But on a sunny day the doors and windows can be opened wide to really enjoy the house and garden as one.
|Further details outdoors|
The garden is level and a generous 0.1Ha (0.25 acre) it is managed wild charm with mown paths through areas left to grow naturally and surrounded by mature trees. There is a swing and a feature well (it is no deeper than ground level). A BBQ, deck chairs and a six seat table and chairs are available for use.
The house has no phone or internet. But TV/DVD, radio, CD and iPod (MP3) docks are provided. The owners live in the UK and the property has local English speaking representatives to ensure the guests have all they need and are on hand for any issues or questions that may arise.
The Brittany region
Ker Allain is near the tiny village of Seglien in the heart of rural Brittany. A beautiful part of the world where life is simple, people are friendly and the landscape is lush and dramatic.
The weather is sometimes wild but more often beautifully sunny and warm. There are lots of things to do at Ker Allain and the surrounding the area, whatever the weather.
Villages and Towns
Seglien, Guemene-sur-Scorff, Pontivy -In order of size and closeness.
Seglien is a small pretty village with a church, a bar, a shop and a chainsaw repairman.
Guemene is approx 5 mins drive west of Seglien, it has all the necessary shops, banks and eateries. A charming small town.
Ponitvy is the commercial and financial centre of commune 56 (Morbihan). It has plenty of shops, bars, restaurants and cultural highlights. The castle is well worth a walk around. It is not a large city but has everything you’ll need in the centre or outskirts. Market day is Monday in the central square.
OTHER PLACES TO VISIT
A great little venue south of Silfiac just 10km away and quite a lot less if you bike or walk through the woods. It boasts a lovely lake for fishing or swimming, marked walking and mountain bike routes and a bike fixing station (VTT), with an organic cafe and bar. They put on jazz and local music gigs some evenings.
Huelgoet: stone age tracks and a wonderful walk from near the centre of the village through a valley of overhanging rocks and caves.
Foret-du-Guelan: Forests to explore and a vast lake for fishing and watersports.
Golf - a stunningly situated 9-hole course is just south of Pontivy
(There are leaflets and brochures of places to go at the house. If you go somewhere worthy of note then please email me or leave a note at the house)
The Plat du Jour at Le Tois Manches in Guemene-sur-scorff is a personal favourite, 12:00 - 14:00 it is a set menu. It is not vegetarian, but if you drop in and give them 24 hour notice they will prepare vegetarienne for you - the owner speaks excellent english (but he does appreciate an attempt at french!). There are several other options in Guemene - Creperies and bars. Seglien & Stival, a fish restaurant in Guern (5km) called Barnacles and there are plenty of restaurants in Pontivy including Moroccan, fish and traditional French.
There are several small lakes, rivers and canals within 20km of here available to fish. A license is required (€7/day or €30/fortnight from tackle shop in Pontivy). Perch, Bream, Tench, Zander and Pike.
Road cycling is huge in Brittany and all of France. If the rough stuff is more to your liking then there are plenty of forests and trackways to explore.
Tour de France
The Tour comes nearby approximately every other year. Check the route and join the atmosphere among the spectators and sponsors. (just don’t expect to see much of the riders, they pass in about 20 seconds).
Grab a map and make your own route or follow one of the set paths (leaflets are kept in the house).
14 July. Head for one of the bigger towns for spectacular fireworks. The medievel town of Josselyn really goes for it with re-enactments and cannons firing across the canal.
On the last weekend of August is the Malguenac World Music festival approx 6km from the house. Its a very chilled event where you can sample cidre and crepes and listen to some eclectic world music (Breton Funk features heavily).
There are other world class festivals in Brittany: Route du Rock (St Malo) in May, Caraih in July, with top name headliners. Use Ker Allain as your base for a festival holiday.
On the first weekend of July the local chapel (St Jean) holds its annual service, meal (repas) and palettes match (like boules played down the road throwing metal pucks at a target). Its called a Pardon.
There are many chapels around in almost every village and between. Look out for signs on the minor roads or ask at the Information Touristique in Postivy. There are annual Art des Chapels exhibitions where chosen chapels house art or sculpture for free visits. Why not make a few of these chapels the basis of a walk or bike ride?
Coastal towns and beaches
The nearest coast is 45 mins south near Vannes. Vannes is a busy port town with great seafood restaurants. Auray, Vannes’ more intimate neighbour is also worth a visit, So are the small ports along the coast. The spit of Quiberon (1hr) has beaches both sidesof a narrow strip and is beautiful and great for sea sports. If its windy on one side, it will be sheltered on the other - choose between kites and Windsurfs or sunbathing and beach sports. For a longer trip visit the wild coastlines of the far west (beyond Quimper) and the north coast offer rugged scrambling and historic lighthouses and villages.
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30 Aug 2012
"La France Profonde et Tranquille.."
A beautifully isolated retreat away from the modern world in one of the most relaxing parts of France. The house has been refurbished in such a way that it treads a lovely line between modern comfort and rural basics- everything you need is present and correct and nothing extraneous is able to distract you from relaxing. Thoroughly recommended.
16 May 2012
"A great cottage in a really rural part of Britanny"
We went with another couple and we all loved the quite rural area and the open skies all around.
The cottage has had a great deal of effort put into it, and has all the facilities you need for a relaxed break - i.e. no phone or TV, but a good bathroom and kitchen and plenty of space in the bedrooms and the living/dining area.
We enjoyed the bird life in the garden - and cutting up fuel for the wood-buring heater.
The small town of Guémené-sur-scorff has a great creperie, and the larger town of Pontivy has many interesting shops and places to eat - both towns nice places just to walk around.
It easy to get to both the north and south coasts of Britanny from the cottage for a day out - we found very little traffic anywhere, but for more local water try Lac du Guerlédan
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