Maison de Philomene
House | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 10
Luxury 18th Century French Country House.
Amazing Authentic Restoration with a wealth of features.
4 Bedrooms with 4 En-suite bathrooms. Perfect for Family and Friends.
Exclusive use of the Private Comfortably Heated 28°C Swimming Pool.
1.5 acre Safe and Secure Enchanting Natural Wildlife Garden with Breath-taking Views.
Nestled in the heart of magical rural Brittany with it's eye-catching views and Celtic allure. Maison de Philomene is well situated to discover popular tourist sites this fascinating, historic region has to offer.
A fabulously tranquil, rural setting with a convenient easy 3 minutes drive to the local Village with General Store and Bar. Less than 5 minutes to nearest Town with all amenities.
Free Welcome Hamper, Linen, Gas, Electric, Heating costs all provided. No hidden or extra charges.
A classic French Country House offering a very comfortable 210m² (2260ft²) of internal luxury living space. Authentically restored using traditional methods Maison de Philomene offers a unique blend of charm and tranquillity, essential for total relaxation and recuperation. The perfect haven to get away from the stresses of modern day life. The original beamed character and French appeal have been retained. Coloured lime rendered walls, genuine Breton fireplace and hand crafted carpentry add to the original mood and feel the house deserves. A truly wonderful restoration. Luxury accommodation with modern conveniences including UK Satellite Free-view TV and Wi-Fi internet access.
The carefully planned design ensures a perfect holiday with family or friends. The open plan ground floor provides a lovely friendly area to enjoy cooking, eating or just relaxing. After a good night's sleep invigorate in one of the double hydro massage showers, maybe relax with a long soak in the roll top bath before refreshing in the 28°C heated 8 x 4.5 metre outdoor pool. Dine at the 10 seater table after preparing the healthy fresh local cuisine in the fully equipped kitchen, better still dine al-fresco on the terrace into the late evening sun. Enjoy long hot summer evenings relaxing poolside, amaze at the outstanding, uninterrupted view of the most beautiful Breton countryside, explore the natural wooded wildlife garden. Relax and unwind in a traditional French country house.
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|Size||Sleeps up to 10, 4 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Pordic 53 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings|
|Nearest Amenities||3.2 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Dinard 112 km, Nearest railway: St. Brieuc 38 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, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 3 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (2), Dining seats for 10, Lounge seats for 8|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
|Outdoors||Private garden, BBQ, Swing set, Trampoline|
|Further details indoors|
Accommodation – Sleeps 8 – 10 (and cots on request)
Ground floor - 1 easy access double bedroom with full en-suite shower room.
1st floor - 2 double bedrooms each with full en-suite shower rooms.
2nd floor - 1 bedroom with twin beds and additional fold down double sofa bed. Separate spacious bathroom, with rolltop bath, WC and basin. Either an en-suite or accessible to all.
The current owners, Adrian & Denise, live on site in the separate Victorian quarters, the two windows to the right of the picture. We are on hand to offer guests help and advice. Having our own private garden area enables us to remain in the background so that guests are not unduly disturbed during their holiday. We also have domestic cats who patrol the garden so Maison de Philomene is not suitable for pets.
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|Further details outdoors|
Set in 1.5 acre (6500m²) of grounds. The extensive child friendly rear garden is safe and secure. Mature trees hug the edge creating a woodland effect, a pure haven to sit back and unwind. To the south are uninterrupted views of the most beautiful countryside. To keep those children busy there's a fun play area. The South West facing terrace runs the length of the house and can be accessed from the living and utilities area where barbecues can be enjoyed. Outside seating is provided for all. The enclosed 8 x 4.5 metre, 1.25 deep Swimming Pool is near the house and entered via steps from the terrace. Meeting all requirements it's Safe for young children with self closing lockable gate. The temperature is comfortable averaging 28°C and heated via a powerful heat pump. A large decking area provides plenty of space if you wish to lounge and bronze yourself. The comfortably heated Swimming Pool is available through to the 1st November 2014. For 2015 the comfortably heated Swimming Pool is available from the 18th April 2015 through to the 31st October 2015.
All prices are inclusive. This includes Linen, Welcome Hamper, Gas, Electric and Heating costs. There are no hidden or extra charges. The Swimming Pool and Garden are not shared. They are for sole use and exclusive to you.
Arrival after 16:00 pm, departure by 10:00 a.m. The house is cleaned thoroughly prior to any new arrivals.
All Linen and towels are provided (except pool towels and baby blankets).
Booking periods are weekly (Saturday to Saturday) change over day is Saturday.
A deposit of 25% of the rental value is payable at the time of making a firm booking. Balance is payable eight weeks prior to the start date of your holiday. If a booking is made within 8 weeks of the rental period full payment is required. We would strongly recommend that guests take out a comprehensive travel insurance policy covering cancellation, personal belongings, health and public liability. A full booking contract detailing all costs and responsibilities will be provided on request.
The Brittany region
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.
This is a fascinating area of Brittany giving you the choice of wonderful inland valleys and hills to explore but also being within easy reach of the three very different Brittany coasts; west coast for surfing, north coast for rock pools and south coast for glorious sandy beaches.
There are so many things to do in this area for adults and children alike. Please do not hesitate to ask us if you have any special interests, whatever you enjoy doing you can find it in this area.
Lac de Guerledan
Maison de Philomene is only 9 miles by road from 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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24 Aug 2014
"Truly the complete package for a brilliant holiday with kids"
You really cannot fault Adrian and Denise's attention to detail. After a warm greeting and a brief run through of essential information, we were left to discover all the delights of Philomene from the fridge stocked with pate bread wine coffee tea and milk to cupboards and toy chests full of games and toys to suit the tastes of children from 0 - 10. The rooms were all much larger than we had expected from the photographs and the 10 of us (4 children and 6 adults) never felt crowded in even on cool damp days spent indoors. The swimming pool was the highlight. Kept at a nicely warm 28C (86F), it was constantly welcoming even in average weathers. Beyond Philomene, there was enough to keep us amused within 30 mins drive the highlights being the prosperous small town of Pontivy and the Lac de Guerledan with its beaches, boats and cycle trails. A very successful holiday and we plan to go back next year.
10 Aug 2014
"An exceptionally well equipped family holiday home in central Brittany"
This property is about a six hour drive from Calais, and we were surprised and delighted with the more than generous welcome pack that awaited us, along with a warm greeting from the owners, Adrian and Denise. The house is beautiful, with 4 ensuite double bedrooms, and is extremely well and thoughtfully kitted out. The kitchen is particularly well equipped and spacious, with good storage, and a sizeable fridge-freezer. Great thought has gone into the needs of young holiday-makers. Toys, both within the house and in the garden and for the pool were provided in great number, and for all ages. Baby and toddler equipment was also in abundance, with every thought for safety both within the house and in the garden and pool area considered. The property is idyllically situated in a remote hamlet, surrounded by cornfields, and is quiet and peaceful. Absolutely everything has been thought of to keep small children occupied and happy. You only need to go out to buy food. Although it is in a rural position, there are lovely places to visit, and our family particularly enjoyed a day at the nearby lake.
6 Aug 2014
"Wonderful Week staying in Maison de Philomene"
After a very long car journey we arrived at Maison de Philomene at around 10pm. Adrian and Denise were waiting for us with smiling faces and a fantastic Welcome Hamper which was very much appreciated… More
22 Jul 2014
"Excellent family house"
A beautifully renovated Breton farmhouse. Excellently equipped for a family holiday in the peaceful Brittany countryside.
Adrian and Denise provide a warm welcome to Maison de Philomene. The garden, pool and house were perfect for our family holiday. All you really need to bring are pool towels.
Nearby are St Mayeux, Corlay, Pontivy and the wonderful (for wild swimmers) Lac de Guerledan.
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6 Jul 2014
"Perfect family holiday"
We had a great week at Maison De Philomene. It's perfect for families with small children. The layout is ideal for a family group both inside and out. The pool is gorgeous and heated so is ideal … More
21 Jun 2014
"A perfect gite in a tranquil location"
My Wife and I have just come back from a week staying at the Maison de Philomene. We looked at the other reviews before we left and I can say that it lives up to all the comments.Maison de Philomene… More
1 Jun 2014
"You'll want for nothing in this beautiful gite, in stunning surroundings!"
We (6 adults, 4 children and a baby) spent an absolutely wonderful week at Maison de Philomene. Despite the extremely late hour of our arrival (approaching midnight), we were greeted warmly by our hosts and a crackling fire in the log burner. The welcome pack that was provided for us was packed full of delicious goodies and very much appreciated. The house turned out to be far more impressive than we'd imagined - it has been carefully and tastefully renovated to the highest standard with typically french furniture and accessories. The beds are extremely comfortable and the number of bathrooms (one attached to each room plus a downstairs cloakroom) meant that there was never a queue! What stood out to us most was the attention to detail - we were amazed at the extent to which our needs had been provided for. None of us had come across a better equipped kitchen and the amount of equipment for the baby was wonderful, from high chair and cot through to a vast amount of toys and feeding utensils.
The icing on the cake at this gite was the garden! The huge garden (complete with trampoline, football goals, swing set and playhouse), woodland and swimming pool meant that we (and in particular, the children) rarely wanted to venture away from the house. The swimming pool was used daily and we were delighted to find the shed full of inflatables!
The house is set in beautiful surroundings; very quiet and tranquil but within easy driving distance of some lovely towns and villages. We enjoyed visits to St Brieuc, Guingamp and Loudeac and there were good supermarkets within easy reach too. The boulangerie in Corlay was excellent. Lac de Guerledan was a lovely picnic spot, with stunning views, water sports and a beach.
Maison de Philomene comes very highly recommended, particularly to those with children, and we found our hosts, Adrian and Denise, to be extremely accommodating and helpful - nothing was too much trouble.
The best review we can give comes from our children who were in tears at the end of the week because they wanted 'to stay in the house forever'!!!
22 Jan 2014
"The most fantastic holiday"
We came back to this site, as we are looking to return to maison de philomene, and realised that our review from last October had not posted. Apologies to Adrian and Denise! So here it is... We travel… More
1 Oct 2013
"Really child friendly gite, with pool and house very well presented"
We went as a family group of 4 grandparents two parents and two children of 6 and 4. The gite was very spacious and very thoughtfully fitted out. The facilities were better than we thought they would work out and the owners who live next door were extremely help full with suggestions and support.
We would recommend it as a location for a growing family.
26 Aug 2013
Maison de Philomene offered absolutely everything we could ask for a week long stay for our extended family. Adrian and Denise were very accommodating with changing the configuration of the beds and were helpful in solving a medical emergency we had during our stay.
The place itself is simply gorgeous and has everything we could ask for. The kitchen is well equipped for large groups, there is bags of space in the main living areas and bedrooms, superb bathrooms, everything done to a very high spec by Adrian himself and they are just next door if you have any problems.
The pool is great and they have supplied a large range of pool inflatables which we used to the full. Lovely gardens to sit in too.
Great, great holiday for us - would recommend Maison de Philomene as a high quality option for any large group.
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