We stumbled upon Les Huniers while doing our annual “Where are we going this year?” search in January. We knew nothing of the Morbihan area of Brittany but the property looked ideal for our needs. I have since found out that Roy and Alison had not intended to let the property in September but they very kindly accommodated our request for a week’s let.
Having arrived from the Dordogne, where the weather had been “inclement” and the property we had rented there less than we had expected but a tribute to the photographer’s skill with angles, we were immediately struck by how warm, clean and welcoming Les Huniers was. Our mood lifted immediately. The decor and equipment spoke of a cherished home from home and charmed us from the moment we came through the door.
The house is compact but has everything one would need in a holiday let. The rooms are light and airy but blinds and shutters are excellent at keeping any extraneous light out for those that need true dark for sleeping. Efficient double-glazing keeps noise out too although the neighbourhood is nice and quiet in any case. The main bedroom has a more than adequate wardrobe and there is plenty of room under the very comfy bed for storing empty suitcases etc. The second bedroom makes similar use of the space available.
The well-lit bathroom has an excellent shower and there was plentiful hot water and a heated rail for towels. Downstairs the living space comprises kitchen and comfortable seating area (two nice lounging sofas) with access to the garden direct from the living room. There is also a downstairs toilet in the hallway. Equipment in the kitchen has everything one would need for a comfortable stay including a dishwasher. There is no washing machine but one can use the public laundrette across the road at the camp-site if one wishes.
The garden and sun terrace are not completely private and can be overlooked by people coming down the steep hill from town but nevertheless provide some useful outdoor space. Inside, if the weather is not so kind one can keep up to date with UK news and programmes via the satellite TV and there is also a DVD player.
Probably the best bit about Les Huniers is its location. Within the immediate vicinity there is a pizzeria/Italian restaurant, a creperie and a bar café. These lie approximately 70 metres from the front door. Going up the steep hill towards the Old Quarter of La Roche Bernard gets the appetite revved up and there are two restaurants there as well as a bar and the ubiquitous creperie. One will not starve in La Roche Bernard. And one doesn’t have to drive anywhere to dine. The highlight meal for us was probably the lunch aboard the floating seafood restaurant some 120 metres from the house.
La Roche Bernard is a great jumping off point should one wish to spread one’s wings and the Morbihan coast is one worth exploring. La Roche is also near the Briere National Park, an extensive wetland should that appeal. The seafood in the area is as fresh as fresh can be and absolutely delicious. Roy has left an exceptional dossier of information about the area and his tips in the house but will probably send you this via email beforehand so you can at least start planning your own tick-list.
Which brings me neatly to one of the best bits of this let. I have been using Holiday Lettings for some years and I have to say that dealing with Roy and Alsion has been an absolute pleasure from start to finish. Possibly my best experience to date. Any request was dealt with swiftly and kindly. It is obvious that they take great pride in their home and we felt privileged to spend time there. And to think it’s only two and a bit hours from St Malo….. …
SouthBrittanyGites les Chenes
Heaven in Brittany
This is the review that we put into the "Livre D'or" when we left Les Chenes. It is the 4th time we have stayed there (this year for 3 weeks) and we love the area so much we are hoping to move from England to live in the Morbihan. The gîte has everything you could wish for and Mel and John are wonderful hosts. OK - this is what I wrote: Once again, Mel and John, Margot, Ginger and her companions, thank you for making our holiday in the gîte such a good one. As always, you laid on the beautiful weather for us. We visited all our ‘old haunts’, like La Gacilly and Rochefort-en-Terre, and some new ones. We followed one suggestion in the Livre D’Or and visited Questembert market on our first Monday. Everyone is so friendly – the lady who runs the mobile ‘posh tea’ caravan who sold us loose Gun Powder tea and do-it-yourself tea bags to use for steeping it – one of the many cake sellers and the olive sellers. We had chats with so many stallholders and came away with wonderful artisan bread and other treats. We visited La Roche Bernard market on one of our Thursdays and that was a first for us too, as was our trip on the Bateau Margot. Pontivy, which is a little way from you, was fascinating. Our favourite beach is still PennLann and we love the bistro there. Pornic too is worth a visit, especially if you haven’t been over the St Nazaire bridge. In the docks at the moment you can see the largest cruise liner in the world being built! The Rochefort-en-Terre Vide Grenier was amazing with the entire old town being closed and lined with stalls. The Rieux Vide Grenier was up to standard too! The most surprising find was the village of Lauzach, with its Korean war cemetery and the fantastic lake with floating duck house – a wonderfully peaceful place. We became annual members of the Branféré Animal Park again and spent three days there! Don’t miss the bird displays where you can have pelicans sitting next to you, quite contentedly! We can’t wait to come back to the Morbihan! …