Hazel cottage is an ideal couple's getaway, it's also great for families with one child/baby. Set amidst the beautiful rolling Morbihan countryside, in a tranquil, idyllic sylvan setting with a large secluded shared heated pool and 30 acres of lawns, woodland, meadows and a stream to explore. The all important boulangerie, is 2.5 miles by car, bike or foot; it's conveniently next to a bar that serves excellent coffee on a wide pavement facing the impressive village church. 25 miles inland from the stunning southern Brittany coastline.
Hazel is a lovely 17th century quaint and cosy one bedroom detached stone property with beautiful pierre apparente facades, South-facing French doors to the rear of the property lead onto a timber deck giving lovely uninterrupted views across lawns to the woodland beyond; ideal for a bit of deer spotting at dawn. The bright and airy dual aspect bedroom has three Velux windows; on a clear night, stargazing whilst lying in bed is a must. The cottage also retains period features such as exposed ceiling beams to the ground-floor and Oak 'A' frames in the bedroom.
You will find lots to see and do at many local attractions. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity in 30 acres of private grounds, lawns and woodland or take a relaxing dip in the heated swimming pool. Everyone can relax and unwind as Hazel cottage is at the end of a country lane with no passing traffic and absolutely no road noise. Ideally located midway between the Lac de Guerledan and the medieval towns of Vannes and Pontivy, and the stunning Morbihan coastline within 25 miles. Close to fishing, golf, horse-riding, wonderful medieval towns and beaches Hazel cottage offers a wide range of activities for everyone to enjoy.
The cottage has an open-plan tiled ground-floor comprising:
- Kitchen area - well appointed U-shaped fitted kitchen with generous worktop areas, lots of storage cupboard space, electric multifunction oven, ceramic hob, extractor hood, microwave, fridge with freezer compartment, washing machine, kettle and toaster. North-facing hardwood window above the sink and hardwood half-glazed front door
- Dining area with Oak drop-leaf table, 2 upholstered Oak chairs and a wall-mounted electric heater
- Lounge area with 2-seater sofa, English free-to-air satelliteTV. Panasonic 32" LCD smart TV and a Panasonic BluRay player. South facing French doors opening onto timber decking with uninterrupted views across the laws to the woodland below: ideal for spotting the local wildlife, especially at dawn or dusk. A mid-flight quarter turn wooden staircase (please see 'visitor suitability' below), with under stairs storage, leads to the bedroom and bathroom. Wall-mounted electric heater. There's also a well-stocked bookcase complete with board games and information leaflets.
- Bright and airy double aspect bedroom, the double bed is conveniently positioned between two east and west facing Velux windows affording, on clear nights, a spot of stargazing whilst lying in bed. Original Oak 'A' frames and a further east facing Velux window. The east facing widows have views across the lawn to a ruined stone barn and the rolling Morbihan countryside beyond. The west facing window has views across the lawn to the ruined cider-mill (le pressoir) beyond. Matching pine bedroom furniture includes bedside cabinets, chest of drawers and a full length mirror. Wall -mounted heater. Compact walk-in wardrobe. Door into
- Bathroom with toilet, hand basin, bath with mixer shower over (please see visitor suitability below), shower curtain, chair, over sink mirror, tiled splash-backs and a west facing feature Juliet style west facing window with views across the lawn to the ruined cider-mill beyond (le pressoir).
Outside, the south-facing secluded timber decking provides a lovely spot for sunbathing, al fresco dining, wildlife viewing, reading a good book or simply relaxing, listening to birdsong and taking in the view. A set of teak garden furniture, parasol, and charcoal BBQ place on the deck. The timber deck also benefits from uninterrupted views down across sweeping lawns to the woodland beyond - it's simply a magical spot.
The large (11.5m X 5m X 2m max. depth) heated swimming pool is open from May until mid-September. Roman steps give ease of access, Sun loungers and parasols are positioned on the large surrounding patio. The pool area is fenced and access via a locking gate. The pool is in a secluded position and flanked on three sides by a sweeping lawn with woodland beyond.
For summer lets a single bed can also be placed in the bedroom; additional cost £50. By request we will supply stair-gates, cot, high-chair, plastic plates and beakers.
Well-behaved four-legged guests also considered outwith mid-July through to the end of August.
Hazel cottage is 1 of 5 cottages in an exclusive hamlet. Outwith peak season you will more than likely have the Couetilliec to yourself.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom|
|Check in time:||16:00|
|Check out time:||10:00|
|Nearest beach||Larmor Plage 40 km|
|Nearest Amenities||4 km|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Lorient 40 km, Nearest railway: Pontivy / Hennebont 27 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Some pets are welcome - please contact the owner, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|Pool||Shared outdoor pool (heated)|
|General||Central heating, TV, Video player, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair available|
|Outdoors||Shared outdoor pool (heated), Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, BBQ, Bicycles available, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Access||Secure parking, Not suitable for wheelchair users|
The Morbihan is one of the most varied departments in France, with prehistoric monuments and historical towns. With ports, castles, villages, beaches and islands along the coast and around the Gulf of Morbihan. This region of southern Brittany is definitely a department with something for everyone.
Carnac is known throughout the world for its unique rows of ancient standing stones. The town is split into two areas: Carnac-Ville, where you'll find the Museum of Prehistory, and Carnac-Plage, a family seaside resort with a state-of-the-art thalassotherapy centre. Oyster farming is big business
Along the Morbihan coast there are numerous small sandy beaches to explore, long expanses of golden slnd stretching from Larmor Plage to Guidel Plage, and many smaller beeches and inlets of Doelan, Le Poldu, Fort Bloque and St Cado to name a few.
The walled town of Vannes is without doubt one of Brittany's most attractive sights and a must-visit on any trip to Morbihan. Wander around the well-preserved medieval streets before enjoying a harbour-side lunch then taking a boat trip around the gulf. Kids will love the aquarium and butterflies. The Butterfly Gardens: exotic butterflies are born and fly freely around you here. It's an amazing sight to see. Branféré Animal Park and Botanical Gardens is a place of wonder and discovery, dedicated to the protection of nature. The animals are free, and feel at home here.
Groix . At 4.3 miles (7 km) long by 1.8 miles (3 km) wide, Île de Groix is Brittany's second largest island after Belle-Île and lies 8.7 miles (14km) off the coast of Lorient. Once a major centre for tuna fishing, Groix is now noted for its lovely (and unusual) beaches and its important concentration of minerals.
Josselin is a must-visit on any tour of the Breton heartlands. From its medieval castle, still lived in by members of the legendary Rohan family, to the doll museum, and from its attractive old town to canal-based fun or forest walks, there's something to interest all members of the family.
Le Faouët named after the beech trees that mark the pretty, rural, hilly area around it, the town of Le Faouët stands quietly in northwest Morbihan. Its centrepiece is its staggering covered market place, but its glorious outlying chapels also made painters flock to it, as is recalled in the museum.
Pont-Aven is best known for its association with the post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin. This attractive little village also has some lovely riverside walks, a mouth-watering food speciality and a colourful summer festival.
The Quiberon Peninsula juts out into the sea for 9 miles (14km) and just 72ft (22m) wide at its narrowest point, the Quiberon Peninsula is a tourist destination par excellence. With its rugged coastline, sweeping sandy beaches, fishing villages and rich cultural history, this beautiful area of Morbihan won't disappoint.
North of Belz is the tiny islet of St Cado, a former sardine port, which is reached from the mainland by a short stone bridge. Its pretty whitewashed houses conceal a 12th-century chapel on the site of a 6th-century structure founded by Cado, a Welsh prince. Between the mainland and the islet, a former oyster farmer's cottage sits alone on a rock in the middle of the river – you'll see it on many a postcard.
Belle-Île, 9 miles (15km) off the coast of Morbihan, is Brittany's largest island. After a turbulent past, which included occupation by the British, the 'beautiful isle' is now a magnet for tourists thanks to its temperate climate, magnificent coastline, 60 gorgeous beaches and renowned opera festival.
Brocéliande: King Arthur's forest. About 18 miles (30km) west of Rennes, the forest of Paimpont is all that remains of the vast forest that covered ancient inland Brittany aka Argoat. Legend has it that the 25 square miles (40km2) of woodland is also the location of mythical Brocéliande, the forest of King Arthur.
Camors Adventure Forest. Set off for two and a half hours of adventure with family or friends at the heart of the Camors forest! Come and challenge yourself and test your courage safely, under the watchful eyes of qualified professionals. Camors Adventure Forest offers a varied course with 95 activities for children and adults. Zip lines, vines, rope bridges, pirates' net, surfing, rodeo stirrups, Nepalese bridge and weighbridge.
Hazel cottage is a great place if you like an abundance of fauna and flora. We have seen deer, badgers, foxes, buzzards, owls and woodpeckers. There are many ancient pollarded trees most are smothered in an array of mosses, lichens and ferns. With zero light pollution it's also a great place for a spot of stargazing. If your are keen photographer and or artist the opportunities are endless! If you enjoy cycling checkout our Brittany Cycle Tours website.
Explore the South coast: Lorient and it's beaches are half an hour's drive (25 miles). Le Poldu (27 miles) is a lot quieter and has stunning scenery, there's mile after mile of sandy beaches and coves to explore. Our favourites include St Cado, Le Poludu, Doelan, Guidel Plage and Fort Bloque. Doëlan is tucked into its estuary near famously arty Pont-Aven and Le Pouldu, Doëlan has remained the archetypal little Finistère fishing port. Normally, when separated by water, communities either side carry different names –here it's simply Doëlan Rive Gauche or Rive Droite – Left or Right Bank, as in Paris!
Guemene sur Scorff is an ancient and historic market town (market Thursday afternoons), dating back to the fifteenth century. With its historic monument and picturesque buildings it provides culture and interest to many visitors every year.
Hennebont. A towering 16th-century spire rockets up above the remaining medieval ramparts of Hennebont, an historic port at a strategic river-crossing on the Blavet, at the back of Lorient's huge natural harbour. In the 19th century, industry arrived in town, plus an important stud farm championing the Breton horse. -see Horse Discovery Centre below. The biggest market in the area - Thursday mornings.
The world famous Celtic music festival at Lorient in August. There are numerous festivals all over Brittany during the summer.
West of Mûr-de-Bretagne is the Lac de Guerlédan, Brittany's largest lake. Not only is this the perfect place for sunning yourself or messing about on the water but the area also offers extensive trails for walking and cycling. Boat trips, canoe and pedalo hire on the lake are all recommended. The Quénécan forest and Abbaye de Bon Repos are not to be missed.
Abbaye de Bon-Repos. At the western end of the Lac de Guerlédan overlooking the Nantes-Brest canal, the Abbaye de Bon Repos is a must for lovers of contemporary art. The 12th-century Cistercian abbey hosts regular exhibitions, a weekly farmers' market and a spectacular son et lumière in August.
Just down the road from Bon-Repos discover the steel-manufacturing village of the “Forges des Salles” as it was in the 19th century, the blast furnace, school, the bosses' house and the stables.
The Scorff Valley with its rich, protected natural and historical heritage, the Scorff valley has 400km of marked trails to discover, running between woodland and river.
Lac du Bel-Air is the main tourist attraction of Priziac. This remarkable body of water covers more than 50ha and is surrounded by a green belt of meadows and woods. Boating, fishing, pedal boat rides and sailing are popular activities.
The Blavet valley offers a wide variety of activities for the holidaymaker. For walking and cycling, the River Blavet has a long distance foot and cycle path reached from most of the river crossings, offering a picturesque, flat route from Pontivy to Hennebont - a distance of some 58 kms. The river has a number of canoe/kayak stations and the fishing is good.
Pontivy, now a quiet market town where the River Blavet meets the Nantes-Brest canal, Pontivy was once the seat of one of Brittany's most powerful families before becoming one of Napoléon's 'new towns'. Visit the castle then amble around the streets. Good market on Monday mornings.
Port-Louis, is a short and pleasant boat trip across the bay of Lorient, Port-Louis is worth a day of anyone's time. The main sight is the star-shaped fort, which now houses two fascinating museums, but there's also a nice – and busy – sandy beach. Energetic sorts can take the coastal path to Locmiquélic.
Horse Discovery Centre - Hennebont Stud Farm - after visiting the Hennebont Stud Farm, you will know all there is to know about horses and their relationship with man.
Bats Discovery Centre, Kernascleden, a unique discovery centre, you'll learn all you need to know about bats, through games and experiments, both educational and fun.
The Clay Barn, Kernascleden, pottery painting studio - a creative activity for everyone.
There is a massive indoor pool with water slides, lazy river, spa and sauna in Pontivy.