We love it here in our rural idyll: the skies are clearer and bluer – there’s no pollution; the grass and trees really are greener; and because there’s no light pollution the night sky is very dark and you’ll see so many stars that you’ll think you could just reach up and pluck one to keep!

This is a fascinating area of Brittany giving you the choice of wonderful inland valleys and hills to explore but also being within easy driving distance of the 3 very different Brittany coasts: west Brittany coast for surfing, north Brittany coast for rock pools and south Brittany coast for glorious sandy beaches. Whatever you enjoy doing you can find it in this area. Brittany’s mild weather means that often the best time to visit is in Spring and Autumn when it is less crowded; this Autumn there is a stunning display as the forests turned golden and red, and all was gloriously hued as the sunlight played across the leaves.

Within our grounds there is the swimming pool and there are various outdoor and indoor games, such as swings, boule, croquet, paddling pool, etc. There is also a small barn which children can use to play in during the day and then in the cool of the evening the adults can use it for ‘al fresco’ style dining.

The Coasts and Sea

The north coast is known as the pink granite coast and you can see why! The north Brittany coast close to St Brieuc is about 35 minutes by car where there are not just lovely sandy beaches but also fascinating rock pools for 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 about an hour from our gitesofbrittany.

Gouarec, Brittany

One of the many old buldings in Gouarec, le Pavillion de Rohan, which once belonged to the Duke of Rohan Our Gites are walking distance (about 1.5 kms) from Gouarec, which is situated on the junction of the River Blavet and the Nantes-Brest canal, where there is everything you need including shops, banks, restaurants, bars, and mini-golf. a view of the Nantes-Brest Canal just outside GouarecGouarec was once home to the Dukes of Rohan who built a castle there but sadly this is now gone. There are still some lovely old buildings in the town which becomes a mass of floral displays during the summer.

L’Abbaye de Bon Repos, Brittany

The abbey was originally built in 1184 and has been successively ruined and rebuilt over the centuries. Its superb setting next to the River Blavet and the Nantes-Brest Canal is well worth a visit: there are weirs, salmon stairs, a former water mill, a mediaeval stone bridge over the river, a restaurant and a very interesting fossil/jewelley/objets d’art shop. Opposite there is a creperie/bar where you can sit and drink while watching the world go by. On Sunday mornings from Easter to October there is an interesting local market where traders sell organic produce and crafts – it’s not just for tourists, it’s also popular with locals in Brittany.

Le Son et Lumiere at L’Abbaye de Bon Repos

The abbey is now being restored and to raise funds for this a grand ‘Son et Lumiere’ is presented around the second weekend in August every year when around 400 local people, horses, dogs, etc, enact the history of the abbey and the area. It is a fantastic event starting around 10.30pm and ending around 12.30am. Having seen a number of such ‘grande spectacles’ including beside the Pyramids in Egypt we can honestly say this one in Brittany is the best!

Lac de Guerledan, Brittany

Our Gites in Brittany are only 8 kms from Lac de Guerledan where you can enjoy various water sports such as water ski-ing and swimming, or hire a motor boat, canoe, kayak, rowing boat, dinghy or pedalo, or enjoy a lake cruise, or take dinner one evening on a floating restaurant. There are several free public slipways if you want to bring your own boat. Hire charges are very reasonable whether by the hour or the day and booking in advance is seldom necessary

Fishing near our Gites in Brittany

You can fish for pike, zander, carp and trout in Lac de Guerledan and with the purchase of a cheap 10 day permit you can also fish in many local rivers, and keep what you catch, including salmon. A carp night fishing tour is a regular event and open fishing competitions take place throughout the season.

Equestrian Activities in Brittany near our Gites

There are a number of ‘pony 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 a horse museum in Corlay, Brittany, which also has a ruined castle surrounded by water and its Hippodrome (race course) at Petit Paris holds national race meets during the summer. The village of Bulat-Pestivien hosts an annual 3 day horse fair in September for which people come from miles around.

Golf in Brittany near our Gites

There are a number of golf courses in Brittany and these tend to be closer to the coasts but well within comfortable driving distances of 30 – 60 minutes or so. If you just fancy trying your hand at golf but don’t have, or don’t want to bring your golf clubs, then we have a couple of basic sets available to borrow! But if it’s just for fun then you can play mini-golf in Gouarec or crazy golf in Mur de Bretagne – both quite challenging for the beginner!

Les Landes des Liscuis near our Gites

One of the many fascinating stones you can find when you explore Les Landes de Liscuis just minutes from us at gitesofbrittanyLes Landes des Liscuis is a stunning moor land of a schist crest which dominates the Nantes-Brest Canal to the South and the Gorges of the Daoulas stream to the East. It has exceptionally rich flora of moss and lichens, the sea campion and the flaxen leafed St. John’s Wort. There are three covered alleys on the heath, les allees couvert, and long barrows which are historic monuments in Brittany. There is a wonderful footpath which goes through the forest and then up along the crest giving wonderful views of the gorge and the lake. There are many interesting standing stones, menhirs and megaliths, which take on strange shapes depending on the way in which you look at them!

What our guests say...

"What a fantastic place to stay!  The pictures do not do justice to the houses or surroundings - they are beautiful and characterful.  Pauline and Geof gave us a warm welcome and were great hosts throughout the week, helpful and attentive but not intrusive.  The starting groceries were much appreciated as were the fresh vegetables from the garden.  The pool was a great hit but the play barn is the winner for anyone with under sevens, a vast selection of toys in a safe playroom within earshot but far enough away to feel like you are having child free time!  We would all return another year.'

  • The Eves and Chambers families, 4 adults 4 children aged 2 - 6

 

"The service you provided was excellent and you always went the extra mile to help us where you could.

The gite had everything we could have needed and was very clean and comfortable and worked well for us when we shared with our friends (9 in total) and when we were on our own (down to 4!).

The swimming pool is safe, large and warm and was kept lovely and clean as the children spent days playing in and out of the pool.

We are looking forward to coming back and seeing you all again soon!"

  • The Kelly family of Bristol

 

"Breathtaking scenery, friendly atmosphere, very relaxing, almost like stepping back in time - so stress free"

  • The Clarkes and Galbraiths of Inverness

 

"Lovely relaxing holiday despite a toddler and a baby!  Nice accommodation, superb swimming pool and very friendly hosts.  Beautiful area with so many little lanes to explore - and we must have done most of them!"

  • The Jardine Family of Suffolk

 

"Thank you so much for making us feel very welcome.   It was so nice at the end of a long journey to arrive and find that we had butter and milk in the fridge and bread and wine.  It's little things like that, that make all the difference.  You both obviously care a lot about making people feel at home.  We have all had a very enjoyable holiday and we have discovered another area of France not explored before.  Thank you again"

  • The Lee Family of Clitheroe

 

"We have thoroughly enjoyed staying in your house.  It has everything we wanted or needed and the pool has been a superb entertainment for the children (and a very pleasurable experience for the adults).  You have both been the most welcoming and helpful hosts."

  • The Gethyn Family from Anglesey

 

"Had a great week - cycling by the canal and lake. kayaking, bbq-ing and relaxing by the lovely warm pool.  Lovely gite, lovely area and great hosts... thanks for a great holiday."

  • The Jone Family of Reading

 

"After a late start and arriving in pouring rain the days and weeks got only better.  The area is great, the lake is very nice.  Cycling and walking along the canal and old railway line was fun.  The kids enjoyed playing outside and in the pool.  The seaside, waves, rockpooling and climbing - what more do you need?  Thanks very much, we had a great time."

  • The Jones Family of Northampton

 

"We have had a super week here - we have enjoyed the house, pool and surroundings and feel as though we have had a proper holiday (not always the case with 5 children!)  This is a delightful spot, a part of France we've not visited before, and we have had lots of lovely days out."

  • The Mathers of Bristol

 

"We have had a fantastic 2 weeks so thank you for being such good hosts...  Visit to the Sunday Bon Repos Market was great.  Cycling and canoeing from Gourec camp site both excellent and great fun!  Visit Pontivy - pleasant town, great chateau.  Carnac has a beautiful beach with fab rock pools."

  • The Glews and friends of Nottingham

 

"What a lovely relaxing welcoming place to stay.  The accommodation is delightful and the pool a real asset especially for the children.  Highlights: a fabulous day with a cloudless sky at Les Rosaires; swimming in the lake; dinner at the Abbey.  Thank you for a lovely holiday."

  • The Morris and Sullivan families of London

 

"We had a great time in Brittany - everything we needed, especially for the kids was provided.  The pool is a great facility, the area is really beautiful and quiet.  We had a really relaxing time - no pressure."

  • The O'Brien Family of Ireland

 

"After a long journey it was a welcoming sight to see Les Rossignols.  What a fantstic place.  Our week was very enjoyable and we now have water babies for children, the pool was a big hit with them.  Beautiful area, only wish we had another week here.  Many thanks."

  • The Barretts from Cardiff

 

"Fantastic holiday ...  would recommend a visit to Pontivy, the shopping street, cafes and castle.  Châteauneuf-du-Faou is also nearby and a beautiful walk by the river.  Canoes and cycles are available for hire.  A 'must' is a walk or cycle down the Nantes-Brest canal in either direction!  The scenery is stunning.  A massive thank you for making us so comfortable and welcome.  We would definitely recommend one of your 'eat-in' meals.  Brilliant when you have young children - the two we had made our holiday.  The pool speaks for itself!"

  • The Guest Family of Nottignham

 

"Beautiful weather and a beautiful area.  Far too much local cider, wine and brie!  The pool is great and kept our boys happy for hours.  Enjoyed local markets, fetes, fireworks, the Abbey, fishing, the beach, canoeing and being able to watch the Ashes."

  • The Barnetts from Yorkshire

 

"Wonderful week! Such a beautiful setting, the gardens, particularly fabulous location to explore Brittany from. Even with a little rain we spent most of our time outdoors. Pool was fab - warm enough to swim every day, though sometimes a BIT cold getting out!!  Absolutely the highlight of our stay was the warmth of Pauline & Geof's hospitality - the daily cakes, the bread delivery, and babysitting - thankyou so much - the (essential) larder with our fresh daily eggs - quite above and beyond.  And we can't not mention the hens - Flora's best friend in the world, Fifi, was a constant source of entertainment - awesome!  Will recommend lots and be back with more (one more!) children! x "

  • Matt, Jo, Flora (2), and Bump (due in October)

 

"We have had a great time.  Lovely area and nice local walks.  Hosts very informative and friendly.  Stopped here at the same time as my sister and her family next door.  Both families enjoyed the stay immensely. "

  • The Danson family, Staffs - "PS - liked the welcoming wine, etc, left by the hosts, very nice touch!"