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Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 7 nights

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About the property

Cottage in Saint Aignan, Pontivy, Morbihan, Brittany, France - 2 Bedded Cottage, Great Outdoor Space Overlooking The River Blavet, Child Friendly, Village Setting

Located in the centre of Brittany is the house and cottage that make 'Le Touldren'. We welcome you to enjoy an acre of grounds bordered by the river Blavet. Our gite is on the edge of the popular village of St Aignan. Saint Aignan is set at the bottom end of Lac de Guerlédan, the largest man made lake in Brittany offering water sports, beaches and swimming, woodland walks, cafes and restaurants.

We are ideally situated for walking and cycling, you can explore the wonderful countryside on our doorstep, either strolling along the canal...keep an eye out for kingfishers, rambling through the forests or just into the village for a crepe or your morning baguette, we know routes to suit all abilities and are pleased to share our local knowledge. Close by are places of historic interest such as the 'Forges des salles' and, 'L'Abbey de Bon Repos' offering a Sunday morning market along the banks of the canal from April to end October and a sound and light story of it's history not to be missed if you visit early August. Pontivy, once know as Napoleonville is 20 minutes from us, set along the canal with the Chateau de Rohan, shopping, good restaurants, swimming pool, bowling alley and an award winning chocolate shop. About an hour north or south will bring you to the wonderful coasts Brittany has to offer.

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Finola Shaw
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
31 July, 2016

About Finola Shaw

Finola, Kevin and Ailish then aged 6 months, moved to France in 2004 to try a change of lifestyle.

Kevin runs a small thriving company working for the local community both French and expats and I try to keep everything running smoothly.

Ailish is in her final year at school in the village and of course speaks better French than Mum and Dad so if you need to brush up a little she is the perfect teacher!

We have gained a lot of local knowledge and experience over the years, this we are very happy to share for those people looking to discover the great things the countryside around us has to offer, plus the handy little bits of info regarding shop closing times, where to buy fresh milk and where to get the best chocolates!

Finola Shaw purchased this cottage in 2004

Why Finola Shaw chose Morbihan

Fate must have brought us to the old 'corps de ferme' in Saint Aignan it was the last place on a five year long list and not really what we had in mind, but when Kevin pulled into the courtyard he knew it was the place for him.

We were thinking middle of nowhere, complete and wonderful isolation, and that may be so in your own country, but being on the edge of the village has actually helped us survive the differences in culture and lack of support network when we first arrived, without giving up the rural, peaceful lifestyle.

The gite & B&B has also allowed us to meet some really interesting people (3 men pulling a canoe on wheels once stopped to ask for water!)

Ailish and I love the fact we have so many walks and cycle routes right on our doorstep and are still discovering new ones.

What makes this cottage unique

There are routes for every level of cyclist or walker, as we are by the canal this offers lovely flat routes along the tow paths but climb out of the village in the other direction and rambling & forest treks abound.

Being on the edge of the village allows guests the chance everyday to sample a bit of French village life without the car, walk to the bar for bread, a café or a crepe & find out what is going on locally.

The river location also makes a fantastic spot for seeing the odd kingfisher, woodpecker or even a stoat & mink, or coypu along the canal. Dragonflies & butterflies in the warmer months, & chance to fish from the garden. The courtyard is busy with bees, humming bird moths & if lucky a glow worm.

With the covered outdoor space & games room even rainy days will be enjoyed.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We don't want to quote anyone, but our favourite comments have been from those who wished their holiday was longer and people who have liked the charm of Le Touldren as much as we do, made the most of the outdoor areas and found it friendly and relaxing.
Jan 2013
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(1 traveller reviews)

United Kingdom

Lovely location and very comfortable

  • 5 of 5

This property was set in a lovely location, within a couple of hundred metres of the Nantes-Brest canal. The property itself is set in a lovely courtyard which is a suntrap being sheltered from the wind. Inside is really comfortable, both downstairs in the living area and upstairs in the bedrooms. There are 2 shower rooms with toilet and a downstairs toilet. Facilities are also great with a games room for children and an outside seating area. Cycling in the area is perfect with either the canal all the way to Pontivy or road cycling to a number of villages. We would certainly return here without hesitation.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 31, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Restaurant Les Pêcheries - Saint-Aignan -
"lunch is but a walk away!"
Le Saint Aignan Creperie Bar Epicerie
"Order your morning croissant and bread at our local friendly and relaxed bar, the traditiona..."
"This gets 5 stars for the setting over looking the lake, in summer it is the perfect place t..."
Les Jardins de l'Abbaye
"L'Abbaye de Bon Repos is in a beautiful setting along the canal, on Sundays from March to Oc..."
L'Eco-Auberge de l'Ane Brasseur
"Brew their own great beer you can buy direct or find it in the local outlets "
Château de Rohan
"Small chateau situated in the lovely town of Pontivy a twenty minute drive from the cottage."


Prices & Availability

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17 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
7 night minimum stay
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1 Apr 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
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1 Jul 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
7 night minimum stay
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9 Sep 2017 - 4 Nov 2017
7 night minimum stay
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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Booking Notes:
We require a £100.00 non refundable deposit to confirm reservations and the balance up to one month before arrival. Please see our website for further details or do not hesitate to contact us.

Changeover Day:
Arrival time is from 4pm and we ask that guests leave by 11am on their day of departure.
Arrival days and length of stays are flexible so please discuss any requirements with us and we will do our best to accommodate them as we offer B&B as well..

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 7 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Saint-Aignan in Brittany

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
Location Type:
  • rural
  • village
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
    Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • Downstairs Toilet. Bathrooms with shower, sink and toilet on 1st and 2nd floors so each bedroom has its own facilities both with opening windows. Baby bath available. All rooms have quality electric heaters for cooler months.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Cot
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 5 (2 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: On the first floor is a lovely large double bedded room with ancient fireplace, exposed beams and comfy sleigh bed - the second floor has a character twin bedded room -both rooms can accommodate a cot or 'z' bed comfortably for extra children.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Game Room
  • Games
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Pool Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys
  • Golf ...
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • children welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Notes on accommodation: The cottage has efficient electric heaters and is therefore available for use all year round. Out of high season the electric is charged at cost where appropriate, sometimes September can be fantastic! Outside: The cottage leads on to the pretty courtyard with room to unpack your car right outside. One of the big beautiful old barns is a games room, with table tennis, pool and table foot which has large doors opening onto the courtyard. There is a covered area we call the 'hangar' also overlooking the courtyard which traps the evening sunshine making it the perfect place for evening drinks and BBQs, this leads out to a garden area which is sympathetically fenced off so you can enjoy the views of the river but know the children are safely contained. Here you will find the boules pitch, swings and tree platform offering shade or full sun as you wish and plenty of room for outdoor eating or simply relaxing. Beyond is the rest of the garden and wildlife the river attracts for you to enjoy. There is a swing near the river for the summer months which the children love but must be accompanied, paddling place and hens who in return for your left over baguette should provide you with and egg or two! Utility Room: Outside in the wash house is a large freezer for guests to use, washing machine, tumble dryer, airers and a washing line in the garden. You will also find children’s outside toys, pram and boules in here. An Iron and board can be provided. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: We provide all bedding and towels, saving you room in you car or reducing your luggage if you plan to fly. Beds are made up ready for your arrival and more towels can be requested as and when required. We ask that guests leave the cottage as they find it

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