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Cottage on 10 acre island, free Wi-Fi and complimentary Champagne!

Bedrooms 1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 3 - 7 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Free Wifi
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning
  • Parking


About the property

Cottage in Lanouee, Nr. Josselin, Dept 56 Morbihan, Brittany, France - Brest Canal, Peaceful Location, 5 Minutes Walk To Nearby Bars And A 5 Min Drive To The Nearest Town

Built circa 1670 and formerly a communal bread oven for the nearby properties (no longer in existence) the property was completely renovated and converted (to include all modern amenities including wifi) in 2013 and is now a unique and magical 'gingerbread' cottage. We have renovated the cottage as sympathetically as possible bearing in mind the limitations and restrictions because of the property's age and close proximity to a 13th century chapel. The roof is tiled in the traditional Breton 'reducing' fashion with local slate which we chose from the quarry at Pleven, and each tile is hand-cut and nailed. The exterior of the cottage has been re-pointed with lime mortar and the interior is insulated with sheeps' wool. All wooden doors, windows, shutters and the staircase are bespoke and crafted from local chestnut wood. Regretably the bread oven is no longer functioning (we were worried about the safety aspect) but remains as a decorative feature of the lounge. The cottage is situated in rural countryside and surrounded by green fields, there are no immediate neighbours apart from wildlife including a plethora of birds and a pair of squirrels who play tag in the garden. Relax in the privacy of the lovely little garden (bottle of wine optional!), take a stroll to the river or canal which are only minutes away or get on our/your bikes and cycle for miles and miles and miles.......you get the picture! We can provide a delightful wicker picnic hamper and blanket and supply you with a delicious picnic lunch (price on application) with your choice of Champagne/wine or cider so that you don't have to worry about finding somewhere to stop for lunch along the way. Our most enthusiastic cycling guests last year attempted to cycle 100k in one day and only just fell short of achieving their target! Can you do better?

Oh and just one more thing....absolutely no children!

More Details

Sandra Bisson
Member since: 2013
Speaks English, French
Calendar last updated:
20 August, 2017

About Sandra Bisson

We live in Jersey with our two cats and our pug puppies, we are both aged 50 something and had been travelling to France on our boat for about 10 years when we decided to buy a holiday/potential retirement home. Working hard in busy St Helier, we wanted somewhere to escape but within easy reach of St Malo (the drive is about 90 minutes) so that we could come across after work on a Friday night for the weekend. We both love eating, gardening, cycling and walking and the French way of life in general but we also like keeping busy so we bought a property that required an awful lot of work and have spent the last few years completely renovating the properties both inside and out. Our beautiful one-acre garden was actually a field of sheep when we bought the property but a bit, no make that a lot, of TLC has erased all traces of them. Sandra has since retired and spends a couple of weeks a month in France with the puppies, collecting Paul for long weekends which seem even longer owing to the relaxed pace of life in rural Brittany.

Sandra Bisson purchased this cottage in 2009

Why Sandra Bisson chose Morbihan

We wanted peace and quiet so we picked Lanouee in the Morbihan which benefits from much warmer, (even hot! the temperature in the garden regularly tops 40 degrees) summers than surrounding Brittany. We are only a short distance from such towns as Josselin, Ploermel, Pontivy, Rohan, Malestroit etc but also an easy drive to both Rennes and Vannes with their bustling markets, fabulous restaurants and chic shopping. Situated on an island, the property has the Nantes-Brest canal on one side and the river Oust on the other and thus is ideal for walking, cycling, canoeing etc. In addition there is an abundance of local wildlife so if you're a keen or amateur ornithologist this is definitely the place to 'twitch'!

What makes this cottage unique

Petite Bourgrimaud is not your usual gite! Built circa 1670 it was a former bread oven so you are unlikely to find another property like it. It has been beautifully restored with a hand-cut, slate roof (from the quarry at Pleven) and traditional lime pointing. It has a wood-burning stove, travertine floors and bespoke doors, windows and staircase made from local chestnut wood. As the only other property on the island is our longere, which we do not rent out, you will experience absolute peace and tranquillity with a complete absence of other people's screaming children! With it's pretty garden, perfect for a BBQ or chilling with a bottle of wine, you are unlikely to want to leave but just in case you do there are two bars (one of which is reputed to serve the best take-away pizzas in the area) within walking distance and a creperie. Read our numerous 5***** for yourself and you'll get a feel for just how magical Petite Bourgrimaud really is.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We had a fab weekend at the cottage - thank you! It was beautiful and so was the area. It's somewhere we will most definitely come back to explore some more. Maybe with the idea of buying our own little cottage!! We loved Josselin and it was so peaceful everywhere we went, which was exactly what we wanted!
May 2017
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Lanouée in Morbihan

Property Type:
  • cottage
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 25
  • Not suitable for children
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Brand-new bathroom with wc, fully-tiled power shower cubicle and wash-hand basin. Personal towels provided and changed weekly. Additional towels/beach towels available (£10pp) and local toiletries can be provided upon request.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) no provision for children Notes on bedrooms: Very romantic bedroom with hand-built, bespoke double bed and built-in wardrobe/cupboards. All bed-linen is supplied and an electric blanket is available if the weather is chilly! Hairdryer provided. As with all traditional Breton properties there is not a huge amount of head-room as the Bretons were rather short in stature! The lack of headroom is more than compensated for by the romantic setting!
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • forests
  • museums
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • golf pass optional
  • mountain biking
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing
Notes on accommodation: Please note that there is restricted headroom in the bedroom. Absolutely no smoking in the cottage please oand, if smoking outside, please respect the garden and furniture, provide your own ashtray and clean up after yourselves. If there is anything that we have forgotten to mention that you think might make your holiday even more special then please do not hesitate to ask! We are often staying in the main house and are happy to be of assistance, for instance to provide information surrounding the area. No reasonable request refused! Outside: There is a totally private garden with patio, picnic bench, deckchairs, chiminea and BBQ. Regrettably we do not have a swimming pool (working on that one!) but the canal and river are both only a two minute walk away if you fancy a refreshing dip! We provide bicycles, with padlocks, for your use (and can supply you with a delicious picnic lunch) if you don't want to bring your own and a book of trail rides that you can take. There is private parking for one car. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels/bedlinen are provided. The cottage is cleaned weekly and always between change-overs but arrangements can be made for more frequent cleaning at extra cost. See above re additional towels.Please leave the cottage in the condition that you found it.


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Cottage on 10 acre island, free Wi-Fi and complimentary Champagne!
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Gem of a find - a really relaxing week!

  • 5 of 5

You only have to read the previous reviews to get an accurate picture.

If you want a "full on" holiday forget it - if you're looking for a relaxing hideaway for two to chill out, this is your place!

Website pictures make the place look deceptively small; it's cosy, but not claustrophobic.

Nantes to Brest Canal is two minutes walk and the bikes provided are ideal for exploring both this and the surrounding area - there are three easy circular bikes routes locally and details are highlighted on a board in the village (three minutes walk in the opposite direction of the Canal).

We walked to Josselin (6 miles) which is a flat easy dander along the to a beautiful town - highly recommend the "Menu du Jour" at the Restaurant de Terrace as you walk into town.

Four courses including wine for 12 euros - I thought my limited French was mistaken, but not only was it ridiculous value in a lovely garden environment, the food was actually very good!!

Thanks for a great break - batteries recharged!

Kenny & Maureen

P.S. Champagne in Fridge a lovely touch! :-)

  • Review Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Kenny and Maureen It was great to meet you both and I'm so glad that you had a lovely time. Thanks and regards Sandra x
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Hot Week In Josselin

  • 4 of 5

We had a lovely holiday in Petite Bourgrimaud. It was a beautiful and tranquil place with canals nearby. The local community had a music festival on the Saturday and we were made very welcome. I joined in with the dancing, met up with a couple who thankfully could speak English and enjoyed a wonderful evening, topping it off dancing with my husband in the garden of our cottage as we could still hear the music.

We visited some wonderful places, A beach and lake at Lac au Duc, A beautiful quaint village called Rochforte de Terre, Vannes, Lizio, Josselin and a nice day at Pontivy which was great for shopping.

The roads were fine and we did not have trouble driving on the other side of the road.

The only draw back was that it was so hot and we needed a fan, which I think Sandra has got for the next visitors so apart from that it was lovely.

The bonus was meeting Sandra and Paul . It was nice meeting the builder Alan from Manchester which was strange as he knew the area we lived at Newton.

We had a great crossing from Portsmouth to St Malo overnight and the return from Caen to Portsmouth so I recommend visiting France at this time of year.

Although it was hot it was better than it raining and we will always remember France in the sunshine with affection.

Plenty of places to eat and plenty of places to visit for adults and children so a good area to visit.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Linda Thank you for the Review and it was lovely to meet you both. I'm sorry that i have to apologise for the incredible weather that we experienced last week. I have indeed managed to get a fan now as every shop, within a 20 mile radius, was sold out until Saturday. Keep dancing! Best wishes Sandra x
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Absolutely charming romantic little cottage.

  • 4 of 5

We had a wonderful stay here; we thought the cottage was absolutely charming with roses everywhere. We liked the way the cottage was at the end of a track and so there was no passing traffic apart from friendly walkers and cyclists. Lots of easy strolls nearby (Carol is waiting for a knee operation), along the canal and across the footbridge to the local bar. Josselin is a nice town to wander around with bars and restaurants and supermarkets and petrol. Malestroit is also nice and on the same canal.

We were on our motorbike and it didn't take us long to get to Vannes, Morbihan and Carnac so there is plenty to do nearby.

The weather was a bit disappointing for the first week in June; windy and showery but it was fun to light the log burner in the evenings. Plenty of firewood lying around on the path to the river.

We felt that the cottage was very well equipped apart from one criticism. There was nothing to cook on (in the kitchen) apart from a microwave. We eat out most of the time when we go on holiday- that's part of the fun. But perhaps once or twice during the week we like to go to the local market and buy local stuff to cook a simple meal. You don't have to worry about driving as well. So just having a microwave was a bit limiting. Yes, there's a barbecue but it was too cold to cook outside.

Apart from this, we thought that Petite Bourgrimaud was perfect.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 20, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear John Thank you for your Review. I'm so sorry that you found the cooking facilities to be a problem but I do point them out in several places on my listing so it really shouldn't have come as a surprise! We have limited power to the main house and cottage as we are at the end of the line so to speak so we have had to make do somewhat, which is why we provide both gas and charcoal BBQs, quality steak knives, crab claws etc. In addition there are numerous restaurants within a few minutes drive and a couple are even within walking distance if one cares to imbibe! A four course dinner, with a choice of wine or cider can be easily obtained for €15! I'm afraid that there's very little that I can do about the weather, this week it's in the high 30's....
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A truly delightful experience

  • 5 of 5

Petite Bourgrimaud is heaven on earth. Everything about it makes you smile. The Location. The Appearance. The Peacefulness. The Local People. We even had to put up with a week of wall to wall sunshine of 28/30C.

Sandra and Paul have fitted the cottage out in a very lovely and tasteful manner. Everything is of the highest quality. The garden is quite lovely and the sunbeds are very comfortable. Spent a delightfully lovely afternoon lazing in one under a tree listening to some music I haven't listened to in 20 years!

There is lots to do and see in the area either on foot or in the car. An evening in Jossellin is interesting as there are a number of splendid restaurants. A day in Vannes for the market is a great experience.

The best of both worlds. A relaxing or travelling about time is your only choice because it will all be good.

The champagne in the fridge from you hosts is a very lovely touch too. Thank you Sandra and Paul for a truly wonderful holiday and use of the cottage.

(PS I even enjoyed the sporadic phone signal and wifi!)

  • Review Submitted: Jun 1, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for the wonderful Review. Kind regards Sandra x
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Absolutely Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

The Cottage is fabulous and the area is beautiful! We wanted a long weekend to relax and get away from everything and that's exactly what we got - Walking, cycling, eating and drinking in total peace and quiet. Josselin is beautiful and worth a visit, it was quiet and very chilled. There were plenty of places to eat and we would recommend a visit to Les Forges creperie - it was delicious. We tried to visit La Clochette but unfortunately for us it was closed as the owners were on holiday. We also visited Ploermel too which was busier but very nice. There were plenty of places to walk and cycling the canal tow path was lovely. The cottage is very well equipped with more than you would need, the bed was very comfy and the log burner kept us warm in the evenings when it got a bit chilly. The Supermarket 5 mins away was great for buying supplies and the Market in Josselin (on the Sat) was great to wander round and buy local produce. We even had a BBQ one evening, the garden is a little sun trap! The Champagne was a really great touch too and much appreciated. We restocked it at the Supermarket. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and would seriously recommend. We flew into Rennes and the drive from the airport was very easy and straightforward, but follow the Sat Nav exactly! If total relaxation and peace in an absolutely beautiful area of France is what you're after, then this is your place! Wonderful.

  • Review Submitted: May 16, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Rebecca It was lovely to meet you both and I'm so pleased that you had a great time. Thank you so much for a fabulous Review and I very much hope to see you again at some point. Thanks and regards Sandra x
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Beautiful rural retreat

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Petite Bourgrimaud for a weeks relaxation in September. The cottage is exactly as it looks on the website. Very pretty and well maintained. The location is rural so be prepared for quiet, however not too far from restaurants and a beautiful chateau 6 miles away in Josselin.

We were lucky to have a very warm week for the time of year, and enjoyed spending the evenings in the garden of the cottage with some very comfortable sun loungers!

The facilities at the cottage are as advertised, so some thought needs to be given to cooking if not eating out. The BBQ is great if you have the weather, but you may need to plan for an alternative (microwave provided and toaster etc). I brought a slow cooker and camping gas hob with me, but I am obsessed with food!

The only negative comment was the wifi connection, although Sandra has tried to improve this, due to the rural location the signal is not great. The only other issue we encountered was the heat! As mentioned we had a particularly warm week, so the bedroom got a bit warm to sleep - perhaps the option of a fan may be useful for summer months.

We had a lovely stay with a very friendly welcoming host (and dog). The welcome champagne in the fridge was a lovely touch on arrival.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 14, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this very fair Review! You did have the most amazing weather for September and tbh, I couldn't sleep that week either. Will be installing cooling fans both in the cottage and the main house for next Summer. The wifi is,and continues to be, an issue, we've had France Telecoms visit us 3 times so far, and they've charged each time, only to find nothing amiss......
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Nearest Airport
13 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Nearest Ferry
72 Miles
St Malo
Nearest Golf
20 Kilometres
Lac au Duc
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Boc Neuf
Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

As we have the Boc-Neuf river on one side and the Nantes Brest canal on the other, the property is ideally situated for walking and cycling (bicycles provided) not to mention canoeing! There are always plenty of fishermen along the towpath or on the bridge so I guess that it's great for fishing too! We are happy to provide you with a picnic lunch (at nominal cost) so that you don't have to interrupt your cycle ride to find somewhere to eat along the towpath, please don't hesitate to ask!

We have an enormous amount of wildlife, foxes, squirrels, badger, deer etc though some of them are quite shy so you may hear rather than see them. We also have a wide variety of birds, including woodpeckers and owls, and the swallows regularly enter the house to say hello! There are some fantastic opportunities for keen photographers of wildlife or even the night sky as we have no light pollution whatsoever!


The beach at Lac au Duc is a short drive away, which offers many different water sports and a 9 hole golf course, as well as a very safe beach for sunbathing and swimming.


Situated approx 72 miles from St Malo; a drive which takes approximately 90 minutes through picturesque, rural countryside. As the cottage is situated in rural Brittany a car is absolutely essential to get to and from the property but it is situated on a 'Voie Verte' (cycle track) and thus there is unlimited cycling so you can leave the car behind, if you so wish, once there. Bicycles are provided for your use.


Josselin with it's medieval castle is a 5 minute drive or 30 minute cycle (along the tow-path) away. Ploermel is a 10 minute drive, other nearby towns include Pontivy, Malestroit, La Gacilly etc. Rennes and Vannes are within an hours drive.

Further Details:

Both Josselin and Ploermel are busy towns with all the usual amenities (shops, restaurants, banks etc) and weekly markets selling local produce and wares. The French supermarkets of Le Clerc and Super U are both situated within a 5 minute drive and offer a superb range of goods as well as amazing fresh produce. The supermarket at Ploermel sells fantastic shellfish and we have even been able to obtain King Crab legs which were a couple of feet long and tasted superb!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Lanouée, Brittany

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Summer/high season
22 Jul 2017 - 1 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Summer/Autumn
2 Sep 2017 - 28 Oct 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Spring/Easter/early Summer
31 Mar 2018 - 2 Jun 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
Please contact owner. Full payment is requested at the time of reservation in order to keep administrative costs to a minimum and thus be able to maintain our rental charges as low as possible. We also respectfully ask for a security deposit of £100 (to cover breakages/damage etc) which will be returned at the end of your stay after the cottage has been checked over. Cancellations made within 6 weeks of booking date will not be refunded so please take out appropriate holiday insurance, in addition an administration fee of £50 will be charged.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day during the summer season is a Saturday but weekend/mid-week bookings, for a minimum of 3 nights, may be made if the property is available. Check-in from 4pm and departure before 10am please. Please leave the property as you found it.

Notes on prices:
You will find a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge awaiting your arrival but please enquire if you would like us to provide a 'welcome pack' of basics to help you start your holiday, we will be happy to oblige if we are able to do so. Discounts available for 'very last minute' bookings.....please just ask!

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.