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Cottage with Pool, FREE bikes, boat canoe/kayak and WIFI in riverside village



Updated: 10-Sep-2016
Comfortable two bedroomed traditional beamed cottage with a large garden, centrally located for exploring Brittany.

The cottage has a heated swimming pool in a private garden plus a 10ft glass fibre Rowing Boat and NEW for 2017 two canoe/ kayaks all FREE for our guests use, Life jackets supplied, FREE Adult BIKES and various sized children's bicycles. FREE reliable WIFI ( bring your own laptop) Well behaved dogs are welcome.

We have two cosy, Breton stone cottages situated in the centre of the lovely floral riverside village beside the River Blavet. Each cottage has two good sized double bedrooms one double and one twin bedroom, they can be rented together or individually, the heated swimming pool is shared between the two cottages but the gardens are fenced and completely separate.

The beamed traditional cottages are comfortably furnished with a large living/dining room containing a three piece suite, a coffee table, a large flat screen English satellite TV, a DVD player and FREE reliable WIFI ( bring your own laptop ), also there is a dining table and chairs in a separate part of the room and a high-chair is available if required.

There is a large modern shower room with a toilet and a vanity unit.

The kitchen is fully equipped for comfortable living and the door leads into the large garden.

There is a small separate laundry area with a washing machine, iron and ironing board, the rotary washing line is in the garden, pegs are provided.

A door leads from the living room to the stairs to the bedrooms and cloakroom. The master bedroom has a comfortable double bed, the duvet weight that depends on the season, a top sheet is also supplied for those really warm nights. The pillows are soft and bouncy and if more are needed these can be supplied.. There is a chest of drawers in each bedroom and a dressing table with a stool. There is a large walk -in-wardrobe on the spacious landing and also a cloakroom which has a toilet and washbasin.

The second bedroom has comfortable twin 3ft divan beds suitable for adults.

We do have cots available for all ages ( birth to 3yrs ).

The cottages have separate, large, fully enclosed private gardens, each have a BBQ, garden furniture consisting of table chairs and a parasol for that meal alfresco, also reclining sun beds for relaxing with a good book, or sunning ones self after a cooling swim, remember to bring a sun hat and glasses! Ideal for a completely relaxing holiday.

The heated swimming pool is above ground and safely fenced away from small children. There is a small blow up paddling pool available for little ones.

If an activity holiday is more your thing, one can walk or cycle for miles in each direction along the level towpath to Pontivy in one direction or into the picturesque countryside where along the towpath there is a really lovely riverside restaurant which serves very delicious meals for a very moderate price or just a beer. An hour or two can be spent watching the activity on the including boats passing through the lock.

It is an area which is very popular with artists and your host has an interest in art and will be happy to help suggest subjects suitable for sketching and painting. We offer FREE very reliable Wifi ( bring your laptop ).

We supply FREE adult bicycles and various sized children's bicycles if you enjoy cycling around the countryside or along side the river with it's beautiful scenery .

We give you a free WELCOME PACK with some goodies to ease your arrival.

Every morning a bread lady stops just a few yards from the door and sells bread, croissant and a few other delights as well. There is a small shop in the village which supplies some essentials.

The cottage is just 200yds from the riverside and along the rivers edge in the village you will find a very popular Creperie, a superb Bistro, a good hotel restaurant and two bars, these all have terraces which over look the river's edge which is lined with a mass of flowers.

During the summer months there are craft and antique markets held at the weekends.

There are also fetes that involve eating and dancing, these are great fun.

The main event of the year is Bastille on July 14th when there is a fete and then later in the evening there is always a tremendous firework display over the river. Pedaloes, canoes and electric boats and electric boats are available for hire and if additional bicycles are required these can be obtained.

There is a really nice playground for the children it has a nice picnic area next to it on the banks of the river.

Everything is a short stroll from the cottage which is convenient, no need to use the car unless you wish to go further afield, the nearest supermarket is 3miles away.

A charming 9 hole golf course is to be found 2 miles from the cottage in the grounds of a ruined chateau, the green fees are very reasonable.

Fishing is very popular on the river and nearby lakes for which a fortnightly permit has to be obtained for adults, we can assist with bait and rods.

The village is central for beaches and historical sites, many interesting visits are a short car-ride away.

We hope to make your stay with us a wonderful memory.

More Details
  • Sleeps 5
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 1 Bathroom, 1 Separate Toilet
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Pets considered
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Accept Credit Cards
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

My wife and I have lived in France for many years and had successfully let our two holiday cottages to couples and families until we decided to retire and travel the world. After several years of travelling we have now decided to once again settle in St Nicolas des Eaux making it our home and let our two lovely cottages. We hope that our guests will enjoy the village and surrounding area as much as we do. We live five doors away and are always on hand.

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Speaks English, French

Guestbook comments from the owner

Lovely stay here, a good base to explore the area.

Josselin a must see, also Quiberon.

Fantastic beaches all around the coast.

Good food and wine at the supermarket in Plumeliau.

Mike and Patricia lovely hosts, made us very welcome.
Sep 2015
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10 Reviews

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Wonderful cottage. A real home from home. Will definately be returning. Mike and Midge fab hosts.

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful cottage in a quiet little village not far from bigger towns. Very well equiped. Owners were very welcoming and gave us loads of useful information. Nothing was too much trouble. The pattiserie lady coming round in the mornings was a real treat as was the local Bistro. We enjoyed using the heated pool and the rowing boat on the river a short walk away. Very relaxed atmosphere around the village. The locals are very friendly.

  • Review Submitted: Sep 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments and for leaving the cottage so clean and tidy. We really enjoyed your stay and are pleased that you enjoyed using the pool and rowing boat. We intend to have two canoe / Kayaks next year. The bicycles have also been very popular. We hope to see you again in the near future.
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Thoroughly recommend - great place and people with lots to do

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful two weeks staying at Blavet cottage. The kids (5 and 8 year old boys) loved the garden, rope swing, swings, swimming pool and outdoor games as well as the rowing boat and the visiting baker (pain au chocolate every morning - definite diet for me now!). We took the boys bikes and borrowed the adult bikes that the owners had available, we loved the bike rides alongside the beautiful river tow path. There were lots of treasures to be found like the chapel in the rocks and secret tunnels. So much wildlife and good food. The house was lovely and had every home comfort you could think of including English TV, beach towels and hairdryer. You really could just turn up with your clothes! Patricia and Michael couldn't be more friendly and helpful , always at hand if we needed them, living only a couple of doors down. They recommended places to go and things to do. Having two small children it was nice that an English couple familiar to the area were close at hand in case of emergency especially as our French is so bad! We recommend taking up the owners offer of dinner on the first night it was delicious and a great start to the holiday after a tiring day travelling. Overall I can see it would suit all ages as it is an old village which is peaceful and beautiful but with so much activity with all the provided equipment and local sites such as Karting, high ropes, interesting markets, châteaux and places to see. We loved the mOving metal sculpture museum in Lizio - so magical we spent hours there and the parc de prehistoire ar Malsanac which showed life size dinosaurs and then showed scenes through to moder human in an old slate quarry setting. So many others things to mention its sufficient to say we had a great time. Thank you so much for a relaxing and wonderful holiday. I am sure we will be back again ☺

  • Review Submitted: Aug 30, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted that you had such a wonderful holiday and discovered why we love St Nicolas des Eaux and the surrounding area. We try to give our holiday makers the best experience with out being intrusive. Thank you for visiting us and we hope you return in the near future.
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Cottage with 2 bedrooms and fully equiped kitchen outside there is a garden ,patio area and pool

  • 5 of 5

Really enjoyed our stay here .

lovely village , lots of places to visit which are not too far to drive to.

The owners were very welcoming and helpful.

We took up the offer of a home cooked meal on arrival which was very good,and most welcome after a long journey.

The cottage had everything in it we required .

Outside is a patio table reclining chairs and barbeque .

The new heated outdoor pool was an added bonus as was the use of the bikes and the rowing boat.

There are a couple of nice restaurants within walking distance, and plenty of places to walk / cycle along the river .

All in all very enjoyable and thoroughly recommended.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 23, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind comments. We are very fortunate to live in such a lovely part of France and to be able to share it with such appreciative guests as yourselves.
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Lovely part of the world to relax and take time out.

  • 4 of 5

The cottage is set in a beautiful village with a lovely river running through it. Lovely for walking, cycling and kayaking. The owners are very friendly and helpful and it is situated in a good position to visit towns and sites.

Thanks you for a nice stay.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are pleased you enjoyed your stay.
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A small, charming property with good facilities in a scenic French Breton village on a river.

  • 5 of 5

This small two bedroom house is located in lovely St Nicolas-des-Eaux, right in the middle of the Breton countryside. It is about 12 km from Pontivy and ca 50 car minutes from some excellent beaches, i.e. Carnac, Erdeven, Guidel plage etc. St Nicolas lies on the river Blavet which invites visitors to paddle, kanoe, walk, cycle or even take a dip. Its banks are lined with beautiful trees and meadows and it is ideal for picnics or a leisurely stroll past the interesting locks. Every summer avantgarde artists display their latest works in the numerous chapels, which might be of some interest to art lovers.

We used to come to this area when our children were growing up and they enjoyed the absolute freedom to roam around the fields and the river with their French friends.

After a long break we decided to return to this peaceful corner of the world but this time it was just the two of us. We decided to rent a property and. our choice turned out to be excellent. The owners, Patricia and Michael Hunt, were most welcoming and helpful and can provide 'newcomers' with countless suggestions as to what to visit, where to eat etc etc.

The house itself is very cosy and extremely well stocked with all necessities in kitchen and bathroom. It even has a walk-in-wardrobe and a utility area!

The garden is large and benefits from a plunge pool, loungers, two coal barbecues and a big cherry tree giving shade.

The adjacent property belongs to Michael and Patricia too. Both houses are separated by a fence which opens up at the back of the gardens to allow a share of the pool. This would make it an ideal holiday spot for two befriended or one large family.The only suggestion for improvement would be to install some kind of cooling unit or air-conditioning in the bedrooms as they tend to become very hot.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Lovely cottage in a beautiful village.

  • 5 of 5

The cottage was well equipped and absolutely spotless. All that we needed was provided and we couldn't have had friendlier or more helpful hosts. Thank you Michael and Patricia.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your very kind comments, we hope to see you in the future
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From the Owner

We originally bought the cottages because we loved the area. The river is very pretty and tranquil and the walks and cycle tracks along the tow path are lovely. Guests can also cycle along the level tow path for miles in both directions. A holiday here can be as active or relaxing as you wish. The area is very popular with both artists and anglers, fishing rods are available for loan. There are many opportunities to sketch and paint the beautiful local scenery. The cottages exhibit the work of one of the owners.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Rennes Brittany at 113 Kilometres Nearest Barpub : Petit Zef at 0.1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : St Malo at 139 Kilometres Nearest Golf : Rimaison at 2 Kilometres Nearest Train : L'orient at 46 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : N64 at 8 Kilometres Nearest Restaurant : Hotel de la Valley, The Bistro, The Creperie at 0.4 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Port Louis at 45 Kilometres Car: necessary

Special interest holidays:

The River Blavet attracts anglers and has fishing competitions, we can supply some fishing equipment to those who are interested, a fortnightly permit has to be obtained be obtained but this is very reasonably priced. There are also several fishing lakes locally and we can arrange for visits to these.

The area is well known for being of interest to artists and photographers because of the stunning scenery, your hostess is very interested in watercolour and can advise on where to get art materials and good subjects for drawing and painting locally, she would be happy to help or advise where she can. There are many interesting walks in the immediate area especially along the river which is only 100 yards away. Cycling is enjoyed by many people and we can provide bicycles free of charge for those who wish to take advantage of this. Canoes can be made available. Horse riding, Go carting and Archery is available very close by.


There are good local markets fairly close by, the best are in Vannes, Locmine, Hennebont, Carnac and Auray to name a few.


The nearest seaside destination of Port Louis with its fine sandy beaches about a 35 minute drive. The popular beaches of Carnac, Quiberon and the Gulf de Morbihan are about a 45 minute drive. Lac Guerledan is 25 minutes drive and has beaches and watersports as well as stunning scenery. Many excellent seafood restaurants can be found in this area. There is the Parc Accrobranche Adventure Forest in Camor which is about 12 kms from the cottages which offers exciting activities for the family. www.camors-adventure-forest.com. There is the Kart Centre in Plumeliau only 3kms away which will surely appeal to Dad's and teens. Poul-Fetan is close by and is about 20 minutes drive away, this is a restored 19 century village with many examples of the lives of Breton people in times gone by in which all the family can participate. We are close to many interesting sites including the magnificent standing stone of Carnac. Come and experience the history and beauty of our area or just relax.


Contact us for 10% Brittany Ferry discount. The use of a car or motorbike is essential.

Ferry ports

St. Malo 84miles Brittany Ferries. ( 1 hour 43mins)

Roscoff 88miles Brittany Ferries ( 1 hour 55mins )

Caen 181miles (2hrs 46mins)

Cherbourg 212miles (3hours 20mins)

Le Havre 239 miles ( 3hours 42mins )

Dieppe 293 miles (4hours 30mins)

Boulogne 374miles (5hours 38mins)


Rennes 69miles ( 1hour 18mins)

Dinard 77miles

Brest 91miles (1hour 40mins)

Nantes 101miles (1hour 57mins)


St Nicolas des Eaux to Pontivy 8miles

Carnac 46miles

Josselin 24miles

Quimper 68 miles

Concarneau 57miles

Auray 42miles

Quiberon 55miles

Further Details:

Plumeliau - 3miles-Boulangerie , Bank, Doctor, dentist, pharmacy and supermarket with fuel. Supermarket open Sunday 9 to 12noon, Go-Karting, tennis.

Pontivy-8miles- Our local large town situated on the river can be reached from village via the towpath. Has a large Hospital with Emergency department, large supermarkets and speciality shops, restaurants ( Italian, Chinese and traditional French ) New swimming pool, Chateau.

Lac Guerledan- 21 miles A beautiful large lake with beaches, boat hire, water sports or just relax.

Josselin-24miles- Very pretty medieval town with a large imposing Chateau overlooking the Nantes Brest Canal with boats on the canal

Quistinic-12miles-Pol Feton 16th century working French medieval village very interesting for young and older!

Camor -15miles- Forestry Activity Park, good for younger people especially active teens who get bored. Dads enjoy it as well.

Port Louis-25miles- nice beach nearest to us.

Carnac-35miles-Lovely beach, safe for little ones, lots to see, good markets twice weekly.

Quiberon-40miles- Worth a visit but gets very crowded in the summer months, Our past guests say great sea-food restaurants here.

La Trinite-43miles- Good seafood restaurants, smart marina.

Vannes - 30 miles- harbour and marina, fantastic market on Wednesday and Saturday especially for fish, walled old town. Smart shops and good restaurants.

Malestroit- 42miles-WW11 war museum, certainly worth a visit.

Auray- 35miles A very old characterful town on the river estuary with lots of art and antique shops to stroll around.

Concarnau- 50 miles-a fishing port with lots to see and on the way there visit

Pont Aven- 40miles- Guegan loved it so much that he settled and painted here, lots of Art Galleries but very pretty also.

The Gulf of Morbihan is very beautiful, we are in a very central position if you do wish to explore further afield.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Low Season
1 Oct 2016 - 19 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Mid Season
20 May 2017 - 30 Jun 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
High Season
1 Jul 2017 - 21 Jul 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Peak Season
22 Jul 2017 - 25 Aug 2017
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Late Season
26 Aug 2017 - 27 Oct 2017
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
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
A deposit of £100 per week will be required to reserve the cottage, this will be kept as a security deposit and refunded immediately on the completion of the holiday. The balance will be due one month before the commencement of the holiday. Payments can be made via direct electronic bank transfer ( no charge ) or Paypal (plus their charges.) Ask about 10% Brittany Ferries discount before booking ferry.

Changeover Day:
Changeover day is Saturday, but we will consider an alternative day. Arrival time is 4pm on the day of arrival and departure time is 10am on the day of departure. If accommodation is required before or after the holiday this may be available.

Notes on prices:
Long winter lets are available for £400 per calendar month plus utility bills.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
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From the Owner

The benefits of the two properties are that that they are not part of a gite or holiday complex although we are putting a swimming pool in the garden for 2016. The large gardens are separate but the pool will be shared at the top of the gardens-- you are immersed in life in a real Breton village. Life can be as peaceful or active as you need. You could spend a week without needing to get in a car. There is a shop that supplies many essentials a 3 km bike ride away and a baker delivers excellent bread every day to the cottages in the lane at 8.15am every day except Monday. There is a meat and fish van that visits the village and stops in the road several times a week at noon, he toots his horn loudly to announce his presence. A real escape from the hectic grind of daily life and work.

Property Type

  • cottage


  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered ...
  • smoking allowed ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...

Location Type

  • near the sea
  • river
  • village


  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants

Leisure Activities

  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • swimming


  • Toilet 1 - Toilet, with wash basin and cupboard
  • Shower room 1 - Toilet, Shower Enclosure, Good sized shower cabinet in large shower room
  • Shower room with good sized shower enclosure, W.C. and wash hand basin on vanity unit on the ground floor. On the first floor by the bedrooms is a W.C. with a wash hand basin. Large cupboard containing a hair dryer and toiletries.


  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 2
  • Master Bedroom - 1 Double Bed, 2 Cot, One cot has an bassinet insert for baby under 6 months
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 4 plus baby (2 Bedrooms) 2 cots available, one for under 6 months of age Notes on bedrooms: Good sized Master Bedroom has a double bed, chest of drawers, dressing table with mirror, bedside tables, reading lamps, hair dryer. Bedroom 2 is also a good size with two 3ft. divan single beds, chest of drawers, dressing table with mirror, bedside table with reading lamp. Bed linen and towels and beach towels are supplied. Two Cots available, one with a bassinet for the baby under 6 months old. A Z-bed is available for a child or small adult. A Large walk in wardrobe on the landing serves both bedrooms.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 7 bicycles


  • Self-catering

Learn more about this holiday rental at the owner's website


  • Notes on accommodation: The accommodation is suitable for children and the active elderly, the stairs are quite steep as it is a character cottage with exposed beams in all rooms. There is a door at the bottom of the stairs ensuring safety for small children. You will find everything for your comfort and convenience. Reliable WIFI is available ( bring your laptop ) There is a toilet with a wash basin next to the bedrooms for night time use and a large walk in wardrobe on the landing. The large shower room with a toilet is on the ground floor. The cottage is very quiet, it is in a row of typical picturesque stone Breton cottages some with thatched roofs. There are permanent, very friendly French residents in other the cottages. All restaurants and bars are within easy walking distance. Every day at 08.15am with the exception of Monday, the baker stops in the lane with bread and croissants etc. for your convenience. In the village there is a shop selling bread, wine and some other essentials. Outside: The garden furniture consists of a large table and 6 chairs plus a parasol, reclining chairs for sun bathing, A moveable BBQ is provided for your sole use. The pretty grassed garden has flowering shrubs and is completely enclosed by hedges and fencing, therefore very safe for little ones and giving a good degree of privacy. there is a rotary washing line and pegs. FREE bicycles are available to use. Utility Room: Washing machine. Iron and ironing board. Clothes pegs. Hot water cylinder. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Towels, tea towels and bed linen are supplied free of charge. Cot linen is also available. Weekly linen change for longer stays if required. Toilet Soap, Toilet paper, Dishwasher and washing detergent is supplied.

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