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Pretty Canal Side one bed Cottage close old Village In The Centre Of Brittany

People2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type cottage
Minimum Stay 5 nights
Popular Features
  • Fireplace
  • Barbecue
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking

Overview

About the property

Charming Canal Cottage In Wonderful Position To Relax Or Explore the true heart of Brittany

A unique and beautiful little cottage positioned beside the famous Nantes / Brest canal the property sits in the middle of a small terrace of cottages dating back to Napoleonic times when the canal was built. Today the cottage has been updated to modern standards but still retains immense appeal, full of character and charm with its old beamed ceiling and open fireplace. With lovely views from the lounge area the patio doors open onto a terrace with a table and chairs. Steps take you down to a small garden laid mainly to lawn where you can follow the sun around from dawn to dusk. A gate then directly opens onto the tow path and canal from where you can walk in minutes to the village,over the canal, past the grand manor and into the heart of the village. Alternatively you can take a walk or bike ride [which can be hired locally] along the canal to explore the countryside and other villages along the way. Apart from exploring the beautiful waterway, the canal offers canoeing and fishing right on your doorstep. The lovely little village of Gouarec is just a very short stride away across the bridge or lock. It sits where the River Blavet runs through it to converge with the canal close to the cottage. Built of old Bretton stone it offers traditional bars, a pizzeria, crepe, patisserie and antique shop. New this year is a municipal indoor swimming pool, again within walking distance. This little village offers everything you need without ever needing to travel and retains a pace of life that is there to be enjoyed. But for anyone wanting to seriously explore Briittany the cottage is the perfect location. Right in the centre of Brittany, midway between Rostrennen and Mur-de- Brettagne just off the N164 the cottage is ideally situated. Almost anywhere is within 2 hours drive time, for instance to Renne in the West, Brest in the east, Roscoff in the North and Quimper in the South and every where in between! You won't be short of things to do and places to go. Beaches north and south, beautiful countryside to explore and wonderful walks or cycle rides .The canal is no longer a working waterway but occasionally small boats and canoeists glide pass after clearing the close-by lock. It's popular for fishing with occasional horse riders, cyclists and walkers using the tow-path, so its a great spot for just watching and relaxing over aperitifs. Whether you like to relax and 'take in' the real Brittany or prefer a more action packed holiday, this little cottage offers it all and is within easy distance of all the main ports .


Owner
chris and dianne hyder
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Calendar last updated:
29 June, 2017

About chris and dianne hyder

We have as a family taken most of our holidays in France for over 40 years. About 20 years ago we purchased a house in Normandy to renovate which we held for ten years.

Today in retirement we decided again to seek out a property for ourselves and discovered our little cottage on the canal .

Our cottage is also our home which means that we spend the summer ‘letting’ months with our family in England and the spring ,autumn and winter months in France where we try and settle into the French way of life .

chris and dianne hyder purchased this cottage in 2011

Why chris and dianne hyder chose Guingamp area

Because, in the uk we live on the coast, being not too far from the beach or ‘water’ was an important factor so we consider ourselves fortunate to be 'on'a canal, with beautiful Lac de Guerladen close by and wonderful beaches in easy reach for a great day out when we need it .

Brittany has always been a great place for us, offering lots of variety, friendly people, beautiful countryside and stunning beaches , so to find a cottage in such a special position was an opportunity not to be missed: beautifully located on the canal, close to a lovely old village with lots of character and centrally situated we are also within easy reach of most of Brittany. It's a place where we can be close to the French lifestyle in a rural community, peaceful and relaxing but not isolated!

What the cottage lacks in size is more than made up for in character and charm , small but perfectly formed .

What makes this cottage unique

We believe our 'petit'cottage is quite unique , located on the famous and historic Nantes /Brest canal it was built at the same time as the canal around 1840 and was probably used by canal workers.

Today the canal is for pleasure and leisure only and is used for boating, canoeing, fishing and and the towpath is easy for walkng , horse riding ,cycling and above all else ,relaxation.

Virtually in the centre of Brittany it combines charm, quaintness and convenience ,all within an historic environment that is away from the hustle and bustle.

Without leaving our 'idyl' through the seasons we can watch the canal change its colour, observe wildlife,chat to walkers,walk or cycle the towpath , explore nearby woods and walks.Or if we want to go further afield we can head to the beaches and coastal towns north or south.

Although we are unable to enjoy the pleasure of the area all year round we are delighted to be able to share the unique benefits with our guests when we are away in the uk.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The cottage was so sweet and had everything we needed.we found the people of Gouarec very friendly and helpful.
May 2015
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage in Plélauff in Cotes-d'Armor

Property Type:
  • cottage
Meals:
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • river
  • rural
  • village
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wood Stove ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Bright and modern with heated towel rail, shower, wc and basin. Tiled walls and floor. Sloping ceiling. [no bath]
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 2 (1 Bedroom) Notes on bedrooms: Attractive upstairs bedroom with king size bed and en suite .Light and airy with two windows including velux overlooking canal. sloping ceiling. Sloping ceiling.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Music Library
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat ...
  • Terrace ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 1 bicycles
Suitability:
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
Attractions:
  • autumn foliage
  • churches
  • forests
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
Notes:
Notes on accommodation: Ascending wooden stairs open straight into the bedroom, with king-size bed. Light and airy with two windows the velux gives views over the canal and manor gardens opposite. The en suite is fully tiled with recently installed new shower , toilet and basin. [no bath]. Sloping ceilings . Downstairs the front door steps down into the open lounge/diner and kitchen area which is light and relaxing . The décor combines old antique style with new and modern to create a relaxing environment. Compact and cosy our little cottage is styled for us as much as it is for our guests, as we spend the autumn , winter and spring months there every year. Heating: well insulated, the cottage is never cold but for early spring or autumn discrete electric wall heaters are more than adequate to take the chill off. Alternatively for a cosy night light up the wood burner. [logs from supermarkets or bricomarch in Rostrennen} The cottage is all- electric apart from the stove. Outside: The lounge opens onto a terrace area with table and chairs to enjoy the view over the canal with steps descending into a small planted garden, laid to lawn .A gate opens onto the tow-path ,lock and bridge over the canal to the village minutes away .Garden lounger chairs, umbrella and small barbecue are provided for the garden area ,plus a small table and chairs on the terrace. PARKING: parking on the road is safe beside the embankment , outside the front door .[please do not park in front of the garage doors opposite ] A small garden shed can be used for storage . Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: Cleaning, bedding and towels supplied for 2 guests, once per new weekly booking. More can be supplied at cost or for stays longer than a week if requeste

Reviews

Excellent! 4.4/5 -
(13 traveller reviews)

Pretty Canal Side one bed Cottage close old Village In The Centre Of Brittany
average rating of 4.3846154 based on 18 reviews
5

Cosy and comfortable.

  • 5 of 5

We loved the traditional French ambiance. Though the cottage is small it is ideal for a couple, being very well equiped. We stayed during the "heatwave" and enjoyed evening walks along the canal towpath and into the village of Gouarec.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Charming Home and Great Location

  • 5 of 5

We loved our week on the canal. The house is a fully restored cottage situated on both the canal and a bridle/bike path. The house is petite, but fine for two persons and has all the essentials. The bed and lounge furniture are all very comfortable. The cottage has a sense of older character and charm. We loved the "parade" on the path: dog walkers, bicycles, kids swimming in the canal, horses, a one-eyed cat, and even a real marching band. The village of Gouarec is charming as well and it's just a five-minute walk for fresh bread in the morning. There is a pub in the heart of the village with outside tables offering more good people watching! A 5 km walk along the canal path brings you to an both an abbey and a canal-side cafe. We visited nearby markets during our week which is always fun. We have already requested to rent again next year, but this time for a month.

The owners were very good with communications prior to our visit and after.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for a great review. We have seen many things along the canal and in the village but not the one eyed cat ! ( we will keep an eye out for it )
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4

Compact and comfortable

  • 4 of 5

A well equipped cottage for two within walking distance of all village amenities. Several places to eat, all with friendly service. Easy access for pleasant walks along the towpath and a convenient location for sightseeing further afield. We enjoyed our week's stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much. The cottage and the area seems to have something for everyone ,particularly the proximity to the village without having to drive .
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5

A very relaxing holiday in a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for 5 nights in May and had a great time. The location is perfect, right beside the canal and a few steps from the lovely village of Gouarec with shops, restaurants etc. We would recommend in particular the creperie/pizzeria a short distance from the cottage.There is a real sense of being off the beaten track but everything you need is within easy reach. There are lovely canal walks /cycling in both directions and everyone was very friendly. We loved the cottage itself. It was exactly as it appears in the photos. It is perfect for 2 people, spotlessly clean with all mod cons and everything you could possibly need. It was an extremely relaxing break. We had such a good time we are planning a return visit.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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3

A quiet corner of Brittany

  • 3 of 5

A charming cottage by the side of the Brest Nantes canal, very quiet and lots of wildlife, good level walks by the canal in both directions. The village is a few minutes walk over the bridge, Delightful.

  • Review Submitted: May 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your review. So pleased you enjoyed it especially as you live in France already ! Chris
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5

Wonderful Retreat!

  • 5 of 5

Lovely character cottage a stone's throw from the Nantes-Brest Canal,jam packed with everything you require for a relaxing holiday!We stayed for a week in September and had the area pretty much to ourselves which is just what we needed!Comfy bed with velux window for star gazing at night - very romantic!Pretty village, friendly people, lots of walks, lots of peace and quiet.A small piece of heaven!Many thanks to Chris and Diane for a very restorative break.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 15, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Location

Coast/Beach:

Lakeside beaches at Lac de Guerledan for swimming, boating, rowing etc is only 20 mins away driving or a good cycle ride if you have the energy!

A big choice of beaches is in easy driving distance to the north and south coasts of Brittany for a great day

out , within approx one and half hours drive time .

Travel:

Brittany Ferries provide an excellent service from Portsmouth to St Malo which is only 90 mins drive to the cottage on excellent roads .

Alternatively we frequently use the Portsmouth to Cherbourg or Poole to Cherbourg route .Drive time to the cottage is approx 4 hours on good motorways .

The port of Roscoff is only 90mins from the cottage with ferries from Plymouth .

The Portsmouth to Canne route is also an easy 4 hour drive with lots of villages to stop off if required.

Distances:

Just a few examples include;

Mur de Bretagne , pretty village close to the lake. With cafe and restaurant. 20 min drive

Pontivy, Napoleons town, on the canal, old , interesting, chateaux, Mon market- 40 mins drive

Rostrennen, good for shopping with 3 supermarkets . Tues market . 20mins

Josselin, lovely old fortress town on the canal , castle, museum , cafes.. 90 mins drive.

Lac De Guerlean, massive 10 mile long lake surrounded with forest for walking, swimming, sailing , fishing. 20 mins

Abbey Bon Repos/Museum, a beauty spot on the canal for picnics, bar, Sun morning market. 35 min canal walk or 20 min cycle . 10 min drive

Quinton, lovely old town, Wed market, 35 mins

St. Brieuc ,busy major regional town to the north with its own small port and choice of beaches nearby at Binic, St.Quay- Portrieux and Le Val Andre.A good day trip

Vannes, an ancient town at the head of the Morbihan Gulf .A picturesque old quarter, shops and cafes . An excellent day trip and easy drive .Approx 100 mins .

Concarneau, A bustling fishing port and ancient walled town , beaches , shops , cafes . Excellent day trip and easy drive .Approx 100 mins .

Further Details:

Although a small old village Gouarec has everything you need including 2 banks , cash dispenser, pharmacy, a small supermarket , patisserie, garage. There's a choice of eateries including an old beamed pizzeria with open oven, a delightful daytime restaurant/ cafe serving traditional lunches to trades people and visitors,and a crepe. All within minutes easy walking distance.

Located in the beautiful Cotes d'amour the cottage is also virtually on the border with Morbihan with its vast gulf, beaches and sea foods, within an easy day trip to the south of Gouarec.

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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday cottage in Plélauff, Cotes d'Armor

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
GBP
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
 
Rate 2
24 Jun 2017 - 28 Jul 2017
5 night minimum stay
£282
for 5 nights
£395
 
 
Rate 3
29 Jul 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
5 night minimum stay
£307
for 5 nights
£430
 
 
Rate 4
3 Sep 2017 - 6 Oct 2017
5 night minimum stay
£239
for 5 nights
£335
 

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £100

Booking Notes:
We require a non-refundable deposit of one hundred pounds to reserve your stay with full payment due 8 weeks prior to arrival.
The deposit will be held against any damages or special cleaning if required. This will be returned 2 weeks after your departure.
To make a provisional booking in the first instance and to confirm availability please contact us direct on telephone or email.[ email preferred]

Changeover Day:
Saturday changeover arrival time after 3 pm unless by prior agreement
Departure time 10 am latest unless by prior arrangement


Notes on prices:
We may be able to arrange an off- season booking by special arrangement. Please phone or email with details .
For all UK bookings payment must be in pounds sterling.
Weekly cleaning, linen and electricity is included.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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