With an abundance of charm and character, La Garenne's 4 romantic thatched cottages are delightfully situated in a peaceful country valley with glorious views across our 15 acre field and well tended gardens, sloping down to the gently meandering River Blavet. Superbly renovated, with high quality interiors, it has been said that these cottages, which date back over 200 years, are amongst the most beautiful in Brittany. Our grounds have colourful flowers and extensive areas of lawn. Facilities include table tennis, badminton, swings, and heated swimming pool with terrace, loungers, alarm and security fence with lockable gate. There is a bar and restaurant 5-10min stroll along the scenic tow-path which is also great for cycling and walking. Historic towns with wonderful market days are not far. Several superb sandy beaches 20-30 mins' drive. La Garenne is a safe and friendly place for children and the views are magnificent. Please see our own 'select cottages' website for more photos & customer reviews.
The numerous facilities at La Garenne include a private heated swimming pool (open mid May to September inclusive, with roll on thermal cover to reduce the night time heat loss), table tennis, badminton, swings and boules. The 3 acres of fenced grounds have colourful flowers and extensive areas of lawn. Each cottage has its own private patio with garden furniture, BBQ and private parking. Gate access to the tow-path and river. The river is popular for fishing and boat trips. Canoeing & kayaking are available locally. Cycle hire with delivery to La Garenne is also available locally. There is an authentic Breton family restaurant/bar only a 5-10 minute stroll along the scenic tow-path. Sandy beaches 20 - 30 mins by car.
In the area: Carnac with its famous Megalithic stones and excellent beach is 30 - 40 mins. The small town of Languidic with all facilities including a market day is approximately 5 mins' drive. There are 5 golf courses within 40 minutes. Stroll or cycle on the tow-path watching the herons and cormorants fishing in the river. For further information, please email email@example.com or phone 07739 905600. Or visit our website www.selectcottages.com for more information, photos, and online booking.
Features: Smell the freshness of the air and soak up the sun by the pool with glorious views of this peaceful wooded valley. These gorgeous 200 year old thatched cottages have an absolutely stunning setting and are so beautiful that you will find photos of them in French tourist literature in Brittany.
Private heated swimming pool with level 1m shallow end and slope to 2.3m deep end. Small baby pools available. Full paved terrace. Plenty of loungers with cushions and parasols. Security alarm, discreet safety fence and lockable gate, ensuring young children are safe at all times.
Please note: Our swimming pool is open from mid May until the end of September. Weather permitting we aim to keep the temperature at around 80°F (26/27 °C) during July and August, high 70's F (25°C) during June and mid 70's F (23/24°C) during May and September. If there is an unseasonally cold spell this may alter by a degree or two.
Table tennis, badminton, boules, croquet, swings and other outdoor games available
Laundry room with 2 washing machines, 2 tumble dryers and La Grange additionally has its own washing machine.
All inclusive prices - there are no extras! Linen and towels (including tea towels), cleaning and welcome hamper are included in the rental price. An initial supply of washing up liquid, dishwasher tablets, washing powder, hand soaps, shower gel, shampoo, toilet paper, sponges, scourers and other cleaning items will be there in the cottage for your arrival. There is generally enough of each item for several days.
Three acres of safe fenced grounds with colourful flowers and extensive areas of lawn gently sloping down to the towpath beside the meandering River Blavet
Access the towpath besides the river through our gate with a stiff latch located at the top of the gate so only adults can undo the latch
Bar and restaurant 5 to 10 minutes' stroll along the towpath beside the Pont Neuf bridge
The valley of the River Blavet is known as the Vallee Verte (Green Valley). It is a conservation area and La Garenne sits on its own with magnificent views South across the valley. It really is a unique location and your first glimpse of La Garenne is from about 1km away as you drive up the little lane beside the river.
The area is also a haven for wildlife. One visitor spotted (and noted down) over 40 different types of bird in one week, including Cormorants, Herons and Kingfishers on the river. The valley is peaceful, the air fresh and the stars at night are something to behold.
In Summer Brittany is light until much later than in the UK. You can barbecue dinner in our beautiful grounds soaking up the warm evening sun and enjoy the lovely views with a glass of chilled wine.
With a mild climate La Garenne is also ideal for a Spring or Autumn break. Imagine curling up on the sofa with a good book and glass of fine red wine in front of a roaring log fire on a crisp autumn evening. In fact, tell us what time you are arriving and Jeanine will have your cottage warm, beds turned down, log fire crackling with wine, bottle opener and glasses ready on the kitchen table for you.
Each cottage has both electric heating and a huge wood burning stove. In our Summer season, from 1 May to 30 September, everything is fully inclusive, so firewood and electricity are included in the price.
In the low season (i.e. before 30 April and after 1 October), the electricity charge is, where possible, calculated according to meter reading and usage. If this is not possible, we also have standard rates we can apply based upon average usage for that time of year. This is usually deducted from the refundable breakage deposit. The same with firewood, we have a large wood store and we buy in the logs by the cubic metre, then simply ask you to pay for what you use.
Booklets on Brittany, tourist information on things to see and do, suggested restaurants and a full house information folder are there to help you get the best out of your stay.
Our Caretaker, the vivacious Jeanine is ever present with her French joie-de-vivre. She spends endless hours tending our gardens, ensuring every detail is taken care of and simply adores La Garenne.
La Garenne's stunning location has twice been used as the venue for large wedding celebrations - have you ever thought about somewhere really different for a special occasion - be it a birthday, anniversary, family reunion, golf or corporate gathering? La Garenne is perfect for up to 20. Just let us know the occasion and we can arrange to have something special in the cottage for your arrival. La Grange and La Chaumiere can be linked to create accommodation for 10-12.
Sorry, we do not allow pets at any of our properties.
Travel to France is becoming increasingly expensive, with ferry and flight prices going up each year. We are pleased to be able to offer all our customers a minimum of 20% off all Brittany Ferries' fares, as well as tunnel discounts.
Select Cottages is a small family run business started by myself, Greg, in the late 1980’s, when I bought and converted firstly the cottages in France, followed by those in the Lake District. Here we are in 2013 celebrating our 25th year, which I find hard to believe!
A bit about myself: I was born in New Zealand and am a passionate supporter of the All Blacks. I lived in England for many years from secondary school age, and since leaving university have lived in Surrey, Cumbria (at Bridge End Farm for 8 years) and Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. I am married to Zarina and we held our wedding in glorious sunshine at La Garenne in Brittany. I am delighted that my daughter Natasha is now helping me with the business, especially with the IT side of things!
Although no longer living at Bridge End Farm, I visit on a regular basis to ensure that everything is running smoothly and that we are doing everything possible to maintain our high standards and make your holiday most enjoyable. Indeed you may bump into us on holiday ourselves since we always take our holidays both in the Lake District and France, spending our time either out on the fells, strolling along beside the River Blavet or perusing the French marchés!
At La Garenne, in Brittany, Jeanine has been with us for 23 years now. She is unique! Jeanine and her husband, Jean-Claude, also held their wedding reception at La Garenne several years ago; she adores La Garenne, and takes immense pride in looking after everything for us to make sure it looks as beautiful as it does. Elle est fantastique!
If you are looking for a special place for your holiday, then we look forward to helping you with your holiday plans.
Greg Poole purchased this cottage in 1990
La Garenne is delightfully situated in the peaceful valley of the River Blavet, Southern Brittany. It is about 5 minutes by car to our local town of Languidic and a few minutes further to the pretty market town of Hennebont. Good sandy beaches are approx 20-25 minutes away. The pretty port of Auray, the stunning county town of Vannes and provincial town of Pontivy are all within easy distance of La Garenne. Rennes and Brest airports are just over an hour away. Nantes and Dinard airports are about 2 hours' drive. The ferry ports of St. Malo, Roscoff, Caen and Cherbourg are 2 hours, 2 hours, 3 hours and 4 hours away respectively. Calais and the tunnel are a 6 hour drive away. La Garenne is owned by Greg Poole of Select Cottages, who has 25 years experience letting high quality accommodation.
Please email Greg or contact him by phone (firstname.lastname@example.org / 07739 905 600) for more information. Or visit our website www.selectcottages.com for more photos, full prices, and online booking.
There are several sandy beaches 20-30 minutes by car from La Garenne ranging from the vast sweeping sands of Guidel in the west (see photo gallery) to Lamour Plage, Port Louis, Etel, Erderven and a little further, the famous and popular Carnac beach to the south (see photo gallery).
There are wonderful walks and cycle rides along the scenic towpath beside the River Blavet with the occasional little bar, café or restaurant dotted every few kilometres in each direction to stop at for refreshments. In fact, there is an authentic Breton bar and restaurant just 5-10 minutes walk beside the river from La Garenne so when in France why not do as the French do and have your main meal at lunchtime and simply amble back along the scenic towpath in the afternoon.
Towns and villages:
Languidic is the nearest town, about a 5 minute drive away. It has two fabulous patisseries, a supermarket, market day, central square with huge church and lots of shops all around the square.
Hennebont is a larger town with a great market held on Thursday mornings and is around 10 minutes' drive. There are also some interesting old battlements to explore and another magnificent church. Every town, small or large, has a different market day so there is one every day of the week. We have a list of all the days and towns in the housebook at La Garenne.
Brittany is famous for its seafood and crepes and there are many good restaurants in the region, details of our favourites ranging from a simple pizzeria to the Michelin star Chateau de Locguenole can be found in the cottage housebooks.
Things to do and see:
Poul Fetan is a magnificently restored medieval village 'museum' just 10 to 15 minutes' drive from La Garenne. In summer they dress in period costume and there are demonstrations of arts and crafts from a bygone era
The towpath beside the river is fabulous for cycling. No hills, no cars and just the occasional other cyclist or walker and an ever changing landscape as the river meanders through glorious countryside. Take your own bikes or hire them from the bike shop at nearby Lochrist. Their bikes are superb, reasonably priced and they even deliver to and collect from La Garenne. Helmets, children's bikes, baby chairs etc are all supplied
Have a fun filled couple of hours hiring kayaks at the French National Kayaking Centre just a few minutes downstream from La Garenne. It's well priced, well organised, has a great slalom course and is safe for both adults and children.
The River Blavet teems with fish and we even have several families of otters who live on the riverbanks and can sometimes be seen early in the mornings on this stretch of the river
Rambling, Tennis and Horse Riding are all available close by. Walk the Blavet valley, play tennis in Languidic or even have a go at Western Riding at Hennebont! All the details are in the cottages.
As well as the kayak hire mentioned above, boat trips can also be taken on the River Blavet upstream at the pretty town of St Nicholas des Eaux and also on the Golfe du Morbihan near Vannes. It is a huge bay nearly cut off from the open ocean. There are hundreds of small islands and it is a very popular place for boat trips and sailing.
Pont Scorff Zoo only about 20 minutes away is fun for all the family - even teenagers (my two loved it!). The Penguin Feeding is a highlight and many of our visitors have also commented on how much they enjoyed it.
There are 5 golf courses within 45 minutes' drive. The nearest being less than 30 minutes away. The golf courses in France are very well prepared and not as busy as the UK.
We are in the Department (County) of Morbihan, so we are near the south coast but central between the west and east of Brittany. The N165 dual carriage way runs close to the southern coast so most of the towns, beaches and places of interest in Southern Brittany are accessible within an hour's drive.
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