|Minimum Stay||2 - 7 nights|
Merlin cottage, at the Old Bakery gites, is a fully renovated well appointed traditional Breton stone gite with swimming pool for up to 7 people, located in the heart of Brittany in the village of Gomene Cotes-D'Armor.The house dates from 1790 and has been tastefully modernised whilst retaining its traditional charm with exposed beams and character stone walls.It offers spacious high quality accommodation in a tranquil countryside position , set in over an acre of stunning gardens and surrounded by fields and woodland. Family friendly .
The accomodation is on two floors and consists of a downstairs large open plan kitchen living and dining area from where you take a spiral stair case to the landing giving access to three large comfortable bedrooms with large shower room & WC. The master bedroom, with 4-poster double bed, has views over the courtyard and gardens the second bedroom has a double bed and great views over fields and the woodlands beyond.The third bedroom has a single bed and set of single bunks ( three single beds in all) and also overlooks the courtyard and gardens.Downstairs is a woodburner and in addition all rooms have electric heating.A cot ,high chair and baby bath are also available on request. Immediately outside the gite is a private seating , dining and BBQ area and in addition you have access to over an acre of gardens and a covered outdoor entertainments and BBQ area.
The gite is self catering but as an optional extra (prices on enquiry) the proprietor, who is a qualified chef, can cook your evening meal and deliver to your gite or you may like to have breakfast in our traditional farmhouse kitchen .
We are located in the heart of central Brittany ,an ideal location to see all many of the sites that Brittany offers to be expolred.This property is in a beautiful rural setting but has the advantage of being only 10 minutes drive from the National Routeway N164 that opens up travel to all the sights and delights of Brittany. We are 1h15 and 2h25 respectively from St. Malo and Caen ferries and 1h20 and 50 minutes respectively from Dinard and Rennes airports. The village of Gomene has a Pub tabac and Sunday market and the neighbouring village of Meneac ( 2 minutes drive away ) has a village store , Boulagerie for your bread , cakes and fresh croissants , Tabac bar , Pub .Pizzeria and Tuesday market.
Come and stay this attractive cottage and experience the sights , gourmet food , fine wine , markets and beauty of central Brittany.
You will have
. Self Catering spacious cottage with private BBQ and outdoor seating area with table , chairs and parasol.
.use of a SWIMMING POOL (***open 1st June to end September only***)
.ENGLISH AND FRENCH TV, DVD , Stereo
.Use of over an acre of stunning LANDSCAPED GARDENS laid out for your enjoyment. Including , Boules court , Badminton , Childrens slide and swing activity frame, croquet , table tennis, darts and other outdoor games
.Covered OUTDOOR DINING AREA suitable for activities
.Use of AMENITIES BARN where guests WASHING MACHINE , outdoor games , board games , books , leaflets maps and guide books , DVDs , magazines , and toys can be found.
. All linens and towels are provided inclusive in the price except for pool / beach towels that are available for hire at a small fee.
.Heating , Gas , Electric included in price
. Fridge /freezer & separate freezer
. Oven and microwave .
. Iron , Ironing board , Airing frame
. Outdoor table and chairs , parasol , BBQ
.Washing machine located in the amenities barn
.Owners living on site and available to help you as much or as little as you require
THE SWIMMING POOL GARDENS AND GROUNDS
Swim in our pool or relax on the sun loungers. Positioned in the gardens and not overlooked ,the pool benefits from a heat dome that is removable on sunny days but left in place if you are unlucky with the weather so that swimming can continue on less agreeable days. It is salt filtered so no chlorine odour. Sun-loungers and pool furniture in place. Open Summer Season Only - from 1st June to end of September subject to water temperatures.
The gite is within the grounds of our former farmhouse and bakery and you will have full access to over an acre of stunning landscaped gardens with countryside and forest views . The grounds are set up for your enjoyment and you are welcome to stay on site all day to take advantage of the facilities if you wish. Your gite benefits from its own private seating and BBQ area but there is also a large covered BBQ and entertainments area in the grounds. Set amongst the boarders, pathways and orchard you will find numerous seating areas, a boule court, swing and slide activity frame , badminton, goal net, and numerous outdoor games are available including table tennis, croquet, darts, skittles and cricket. Adult bikes are available for local use.
If you're looking for a restful place to spend the day or return to at the end of a days sightseeing or activities for a family or larger group we could be the place for you.
We are happy to accommodate you for celebrations but this is not a suitable venue for loud drinking parties and we do not accept bookings for hen /stag parties or similar.
Sorry not suitable for persons with mobility difficulties.
Ideal location for sightseeing, birdwatching, walking, cycling, or just relaxing.
We are within easy reach of
.A range of local produce markets including a Sunday artisan market in the village of Gomene and regular antique / flea markets in nearby towns and villages
.Historic towns such as Josselin, Vannes, Dinard and Moncontour
.Brocéliande the legendary Arthurian forest at Paimpont
.Rochfort en Terre and La Gacilly
. Numerous beaches and coastal attractions such as Cap Frehel and Fort la latte - 3 coastlines within 1 hour.
. Branfare zoological gardens ,
.Standing stones of Carnac
.Watersports and golfing and the hydrangea walk at Lac au Duc
.Nature reserves at Sene – ideal for birdwatchers. The owners are keen birdwarchers and happy accompany guests to this and other destinations.
.Themepark of Kingoland at Locmine / Plumelin
.Mont Saint Michel
.The area has over 43kms of marked countryside walks and cycle routes and there are walks immediately from the gites. We have adult bikes available for local use.
. The sculpture park at Domaine de Kerguehennec
. Fishing locally and sea fishing also available at the Golfe du Morbihan.
. Pool on site plus Aquatides complex at Loudeac
Beautiful rural setting but easily accessible from St. Malo and Caen ferries (1h15 and 2h25 respectively) and Dinard and Rennes airports (1h20 and 50 minutes respectively).
Our names are Donna and George Thain. We are a husband and wife team who have given up our careers as a chef and a nurse in the UK to live in France and run this high quality gite complex. We are both keen birdwatchers and passionate gardeners. Donna is an artist and potter. We take great pride and enjoyment in making sure our guests have the best holiday they can.
Donna Thain purchased this cottage in 2014
After many years of holidaying in Brittany we decided to give up our careers in the UK to 'live the dream'. We love the tranquillity of this rural area and the French culture. There is so much to be discovered in this area .
This gite has access to over an acre of stunning gardens to explore and use for recreation and you are welcome to stay on site all day.We have been told by many that the gardens are an attration in their own right. Set in the garden is a swimming pool.
We also offer an additional catering service so you can relax in the comfort of your own gite while the proprietor , who is a qualified chef cooks for you , ideal if you want a drink ( no driving) or if mum and dad want to pop the kids to bed and have a meal without needing baby sitters.
Wow! We booked a bit later than we normally do and that meant a much smaller choices of houses to look at. The Old Bakery looked lovely in the photos so we were hopeful, but the owners need to post more photos. This place is postcard stunning.
The house, the gardens, the residence - the adjoining fields.
Having rented a number of places over the years, you arrive and expect the odd pot and pan, but this place was so well equipped. You didn't need to think if something was there, you just opened the drawers and cupboards and it was. It wasn't all cheap and cheerful from the pound shop either. The furniture was comfortable and the indoor and outdoor eating areas lovely. The shower doesn't drizzle and the water is piping hot.
Plus so much to do for the kids - bikes, badminton, boules court, swimming pool, darts, ping pong, croquet, Frisbee with all of the equipment plus a number of areas in the garden to sit in or escape to and various chairs and loungers a plenty. We had lovely weather but still used a couple of the many boards games and DVD's available.
The owners are lovely too, daily smiles and welcomes, nothing they can't help with or advise on. Local markets, everything reachable for a day trip and village close enough for a cycle for the Sunday market.
I can't understand how this property was still available for us, but I thank you fellow HomeAwayers for leaving it to us.
We had an excellent 2 week stay in the Merlin Cottage gite. It was very well appointed and we had everything we needed in the gite. The pool was a firm hit with the children. There is also an amenities barn with games, DVD's, badminton sets, boules sets etc to keep you entertained in the beautiful gardens. You can even have use of the bicycles should you want to explore the countryside by bike. The gite was very well equipped and the beds were very comfortable. The location is tranquil however you can get to the supermarket within 15 mins by car. The owners Donna and George are English and were brilliant and very helpful. We would highly recommend this for a family holiday or one if the other 2 smaller gates for couples.
If you are looking for a tranquil relaxing and enchanting stay in France then your stay with George and Donna will be one you won't regret . We were a family of 3 adults and 4 children . The fire was extremely spacious and comfortable . The gardens and pool were magical . George and Donna were very friendly and obliging . The surrounding areas were so quiet and the villages were beautiful with lots of markets to visit . Thank you George and Donna 😄
There is a range of local produce markets near by and regular antique / flea markets. The village has an Artisan produce market every Sunday morning. The village bar hosts regular live music events and the village has a Jazz festival in June.
Countryside walks and cycling - over 43kms of marked routes in the local area and walking can / cycling commence directly outside the gites. Adult bikes for local use available.
Places to visit include,
Medieval historic towns with castles including Josselin ,Dinan ,Rohan , Vannes and pontivy.
Beautiful coastlines.3 coastlines within 1 hour.
Forte La Latte and Cap Friehel
Carnac beaches, marina and amazing standing stones .There are guided road train and bus tours around the sites of the stones that are reasonably priced.
Beaches of Suscinio, chateau and wildlife reserve approx 1 hours drive will take you to these beautiful long beaches and wildlife reserve.
Kingoland at Locmine / Plumelin - 30 minute drive away - newly opened theme park.
The sculpture park at Domaine de Kerguehennec - modern art sculpture park set in 350acres with magnificent chateau, 2 lakes and forest walks - free entry.
Golf courses within 30 minutes.
Fishing localy and sea fishing also available at the Golfe du Morbihan.
Ile d Arz - Golfe du Morbihan and tour du Golfe - 50 minute drive will take you to the Parc du Golfe in Vannes where you can take a ferry to the island Ile d Arz.
Pool on site plus ( open 1st June to end September subject to water temperatures) and .Aquatides pool complex at Loudeac
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
|Refundable Damage Deposit||£150|
Linen and towels for in gite use provided, additional pool towels available to hire .
We expect guests to leave the gite clean and tidy, if an additional cleaning service is required, or if you wish us to do so, this will be charged at 35 euros.