Cottage side view - 10 mins walk to lake beach, restaurants and marina
Cottage, Brittany Lake, sleeps 6
6 guests
3 bedrooms
5 beds
1 bath
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3 bedrooms
5 beds
1 bath
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Cottage ideally located 10 min walk from beautiful beach of Lac de Guerledan, Brittany. Lake stretches 8 miles through forest valley. Miles of lake and forest walks on the doorstep. The cottage is also midway between the north and south coasts so ideal to explore Brittany in all directions

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The cottage is the last one within Keriven village en route to the lake beach area of Beau Rivage and the enchanting lake of Lac de Guerledan with beaches, water sports, restaurants and miles of trails.

The historic village of Keriven is where time really has stood still. From spring onwards Keriven is ablaze with flowers from cottage gardens to overflowing window boxes. As the village is tucked away and off the main route to the lake it retains a tranquil backwater feel with only the occasional car. Mainly passing traffic consists of horse riders, cyclists and hikers following one of the many lake and forest walks.

Please note we have uploaded over 50 photos here so depending on your connection they can take time to show on your screen. All cottage and most lake photos are home spun snaps taken by guests and ourselves so are not professionally staged but do give realistic appraisals of the property and location.

The cottage is well equipped with three double bedrooms, spacious lounge with UK TV via Sky and DVD/VHS player with large library of dvds. The kitchen is open plan with a diner. There is a recently fitted bathroom with full size bath and new separate modern shower cubicle.

Outside there are pretty elevated gardens with garden furniture and two acres of conservation land to the rear. Parking is spacious with a large open hangar garage to the rear.

Brittany is further south than the Channel Islands and the climate in summer averages 2 to 3 degrees higher than the UK. Statistically the region gets less rainfall than some areas of the south of France, such as Biarritz, Toulouse and Nice. Also being the size of Denmark its possible to have rain on one coast and sun on the other.

The conservation land at the rear has tracks for walkers with areas deliberately left wild for butterflies, birds and wild flowers. On sunny days its usual to see fire salamanders and green lizards scurrying around.

In a few minutes walk from the cottage you overlook the beautiful lake of Lac de Guerledan stretching eight miles through a forest laden valley with rocky escarpments. This elongated valley forms part of the amazing Nantes-Brest Canal system which extends off each end for 400k across Brittany from east to west and down to the south.

Just across the lane from the cottage there is access to miles of forest trails. The trails meander for miles often climbing high to give fabulous views of the valley. Good walking shoes are recommended. If you check the aerial view of Guerledan in our photo gallery here you will appreciate the extent of the land surrounding it which is mostly forest interlaced with miles of trails.

For shopping trips the large Napoleonic riverside town of Pontivy with its array of shops, restaurants and Saturday market is just 20 mins drive south. Or Loudeac 20 mins drive east. They are perfect places for shopping and lunch in one of the many restaurants. Other large towns include St Brieuc (45 mins north), Dinan (1 hour north east), Vannes, Lorient, Quimper to the south west.

Anglers are also well catered for as the canal has open fishing with the season corresponding to the UK. Fishing is also possible in the nearby River Blavet. The waters are very clean and its possible to spot otters and kingfishers - good indicators of abundant fish and clean water.

For those who have never visited the region Brittany has the largest and most spectacular coastline in all of France and a plethora of rich history dating back to pre-Roman times. Imagine the best of Cornwall and Devon with fewer cars, fewer people, warmer weather and fabulous local restaurants.

History is everywhere! Little is known of the ancient people who created the rows of standing stones at Carnac (less than an hour from cottage) but there is evidence of their inhabitation across the region. There are also numerous churches dating back many centuries with amazing statues and stained glass windows.

A large part of Breton history is Cornish as our western cousins migrated over there, carrying their language with them, which now forms the basis of the Breton tongue - Cornish and Welsh speakers can understand them. The region's striking resemblance to the west country is reinforced by the geology of slate and granite with expanses of moorland in the centre. If you are unfamiliar with Brittany's amazing coastline search the web for some impressive views (we have included some for you here). You can choose rugged coves, wide sandy surfing beaches, fishing ports or sleepy seaside towns.

We do book up very early in the year on high season weeks, so if you think the cottage and location is for you please book as early as possible.

After booking, when available, we send out a complimentary tourist map to our guests.

Winter weeks and Christmas by arrangement.
Prices include gas, electricity, water, bed linen.

Guest access

10 mins walk to Beau Rivage beach and restaurants, water sports, boat, pedalo and kayak hire, rock climbing, equestrian and walking trails. Central location gives access to north and south coasts and enables exploration of Brittany in all directions.

Interaction with guests

Our Cottage Manager Jodie (English) lives in the village.


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House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
Check in is anytime after 3PM
Check out by 11AM

The cottage is managed and prepared for guests by a local English lady (Jodie) who lives at the other end of the village.

The cottage is a strictly no smoking area, although smoking in the garden is allowed. Well behaved Dogs by arrangement.


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6 nights minimum stay

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Beatriz User Profile
August 2016
This is a wonderful cottage for an escapade, filled with charm and little details that will make you feel at home, including a blackberry wilderness, a romantic garden, a reading nook and a great selection of movies. It is perfectly placed, just a short walk to a lake and to miles and miles of nature walks including one open air wood sculpture park (for free) . The area has a lot of British residents who even publish their own monthly journal, and there are always activities going on. When we arrived it was minty clean, and the kitchen was equipped with all the necessary utensils for cooking, plus a barbecue. Thank you for the wine and the flowers and to Jodie, the local manager. She was great! We are looking forward to coming back.

Duncan User Profile
July 2016
Fiona and I really enjoyed our stay at Mike's house and would love to return in the future. The house is in a perfectly tranquil hamlet with an interesting history. It's near a lovely lake where we took our own canoe and we also enjoyed exploring the local area by bike on the quiet back roads and cycle paths. Many thanks Mike.
Mike And Maureen User Profile
Response from Mike And Maureen:
Thank you both for booking with us and being such fantastic guests. You are welcome back anytime! Enjoy the rest of summer Mike and Maureen
July 2016

Marina User Profile
August 2015
We have been very well and confortable. They recived us with buscuits and wine, so kindly. The neighborhood is beautiful and quite and there's a lot of activities to doing there, walking, bicing (there's a green way) and activities on the lake (despite this year it was dry). The house is beautiful and clean, and beds are very confortable.

Pamela User Profile
July 2014
Really lovely area. The lake is superb for water sports and for walking around the perimeter. Great opportunities for cycling too. The cottage is ideally situated for visiting many parts of Brittany from one central position. The cottage itself and its equipment badly need updating. The photos were somewhat flattering. Bathroom was good. Garden needs attention too. Host was not on site but email communication was excellent and an apology has been given.

Claire User Profile
July 2013
Simplicity, silence, serenity, sport, super nice contacts. Our family enjoyed our stay in Mike and Maureen's cottage after being very busy with family visits and friends. We took it all in for 5 days, and then went off to visit beautiful spots of Brittany.

Frances User Profile
June 2013
We had a great stay at the cottage in Kerivan. A very comfortable cottage in a quiet village where you can enjoy the bird-song. But no distance away a beautiful lake surrounded by forest. Shopping nearby and markets regularly on in the neighbouring villages. A central spot in Brittany and in our 4 day stay we visited both the South coast at Carnac and the North coast to see the Cote de Granit Rose. Enjoyed the market at Pontivy during our stay. Frances, Stephen and Rebecca, Australia

Gaelle User Profile
April 2013
Mike and Maureen are absolutely lovely and as helpful/pleasant as could be .... and we really enjoyed staying in their cozy home.

Rye, United KingdomJoined in December 2012
Mike And Maureen User Profile

The cottage was purchased 10 years ago but we had to return to the UK for family reasons. We feel blessed to have found such a lovely home near the most amazing and beautiful lake in Brittany and are very happy to enable others to use it and experience the enchantment we have found there. The location is both idyllic and central to both north and south coasts enabling easy access to explore Brittany in all directions.

We have included in our photo gallery scanned comments from our guest book along with a multitude of holiday snaps from guests, friends and family. The cottage offers peace and beautiful surroundings, on a clear night you will have a canopy of stars overhead. But if you are looking for wild night life this is not the place for you - our only wild nightlife is of the furry kind!

As the accommodation is all on the ground floor we can give special consideration to those with disabilities although we are not equipped for severe impairment. Please talk to us if you have special needs or have children with long term illness.

We believe holidays enrich lives and should be available for everyone.

Michael and Maureen

Languages: English

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