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
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.
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.
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.
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