Quarry Cottage - Pretty as a picture
The perfect spot for cycletouring, walking in the woods or just relaxing...
This, our smaller is just 500m from Gouarec (see yellow 'house' on the bottom right of the Google Map which allows you to see street view and pictures...) and so a 5 minute walk will get you to the baker, supermarkets and restaurants. But unlike 17 Rue D'Eglise, rather than being in the centre of the village this cottage is tucked away down a little quiet lane just 100m from the canal and also at the start of one of the lovely marked walks through the 'Foret de Quenican' . With the gite comes all equipment and a wide range of cycling routes.
Being so close to a village is a big advantage because it means you never need a car, and Gouarec is a village unique in Brittany. Not only is it right on the canal towpath/cyclepath, but also at the start of the V6 "voie verte", the cyclepath converted from the old railway line running through the centre of Brittany. Being placed at this crossroads would be enough in itself, but Gouarec is also a compact village - everything is within 200m of the centre. By "everything" I mean the canal, a superb pizzaria complete with oak fired oven, a traditional creperie and one other lunch time restaurant. If you are making your own food then within that 200m are two bakers, and a small supermarket. A much larger and very well stocked supermarket is just 500m away. 200m away is the campsite where you can hire canoes (lovely on the canal) and horse riding is but 3 kms away. You need never get in your car and with our taxi service from local stations and airports why bring a car at all?
The Cottage itself is over 100 years old, stone and slate built in the traditional 'longere' style. It has a flower garden full of roses and a large paved area with barbecue, garden furnature and a large cabin for those summer showers... It is smaller than 17 Rue D'Eglise and better suited to a couple or smaller family - you could sleep 5 in it quite happily, but the larger gite would be more appropriate for larger parties. On the other hand it is particularly cosy with a wood fire (with unlimited wood included) and central heating so it is the first choice out of season when evenings get colder, but it is also a south-facing sun-trap so very light and airy -
The Cottage comprises a large and well equipped kitchen/diner and a cosy living room with wood fire. Also on the ground floor is the main bedroom - these three rooms laid out in a line as with many Breton cottages (hence 'longere'). Behind this is a large bathroom/laundry with a shower. The loft space has been converted into a large bedroom/den ideal for kids, with a table and chairs and three beds - which is reached via a loft ladder type staircase from the main bedroom. The main bedroom is large enough to take a cot if needed, and full height windows open directly onto the patio outside.
There are also books, comics and a table upstairs. For grown-ups there's a portable stereo radio/cd/cassette player. This comes with a selection of MP3 discs so I can inflict my taste in music on our guests, this includes 'Harry Potter 1' and 'Lord of the Rings' for children of all ages. There's a wide selection of games too. But there is no TV - apart from the dire state of French television, it means that you get a holiday from the 'real world' and time as a family.
The house is well equipped and all linen including towels is provided. In addition to personal items and clothes all you need bring are wash kits.
Being smaller Quarry Cottage is slightly cheaper than 17 rue D'Eglise and we like things to be simple, so for any week during our season (beginning June to second week in September) the cost is 350 pounds(475 Euro) + the price as if for a camping week (see costs) This means you get all the Breton Bikes back-up, maps routes etc. It also means that for any group other than a single the Gite is cheaper than our 'Fixed Centre Hotel' option.
Out of Season Holidays
Brittany is simply gorgeous in the spring and autumn (Christmas/New Year in France anyone?) but because campsite and some hotels close we cannot run our normal bike tours. But during this period the house is for hire at 350/425 Pounds/Euro a week plus 60 pounds(80 Euro) per person for all cycling equipment. This will include maps and routes, but not the complete level of back-up of our normal holidays - if you have problems there will be people around but not the usual 24/7 cover.
Lastly, unlike most gites we don't charge cleaning deposits or the like, but we'd appreciate it if you could leave the house as clean as you found it (linen etc excepted). If you like (and we quite understand!), we can organise our 'chalet maid' to clean after you have left for the sum of 40e, especially useful if you have to make a run for it early in the morning, please let us know which during your stay - we're trusting types..