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Breton Country Cottage

Overview

We are Kim & Heather and we purchased Kermabiou in January 2005 after three visits to various parts of France in 2004. During that two day visit to Brittany in September 2004 we looked at 15 houses and Kermabiou was that last one we saw. We only agreed to view it as we were staying locally. We turned into the drive and fell in love with it immediately.

The house was built in 1847 and we are the fifth family to own it. In early 2007 we sold a small piece of land back to a local who was going to build a house next door. Various problems incurred by him have resulted in no house being built at present, so it is very secluded.

Unfortunately looks can be deceiving and after we had completed the purchase and started to redecorate, found that what we had bought was not what it seemed. The previous owners had done such a good job of covering the walls with various layers of paint, plywood, plastic and material, they had caused a major condensation problem that caused dampness. As we stripped back these layers the base rendering just fell away exposing the stone you can see from the outside. We embarked on a two year long programme of works, which dealt with the living room and bedrooms.

In 2009 we had a new kitchen fitted and in early 2010 the pool was installed.

The bathroom was fitted in early 2011.

Nearby there are many attractions and beaches for both young and old.

Armori Park - water park for all
Zooparc Tegomeur - traditional zoo
La Vapeur du Trieux - Steam railway
Within 45 mins drive there are numerous beaches both sand and shingle. Nearest is about 20 mins away. Parking free in most places.

The local village has a Tabac, Post Office, Boulangerie and Hair Dressers and is a 5 minute walk away.

The nearest town is a 10 minute drive with shopping, supermarkets and restaurants.

House
10 m x 5 m open plan lounge and dining room

Modern fully equipped kitchen (no dishwasher)

Luxury bathroom with combined bath, hydro shower and steam room. Bathroom also houses washing machine, vanity unit and toilet.

Separate WC upstairs

We hope that we have thought of everything for you to enjoy a comfortable stay.

At the rear of the property you will find a large grassed area with trees.

Garden furniture has been provided together with a chimney BBQ (one bag of charcoal supplied to get you started) for those summer evenings.

One acre of grounds dotted with trees, above ground swimming pool (not heated) and swings.
Ample parking for a number of cars

Ferry travel
The house is approximately 3½ hours from Le Havre and Cherbourg, 3 hours from Caen, 75 mins from St Malo and Roscoff.

We can offer discount with Brittany Ferries should you decide to tarvel with them. A code will be issued when your booking is confirmed in order to apply for this.

We must remind you that there are other ferry companies which may or may not be cheaper.

Summary:

2 bedroom cottage (sleeps 6+cot) in the heart of the very quiet and beautiful Breton countryside, 24 foot pool in an acre of grounds. UK Satelitte TV, games,

Facilities

Property type: Cottage

Room details

Bedrooms:

2 bedrooms, sleeps 6

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 2: 1 Double bed

Additional beds:
1 cot
Seats:
Room for 8 in the dining area
Room for 6 in the living area
Bathrooms:
1 bathroom, 2 Separate WC's

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
DVD/Blu-ray player
Radio
TV Languages in English, Local
Heating and air con:
Open fire
Household:
Clothes drier
Cooker
Crockery
Cutlery
Fridge
Freezer
Glassware
Hair dryer
Iron / board
Kettle
Microwave
Oven
Pots / pans
Toaster
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Swimming pool:
Private
Other:
Barbecue
Outside lighting
Parking
Private garden
Extra information (There are 2 bedrooms. One houses a King size bed the other is a family room and houses a double bed and two single beds and can accommodate a cot (a travel cot is provided). We provide hairdryers, and there is a music system with CD's plus maps and brochures of local attractions. There is garden furniture for eight people as well as garden benches near the house and pool. The cottage is set in one and a half acres of ground which has various trees dotted around. We provide baby & toddler equipment (travel cot, bed guard, stair gate, baby bath, potties and toddler steps to reach sinks))

Suitability

Suitable for
Infants

Sports and activities

Golf
Horse Riding
Swimming
Wind Surfing

Sights and attractions

Historic Site
Local Food Market
Shopping
Theatre
Theme Park
Zoo
Cinema

Prices and availability

Last updated 12.02.2013


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Extras

Optional extras
Description Arrival dates Booking length or occupancy Price
King Size Bed Linen All year N/A £15.00 per booking

Paid with booking

Double Bed Linen All year N/A £15.00 per booking

Paid with booking

Linen for two single beds All year N/A £16.00 per booking

Paid with booking

Linen for one single bed All year N/A £8.00 per booking

Paid with booking

Location

This is exact location

Nearby:
  • Nearest beach: 25km
  • Nearest bar: 0.5km
  • Nearest restaurant: 15km
  • Nearest supermarket: 15km
  • St Malo: 75km
  • Cherbourg: 210km
  • Caen: 180km
  • Le Havre: 210km

Reviews

5 out of 6 people recommend staying here

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Stayed Sunday 09 September 2012
A message for the owners and not a review - A very well equipped cottage although there was a pervading smell in the lounge - from the drainage?(there were similar comments in the guest book). Is your septic tank too close to the front door or not properly ventilated,or not ventilated far enough from the house?
Owner reply:

Your comments have been noted. We thought we had fixed the problem when we found the waste pipe from the kitchen sink had come adrift under the kitchen unit. Work is now under way to resolve these problems and I can assure any future visitors this will be sorted. The fosse is relatively new due to the latest French regulations and was given the all clear. The tank was actually emptied before this season commenced. We apologise if this spoilt your stay in any way.

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Stayed Sunday 19 August 2012
Absolutely loved our time in Le Merzer! Super location for beaches and everything really. The house is very well equipped, everything we needed was there, so we couldnt really ask for more. The kids loved the pool and the grounds are lovely. I would recommend this place to all of my friends and will certainly go back to the same area. Thanks.
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Stayed Sunday 01 July 2012
We really enjoyed our holiday here. The area that the cottage was in was beautiful. It is set in the countryside in a small village so has a bakery about 2 minutes away and a supermarket about 5 minute drive away. The cottage was well presented and has everything there that you would need. They even provide things like washing up liquid handsoap and wood for the fire. We had a bit of trouble finding the cottage initially but I think this was more to do with us being tired after the journey. We called the owner who gave up instructions over the phone and we arrived shortly afterwards. I would definately stay at this cottage again. It was like a home from home
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Stayed Sunday 31 July 2011
We absolutely fell in love with this place. The cottage itself was perfect, everything we needed had been provided. The pool was excellent and got used every day. The photos dont do it justice! The village was lovely too, a lazy 1 minute drive to the local Boulangerie for breakfast things each morning was a perfect wy to start the day.
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The property was fantastic, far better than we could of hoped for. The living space is a lot bigger than what it looks in the photos, with two separate areas for dining. All is modern and well finished. The bathroom is a good size and the shower/steam room is brilliant (which is also a bath). The pool is great fun, plenty big enough. The gardens are HUGE, surrounded by fields and woodland. British Sky tv is a plus, with dvd. A couple of things which were not mentioned in the description include hairdryers, iron, bbq, music system and plenty of maps of the area, etc. The village is convenient for milk, bread, bar and cigarettes. The local supermarket is only a 5 min drive down the road and has everything you could need at good prices (cheaper than UK for lots of things). Fuel prices in the supermarket are cheaper than UK too and 24hr. All in all the property is situated in a fantastic location, hard to find when you first go there, due to it being set back from the road and hidden by trees, but this makes it very private, which is great. Its also close to the zoo (15min drive) and the beaches (30min drive). We loved it and will be going back again next year, but for two weeks this time!...its a home from home...only better
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We were so happy with our stay at the cottage. The facilities far exceeded our expectations with so much attention to detail. We had brought lots of bits for our baby but there was plenty of equipment provided. The kitchen was kitted out brilliantly with everything we could possibly need. Overall a great location perfect as a base for seeing Brittany.
2010 reviewsEnjoyed last year we came back again, this time for two weeks. Weather a bit hit and miss, Some days cloudy, others rain some blaring hot but brill holiday.Kim, you should be rightly proud of your cottage. It is a home from home and everything is provided or catered for. We absolutely love it more and will be back.We both needed this holiday and are so chilled we are horizontal. What more can we say........Ken & Fiona--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Excellent break away in a well equipped and traditional house. Brilliant facilities. Definitely a place to return tooMike G-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------A very comfortable house well equipped for our two boys (a toddler and a baby)Thank you - a lovelly weekPete P-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------A lovelly & well equipped gite in a peaceful location. The accomodation is spacious and clean. The garden, BBQ and swimming pool are great & were all used on a regular basis..Thank you Kim & Heather for a great holiday.Rich M
Superbly equipped cottage in a wonderful location. Cant wait to go back there.
03/08/07 - Great house. Living space bigger than we anticipated from the details. Garden perfect for the childrem to 'get lost in'. We leave with lovely memories of Kermabiou, the region and the food and wine. Nic C10/08/07 - Kermabiou - a lovely well equipped home. Very comfortable. A fantastic holiday in a lovely housePete O12/7/08 - Fantatsic house and very well equipped. A great location and good value.Claire L26/7/08 - Lovely, comfortable, spacious holiday home - plenty of room for all of us.John S08/06/09 - As soon as we return we are booking for next yearKen M - and they did and for 2011 also

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