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This location is for you if you enjoy peace and quiet, countryside and wildlife whilst enjoying a comfortable place to stay with great hosts. Owners Maria and Tony (English but speak French too) have lived in the area for a long while and are two of the nicest people you could hope to meet. They have accommodation away from the gites but are close at hand if you need them and they can give lots of advice on the area - where to walk, eat, etc. Do ask to go and see their delightful pygmy goats and the chickens!
The cottage has free wi-fi and British TV channels - the kitchen is well-equipped and the seating and beds are very comfortable. It was spotlessly clean. There are four gites of differing sizes but each has its own substantial and private garden space with outdoor seating and barbecue. There are lawns for each gite large enough for children to play. Cycles are provided for all ages and there are lots of lovely walks straight from the cottage including the local marais (marshland) with coypu and bird-life such as harriers and kingfishers.
Nearby there are lots of attractions: La Gacilly with its summer outdoor photography exhibition is a must, along with a trip to the 'Vegetarium' cafe at the Yves Rocher centre (some vegetarian meals, but also meat and fish). There is a fascinating Museum of the Breton Resistance in World War Two at St Marcel, near Malestroit. Rochefort-en-terre is a scenic little medieval village with shops and cafes in abundance.
A little further afield La Grande Briere - nearly 100,000 acres of wetland - is a protected area where you can learn about the history of the people living there - their flat punts which they used to hunt and to move livestock around the marshes - the orange blossom waxing industry which made bridal head-dresses for a lot of European brides - the little houses thatched with reeds from the Marais. You can ride a horse or take a trip in a punt or walk out on to the Marais. You will almost certainly see Marsh Harriers and Hen Harriers and other water and wading birds. If you are lucky (as we were) you'll see an otter.
Guerande is a medieval walled town with walkable ramparts, but more interesting are the sea salt marshes nearby. The visitors centre has a fascinating film of how the salt is made (English subtitles) and an exhibition. There is also a shop of local produce and you can buy any quantity of this exceptional sea salt to take home. Again, there is a lot of birdlife on the marshes including black-winged stilts and avocets.
The beaches on the Atlantic coast are some of the cleanest we have come across. We recommend La Turballe for beach-combing, but we loved Piriac-sur-Mer too which also has plenty of choice for eating (Le Keroman gallettes are great!).
For a wet day - or somewhere different, especially for children - the Ocearium (aquarium) at Le Croisic is great - make sure you see the sharks being fed.
All of the places mentioned above are with an hour's drive from the cottage. We could have gone further afield to Vannes or Nantes, but there was plenty to do and see locally.
This is a delightfully undiscovered area and we highly recommend it and La Cour Cottages are the perfect base.
We have been holidaying at Paimbu for over 20 years now, and never tire of the peace and quiet of the place.
The fires are in a really rural part of Brittany, yet close to so many places to visit - beaches, restaurants etc etc
Maria and Tony, the friendly owners, live on site so are always available to give advice on places to visit, things to do etc
Having bikes to rent allows you to explore the beautiful local area. The nearby river has a cycle path alongside, the roads are very quiet compared to the UK, and there are so many cafes and small restaurants (check out the 'menu ouvrier' which is just incredible value at lunchtime) that you'll be hard pressed to run out of things to do and places to go.
We would recommend La Cour without hesitation. Once you've stayed you'll want to keep coming back.
This was the fourth visit and it just keeps getting better each time - and the first time was brilliant! The cottage is small, cosy, traditional, well appointed and you just feel at home the moment you walk in. The information packs inside are very helpful, and a quick look in the visitors` book lets you know there have been very many satisfied customers, a lot of them repeat visitors. The whole location is beautifully kept, quiet, and in a hamlet that makes no attempt to be anything but French. If real France is what you,re looking for, look no further. There are bikes on site, just help yourself, a laundry room and each of the four properties has its own private garden if you want your meal outside (you will) or a quiet day. There is so much to see locally either by cycle or just walking, but within easy reach by car are towns, villages, markets, restaurants, the coast, swimming lakes - put simply, however long your holiday, you will run out of time before you run out of things to do, rain OR shine! Maria and Tony, the owners and your hosts, are welcoming, friendly and always on hand and willing to give advice if requested. That said, they have a gift for being circumspect - they are always on hand but hardly ever seen while managing to make you feel welcome and ensuring your stay is perfect. Its an art form and they are to be congratulated for the balance that makes the place so different from others. The property would suit those looking for a quiet holiday, or those who seek more as it is all within easy distance, couples or those with children old young or in between. It is a place that effortlessly provides you a wonderful platform for you to make the holiday whatever you want it to be. In a word - fantastic!
Review submitted 13th September 2013 to another site Date of stay August 2013
We have stayed for a week at Walnut cottage almost every year for the last 15 years, and every time we cannot believe how wonderfully relaxing it is to stay in this part of Brittany. In the past we have driven there, but this time cycled from Roscoff - four easy days cycling on very quiet roads. From the moment you arrive, to a very friendly greeting from Tony & Maria, the cottage and large private garden tell you the week is going to be a great relaxing break. The cottage itself is well equipped with plenty of room for 4 people. It always seems to be warm and sunny for us (weve stayed in April, May and September), but the wood burner means that even if the weather turns colder you can stay warm indoors. The private garden is very quiet, and with the deckchairs provided allows you to catch up on those unread books before firing up the barbeque ! At night the absence of street lighting lets you star gaze in absolute wonderment. Paimbu is a very quiet hamlet, but shops, supermarkets, swimming pools are all close at hand beaches and a wide selec tion of places to visit ( with or without children) are a relatively short drive away. Alternatively, just use the bicycles available for free to explore the local area including a route along the nearby river. Tony & Maria live on site and are always around to help with any queries or advice on places to visit - nothing is too much trouble for them it seems! So, if you want a chance to escape the hurly burly of the daily grind, then Paimbu is THE place to find peace and quiet we promise you wont be disappointed.
Kev Pedlar - UK - Review submitted 26th September 2013 Date of stay August 2013
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