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Vue d'Eglise, Brangolo, Mauron

Overview

This lovely old house and the area of the Broceliande worked their magic on us – we had never intended to settle in Mauron – and we decided it was indeed going to be our ‘little bit of heaven’. There’s none of the bustle found in the coastal towns and cities, this is laid-back Brittany at its best – plenty to do and see, but at a lower key than the more commercialised North and South coasts.

It sits on the flank of the valley, with a view across to the town of Mauron and its distinctive ‘Johnny Walker’ church tower, about a mile distant.

The house is typically Breton (not French, as they will tell you) and part of a larger Longere that has its roots back in the 1600’s – it’s probably the oldest house in the Hamlet of just 5 properties. We loved it on first sight, as has everyone else that has visited and stayed. Even our two friendly cats love it.

Downstairs it is again, typically local. The kitchen is large and we have kept many of the older features, whilst ensuring that it is a comfortable, functional cooking, dining and in the French way, a place to sit, chat and enjoy life’s great pleasures – food and wine.
Adjacent to the kitchen/diner is the lounge. Virtually the same size, it is light and airy and has French windows leading to the patio, gardens and pool. A shower room and toilet are in a dedicated extension.

Upstairs is a brand new renovation. There are two large bedrooms - one is a ‘double’ with fitted wardrobe, window seat and some exposed woodwork. Across the small landing is a large ‘childrens’ room, with three single beds (not a twin as in the short description). This too is light and airy, has a fitted wardrobe and has high set ‘Velux’ windows for safety. If you have a baby in the party, we keep a cot available – just in case. The upstairs shower room/toilet is across the landing.

The house has both central heating and an open fireplace (we keep firewood on-site).


The Area
Mauron is in the Broceliande, an area rich with ancient history and legend. If you want the reasons for the King Arthur story this is where you come, because the Bretons will proudly tell you – it all started here! From ‘The Valley of No Return’ and Merlins Tomb’, to ‘Fairy Vivians Mirror’, the history is all around you just waiting to be explored.

There are historical and mythical sites dotted all round the area, a good starting point being Paimpont, inside the Broceliande Forest, with its lake, Abbey and grotto.

Josselin is not far – a ‘Little City of Character’ with an impressive looking Chateau overlooking the river (which is part of the Nantes/Brest canal). It has many beautiful mediaeval buildings and a very Breton market every Saturday morning.

Ploermel is the nearest town for ‘shopping’. It has just about everything you might be after, outside of the city shopping areas. It also has ‘The Blue Chapel’, reputed to be beautiful – and the ‘Lac au Duc’ (Dukes Lake), with all its facilities for boating, fishing and the most gorgeous – and overlooked - 9 hole golf course bounded by ‘The Hydrangea Path’.

Vannes has a superb area within the old city walls and the finest market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings - and is only 60 minutes by car, whilst Dinan, despite being ‘touristy’, is nonetheless worth a visit for its lovely old town and the view to the river from the ‘Jardin des Anglais’.

Rennes – the largest city in the region, with all it has to offer – is less than 60 minutes away.

As you will have already seen, personal transport is essential in rural Brittany and we advise that it is the best, if not the only way to get the most from this beautiful region.


Local Amenities
Mauron, despite being a small town, is well served with shops, bars, and a good restaurant or two – a new supermarket is just a mile away, another smaller one is open on Sunday mornings.

Walking/Cycling: Within sight of the house is the start of the ‘Voie Vert’ – a long distance foot and cycle path which runs almost to Vannes – about 50 odd kilometres. There are many other paths and cycle routes to be found, both in the forest and elsewhere. For those who wish to walk or cycle a one-way route, we can arrange to drop-off or collect at pre-arranged points.

Fishing: It’s a passion in France, you see ‘Les Pecheurs’ everywhere, from town ponds to the big lakes, and any stream or river in between. Licences must be obtained before you begin angling (we can arrange them for you).

Golf: At Ploermel, just 15 minutes from us, is a gorgeous 9 hole course (soon to be 18 I am advised). It follows the edge of the ‘Lac au Duc’ and is better than any other ‘short’ course I have played in England. Surprisingly it is overlooked by most who holiday here in Brittany (they usually use the coastal courses) and is little used. It seems quite challenging and is very well kept – maybe it’s a secret I should keep to myself ?

Summary:

A bright and cheerful 3 bedroom Gite for 7 + baby in a quiet hamlet, close to all local services. Has spacious garden and pool plus play area.

Facilities

Property type: Gite

Room details

Bedrooms:

3 bedrooms, sleeps 7

Bedroom 1: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 2: 1 Double bed
Bedroom 3: 2 Single beds

Additional beds:
1 double sofa bed located in Downstairs double bedroom, 1 cot
Seats:
Room for 7 in the dining area
Room for 7 in the living area
Bathrooms:
2 bathrooms, 2 Separate WC's

Indoor facilities

Entertainment and IT:
CD player
DVD/Blu-ray player
Internet (WI-FI)
Radio
TV Languages in English, Local
Heating and air con:
Central heating
Open fire
Household:
Cooker
Crockery
Cutlery
Dishwasher
Fridge
Freezer
Glassware
Hair dryer
Iron / board
Kettle
Microwave
Oven
Pots / pans
Toaster
Towels / linen
Washing machine

Outdoor facilities

Swimming pool:
Private
Other:
Barbecue
Outside lighting
Parking
Private garden
Extra information (Two levels of garden to the rear of the house, with views across the valley. An amenity grass area of 3/4 acre for field games which has a badminton/volleyball net, tree swing and a large double swing and slide frame. A variety of childrens outside play equipment always available.)

Suitability

Suitable for
Infants

Sports and activities

Boat Hire
Cycling
Fishing
Flying
Golf
Horse Riding
Sailling
Water Skiing
Walking

Sights and attractions

Historic Site
Local Food Market
Museum
Shopping
Theatre
Zoo
Cinema

Prices and availability

Last updated 09.12.2012


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Discounts

Late Booking Discounts
Arrival date range Booking made less then x days/weeks/months before arrival Discount
1st January to 31st December 3 Weeks 15%

Extras

Compulsory extras
Description Arrival dates Booking length or occupancy Price
Supply of linen, towels and final cleaning. All year N/A £25.00 per week

Paid with booking

Heating supplement 1st January to 31st January N/A £25.00 per week

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Heating supplement 1st February to 28th February N/A £25.00 per week

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Heating supplement 1st March to 31st March N/A £25.00 per week

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Heating supplement 1st April to 30th April N/A £25.00 per week

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Heating supplement 1st October to 31st October N/A £25.00 per week

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Heating supplement 1st November to 30th November N/A £25.00 per week

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Heating supplement 1st December to 31st December N/A £25.00 per week

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Location

This is exact location

Nearby:
  • Nearest beach: 15km
  • Nearest bar: 1.5km
  • Nearest restaurant: 2km
  • Nearest supermarket: 2km
  • Saint-Jacques Airport: 61km
  • St Malo ferry: 75km
  • Caen ferry: 165km
  • Le Havre ferry: 210km

Reviews

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15 out of 15 people recommend staying here
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Stayed Saturday 08 September 2012
We had a truly wonderful, relaxed holiday at this property. All the other reviewers are right, it was better than described. The owners gave just enough attention without intruding and it was a comfort knowing they were always available. We enjoyed cycling the "Voie Verte" (Green Way) that starts in Mauron itself as well as visiting nearby towns like Josselin, the Forest near Paimpont and even a day trip to Vannes. The cottage itself was perfect and the extended gardens with badminton net a real treat.
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Stayed Saturday 24 July 2010
Having already read the positive reviews before booking Vue dEglise, we knew that it was going to be a lovely place and we werent disappointed. The gite was clean, spacious and well equipped, the pool was bigger than expected and the garden was huge! Pat and Dave were there for us when we needed them but left us to it when we didnt which was just right for us. Brittany is a beautiful place and well worth a visit. Not only were we able to see all these wonderful towns, villages and forests but we had the added bonus of going back to this wonderful property at the end of the day.
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Stayed Saturday 01 August 2009
The pictures and details do not do this place justice! Downstairs is a HUGE kitchen with farmhouse table which seats 8 more than comfortably. The lounge has a corner sofa and another sofa. Downstairs there is a massive bedroom with sofa and upstairs a childrens room big enough for 3 bed a cot and a sofa! The master bedroom upstairs is beamed with pretty windowseat and feature bed. Outside is MASSIVE!! A garden outside the door with big outdoor table (where we ate all our meals) leading to more secluded area with pool and sun loungers. The pool was big enough for our kids to enjoy two lilos and a mini dinghy in!! They loved it and were in it everyone day but because its all locked in its very safe so we could send them out to play with no worries. Wander down the hedge and there is a big grass garden with badminton net, slide and swings (and a kite to fly!) Lots of toys for the children in the house and garden and lots of DVDs, videos and books. All very well equipped (and lots of towels and places to dry them - handy with the pool) To be honest we cant say too much about the area as we rarely left the house and garden- but from the leaflets etc there is plenty to do come rain or shine from markets and churches to maize mazes and bike trains! An absolute bargain and a very relaxing holiday for adults - with lots to keep the kids amused.
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Stayed Saturday 26 July 2008
The Owners of the property were very friendly and most helpful, lovely place, would definitly recommend this property. our children had a lot of fun in the pool!! big bonus. we had a great time
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Stayed Saturday 11 August 2007
Really lovely property adjoining owners property. Beautiful gardens with lots for children including tree swings, bike, football area, badmington and solar powered pool at great depth for kids so no worries about safety. In a quiet rural setting - good touring base or just place to get waway and completely relax. Lovely lake and beach within 15 minutes and town 2 minutes with traditional French shops and restaurant / cafes plus large supermarket for all your needs. Would highly recommend to others - we had a fab time and found the owners very welcoming, hospitable and helpful!
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Stayed Saturday 28 July 2007
The property was as expected from the details shown - it is comfortable and the gardens and views are wonderful. It is an ideal property for anyone who likes the peace and quiet of the countyside. Mauron itself is only a short distance away and caters well from everday shopping with a few restaurants, bars and small shops. The seaside towns are an hours drive away but we managed to find the lake/beach near Ploermel which is only a 15 minute drive and well worth a visit, follow the signs for 'lac de duc' on the right just before Ploemel. Pat and Dave made us most welcome and were on hand for any questions we had. Well worth a visit.
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Stayed Saturday 21 July 2007
If you are looking for a holiday where you want to experience the rural french countryside on your doorstep, then this is the ONE!!!! We had a lovely time, everything a family could need was catered for in the property, even games to play, videos to watch and some very good books to read. Beeches are not that far away from the property and what's nicer than going exploring in a country foreign in every sence. We absolutely loved the holiday and will definitely consider it for next year!!!!!!
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Stayed Saturday 05 August 2006
the gardens were far better than expected. the pool was great and the size of the property was larger than expected.
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We were not sure what to expect really, the reviews were all good but you never know... However, we were delighted with the house, the garden and everything about the property. We were a party of 4 adults and 1 infant. The garden is very safe, clean and spacious, it was superb. The pictures dont do it justice. David and Pat were helpful but did not intrude. The house is near to a small town, Mauron, which has everything you would need. Further afield we enjoyed Vannes, Ploermel and Josselin. (hope spellings ok, not checked!!).
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We stayed at Vue deglise for a week in mid august 2011. The property was everything we expected from previous reviews and more. On arriving, after a long road trip, we were greated by the owners Pat and Dave who were very friendly and welcoming, this was a characteristic that continued throughout the week. They were always on hand if needed but they were never intrusive. Vue deglise is set in a tranquil location, very peaceful, an ideal getaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the UK. However there is lots to do in the area should you wish a day out. The gite is a very good size and very well equiped boasting extras such as a video and dvd player, books and board games etc which all make life a little bit easier when the weathers not particularly kind. The gardens are fantastic, they are a very good size, the kids loved the fact that they were split into different levels and had hours of fun playig hide and seek. The tree swing and badmington net/court were also a big hit with the kids. The picture of the pool does not do it justice -it is in fact much bigger than it appears in the photo. Again this was another big hit with the kids. We only booked one week and spent a second week with Eurocamp as I thought the kids may be a little board in a gite. In fact they hated Eurocamp and both prefered Vue deglise (children are 10 +12). Would definitly recommend. Well worth the money
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Brilliant house and Pat and Dave excellent hosts, very welcoming and exceedingly helpful House is fully equipped with everything you will need, all usual stuff as mentioned in advert but with extras that are brilliant, toys for kids to play with, dvds, videos. Gardens are fantastic for kids to play in and area is lovely and quiet but close to Mauron Some lovely towns nearby with excellent restaurants. Really easy to get to from St Malo. Was so good will prob book again for next year! Brilliant value for money, loved it!!
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This was excellent value for the holiday that we wanted, the house is well equipped and Dave and Pat were always happy to help when needed.
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We had a great time we would recommend this accommodation to anyone. Pat and Dave where extremely nice and helpful. Our kids loved the gardens and the pool. The area is extremely picturesque.
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Lovely, spacious accomodation with everything that you copuld possibly need. Owners available if you need them, extemely helpful and friendly. The gardens are fabulous, masses of private, own use space, plenty of rackets, balls etc, and even your own field which is perfect for kite flying! Ideally located to reach north and south coast in about one hour, but beautiful lake with beach, watersports etc only 15miutes down the road. Local restaurants within walking distance and very good. Local supermarket well equipped. Fantastic property, loads of outsdoor space, ideal for families large or small!
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We had an excellent time in the gite. It was well equipped with everything that we needed; washing machine, mircowave, cooker etc. The views from the house were fantastic, fields all around and you could see the church in the town. It was in an excellent location for visting places such as Vannes, Rennes and Dinan. The owners were lovely, very friendly and helpful if you needed anything. It was excellent value for money, the garden was perfect for relaxing and having a bbq. I would go back no question and I recommend it to both families and couples.

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