Cottage in Brittany by a large lake, for swimming, water skiing, cycling and walking, 2 bedrooms, sleeps 5.
The cottage was built about 1900. It has a private south facing garden with views over the hamlet to the countryside beyond. There are 2 bedrooms, the main one has a double bed. The second has a triple sleeper, a double bed below and a single on top. There is a comfortable lounge with a granite fireplace and tiled floor. The kitchen is well equipped with cooker, fridge, microwave and washing machine. The property is in the heart of Brittany in the hamlet of Kergoff, close to the Village of Caurel. The cottage is only 500 metres from the Lac de Guerledan with its beaches, safe swimming and a wide variety of water-sports, including water skiing. Bring your own speed boat! There is secure parking at the cottage and no parking or launching fees at the lake. The cottage is is also 400m from a cycle path which runs from the Brest canal to the small town of Mur du Bretagne. The nearest restaurants are an easy and pleasant 1 km walk away along the edge of the lake.
Lac de Guerledan
Lac de Guerledan 440 hectares of water, that can be enjoyed by all. Speedboats jet skis are allowed, as well canoes and sailing boats. Two safe beaches ideal for swimming and children to play on . The lake itself is a masterpiece of engineering, and leads off to the Nantes Brest Canal on both sides, and feeding a massive hydro system of electricity. Tourists are well catered for. There are man made beaches such as Anse de Sordan, equipped with a childrens play area and very safe, as well as picnic areas. For the more adventurous, Beau Rivage offers a lively night life, beaches, water sports and other activities. there are good restaurants for families offering good value entertainment like pedaloes, crazy golf, etc There are plenty of activities to keep the children out of mischief and safe.
Fishing is available on the Brest canal. A day ticket that covers the lake and the Brest canal up as far as Bon Repose and costs €10 for the day.
The whole lake area is surrounded by the Quenecan Forest, which is privately owned by the Count, (locally known as Jaques). Even on a busy day, the lake can hide the tourists, and remaining a natural area, there are still wild boar (not that you will see them). It is an area that can never be developed, that, and will never be spoilt. Although privately owned, the Count has has allowed pathways to be cleared through the forest, making it an walkers paradise, where you can enjoy the peace and quiet. There are hundreds of walks, you can always find quiet paths and avoid other people.
Lake Guerledan is being drained this year!
They will be starting to drain the lake for 6 weeks from April 2015, and then, after about 6 months of work, they will spend another 6 weeks, around October/November, filling it up again.
This is the first time in 25 years that the lake has been drained. The picture above, shows what it looked like when it was emptied in 1985. Three million extra visitors are expected this year.
As the draining starts in April and the Lake will be re-filled in November, the normal Lake activities will not be available. There will be no swimming or boating this year.
However there are going to be tours of the abandoned properties and locks. The site should be a spectacular site .
More information is available if you follow the link below.
The Cottage is hidden away, off the main street of the village (it is a quiet village). It is up a dead end lane that only goes up to about 12 houses. It is easy to go past the cottage without seeing it! Once you go around to the front of the house the garden and view open up.
To get to the cycle track you go up the lane for about 400 m, then branch off up a path for about 100m. You reach the track, which goes for about 15 km to Mur de Bretagne in one direction. It goes for 45 km in the other direction, with one short break, to Carhaix.
To get to the lake, it is down the lane, turn right at the bottom follow the lane around. Turn left past two ponds and follow the lane to the lake, this is about 600 m away.
The Brest/Nantes canal is about 2 miles away (it runs into and out of the lake). The lake paths connect to it. The tow path is flat and suitable for walking and cycling. I believe that it is possible to go the whole way from Brest to Nantes on the tow path.
Book any week in June and get a second week for £100., Also 10% off the cost of the ferry (Brittany Ferries only).
We had a fantastic time at the cottage on a large lake. Although at the time we went the lake was empty, being drained for cleaning, it was a great opportunity to see it all and we found it fascinating.
The cottage itself is lovely and spacious and the garden is beautiful and very private.
The communication with the owner was excellent and we would highly recommend the cottage and the area to families, couples, friends or singles! Thank you very much for a great holiday.
Jenny from Brighton
Stayed Jul 2014 - Couple
A lovely cottage that provided a well equipped, very comfortable home from home for our stay. The location allowed us to cycle safely and swim each day in freshwater with a wonderful quiet garden to sit and relax in. Some good places to eat and visit locally.
The owners responded immediately when we requested more internet time (actually our fault). The welcome pack provided was a great bonus on arrival.
Will happily recommend to friends and family. A special property in a special place. Thanks
HELEN from SALE
Stayed Aug 2011
A beautiful house in an excellent location (apart from the lack of a local shop). Cycling, walking and watersports all great fun.
WILFRED from FAREHAM
Stayed Apr 2010
A very well-maintained property in a lovely quiet area on arrival we found some food essentials had been provided, which was a welcome surprise. No problems at all and we would be happy to stay there again.
Liz from Drybrook
Stayed Sep 2009
Just back from a wonderful week, relaxing on the patio with the BBQ, walking by the lake & enjoying the food in the village restaurant (the Auberge). The cottage was lovely, a real home from home, & the welcome pack (incl. bread, cheese, butter, wine) was much appreciated. Located in a quiet lane, friendly locals, & lots of walks & cycle tracks on the doorstep. The cottage was well equipped & family orientated (e.g. highchair, travel cot, kiddies DVDs), the information folders were helpful, there was a decent selec tion of holiday reading & the open fire was cosy on the couple of cool nights. For bookings with 2 couples, it is probably worth noting that the bed in the second bedroom was a double with a single bunk over - our daughter & her fiance didnt have a problem with it but it might not suit all adults. Overall, the cottage was just what we needed to get away from it all & recharge our batteries in peace & quiet. Wonderful!
Chris from Bournemouth
Stayed Feb 2009
Accommodation was excellent, the bread, wine and cheese was a bonus.
Weather was kind for mid February, I should imagine the garden is quite a sun trap in the summer.
Its so quite and peaceful, really relaxing, with plenty of things to keep my two young boys amused.
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5/5 Fantastic Simon, Elaine and family Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. UK.Date Submitted: April 24, 2008 Date of Stay: April 2008 We had a great family holiday, the cottage was everything we expected and much more. This has to be one of the best cottages we have rented ever. It was extremely clean and tidy and offered all the facilities advertised. As a family we could not fault the cottage or its location. I would recommend the property to anyone looking to explore the wonders of Brittany. The location is ideal for touring as well as just relaxing and enjoying the surrounding countryside and lake. Recommended for: Adventure Seekers, Age 55+, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway, and Sightseeing