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.