Mûre Cottage is a charming traditional cottage located about 7Km North East of La Roche Bernard near to the River Vilaine on the border between the Departements of Morbihan and Loire Atlantique in a small hamlet with about half a dozen other houses. The location is ideal for anyone who enjoys peace and quiet, while being in the heart of the Breton environment with many and varied attractions, both cultural and culinary!
The house is a traditional stone cottage located in a conservation area twenty minutes’ walk to the Port Foleux on the river Vilaine. It has been fully renovated to a very high standard, whilst leaving many original features including a stone fireplace, exposed stone walls and wooden beams. It has been tastefully furnished and makes an ideal retreat for singles, couples or small families. It is well placed for beaches, watersports, golf, visiting the many historic towns in this beautiful Morbihan region of South Brittany or simply for country walks and generally enjoying the spectacular Atlantic coastline.
The ground floor comprises a large lounge with fireplace, open plan to dining area and a modern kitchen. The first floor has two double bedrooms, a mezzanine with a sofa bed and a family bathroom. The cottage has private parking and a secluded and sheltered south-facing terrace and private garden, perfect for relaxing in sun or shade during the day and, complete with a dining table that sits four, ideal for enjoying alfresco dining and barbecues. From the house, it is about a 15 minute walk along a bridleway to the river at Port Folleux.
The village of Nivillac is about 4Km away and has a small supermarket and boulangerie. La Roche Bernard is about 7Km away and has everything that you should need, including well stocked supermarkets, petrol station, patisseries, bars and restaurants. The old town of La Roche Bernard is typically Breton in its architecture. It is a warren of tiny streets and quaint old buildings and, below the old town, at river level, is the Vieux Port with its charm and a host of restaurants and bars.
The Morbihan region of southern Brittany is a quiet fishing and farming region of France and is blessed with a beautiful and varied coastline and an interior of lush farmland, woods and moors to delight the country lovers. Brittany’s rolling hills, dense forests and lazy rivers, offer a variety of activities; from walking, riding, sailing and cycling to fishing, golf and canoeing.
There are wonderful beaches nearby; ideal for swimming, wind or kite surfing, horse riding or just playing with a bucket and spade - the nearest beaches being at Pénestin (25Km) and Damgan (30Km). Alternatively, you can enjoy exciting walks or cycle rides along the wild and spectacular Atlantic coast (the aptly named Côte Sauvage). For golf enthusiasts the complex “Domaine de la Bretesche”, with its magnificent golf courses, hotel, spa and restaurants overlooked by the elegant Chateau de La Bretesche is 17Km away.
The living area comprises a large open plan lounge, dining area and kitchen, with a 4-seater sofa, reclining lounger and a large farmhouse table with chairs.
The modern kitchen is fully fitted to a very high standard and includes: electric oven and hob, microwave oven, dishwasher, electric kettle, toaster, cutlery, crockery, pots and pans.
There is a TV receiving UK TV and radio stations in the lounge along with a radio/cd/cassette player.
A second TV is provided in the mezzanine which also incorporates an integral DVD player.
For bookings of 2 or more consecutive weeks, a 10% discount is offered on the second and subsequent weeks of your stay.
For guests travelling with Brittany Ferries, please contact us before booking as we have a reference number that should allow you to get a small discount on the cost of the crossing (subject to Brittany Ferries own Terms and Conditions).
All bed linen and towels are provided and the property is fully cleaned before each guest arrives There is an optional charge for post-checkout cleaning if guests want to take advantage of this service to save time when departing.
Property Ref: 4846 - Traditional Breton Cottage nr. La Roche Bernard
Outside, the house opens out onto a secluded south-facing terrace and private garden, perfect for relaxing in sun or shade during the day and, complete with a dining table that seats four, ideal for enjoying alfresco dining and barbecues.
There are pleasant country walks or cycle rides along quiet roads and easy footpaths directly from the house and it is about a 15 minute walk to the river at Port Folleux.
There are many and varied places to visit, including:
La Roche Bernard is about 7Km away and has the accolade of "Petit Cité de Caractere". It has everything that you should need, including fairly well stocked supermarkets, patisseries and restaurants. There is even a Michelin-starred restaurant. The old town is typically Breton in its architecture and is a warren of tiny streets and quaint old buildings together with some fantastic views of the River Vilaine Estuary. Below the old town, at river level, is the Vieux Port with its charm and a host of restaurants and bars. La Roche Bernard is great for sailing and boating enthusiasts. The Vieux Port hosts an Old Gaffers Association and there are frequent nautical events during the summer. There is a sailing school and canoes and pleasure craft can be hired as well as several marinas. Boat trips leave from La Roche Bernard and go down to the barrage at Arzal or up river towards Redon. Dinner and Lunch cruises are also available. Market day in La Roche Bernard is Thursday morning. Check with the Tourist Office for details of what's going on, where there is also free Wi-Fi available.
There are wonderful beaches nearby; ideal for swimming, wind or kite surfing, horse riding or just playing with a bucket and spade, the nearest beach being the Plage du Mine d'Or at Pénestin (25Km). A little further away Damgan (30Km) has several kilometres of sandy beaches, much of which has lifeguard surveillance.
You can enjoy exciting walks or cycle rides along the wild and spectacular Atlantic coast (the aptly named Côte Sauvage). There is a quiet one-way road and a cycle path between Pointe du Penchateau (just South of Le Pouliguen) and Batz-sur-Mer that follows the coast and there are numerous places where you can get down to to the many bays to find a peaceful beach pretty much to yourself. Be careful if you have children, however, as these have no surveillance and there can be quite strong tides.
Alternatively, you may simply prefer to join the locals in searching for shell fish in the rock pools exposed at low tide along the Côte Sauvage.
Restaurants and Bars - I am always cautious about recommending restaurants, since everyone has their own tastes, but I can say that we have never been disappointed with anywhere that we've been in La Roche Bernard or the surrounding area, whether it is a simple family-run restaurant or a sophisticated establishment providing haute cuisine. Most restaurants offer fixed choice menus at both lunchtimes and evenings as well as A La Carte menus. The fixed choice menus are generally extremely good value.
There is a small bar and brasserie in Nivillac itself, but there is a far greater choice in La Roche Bernard, where there are a number of good restaurants, crêperies and bars in the town and around the port. Most bars provide free Wi-Fi for customers, including “Le Sarah B.” a converted theatre located in the Vieux Port which is a very pleasant place for a light snack or just an aperitif. They also quite often have live music playing.
The local farm in the next hamlet, Ros, bakes its own speciality bread on Wednesdays to sell in the market at La Roche Bernard on Thursday, but they also sell it direct to the public on Wednesday evenings between about 17:00 to 20:00. It is still warm, fresh from the oven and absolutely delicious!
Picturesque Vannes is a fairly short drive away and is another must see town. It is a small, beautiful city with well-preserved medieval walls and streets of timber-frame buildings. We have always found Vannes to be a cultural oasis with concerts and exhibitions in the summer along the sides of the harbour and the public gardens beneath the city walls. The atmosphere is one of quiet, leisurely charm, although market days in summer may not seem so tranquil! Market days in Vannes are Wednesday and Saturday mornings and are absolutely spectacular for the variety of produce, the colour and the atmosphere. Even if you don’t like fish, the Halles des Poissons (fish market) is well worth a visit just for the spectacle. The indoor market (Les Halles des Lices) is open daily and always has fresh food.
There is an underground car park in the centre by the port, but it can be very busy (especially on market days). An alternative is the free Park and Ride which operates from the Parc du Golfe about 1Km South of the centre, where there is also a small tourist office that will have details of what's going on with timetables for the various pleasure boat trips to the islands around the Gulf. The free bus service only takes a few minutes to reach the centre and buses run about every 15 minutes in summer on market days. The main Tourist Office is located on the right bank of the harbour as you head out of the town.
The old town and centre of Vannes is small enough to explore on foot with some of the narrower, older streets being cobbled and there is a pleasant walk along the ramparts that overlook large French-style gardens where art exhibitions are displayed in summer. Here you will also find well-restored lavoirs, or traditional washing places dating from the 19th century.
The city operates a public bike hire scheme; Vélocéa which works a bit like the “Boris Bikes” in London with Bike Parks located at various points around the city (including the Parc du Golfe).
The medieval walled city of Guérande is a must see with its narrow streets filled with arts and crafts galleries and speciality food shops. In the centre of Guérande is the magnificent collegiate church the Collégiale St-Aubin, which was home to a chapter of canons from the 9th to the 18th century.
The salt marshes around Guérande and Batz sur Mer are an amazing place for wildlife. Northeast of Guérande is the Grande Brière National Park, the second largest wetland in France (after The Camargue). The best way to explore the Brière is on board a chaland, a flat-bottomed boat like a punt and they can be hired from several companies. The Tourist Information Office at the village of Kerhinet near to St. Lyphard will be able to provide details, but the best starting points are probably St. Andre des Eaux, St. Lyphard or St. Joachim.
A little further on from Guérande is La Baule which, with its fabulous beaches, promenade and health & beauty spas, has all the excitement, bustle and nightlife you would expect of a major international resort.
There is a bay with a beautiful beach at Pont Mahé just South of Pénestin where the water is relatively shallow making it a very popular location for kite-surfing. If you're interested, there is a school where you can get lessons and hire equipment at the camp-site on the beach (Camping du Moulin de L’éclis).
Since the water is so shallow, a vast expanse of sand is revealed at low tide. If you like horse-riding, a gallop splashing through the water along the sands at low tide is absolutely exhilarating. The "Poney Club des Iles" offers rides on the beach and in the surrounding marshlands as well as lessons and Pony rides for young children and walks for one to several hours for adults. The stables are located near to the camp-site Camping Les Iles at Pointe du Bile on the northernmost tip of the bay.
A feature of the Gulf is its islands, of which there are around 42. You can catch the pleasure boats from the Parc du Golfe for cruises around the Gulf or for visits to the larger islands of Île aux Moines (Monks’ Island) and Île d’Arz or the island of Gavrinis, which is probably the most impressive megalithic site in Brittany, whose long stone passageway is adorned with carvings. Further afield is Brittany’s largest island Belle Île where, perhaps the most famous actress of all time, Sarah Bernhardt had her home which is now a museum to her life and works. There are places to hire cycles on most of the islands for getting around.
If you fancy something a little more adventurous traditional sailing fishing boats (sinagots), with their black hulls and big red sails, operate out of Port-Anna at Séné a few minutes South of Vannes and you can take the tiller and help to steer as you cruise around the Gulf.
Le Branfrere Wildlife and Adventure Park provides lots to do and see for children of all ages and makes for a great day out for all the family. It is located about 20Km away at Le Guerno. To get there, take the N165 Motorway towards Vannes and follow the signs to Le Guerno and Le Branfrere.
For golf enthusiasts the complex “Domaine de la Bretesche”, near to Missillac with its magnificent golf course, hotel and restaurants is only 15 minutes by car. The Golf International Barrière La Baule course is at St. Andre des Eaux and features two 18-hole courses and a 9-hole course. It is just a 30 minute drive from Nivillac.
There are stables and horse riding centres at Nivillac and Damgan.
For anyone who prefers something gentler, a nearby farm offers excursions on donkeys (very docile and ideal for small children) along the banks of the Villaine. You can either join an organised group excursion or go exploring on your own. They are located abouth 5Km away at La Grée Rouault.
There are numerous events going on in summer. To find out what’s going on in the area, the local paper “l’écho de la presqu’île” is published on Fridays and is available from the local supermarket and newsagents. It lists all the local events from car boot sales to concerts (many of which are free in the summer) and Fest Noz’s (village festivals) where traditional costumes, music and dances are the norm.
Bastille Day (14th July) is always a riotous time, with parties going on all day but, since it is a public holiday, check when the shops will be open. The commune at La Roche Bernard usually organises a spectacular fireworks display in the evening from the bridge over the Villaine.
For anyone interested in basket making, the Fête de la Vannerie at Mayun (near Chappelle des Marais) is a must. Mayun itself is a village that is dedicated to basket making and there are a number of small workshops with resident craftsmen making baskets there all year round. In early July, the village invites other basket makers from all over France to show their products which range from classic shopping baskets to original artistic creations. There are also demonstrations and you can try your hand at making your own basket.
In the same area, the Marché des Potiers (Potters Market) is held in the grounds of the Château de Ranrouët near Herbignac, where potters from all over France exhibit their works and conduct demonstrations. It is usually held during Ascension Weekend (7th & 8th May 2016) and there are also ceramic installations by invited artists around the castle ruins.
There are numerous antique shops in the area selling everything from fully restored furniture to general Bric-a-Brac. Antique Markets and Car Boot sales (Vide Grenier) are also very popular for bargain hunting. Check “l’écho de la presqu’île” for details of local events taking place or just keep an eye open for signs on the road.
There is a very big Antique Market in July/August at Batz-sur-Mer which is well worth a visit. As in England, be prepared to haggle!
The Quartier Artisinal above the Vieux Port in La Roche Bernard is teeming with artists and craftsmen from painters and sculptors to wood-turners, jewellery designers, potters and glass blowers. There is quite often a craft market in the Quartier Artisinal in the evenings during July and August, but check at the Tourist Office for details.
Both the picturesque towns of Rochefort-en-Terre and La Gacilly are renowned for their character and arts and crafts. La Gacilly’s narrow streets are also jam-packed with artists and craftsmen of all types and the town is well known for its annual photographic festival, France’s largest outdoor photographic festival, which takes place from June to September. There are also regular exhibitions all year round of contemporary art, photography and crafts at the La Passerelle, the cultural and tourist centre on the banks of the River Aff.
Situated above the River Arz, the little town of Rochefort-en-Terre has been voted one of France’s most beautiful villages and, as a result, is one of Brittany’s most visited sites. The town consists of a multitude of different architectural styles cohabiting together; half-timbered houses, gothic monuments, Renaissance hotels and 19th Century architecture, all adorned with a mass of geraniums. The narrow streets are now home to various artisans and their workshops.
La Domaine de Rochevilaine at Pointe de Penn Lann just south of Billers is an exclusive resort built around a group of 15th and 16th century manor houses. As well as a 4-star hotel, it includes a gourmet restaurant indoor and outdoor pools and a spa with saunas, steam rooms and whirlpools where you can relax and be re-vitalised while enjoying the gardens and views across the Villaine estuary. Contact Owner