La Garenne Cottages & Gites
Child friendly cottage, Brittany – Morbihan, Southern Brittany
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About La Garenne Cottages & Gites
Discover this unique riverside location with a family holiday at La Garenne in Brittany. Here you will find four picture-perfect holiday cottages with the added bonus of an outdoor pool.
These charming ‘chocolate box’ thatched holiday cottages of La Garenne are located in the most picturesque riverside setting in southern Brittany beside the meandering River Blavet. The area is a haven for wildlife and is easy to appreciate the beautiful tranquil surroundings with pushchair friendly riverside walks or bike rides along the tow path – you can even hire a canoe. The four cottages ooze with charm and character, the largest of which sleeps 6 to 8. A private heated swimming pool is open from May to September with table tennis, badminton, boules, croquet, swings and other outdoor games available. La Garenne is an ideal base to discover Brittany in just under a half an hour’s drive to idyllic sandy beaches. It really is a heavenly spot with lots to offer the whole family.
The Away with the Kids review
Bursting with charm and character the holiday gites have flowers adorning their exteriors and breathtaking views across the entire valley with its meandering river. Outside, there's acres of space for children to play safely, with fenced grounds and extensive areas of lawn gently sloping down to the towpath beside the meandering River Blavet. Cycling and talking a stroll by the river is an absolute must; perfect for picnics and wildlife spotting - otters, herons, cormorants and kingfishers. Access to the towpath besides the river is through a gate that has a stiff latch located at the top of the gate so only adults can undo the latch.
The Holiday Cottages/ Gites
La Garenne consists of 4 charming 200 year old thatched holiday cottages. Pretty ‘chocolate box' exteriors, together with comfortable and well equipped interiors, create a truly beautiful place to stay. Bursting with charm and character the holiday gites have attractive, exposed stone walls and wooden beamed ceilings throughout. The interiors have been improved recently by the addition of new bathrooms, curtains and carpets. Each cottage has both electric heating and a huge wood burning stove. La Grange is the largest holiday cottage and can sleep a family of 6 to 8 and the three other holiday gites sleep families of 4 to 5. After a long journey you will appreciate the welcome hamper with fine wine ready in your cottage. Books and games for all ages are found in each of the cottages .Cots, highchairs and stairgates are available on request. Some gites have their own washing machine but there is also an additional laundry room for all to use with 2 washing machines and 2 tumble dryers
The holiday cottages have a private heated swimming pool open May to September inclusive with level 1m shallow end sloping to 2.3m deep end. Additional small baby pools are available. Enjoy soaking up the rays on the terrace with plenty of loungers, cushions and parasols. There is a security alarm and a discreet safety fence with lockable gate to prevent little ones entering unbeknown to parents.
You can enjoy a barbecue in the beautiful grounds soaking up the warm evening sun and enjoy the lovely views with a glass of chilled wine. And then perhaps partake in a leisurely game of boules. Table tennis, badminton, croquet, swings and other outdoor games are available for families to make the most of the wonderful grounds.
Things to Do and Places to See
There are several sandy beaches in under a 30 minutes drive by car from La Garenne ranging from the vast sweeping sands of Guidel in the west to Lamour Plage, Port Louis, Etel, Erderven and a little further, the famous and popular Carnac beach to the south.
There are wonderful walks and cycle rides along the scenic towpath beside the River Blavet with the occasional little bar, café or restaurant dotted every few kilometres in each direction to stop at for refreshments. In fact, there is an authentic Breton bar and restaurant just 5-10 minutes walk beside the river from La Garenne.
Take your own bikes or hire them from the bike shop at nearby Lochrist. Their bikes are superb, reasonably priced and they even deliver to and collect from La Garenne. Helmets, children's bikes, baby chairs etc are all supplied
Have a fun filled couple of hours hiring kayaks at the French National Kayaking Centre just a few minutes downstream from La Garenne. It's well priced, well organised, has a great slalom course and is safe for both adults and children. There is both a Pizzeria and Creperie opposite
The "County town" Vannes is an extremely attractive and well preserved medieval town. Half timbered houses overhang the cobbled streets; cafes, creperies, bars, restaurants, great shops and plenty of charm make a visit to Vannes an unforgettable experience
Pont Scorff Zoo only about 20 minutes away is fun for all the family - even older children. The Penguin feeding is a highlight.
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