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Comments from the Visitors' Book

We have all enjoyed a lovely week, weather has been fair. The house is superb and has accommodated the eight of us well. The children have thoroughly enjoyed the garden and all the local animals. We have visited some beautiful towns- a beautiful region of France. Hopefully return again soon.

The Bell, Butt and Schofield Families, UK August 2009.


A good time was had by all. What a beautiful place you live in Alastair! We would echo the Grey and Smith families and say you have a little piece of Heaven! Look forward to returning to Le Rez soon.

The Bloomfields, UK, August 2009.


Quel wonderful week! We celebrated New Year outside by the fire, ate like Kings, though perhaps over did the cheese a bit. We went on walks; the weather was miles better than Wales. The cottage was wonderful to return to- so homely and Sarkozy! We loved it! Don't want to go home. Thank you Ian and Alastair for a fabulous holiday. Lots of love from all of us.

K, B, N, K, L and Ziggy, UK, New Year 2009.


Had a most relaxing week here- the gite is beautiful and really appreciated the boiling hot water! Visited some great places- Auray, Rennes, Vannes, Port Navalo, Carnac- all picturesque and worth a trip. Many thanks Alastair for your hospitality and a sample of your 'special stuff' to keep the cold away! You have a little piece of Heaven here and we all had a fantastic time of R & R. Take care and we hope to return some day.

The Grey and Smith Families, UK and Canada, August 2008.


What a lovely large house with plenty of bathrooms and hot water.

We visited Vannes twice, Josselin and Auray. The shops are great in Vannes but not all open on Monday, and don't forget they are closed for lunch 12:00 to 14:30. Didn't have enough time to do everything we wanted to do, but met up with English friends who gave us local tours. Rochefort is beautiful. Would certainly visit again and recommend to friends.

Thank you for a lovely holiday.

The Hawker Family, 29th to 5th October 2007.


Ate 'Le Marine' Josselin, tres bon. Good small market in Pontivy. Good cafe just across from market. Town was ok to wander about.

Played mini golf opposite campsite on way to Josselin ( approx. 18 Euros for 4 adults, 4 children).

Trip to Auray. Ate lunch in the harbour- crepes out of this world! Also recommend the chocolate shop over the bridge. Auray very picturesque. Vannes market- a must do! Lovely buildings and lucky to see locals in traditional costumes.

For adrenalin junkies, try 'La Foret Adrenalin' near Ploermel. 20 Euros adults over 10 years, 16 Euros under 10 years. This lasts for two hours. Advise to book unless prepared to wait.

Carnac- La Plage. Beautiful beach- safe for children. Tents for hire and loungers. Very nice juice bar in town. Nice clothes shop opposite juice bar. Some of Carnac a bit too touristy. About 1 hour drive.

Talked to the sheep- now named Beth, Jean Paul and Gertrude, let the naming trend begin.

Returned to Josselin to hire kayaks and boat. Kayaks- for 4 people 20 Euros for 1 hour. Boats- 15 Euros for 4 people for 1/2 hour. Can also hire bikes. Hire place on the road past Chateau. Had a lovely meal in Josselin ( in the square- the old library by the church). Good pizzas. Friendly. Nice fondant au chocolat.

Recommends-
* Love the free parking except Vannes, but still cheap.
* Vannes market
* Bretagne cider
* Picturesque/arty Auray.
* Beach at Carnac
* Adrenalin Forest
* Staying at this cottage- beautiful cottage, good hot showers, spacious, good garden for children, comfy beds, scenery and peacefulness. We feel it would be lovely at Christmas.
* Shop in Buleon for croissants and bread- very friendly. Need to order croissants.
* A very good base to return and visit other sites.

All in all, a very very good holiday!

Thank you!

The Durose and Lee Family, 11th to 18th August 2007


We had a great time, the sheep are very large ( and cute). We went on lots of lovely walks around the picturesque countryside. We recommend the boat trip in Josselin and the guided walks of the Castle. The shops in Vannes were really good, though you need to get there early for the market.

The Briggs Family, 4th to 11th August 2007


Recommend;

- bar/creperie " La Marine" at Josselin- overlooking the water. Good food, reasonably priced, pleasant surroundings.
- "Domaine de la Ferrière" ( the Chateau) just outside Buleon. Good food- almost too much to eat! Again prices reasonable. (take the road from Buleon to Radenac).
- "Café de la Tour" in the square at Ploermel has a good lunchtime menu- more extensive than many similar places which serve little more than moules frites!

Best supermarket found- Super U on outskirts of Ploermel ( road to Dinan & St. Malo). Spacious, good selection, good value in café, cheapest petrol/diesel.

Beware of shop/restaurant/supermarket closing times- all very confusing on Sunday and Monday, so stock up in advance. On other days shops and some supermarkets routinely close for lunch 12:30-14:00 or 14:30. Restaurants may not serve you if you arrive near the end of the recognised lunch break. We were caught out a couple of times.

"La Piazza" restaurant in the square at Malestroit- well worth a visit for pizza lovers and others. Goats cheese and red snapper dishes especially recommended.

The Reddrop, Lawrence and Dinham Families, 4th to 14th September 2006


Highly recommended:

* The motor museum at Loheac. This superb museam was excellent value for money. There was lots to see ( not just cars). The leaflet said it closes for lunch, but in fact its stays open.
* The sculpture park at Kerguéhennec near Bignan. Great for when you want an easy day without travelling too far. It's free to get in.

Recommended;

* Chateau at Suscinio on the Rhuys Peninsula.
* Beach at St. Gildas.
* The Resistance Museum neart Rochefort-En-Terre.
* Zoo at Pont Scorff- Big hit with our kids.
* Auray ( Beware, parking a bit hairy!)
* Hydranger walk at Lac au Duc, Ploermel. Don't bother with Ploermel itself, nothing going for it.
* Naval museum at Port Louis.

Don't bother:

* Insectarium at Lizio. Terrible value for money. Small and badly presented. Too many dead insects (including some that should have been alive!)

Happy holidays!

The Ward and Coates Families, 5th to 19th August 2006

Thanks for a comfortable stay. Very well-appointed gite. The constant hot water was very much appreciated as was the excellent plumbing- the best we've had in a French gite. Lovely area to cycle round. We really enjoyed just spending time at the gite- perfect for small children with gate across the drive and lots of space to run around in. Thanks for the calvados too! We can endorse the earlier recommendations of the 'Marine Creperie' in Josselin. We had a lovely meal there. Also if you want a splash out or a special meal, Le Hotel du Chateau in Josselin. For an authentic French experience and amazing value for money visit Le restaurant Helene in Lantillac (open Monday- Friday, Sat by reservation, 12-2pm only) Excellent food and charming people. Closed the last two weeks in August. Calvery at Guehenno worth a visit. Very warm wishes.

The Randall and Taylor Families, 30th July to 6th August 2005

Thank you very much Alastair for your homemade booze and advice on cider making! We've had a lovely week- the gite is of a very high standard and very well situated. Weather has been baking hot. Don't panic if you arrive on Saturday night with no shopping- all the shops in the centre of Josselin are open on Sunday morning(they're closed Mondays but the supermarkets are open Mon until 7:30pm or later on Fri/Sat). The market in Locmine on Thursday morning is very good and larger than you would expect. The fish market in Auray is worth a visit but the earlier you get there the better. I think we arrived at 10:30 and most of the stalls ahd already packed up- they start at 6:00am!

The Davis Family, Devon and the Stout Family Holland, 18th to 25th June 2005

You will probably know by now that we love coming to stay here every year, it's just fantastic! Great bike rides and walks right on the doorstep. You must taste Alastair's firewaters ( all of them). Carnac and Le Boules are places to visit, great child friendly beaches. We will be back again next year, you bet!

The Hillier Family, 28th May to 4th June 2005 (4th visit)



We have had a fantastic holiday. Good weather, countryside, cheap wine, lovely cottage, what more could you ask for? Quimper- well worth a visit. A beautiful historic city, great shops although clothes and shoes are a bit pricey! Thanks for the firewater Alastair!

The Donati Family, 14th to 28th May 2005

We have had a wonderful holiday and have enjoyed everything about it. The cottage and garden are lovely, so peaceful and the song of the birds all day long is glorious. We have been out every day except our last and enjoyed relaxing and enjoying the glorious sunshine, which has got better and better the second week. We loved Quimper and Rochefort-En-Terre is well worth a visit. Auray was nice with good restaurants by the harbour- food excellent and reasonably priced. Pontivy was nice, also Josselin. We found the surrounding countryside very beautiful. We all thank you Alastair for your hospitality and the evening when you brought round your drinks for us the sample. We would love to come back again and enjoy more of the same. PS loved Carnac beach.

Best wishes and thanks.

The Watson Family, 14th to 28th May 2005

Fantastic accommodation! Very well equipped and comfortable. Quiet, relaxing and beautiful surroundings. Picturesque villages, warm and friendly people. Excellent croissants and pain au chocolat from the boulangerie at Radenac. Enjoyed the rural setting- we have no complaints or suggestions for improvements! Alastair and Ian, you did a fantastic job.

The Engley Family, Cornwall, 12/7/03 to 19/7/03

This was our second visit to Le Rez and was as good as the first, the house was as spotless as normal, weather was fantastic and the kids had a great time. Already planning to come back either later in the year or next. Thanks Alastair.

Hillier Family, 24/5/03-31/5/03

What an excellent house for the aged, the young and the very young, Megan had her 5th birthday during our second week. Children loved the garden, and seeing all the animals on the adjacent farms. Marvellous area for cycling of which we did a considerable amount. Main recommendations- Canal for walking or cycling. The old port at Auray for views and restaurants. Josselin for castle and supermarkets- restaurants disappointing. Two special restaurants for good value local cooking, L'Helene at Lantillac ( about two miles away), L'auberge de Callac (south about 12 miles- careful navigation needed!). Good local beach at Lac du Duc and excellent sea beaches at St. Gildas de Rhuys. Special thanks to Ian, who supplied so much detailed useful information before we arrived, and to Alastair whose visits with a few courgettes and/or bottle of wine were always welcome during our two weeks.

Cromie and Callen Families, 17/8/02 to 30/8/2002

If you are looking for a gite in rural Brittany, you're unlikely to do better better. Very well Presented and equipped house, lovely garden complete with shaded boule piste. Hospitable and helpful host- Alastair. Local village restaurants better bet than Josselin. Beaches- try Quiberon 'Cote Sauvage' (Pontivy end) and those below Erdevan eg Kevhilio. Take the D10, very little traffic and beautiful countryside. Vannes (and marshes) well worth a day or two. Old Port both interesting and good for retail therapy. Weather Celtic. Bring wellies, waterproofs, you won't have to bother with 'indoor attractions'. Cote Sauvage is particularly spectacular in rough weather.

Frazer Family, 29/6/02 to 13/7/02

A lovely time was had by all. The weather was generally fantastic and the kids had a lovely time playing tig, boules, football, hide and seek etc. Nice to see them away from the T.v. and the gameboys. The house was perfect for use, inside and out. Many thanks for the sheep feeding and cow milking experiences- it was all greatly appreciated.

Pattinson Family, 30/3/02-6/4/02

A throughly enjoyable week:- a peaceful setting. We're very impressed with the workmanship that has gone into restoring the property- and fairly inspired as well! Despite some very autumnal weather- a lovely week. A fair amount of sightseeing managed but be wary of published opering times during the winter months.

The Hall family, Somerset. 29/9/01 to 5/10/01

This is a beautiful house- very well designed and extremely well equipped. As there were six adults and three children we really appreciated the three bathrooms. We made good use of the garden and the barbecue. The roads in the area are excellent for driving particularly for foreigners. There are so many interesting places to visit. We visited Josselin, Vannes, Carnac, Ploermel- Lac du Duc and before we got the news (4th Sept) that there was no petrol in France! However, everyone was really helpful particularly Alastair Walker and we hope to arrive back in GB on Saturday. The house and garden and weather gave us a very relaxed holiday. Shopping is very easy with so many supermarkets within reach. Fruit and veg and really cheap. The children enjoyed watching the peacocks in the garden. Golf at Lac du Duc 150FF for the day- 9 holes, tip top condition- no need to book on week days.

Cockburn and Peddie families, 26/8/00-9/9/00

Fantastic gite, very well equipped, excellent plastering- the sort of house I would happily live in ( if I win lottery!). Weather has been really good. Loved Josselin, like others enjoyed 'La Racine Gourmande', not so sure about the creperie in the square. Vannes good for shops, Carnac for beach but turn left, right end a bit smelly! Good pool at Lorient. Excellent market at Trinite sur Mer on Tuesday. We have really enjoyed our stay here, owners have thought of everything! the barbi was very well used as was the corkscrew! The beach by Lac aux Duc, Ploermel was popular with the children as there is a mini aqua park at the end and they did the best cheese and ham French stick sandwiches at the cafe bar.

Hall and Bristow families, 29/7/00-12/8/00

A great place to relax, the kids loved cycling around Buleon, the roads were lovely and quiet and the local people very friendly. Josselin a lovely little town,loved La Gallicy and Rochefort-en Terre. Auray is another nice place, we had a great meal there at 'La Marie Galante'- very reasonable. The house was lovely, very well equipped and beautifully restored. The children's bedroom was straight out of Goldilocks. The weather was a little 'too Scottish' although sad to say. I'm sitting waiting for this beautiful sunshine. A great holiday had by all.

The Fallon, Buist and O'Neill families, Scotland. 1/7/00-14/7/00

A very enjoyable and comfortable fortnight in excellent accommodation. Very much appreciated three bathrooms which in effect made one for each family. A very friendly and accommodating host in Alastair who has to be congratulated on all his hard work put into the gite. Also a fine selection of visitors from the farm to keep the kids entertained, i.e. cats, collie dog, lambs and peacock. A fortnight of excellent weather rounded off the holiday nicely.

Wild family, Yorkshire 3/7/99-17/7/99

Excellent gite- best ever. Very comfortable and spacious-just right for four adults and four teenagers. Weather glorious- not a drop of rain in two weeks. Recommend restaurant, Racine Gourmande (next to Church) in Josselin-great value for money with friendly welcome, atmosphere and attention.

Beveridge and Higgins Families. 1/8/98-15/8/98

We can only echo what everyone has said about the conversion of Le Rez, it is now certainly a Des Res, and has spoilt us for all other gites. Our holiday has been quiet and enjoyable. It may be an indication of the attraction of Le Ray that the senior member of our party (aged 95) was not impressed with the delights of Morbihan, enthusiastically preferring the pleasure of taking the sun on the patio.

Mr. and Mrs. Field and Mr. Stevens. 20/6/98-27/6/98

Best gite so far, have been coming to France since 1976 and have enjoyed camping and cottages! Here the children enjoyed the safety of the garden. Very efficient hot water system, lovely luxurious bath size! Recommend the canal walk at Josselin, Quiberon peninsula excellent beaches and good coastal walks.

Bridgeman Family, 22/5/98- 31/5/98

A very enjoyable week in early April 1998. We found the gite clean, with excellent facilities and plenty of hot water. We explored several towns worth visiting: Vannes- a picturesque port with lovely walks, elegant shops and an organ recital on Sunday. Auray- (the old port of St, Gouston very picturesque, do look up the tiny art gallery of Mark Chauberon, half way up the tiny cobbled hill. Josselin- a lovely little town for morning coffee in the sun, a shop near the Church sells Breton clogs. Brelian 'le Grenioliere- the best value for French 'country' cooking- lunchtime with local people, 4/5 courses. Be warned, not for the faint hearted. Quiberon- on the peninsula near the Cote Sauvage. This was a lovely place in early April, but so small I fear it could be quickly overcrowded. Also, Pontivy and Rochefort en Terre. Restaurants in Josselin : Le Commerce(Frere Blot), Le Restaurant Francais, Hotel du Chateau- our preferred for bottle, service and food. A place used by French people as a hotel and restaurant. Impressions from the outside are misleading at first. Give it a go! Buy fresh bread, beer and order galettes in Buleon.

Mr. and Mrs. Chisholm, Mr. and Mrs. Fox. 4/4/98-11/4/98

We have had some very enjoyable outings and highly recommend Josselin, Auray- old port town, the Ile aux Moines- a picturesque island and boat trip. The aquarium (free for under fives) at Vannes gave much pleasure to the children- sawfish and small sharks. The Val sans Retour is beautiful -wooded and hilly, and there is a lovely walk of about three miles starting from Trehenteuc NE of Josselin. We found the beaches of the Rhuys Peninsula rather dirty and smelly- Carnac is much nicer. Kerghennec with the sculpture park is very interesting (free for under twelves), nice picnic places and lovely grounds. Beautiful old farmhouses with flowers everywhere. Inland Brittany is particularly lovely.

The Lloyd family, Chateauroux, 23/8/97-30/8/97

The house is very nicely appointed and offered plenty of space for the four lively kids to spread out. Nevertheless, we were fortunate to be able to spend all but two days outside with outstanding weather, enjoying the beach, the old towns and the various prehistoric attractions. After three rather soggy weeks in Germany this was a welcome change. Altogether, great fun with great company in a great place.

The Bisdeof Family, Chicago, U.S.A. 19/7/97-26/7/97

A wonderful week with superb weather- haven't seen a drop of rain in seven days. Appreciated the coolness of the kitchen to escape from the heat outside. Mr. Walker- this is the best converted gite we have ever stayed in. Everything is beautifully finished and works! Garden and surrounding countryside enjoyed by adults and children alike.

Worth visiting: Parc de Prehistoire (especially for young children), Rochefort en Terre, Auray and Vannes.

Sorry to be leaving. A bientot.

The MacDonald Family Scotland, 5/7/97-12/7/97

Excellent house- full of admiration for the work in revealing the natural oak beams and ceilings.

Superb holiday- weather- very sunny but some fog in the mornings. We have
  • Played golf- at Ploermel 9 course beside the Etang au Duc.Very nice condition-excellent greens. At Kerners - near Port de Crouesty- course as good as Lytham St. Annes
  • Sailed on the Etang au Duc- Catamaranfor 150FF/3 hours.
  • Dined- excellent 55F -3 course meal at the hotel in the centre of St.-Jean-Brevelay.
  • Biked- Nice route from Buleon to Lantillac to D764. Then via tow path along the canal to Josselin 14km one way.
Enjoyed the calm of inner Brittany

Thorpe Family. 10/8/96 to 17/8/96

This is undoubtedly the best gîte in which we have stayed. Well-equipped kitchen and three bathrooms were much appreciated by four females. Excellent workmanship in restoration. A lovely area.

Mr. and Mrs. Ince
Northern Ireland 29/6/96 to 13/7/96

Great accommodation, excellent position for exploring Brittany. We really enjoyed our stay.

Mr.and Mrs.Salvage, Surrey
25/5/96 to 1/6/96 and 17/8/96 to 31/8/96