Le Gîte Au Manoir, Plusquellec, Côtes-d'Armor
. . . the perfect destination for a relaxing holiday in Central Brittany
Lovely gîte – fantastic welcome and delightful hosts. Gite is homely, spacious, well-equipped and has beautiful rear views.
Highly recommend Plestin-les-Grèves Sunday market, fab food and flowers as well as the best cakes we’ve ever had in France.
Granite Rose Coast a delight, views, little villages especially Port Blanc and Tregastel for lunches.
Vallée des Saintes a must visit – you will be astounded at the quality and variety of the statues – bonus – it’s free – wet underfoot at times.
Morlaix is a beautiful town. Petit Train will help with history and bearings – English write-up given.
Guingamp an absolute pleasure – good shopping in quaint streets – the church was not for me – very spooky I felt! Lunch in the square if you can.
Carhaix has a wide range of large out of town stores including Leclerc and Gifi and a large Bricolage. If you visit – highly recommended you eat at Le Nivernic on the road towards Lorient. Only do lunches – but wow – 3 course menu du jour 16€ - a la carte quality with a view to “die for” over the water.
Brocantes have been fun to look around – even if you don’t intend to purchase anything – quirky doesn’t start to cover it!
Mael-Carhaix lovely gardens and lake – perfect for a walk on an overcast day or if sunny to picnic in – ideal for families with its man-made lakeside beach/swings.
Good lunch at Le Relais du Boucher, Mur de Bretagne, 3 course menu du jour 12€90 including drink. Chef was a butcher and his cut of steaks were amazing – so juicy and tender with a buffet starter and a choice of dessert or cheese – perfect on a rainy day.
Pontivy – larger town – Intermarché (Hyper) good for stocking up to go home – even bought 2 new door mats – thank goodness we have the car.
Last full day – into Carhaix and then to Huelgoat. Stunning rock formations/boulders in a beautiful setting – a real must see – even in the rain.
Thanks to Bryn, Val and their gîte – nice week away.
Jax & Keith (Guernsey, Channel Isles) – April 2016
We have really enjoyed our two weeks in your lovely gîte.
Everything was absolutely perfect.
We have explored the surrounding areas but we still haven’t managed to get everywhere. Will just have to come back again soon.
Nigel & June (Alderney, Channel Isles) – June 2016
Thank you so much for all: for your hospitality, the eggs, the milk, the cider, for all the work you did.
The gîte is very lovely and Brittany is wonderful. We loved all the nice villages, the beaches and especially St-Malo, we had two wonderful weeks. We really enjoyed our stay but now we have to leave …
Our very best wishes.
Andrea, Dirk (Hamburg, Germany) – August 2016
Delightful gîte which was well stocked with everything needed for our week in Brittany. Lots of space, both inside and out, for a rampaging 2.5-year-old (and a rather more stationary 7-month-old), and within an hour or so’s drive of a huge amount of things to see and do.
Highlights included Huelgoat, which everyone enjoyed by clambering over rocks and generally running about, followed by a tasty lunch at a lakeside creperie. Beaches at Sainte Anne la Palud on the west coast and Locquirec both lovely although very different; both were huge, quiet and great for sandcastles though.
Oceanopolis in Brest was great on a rainy day, if a little pricey.
All in all, we’ve had a wonderful first visit to Brittany and look forward to coming back in years to come – it feels like we’ve barely scratched the surface of this beautiful part of the world.
Phil, Mary, Oliver & Isobel (Broughton Gifford, Wiltshire) – June 2016
GUEST BOOK - 2016
Thank you for a lovely week at your delightful gîte. From the moment we arrived and the welcome – with wine and chocolate cake while we took in the possibilities of the week – to the end of a very enjoyable week, it has been perfect.
With the increasing cooperation of the weather, the week has slipped by with hiking the coastal paths to the west, south and finally north. Aided by simple, home prepared dinners, bottles of wine and the accompaniment of Euro 2016, Wimbledon and the Tour de France!
For two Brits now living in the USA, this was a lovely time in a charming region of France that we had not visited before.
Thank you again for “lending us” the gîte – and did I mention the chocolate cake!
Gill & Richard (Connecticut, U.S.A.) – July 2016
Thank you for a wonderful stay in Callac. The gîte has everything we needed amd it was lovely of you to welcome us with a cold beer/wine after a long journey!
The purple info guide you left has been so helpful, as were your recommendations (e.g. Pontrieux festival was great!).
Several enjoyable places to visit include:
1. The beach at Locquirec – good reastaurants with reasonable lunch set menus (16 – 19 Euros)
2. The Valley of the Saints
3. Huelgoat rock formations – lots to eat and tourist shops for postcards/souvenirs etc.
4. Mael-Carhaix – beautiful quiet lake for walks/swimming
5. Pontrieux – pretty river town
6. Resistance museum at St Connan (Etang Neuf) – very interesting – good for rainy days (takes about 1.5 hours to go around)
We’ve really enjoyed our first trip to Brittany and thank you for your hospitality.
Hannah & Matt, Keith & Dinah (Luton) – August 2016
Arrived here to lovely sunshine after a rainy start. We were looking forward to a relaxing week after a hectic eight days in Cognac for the Blues Passion music festival.
Well we certainly have had a fabulous week. Everything was lovely from day one, from the welcoming tea and biscuits to the gifts in the gîte. Everything has been perfect and the weather was shining on us. WiFi was brill.
But what can I say that hasn’t been said before – nothing. Val and Bryn are great hosts, nothing is/was too much trouble. Their gîte has all one can wish for and more. Thank you for allowing us to have cuttings of your beautiful plants (let’s hope they survive in the UK).
Well the time has come to pack and leave this lovely place and drive off into the sun.
Maxine & Graham (Old Sarum, Wilts) – July 2016
Many thanks Val and Bryn for a brilliant, relaxing week in your spacious, comfortable and very well equipped gîte.
We enjoyed our three local walks, especially the Circuit des 3 Rivières, and would also recommend:
Combining a visit to pretty Huelgoat with La Vallée des Saintes – stunning sculptures on a hillside, quite unique.
The Resistance Museum next to Auberge de L’Etang Neuf and very good 3-course lunch (€14) on the terrace overlooking the lake at Saint-Connan.
The excellent 3-course lunch at La Ronde des Mets in Carhaix-Plouguer (next to the Mairie).
Finally, thank you for your good advice and great hospitality.
Mary & Robert (Hertfordshire) – August 2016
Thanks for the warm welcome and wine, cider etc in the gîte! We’ve had a wonderful stay in the French countryside. The boys have enjoyed playing football & cricket in the garden, and we’ve all had some lovely days out and about.
Particular highlights for us were the local Gorge Du Corong, Vallée des Saintes, lake at Mael-Carhaix and the trembling rock at Huelgoat. We also had a great lunch at the Restaurant de la Plage at the port of Locquirec. We would recommend the beach at Veryach on the west coast.
Richard, Helen, Alex & William (London) – August 2016
Thank you Val & Bryn for your wonderful hospitality. The thoughtful personal touches make all the difference.
We’ve had a wonderful week exploring Brittany – a beautiful area with so much to see and do. The “Purple Book” says it all and we agree with all the previous comments in this book.
Don’t miss Huelgoat, the “Valley of the Saints”, the Rose Granite coast, Pontrieux (and the river trip).
We also went to Roscoff and the Ile de Batz – a 20-minute ferry ride away and well worth the journey. Roscoff is a lovely busy town – quirky, different shops and the island has beautiful empty beaches.
Thanks once again Val & Bryn.
Kath & Andy (Yorkshire) – September 2016