Thursday, December 29, 2011
In addition La Veille Maison had its revival as a test run in the summer as the second holiday cottage available to rent and gain all weeks were booked that was offered.
In 2012 La Forge will be available to rent throughout the year while La veille Maison will be available from the May half term holiday until the start of September allowing more to enjoy this fantastic part of Brittany in the small hamlet of Kerbourbon.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
With that in mind I took delivery of 2 cords or fire wood to make sure this Christmas La Veille maison is warm and snug. The current price per cord is 200 euros, a cord or wood is 6 square meters of stacked fire wood. When i first arrived in 2006 it was 160 euros and at an exchange rate of 1.5 meant it was £106 per cord which at the time was very cheap, however with the exchange rate of 1.15 the new sterling price would be £174 which is a big increase in the cost of heating.
This month I have also bought an Eco fan that sits on top of my wood urning stove and pushes out 150 cubic feet of warm air out into the room. I borrowed my friends last week which pushed out 100 cubic feet and noticed my house got warm very quickly.
The cost of the eco fan was £118 being sent from Canada, if i had bought it in the UK it would have cost over £170. As La veille Maison is open plan, i have 180 cubic meters to heat up just in the living room and kitchen so its important to find an efficient way to heat the house.
A single cord should last 5 weeks so at 40 euros per week its still a relatively cheap way to heat the house and you cant beat a wood burner for creating a warm feeling.
For guest staying in La Forge in the winter months the wood burner within that holiday cottage is a very efficient way to heat the cottage.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
It was great getting it home to La Veille Maison and dressing it up with just the lights tonight, I'll wait for the arrival of my daughter who will be enjoying christmas at the cottage with me.
La Forge is still avialble to rent during the Christmas period and if any one does book the cottage it will be dressed for the season as well.
Monday, December 5, 2011
After 5 days I'm pleased to say that the west sussex seems to be well on the mend after injuring its leg last Thursday. When i first saw the chicken it could hardly stand up let alone walk.
After placing some food and water beside the hen, i gave it an hour and then placed it inside the chicken house to get out of the rain and to be left quite and warm.
The following day it remained in the chicken house but by day 3 it was back out in the run hoping around, today it was walking much more freely with only a slight limp. I'm so pleased that its recovery was so swift.
The children staying at the holiday cottages love feeding the birds and collecting the eggs each morning.
Sunday, December 4, 2011
The normal price per week is £599 bit if you book both weeks the cost is reduced down too £798 that's a saving of over £400 plus in addition a fresh organic turkey will be provided to get your Christmas off to a good start.
In addition the holiday cottage is decorated for the festive season with the warm log fire lit waiting for your arrival.
So that guest don't miss out on the celebrations I will me more than happy to discuss what the local restaurants are doing for Christmas and New years eve and make a booking on your behalf so you don't miss out.
La Veille maison is only available from the May half term until the start of September.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
We were offering an early booking discount if you booked before 30th November for the 2012 season this has now been extended.
Book either La Forge or La Veille Maison and receive a 5% discount on the listed price.
In addition to the discount on the holiday cottages remember that if you book either holiday cottage you also benefit from a 20% discount on your Brittany ferry crossings.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
With no grass growing in the run its currently just a bog of mud and chicken poop, not very nice to go inside to collect the eggs, its amazing throw how quickly it does dry out in there, after 2 dry days the ground is dry and firm to walk on, I'm thinking about investing in some straw to put down within the run in an attempt to create a pathway to collect the eggs.
The west Sussex chicken, my favorite of the group has just injured one of its legs and currently has a bad limp.
Guest of the holiday cottages La Forge and La Veille Maison don't have to contend with the conditions I'm currently facing with the wet winter weather.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Monday, November 28, 2011
Ive also laid a few paving slaps down for the house to rest on and I've noticed this prevents the water dispenser to keep clean.
The only problem I encounter with the chicken run is that during the winter months its so muddy in there and is really smelly due to a mix of wet mud and chicken poop.
The chickens have been a great asset for the holiday cottage in that children staying in La forge or La Veille Maison and interact with the birds and collect the fresh eggs each day.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Of the 4 properties that the previous owners owned La forge was always the first to be booked, I guess being beamed through out and oozing with character it makes a wonderful holiday destination. In addition to its inherent attributes I always spend fresh money each year making improvements so that it meets the expectations of my guest staying within the property.
It has always been a policy to ask guest what changes if any should be made and I always take on board suggestions to improve each year, its such a lovely feeling when guest first walk through the doors to hear them say this looks wonderful and in a lot of cases better then was shown via the pictures on the website. Its what makes running a holiday cottage for me a real pleasure and I will always endeavour to make sure guest enjoy there stay at La Forge.
I am looking forward to my next guest stay starting 10th November for 8 nights as she has stayed in La Forge on several occassions, staying here under the 2 previous owners before me, so it will be lovely to see her reactions on the improvements made.
The good news now is that from this year La Veille Maison is also available to rent for a limited season so more people are able to enjoy this wonderful part of Brittany that I fell in love with.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I popped down to the adventure forest last Friday and did the entire course for the first time, it took about 3 hours to complete and some parts were extremely hard, especially once I started the black course but I thoroughly enjoyed it all.
The zip wires are always a favorite and I enjoyed them all.
For a video of Camors adventure park click here.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Yesterday I drove to Lorient which is about 25 minutes from the holiday cottage to buy some additional fishing equipment in the Decathlon store and pick up some rag worms. Unfortunately they did not hold the normal worms that I would have bought ( The Demi mure, red box) but only had the jumbo and small rag, so I decided to try the supermarket near Crach to buy some bait.
The reason I don't buy the Jumbo is because at 5.50 euros a box I find them rather expensive...what a mistake that turned out to be because when we arrived at the super market 'Intermarche' they did have the worms I wanted but at the extortionate price of 7.20 a box, by then it was to late if we wanted to catch the tide and avoid further driving to the Decathlon store in Vannes so we headed of to the fishing venue with just 2 boxes each, I would normally buy 4 for my 2 rods.
As my daughter was with me and the guest staying at the cottage took his 13 year old son I opted not to fish the full run of the incoming tide. High tide was at 3pm and we started fishing at noon. The coefficient was really low today at 32 yet I was still picking up weed for the first hour at which point less and less weed was being hauled in on each retrieve.
I used my favorite rig, very simple a running ledger with a 3ft hook length on an Aberdeen no1 long shank and fished the rag worm about 80 meters from the shore on both rods. Around 2pm I had my first bite of the day and caught a 1lb Bass in lovely condition. I was waiting to switch from using rag at long range to Mackerel at 30 meters at slack tide for the Turbot but while helping out the guest a large wave hit the rocks where I had placed the mackerel and all was lost. I ended up finishing fishing at 3pm because the bait run out, but all was good as I caught my supper and my daughter was getting restless.
Although the tide was quite week it was not a pleasant day to fish with high winds creating some large waves and rain for most of the 3 hours.
The guest staying at La forge took advantage of the spare beach caster and reel that I have available to use.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
From 5th - 14th August over 2000 bands play within the city centre, I popped down with my daughter on Wednesday 10th for the afternoon and early evening. For a glimpse of the event click here.
Guest staying at La Forge and La Veille Maison have been enjoying the pool all week, especially on Tuesday and Wednesday with the weather being so hot and sunny.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Due to all the preparation work within the gym building and getting La Veille Maison ready for this years holiday season I had not been in the gym for a couple of months.
The hardest part about being away from the gym is getting restarted and it was a real pleasure training with the Dutch boys almost every night as it got me back into a regular routine.
They left the holiday cottage last Saturday and I have now continued to train, my first leg workout was very painful during as the muscles were screaming out that this felt strange....lifting weights again, I surprised myself in that I managed to do 140 kg for 5 reps, 5 days later it was our second leg workout and I managed 7 reps with 150kg, I'll soon be back up to 8-10 reps with 160kgs. Being natural you don't tend to loose much strength if your out of the gym for a while which is another great reason not to touch steroids.
The gym is available to use for all guest staying at La forge and La Veille maison and your welcome to train alone or more than welcome to have me as a training partner.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Marking its 16th anniversary the city of Hennebont held its Medieval festival again this year on the 30th & 31st July.
I decided to pop along on Sunday to watch the events and it was a glorious hot sunny day, Hennebont was packed with people and I thoroughly enjoyed the day there, the only regret was I arrived at 12.30 pm and missed the grand parade of every one in costume.
For a look at the event, click here.
La Forge and La Veille Maison are ideally situated to enjoy all the delights Brittany has to offer within the Morbihan region.
La Forge is available to rent all year where as La Veille Maison is available to rent from May half term 2012 to the start of September that year.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Last week the city held its medieval festival running over 3 days and the city centre was the busiest ive ever seen it, with thousands lining along the route of the procession that takes place several times per day. For a video of the event click here:
Both sets of guest staying at La Forge and La Veille maison enjoyed the event as did everyone there.
Next year La Veille Maison will be available to rent starting from the May half term through to the start of September, where as La Forge is available to rent all year.
Monday, July 11, 2011
The first guest traveled over night using the Brittany ferry Portsmouth to Southampton route and arrived at La Veille maison for 10.30 am while the second group traveled via Cherbourg and arrived at 11pm.
It was a bright sunny day and the first set of guest enjoyed the swimming pool throughout the day.
The swimming pool is available on a private basis during April, May and September and for next year shared between the May half term and the start of September.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
He had an evening on the L'evel a few days ago and caught 2 Salmon parr both about 7 inches long and last night I popped over too the Blavet with him just north of Baud following a report from a friend that he had seen alot of fly fishermen fishing around one of the locks that contains a pair of fish ladders.
We did have a week of heavy rain last week and the guest explained that when the rivers are full of water thats the time to fish for the Salmon. We arrived 5 days after all the rain and the river was back to normal however that did not stop him from having a few hours of fun, catching 2 chub of 3lbs on a dry fly and having half a dozen more takes to get the blood rushing.
It was a wonderful evening as it had been bright and sunny all day with temperatures reaching 28 degrees and fish were rising all the time with plenty of insect life around.
For a video of the first fish caught see: Fishing the blavet
La Forge is just a 10 minute drive to the river Blavet which was voted the best course fishing river of France in 2006.
Friday, June 24, 2011
He just fished the evening rises and caught on every occasion, catching small brown trout and Salmon Parr. the biggest fish was a 1 1/2 trout towards the end of the holiday, all fish were returned.
He also had a crack at the chub around the bridge of l'Evel and caught a pair around 3 or 4 lbs.
He said he enjoyed the fishing as it was a challenging venue to cast and explained that the presentation of the fly was paramount to get the take.
The Tarun is just 100 meters from the Brittany holiday cottage with private pool.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
The couple from Devon enjoyed the markets at Aurray and Hennebont and of course meal at Le Cheval Blanc situated in Baud.
La Forge is available to rent all year for guest to enjoy the best of Brittany.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Today the coefficient was at 62 with a moderate high tide at 1pm. I arrived at 9am and had 2 rods fishing by 9.30, both rods were used on the normal set up of a single hook length of 4 ft tide to a swivel that was connected to the main line with a free running break away ledger of 150 grammes. I expected today to be a very different experience than my first visit to be shocked to see my weights being swept 50 meters upstream within 10 minutes and on every retrieve expected to loose my tackle because it was getting snagged every time and on each retrieve the weight and hook was covered with weed.
By 12pm I had enough and moved around to a sheltered bay and no longer suffered the gear being swept away. I used rag worm and fished until 2pm when I gave up having no bites at all, through out the day.
For guest staying at La Forge or La veille Maison, there is a beach caster and reel available to use.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
We still have a couple of weeks available in July and August which have recently been reduced in price:
1 week starting 2nd July, normal price £1049 now reduced down too £749
1 week starting 27th August, was £1049 now reduced down too £949
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Today I popped into the chicken run at the Brittany holiday cottage with private pool to discover the smallest bird not looking at all well, normally it would be the fastest bird in the flock but today it remained stationary and allowed me to stroke it and pick it up.
Over the last 2 days the weather has changed and temperatures have dropped from the gorgeous week we enjoyed last week at La Forge with a few days of rain. Deciding to act i took the youngster inside and placed in in a box with bedding, food, water and a heat source and fingers crossed the bird will pull through.
I bought 5 young birds 4 weeks ago, a lot earlier in the year than previously and have now had 2 birds to fall ill. I also bought a single bird that was just about to start laying and that has been producing an egg a day for the last week.
Next week the first guest arrive at the Brittany holiday cottage and there children will be able to collect at least one egg per day.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
The Blavet runs from here up to and through Pontivey which is again just 20 minutes away from La Forge. For a short movie of 3 of the local places to fish around La forge click this link.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
It was a beautiful day and I was surprised to see how much colour I had caught working out in the garden of the Brittany holiday cottage.
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
The cost per day is 10 euros or 5 euros for an evening per angler allowing 2 rods per person.
The good news with the lake being private is that no rod licence is required and being only 5 min from La Forge is a great place to pop along for a few hours of fishing after enjoying a day out.
To see a film of the lake click link
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Guest staying at La Forge have taken trout on the fly, asits a narrow river with alot of trees along the back a short rod is esential and care taken with your casting. I bought a small 1.8 meter spinning rod that I use on the river, it was the shortest rod I could find and I use a preserved small fish set up to cast and wobble on the retrieve.
You need a fishing licence to fish in France just as you do in the UK but once you have your licence you can fish any river system and cross farmers fields to access the river. The spinning rod is available to use for the guest staying at the holiday cottage if you fancy a go.
For a look at the river Tarun click this link.
Saturday, February 26, 2011
On Monday we bought the 2 turkeys both brown in colour and both females, after the noise of male bird last year, the mornings should now be very quite and quest staying at the holiday cottage wont hear the birds at all. To see the birds click this link.
Anyone booking La Forge to enjoy Christmas will receive a complimentary turkey to enjoy, last years bird was the most delicious bird Ive ever tasted being fed on sweet corn, so it should be a real treat.
On Wednesday we bought a pair of the chickens bred for meat, the idea is to let them produce eggs while the guest stay at the cottage and in the Autumn to enjoy a free range meal. The other 2 hens to be bought are to remain as egg produces throughout the year and will remain at the Brittany holiday cottage.
Tickets were 9 euros per person and we had a great time with the entire show lasting around 2 hours. Your find throughout the spring and summer 3 different circuses moving around from town too town, so its always possible to catch a show during your stay at the Brittany holiday cottage with private pool.
Monday, February 21, 2011
Today we popped down for a wonder to see that we were in luck to see a guy selling small livestock and we purchased a pair of young female turkeys for just 3 1/2 euro's each, the guy said that they would be ready to eat in 3 months but then that was what I was told last year and at 6 months the bird was still small, so Ive now got 10 months to get them ready for Christmas.
Any guest booking the 2 weeks at Christmas will be given one of the birds as a complimentary gift to enjoy a wonderful dinner. Last years bird may have been small but I think it was the best Turkey Ive ever tasted, being fed on corn for the last 3 months.
We have yet to but the chickens, as I'm after a particular type that are only sold as youngsters I decided not to buy a pair of 24 week old birds today, that way in a couple of weeks I'll but 4 youngsters and hopefully all will get on well.
La Forge is available to rent all year round and the private heated swimming pool is open from the start of April until the end of September.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Today we sowed new grass seed in the chicken run so that when the new birds arrive the run will be covered in fresh grass to give them a good start in addition to there feed, although I guess within 2 months of the new birds arriving not a single blade of grass will be left.
We are looking to buy 4 chickens and 2 turkeys, 2 of the chickens will be bought for meat with the view that we may get some eggs from them while the holiday cottages are occupied, then in the Autumn they will go into the pot.
The turkeys are for Christmas, one for my table and the other as a complimentary gift for anyone booking La Forge for the festive season. The holiday cottage will be decorated for the festive season.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
We caught the 8.15 Brittany ferry from Portsmouth sailing too Caen and arrived in France at 3pm after enjoying a lovely breakfast on board before being able to sleep in the cabin we booked for 4 hours.
Caen is only 210 miles from the Brittany holiday cottage and at 80 mph for most of the journey arrived in Baud at 6.10 able to get some food shopping in before getting home.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
The list is quite long of all the things I need, including 2 additional single beds, all the utensils and cutlery for the kitchen and a new hoover.
In addition I'm buying a carpet washer to give all the carpets a wash each season to spruce them up.
La Forge is available to rent all year and in April, May, June and September the pool is for the private use of guest staying at La Forge Brittany holiday cottage.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
La Veille Maison has already 2 weeks booked and enquiries are starting to come in for the remaining weeks left at that cottage.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
If ever it does get very cold the combination of both heat sources makes the job of heating La veille maison very easy, as its all open plan with 180 cubic meters to heat in the living room its a lot harder to keep warm than la Forge.
Within La forge the cottage is kept warm with a wood burner and central heating if required.
Thursday, January 13, 2011
La Forge is currently booked for 2 weeks from 6th August, so if you book the week before you can still enjoy the opening day of the festival, while La Veille Maison is currently available to rent through out the festival period and as the change over day for La Veille Maison is on a Friday again you could enjoy the opening day of the Celtic festival as well.
See website for availability for La Forge Brittany holiday cottage with heated pool and within the home page is a link to take you to the availability calender for La veille Maison.
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I will train chest and triceps within the gym tomorrow.
This weekend La Forge has received 5 booking enquiries for the new season, looks like its going to be another good year at the Brittany holiday cottage.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
The first booking arrived last Saturday for 2 weeks in June, for the months of April, May, June and September guest staying at la Forge benefit having the swimming pool for there own private use.
The pool is opened at the start of March and the heater is switched on after the second week so the swimming pool is ready to use for the start of April. The opening and closing of the swimming pool does have flexability depending on request of guest wishing to stay at the Brittany holiday cottage located just outside the market town of Baud in southern Brittany.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Then today I popped into the gym to train back, biceps and abbs. Started to feel strong again and really enjoying getting back into the flow of training each day.
The gym at the Brittany holiday cottage is right next door so no excuses not to train and with workouts only lasting 40 minutes are easy to fit in.
Monday, January 3, 2011
Both games were played at the Saint- laurent golf course which is just 30 minutes away from the Brittany holiday cottage. The cost for around of golf was 37 Euros during the low season and 53 Euro's from 1st April until the end of September. The prices do reduce if you book more than one day of golf at the course.
The guest said it was a really enjoyable course, but said it was not an easy course and would favour someone that plays with a low handicap.
Scattered around the holiday cottage are numerous golf courses, to enjoy and in low season the cottage is only £250 per week to rent while you enjoy low cost games.