Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Filipino Community living in Brittany and France

With 2013 coming to an end we would like to wish the Filipino community living in Brittany and France all the best for the new year and hope that 2014 brings happiness and good times for all.

Manigong Bagong Taon  2014 sa mga kababayan Ko sa France.

Naomi and I hope to meet Filipino's living in France to make new friends and share the Filipino culture to close the gap of the 2 countries. So don't be shy please get in touch at: laforge@hotmail.co.uk

Here is a recipe of one of my favorite Filipino dishes that Naomi cooks for me:

How to cook Kalderetang Manok or Chicken Caldereta a wonderful Filipino dish

A wonderful dish

How to cook this great Filipino dish

Kalderata Manok is a Spanish influenced dish that your find being cooked throughout the Philippines and is known as Chicken Calderata.
For my English pallet its a wonderful curry and this is Naomi's version.
Ingredients:
600 gm Chicken fillets cubed
Pinch of Salt
Pinch of mono sodium glutamate
1 Large Onion chopped
cooking oil for frying
1 can of peeled tomatoes
250 ml coconut milk
3 cloves of Garlic
1 tea spoon Hot Chilli and garlic sauce
250 gm cubed potato
125 gm cubed carrot
200 gm Pineapple

Preparation:
Heat cooking oil in a wok and then add the garlic and Onion until brown, then add the potato, carrots, salt,Mono sodium glutamate and chicken, add a little water, stir and simmer for 10 min.
Then add the tin of chopped tomatoes and coconut milk, simmer for an additional 20 min then add the pineapple slices and cook for a final 5 min.
Serve with rice and enjoy.
Naomi will be preparing this dish for guest staying at La Forge and La Veille maison, the Brittany holiday cottages with a heated swimming pool based in the Morbihan region of southern Brittany, France.

La Forge Brittany holiday cottage is available to rent all year, where as La Veille Maison is available from the end of May until the start of September.




Brittany holiday cottage with heated swimming pool

Yesterday we returned to the Brittany holiday cottage with heated swimming pool after spending 6 days in the UK with my parents and daughter.

We attempted to shop at Bluewater and Lakeside but found it so busy with post xmas bargain hunters that we did not enjoy the experience, on the positive note it made us realize how lucky we are living at the Brittany holiday cottages La Forge & La Veille Maison.

With the new year looming we would like to thank all our guest who stayed this year at the holiday cottages and look forward to making new friends with guest staying in 2014.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Brittany holiday cottage with private heated swimming pool and gym

Today at the Brittany holiday cottage with private heated swimming pool and gym was chest and triceps day.

I've been back in the gym regularly now for 2 weeks and its lovely to see how quickly my strength returns, I guess that's the major benefit of being drug free, it may take a long time to build the muscle but on the flip side it takes along time to loose it.

As I said this was the end of my second week and during those weeks I've trained each body part on 3 separate occasions. I train using a 3 day split: Day 1: Chest & Triceps, Day 2: Back and Biceps and Day 3: Legs. I have a rest day either at the end of the 3 day cycle or in between depending on how I feel - the one thing I have learnt is that its just as important to have rest days as well as those days in the gym.

During the rest day as I am currently trying to slim down I will go for a 4 mile walk so in reality I'm training every day and a rest day is more a day away from the gym.

At 47 my aim is to compete again before hitting 50, my last show was in 2009 after a 13 year gap between shows and I'm determined to not leave it so long.

I get a buzz when there are teenagers staying at the holiday cottages who get the bug to train while here and I get the chance to show them the ropes, it brings back fond memories of my motivators when I was a teenager. I often say I look forward to hearing that they become a Mr Great Britain or Mr Holland in the future.

La Forge Brittany holiday cottage is available to rent all year, where as La veille maison is available from the end of May until the start of September.

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Brittany holiday cottage with private pool and gym

Just got in from the gym at the Brittany holiday cottage with private pool and I guess you could say I'm shattered...lol

Just did 5 sets of squats up to a maximum weight of 130kg for 8 reps. I always do a pyramid system in that my first set is my lightest being 60kg and then increase by an additional 20 kg each set. Today once I hit 120kg I felt jumping up to 140kg would have been to much so I just went the additional 10kg...its better to train safe than try any thing stupid. The one thing I have learnt over the last few years is that injuries take a lot longer to heal once you hit 40 than before, so its just not worth taking the risk.

I was going to do leg extensions and leg curls but felt my legs had had enough, besides nothing comes close to hitting your legs to squats.

I'm surprised that the gym is not used more often by guest staying at La Forge or La Veille maison holiday gites but I guess the majority of people coming to France just wish to chill,relax and enjoy the heated swimming pool.

I might try and advertise the holiday cottages in gymnasiums this coming year to try to coax more fitness enthusiast to stay at the Brittany holiday cottages with private pool and gym.

Brittany holiday cottage with heated pool and gym

Today at the Brittany holiday cottage with heated pool and gym is leg day, over the last 2 weeks I've got back in to doing legs and just completed 5 or 6 sets of squats to get my legs used to the weights again.

Today I'll add 3 sets of leg extensions and 3 sets of leg curls.For a video of me squatting click here.

With a squat rack and a leg extension/leg curl machine its possible to enjoy a great leg workout at the Brittany holiday cottages La Forge and La Veille Maison.




Friday, December 20, 2013

Brittany holiday cottage with private pool and gym

Last night Naomi and I hit the gym again at the Brittany holiday cottage with private pool and trained together doing back and biceps.

We have a lat pull down machine and we started off with 5 sets of ultra wide pull downs to the back of our head. I bought a 60 inch bar that allows really wide pull downs. We then did 4 sets of slightly narrower pull downs to our chest

After that it was biceps and I did barbell curls for 4 sets up to 50 kg while Naomi did 3 sets of dumbbell curls. Still feeling weak on my bicep curls as I've had some time off, still another 20 kgs to add at some point.

30 minutes and we were done - its lovely doing a split routine you just come in hit a couple of body parts and then chill.

I hit the scales this morning and weighed 18st 11lbs so Ive actually gained a pound, not to worried as I feel leaner. We have not walked much over the last week but I have been in the gym on 4 occasions so I guess I've put a bit of muscle back on.

The gym is available for guest staying at either La Forge or La Veille maison the Brittany holiday cottages with private pool and gym.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Brittany holiday cottage with heated pool and gym

Yesterday at the Brittany holiday cottage with heated pool and gym was legs day and today I trained chest and triceps.

Within the gym at the holiday cottages is a squat rack that enables me to squat safely and as it was my first leg session in 2 weeks I took it easy just doing 6 sets with the final set at 120 kg for 8 reps, next time I'll do 140 kg. It won't take long to be back up to 160 kg.

Tonight as I was training alone I did not push the bench press hard but just stayed at 100 kg as my maximum weight. I always tell guest staying at the holiday cottages who use the gym that I am always willing to assist to enable safe training or stress if they wish to train alone never try personal best or weights that they are not comfortable with.

Having a gym at the Brittany holiday cottages is a lovely bonus for those who wish to stay in condition while enjoying their holiday in France.


Monday, December 16, 2013

Brittany holiday cottage with private pool and gym

Just 25 minutes from the Brittany holiday cottage with private pool and gym is the beautiful town of Auray, here is the video taken last Saturday.


The end clip of the restaurant was taken in Baud at the Cheval Blanc one of the most popular restaurants for guest staying at the Brittany cottages La Forge and La Veille Maison.

La Forge is available to rent all year where as La Veille Maison is available from end of May until the start of September.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Brittany holiday cottage with private heated swimming pool

Just 25 minutes away from the Brittany holiday cottage with private heated swimming pool is the beautiful town of Auray. A town which is very popular with guest staying at the holiday cottages / Gites.

From Friday 13th December until Sunday 15th Auray held its Christmas market and Naomi and I popped along to see the market and all the Christmas decorations at night.

The market it self was rather small and mainly sold wine, cheese and sea food but the high light for us was seeing all the Christmas decorations and in particular the stone bridge at the old port illuminated in blue light.




We ended up going in to the bar at the end of the bridge in the above picture to enjoy the warmth and a really nice cup of coffee. It was the first time inside that bar as we have always drank or eaten alfresco and we were both surprised how lovely the bar was.


If you fancy a winter get away why not book La Forge, between 6th January until end of March weeks have been reduced from £299 down to £225. We also offer  a nightly rate for short term stays in addition to a flexible start date.

La Forge Brittany holiday cottage is available to rent all year and with a lovely wood burner and exposed beams through out its a great place to enjoy the winter months.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

This morning at the Brittany holiday cottages with heated swimming pool we were awoken by the sound of a chain saw.

I looked out of the window but could not see any thing as the sound seemed to be coming from the back garden, so I quickly got dressed to investigate.

To my surprise my neighbor had cut up all my logs for me and had already departed. I looked out along the road to see him walking over the bridge of the river Tarun towards his own property and quickly followed to thank him for what he had done.

I have been so lucky at all the properties I've owned in that I have always had really nice neighbors and today really highlighted that point.Without blowing my own trumpet I guess it helps if your a nice person also.

You only have to read the guest reviews to see how much guest have enjoyed the hospitality from Naomi and myself during there holidays at either La Forge or La Veille Maison.

My mantra in life has always been treat others how you wish to be treated yourself and my parents have installed very high values in being honest and true.

I guess that's why Naomi and I get on so well, I may not be religious as she is but I do have a good heart.

As 2013 draws to a close I think back at meeting some really nice guest this year staying at the holiday cottages and look forward to seeing some of them again in 2014 and meeting new families in 2014 enjoying their holidays here in this special part of Brittany.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Brittany holiday cottage with private pool and gym

Today at the Brittany holiday cottage with private pool and gym was weigh in day and I was pleased to see that I am now 18st 10lbs so that's another 2 lbs lost over the week.

Over the week the walking was reduced only having walked on 3 days for a total of 11 miles but in addition to that were 2 sessions in the gym located at the Brittany holiday cottages.

I'll be training legs today after back and biceps yesterday. Although I have only lost 4lbs over the last 2 weeks I feel so much leaner because Ive been hitting the gym in addition to going for the walks.

I mentioned to Naomi last week that any one can loose weight through diets and cardio and yes the end result is that you become a lot leaner and look trim in clothes but for a lot of people when stripped of, will look thin and weak.....when I have lost the weight I want to look athletic and muscular hence the need to keep up the gym work in addition to every thing else.

The gym at the holiday cottages is equipped with all the basic heavy duty equipment to enable a full body work out.



Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Brittany holiday cottage with heated swimming pool

We woke up today at the Brittany holiday cottage with heated swimming pool to see the ground covered in frost but with the sun out and clear blue skies the frost slowly melted away.

We have not had any rain now for a couple of weeks and have enjoyed some really beautiful sunny days, most Decembers are very similar, dry, bright but cold. Makes for a lovely time to enjoy the wood burner within La Forge and to enjoy Brittany before Christmas to stock up on wines and foods to take back to England or to enjoy the festive season in France.

La Forge is available to rent all year.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Brittany holiday cottage with private pool and gym

Yesterday at the Brittany holiday cottage with private pool and gym we got up early to hit a favorite of holiday makers at the cottages by popping down to Auray for its lively Monday market.

We woke up to a very bright day but could not see much around the cottages because we were hemmed in with fog, the ground had a very heavy frost and on the start of out journey just 1 minute from the cottages we were blessed in watching 3 deer leap out in front of the car and disappear back in to the fog on the other side of the road.

Once we reached Auray the fog had lifted and it was a cracking day, absolutely stunning.

Naomi did well being 6 months pregnant with some of the steep hills...good exercise.



After the market we enjoyed a coffee alfresco down beside the old port - all in all a really enjoyable day


La Forge holiday cottage is available to rent all year long, with weeks currently priced at just £225 reduced from £299 from now until the end of March why not get a way for either a short stay or longer stay to enjoy this special part of France. 

(We also offer the holiday cottage on a nightly rate during the low season for short term stays)
  

Monday, December 9, 2013

Brittany holiday cottage with private pool and gym


During the winter months at the Brittany holiday cottage with heated pool and gym its time to do all the major clearing up in the garden.

This year at the holiday cottage we cut back a lot of the evergreen trees to create additional play areas in the garden for children to enjoy, to let more light in to the garden and to create additional off road parking.

Only problem is what to do with all the cuttings! Thankfully the local farmer gave his permission to burn all the waste before the fields were re planted after the initial harvest of corn.

The above picture just shows some of what was burnt, more was put on the fire once it had started.


Now all cleared away the garden looks bigger and we have planted an additional 200 daffodil bulbs around the garden to create a bigger spring display on the original 200 bulbs already planted.

The cottages/ Gites should look lovely in the spring ready for the swimming pool to be opened at the start of March.

Guest booking La Forge during April and most of May enjoy the heated swimming pool on a private basis.

La Veille Maison is available to rent from 24th May 2014.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Brittany holiday cottage with private pool and gym

We woke up today at the Brittany holiday cottage with private pool and gym with sunshine pouring through a gap in the curtains. When we got up I looked through the window of our bedroom in  La Veille Maison to see every thing covered in frost.

Naomi and I decided to wrap up warm and took the dog out again for another 4 mile walk along the river Tarun where we saw the heron within the cow field yet again. I think the heron stays with the cows for protection as we always see it with them.

The weather has been bright and sunny all day at the Brittany holiday gites and would be a fantastic day to pop down to the coast.

La Forge is available to rent all year where as La Veille Maison is available from the end of May until the start of September.

During April and most of May the heated swimming pool is offered on a private basis for guest staying in La Forge holiday cottage. / gite

























Saturday, December 7, 2013

Brittany holiday cottage with heated swimming pool

The weather today at the Brittany holiday cottage with heated swimming pool is very bright and just right for a country walk.

The holiday cottages are located in the lovely hamlet of kerbourbon surrounded by countryside and is a wonderful base for leisurely walks or rides on a bike.

Many guest staying at La Forge or La Veille Maison bring their own bikes to enjoy the Breton countryside located around the holiday gites.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Brittany holiday cottage with private pool and gym

One great advantage of the Brittany holiday cottage with private pool is the gym, public gyms in Brittany are not as accessible as in the UK.

The closest public gym is located in Pontivey, so having a gym on site at the Brittany holiday cottages / Gites is a bonus.

Today just for a bit of fun I lifted some weight above my head to see how much I could and found 100 kg relatively easy, I did not push it any further to avoid injury as I was lacking in technique.

Guest staying at La Forge and La Veille Maison are more than welcome to use the gym during their holiday.

Brittany holiday cottage with private swimming pool and gym

Today at the Brittany holiday cottage with private swimming pool and gym its bright and sunny again, so I guess we will be out for a walk again today. We only walked 2 miles yesterday but it all helps.

On the scales this morning I was 18st 12lbs so thats a 2lb loss in the first week which is great, its better not to lose to much weight to fast because there is a tendency to put it back on again.

I must get in the gym also today for a work out.

The gym is available all year for guest staying at the holiday cottages to train.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Brittany holiday cottage with heated swimming pool

At the Brittany holiday cottage with heated swimming pool we have kept chickens for the last 4 years and its been a great favorite for the children staying at either La Forge or La Veille Maison holiday cottage.

Chickens are very easy to keep, I probably spend about 5 minutes per day and that's it. My daily routine is to give them more food, check they have water, collect the eggs and clean out any droppings within the coup.

As the chicken run is very secure I don't close the door of the coup each night, that way I don't have to get up early in the morning to let the birds out which reduces the effort required to keep them.

When I first got them I did lock them up at night but found it hard to wake up early just to let them out so I stopped doing that and have had no losses.

We now just have 3 chickens in residence compared to last year when we had 4 chickens and 2 very large turkeys and now notice a dramatic reduction in running cost with chicken feed.

With 3 eggs per day its more than enough for us when guest are not in residence and plenty for children to collect during their holidays at the Brittany holiday gites La Forge and La Veille Maison.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Brittany holiday cottage with private pool and gym

The Brittany holiday cottage with private pool and gym is located in some wonderful countryside to enable you to enjoy walks or getting about on a bike.

So there has really been no excuses for my inactivity but to be honest over the last year I have gained 2 stone due to the stresses and strains of life emitting from the UK creating a lack of motivation to get of my back side.

This week I've turned a new leaf and Naomi and I have hit the pathways each day with 4 mile walks.

We have also changed our eating habits and stopped buying the ice cream, biscuits and crisps ( basically all the comfort food). We now eat loads of vegetables each day normally with roast chicken as a main meal.

We now normally have porridge for breakfast, then our biggest meal for lunch and then a lighter evening meal of either an omelette or another bowl of porridge.

For snacks it now oranges, apples or a banana.

My weight last Friday was 19 stone, the last time I was this weight was back in 2003, since then I have competed in a natural body building show in 2009 at a competition weight of 14 stone 4lbs.

My aim now over the next 6 months is to drop below 17 stone with a view of competing again in 2015 at a show weight of 12st 7lbs.

I'm not so concerned at the moment about hitting the gym so often my main concern is doing the cardio and training each body part once per week in the gym. Once I'm at 17 stone I'll up the gym workout to training each body part every 5 days.

I'll post once a week my weight and miles walked each week to show my progress.

The great news with living at the Brittany holiday cottage location is that there is the on site gym so its very easy to keep the training up once the motivation kicks in.

Guest staying at either La Forge or La Veille maison have access to the gym during there holiday.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Brittany holiday cottages with a private pool

With La Veille Maison available to rent from 24th May 2014 both Brittany holiday cottages are available from that date to enjoy a private pool for large bookings.

If you fancy a large family get away why not book both cottages  / gites and enjoy the garden and heated swimming pool on a private basis.

We offer a 5% discount for anyone booking both cottages / gites and can accommodate up to 12 people plus a baby sleeping in a cot.

 La Forge and La Veille Maison offer a great location and setting for a family or friends getaway in France.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Filipino community living in Brittany France

Moving to the Brittany holiday cottage in 2012 we have decided to write this post in the hope of joining the Filipino community living in Brittany, France. We wish to help create a group where we can meet up a few times of the year, make friends and value the Filipino culture.

It would be lovely to speak in our native language and share traditional foods together.

The Philippines has a wonderful culture and we hope to embrace it while living in France.

Please get in touch via: laforge@hotmail.co.uk

Nang akoy lumipat dito sa Brittany Holiday Cottage sa taon 2012 kami nagdisisyong sumolat ng blog dito sa bloggers sa mga Pilipino comonidad na kasalokoyang nakatira sa Brittany France na sa pamamagitan ng intenet search matagpoan ang aming page na makatolong ito sa pagawa ng grupo upang tayoy magkakakilala at magkita-kita minsan sa isang taon para mapanitili natin ang ating kulurang Pilipino.

Ang ganda pag tayoy magkakaisa, magsama-sama at mag usap-usap sa ating sariling wika at mag share sa ating traditional na potaheng/pagkaing Pilipino . Paki Contact ninyo kami sa email address na ito : laforge@hotmail.co.uk

Le passage à la Brittany cottage de vacances en 2012 nous avons décidé d'écrire ce post dans l'espoir les membres de la communauté philippine vivant en Bretagne France lors d'une recherche sur internet pour trouver cette page et leur désir de venir en aide à créer un groupe où nous pouvons rencontrer quelques moments de l'année, se faire des amis et de la valeur la culture philippine.

Il serait agréable de parler dans notre langue maternelle et partager aliments traditionnels ensemble.

Veuillez nous contacter via : laforge@hotmail.co.uk


Thursday, November 28, 2013

Brittany holiday cottage with heated pool

Over the years quite a few guest staying at the Brittany holiday cottage with heated pool have headed down too the coast for a spot of shore fishing.

For me the best information to make sure you catch fish is to know the tide times and strength of the tide, to that end click here to see the local tide times.

Guest staying at either La Forge or La Veille maison Brittany holiday cottages are more than welcome to borrow a beach caster and reel.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Brittany holiday cottage with private swimming pool and gym



With the October half term finished guest staying at the Brittany holiday cottage with private pool and gym left last Saturday morning after enjoying a week at the holiday cottage.

At just £350 for a family of 5 the holiday cottage is great value for money with the addition of the Brittany ferry discount.

The guest enjoyed the markets at Aurray and Vannes during their stay and popped down to the coast with plenty of  bike rides in the surrounding countryside.

As you can see from the enclosed picture the holiday cottages La Forge and La Veille Maison are situated in stunning countryside where you can enjoy riding a bike or going out for some lovely walks yet just 3 miles from the market town of Baud with all its amenities.



Sunday, September 1, 2013

Sea fishing at the Brittany holiday cottage with private pool

Last Thursday evening we took a guest staying at the Brittany holiday cottage with private pool down to the Bar de Etel for our first night fishing trip.

We stopped of at Decathlon in Lorient to buy our bait (rag worm) and arrived at the Bar de Etel at 19.30 and began fishing at 20.00. High tide was at 12.15 with a very low coefficient of 37.

As the tide was still very low the causeway to the light house was still accessible and the chap staying at La Forge began using a lure in the hope of some Bass but noticed some large fish swimming around right next to the causeway. With a change in tactic he switched to using a worm and very quickly caught a fish that neither of us could identify and cared not to touch.

I decided to join him on the causeway and with a light spinning rod fixed up a simple float and used the rag worm as bait. Within 10 minutes I caught my first ever Wrasse.

At 21.30 the night was drawing in and the causeway was soon underwater so we switched tactics and concentrated with the beach casters, on the second cast I caught another first a lovely Dover sole.


Up until high tide we caught 4 small conger Eels, which again was a first for me and Naomi's biggest fish to date.


At high tide the bites stopped and we stopped fishing at 1.30, at the end of the night Naomi and I had a wonderful time catching 6 fish in total ( 3 new species for me and Naomi's second and biggest fish todate)

Guest staying at either La Forge or La Veille Maison the Brittany holiday cottages with heated swimming pool are always welcome to join us on a fishing trip and a spare beach caster and reel is always available.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Fishing at the Brittany holiday cottages

I mentioned the other day that I found a new stretch of the river Tarun providing a great location to fish at the Brittany holiday cottages.

Here is a video of the new stretch:

Many a guest staying at the Brittany holiday cottages La Forge and La Veille Maison have enjoyed some fun on the river.

The fishing season starts in March and closes in October and fishing licences can be purchased in Baud. The great thing about the fishing licence is that once you have one you can cross any farmers land to gain access to a river to fish.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Brittany holiday cottages with pool

While the UK has been covered in snow and suffering from the coldest March since 1962 here at the Brittany holiday cottages with pool we have enjoyed some lovely warm sunny days at the end of March.



I am always asked what the weather is like during April or May in Brittany and I have been here now for 7 years and have always enjoyed those months as they always seem to offer loads of sunny days that allow you to obtain an early tan.

The evenings can still be cold in April but guest staying in La Forge get the best of both worlds, sun bathing during the day and a nice log fire to keep you warm in the evenings.

La Forge has a wonderful log burner that quickly heats up the holiday cottage.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Brittany holiday cottages with heated pool

With our new fitness regime started this week, Naomi and I decided to take a long walk from the Brittany holiday cottages with heated pool and followed the river Tarun upstream from the cottages.

On our way back I was surprised to see this new stretch of the river because it was always hidden from the road above. At one point I discovered a streem merging with the river and it looked like an absoulute fantastic place to fish.

Every year several guest staying at either La Forge or La Veille Maison are keen fisherman and love the opportunity to spend an hour or two in the afternoon or evening after a day out trying there luck for the wild trout that run on the Tarun.

I will take some pictures later in the week and post this new stretch of the river. For a video of the river just 100 meters from the holiday cottages:


Monday, March 25, 2013

Brittany holiday cottages with heated pool

How time flies at the Brittany holiday cottages with heated pool it was a year ago that Naomi took the plunge into the swimming pool on the first day it was opened. It was only 9 degrees and I would not let her feel the water temperature before she jumped in. Its been my most successful you tube video with 82,796 views over the year.


For guest staying at the Brittany holiday cottages La Forge and La Veille Maison I promise the water will be warmer....lol

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Brittany holiday cottages with heated pool

With an early start today at the Brittany holiday cottages with heated pool we worked in the garden in just shorts and t-shorts while on the news we hear the UK is being covered in snow...just shows what a few hundred miles south makes with regards to better weather.

Just stopped for an alfresco lunch on the terrace of La Veille Maison.

I am often asked what is the weather like in Brittany and my answer is always the same, as you know Cornwall and Devon always seem to have slightly better weather than the rest of the UK then we in the Morbihan region of southern Brittany enjoy slightly better weather than Cornwall and Devon, with warmer winters and more sunny warm days in the spring and summer.

April seems to be the undiscovered month for most British to take a holiday in Brittany yet April historically is always a wonderful month for some early sun. I have to date enjoyed 7 Aprils in Brittany and so far every April has had at least 3 out of 4 weeks enabling sun bathing.

The swimming pool is open and heated for April and guest staying in La Forge during April enjoy private use of the swimming pool and for the first 3 weeks of May.



La Veille Maison is scheduled to be available from 25th May this year but if there is someone wishing to book the holiday cottage earlier it will be made available from 18th May.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Brittany holiday cottage with private heated swimming pool

With Easter just around the corner the Brittany holiday cottage with private heated swimming pool is still available to book.

The normal price per week is £549 we are now offering weeks in April and May up to 18th May for just £400 or 2 weeks for £750

During this period La Forge offers the swimming pool on a private basis.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Brittany holiday cottages with heated pool

Today at the Brittany holiday cottages with heated pool we set our alarm clocks to rise in order to get to Hennebont for its Thursday morning market, but alas Naomi was not feeling well today so we will go next week.

Its possible to visit a lively market every day of the week in the surrounding area  of the Brittany holiday cottages La Forge and La Veille maison and I am always at hand to advice guest where and when to go or they can find within the cottages all the information within the welcome pack.

To safe time and energy and for guest not to miss any special events going on during there holiday I always raid the local tourist offices and grab all the media for the year.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Brittany holiday cottage with heated swimming pool

Buying the chickens for children to interact with at the Brittany holiday cottage with heated swimming pool has been a great success.

Last year as a special treat I have introduced my daughters pet corn snake 'Chilli' to children staying at the holiday cottages who have really enjoyed holding him and for some even feeding him. For a video of Chilli feeding click here.

La Forge is available to rent throughout the year while La Veille Maison is available from 25th May until the start of September.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Brittany holiday cottages with a heated pool

La Forge and La Veille Maison the Brittany holiday cottages with a heated pool are wonderful holiday cottages situated in the hamlet of Kerbourbon.

For guest staying at the cottages a night swim is always recommended and anyone wishing to enjoy a warm swim under the stars only has to request that the pool lights be switched on.

To see a night swim at the holiday cottages click here:

Monday, March 18, 2013

Brittany holiday cottage with private heated pool

One challenge I have for those staying at the Brittany holiday cottage with private heated pool is the underwater challenge.  How many lengths can you swim with a single breath underwater...the current record is 7 lengths..click here for a close to record swim

My daughter who at the age of 8 managed 3 lengths..well done to her beating my best mate Tony.

The swimming pool at the Brittany holiday cottages La Forge and La Veille Maison is open from mid March until the first week of October and is heated throughout that period.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Brittany holiday cottage with private heated swimming pool

Mid March at the Brittany holiday cottage with private heated swimming pool is the time of the year that the swimming pool is opened ready for the start of the main holiday season starting at the Easter half term.

During the Easter holiday guest staying in La Forge have private use of the heated swimming pool and garden as La Veille Maison is not available to rent until 25th May.

As you can see from the enclosed picture the swimming pool is situated with wonderful  views over looking the countryside surrounding the Brittany holiday cottages.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Brittany holiday cottage with private heated swimming pool

With a road trip yesterday to Lorient, which is just a 20 minute drive from the Brittany holiday cottage with private heated swimming pool we decided to finish with a meal at the Palace d' Asie .

We had a wonderful meal and would always recommend the restaurant to guest staying at either La Forge or La Veille Maison.
 

The Brittany holiday cottages La Forge and La Veille Maison are situated in the lovely hamlet of Kerbourbon just 3 miles from the market town of Baud

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Brittany holiday cottage with private heated pool

Woke up this morning to a bright sunny day at the Brittany holiday cottage with private heated pool to see fisherman arrive at the river Tarun for the start of the trout season.

The river is located just 100 meters from La Forge and La Veille Maison and for those wishing to fish can purchase a licence within the market town of Baud just 3 miles from the holiday cottages.

For a video of the river click here

Friday, March 8, 2013

Brittany holiday cottage with private heated pool

If your looking to enjoy some early sun in a private heated swimming pool La Forge is just the ticket. We are currently running a special offer running from 30th March through too 18th May where guest staying at the holiday cottage enjoy the pool on a private basis.

The normal cost per week is £549, during this period we are offering a week at just £400 or book 2 weeks for just £700.

April and May always seem to be wonderful months for early sun bathing in Brittany.La Forge is situated in the Morbihan region of southern Brittany.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Brittany holiday cottage with private heated pool

Enjoy some early sun and fun in France at the Brittany holiday cottage La Forge.

We have a special offer currently running at La Forge the Brittany holiday cottage with private heated pool during April and May where the price has been reduced from £549 per week down too £400 or book 2 weeks for just £700. Offer valid from 30th March until 18th May.

PS when you book either La Forge or La Veille Maison your also benefit from a 20% Brittany ferry discount.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Brittany holiday cottage with private heated swimming pool

Just 20 minutes away from La Forge and La Veille Maison is Lanester which is just outside of Lorient and last night we tried a new Chinese restaurant Le Palace D'Asie.


At just 16.50 euro's per head it's great value for money and the décor, atmosphere and food were great, the main thing that stood out for me was that every table had its own grill to allow you to cook your own food at the table with a large variety of raw meats, vegetables and sea food or to take those ingredients to the wok chef to cook them for you with a choice of 8 different sauces. 

In addition to all the raw ingredients there is a buffet of cooked dishes to choose from in addition to a dessert    table.

I am always around to give advice to guest staying at the Brittany holiday cottages of some great places to visit or places to visit. For a video of the restaurant click here.