Monday, February 29, 2016

Our Brittany holiday cottage with private heated pool and gym near Baud

At the weekend at our Brittany holiday cottage with private heated pool and gym near Baud the temperature rose enough for me to paint the undercoat on the play house. Its just a shame that I can not paint the top coat yet as the temperature needs to be at least 15 degrees.

James enjoyed the playhouse today as it was such a lovely day be it still quite cold hitting only 8 degrees today.

Enjoying the play house at our Brittany holiday cottage near Baud


Its lovely seeing the children's play area coming together now for all the children to enjoy while enjoying a holiday in either La Forge or La Veille Maison.

I'm sure there is something for everyone at our Brittany holiday cottage near Baud to enjoy be it the heated pool, the gym, the children's play area and so much more.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Weight training at the gym / fitness center located at our Brittany holiday cottage near Baud

Today was a rest day for weight training at the gym / fitness center located at our Brittany holiday cottage near Baud.

Just as important as hitting the weights is having a rest day to allow your body to heal the muscle cells that were damaged during the intense workouts - during the rest days is actually when your body grows.

I now only train each individual muscle group once every 5 -7 day depending on how my body feels - when I was in my teens I used to do 3 hour full body workouts 3 times per week and did not realize at the time I was over training and finding it very hard to make gains.

At the age of 19 I was an extremely lean 11 stone but then I started working and my training changed to doing split workouts - increased my protein consumption, eating 8 times per day ( 8 x 30 grams = 240 grams of protein per day)  and after 4 years came in at a lean 15 stone.

To gain 4 stone in lean muscle over 4 years as a natural ( steroid free) was quite an achievement and just goes to show that development comes from 3 elements: training, nutrition and rest.



Back in the gym tomorrow  at our Brittany holiday cottage for back and biceps.

Our Brittany holiday cottage with private heated swimming pool and gym near Baud

Today at our Brittany holiday cottage with private heated swimming pool and gym near Baud we confirmed our first booking from Canada.

We love taking bookings for La Forge and La Veille maison from around the world and in the last 12 months we took bookings from Denmark, America and now Canada.

Its great interacting with our international guest and getting there feedback of how they enjoyed all the tourist attractions located around our Brittany holiday cottage and hearing about countries and life around the world.

The Carnac stones

Auray at night

Trinity sur le mur

Monday, February 22, 2016

Our Brittany holiday cottage with private heated swimming pool and gym near Baud

Our Brittany holiday cottage with private heated swimming pool and gym near Baud is located in the wonderful hamlet of Kerbourbon.

From 12th March through to the 21st May the heated swimming pool is offered on a private basis for those guest staying in La Forge.


We are currently offering the weeks at a discounted price of just £375 per week reduced from £549 and still have availability in the cottage.


Weight training at the gym / fitness club at our Brittany holiday cottage near Baud

Today I had another weight training session at the gym / fitness club at our Brittany holiday cottage near Baud - with an awesome leg workout.

Started of with 3 sets of leg extensions to warm up my quads and knees then performed 7 sets of front squats finishing on 3 reps for 110kg - the problem with front squats is not the weight for the legs but the ability to hold the bar on your neck , it's either to high on your neck and your finding it hard to breath or if its to low then it starts rolling down your chest.

Why do front squats? Because they put more stress on your quads and can create more of an outer sweep in your thighs.

It was then 7 sets of leg extensions followed by 5 sets of leg curls.

Below I am doing regular squats in the gym at our Brittany holiday cottage:



The gym is available for all our guest staying in La Forge and La Veille Maison.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Weight training at the gym / health club located at our Brittany holiday cottage

Back weight training at the gym / health club located at our Brittany holiday cottage today training back and biceps.

For back I did the following:

6 sets of ultra wide grip pull downs to the rear (60 inch bar)
4 sets front pull downs
4 sets narrow grip pull downs to front
4 sets of dead lifts

Using the 60 inch pull down bar to create a wide back


For biceps:

4 sets of ez barbell curls using the extreme fat gripz.

As my biceps are already pr- exhausted from doing the back exercises, no need for any more sets.

The gym is available all year round for our guest to enjoy staying in either La Forge or La Veille maison.



Our child friendly Brittany holiday cottage with heated swimming pool near Baud

The work is almost finished at our child friendly Brittany holiday cottage with heated swimming pool near Baud creating the extended play area for the children to enjoy.

Fun for the children to enjoy at our Brittany holiday cottage

The children s play area at our Brittany holiday cottage

With the new rubber matting down its made for a safe area for the children to enjoy and hopefully soon the grass will start growing through the matting to soften the look.
 
Our aim is to make for a perfect family holiday destination to enjoy for guest staying in either La Forge or La Veille Maison.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Weight training at the gym / fitness center at our Brittany holiday cottages near Baud

Yesterday I was back weight training at the gym / fitness center at our Brittany holiday cottages near Baud for a leg session.

Started of with 6 sets of leg extensions up to 70 kgs trying to get 20 reps on each set.

Then it was 6 sets of front squats and I performed the warm up sets with a 10 second pause at the bottom before driving up and finished with the final 2 sets on 100 kg - then it was 5 sets of leg curls to finish.

Training legs at the gym located at our Brittany holiday cottage

The gym at our holiday cottage is available for guest staying in either La Forge or La Veille Maison

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Our Brittany holiday cottage with private heated pool and gym near Baud

During the summer months at our Brittany holiday cottage with private heated pool and gym near Baud guest can enjoy medieval festivals being held around the Morbihan region of southern Brittany

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The festivals are always held in some stunning historic settings with a great atmosphere for all to enjoy and they make for a great family day out when staying at our holiday cottage.

Most years your find festivals being held in Vannes, Josselin and Hennebont all within 25 minutes of La Forge and La Veille maison.


Sunday, February 14, 2016

Our Brittany holiday cottage with private heated swimming pool and gym near Baud

Today at our Brittany holiday cottage with private heated swimming pool and gym near Baud we remember Elsa our Rhodesian ridgeback who passed away in January 2014.

There are a few lovely pictures of her within this short movie - the normal life expectancy of a ridgeback is around 10 -11 years Elsa was my friend, my companion and my daughters guardian for 12 years and 4 months before she passed away.

She will never be forgotten.



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We planted a flowering cherry tree within the garden of our holiday cottage to remember our loyal friend.

Weight training and body building at the gym located at our Brittany holiday cottage near Baud.

Today I was back weight training and body building at the gym located at our Brittany holiday cottage near Baud for a chest and tricep workout.

Yesterday I tried to do my back and biceps but felt sore still from the whiplash after this weeks car accident - so just to it easy as I will today.

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The gym is available to all our guest to enjoy staying in either La Forge or La Veille Maison

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Our Brittany holiday cottage with heated swimming pool and gym near Baud

Just 10 minutes from our Brittany holiday cottage  with heated swimming pool and gym near Baud we have recently discovered a wonderful restaurant the Au Coin du Feu steak house.

Its a beautiful looking restaurant with its own gardens for children to play in and a wonderful terrace in which to eat alfresco. 

They offer some mouth watering steaks cooked over an open wood fire and some of the best chips I have ever tasted. My normal order being the 300 gram entrecote steak and its the first time ever I have been asked if I want my blue steak served hot or cold which for me really shows the level of attention given by the chef. 

They offer a lunch menu from € 11.50 and a childrens menu for € 8.50 (For those under 12 years.) We started recommending the restaurant to our guest over the last 2 seasons and all have said what a wonderful meal they had and what a great place.

You find when staying at either La Forge or La veille maison there is a grand choice of fine restaurants to enjoy all within easy reach. 

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Weight training at our gym / fitness center at our Brittany holiday cottage near Baud

Back weight training at our gym / fitness center at our Brittany holiday cottage near Baud today with a quick leg workout.

Its been 3 weeks since my last leg workout as I injured my back performing stiff leg dead lifts during my last leg workout - so today I took it very easy.

I just performed 6 sets of leg extensions to warm up my quads followed by just 4 sets of front squats.

Next leg workout will be on Friday where I'll go back to a full workout.

The gym at our Brittany holiday cottage enables all levels to have a good workout and is available for guest staying in either La Forge or La Veille Maison.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Body building and weight training at the gym located at our Brittany holiday cottage near Baud

Another session of body building and weight training at the gym located at our Brittany holiday cottage near Baud this afternoon.

It was back and triceps today - looking forward to adding a new exercise to my routine shortly after buying a dip station this week.

This provides a great hit on the lower pecs or triceps depending if you lean forward for chest or stay upright to hit your triceps.

Each year we try to add equipment to the gym located at our holiday cottage so that repeating guest an see the improvements made each year and for new guest to obtain a complete workout.

Next on the agenda is a seated row machine for the lower back muscles.

The gym is available for all our guest staying in either La Forge or La Veille Maison.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Our Brittany holiday cottage with private heated swimming pool near Baud

Today at our Brittany holiday cottage with private heated swimming pool near Baud our first guest of the year arrived for a 2 week stay on a house hunting trip - the guest wished to stay in February to see for himself what the climate was like for this time of year.

It was a lovely bright sunny day for his arrival but with a cold wind.

The guest took advantage of our current late booking offer in booking at just £225 per week reduced from £299 and the 20% Brittany ferry discount on his crossing.

We warmed the holiday cottage up prior to his arrival and provided a complimentary bag of logs for the fire.

This afternoon I spent another few hours in the sunshine working on the play center for the children to enjoy during there holidays and young James tested the slide. Unlike before when he used it just on some outside steps it was now set at the correct height and he was flung of the slide at the bottom and he thoroughly enjoyed it - we just made sure we were at either end for safety reasons.

James testing out the new slide 
Our holiday cottage offers so much for all the family to enjoy a fantastic holiday in southern Brittany.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Our Brittany holiday cottage with private heated swimming pool and gym near Baud

We still have weeks available at our Brittany holiday cottage with private heated swimming pool and gym near Baud from 12th March through to 21st May.

During this period the swimming pool is offered on a private basis for guest staying in La Forge and being heated its enjoyable for early season fun.

We are running a special offer during this period - book a week for just £399 reduced from £549 or book 2 weeks for £750.

The weather normally in March, April and May historically has been bright,sunny and warm enough to sun bath.

Enjoying the private heated swimming pool at our Brittany holiday cottage at Easter
La Veille Maison is available to rent from the 21st May until the start of September.

The swimming pool is available again on a private basis from the start of September until we close the pool in October for guest enjoying a holiday in La Forge.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Our child friendly holiday cottage with private heated swimming pool near Baud

Yesterday at  our child friendly holiday cottage with private heated swimming pool near Baud I was back in the garden working on the new play area for children to enjoy during there holidays in either La Forge or La Veille Maison.

Day two of the build
Having a young family ourselves we know how important it is to keep the children happy while on holiday - if the children are happy you are happy and relaxed.

Our Brittany holiday cottages offer a wonderful family holiday destination.