Brittany, France£681 - £1,716 per week
Sleeps up to 8 in total plus 2 infants in cots in 3 bedrooms
This lovingly restored 16th century Breton farm building has been transformed into an exceptional child-friendly holiday cottage.
Set in a peaceful and beautiful corner of rural Brittany, Hibou has a real welcoming feel - and lots of extras to delight the whole family.
Mums and dads will appreciate the character and style of the cottage, while your tots will be in their element with a large heated swimming pool, lovely garden, sheltered outdoor play room with a selection of toys. Plus table tennis table, hopscotch, swings and badminton net.
A selection of shops, restaurants and bars can be found in the nearest village of Gouarec, which is a five minute drive away.
If holidaying with friends, check out Gite Bleu (2 bedrooms) in the same setting.
Bates Family, August 2018
A lovely stay in a beautiful gite. We have had such a relaxing and peaceful holiday. We have really enjoyed exploring, feeding the hens and eating the amazing homemade baking from the hosts. Our son loved the playbarn – what happy memories we are taking away with us.
Family stayed August 2018
We really enjoyed the relaxing atmosphere of Hibou. The hosts welcomed us with warm hearts and delicious cakes. We enjoyed feeding chickens and dips in the pool. I highly recommend this as a family holiday destination.
Huggins Family, August 2018
The most amazing villa absolutely perfect for us. Everything was thought of it really was our best family holiday. The area is beautiful and there are plenty of lovely welcoming restaurants near by as well as stunning lakes. Only an hour from a beautiful beach and the town of Binic which is a must for seafood lovers! All in all fantastic thanks to the hosts and Tots for recommending this villa
Clayton Family, July 2018
Perfect relaxing family holiday. House and gardens beautiful. Great hosts.
Family stayed June 2018
A perfect holiday. Beautiful gite and gardens. Everything you need for a holiday with a toddler. We have loved the pool and homemade cakes. Surrounding area and the lake is so beautiful. We wish we had longer to explore and would love to return.
Family stayed June 2018
The gite is stunning, as is Brittany! We will definitely be back!
Marshall Family, August 2018
Thank you to the hosts for a lovely holiday. We felt very much at home. The care and attention is very special. A very relaxing break. Delicious cakes too!
Family stayed July 2018
A lovely week in a lovely location. The girls loved the pool and the chocolate croissants! Thanks for a great holiday
The Hughes Family, July 2017
The Vince Family, June 2016
We Loved the gite. The hosts were so very helpful and accommodating unfortunately the weather was not kind and we had rain most days. When the sun shone the pool was lovely and the children especially enjoyed it even when overcast.
The Haigh Family, September 2014
We had the most wonderful holiday in Hibou, who knew you could have a relaxing holiday with four littles aged 3 months to 5 yrs! We hugely appreciated the cake, bread and wine on arrival. We loved and took great advantage of the honesty larder - it was very exciting to see what delicious cake was written on the blackboard each day! It was also so well equipped for our kids. They loved the playroom, DVD's, pool and toys and playing in the garden with the cat. Entertained kids = relaxed mum and dad. A wonderful truly restful week.
The Holland Family, August 2014
We had a lovely stay in Hibou. We enjoyed the pool, play room and hens. Good day trips to the coast, the Fort La Latte and the lake.
The Rimmer Family, August 2014
We all thoroughly enjoyed our week's holiday in Hibou. The memories of feeding chickens, checking for eggs and watching the combine harvester will stay with the kids for months if not years to come. Hibou was a great home from home and the perfect place to stay for a holiday in Brittany with children. We can highly recommend the area and had some great days out. The beautiful birthday hamper was the perfect treat, even if I did have to share the cake with the rest of the family!
The Simpson and Day Families, September 2014
What a wonderful stay we had in gite Hibou. With 2 little girls of 2 yrs it was fantastic to have all the necessities and much, much more provided. The stair gate, 2 high chairs, 2 cots and the barriers cutting off the garden were fantastic and made our holiday stress free! We had such amazing weather so the pool to swim in each day was wonderful. The honesty larder is such a lovely touch and we all thoroughly enjoyed the cakes and jam as well as the much appreciated bread and croissant delivery each day. The girls enjoyed the chickens and collecting the eggs in the mornings. We all had a great weeks holiday combining lots of relaxation and visits to the sunday market, restaurants, lake and beach. There is so much more to mention. We hope to return again next year.
The Barber Family, July 2015
Pauline was fantastic and couldn't do enough for us, her home cooked treats were wonderful. The facilities were absolutely fabulous.
The McKay Family, July 2016
We have just enjoyed a lovely relaxing break in Hibou. Pauline and Geof made us feel so welcome. The house was very comfortable, and everything for our 3 boys was thought of - from night lights, the play barn, and bath toys for the kids, to cake and wine for the grown ups. The honesty larder was so helpful, it had everything we needed, and I think that the boys will remember cake of the day for a long time! The location really gave us a taste of rural France, a quiet village, but no more than an hour and a half from all the attractions in Brittany. I would definitely recommend this property to friends and family.
The Stevenson Family, 2015
Pauline and Geof were wonderful hosts, so welcoming. We loved the honesty larder and cake of the day! It made our first family holiday with our three month old son more relaxing than we dared think possible.
The Aston Family, August 2015
The hosts couldn't have been nicer and the property is great!
Pool protected by separate enclosed outdoor space with lockable gates
|Twin bedrooms||One with two sets of bunk beds|
|Bathrooms||One ensuite shower room and one further shower room|
|Living room||Open plan living and kitchen area|
|Nearest village/town||Gouarec - 5 mins by car, 20 mins walk|
|Nearest supermarket||Gouarec - 5 mins by car, 20 mins walk|
|Nearest doctor||Gouarec - 5 mins by car, 20 mins walk|
|Nearest A&E||Pontivy - 25 minutes by car|
|Nearest beach||Lac de Guerledan (lake beach) - 8kms|
|Nearest restaurant||Gouarec - 5 mins by car, 20 mins walk|
|Home cooked food||Yes, home baking available on honesty larder Supper platter can be arranged for late arrival meal(order in advance) Special occasion baskets available for pre order, celebration, Breton, pamper etc|
|Babysitting||Yes-can be arranged|
|Swimming Towels available||Yes, available at an additional cost|
|Bikes||Yes, adults bikes to borrow|
|Local Bike hire||Yes in Gouarec including baby buggy and tag along|
|Local assistance/housekeeper||English owners live onsite|
|Welcome pack||Yes, Starter supply of wash up liquid, dishwasher tablets, dish cloth, tin foil, cling film,kitchen roll,bin bags,cleaning supplies and toilet rolls Tea, coffee, sugar milk, juice and biscuits for refreshments on arrival|
|Internet access||Yes included|
|Walking Distance to Village/Restaurant||Yes|
|Suitable for Multiples||Yes|
|Suitable for Wheelchair Users||No|
|Home Cooked Food||No|
|Restaurant on Site||No|
|Additional Cleaning available||Yes|
|Golf available locally||No|
|Less than 1 hour from Nearest Airport||No|
|Local Bike hire||Yes|
|Booster seat||2 available|
|Bed guards||One available|
|Non slip bath mat||Yes|
|Indoor toys and books||Yes|
|Food blender (hand held)||Yes|
|Child's loo seat||Yes|
|Blackout blinds or curtains/shutters||Yes|
|Cot linen||Yes and toddler cot duvet|
|Garden equipment (slide etc)||Yes|
|UK satellite TV channels||Yes|
|Other information||For additional information and the individual Terms and Conditions, please see the 'Need to Know' section for this property.|
|Essential Kit Guarantee Info||Some terms and conditions apply so please read our complete Terms and Conditions before booking.
As this is a cluster property, not all the equipment is in all the gites all the time. It is therefore important that the items you require are requested before arrival so that the items can be placed in your gite prior to arrival.
Hibou is a spacious period property and the bedroom design makes it ideal for two families to share.
The family-friendly living space, with tiled floors and exposed wooden beams, comprises a relaxing living room, dining area and well-equipped kitchen.
The living room has plenty of seating and a wood burner set in an original granite fireplace, perfect for cooler evenings. For entertainment there's an satellite television with Sky Freesat, a DVD and video player, music centre and WiFi.
The modern fitted kitchen is kitted out with everything needed to make a tasty snack or sumptuous family meal and includes an oven/hob, fridge/freezer, microwave, dishwasher and washing machine.
The stairs, with a child gate at the top and bottom, lead to three charming rustic eaves bedrooms - all with pine floor boards, and electric heating if required.
The master bedroom, with a king size bed, benefits from an en-suite shower room and there is a second double bedroom both with velux skylights.
A third bedroom is ideal for several children to share as it has two sets of bunk beds and charming views over the courtyard.
All the bedrooms provide space for a cot.
There is also a separate modern shower room on this floor.
The outside area at Hibou is spacious and well-designed with young families firmly in mind.
At the front of the gite, off the courtyard, there is a private garden with a table, chairs and parasol - perfect for dining al fresco - as well as a barbecue and lawned area with swings.
This leads, through a secure gate, to the swimming pool and lawned play area, shared with one smaller gite.
The large, heated 11m x 4.5m swimming pool is open every day during the summer..
It is ideally situated in a sunny spot and there are plenty of loungers and parasols for relaxing with a good book while the children play.
There is also an inflatable paddling pool especially for the very little ones and a selection of pool toys.
While there's also an outdoor play room, an Aladdin's cave for the children and home to a selection of quality toys from a wooden dolls' house, cooker and garage to a dressing up chest and building blocks. An extensive collection of DVDs and books for all ages are stored in this building along with buckets, spades and fishing nets.
There is also an honesty larder, in the old wood store off the central courtyard, where store cupboard essentials and fresh products, including a courtyard herb garden, as well as homemade preserves and baked items are available.
Guests can also help themselves to herbs growing in the kitchen garden - while the children can help collect eggs provided by the resident hens.
To make life even easier, fresh baguettes and croissants can be delivered to the gite daily - and are free on the first morning of your holiday. And there is also a selection of themed baskets of edible goodies that you can pre-order to be in the gite on your arrival.
Away from the peace and relaxation of Hibou, you'll discover the local area offers lots of attractions for the whole family to enjoy.
Hibou is situated in the centre of the historic hamlet of Rosquelfen. There are no amenities in the village apart from the early 16th Century Chapel and some lovely leafy walks round the lanes
A five minute drive down leafy lanes takes you to the nearest village of Gouarec, where there is a wider selection of eateries, cafes and shops, a Friday market and, for the children and young at heart, mini-golf.
There is also a full-length indoor swimming pool, open all through the summer.
The village is built on the banks of the Nante-Brest Canal and the towpath is perfect for walking and cycling. Why not pack a picnic as there are plenty of picturesque spots to enjoy a bite to eat? The canal is also a haven for bird watching, so keep an eye out for kingfishers, herons and other waterfowl.
The scenery around Gouarec is said to be among the most beautiful in inland Brittany, with acres of woodlands and pretty pastures attracting fascinating flora and fauna.
And, after exploring, if you fancy a romantic evening in one of the local restaurants then Hibou's Hosts are more than happy to babysit free of charge.
Lac de Guerledan - a superb leisure lake and the largest in Brittany - is just a few minutes' drive from Hibou, where you can swim, fish, sail, windsurf, water ski, hire a canoe, kayak or pedalo, enjoy a lake cruise...or simply laze on the safe, sandy beaches. And if that isn't enough to keep the family busy, there's also an outdoor sports centre on the lakeside.
The local area is steeped in history and tradition and the restored 12th century Bon Repos Abbey, a short drive away in Saint-Gelven, is a popular attraction. The abbey hosts exhibitions of contemporary art, a sound and light show in August and a market in the grounds on Sundays between March and October with wonderful Breton produce and delicacies.
If you feel like travelling further afield, then the beautiful Pink Granite Coast - so-called because of the colour of its rocks - is well worth a visit. One of the most beautiful stretches of Brittany's coastline, it is renowned for its pretty bays and rock pools - perfect youngsters to try their hand at crabbing.
While the medieval town of Dinan, less than an hour-and-a-half from Hibou, is reputed to be one of the most attractive and best preserved in the region. It's cobbled streets are filled with half-timbered houses, art galleries and craft shops and there is also a 13th century castle, housing the town museum, and an attractive port with lots of waterside restaurants.
Before booking, please read our Terms and Conditions.
Linen, cottage towels, electricity and gas.
Swimming pool is open and heated from end of May to end of September. The temperature of the water is dependent on the prevailing weather conditions.
There is no security deposit payable at this property. However, should the need arise any payments for damage or breakages will need to be settled directly with your host.
|Dinard–Pleurtuit–Saint-Malo Airport||1 hour 15 minutes|
|Dinard–Pleurtuit–Saint-Malo Airport||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Rennes–Saint-Jacques Airport||1 hour 30 minutes|
|St Malo||1 hour 30 minutes|
|St Malo||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Roscoff||1 hour 30 minutes|
|Nantes Atlantique Airport||3 hours|
|Nantes Atlantique Airport||3 hours|
|Cherbourg||3 hours 30 minutes|
|Caen||3 hours 30 minutes|
|Dieppe||4 hours 30 minutes|
|Le Havre||4 hours 30 minutes|
|Calais||6 hours 20 mins|
Try here for ultra-happy kids! You'll find gorgeous gardens and a big heated swimming pool.